In a hearing that lasted just under 20 minutes, Quarryville Borough's zoning hearing board approved a special exception and two variances that will allow Quarryville Fire Company to add on to its E. State St. station.
Troy Grumelli has a new job.
It's a lot like his old one.
"I'm not really making a change," he said last week. "The job is pretty much the same."
But beginning January 1, his title will change. That's the date his appointment as Bart Township's roadmaster becomes official.
Although she's not on the teams, Chelsea Ressler makes a major contribution at most home Solanco basketball games.
She also turns out for home wrestling matches.
Working without a band or recorded music, Ressler sings the Star Spangled Banner before the start of varsity contests.
When Quarryville's borough council holds its reorganizational meeting on January 4, one of the first items of business will be appointing a new member.
There were just three candidates listed in the November general election for four vacant seats.
Students from Smith and Swift middle schools brought more than 60 hand-colored Christmas cards to residents of Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community on Friday afternoon, December 18. The cards were created by Smith students, who were helped by members of Solanco’s junior high girls basketball team. Smith eighth grader Ethan Kelley, pictured above with Robert Wettig, said he thought the students should do more at Christmas because some residents might not have family to help them celebrate the holiday.
A new grant will, if approved, fund repairs to the east end of the Enola Low Grade rail trail.
Providence Township will write the request for $1 million from Pennsylvania's Transportation Alternatives Program.
The TAP program is open to grant requests until January 8, 2016. Grant applications must be for at least $500,000 and no more than $1 million.
Members of Clermont Elementary’s student council have been running the school’s annual 12 Days of Christmas food drive. By Thursday afternoon, December 17, the school’s students had donated 5,881 items. The drive won’t end until Tuesday, December 22, and organizers hope they will reach this year’s goal of 8,000 items. The non-perishable food items will be taken to the Solanco Food Bank at the end of the drive. Last year, the school’s students provided 6,000 items for the food bank.
Santa's Sleigh, or more accurately a Ford F-150 pickup full of gifts, headed south to Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, on Friday, December 10.
The gifts were collected by volunteers, including members of Solanco High School's Class of 2017. They will be given to children hospitalized over the Christmas holiday.
"I'm excited by how much this has grown since last year," said organizer Jamie Paxton. "It's almost quadrupled."
According to the calendar, winter's just a week away.
The thermometer isn't so sure.
Over this past weekend, temperatures reached early-October levels and forecasters are predicting the thermometer will reach 60 on Christmas Day.
That makes it an ideal time to buy heating oil and propane, said Teresa Dolan, director of Solanco Neighborhood Ministries.
"It doesn't feel like 20 years. It truly doesn't."
Feel like it or not, the Rev. Douglas Hileman is wrapping up his 20th year as pastor of one of the Southern End's oldest congregations.
He and his family came to Middle Octorara Presbyterian Church in February, 1996, moving to the Southern End from a church in Juniata County.