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Quote for today … “Spring makes its own statement, so loud and clear that the gardener seems to be only one of the instruments, not the composer.” - Geoffrey B. Charlesworth
- There are rumblings around town that there’ll be an “informational meeting” concerning tax incentives at the Borough Hall around 9:30 this morning. Apparently, the parties involved (elected public servants – municipal and school board) have invited certain folks to attend. While Pennsylvania’s “Open Meetings-Sunshine Act” supports a concept of “informational sessions,” court decisions “do not support the theory that ‘so-called informational sessions’ are anywhere authorized as closed meetings by the Sunshine Law.” Seems that if some citizens are invited, all citizens should be.
- Today’s a market day; the Historic Columbia Market House is open from 9:00 am until 6 pm.
- LEGAL NOTICE, published in the Lancaster Intelligencer Journal/New Era, April 20, 2012. “NOTICE The West Hempfield Township Board of Supervisors will meet on Friday, April 27, 2012 at 8:00 A.M. at the Township Municipal Building, 3401 Marietta Avenue, Lancaster, Pennsylvania to conduct their Spring Road Tour and any other business that may properly come before the Board. TOWNSHIP OF WEST HEMPFIELD By: Ron L. Youtz, Secretary.”
- And who would not think this would happen? “When fishermen returned to the deep reefs of the Gulf of Mexico weeks after BP’s gushing oil well was capped, they started catching grouper and red snapper with large open sores and strange black streaks, lesions they said they’d never seen and promptly blamed on the spill. Now, two years after the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded and sank, killing 11 men and touching off the worst offshore spill in U.S. history, the latest research into its effects is starting to back up those early reports from the docks: The ailing fish bear hallmarks of diseases tied to petroleum and other pollutants.” – LancasterOnLine
- And this? “66 percent of Americans to decide that the war is no longer worth fighting, a new Washington Post-ABC News survey found. Late last month, a New York Times-CBS News poll came to a similar conclusion: 69 percent said they believed the U.S. should end the war. Other surveys, by Gallup, the Pew Research Center and others, offered consistent findings.” – A syndicated opinion column by Joel Brinkley in The Chicago Tribune
- Carlisle’s teachers will take pay cuts – Harrisburg Patriot-News
- Paterno’s estate gets big checks from Penn State – Lancaster Intelligencer Journal/New Era
- No Dirty Cowboys in Annville: “The Annville-Cleona School Board on Thursday voted to remove an award-winning children’s book from its elementary schools after a student’s parents objected to some of the book’s illustrations.” – Lebanon Daily News
- Coming in May: Stand Up Comedy / Dinner Show (Prudhomme’s On Fourth) – Craigslist
- Tripped across this interesting Webpage with pictures of the flooding last year. What’s interesting, and kinda’ cool about the page is the “normal and flooded” pictures. To view each shot, of sites in Columbia and Harrisburg, roll your cursor off of and onto each of the pictures. – AccuWeather
- Springettsbury hires Philadelphia lieutenant as new chief of police – York Daily Record
- PPL’s Community of Volunteers will team with local volunteers to clean up Glatfelter Field today, Friday, April 20 – MyColumbiaNews
- “Frank Sahd Salvage Center will hold its sixth annual free celebration of Earth Day on Saturday, April 28, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at its facility in Columbia.” - MyColumbiaNews
- POLICE LOG: “WEST HEMPFIELD TWP.: Someone used red spray paint to paint the letters “DM” on the walls of some buildings in the 3800 block of Locust Grove Road on Tuesday. A billboard in the 4000 block of Columbia Avenue was similarly vandalized.” – Lancaster Intelligencer Journal/New Era