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2016 Governor’s Awards for Local Government Excellence

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opportunities on August 27, 2015 at 5:43 pm

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Have local government leaders in your community demonstrated exceptional dedication to improving public services through innovative projects or initiatives?

If so, the Governor’s Center for Local Government Services (GCLGS) wants to hear about it! Each year, the GCLGS presents the Governor’s Awards for Local Government Excellence in recognition of successful undertakings that may serve as inspiration or as best management practices for local government officials throughout Pennsylvania.

Nominations for the 2016 Governor’s Awards for Local Government Excellence will be accepted from September 1, 2015, through December 1, 2015, and may be submitted for one or more of the following award categories:

  • Building Community Partnerships
  • Responding to Adversity
  • Promoting Community/Economic Revitalization
  • Innovative Community/Governmental Initiatives
  • Fiscal Accountability and Best Management Practices
  • Innovative Planning and Sound Land Use Practices
  • Intergovernmental Cooperation
  • Information Technology
  • Health and Wellness Initiatives

Please visit newPA.com/lgawards to learn more about the judging criteria for each category, as well as to view the award winners from prior years and to submit a nomination during the timeframe specified above.

SOURCE: Pennsylvania Department of Economic Development news item

How about some information about police department regionalization?


On Friday, enjoy Agroupshow2 at the Susquehanna Center for the Creative Arts at Fourth Friday

In Everyday Living, In Columbia, Opportunities on August 27, 2015 at 4:04 pm
Agroupshow2, our second summer show at the Susquehanna Center for the Creative Arts opens this Friday, August 28 from 5-9 p.m. and runs thru September 18, 2015.
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This show features work by local and regional artists working in a variety of media. All work is priced to sell. If you want to get your feet wet in collecting or you are a veteran collector, this show is for you. Otherwise, this is an excellent show for your senses.

Call 2-1-1 | free, confidential, non-emergency, comprehensive information and referral service

In Everyday Living, In Columbia, Lists, Opportunities on August 26, 2015 at 2:36 pm

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“Investigating nonprofits and charities: Where to find internal data, public records” – Journalist’s Resource

In Everyday Living, In Columbia, Opinions, Opportunities on August 25, 2015 at 6:53 pm

Just because an agency or entity calls itself “non-profit” is not always a sign that your well intentioned contributions are going to a good cause.

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“Nonprofit organizations perform some of the most vital work in the United States, often serving the needy and filling gaps where society does not, or cannot, deliver services or provide safety nets.

“The word ‘charity,’ often applied to such institutions, can have the ring of altruism and irreproachable motives. But nonprofits are some of the nation’s largest, most powerful organizations such as hospitals, foundations, universities and churches. Like any other set of institutions, they are susceptible to corruption, waste and abuse. Journalists should know that nonprofit groups are subject to government rules that regulate the activities, finances and operations that justify their ongoing receipt of tax-exempt, ‘501(c)(3)’ status — effectively, a government-endorsed subsidy. Further, many nonprofits depend on donations from the public, giving them a special obligation to allocate these collective resources efficiently and effectively and uphold the public’s trust, especially when money is designated to help vulnerable populations.”

“Often accountability stories begin with, and rely on, shoe-leather reporting and interviews with former employees or whistle blowers. But when collecting background material for a story, a key document to review is a ‘Form 990,’ which nonprofits must file with the IRS every year. This record, which is publicly available, can provide a strong, factual basis for understanding an organization and its operations. Here are some places to look when researching this kind of information:

Keep reading this article at Journalist’s Resource.

It’s a Community Yard Sale in Columbia – Save the date!

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opportunities on August 25, 2015 at 6:37 pm

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Columbia Police Department news releases

In Everyday Living, In Columbia, Lists, People on August 25, 2015 at 6:08 pm

Click to read these recent Columbia Police Department news releases.



Council of the whole meeting agenda – August 24, 2015

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities on August 25, 2015 at 5:16 am

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council of the whole page threeLast night’s council of the whole meeting lasted nearly four and one-half hours. Three persons representing three media resources were in attendance, as well as a larger than usual number of citizens at the outset of the meeting. There’s the potential that there’ll be, possibly, at least three reports on the events at this meeting. (Columbia Spy already posted information about the council’s decision to extend the agreement with the Market House Trust for a one year period beginning January 1, 2016 and ending December 31, 2016.)

After issues were discussed and decisions made, small groups of citizens departed.

Columbia news, views & reviews regularly reminds readers Due to time constraints and other obligations, Columbia news, views & reviews, consistently and regularly, reminds citizens to attend meetings so they can hear, see and question what’s being said during transactions. Reading reports or listening to second-hand information from someone who may have been at the meeting provides, at best, superficial and selective accounts of what actually transpired or was said.

Columbia news, views & reviews does record all public meetings and offers copies of the meetings. If you want a copy of the audio recording, send an email to 17512@mail.com.

It could happen … that’s what did happen near the end of tonight’s meeting of the whole.

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists on August 24, 2015 at 11:49 pm

It’s said: “There are three sides to every story – yours, mine, and the truth.”

Tonight’s council “meeting of the whole” began at 6:02 pm with a packed house of nearly three dozen people had only two or three in the gallery when it was drawing to a close.

That’s when one citizen grabbed the attention of the councillors, the mayor, the acting borough manager and the codes officer with a series of accusations and issues relating to the apartment she rents from a landlord who owns 14 rental properties according to the County’s property ownership Website.

Until just about the adjournment point of 10:41 pm, she unleashed a string of charges about codes violations, codes department intransigence, unsafe and difficult to deal with issues including what can be narrated as “retaliatory eviction” because she brought a number of unsafe conditions to the attention of two borough councillors and the mayor. She claimed she’d previously informed the codes department of ceiling leaks and other public safety issues and the landlord has initiated eviction procedures.


Pennsylvania state law (68 Pa. Cons. Stat. Ann. §§ 250.205, 399.11) prohibits landlords from retaliating against tenants. It is illegal for a landlord to retaliate against a tenant in PA who has exercised a legal right, including:

  • complaining to a government agency, such as a building or health inspector, about unsafe or illegal living conditions
  • assembling and presenting your views collectively—for example, by joining or organizing a tenant union, or
  • exercising a legal right allowed by your state or local law, such as withholding the rent for an uninhabitable unit.

This was not the sole agenda item discussed tonight, but as at so many meetings, this meeting dealt more than once with codes violations and codes department inaction. There were discussions about the egregious and olympic debacle on Locust Street as citizens asked for action, but the borough spokespersons maintained the lethargic “Well, we’ll have to talk with the owner,” display.

One person said it’s totally wrong to “shore up” a multi-story structure with wooden two-by-fours. He stated he has more than 25 years of experience and that only metal shoring should have been used.

“Making Scents”

In Everyday Living, In Columbia, Opportunities, People on August 22, 2015 at 3:52 pm

article and photos by Mary Ellen Graybill


From and email from Sophia Harmes: “The brand of essential oils that are offered at my stand are DoTERRA Essential Oils.  Terram Olei is the name of my business not the name of the essential oils.”


News Flash: not exactly breaking news

In In Columbia on August 21, 2015 at 7:57 pm

Really! Maybe a week ago.

Here’s what Cole Umber reported a week ago.


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