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April Fourth Friday at Jonal Gallery

In Everyday Living, In Columbia, Opportunities, People on April 23, 2014 at 5:21 am

Fourth Friday LogoJOIN US AT…

Jonal Gallery/Alverta Arts Shop

653 Locust Street – in the historic Mount Bethel District – Borough of Columbia, Pennsylvania 17512



Fourth Friday, April 25 ~ 5-9pm

“A Day in the Life – Part II”

Haitian Exhibit Part II

An exciting continuance of “A Day In The Life” exhibit brought to Jonal Gallery through “Hands & HeARTs of Haiti

The Art & Cultural Exchange of Haiti”, Diana Thomas – Founder and Director.

 “A Day in The Life – Part II” exhibit continues with exciting NEW pieces and an ALL NEW “Haitian Bazaar” featuring crafts of Haitian artisans. Don’t miss this one!

Join Diana for “A Night At The Gallery with Diana Thomas” on Wednesday, May 7 or Tuesday, May 13, 7-9pm for a presentation of her goals and initiatives of the “Hands & HeARTs of Haiti – The Art & Cultural Exchange”. These are free presentations and opened to the public.

Advanced seating reservations are recommended, as space is limited. Call the Gallery today!


Abigail R. Henry - The Children of Haiti

“The Children of Haiti”an exhibit of works developed by emerging Lancaster artist Abigail Rose Henry after a mission trip with “AwakenHaiti” a couple of summers ago. Abigail is a first year student at the Pennsylvania College of Art & Design where she is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts. This premiere exhibit features ten portraitures produced in watercolor and colored pencils based on photographs of the children her group helped there.

Abigail states “I went there with intent to transform someone else’s life through hospitality, and discovered that in doing so, they also transformed mine.”

Please welcome Abigail to Jonal Gallery!


Becky Shiley Exhibit 2014

“The Works of Becky Shiley”

… features a collection of “abstract/impressionistic” acrylics on canvas by Lancaster artist Becky Shiley. Just off an exhibit in a Lancaster Gallery, Becky is excited to bring this special collection to Columbia. Please come and welcome Becky back to Jonal Gallery!

Gallery hours: Thursday, Friday, Saturday 10am-5pm; Fourth Friday Receptions 5-9pm

See you at the Gallery ….. Dale and John





Only a Few Days Left! Have You Done Your Part?

In Education, Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opportunities on April 21, 2014 at 4:59 am


Are you doing your part to help keep gateway drugs to heroin out of the hands of youth and adults, and public water supplies?National Prescription Drug Take Back Day will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. next Saturday, April 26, at dozens of locations throughout the region, including police departments, municipal buildings, supermarkets, drug stores and more.

You can help by taking one or more of these easy steps:

  • Let extended family members, friends, co-workers, church leaders including youth group coordinators, and others know about this event.
  • Check with seniors and others to determine whether they have been storing unused medicines, oftentimes for years, because they haven’t known what to do with them.
  •   Share this post with others, and also encourage them to Share with their friends and family.
  • Go to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) website at www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback and search the easy-to-use national database to identify the collection location closest to you or to your travels next Saturday.
  • Download the free poster and other applicable information available on the DEA page and post to church, workplace or community bulletin boards. E-mail it to others for their uses …. and encourage them to pass it on.
  • Secure unused drugs that may be in your home medicine cabinets or other locations so you don’t inadvertently become someone’s drug supplier.

Teens and adults often start with unused prescription drugs that become a gateway to heroin, local law enforcement officials say, with heroin use and overdose deaths having grown to epidemic proportions, particularly in the Philadelphia region, due to its high quality and low price.

Pharming parties, or pharm(aceutical) parties, also have become prevalent, with teens and lower ages randomly dumping prescription drugs into containers at get-togethers and ingesting whatever is pulled out. Lethal potential increases when pills are consumed with alcohol, officials say.

As teens become drug dependent, prescription medicines become more expensive due to home sources drying up and users turn to heroin, reports indicate, with a small bag being available for only a few dollars.

In addition, the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has advised that traces of drugs are being found in municipal water supplies, attributable to improper disposal of unused prescription drugs through flushing in sinks and toilets.

Don’t wait. Take action now.

If you already have, consider a followup reminder to those you know. Working together can help save lives.

CPD unused meds

today’s news … Friday, April 18, 2014

In History and Heritage, In Columbia, Opinions, Uncategorized on April 18, 2014 at 5:40 am

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

Quote for today“I seen more similar things like this, but this is the worst I seen so far.” – Statement from a witness in this WGAL-TV8 news article about the “road rage” stabbing incident on the other side of the county.

bright sun

  • Get ready for a sunnier weekend.
  • The council meeting of the whole, slated for the fourth Monday, April 28, figures to have a full agenda. The auditing firm will be presenting the annual financial statement of the borough. And there’s the consideration of this ordinance:

Notice is hereby given that the Council of the Borough of Columbia, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania will consider for adoption at its meeting on April 28, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in Council Chambers in the Municipal Building at 308 Locust Street, Columbia, Pennsylvania an ordinance titled and summarized as: an Ordinance of the Borough of Columbia, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania amending provisions of Ordinance No. 574 which created the Shade Tree Commission of the Borough of Columbia and is codified at Chapter 202 of the Code of the Borough of Columbia, and in particular Sections 202-8 – Property Owner Responsible for Costs, 202-19 – Trees Damaged by Storms, 202-22 – Trimming of Trees, 202-24 – Types of Trees Restricted, and 202-27 – Distance of Trees from Sidewalk; providing for the repeal of inconsistent ordinances; providing for the severability of the ordinance; and providing that the ordinance shall take effect as provided by Pennsylvania law. A complete copy of the Ordinance may be inspected at the Municipal Building, 308 Locust Street, Columbia, PA during regular business hours and the Lancaster Law Library, located at 50 North Duke Street, Lancaster, Pennsylvania during regular business hours. Columbia Borough By: Samuel Sulkosky Borough Secretary.”

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  • Here we go. Food prices headed upward: “Food prices are often volatile and are affected by a number of factors. While certain factors reflect human decision — such as the changing tastes of consumers and farmers’ planting choices — others are forces over which farmers have very little control. Issues such as weather conditions and diseases can cause severe supply shortages that cause the price of products to rise.” Click here to see the 10 Fastest Rising Food Prices.”24/7 Wall St.


“Despite Rise in Spills, Hazardous Cargo Rides Rails in Secret” – The New York Times

In Everyday Living, Government, History and Heritage, In Columbia, Opinions, Opportunities on April 16, 2014 at 5:59 am

rail safetyJodi Ross, town manager of Westford, Mass., and Joseph Targ, its fire chief, could learn little when a train derailed there this year. Credit Gretchen Ertl for The New York Times

by Jan Mouawad | The New York Times

“Jodi Ross, town manager in Westford, Mass., did not expect she would be threatened with arrest after she and her fire chief went onto the railroad tracks to find out why a train carrying liquid petroleum gas derailed on a bridge in February.

“But as they reached the accident site northwest of Boston, a manager for Pan Am Railways called the police, claiming she was trespassing on rail property. The cars were eventually put back on the tracks safely, but the incident underlined a reality for local officials dealing with railroads.

“‘They don’t have to tell us a thing,’ Ms. Ross said. ‘It’s a very arrogant attitude.’

“American railroads have long operated under federal laws that shield them from local or state oversight and provide a blanket of secrecy over much of their operations. But now a rapid rise in the number of trains carrying crude oil — along with a series of derailments and explosions — has brought new concern about the risks of transporting dangerous cargo by rail.”

Click here to read this New York Times article in its entirety.


Save the date: Saturday, April 26 – Celebrate Earth Day

In Everyday Living, In Columbia, Opportunities on April 16, 2014 at 5:13 am

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April council meeting agenda – April 14, 2014

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia on April 14, 2014 at 10:26 pm

Council president Michael Beury called the Monday night council meeting to order at 7:00 pm. The entire council, the mayor, solicitor, police chief, borough manager and borough finance officer were present. Additionally, there was a contingent representing the Red Rose Lodge #16 of the Fraternal Order of Police, two members of the Columbia Police Department and about a half-dozen or so citizens.

The meeting concluded at 8:53 pm.

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agenda council meeting page 1

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agenda council meeting page 2

Two Columbia police officers, Officer Austin Miller and Sergeant Jim Jacobs, received meritorious action commendations from police chief Jack Brommer for their actions in helping evacuate people from a working house fire on Manor Street earlier this year. Officers from the Red Rose Lodge #16 of the Fraternal Order of Police also bestowed the Peer Award to Officer Miller for the same incident. Sergeant Jacobs received his award for his actions in the evacuation and for assisting fire fighters at the scene by manning a line.

Part time Columbia police officer and United States Air Force Reserve Chief Master Sergeant Ortiz presented an Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve certificate to Chief Brommer. This awards program is “designed to recognize employers for employment policies and practices that are supportive of their employees’ participation in the National Guard and Reserve. All employer recognition and awards originate from nominations by individual Reserve component members.” composite

“scenes seen” on a magnificent Sunday in Columbia

In Everyday Living, In Columbia, Opinions, Opportunities, The Susquehanna, Treasures on April 13, 2014 at 9:31 pm

swift water rescue

Sunday’s bright sunshine gave everyone opportunity to be outdoors. At the River Park, there was lots of activity. Several Chester County fire departments’ were exercising their swift water rescue teams in the Susquehanna. Noticed that one of the trailers had a license plate; one didn’t.

off leash dog

Noticed another person with an off-lease dog in the park. Wonder if the Borough is culpable if an off-lease dog attacks another dog or a person? The signage is there; but if there’s no enforcement, might that constitute culpability? The capstone on the wall has been replaced. Noticed an incredible number of cigarette butts near the water again. Here, again, there’s no enforcement though the sign at the park entrance states “NO LITTERING.” Eventually, these cigarette butts will leach or wash into the River.

clean sidewalks and clean river

Anomalies abound. Evidently, you can get codes variations to have soda machines and motorcycles on the sidewalks of Columbia. Seems ironic to have all the blue painted signage extolling someone to “KEEP OUR RIVER CLEAN” and “PROTECT OUR WATER” when there’s organic matter, cigarette butts and trash serving as flotsam at nearly every grate.

That’s a lot of non-taxable property wrapping the THE

In Everyday Living, In Columbia, Opinions on April 13, 2014 at 8:39 pm

Did you look at the mapping at LancasterOnLine that identifies the non-taxable property around the county?

Do it seem logical that all the land wrapping the THE and convenience store property at Third and Linden Streets is non-taxable?

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Crack an egg at the Library

In Education, Everyday Living, In Columbia, Opportunities on April 12, 2014 at 4:30 am

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today’s news … Friday, April 11, 2014

In History and Heritage, In Columbia, Opinions, Uncategorized on April 11, 2014 at 5:30 am

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

Quote for today“Who reads them?”- “Harrisburg woman, whose mother and disabled brother each had $100,000 invested” with now deceased and disbarred attorney who stole the life savings of his investors in this Harrisburg Patriot-News article.

  • Indeed, who reads them! Does anyone read the little classified notices usually printed in the back pages of a publication of general circulation? Long-standing federal and state government laws recognized that the public has a right to be notified of certain government and government related actions. The publication of “Any advertisement, notice, statement, report, resolution, ordinance, or abstract of the same, required by law, rule, order or decree of court, by resolution of any board of directors, shareholders or officers of any corporation or unincorporated association, or any government unit to be printed and published for a valuable consideration in a newspaper.”
  • What if legal notices were posted online? Well, there are proponents of that. They cite cost savings for government. They cite increased “audience reach” if someone has access to a computer. They cite convenience and more. Legal-Notice.org, for instance, keeps a running “log” money that would of “would have been saved dollars by saying ‘If this site were designated as an “Official”, free, publication outlet for public notices, small businesses and taxpayers would have saved this amount since our inception.’”

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  • Anyone who’s attended council meetings has heard councillors question whether a discussed action item “has to be published” or a borough manager or mayor bemoan the cost of legal advertising. If anyone thinks that telling citizens about government actions is expensive, wonder whether they’ve considered the cost of not telling citizens?
  • The Columbia Borough School District has published a LEGAL NOTICE in today’s Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era soliciting proposals for the “Taylor Elementary Paving Project.” Kudos to the School District because information about that proposal is shown at the School District’s Website.
  • And anyone who’s meandered around the pages of a non-transparent, non-citizen-focused government Website knows full well that information that ought to be known and accessible is not. For instance, does it not make sense for governments to publish their own legal notices on their own Websites right now? Why don’t they? There’s no real cost to do that.
  • Shining “sunshine” into Medicare payments: This extract – “A disproportionate share of the payments went to a small cadre of doctors and providers” – from an article in the Harrisburg Patriot-News points out some medical payment irregularities.
  • There’s a column in today’s Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era about the bad decision to run a natural gas pipeline along the western part of the county. The columnist identifies the potential risk to the Susquehanna River. He asks, whether the pipeline could “be moved to the east.” Isn’t a potential pipeline leak environmentally catastrophic no matter where it is?


  • We wonder … why the photos in some local media of the two “teens facing trial for home invasion” in West Hempfield Township show two “nice portraits” rather than the mug shots that others arrested for misdeeds get. We’re not alone, LIPNews asks the question, too.

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