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today’s news … Friday, October 9, 2015

In Uncategorized on October 9, 2015 at 5:27 am

today’s news and information gleanings from here and there!

Quote for today “We are experiencing a rash of theft from vehicles primarily in the Mountville Area. Anyone with information is asked to contact us at 717.285.5191 or 1.800.957.2677.” – Communication to the citizens of West Hempfield from the West Hempfield Police Department’s facebook page.


  • West Hempfield Township’s citizens also get to see info at the CrimeWatch page. Remember this is the “promised” site that Columbia’s Police Department is going to use. Remember this: Zero! None! Nada! Zilch!
  • What a concept! Reading’s police chief, Lancaster’s former police chief, in a community forum about continuum of force said this in a Reading Eagle article: “in the past officers were often taught to be ‘warriors.’ That kind of term, ‘warrior,’ connotes an ‘us versus them, That’s not the kind of police Heim wants in the streets of Reading. He said he wants his officers to be ‘guardians,’ with a goal of letting the community know ‘we’re all in this together.’ We don’t want to shoot anybody we don’t have to, We don’t want to have to use our batons on anybody we don’t have to. Part of the guardian way of policing is increasing foot patrols, which the department began doing two years ago. Officers, in small groups, are encouraged to walk the streets, visiting businesses and talking with residents.”
  • Paul Prudhomme, the Louisiana chef who ignited a nationwide craze for Creole and Cajun cooking and profoundly influenced American cuisine, died on Thursday (Oct. 8). He was 75.” – Nola.com

today’s news … Thursday, October 8, 2015

In Uncategorized on October 8, 2015 at 6:08 am

today’s news and information gleanings from here and there!

Quote for today “Again, we don’t want a world-peace-and-feed-the-children kind of thing.” – Richard Gray, Lancaster’s mayor, in this LNP – Always Lancaster article about the city’s “poverty-fighting” commission.

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  • We’re in the middle of Fire Prevention Week during Fire Prevention Month, sonsored by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA); Fire Prevention Month has roots that date back to The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 that killed more than 250 people and left more than 100,000 homeless.
  • The Chicago Fire of 1871, also called the Great Chicago Fire, burned from October 8 to October 10, 1871, and destroyed thousands of buildings and caused an estimated $200 million in damages. – History.com

firefighterThank a firefighter! A day or two ago, this excellent column entitled “Appreciating the bravery of those who fight fires”, was published in LNP – Always Lancaster. It is really worth your time to read it.

  • The gall of asking workers to “volunteer time” to the company – the company that got government grants and tax concessions to build the building in Gap. Oh, yeah, corporate welfare is a wonder sidebar of government for the wealthy. Comments are appearing at the company’s facebook site.
  • Wonder whether the exec staff will be volunteering, too? Actually, at these comp levels, it really wouldn’t be exactly “volunteering.” – Salary.com
  • So, are vehicular chases a good police practice? This USA Today article says, “High-speed police chases have killed thousands of innocent bystanders – Victims include small children, teenage drivers and the elderly.”

today’s news … Tuesday, October 6, 2015

In Uncategorized on October 6, 2015 at 6:25 am

today’s news and information gleanings from here and there!

Quote for today “And the bulk of this new revenue can be had without a lot of pain, unless you’re a lobbyist for the retail industry, Comcast, Hershey, the organized bar or . . . uh oh, wait . . . I see a potential problem here.”Philly.com‘s John Baer nails the issue in this column, Here’s a win-win fix for the Pennsylvania budget.

  • Pennsylvania needs money, but the right-wing nuts don’t want their funding streams dinged. They keep protecting the big money interests: frackers, cable TV giants and anyone writing $10K checks to keep them in office.
  • That was then – this is now. facebook chatter turns against Salsa’s following this post: “Everyone seemed so excited when the new Mexican restaurant opened in Columbia. Now when I drive past there are hardly any cars in the parking lot. What happened?”

CPD postFinally, a post at the Columbia Police Department’s facebook page that informs the community.

  • Dog poop, codes department “courtesy notices” and stolen bikes. Lots of comments about these Columbia issues at this local facebook site.


mardi grasSOURCE: Columbia Mardi Gras/Halloween parade facebook page


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