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What is the 2013 Pennsylvania Youth Survey?

In Education, Everyday Living, Opportunities on September 17, 2014 at 5:13 am

This report (click on the graphic below to download, was mentioned in a newspaper article about a Lancaster County school board’s “ preliminary look at some puzzling numbers on student alcohol and drug use, and other issues such as bullying in the district.” 

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Columbia Borough School District and Our Lady of the Angels are among the “school districts, charter schools, and private schools which both participated in the 2013 Pennsylvania Youth Survey and are also represented in this profile report.”

“Half of bird species face homelessness as changing climate moves habitat”

In Everyday Living, Opinions, Opportunities, Treasures on September 12, 2014 at 5:12 am

CommonLoons640Among the likely and much-reported examples of how these shifts might play out: a Minnesota without loons, a Baltimore without orioles. – USFWS photo by Gary J. Wege

“This has been a bad-news week for American birders; also for non-birders who grasp that broad threats to our planet’s feathered species must also imperil the health of all the others.

“The first of two discouraging reports came from the National Audubon Society. It has been widely reported as predicting that as a consequence of habitat shifts driven by climate change, half of North American bird species are likely to be homeless within this century.

“Actually, that would be an optimistic reading of the main findings in “Birds and Climate Change,” a rigorous seven-year effort to overlay climate predictions of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on the remarkable data sets generated by a decades of citizen bird counts.

“Because of Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count, begun in 1900, and the North American Breeding Bird Survey begun with U.S. and Canadian government sponsorship in 1966, we know a lot more about birds — their numbers, habitat needs, natural ranges, migration patterns — than most other animals.”

To read this MINNPOST article in its entirety, click here.

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 at the library … Serpent Scientist

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


Click here to go to the Forgotten Friends facebook page.

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.


“Lancaster International Piano Festival Competition Night Brings Out the Best”

In Everyday Living, Opportunities, People, Uncategorized on July 23, 2014 at 5:23 am

Article and photos by Mary Ellen Graybill for Columbia news, views & reviews

At 7:30PM July 22, the Lancaster International Piano Festival dazzled the audience at the Ware Center with an amazing concert of pianists from far and wide … it was music galore from the grand piano on the stage at the Ware Center. Twelve pianists competed to win the Romantic Music Competition held in the Steinman Hall at the Ware Center in downtown Lancaster.

Women pianists in long dresses and heels and men pianists in black, young masters of the piano from many countries were selected from 35 representatives from Italy, Bulgaria, Korea, Columbia, Poland, China, Vietnam, Germany, Cuba, Hungary and the USA. They have been attending the Festival and it was time for the Romantic music competition —some playing Liszt (1811 – 1886), Scriabin (1872-1915), Chopin (1810 – 1849), and Schumann (1810 -1856).


Everyone agreed the 12 finalist pianists were exceptional. On the bare stage before a nearly full house at the Ware Center, one after the other thrilled the audience with performances full of crescendos and decrescendos. It was like comparing apples and oranges because the sound of Liszt would be so different from the effect of Schumann, for example. Yet the judges made their decision by the night’s end. It was not easy, they said.

All 12 performers had an incredible command of the grand piano and the Romantic era pieces that were echoes of the days when the acoustic piano was central to community and family life.

It was a great evening of almost free music, not computerized, not electronic, but ringing out from the past, through pianists who played without flaws, no music books, and they took our breath away!

festival compIn photo collage above, clock wise from left: Kathy Ashby, Elena Alvandi from Italy playing Schumann, the audience arrives. – photos by Mary Ellen Graybill

“They are young, remarkable (pianists with) skills with a lot of grace, truly I just think it was remarkable, all of them,” said Manheim township retired elementary teacher Kathy Ashby after the performance.

“This is the third year I’ve seen it,” she added “and, it’s a wonderful venue!”

Of the group of performers there were three honorable mentions: Elena Alvandi, from Italy played a crisp rendition of Papillons, Op. 2 by Robert Schumann, keeping melodies simple and dynamic. She said she had asked her parents for a piano when a child and that she was the first in her family to play piano.

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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.


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