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Fire safety program at Park School’s playground on Friday

In Education, Everyday Living, In Columbia, Opportunities on August 19, 2014 at 4:26 am

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Tomorrow: It’s a party at Park Elementary School

In Everyday Living, In Columbia on August 18, 2014 at 5:20 am

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Tomorrow at the library … Serpent Scientist

In Education, Everyday Living, In Columbia, Opportunities on August 17, 2014 at 5:32 am


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Just the facts! The facts about the Market House, part III

In Everyday Living, Government, History and Heritage, In Columbia, Opinions, Opportunities, People, Treasures on August 1, 2014 at 4:30 am


The O’Neil market study that several folks referred to at Monday’s council meeting was conducted for the borough by a renowned farmers; market expert, David K. O’Neil, a Philadelphia consultant. Reportedly, the borough paid in excess of $70,000 for this report.

O’Neil’s renown and expertise is significant; he’s consulted with a number of very successful markets nationally and internationally.

Click on the graphic below to read the report he wrote for the Columbia Market House. Look at how many, or how few, of his recommendations were implemented.

2005 market study


Just the facts! The facts about the Market House, part II

In Everyday Living, Government, History and Heritage, In Columbia, Opportunities, Treasures on July 31, 2014 at 4:15 am


There’s considerable squawking and chatter going on at some facebook sites, at council meetings and around town about how the Market House ought to be and what kind of stand holders and vendors ought to be in the Market House.

Here are previous articles form Columbia news, views & reviews archives.

There’s a particularly interesting line in the part 4 article; curiously, it was brought up at the Monday evening council-of-the-whole meeting, too. The consultant recommends: “keeping all the pot belly stoves.” The mayor said the missing stove is in the borough’s historical storage facility.


Agenda – Council Meeting of the Whole – July 28, 2014

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, People on July 29, 2014 at 4:18 am

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Columbia Borough’s July “meeting of the whole” was held last night. Council president Mike Beury convened the meeting at 6:01 pm in the borough hall meeting room. All the councillors, but Jody Gable, the mayor, borough manager and borough finance director were in attendance in addition to nine or so persons from the community. The gallery was winnowed away as the meeting progressed and when it was concluded at 9:28 pm, only one citizen remained.

Some highlights during the meeting:

TRASH – Another discussion about the overflowing trash receptacles at River Park and along Locust Street brought responses from several councillors. The councillors believe the boaters deposit their trash in the receptacles as they leave the river on weekends and that renters use the receptacles along Locust Street. One resolution might be the removal of the trash Read the rest of this entry »

“Norfolk Southern sues to block disclosure of crude oil shipments” – McClatchyDC

In In Columbia on July 25, 2014 at 5:49 pm

train through colaA Norfolk Southern crude oil train barrels east through Columbia, Pa., on March 22, 2014. The train runs parallel to the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania and Maryland on its way to the PBF Energy refinery in Delaware City, Del. On Wednesday, the railroad sued the state of Maryland to prevent the disclosure of information about the shipments, including their routes and frequencies. McClatchy and the Associated Press had requested the documents through the state Public Information Act. (Curtis Tate/McClatchy)


By Curtis Tate | McClatchy Washington Bureau

— A major hauler of crude oil by rail has sued the state of Maryland to stop the public release of information about the shipments, according to court documents.

“The suit was filed Wednesday, the same day the U.S. Department of Transportation announced proposed rules to improve the safety of crude oil shipments by rail. Several serious oil train accidents resulting in spills, fires and fatalities have increased scrutiny on the industry.

“Rail companies prefer to keep details about crude oil shipments confidential and some states have agreed, but others have decided that the records can be made public.”

Click here to continue reading this McClatchyDC article in its entirety.

Great photos, Cole Umber!

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opinions, Opportunities, People, The Susquehanna, Treasures on July 18, 2014 at 4:25 am


River Park “playground” – from a series of photos at Cole Umber’s news sitepark visitor

Great job, Cole … we saw those park visitors in another part of the park just over the stone wall to the north. Your photos are superb and this reporting is an absolute imperative for Columbia.

The borough’s spy cameras, no doubt, captured the violators of work site trespass, too. And surely, it recorded their vehicle and license plate.

Just as the borough’s spy cameras no doubt captured the other park violations posted:

  • no fishing from the boat ramp;
  • no littering;
  • no dogs off leash
  • no vehicles without trailers in the marked parking spaces.

We observed all of these during our visit. The disregard for the child’s safety is disturbing. Equally disturbing is watching many of the people fishing and boaters, lovers of the River, cavalierly flicking cigarette butts into the River. A CIGARETTE BUTT IS LITTER!

It’s time for Columbia Borough, the council, the mayor, the River Park steering group, concerned citizens, boaters and fisherman to take a stand. Make this Park which houses the trail services building for the Northwest Trail a showpiece instead of a dump.

If the expensive spy cameras are working, let’s use the files to identify violators of regulations and codes. If they’re not working, rip them out.

If the posted River Park regulations are to insure a pleasing recreational destination that will attract visitors from far and wide, let’s follow them!

Let’s make River Park the envy of the county.

If we want to have a River free from cigarette butts and the other crap that finds its way into the waters to kill fish, let’s enforce the NO LITTER posted regulation.

In fact, do the right thing and make the park a no-smoking park.

Registration Underway for Chiques Challenge: 4th Annual Running and Kayaking Event

In In Columbia, Opportunities, The Susquehanna on July 18, 2014 at 4:22 am


Join other veteran and amateur athletes as they run and kayak through the 4th annual Chiques Challenge hosted by the Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce. This duathlon slated for Saturday, August 9, will stage from Columbia’s River Park. Participants will be transported to Vinegar Ferry Road for the 8:30 start time. The course takes runners along the river via the Northwest Lancaster County River Trail and on through the streets of Marietta. The run portion of the event ends at the Marietta Boat Launch. There, runners will take to the river aboard a kayak and finish downstream at the Columbia River Park. We’ve partnered with Shank’s Mare and Chiques Rock Outfitters for this event which is held rain or shine. This annual event is made possible through the Gold Sponsorship of Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority and the sponsorships of additional businesses listed on our website.

Pre-registration is required to participate in the Chiques Challenge. This year’s event is limited to 150 participants. Participants must be 16 years and older. Registrants need to provide their own kayak. All participants are required to wear a life vest at all times during the kayaking leg and to be equipped with a whistle. Additional river safety will be provided by the US Coast Guard Auxiliary. For more information or a registration form, visit our website http://www.PaRivertowns.com or call 717-684-5249. Please, no pets. This is a FUN event! Even though it is timed and participants may feel competitive, the main focus is to have some fun along and in the Susquehanna River!

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Following the duathlon, participants, guests, and the public are invited to linger in Columbia’s River Park following the event for a relaxing afternoon along the Susquehanna. Lunches will be available for purchase from Harvey’s BBQ and music will be provided by the local duo Sweet Life from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm. Tickets costing $8 in advance for the BBQ are available at the SVCC Visitor’s Center.

The Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center is a 501(c)(6) non-profit organization serving the tri-borough communities of Marietta, Wrightsville & Columbia as well as the outlying areas. Annual fundraising events such as this help to keep the Visitors Center open year round as a gratis service to guests to our region.

Council meeting agenda – July 14, 2014

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, People on July 14, 2014 at 10:00 pm

All the councillors were present, as was the borough manager, the borough finance director and the solicitor. The mayor was absent – no indication of the reason was offered as the meeting was convened by the council president at 7:05 pm.

At 9:10 pm, the meeting was adjourned.

In the two-plus hour meeting, the items on the agenda (below) were discussed and some were voted on. Some motions even reconsidered motions that were made at a precious meeting. Columbia news, views & reviews will provide more particulars after we’ve had time to revisit notes.

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REMINDER: For those who were not at the meeting, the transmission of who said what is left to those who came to the meeting to document the night’s activities. Others in the borough will get verbal reports from those who attended or written interpretations from others. The only way to get a full report is to attend meetings. Again, Columbia news, views & reviews does audio record public meetings in accordance with state law. If you would like a copy of the proceedings, send an email to 17512@mail.com.


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