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and so it begins …

In Education, Everyday Living, Government, History and Heritage, In Columbia, Opinions, Opportunities, Treasures on June 25, 2014 at 1:53 pm

the series

click on the above graphic to read the LancasterOnLine special report on Columbia.

One commenter says: “This is fantastic high-quality journalism!”

Indeed, it is! … and some are recanting earlier suspicions.

Questions about things

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opinions, Opportunities, People on June 24, 2014 at 6:37 pm

Following Monday’s “council of the whole” meeting, several questions emerged. We’d like to share them.

  • Who is trashing the town and the River Park? The councillors debated the infusion of trash that’s been overflowing the municipality’s trash receptacles – at the River Park and along the streets in town. Someone suggested the trash containers could be emptied every day. Someone suggested that the “island people” in the Susquehanna River were the trash dumping culprits. Someone else said that it’s the boaters. More than one person actually suggested that the borough remove all trash cans. What then? Invite people to just throw litter, including hundreds or thousands of cigarette butts, where? Here’s a picture taken a few hours ago today, Tuesday.


  • Why do people who profess to love the River love to trash it? Yesterday afternoon, we watched a young man fishing from one of the floating docks; he nonchalantly flicked his cigarette butt into the River. A few steps away, two young men were dropping their boat into the River from the launch ramp. One of them flicked his cigarette butt into the River too. That’s some tough love, killing the fish and the River that provides so much recreation for so many. Surely there’s no sewage going into the River?
  • Do the spy cameras work? The mayor told everyone about the damaged chain link fence that protects River Park visitors from the railroad tracks. He said the damaged fence was not the result of vandalism. Instead, he said, during the morning on Monday, a boater was attempting to launch his and had an apparent heart attack. Consequently, the victim’s vehicle lurched forward and knocked into one of the light poles, bending it and breaking the glass atop the pole and the vehicle continued up the grade into the chain link fence. According to the mayor, the police arrived on the scene within 15 minutes and the “gentleman” driving the vehicle was deemed to have had a heart attack. Surely the spy cameras in the River Park and around town digitally captures “trash-tossing” terrorists and the tragic accident. Don’t they?


crash too

bent pole


  • Who will be invited to the big “to do?” Did you get your invitation to come to the Route 441 Relocation Project Ground Breaking Ceremony slated for July 11, 2014 at 9:00 am at a “to-be-determined” place?

441 bypass

  • Ever heard the phrase “300 years of tradition unimpeded by progress?”

Artist reception on Fourth Friday at Jonal Gallery

In Everyday Living, In Columbia, Opportunities, People on June 23, 2014 at 6:04 am

jonal 2

Tomorrow at the Library – “Songs and Stories of Science”

In Everyday Living, In Columbia, Opportunities, People on June 23, 2014 at 5:31 am

songs and stories

“As Ellsberg says on the billboard, a whistleblower ‘might save a war’s worth of lives.’”

In Government, Opinions, Opportunities on June 22, 2014 at 5:58 am



Events abound at Fourth Friday in June –

In Everyday Living, In Columbia, Lists, Opportunities on June 21, 2014 at 6:50 am

ff june

Click on the above graphic or the link below to download the entire news release.

Source: Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce press release

Monday at the Library – “Silly Goose and Val”

In Education, Everyday Living, In Columbia, Opportunities, People on June 21, 2014 at 4:37 am

silly goose

Columbia’s swimming pool is closed?

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opportunities, Uncategorized on June 17, 2014 at 6:45 am

Yesterday, a reader sent an email asking about the status of the Locust Heights Swimming Pool.

We wanted to ask questions to find out more, but yesterday was a busy “out-of-town” day.

Another person told us the property at 1200 Locust Street has a pool wall structural problem and that the owners would not open the pool.

Cole Umber’s got this picture at his Website.

locust Heights

Local developer, Cimarron Properties, has the “for lease” sign on the property!

The pool’s facebook page has a bunch of comments including many who “knew” the pool would not be opening this year.


Earlier this year at a borough council meeting, the above item was on the agenda. What happens to the above AED?

Free Lunch for Kids this summer

In Everyday Living, In Columbia, Opportunities on June 13, 2014 at 3:53 am

summer lunch program

The source of this announcement is posted at the Borough’s Website.

Get ready for “thunder on the river”

In Everyday Living, In Columbia, Opportunities on June 10, 2014 at 6:20 pm

The Columbia Lions Club, Rivertownes PA USA and the Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center have teamed up to continue a Columbia tradition: a June car show. Visit downtown Columbia on June 21, 2014, to enjoy the Thunder on the River Car Show. The car show will run from 10 am to 3 pm.


In 2005, Barry Doutrich, owner of Doutrich Auto Repair, founded the Cruisin’ Columbia Car Show in downtown Columbia as part of Columbia’s Old home Week. Over the years, that car show grew to include more than 400 cars and motorcycles and became an annual tradition for local residents and visitors alike. A few months after the 9th annual car show in 2013, Barry passed away after a courageous battle with ALS. Upon his death, Barry requested that the Cruisin’ Columbia name be retired and that any future car show not be named in his memory. Consistent with his wishes, the three non-profit community organizations decided to continue the event in 2014 under a new name: Thunder on the River Car Show.

The efforts of the three coordinating organizations gained widespread support from community businesses. Sponsorships from Chickies Rock Moose Lodge, Columbia Fraternal Association, Elite Energy, Columbia-Middletown Elks, Ship-Rite, and Turkey Hill Experience laid the groundwork for the show. Additional sponsorships from American Legion Post 372, Chapman Ford, ECM Automotive, Foresters of America, Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority, Susquehanna Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram and Union Community Bank put the show on firm financial footing.

A large array of vehicles, including cars, motorcycles, muscle cars, antique cars, trucks and hot rods will be on display on Locust Street. Enjoy these vehicles while listening to music from the ‘50s and ‘60s. Vehicle registration is available through the morning of the show.

Proceeds from this year’s event will be donated to the Columbia Food Bank, Columbia police initiatives, ALS Association to support the fight against Lou Gehrig ’s disease, and the three coordinating organizations. Admission for is free for spectators. This event will be held rain or shine. For more information, visit the SVCC website www.PaRivertowns.com or call 717-684-5249.

SOURCE: news release


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