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FFA Members Earn Keystone Degrees January 17, 2019

Solanco students Kelly Foose, Carlos Shillenn, and Lexi Findley recently earned their Keystone FFA Degrees at the Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg. The Keystone FFA Degree - the highest degree presented to FFA members at the state level - is awarded based on the student's project program, including FFA leadership activities, such as office and committee assignments; school and community activities outside of FFA; and FFA cooperative activities, including chapter, county, regional, state and national activities.

Kelly is the daughter of Lori and Wayne Foose of Quarryville. She plans to pursue a career in agriculture or agri-business.

Carlos is the son of Joseph Shillenn and Lita Miller of Quarryville. His plans include attending an equine college to study horses and the equine industry.

Lexi is the daughter of James and Crystal Findley of Holtwood. She plans to attend a community college where she will study to become a veterinarian assistant.

Additionally, several Solanco FFA members received FFA First-Year Jacket Scholarships. The honorees are Lainey Nolan, Austin O'Donnell, Kyle Welkand and Hannah Wood.

The Jacket Scholarship is offered through the Pennsylvania FFA Alumni Association. Students write an essay about the purpose of the FFA and why FFA membership is important to them, and the essays are judged, with top finishers receiving a free FFA jacket.

School News

Introducing The Mother-Son Night Of Fun January 17, 2019

Boys enrolled in Solanco School District's elementary and middle schools, along with their adult female family figures, are invited to attend the first-ever Mother-Son Night of Fun on Saturday, Jan. 26, from 6 to 8 p.m.

The event will be held at George A. Smith Middle School, 645 Kirkwood Pike, Quarryville. Activities will be set up throughout the school, with plenty of opportunities for youngsters and adults to expend some energy. Attendees are advised to wear appropriate clothing and shoes for being active. Basketball, a lacrosse toss, cornhole, dancing, mini-bowling, Wii games, and Minute-to-Win-It-style games will be offered, along with more calm activities like board and card games, building with Legos, and a selfie booth. Light refreshments will be provided.

There is a flat fee per family to attend the Mother-Son Night of Fun, with the proceeds going to the Smith Middle School PTO. Night of Fun co-chairs Angie Schlagnhaufer and Trina Armstrong explained that the new event is one of several that have been created as a replacement for the lap-running fundraiser that had once been the PTO's most significant source of funds.

"We're hoping this becomes a big thing so we don't have to do so many little (fundraisers)," Schlagnhaufer said. "It's the first year, so there aren't a lot of expectations. We have people signed up already, so we're excited."

Armstrong explained that the idea for the new event came from comments from other parents. "We heard a lot of moms say they wished there was something like this (for them)," Armstrong said, noting that a daddy-daughter dance has taken place in the district for a number of years.

Schlagnhaufer and Armstrong have consulted with their respective sons in planning the Night of Fun. Graydon Schlagnhaufer asserted that knockout will be the preferred style of basketball competition, and Wyatt Armstrong helped to test the Minute-to-Win-It-style games.

"I had to beat my sister," Wyatt commented. "It'll be fun."

Graydon and Wyatt, who are in seventh grade at Smith Middle School, will help to run activities at the Night of Fun. A number of Solanco High School students have also volunteered, as have PTO members and other parents. The refreshments will be donated by families from the school.

If the Mother-Son Night of Fun is canceled due to inclement weather, a notification will be posted at, and the event will be rescheduled for Saturday, Feb. 2.

For more information about the Mother-Son Night of Fun, readers may email Armstrong at

Community Events


Harrisburg Christian Performing Arts Center (HCPAC), 1000 S. Eisenhower Blvd., Middletown, will host performances of Lerner and Loewe's "Brigadoon" on Friday through Sunday, Jan. 18 to 20.

The Broadway and West End musical tells of New Yorker Tommy Albright, who unexpectedly arrives at the mysterious Scottish Highland village of Brigadoon, which appears for only one day every 100 years. When Tommy meets and falls in love with Fiona, he must decide whether to return to his old life or stay in Brigadoon forever. The musical features standards such as "Almost Like Being in Love," "Come to Me, Bend to Me," and "Heather on the Hill."

To view show times and purchase tickets, readers may visit

Since 1962, HCPAC has aimed to produce quality theater while training students and young adults with skills for the stage of life. HCPAC strives to create an environment that allows young people to discover a relationship with Jesus while showing them love them regardless of their response.

Community Events


Gamut Theatre, 15 N. Fourth St., Harrisburg, will present "Murderess" as part of the Stage Door Series on the new Alexander Grass Second Stage. Performances will take place on Friday, Jan. 25, and Saturday, Jan. 26, at 6:30 p.m. and on Sunday, Jan. 27, at 2:30 p.m.

In "Murderess," six notorious killers from American history - Laura Fair, Ma Hossack, Celia Bryan, Jane Toppan, Belle Gunness, and Lizzie Borden - reveal their secrets in a suite of monologues written and woven together by Anne Bertram. Each woman offers her version of events.

The show features a cast of seven women, consisting of Lisa Weitzman, Amber Wagner Mann, Karen Ruch, Jess Ross, Kelli Kauterman, Francesca Amendolia, and Alexis Dow Campbell. Each monologue has a different director. Directors include Amber Wagner Mann, Kelli Kauterman, Gabriella DeCarli, Francesca Amendolia, Tara Herweg-Mann, Karen Ruch, and Brianna Dow.

During the run of "Murderess," Gamut Theatre will be collecting books to donate to the Women's Prison Book Project. Books may be new or used, but they must be paperback and in good condition. Any books are welcome, but there is a particular need for dictionaries, basic math and algebra textbooks, GED textbooks, fiction and nonfiction by African-American writers, contemporary books in Spanish, true crime books, vampire books, books on women's health, self-help books, and books on chemical dependency recovery.

Anyone who brings a book to donate to a performance of "Murderess" will receive one free giveaway drawing ticket for a gift basket.

Any size donation will be accepted for admission. The box office will open one hour prior to each performance. The theater will host a talkback featuring a different guest speaker following each performance.

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