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today’s news … Thursday, July 24, 2014

In Uncategorized on July 24, 2014 at 5:00 am

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

Quote for today… “We still see there’s a lot of slack in the economy.” – Nigel Chalk, deputy director of the International Monetary Fund’s Western Hemisphere Department. – The Wall Street Journal

  • Gorilla’s gone?
  • We get what they pay for: the Pitt$ – “More than 91 percent of his contributions came from political action committees that represent companies in the health and energy industries.” – LancasterOnLine

You_bet_your_life_postcard_1953“I don’t want to belong to any club that will accept me as a member.” Reportedly said by Groucho Marx. H-m-m-m …

sccaSusquehanna Center for the Creative Arts, 425 Locust Street, Columbia

  • Who’s watching the money at the business or fire company or other not-for profit?

fracking cartoon“Fracking? Why it’s perfectly safe: A PennLive editorial cartoon”

today’s news … Wednesday, July 23, 2014

In Uncategorized on July 23, 2014 at 5:45 am

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

Quote for today… “ … mostly sunny, with a high near 90. Showers and thunderstorms likely after noon. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds and frequent lightning” - from the National Weather Service forecast for today.

new gas stationExcavation work continues along the Route 462 / Prospect Road site of another gas station/convenience store.

jul ff jonal

  • A NEW EXHIBIT BEGINS AT … Jonal Gallery/Alverta Arts ShopLocated in the historic Mount Bethel District of the Borough of Columbia at … 653 Locust Street – 17512- 717.681.9400 Open: Thursday, Friday, Saturday  10am-5pm; Fourth Friday Receptions  5-9pm NOTICE: Jonal Gallery/Alverta Arts Shop will be closed Saturday, July 26. Re-open on Thursday, July 31 resuming normal business hours.

Join Richard H. Finestine on this Fourth Friday, July 25, for his OPENING RECEPTION 5-9pm. Dick presents a special collection of abstract oils on wood panels complete with individual custom wood frames; designed and “craftly” created by this Mount Joy emerging artist. DO NOT MISS THIS EXCITING EXHIBIT!

tour de meals

school job post

  • The above job is posted at the Columbia Borough School District Website; we tried to show the direct link to the page but the Website is so confusing that link pasted into a browser bar does not display the page.  To get to the page, click on the link to the school splash page, then click on “Job Postings.”









“Lancaster International Piano Festival Competition Night Brings Out the Best”

In Everyday Living, Opportunities, People, Uncategorized on July 23, 2014 at 5:23 am

Article and photos by Mary Ellen Graybill for Columbia news, views & reviews

At 7:30PM July 22, the Lancaster International Piano Festival dazzled the audience at the Ware Center with an amazing concert of pianists from far and wide … it was music galore from the grand piano on the stage at the Ware Center. Twelve pianists competed to win the Romantic Music Competition held in the Steinman Hall at the Ware Center in downtown Lancaster.

Women pianists in long dresses and heels and men pianists in black, young masters of the piano from many countries were selected from 35 representatives from Italy, Bulgaria, Korea, Columbia, Poland, China, Vietnam, Germany, Cuba, Hungary and the USA. They have been attending the Festival and it was time for the Romantic music competition —some playing Liszt (1811 – 1886), Scriabin (1872-1915), Chopin (1810 – 1849), and Schumann (1810 -1856).


Everyone agreed the 12 finalist pianists were exceptional. On the bare stage before a nearly full house at the Ware Center, one after the other thrilled the audience with performances full of crescendos and decrescendos. It was like comparing apples and oranges because the sound of Liszt would be so different from the effect of Schumann, for example. Yet the judges made their decision by the night’s end. It was not easy, they said.

All 12 performers had an incredible command of the grand piano and the Romantic era pieces that were echoes of the days when the acoustic piano was central to community and family life.

It was a great evening of almost free music, not computerized, not electronic, but ringing out from the past, through pianists who played without flaws, no music books, and they took our breath away!

festival compIn photo collage above, clock wise from left: Kathy Ashby, Elena Alvandi from Italy playing Schumann, the audience arrives. – photos by Mary Ellen Graybill

“They are young, remarkable (pianists with) skills with a lot of grace, truly I just think it was remarkable, all of them,” said Manheim township retired elementary teacher Kathy Ashby after the performance.

“This is the third year I’ve seen it,” she added “and, it’s a wonderful venue!”

Of the group of performers there were three honorable mentions: Elena Alvandi, from Italy played a crisp rendition of Papillons, Op. 2 by Robert Schumann, keeping melodies simple and dynamic. She said she had asked her parents for a piano when a child and that she was the first in her family to play piano.

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