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Park comments scream for “leaders to lead”

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opinions, Opportunities on November 6, 2014 at 5:48 am

The comments at Cole Umber’s information site about the Locust Street park denizens speak volumes.


Elected public servants …

“Leaders Must Lead … by (Right) Example!”


Sometimes, you get what you ask for … so ask well

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities, People on November 5, 2014 at 6:32 am


Well, it’s over. And we get what we asked for. Some of us voted and didn’t get the outcome we asked for. Some of us did not vote, and we will get whatever the majority of voters asked for.

you get what you ask for

How well did we ask for elected public servant representation?

Here what Columbian’s asked for and got?

REPRESENTATIVE IN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY 98th District: Columbia wanted Hickernell and got what its voters asked for.

SENATOR IN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY 36th District: Columbia wanted Aument and got what its voters asked for.

GOVERNOR AND LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: Columbia wanted Wolf and got what its voters asked for.

REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS 16th District: Columbia wanted Houghton, got Pitts.

Go Meatloaf … plus one! Three out of four ain’t bad



“Police utilize social media to crack down on crime, public relations”

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opportunities on November 3, 2014 at 7:07 am

This LNP – Always Lancaster article says, “Local police departments are using social media in a variety of ways. In addition to helping the community, they also use it to warn residents of crimes and ask for tips in looking for suspects.”

Maybe some local police departments …



updated Sheriff’s sales listing

In Everyday Living, Government, Lists on October 31, 2014 at 5:47 am

There are several pages of Sheriff’s sales listings in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster.

Here’s the current listing … some sales have been cancelled or postponed from the previous listing a week ago.

Public hearing notice for November 10 meeting

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opportunities on October 25, 2014 at 6:04 am

legal noticeLegal Notice: Notice is hereby given that the Council of the Borough of Columbia, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania will be holding a public hearing on Monday, November 10, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in Council Chambers of the Municipal Building at 308 Locust Street, Columbia, Pennsylvania for purposes of receiving public comment on two proposed ordinances being adopted … click here to read more at LancasterOnline.

properties on the November 26, 2014 Sheriff Sale list

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists on October 25, 2014 at 5:56 am

According to the County Sheriff Sale Listing for the November 26, 2014 sale actions are these Columbia properties. The listing was also published yesterday in LNP – Always Lancaster.sheriff sales


“Forum Video Explores Local Aspects of Ferguson, Mo.”

In Everyday Living, Government, Opportunities, People on October 8, 2014 at 4:59 am

A local (Chester County) video, “How Do We Take Steps to Keep What Happened in Ferguson, MO, from Happening in Our Own Backyard”, has been posted to the web.

The recording was made during a Building Bridges community forum hosted by St. Paul’s Baptist Church in West Chester last month and appears at www.3ctvlive.com/building_bridges_forum_8_27_14.cfm.

Dozens of community residents heard from West Chester Police Chief Scott Bohn, Coatesville Police Chief John Laufer and West Goshen Township Community Relations Officer, Michael Cotter as they answered questions such as:

  • How should we, as citizens, respond when questioned while driving or walking by law enforcement officers and what is the normal procedure?
  • What are our rights as citizens?
  • What questions can we ask and what answers can we challenge civilly?
  • How can we dismantle the fears that some, particularly African American males, might have when approached by law enforcement officers?
  • Do your police departments have ongoing sensitivity training?
  • We are hearing that law enforcement officers are trained to shoot to kill. Can you speak to this matter?
  • How can we as citizens build better bridges with law enforcement officers?

The chiefs said that law enforcement officers have similar apprehensions as those experienced by common citizens to being stopped by police.

Officers indicated that similar forums should take place throughout the county to aid in better communication between law enforcement and the public. (SOURCE: E-Update, Transformation Initiative)

Low voter turnout is dangerous for this country

In Everyday Living, Government, Opinions, Opportunities on October 5, 2014 at 5:15 am

When fewer people vote, we get fewer ideas and we get the kind of governance we deserve. We get elected public servants who serve the interests of just a few of their cronies, contributors or leash holders.


Here are MINNPOST articles that are important to read:

Why do so few citizens participate in our democracy?

Why is turnout so low in U.S. elections?

Does anyone care? Na-a-ah!

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opinions, Opportunities on September 27, 2014 at 6:16 am

Columbia chronicler, Cole Umber, noted the inconsistency at his Website as he asked “River Park or Riverfront Park?”

Today, we opened the copy of The Merchandiser; the borough’s FALL/WINTER newsletter fell from it.

One would think that the Borough’s FALL/WINTER newsletter to its own citizens might get it right! Alas, the “comcastic” non-customer services appear to have been adopted by the borough as the newsletter refers to Columbia River Park as Riverfront Park.

And the copy we got is really badly trimmed. This print job should not be accepted with a trim so badly out of line. Why pay for shoddy delivery of services?

Col fall-winter newsletter

And, citizens might ask, because Websites can be changed at an instant’s notice, why the print version of the newsletter gets into homes well before the borough gets it posted a the Website. Ought citizens expect to click at the NEWSLETTERS page to see the newsletter online before it is delivered to Columbia Borough residences and to a bunch of addresses in West Hempfield Township?

No crime alerts here either!

screen print


How do people find out about Friday’s “bridge lighting” ceremony? You gotta’ look in lots of places.

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities, Treasures on September 17, 2014 at 5:55 am

From the Borough Website:

Friday, September 19: “Veterans Memorial Bridge new lights ribbon cutting to be held at the Columbia entrance at 3:00″ – Well, well, well … sometime between the initial post and mid-day, the borough Website changed.

From the Columbia Police Department Website:


From Cole Umber’s News Site:

A lot!

From Claire Storm’s post at the “You know you’re from Columbia PA if … ” facebook page

A lot more: “The Veteran’s Memorial Bridge will be closed from 2:30 – 4:30 on Friday, September 19. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held for the nearly completed Historic Re-Lighting Project at 3:00. The public is invited to attend. Twenty 1930 era cars will participate in a motorcade across the bridge following the ceremony.”

From Hinkle’s Pharmacy listing of Upcoming Events:

A lot more, too! “September 19……………………………..Veteran’s Memorial Bridge Ribbon Cutting
3:00pm The lights are on, and so is the celebration! A ribbon cutting ceremony will mark the installation of the new lighting which replicates the original lighting of the Veteran’s Memorial Bridge (Columbia-Wrightsville / Route 462). Remarks will be made, music will contribute to the festive atmosphere, and antique cars will lead a processional across the bridge where a second ribbon will be cut on the Wrightsville side.”

From the Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce September Calendar:


Axiomatic in marketing and communication is the dissemination of information in as many media as possible. There’s really good advice for any entity, organization, event planner, etc. from this Website: the National Dissemination Center for Children for Disabilities.

ehow says: “A press release provides information to the media with the objective of reaching the public via news coverage. A company, individual or nonprofit can often gain valuable press coverage with no outlay of money other than the costs of writing and disseminating the release. A well-crafted press release presents facts in a positive light and can provide valuable name recognition, credibility or ancillary sales benefits; however, it is not paid advertising and cannot be designed to blatantly promote a product or service.”



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