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Come to a community conversation on March 16

In Everyday Living, In Columbia, Opportunities on March 3, 2015 at 4:10 am


PennDOT Encourages Motorists to Call 1-800-FIX-ROAD to Report Potholes | Wide Fluctuations in Temperatures is Generating Potholes

In Everyday Living, Government, Opportunities on February 23, 2015 at 12:48 pm

PennDOT encourages motorists to report potholes and other roadway maintenance concerns on state roads by calling PennDOT’s toll-free hotline at 1-800-FIX-ROAD.

The wide fluctuations in temperatures above and below the freezing point recently, along with water from the melting snow, have created prime conditions for the development of potholes on south central Pennsylvania roadways.

Potholes develop when water that seeps into and below the road through small cracks in the pavement freezes and expands. As the water repeatedly freezes and thaws, a cavity below the road is formed and larger cracks develop, which destroy the strength of the pavement. When vehicles travel over these areas, the pavement surface breaks and a pothole is formed.

Callers to the 1-800-Fix-Road hotline are asked to be as specific as possible when providing pothole locations or other maintenance concerns. Helpful information includes the state route and segment number (found on small white signs along the road), the municipality, and county. Callers should also provide a description of any familiar landmarks that will help PennDOT locate the problem area.

In addition to potholes, callers can also use the hotline number to report other state roadway maintenance concern such as roadway washouts, missing highway signs, high shoulder drop-offs, and drainage issues.

Once notified, PennDOT will work to address the pothole and roadway concerns as quickly as possible as weather and conditions permit. During this time of the year, however — when the hot asphalt plants are closed — pothole repairs are temporary in nature since only “cold patch” material is available to fill the potholes. In the spring, when the asphalt production plants are back in operation, more permanent repairs can be made with hot asphalt.

The 1-800-Fix-Road (1-800-349-7623) number should not be used to report traffic accidents, disabled vehicles, or other emergencies. Motorists should continue to call 9-1-1 to report those types of incidents.

SOURCE: News release

The splendor of The River in February

In Everyday Living, In Columbia, Opinions, Opportunities, The Susquehanna, Treasures on February 23, 2015 at 6:05 am


6The allure of The River’s winterscape: a compelling attraction for painters too.

riv 2Yesterday afternoon

riv 1In addition to these two, another set up canvas on the Trail Services Building portico – all rendering the Siberian-like barrenness of a Fellini-like February day.

spy polesSpeaking of Siberian-like, the apparatus atop one of the ominous spy cameras help “uglify” the Park. But the bent lamppost’s been straightened.


On a brighter note, a dining experience at Marietta’s Railroad House is anything but a black and white Fellini-like experience.

rr house

Fourth Fridays along the River Towns

In Everyday Living, In Columbia, Opportunities on February 16, 2015 at 5:33 am

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

We are quite excited this month to include a Grand Opening of the Susquehanna Center for the Creative Arts. Ribbon cutting ceremony will take place on February 27, 2015 at 5:30pm located at 224 Locust Street in Columbia.

The opening group show “Mountain – an Interpretation”.

The group shows open Friday, February 27 and closes with an artist talk Friday, March 27 when artists will discuss their work in relationship to the theme of mountain. Works by Kristi Arnold, Milt Friedly, Jeremy Friedly, James Fuhrman, Carol Galligan, Claire Giblin, Grace Troxell and Robert Troxell will be on display.

Stop over at the Garth Gallery, while in the area to check out Winter a Group Collection on display until March 21st. Featuring works of the following artists:  Diann Cardello, Bob Troxell, Janette Toth – Musser, Julie Yontz Rupp, and Jamie Hansen Douts, etc.

Also, in our lineup for Fourth Friday Artists Receptions will include the Eastern York High School 7th Annual Art exhibit February 27 – March 7, 2015

Opening reception 4th Friday February 27 6-8 pm

The Eastern York High School Art I and Art II students will exhibit their best artwork at Weavings, Ink. Art gallery in Wrightsville. Approximately 30 students will display pieces from this school year created under the tutelage of teacher Curt Miller. The opening reception is from 6-8 on 4th Friday February 27. Regular hours to view the show are Fridays from 1-5 and Saturdays 10-4.

SOURCE: news release

Still Alice – “A story of love, family and hope” … and a movie too important to miss

In Everyday Living, Opportunities on February 15, 2015 at 7:00 am

“In Lisa Genova’s extraordinary New York Times bestselling novel, an accomplished professor diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease learns that her worth is comprised of more than her ability to remember. Now a major motion picture from Sony Pictures Classics starring Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, Kate Bosworth, and Kristen Stewart!

“Alice Howland is proud of the life she worked so hard to build. At fifty years old, she’s a cognitive psychology professor at Harvard and a world-renowned expert in linguistics with a successful husband and three grown children. When she becomes increasingly disoriented and forgetful, a tragic diagnosis changes her life—and her relationship with her family and the world—forever.” – Amazon.com

Still Alice opened in theatres on Friday. Finding a local theatre that is playing this film is a challenge, though. Here’s the list of central Pennsylvania theatres showing the film; we saw the movie yesterday at the delightful  Midtown Cinema; a charming small movie house in Harrisburg.

Unfortunately, there are no listed theatres playing the film in Berks, Lancaster or Lebanon counties at this time.


“Alzheimer’s: the word is becoming more and more prevalent in the United States. As the number of patients creeps steadily upward, it becomes harder and harder to ignore. It’s nearly impossible to find someone who isn’t affected by the disease, whether it’s directly or indirectly (a friend or family member). But whether you know someone or not with the disease, you will be affected by STILL ALICE, Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland’s most recent film. Not only is it a showcase for a multiple award-winning performance by Julianne Moore, but it is also simply a poignant and relatable story.” – Sam’s Blog – Still Alice

Maria Shriver is the executive producer of Still Alice – She and the women of Still Alice are featured at this alzheimer’s association Webpage.

alz-facts--twothirdsAlmost two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer’s are women.

The risk is real.

  • A woman’s estimated lifetime risk of developing Alzheimer’s at age 65 is 1 in 6, and as real a concern as breast cancer is to women’s health, women in their 60s are about twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s during the rest of their lives as they are to develop breast cancer.
  • Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States. It is the only cause of death among the top 10 in America that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed.
  • Approximately half a million people die each year because they have Alzheimer’s.

Not only are women more likely to have Alzheimer’s, they are also more likely to be caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s.

  • More than 3 in 5 unpaid Alzheimer’s caregivers are women — and there are 2.5 more women than men who provide 24-hour care for someone with Alzheimer’s.
  • In 2013, 15.5 million caregivers provided an estimated 17.7 billion hours of unpaid care valued at more than $220 billion.
  • Because of caregiving duties, women are likely to experience adverse consequences in the workplace. Nearly 19 percent of women Alzheimer’s caregivers had to quit work either to become a caregiver or because their caregiving duties became too burdensome.


articles of interest about police and fire and football

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opinions, Opportunities on February 12, 2015 at 6:56 am

There was an article in yesterday’s LNP – Always Lancaster about Mount Joy’s decision to search for a police chief. According to the article, the borough looked into a regionalization possibility, but couldn’t find a willing partner who wanted to consolidate.

On the topic of consolidation … at Monday’s council meeting, councillor Mary Barninger explained that the April 1, 2015 date that had been imposed back in the middle of 2014 might or might not be an absolute deadline.

The “line in the sand” for fire department consolidation has been drawn. Representatives from two of the borough’s three fire departments petitioned the councillors to approve a “end date” for the borough fostered consolidation of fire companies. Jay Barninger asked for an end date that said by April 1, 2015, the three separate fire fighting entities must come together. He also asked that council consider adjusting the code to allow the existing borough fire chief to maintain the position beyond the end of 2014 until the April 1 date to maintain a course and lessen confusion. Additionally, he asked the council to reconsider the motion passed at last month’s “council of the whole” meeting about the purchase and allocation of the new radios. The council, after discussion, voted to reconsider that decision and reduced the radio purchase authorization which would, according to Barninger, be sufficient to provide radios for borough’s fire officers so that public safety would not be compromised. – SOURCE: Columbia news, views & reviews, July 15, 2014

“Ready to win: what police, companies and the rest of us can learn from the Patriots” – The Conversation

patriotsWas this guy just lucky? Or just prepared? Reuters


The Susquehanna in winter

In Everyday Living, In Columbia, Opportunities, The Susquehanna on February 6, 2015 at 5:17 am

the river


So how come there’s no gasbuddy.com for heating oil?

In Everyday Living, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities on January 31, 2015 at 9:24 am

oil prices

Gasbuddy.com is an excellent Website that allows consumers to track the price of gas at retail outlets across the nation. The Website shows the pricing trends and the most current prices almost anywhere. For instance, click here to see the prices for the 17512 zip code.

So, how come there’s no comparable Website for heating oil retailers?

Try google and you’ll find a bunch of Websites that masquerade as pricing finders; problem is they’re not.

For example, this site, ezhomeheating.com, shows pricing in and around Columbia ranging from $2.499 to $2.899 a gallon. This one, MidAtlantic Oil, is equally non-specific.

The US Energy Information Website shows the current Pennsylvania average price as $2.487. The Website also has a tracking of prices since 1990 when the price per gallon was $1.266.

“The Energy Information Administration has predicted that between Oct. 1 2014 and March 31, 2015 there would be a price drop for home heating oil of 15%, 27% for propane, 5% for natural gas, and 2% for electric. On the other hand, if the winter happens to be 10% colder than predicted, oil prices will only drop 5%, propane would decrease 15%, natural gas would increase 6%, and electric would increase 2%. Although this is all good news, the cost of oil now is still higher than the last five years averaged together.” – Greater Harrisburg Oil Heat Association

We know that’s not full, nor accurate, disclosure. Just yesterday, we paid less than those numbers and an acquaintance paid a lot less than we did.

There are lots of qualifiers that oil heat retailers will apply. There are considerations for buying “less than” or “more than” volumes; cash discounts; service agreements; delivery area; etc.; etc.

But none of these begs the issue of clear pricing posting. In the digital era we’re in, a Website price can be changed in a matter of minutes.


We like Sauder Fuels’ approach; the current prices are on the Website.

Sauder Fuels service does not include the Columbia area; but Sauder Fuels’ Website tells you that.





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. 


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