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It could happen! Couldn’t it?

In Everyday Living, In Columbia, Opportunities on January 28, 2015 at 5:16 pm

If it ever comes to pass … back in April

It could happen … with one competitor out of the game.

Code enforcement … na-a-a-h!

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opinions, Opportunities on January 27, 2015 at 7:37 am

Seemingly, the flashing or animated signs are everywhere and Columbia’s taking on a border-town appearance.


Back in 2011, Columbia news, views & reviews posted this:

“Someone asked us about businesses with “flashing signs” in their windows.”

Guess what? According to the Borough code, those signs are not allowed.

§ 220-53 Prohibited signs. The following signs are prohibited in all zoning districts: Flashing, blinking, twinkling, animated or moving signs of any type, except time and temperature signs may flash. In addition, flashing lights visible from a street shall not be used to attract attention to a business. This restriction specifically includes window signs …”  

Funny thing is that (in 2011) we counted nearly a dozen of them around town (that includes more than a half dozen on one block of a main street.

Today, there are more signs.

If it’s a code or a law, enforce it. If you do not want to enforce it, get it off the books. 

animal lovers, take notice

In Everyday Living, Opportunities, People on January 25, 2015 at 6:39 am

raven ridge

If you’re an animal lover, be sure to read Ad Crable’s column in today’s LNP- Always Lancaster.

The column is about licensed “wildlife rehabilitator” Tracie Young and her “right-down-the-road-in-Washington Boro” Raven Ridge Wildlife Center.

Want to help? “You can make donations through Pay Pal on the Raven Ridge Wildlife Center’s Facebook page. Or call Young at the center, 808-2652.”


end of an era – no more A-TREAT

In Everyday Living, Opinions, Opportunities, Treasures on January 24, 2015 at 11:05 am



This is another end of an era. The announcement in today’s Allentown Morning Call, “A-Treat closing after nearly a century in Allentown,” will send tremors across a host of people and carnival organizers. What will a ring toss be without A-TREAT bottles as targets and prizes? We are grieving this news.

“Goodbye, A-Treat. Birthday parties and barbecues, field trips and family picnics won’t be the same without you.

“Those are the events where generations of Lehigh Valley residents learned to love the many varieties of soda produced in A-Treat’s east Allentown factory: the cola and cream soda, the birch beer and ginger ale, the grapefruit and black cherry and sarsaparilla and Big Blue — the blue raspberry variety that was colored like nothing in nature but was catnip to sweet-toothed kids.”

Click here to read this A-TREAT obituary in the Morning Call.

By the way, the bottle in the above photo collage is on E-Bay starting at $50.

Communicating with shareholders in today’s world

In Education, Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opinions, Opportunities on January 22, 2015 at 7:59 am

School districts seem to get it! There are lots of ways that entities have available to communicate with share holders.

Today, for instance, the Columbia Borough School District’s Website spotlights the school delay in bold red letters.

“The Columbia Borough School District is operating under a two hour delay today.”

Eastern York School District‘s Website has a red band a notice about today’s two hour delay and a link to this explanatory page.

Hempfield’s got a School Closing Information page that tells its shareholders where to find information. Additionally, there’s a two-hour delay announcement on the home page.

school closing

fire department consolidation

In Education, Everyday Living, Government, History and Heritage, In Columbia, Opinions, Opportunities on January 16, 2015 at 5:36 am

Perhaps you’ve been reading the recent letters to the editor about the fire service in Manheim Township. In fact, two more appear in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster.

Here’s the story on the Manheim Township Fire Department from its Website:

In November of 2007, a presentation was made to the members of our three volunteer stations regarding the future direction of fire rescue services in Manheim Township. An on-line survey was used to gauge the response of our members. A decision was reached to begin the planning process f or creation of a 10-15 year strategic plan to guide the future actions of Manheim Township Fire Rescue.

In January of 2008 a 13 member Strategic Plan Steering Committee was selected. The Committee was comprised of three representatives from each volunteer fire rescue station, two citizens-at-large from the community, and two representatives from Manheim Township government. In addition, two non-voting members from the East Petersburg Fire Company were also on this committee. The Committee later expanded to include three members from the Manheim Township Ambulance Association as well. The Committee held public meetings on the second Thursday of every month in the Commissioners meeting room at the Township building.

After almost 18 months of work and over 10 draft documents, a presentation was made to the Board of Commissioners. After some revisions, negotiations, and funding changes, the final version of the Manheim Township Fire Rescue Strategic Plan was adopted by municipal resolution 2009-38 on August 10, 2009.

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Blue Rock Fire Rescue‘s consolidation path is similar. ” … each fire company committed $25,000.00 to an operating fund in order to finance the project and demonstrate commitment to the effort” that resulted in the consolidation of four separate fire departments into one.

Columbia’s in the consolidation planning process now; the Columbia Borough Fire Department website was activated in the fall of 2013. There’s a TAB at the Website labeled “Public Education” – unfortunately, there’s no documentation on the process shown.


He / she / it who / that has the gold writes the rules

In Lists, Opinions, Opportunities on January 10, 2015 at 7:59 am

These items from the news relate to the significance (if you’re rich, powerful and entitled) and insignificance (if you’re not) of life.

The bishop, the cyclist and a death on the road

“On Friday, the state’s attorney for Baltimore City announced charges againstSuffragan Bishop Heather Cook, one of the highest ranking officials in the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland, including criminal negligent manslaughter, driving while impaired and texting, and leaving the scene of an accident.” – The New York Times

OPEC tries stamping out frackers

“Competition in the oil business was, in John D. Rockefeller, Sr.’s view, a terrible thing — wasteful, counterproductive, conducive to crazy booms and busts.” Could the decline in gas prices come from OPEC’s modeling of Rockefeller’s practices? – BloombergView

In the US, one lesson from oil prices: Rich people win again

““In 2016 we will have less oil being produced, which will crimp the supply and boost prices again.” – The Guardian (US)

Articles like these cement staunch supporters for the one man who “gets it.”

Pope Francis’s holy war on capitalism and toxic inequality

We like “ … anticapitalist, anticonservative, socialist Pope Francis. Fortune magazine ranks him first among the ‘World’s 50 Greatest Leaders.’ Tenure unlimited. Now he’s in an ideological war with U.S. Senate Majority boss Mitch McConnell’s Big Oil backed GOP as well as conservative ideologues. At war in America’s unstable, endlessly fickle, myopic, rigged political arena.” - MarketWatch

By 5:45 pm it had a “Gotham-like” look …

In Everyday Living, In Columbia, Opportunities on December 31, 2014 at 6:48 pm

and the few disappointed families that had come to the parking lot for the experience owned up to the fact that nothing would be happening.

No virginia

The families were promised “Many vendors  representing area businesses, civic organizations, etc., will be on hand to  provide free family fun – games, activities, crafts, giveaways, and more.   The highlight of the evening will take place at 6pm with the dropping of  a large ice cream cone to ring in the new year.” It was not to be.

Where’s Batman when you need him?


Last year’s New Year’s Eve Family Fun celebration was captured by Cole Umber here. Got to admit the last commenter to Cole’s article hits the nail squarely on the head.

What a difference a year made!

191 years ago …

In Everyday Living, History and Heritage, Opportunities, Treasures on December 24, 2014 at 5:08 am

[EDITOR’S NOTE: The above image and other Favorite Illustrated, Antique versions of Twas The Night before Christmas are available here.]

“Clement Moore, the author of the poem ‘Twas the night before Christmas,’ was a reticent man and it is believed that a family friend, Miss H. Butler, sent a copy of the poem to the New York Sentinel who published the poem. The condition of publication was that the author of Twas the night before Christmas was to remain anonymous. The first publication date was 23rd December 1823 and it was an immediate success. It was not until 1844 that Clement Clarke Moore claimed ownership when the work was included in a book of his poetry. Clement Clarke Moore came from a prominent family and his father Benjamin Moore was the Bishop of New York who was famous for officiating at the inauguration of George Washington. The tradition of reading “Twas the night before Christmas” poem on Christmas Eve is now a Worldwide institution and tradition.”

Twas the Night before Christmas Poem

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads.
And mamma in her ’kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap.

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter. Read the rest of this entry »

Paul Harvey’s kind of policeman

In Everyday Living, Government, Opinions, Opportunities on December 23, 2014 at 5:01 am

This video is making the rounds. It’s Paul Harvey’s tribute to the policeman – the law enforcement officers.

Harvey wrote the tribute in 1970; Harvey’s tribute comes about because his father was a policeman – a policeman killed in the line of duty.

“What is a policeman made of? He, of all men, is once the most needed and the most unwanted. He’s a strangely nameless creature who is “sir” to his face and “fuzz” to his back. He must be such a diplomat that he can settle differences between individuals so that each will think he won.

But  . . .  if the policeman is neat, he’s conceited; if he’s careless, he’s a bum. If he’s pleasant, he’s flirting; if not, he’s a grouch. He must make an instant decision  which would require months for a lawyer to make.

But  . . .  if he hurries, he’s careless; if he’s deliberate, he’s lazy. He must be first to an accident and infallible with his diagnosis. He must be able to start breathing, stop bleeding, tie splints and, above all, be sure the victim goes home without a limp. Or expect to be sued.

The police officer must know every gun, draw on the run, and hit where it doesn’t hurt. He must be able to whip two men twice his size and half his age without  damaging his uniform and without being “brutal.”

If you hit him, he’s a coward. If he hits you, he’s a bully. A policeman must know everything—and not tell. He must know where all the sin is and not partake. A  policeman must, from a single strand of hair, be able to describe the crime, the weapon and the criminal—and tell you where the criminal is hiding. But . . . if he catches the criminal, he’s lucky; if he doesn’t, he’s a dunce.

If he gets promoted, he has political pull; if he doesn’t, he’s a dullard. The policeman must chase a bum lead to a dead-end, stake out ten nights to tag one witness who saw it happen—but refused to remember. The policeman must be a minister, a social worker, a diplomat, a tough guy and a gentleman.

And, of course, he’d have to be genius . . . for he will have to feed a family on a policeman’s salary.”

All true enough for arguably one of the most difficult professions in the world. We want to look up to the person behind the badge – the person sworn to “protect and defend.”

But that was then and the climate is changed somewhat today. There are departments who have among their ranks police officers with drunk driving records; leaving the scene of an accident records and “reduced IQ requirements.” In 1970, most departments had “residency requirements” and police officers were members of the community. Times change and standards have changed as well.

The report shown below also identifies other differences and challenges departments encounter, including hiring “officers who were inadequately screened and, in a few notable cases, had criminal records prior to their police service.”

hiring police officers

Every citizen wants to have confidence that his or her police department is comprised of “Paul Harvey policemen.”


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