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o-o-p-s! Our goof … we lost a post.

In Everyday Living, Government, History and Heritage, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities, People on November 28, 2015 at 6:51 am

Earlier this week, Columbia news, views & reviews showed examples of the more of the downtown properties that reflect the “paint and porches” improvements that are part of the Columbia improvements. With the swipe of a few keys, we “lost” the post.

Here’s a recapture of sorts.

weber paintsome of the L. Weber downtown properties

A local paint contractor, L. Weber Painting, appears to be on the preferred list of the property owners at the vanguard of the “plantings, porches and paint” concepts posted here nearly two years ago.

L. Weber’s Angie’s List listing.

Other improvements that we see in downtown Columbia.

perked up locust

hpt awardmore positive changes

if-onlyIf only that COLUMBIA DOWNTOWN MASTER PLAN could get going …

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In In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities on November 28, 2015 at 5:20 am

 Show your support for local small businesses in and around Columbia, click here (or on the SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY logo below) and enter 17512 IN THE ZIP CODE box to find a not-altogether-comprehensive listing of enrolled participating merchants.


Wiki-Pedia’s take on Small Business Saturday!

American Express cuts back on perk for Small Business Saturday

… and this guy says, “That’s because Small Business Saturday is nothing more than a PR stunt for big businesses.”

one month remaining in 2015-Q4

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities on November 27, 2015 at 7:36 am

With just over a month remaining in 2015, and the defined 2015-Q4 in the Columbia Economic Development Corporation’s COLUMBIA DOWNTOWN MASTER PLAN, it’s time to look at the plan again and tally the accomplishments.

downtown master plan

  • The CEDC’s accomplishment of Strategies in the Master Plan

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Chamber announces holiday happenings in and around Columbia

In Everyday Living, Lists, Opportunities on November 23, 2015 at 7:29 am

Gingerbread Tour & Contest, visit the venues that are participating in this annual contest. Vote on the most creative Gingerbread House and after you have visited each venue, write your name and phone number on the ballot and be entered in a drawing for a $20 Gift Certificate! List of venues will be posted on November 20th on the Gingerbread House Event Page.

Garth Gallery and Framing Shop – (South 2nd Street) will be showcasing their Annual Miniatures Show from November 27th to January 22nd.

Susquehanna Center for the Creative Arts (SCCA) – (200 Block of Locust Street) will be hosting their Annual Holiday Show at the SCCA featuring work by 24 regional artists in a variety of media, including: ceramics, glass, drawing, painting, mixed media, photography, printmaking and sculpture. The show opens Nov. 27 and runs through Jan. 16, 2016. SCCA is also participating in the Gingerbread House Tour, stop by and be witness to the professor’s creativity.

Through the Fire – (400 Block of Locust Street), will be showing Portrait art by Todd Geiger and work from Jaye Crist. New to the gallery is ceramic art by Scott Schmitt. As always, there is a variety of beautiful glass art by a number of artists.

Weavings, Ink – (Wrightsville) is having their Annual Holiday Show featuring the work of local and regional artists. We have affordable gift items including jewelry, weavings, robots, stained and painted glass, pots, prints and many more unique gifts.

Bootleg Antiques is hosting music by Sonny Lee and The Bootleggers, along with moonshine and whiskey samples in the café.

Columbia Historic Preservation Society is continuing their Lloyd Mifflin exhibition, which runs all year long. In addition; CHPS will have their Annual Open House of the Model Railroad Town of Columbia. Join them on one of the following dates: Sat & Sun 11/28 & 11/29 1-4 Sat & Sun. 12/5 & 12/6 1-4 Sat. & Sun. 12/12 & 12/13 1-4 Sat. & Sun. 12/19 & 12/20 1-5 Sat. & Sun. 12/26 & 12/27 1-5 Sat. & Sun. 1/2/16 & 1/3/16 1-4 Admission is Free!

fabshop will be celebrating their Grand Opening, featuring Vintage & Antique Painted Furniture, Giclee and original Art. Newly situated in Columbia at 26 North Fourth Street; stop by to visit their assortment of collectible items, while looking at their Gingerbread House that is on display at the front of their store.

Half Nuts Popcorn in Wrightsville right along the river, always a snack favorite is participating in our Gingerbread House Tour. Catch their entertaining and imaginative view on Gingerbread House making.

Hinkle’s Pharmacy is displaying their amazing Gingerbread House creation during store hours; stop on by for some hot cocoa or a quick snack at the counter.

Mt. Bethel Cemetery will have their Gingerbread House on display in the Columbia Borough Municipal Building at 308 Locust. Take advantage of this opportunity to see the insides of this building at the same time. A volunteer will be in place Fourth Friday until 8pm, other times stickers will be given out during the day/week.

Mullen Books will be hosting the Susquehanna Waldorf School for their Gingerbread House. Please stop by and visit their exciting creation and peruse a few books while you are there.

St. Paul Episcopal Church is offering a Grab n’ Go Lunch in their courtyard from 11am to 1pm. This month lunch includes pulled pork sandwich, beverage, and bagged chips. Take out is available and orders can be called in at 717-684-8496. Seating will be available in the parish hall. St Paul’s is displaying their Gingerbread House within the church narthex.

SOURCE: news release

WOW! Over $6 million contributed in Extraordinary Give!

In Everyday Living, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities, People, Treasures on November 21, 2015 at 8:46 am

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The generosity of thousands of Lancaster Countians resulted in an astounding $6,134,244.78 raised in the 2015 Extraordinary Give, the 24 hour period that ended at midnight last night.

Columbia’s participating nonprofits benefited as well; one wonders why the other nonprofits, registered with the Internal Revenue Service, with Columbia addresses do not participate in this matching funds initiative.

According to the Extraordinary Give Website, these Columbia nonprofits were listed as participating organizations: Read the rest of this entry »

Extraordinary Give update

In Everyday Living, In Columbia, Opportunities on November 20, 2015 at 5:48 am


The National Watch & Clock Museum has had four contributions totaling $6.275 and leads the list of Columbia not-for-profits at the Extraordinary Give leader board.

There’s time for you to go online to contribute to this extraordinary fund-raiser.

Right again, Cole! C’mon Borough, do do the right thing!

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opinions, Opportunities on November 16, 2015 at 7:43 am

When Cole Umber posted the below pictures at Columbia Spy a few days ago, we figured that the Borough would have towed this “illegally parked” classic vehicle by now. But yesterday afternoon, this POS was still parked there on Bridge Street BLOCKING ACCESS TO THE FIRE HYDRANT!

new website for the York Daily Record

In Everyday Living, Opportunities on November 16, 2015 at 7:34 am

The York Daily Record‘s updated Website is part of the changes that have come to central Pennsylvania newspapers under the Gannet ownership umbrella.

new websites

The newspaper Websites have the consistency of appearance that USAToday has. Since the unfurling of USAToday on September 15, 1982, consistency has been the hallmark. Now, readers in Hanover, Chambersburg, York and Lebanon will benefit from Gannett’s consistency, and easy-to-access, model.


Take at the newspaper Websites in:

“We are looking for creative Pastry Chefs!”

In Everyday Living, In Columbia, Opportunities on November 10, 2015 at 3:41 pm

The Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce invites you to show off your creation in our Gingerbread House Tour & Contest held from November 27th to December 11th. Register your intent to participate by contacting the SVCC Visitors Center at (717) 684-5249 on or before November 20, 2015, for a registration form.  Registration Forms may also be found at www.PaRivertowns.com on the Fourth Friday page under Files.  A modest fee and some basic information will allow you to share your sweet architectural skills with the public.

The tour & contest will kick off on Friday, November 27, 2015 5pm to 8pm.  Entered gingerbread edifices will be placed in one of our participating Fourth Friday venues.  The public will have an opportunity to visit all of the locations and vote on each gingerbread creation until Friday, December 11th.  A winner will be selected from the ballots and given a cash prize.

SOURCE: news release

“up river” town takes a look at police consolidation

In Everyday Living, Government, Opportunities on November 10, 2015 at 5:48 am

Middletown Borough Council voted Monday to begin discussions with Swatara and Lower Swatara townships regarding a possible merger.” – Penn Live

Click here to see the 2014 study that “examine(s) the police organizations currently operating in Dauphin County and to provide alternatives, including a countywide option, for delivering police services to its 40 municipalities.”


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