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The Friday derailment roundup – Public Source

In Everyday Living, In Columbia on April 19, 2015 at 8:57 am

Could there be a train derailment with an oil spill … an explosion … a fire could it happen here?

Are trains carrying oil tankers passing through Columbia? YES!

“Derailment after derailment. They just keep happening.

“Since early February, there have been at least four train derailments in North America carrying crude from North Dakota’s Bakken Shale. These accidents have sparked increased calls from citizens, the rail industry and lawmakers for the federal government to increase safety regulations.

“To keep up with these incidents, PublicSource will provide a roundup of stories every week.

 

Fourth Fridays along the River Towns

In Everyday Living, In Columbia, Opportunities on April 16, 2015 at 6:24 pm

Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce invites the public to visit our local galleries, specialty shops, and restaurants in Columbia, Marietta, and Wrightsville.

Our list of Fourth Friday participants has grown to include four art galleries; seven antique & specialty shops, eight restaurants, two historic venues, and a bookstore. This month we celebrate our additions to the group, Columbia Health Center and Mullen Books. Look for a complete list of participants on the website www.PaRivertowns.com.

Art Gallery Weavings, Ink in Wrightsville is featuring “A River Runs Through Them” from April 24 – June 6, 2015. Artists featured are the following: Rob Evans, Wrightsville; Glenn Blue, Wrightsville, Robert Hammer, Wrightsville, David Haneman, Marietta, Phyllis Koster, Wrightsville, Frank Morgan, Wrightsville, Robert Oughton, Wrightsville, Nick Pastal, Wrightsville, Sue Reno, Columbia, Suzanne Satterfield, and Wrightsville.

Garth Gallery Studio & Frame Shop is presenting its Annual Abstract Show featuring works from Diann Cardello, Nancy Malachowski, Robert Borrell, Maaike Heitkonig, Julie Yontz Rupp, Philip Malachowski, Tracy Male, Ryan Ross, Robin Kaufman, Robert E. Buchanan, Susan Davitti Darling, Thom Kulp, Janette Toth Musser, Jaye Crist, Leona Kathryn Cauley, and Jamie Douts.

Susquehanna Center for the Creative Arts is presenting “The Figure – An Interpretation”. Artists Erin Baker, Kim Banister, Ange Benti, Forrest Brackbill, Daniel Burns, Jeff Bye, Jeremy Friedly, Milt Friedly, Jeff Geib, Claire Giblin, Carl Gombert, Maureen Joyce, Evan Kitson, Casey Lard, Jacklyn Madsen, Seward Ryan, Grace Troxell, Robert Troxell, Shawn Williams, and Tom Yurkovic will be at the reception from 5pm to 9pm. This show will be on display through June 5th.

Through the Fire Artists Studio is showing works from Jerry King Musser, Janette Toth-Musser, and Mathew Jakeilski.

The Historic Mount Bethel Cemetery is presenting artwork from students of the Columbia School District and Homeschooled students. Artwork will be in the caretaker’s cottage. The caretaker’s cottage will also be open on Sunday from 2 to 4pm.

Bootleg Antiques & Oddities is having wine tasting and moonshine samples along with musical entertainment by The Bootlegger’s Gang. This group is known for their country bluegrass selections.

Salem United Church of Christ on 324 Walnut Street Columbia, will be offering a way to relax in prayer and gather with others for Evening Compline. Service will begin after 9pm.

Columbia’s Shade Tree Commission will be celebrating their 24th Annual Arbor Day Ceremony. Activities will occur at Locust Street Park beginning at 6pm. Stu Higgins and George Keyser is performing musical selections during the ceremony. If inclement weather the ceremony will be held in the Columbia Borough Municipal Building at 308 Locust Street.

Come join us along the River Towns and experience the Arts in our communities!

SOURCE: Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce news release

“New Takes on Old Issues”

In Education, Everyday Living, Government, History and Heritage, In Columbia, Opinions, Opportunities, People, The Susquehanna on April 16, 2015 at 4:46 am

Yesterday, over 200 officials, planners, administrators and professionals from state, local and county government, nonprofit community agencies,  private businesses, banks, colleges and universities, consulting firms, and interested citizens attended the South Central Pennsylvania Regional Summit in Camp Hill. The day-long conference included a full agenda of panelists presenting “new takes on old issues.

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The Summit featured “sessions in four tracks that offer a broad range of topics for groups that serve communities. The tracks included “Local  Government Innovation and Cooperation, Housing and Community Development, Regional Connections and Issues, and Higher Education.” A theme of “connectivity” seemed to pulse through the day.

Throughout the day, conversations in the sessions, at breaks, at lunch, seemingly all the conversations dwelt on the “connectivity” of the need for an educated workforce; codes development and enforcement; community engagement; transportation; inclusiveness of diverse populations; planned and considered land use, etc. We spoke with transportation providers, elected public servants, municipal representatives, planners, educators, codes specialists; transportation experts and others about the issues impacting the people who live in Central Pennsylvania’s communities.

GovernonGovernor Tom Wolf addressed the summit attendees; he stressed his important initiatives, including a skilled work force; a modernized tax system that includes lessening the homeowner burden to finance education, a natural resources severance tax; and being mindful of all populations as this part of the state continues to experience major population growth.

We attended sessions that dealt with “best practices and new approaches on key issues in blight and community revitalization, housing rehabilitation, homelessness, senior and disability housing, affordable homeownership and housing counseling” and other community development topics.

We got the opportunity to talk with community leaders, planners; elected public Read the rest of this entry »

Friday, April 24 “Dining under the Stars” at the Fourth Friday Feast

In Everyday Living, In Columbia, Opportunities on April 15, 2015 at 5:59 pm

fourth friday feast

Columbia Domestic Violence Support Group begins Monday nights starting May 4

In Education, Everyday Living, In Columbia, Opportunities on April 15, 2015 at 4:15 am

DV support

“Columbia teachers get second chance to vote on fact-finder’s report” – Lancaster OnLine

In Education, Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opinions, Opportunities on April 14, 2015 at 9:31 pm

“The school board is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 17.”

“The benefit package, along with salary increases that grow from 2 percent in the first year to 2.74 percent in the fourth, would require a higher property tax rate, (School Board president Thomas) Strickler said.”

Borough Council Agenda and police news release

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, People on April 13, 2015 at 10:35 pm

The April Borough Council meeting was convened at 7:04 pm tonight; councillors Jim Smith and Jody Gable were absent. The remaining councillors, the mayor, the acting borough manager, the finance director and the solicitor conducted the meeting in the presence of about a dozen people in the gallery. The meeting was adjourned at 9:14 pm.

The one absent councillor, Gable, submitted her resignation from council at a previous meeting.

Eligible citizens are encouraged to submit interest in completing Gable’s term. A letter of interest and a brief statement of qualifications should be tendered to the acting borough manager.

The basic qualification to serve as a borough councillor is to be a registered voter and resident of the borough. Councillors must have resided in the borough continuously for at least one year before their election. To continue serving as a councillor, an individual must retain residence within the borough. To qualify as a voter, a person must be eighteen years of age and a resident of the election district. A person whose name appears on the district voting register but who is no longer a resident of the borough is not a lawfully registered elector. Legal residence includes not only a person’s intention, but also a physical presence. The requirement of residence  approximates domicile. Intention or voter registration is not enough; the actuality of an individual’s residence is  better determined by conduct than by words. A person cannot declare a domicile inconsistent with the facts of  where one actually lives.

Agenda page one

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Agenda page two

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Due to other commitments, Columbia news, views & reviews is unable to add comments about the conversations and the agenda topics at this time.

Columbia Police Department news release – April 13, 2015

JAYNE A. MAUND, AGE 44, OF COLUMBIA, WAS CITED FOR VEHICLE TURNING LEFT AT 3RD. & CHESTNUT STREETS, 12 APRIL 2015.

DILLON T. REYNOLDS, AGE 24, OF LANDISVILLE, WAS CITED FOR REGISTRATION & CERTIFICATION OF TITLE REQUIRED, AT 3RD. & CHESTNUT STREETS, 12 APRIL 2015.

CHRISTOPHER W. MILLER, AGE 41, OF COLUMBIA, WAS CITED FOR OPERATION OF VEHICLE WITHOUT OFFICIAL CERTIFICATE OF INSPECTION ON SOUTH FOURTH STREET, 11 APRIL 2015.

KRISTY LANDIS, AGE 38, OF LANCASTER, WAS CITED FOR OPERATION OF VEHICLE WITHOUT OFFICIAL CERTIFICATE OF INSPECTION, IN THE 800 BLOCK OF LOCUST STREET, 12 APRIL 2015.

JOSE EDUARDO PEREZ NIEVES, AGE 26, OF YORK, WAS CITED FOR MAXIMUM SPEED LIMITS; REGISTRATION & CERTIFICATION OF TITLE REQUIRED; AND FOR REQUIRED FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, AT ROUTE 30 EAST & RT. 441, 12 APRIL 2015.

RANDY S. COOPER, AGE 34, OF COLUMBIA, WAS CITED FOR DRIVING WHILE OPERATING PRIVILEGE IS SUSPENDED OR REVOKED AND FOR STOP SIGNS & YIELD SIGNS, AT 13TH. & MANOR STREETS, 10 APRIL 2015.

JEFFREY TEMPLIN, AGE 26, OF BAINBRIDGE, WAS CITED FOR FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY; TRAFFIC-CONTROL SIGNALS; AND FOR DRIVING WHILE OPERATING PRIVILEGE IS SUSPENDED OR REVOKED, AT 3RD. AND LINDEN STREETS, 12 APRIL 2015.

WILLIAM MYERS, AGE 55, OF COLUMBIA, WAS CITED FOR STOP SIGNS & YIELD SIGNS AND FOR DRIVING WHILE OPERATING PRIVILEGE IS SUSPENDED OR REVOKED, AT ROUTE 30 EAST & LINDEN STREET, 12 APRIL 2015.

THE FOLLOWING PERSONS WERE CITED FOR OBEDIENCE TO TRAFFIC CONTROL DEVICES, 12 APRIL 2015: KEVIN BAHADUR, AGE 21, OF COLUMBIA; OSMAN AHMED KHAN, AGE 28, OF CONESTOGA; JOSEPH P. GOODHART, JR., AGE 51, OF MANHEIM; AND ALEXIS MARIE LITTLE, AGE 21, OF YORK.

THE FOLLOWING PERSONS WERE CITED FOR MAXIMUM SPEED LILMITS, AT ROUTE 30 EAST & RT. 441, 12 APRIL 2015: ZACHARY R. BRODY, AGE 21, OF YORK; LAURA E. McDOWELL, AGE 49, OF LITITZ; COLIN E. B. HUNT, AGE 18, OF LANCASTER; SARA MARIE BAKKE, AGE 23, OF MARYLAND; NICCOLE LYNN WRIGHT, AGE 37, OF EASTON; ALEMAYEHU DEMISSIE, AGE 60, OF NEW JERSEY; AND RICHARD C. AVERSALLI, AGE 23, OF SPRING GROVE.

“Columbia residents, business owners vow to revitalize and thrive” – LancasterOnLine

In Everyday Living, In Columbia, Opportunities, People on April 9, 2015 at 4:26 pm

Click to read this perspective and quotes like these.

“Many who attended the meeting came with the dreams they’ve carried for decades.”

Consultant Rick “Jackson said he wasn’t sure there was a parking problem in Columbia, which sent the crowd murmuring, many listing situations where they had issues with parking.

“One resident said he thought the issue was with paid parking, and that he noticed streets with meters had plenty of available spaces, but people didn’t want to pay.”

CEDC’s Columbia Downtown Master Plan revealed at meeting

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities, People on April 8, 2015 at 9:11 pm

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In March, the Columbia Economic Development Corporation invited certain groups of people to share the “charrette presentation.” Not everyone, just certain groups of people. Click on the graphic above to view that presentation.

This evening everyone was invited, via an article in the daily newspaper, and subsequent shares at Cole Umber’s news site and this one, to a Columbia Downtown Master Plan presentation at Perfect Settings in downtown Columbia.

A crowd of less than 100 and more than 50 assembled to be taken through the presentation (click here to see the presentation) – the meeting began at 6:00 pm and ended just after 8:15 pm.

Two councillors attended, as did the mayor, and a number of recognizable persona from the borough.

The consultants emphasized the need to collaborate and move to a set of collective visions. The presentation set a number of aggressive target achievement dates.

There’s still no mention of the charrette nor the presentation at the CEDC Website and no facebook post since February.

Yet collaboration, coordination and communication were mentioned frequently tonight.

PA Auditor General issues good reports on Columbia’s Pension Plan audits

In Government, In Columbia on April 8, 2015 at 11:58 am

The office of the Auditor General has issued these reports:

Non-Uniformed Pension Plan

Police Pension Plan

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