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Excerpts and summaries of local news stories from the pages of the Intelligencer Journal and Lancaster New Era appear here each Monday. They focus on events in the county's past that were noteworthy, newsworthy or just strange. Full versions are available on microfilm at Lancaster Public Library, 125 N. Duke St.
Also, during the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, excerpts from Lancaster's Civil War-era newspapers, as well as new stories, can be found on the "Lancaster County and the Civil War" blog, at Lancas terOnline.com, keyword: Civil War.
MORE OF THE SAME, PLEASE: The Lancaster New Era ran a story about the reworking of a new restaurant at Willow Valley Family Resort & Conference Center.
The business had recently opened a fine-dining restaurant, Poppies, which it operated along with its long-running and popular smorgasbord at the Willow Valley Family Restaurant.
The smorgasbord (which the New Era referred to as "one of the nation's busiest restaurants") was packed with customers despite tourist-season waiting times of more than two hours.
Poppies, however, met with a tepid response, and after being open only a matter of months, was closed and remodeled into a second smorgasbord -- serving exactly the same menu as the one in the Family Restaurant. (March 4, 1988)
DRUGS IN SCHOOL: School officials were quick to respond to the discovery of cocaine in a bathroom at Smith Middle School in Quarryville, the New Era reported.
Despite concern about a student so young using drugs, Solanco officials said, they assured parents the discovery of a small packet of cocaine in a boys' lavatory was "an isolated incident."
Teachers were told to talk to their students about avoiding drugs and to watch for students who "might exhibit signs of cocaine use -- bloodshot eyes and sniffling." (March 7, 1988)
CONTROVERSIAL VISITOR: The New Era reported on a speech in Lancaster by Planned Parenthood President Faye Wattleton.
Wattleton spoke to a crowd of about 300 Planned Parenthood supporters at the Olde Hickory Inn while about 350 pro-life protesters gathered, held signs and marched outside.
Wattleton spoke about a wide range of topics related to reproduction, focusing most on issues of teen pregnancy and contraception. (March 9, 1988)
DOCTOR'S ORDERS: The Intelligencer Journal reported on the need to involve doctors in the crackdown on drunken driving that Gov. George Earle had mandated:
"Examining physicians will be required to determine whether a motorist was 'quiet, boisterous or stuporous' under the new campaign against drunken driving. ...
"The governor ordered that anyone arrested and suspected of drunkenness should be taken immediately to the nearest reputable physician." (March 5, 1938)
SURVIVOR: The Intelligencer Journal reported on the remarkable survival of a man involved in a potentially fatal mine accident.
Roy Weiler, 35, of Narvon, was working alone atop a clay and gravel separator at the Whitaker clay mine in Narvon when he slipped and his right arm was drawn into the machine's gears.
Weiler ripped his mangled arm free of the machinery before his entire body could be drawn into it, then began a perilous, one-armed descent down an 85-foot ladder to the ground, where he called for assistance from his fellow workers. (March 10, 1938)
Flashback Lancaster is compiled from the Lancaster Newspapers archives by Jed Reinert.