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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!

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today’s late news … Monday, September 22, 2014

In Everyday Living, In Columbia, Lists, Uncategorized on September 22, 2014 at 7:40 pm

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

  • COLUMBIA POLICE DEPARTMENT NEWS RELEASE: THE FOLLOWING PERSONS WERE CITED FOR OBEDIENCE TO TRAFFIC CONTROL DEVICES, FOR DRIVING ON A ROADWAY THAT WAS CLEARLY POSTED TO BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC, FOR CONSTRUCTION, ONIRONVILLE PIKE, 21 SEPTEMBER 2014:JOANSTEPHENS BLACK, AGE 35, OFCOLUMBIA; WILLIAM A.ZIEGLER, AGE 62, OFWRIGHTSVILLE;ROGER C.SAUDER, JR., AGE 46, OFWRIGHTSVILLE;KRISTA L.LORAW, AGE 31, OCOLUMBIA;DAVID E.BOOHER, AGE 40, OFCOLUMBIA;NICOLEMARIEMCCOLLUM, AGE 36, OFSALUNGA;STEPHENWAYNE NESS, AGE 43, OFCOLUMBIA;HAROLD P.HOAK, JR., AGE 69, OFCOLUMBIA;ROBERT G. BROOKS, AGE 78, OFCOLUMBIA;TRACEY ALLENHARVEY, AGE 50, OFCOLUMBIA;MATTHEW JAMES RUBY, AGE 25, OFCOLUMBIA; JOY A.TYSON, AGE 38, OFCOLUMBIA; MARK C.ZEAMER, AGE 59, OFCOLUMBIA;MATTHEW J.FELTENBERGER, AGE 38, OF YORK.MICHAEL D. FORTNER, AGE 37 OF YORK, WAS CITED FOR MAKING A LEFT TURN WHERE POSTED NO LEFT TURN AT NORTH 5TH. AND MAPLE STREETS, 21 SEPTEMBER 2014.

    JOSE ANTONIO ECHEVARRIA-PEREZ, AGE 41, OF COLUMBIA, WAS CHARGED AND ARRAIGNED BEFORE DISTRICT JUSTICE ROBERT A. HERMAN, FOR SIMPLE ASSAULT, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, ON BLUNSTON STREET, 21 SEPTEMBER 2014. HE WAS RELEASED IN LEIU OF $3,000.00, ON HIS OWN RECOGNIANCE.

    TERRY LEE EMLET, AGE 40, OF COLUMBIA, WAS CITED FOR PUBLIC DRUNKENNESS AT 5TH. & LOCUST STREETS, 21 SEPTEMBER 2014.

    PETER DANIEL TORRES, AGE 28, OF COLUMBIA, WAS CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF SMALL AMOUNT OF MARIJUANA AND OPERATION OF VEHICLE WITHOUT CERTIFICATE OF INSPECTION, THAT HAPPENED 12 SEPTEMBER 2014, IN THE 500 BLOCK OF UNION STREET.

    DARRYL DESHAWN ROMAN, AGE 21, OF COLUMBIA, WAS CHARGED WITH ACCIDENTS INVOLVING DAMAGE TO ATTENDED VEHICLE; DRIVERS REQUIRED TO BE LICENSED AND FOR STOP SIGNS AND YIELD SIGNS, FOR AN INCIDENT THAT HAPPENED IN THE 300 BLOCK OF LINDEN STREET, 16 SEPT. 2014. ROMAN AND HIS PASSENGER CHANGED SEATS TO TRY TO AVOID THE CHARGES.

  • FOURTH FRIDAY ALONG THE RIVER TOWNS: In Wrightsville, Weavings, Ink is having an opening reception for their “Then and Now” Exhibit, displaying work from Robert Hammer, Richard Chandler Hoff, Phyllis Koster, Robert Oughton, Nick Pastal, Joel Springer, and Mary Todenhoft. These seven York County artists are exhibiting artwork which shows the progression of their art from their early childhood to their current professional career.

    Jonal Galley/Alverta Arts Shop will be featuring two artists; Richard Chandler Hoff – “Creating History – That Never Happened”, featuring graphite pencil drawings of the by-gone era of the 1940’s. An artist talk and presentation will be on Wednesday, October 1st from 7pm to 9pm – reservations recommended. Emerging photographer – Paul Hewitt views our world from a perspective we often ignore or pass by. He specializes in nature where he finds the most incredible beauty and diversity. Some of his photography is done through a microscope to see the bizarre and unreal world of the super small.

    Geltz Gotz Goodeze is having a day long Avon Fundraiser for Breast Cancer; raffle tickets are available for chances to win 12 different gift baskets, “Mary the Fairy” will be performing at the store between 5pm to 9pm. (SOURCE: news release)

  • STEPHENSON EQUIPMENT TO HOST JCB DEMO DAY –  October 1st event will include food, prizes, entertainment and the opportunity to try out JCB’s newest equipment.

EPHRATA, PA (Sept. 22, 2014) — Stephenson Equipment invites everyone to experience JCB’s world-leading heavy equipment first-hand at its upcoming Demo Day on Thursday, October 1 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. The event will take place at the dealership, 1805 Newport Road in Ephrata, PA, just off the Brownstown/Rothsville Exit of US-222. Stephenson Equipment’s Demo Day is free of charge and will take place rain or shine. A complimentary barbecue lunch will be available, and the dealership will be awarding numerous prizes to those in attendance, including a free rental of JCB’s World’s Safest Skid Steer. This machine features a unique one-armed “PowerBoom” design that allows operators to conveniently enter and exit the machine through a side door.

In addition to testing out various types of JCB equipment, those who attend will be able to speak with the Stephenson team and JCB’s product specialists. JCB’s 86C compact excavator, 526 compact telescopic handler and the new entry-level 3CX backhoe will be the newest machines available at the event. Available with a standard five-year warranty, the new 3CX boasts a rugged design that can reliably handle a multitude of tasks around any worksite. Stephenson Equipment will also have a wide selection of other JCB machines on hand for customers to see, operate and purchase, including other telescopic handler, backhoe and compact excavator models; skid steers, attachments and wheel loaders.

“We’re very pleased to debut these innovative JCB machines to professionals in this area of Pennsylvania,” said Todd Herrman, marketing manager for Stephenson Equipment. “Whether you’re in the market for a new machine or you’re just shopping around, we encourage you to join us and simply have fun while learning how JCB equipment stands up to the competition.”

For more information about Stephenson Equipment’s JCB Demo Day or to RSVP, call Colleen Ruiz at 800-325-6455 x1100. To learn more about JCB’s industry-leading equipment for the construction, agriculture, industrial and waste/recycling markets, call JCB’s North American Headquarters in Savannah at (912) 447-2000, or visit http://www.jcbamericas.com. (Source: news release)

  • LACKAWANNA SKY TO PERFORM AT SPIRIT OF ONENESS EXPO – Lackawanna Sky:  David Rose, Native American flutes and Russell Ferrara, classical guitars are slated to perform at Spirit of Oneness, A Holistic Expo to be held at theZembo Shrine, 3rd and Division Streets, Harrisburg, PA on October 4th, 2014 from 10:00am – 6:00pm and October 5th, 2014 from 10:00am – 5:00pm.  Lackawanna Sky will perform formal sets at 2:00 PM each day.  Admission to the Expo is $7.00 for a single day pass and $12.00 for a weekend pass.In addition to performing each day Lackawanna Sky will present their own current and past CDs as well as their own line of instruments.  They will also be available for mini or full lessons on their respective instruments as well as on the topic of improvisation on and the accompanying of Native American flutes.  Additional information about  Lackawanna Sky can be obtained at lackawannasky.com and about Spirit of Oneness at spiritofonenessevent.com.

    The mission of Spirit of Oneness is to bring together a group of Holistic and Metaphysical Practitioners to represent their services, and products, under one roof.  By doing so they hope to foster an environment of wellness and peacefulness, offering the attendee an opportunity to sample various holistic offerings at a nominal cost.  The theme of the  2014 Expo is “Living Your Optimal Life”.

    Lackawanna Sky recently began its second season performing in and around Lancaster.  They frequently appear at The Seed in Lancasters Market, have appeared at the Ware Center and the Convention Center during LAUNCH 2014, at the City Island Labor Day Pow Wow and at Juan Carlos Restaurant in Pottstown. They have also been performing on the road in Georgia and Wisconsin over the last few months. (SOURCE: news release)

“Scenes seen” on a simply splendid Saturday

In Everyday Living, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, People on September 21, 2014 at 4:20 am

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The above “scenes seen” (clockwise from top left)

And yesterday, Columbia’s River Park offered much of what parks can on a beautiful sunny day: Serenity, respite and relaxation in the arms of nature. The old fire station on North Fourth Street brandishes a FOR LEASE sign. Another “proper-tunity” that was purchased in April of this year for $113,000. In February, 2012, “Lancaster County Tax Claim Bureau and Doolittle Investments LLC conveyed 29 N. Fourth St. to Ashok K. Datta and Amita Datta for $7,000.”

Members of a wedding party seized the opportunity to capture river and the bridge as backdrop for wedding pictures.

The floating dock, with busted out railings and yellow do-not-cross tape to alert visitors.

A park visitor who chose to ignore the “NO DOGS OFF LEASH” signage. His dog ran across the park towards us; the owner lumbered up saying, “He’s friendly,” or something like that. Reminding him that dogs need to be leashed, he said, “You’ve got an attitude problem.”

Maybe! If asking people who bring dogs to the park to control them is an attitude problem, then we definitely do. In the center, the owner  in control of a beverage can … but not his dog.

Oh, yeah … the owner told me that his picture cannot be taken without his permission. Wrong-o, bucko! The basic right “is actually pretty simple: if you’re in a public place and you can see it, you can shoot it.” The ACLU says it this way: “Taking photographs and videos of things that are plainly visible from public spaces is your constitutional right.”

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The sign at the entrance of the park.

repairsAttention to detail and the little things count. Any property owner or manager knows these fundamentals:

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:

Nothing!

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:

Nothing!

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.”

 

A letter from a reader

In In Columbia, Opinions on September 17, 2014 at 5:18 am

NOTE: THERE ARE A SLEW OF COMMENTS ABOUT THIS ISSUE AT THE “What’s Happening in Columbia” facebook page: Interesting read: a lot of controversy about a borough zoning employee’s decision.

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I am writing in regards to this horrendous commercial type building that is being constructed on South 13th street. The building is 2800 square feet. The limit for any accessory building is 1000 square feet. Minor oversight? I think not. Jeff Helms admitted that he made a mistake, and now look what we neighbors are stuck with! This horrible monstrosity that ruins our neighborhood. And what is it going to do to our property values???

The new owner doesn’t even plan to live at the property, he is going to turn the single family home into a multi unit rental!!! There has been a stop work order placed until a meeting is held, where he will try to get a variance granted I’m sure! Something needs to be done! This is not okay. The building must come down.

Sincerely,
An angry taxpaying neighbor

Hearts for Ani

In Everyday Living, In Columbia, Opinions, Opportunities, People on September 11, 2014 at 12:20 pm

Cole Umber posted information about, Annika Horn, the young woman who was stabbed in Lancaster; he notes that she is from Columbia and a 2003 Columbia High School alumna.

Go here to make a contribution to her medical and recovery – show that Columbia cares!

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Community meeting slated for September 10

In Everyday Living, In Columbia, Opportunities on September 1, 2014 at 1:38 pm

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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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