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Columbia Life Network establishes “Fire Fund”

In People, Opportunities, In Columbia, Lists, Everyday Living on November 6, 2015 at 5:37 am

Community Life Network will be creating a fire fund for the victims as we have in the past during devastating tragedies. Please get the word out that if business, families, churches, individuals, etc are looking to donate please direct them to some of the following options:

1) Salem United will be having a bazaar on Saturday from 9am-2pm and will have a collection can to donate that day and will bring the funds to CLN
2) Take up a church/office collection and bring funds to CLN
3) Direct individuals to donate directly at the CLN office (510 Walnut Street)

Please make checks payable to Community Life Network if possible have them put in the memo Fire Fund.

To be clear CLN will open a separate bank account specifically for this under our non-profit 501(c)(3) tax exempt status and all proceeds will go to the victims.

SOURCE: facebook post

Columbia’s Community Life Network helps Columbia’s residents

In Everyday Living, In Columbia, Opportunities on November 5, 2015 at 4:50 am

The Community Life Network is a non-profit agency that provides a variety a social services to the residents of Columbia. In times of turbulence, strife and tragedy, the Community Life Network is there to provide assistance and services.

cln logo510 Walnut Street, Columbia, PA 17512


Community Life Network offers many services to the residents of Columbia, PA, including:

  • Assistance for first-time homebuyers
  • Financial education classes
  • PA CareerLink satellite location – offering computers for job searching, resume help, and cover letter assistance
  • Mental health services for families and individuals
  • Veterans’ services

Tomorrow’s election day: do you know who’s running for office?

In People, Government, Opportunities, In Columbia, Lists, Everyday Living on November 2, 2015 at 1:32 pm

Happened across this facebook post:

“Does anyone know who Iris Rachael Garrido is? She is running for a 2 year school board term against Fran Resch (awesome guy:) it’s a shame that you have to search so hard to find information if you want to make an intelligent decision voting.”

By clicking here at the Lancaster County Board of Elections Website, you can see who is running for Columbia’s offices.

You’ll notice there are the incumbents running and some new names and googling the names provides little information.

  • New candidates for borough councillor are Cleon G. Berntheisel and Robert F. Granzow III.

But the facebook comment is stunningly accurate: It is a shame anyone has to search so hard to find information.

2015 PA Supreme Court Voters’ Guide 

You can do your own vetting by using the The Unified JUDICIAL SYSTEM of PENNSYLVANIA WEB PORTAL: The Public Web Docket Sheets option provides access to search, view and print the docket sheets for Pennsylvania’s Appellate Courts, Criminal Courts of Common Pleas, Magisterial District Courts and the Philadelphia Municipal Court. In addition, a Court Summary Information report is available for Criminal Courts of Common Pleas and Philadelphia Municipal Court cases.

SchoolWATCH data

In Education, Everyday Living, Government, Lists, Opportunities on November 2, 2015 at 7:15 am

State Representative Brett Miller’s recent e-newsletter includes this information: “Making Local Education Costs More Transparent”

Working to enhance transparency in local education costs, the House this week passed a bill to ensure the information remains available online. House Bill 1606 would make permanent a publicly accessible website, called SchoolWATCH, to show revenue and expenses for school districts, charter and cyber charter schools, and area vocational-technical schools. The SchoolWATCH database is modeled after the success of PennWATCH, a website that lists the expenses and revenue of state government. The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.

“To access the SchoolWATCH data, visit PaSchoolPerformance.org, select a school district and click on the “View Fiscal Information” tab located under district information.”


drive very carefully tonight

In Everyday Living, In Columbia, Opportunities on October 30, 2015 at 5:32 am

drive carefully

Below is a post from the West Hempfield Township Police Department’s facebook page:

At a glance: Help protect trick-or-treaters by following these driving safety tips on Halloween, or on the night your community hosts Halloween activities. Be especially careful between 4 and 8 p.m., when most severe vehicle/young pedestrian collisions happen.

Drive slowly, and don’t pass stopped vehicles. The driver might be dropping off children.

Park your mobile phone. Avoid distractions by waiting until you’ve stopped to call, text, or surf. Get more mobile phone safety tips.

Watch for children darting into the street. Kids can cross the street anywhere, and most young pedestrian deaths happen at spots other than intersections.

Yield to young pedestrians. Children might not stop, either because they don’t see your vehicle approaching or don’t know how to safely cross the street.

Communicate with other drivers. Always use your turn signals. And if you have to pull over to drop off or pick up your kids, turn on your hazard lights.

And, to keep your own trick-or-treaters safe:

Teach them how to safely cross streets. They should look both ways and cross only at corners and crosswalks.

Consider indoor community Halloween programs for younger kids. Some communities also offer to help you inspect your kids’ treats to make sure they’re safe to eat.

Brighten them up. Give them flashlights and glow sticks, and/or use reflective tape on their costumes, so drivers can see them.

Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

West Hempfield Township Police Department's photo.

“ta-dah” and a SCAM targeting seniors in the Columbia area

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opportunities on October 30, 2015 at 5:19 am

In February 2015, Columbia news, views & reviews posted this:

Number 2 … He (the mayor) announced that the Police Department is close to having a new application called “CrimeWatch.” He said that a number of communities have signed up with CrimeWatch (click here or on the graphic above to see area departments) to share the daily police log information – the arrests, the warrants, the news about policing and safety – not only for the Borough but for other areas too. He said the pictures that now hang on the windows of the police station will be online. Number 3 … He said information about the above – the first two tidbits – would be posted at the Columbia Police Department’s facebook page. That’ll be a welcome addition for borough citizens.


Well, none of the promised information has been posted at the facebook page, but “ta-dah” – Columbia is now a participating department at the Crimewatch page. Good job, Columbia Police Department. Click on the graphic below to go to the Columbia Police Department page.

cpd crimewatch

Next – current, updated information at the Crimewatch pages and the facebook page?

Because the following is a criminal action and because the recipient of the SCAM LETTER has a Columbia zip code this is relevant in this post.

The anatomy of a scam that’s targeting seniors.


The Lebanon Daily News carried this article in it’s police log this morning:

“Cornwall police are warning residents about a ‘mystery shopper’ scam that failed to ensnare a borough resident.

“The woman, who was not identified, received a packet of information and instructions containing an authentic-looking Capital One Bank cashier check in the amount of $2,550. The instructions directed the resident to cash the check, complete the mystery shopper duties at a local Wal-mart by purchasing up to $70 in merchandise and then wiring remaining funds totaling $2,230 to another mystery shopper, police said.

“The resident recognized the mailing as a scam and contacted police. Had she cashed the check and wire transferred the funds, she would have been victimized when the bank determined the check to be fraudulent, police said.”

Yesterday, someone gave us these documents that the person received in the mail on Wednesday; these are the elements of a SCAM.

this is a scam - the evelope

this is a scam 1-athis is a scam letter page onethis is a scam letter page oneIf you get one of these letters, or if you know someone who has, take the envelope and its contents to your local police department or to your local post office. This is mail fraud.

Here’s the situation: these elected “public servants” just think everyone else is just plain dumb!

In Opinions, Opportunities on October 29, 2015 at 8:20 am

Nah, you think?

  • More “comcastic” news –  To find ways to keep the money rolling in (and stop the bleeding from bailing cable TV subscribers), our favorite Internet provider will charge more to get what we already have. – credit.com
 Columbia Spy reports that the police chief came hawking for new vehicles to the councillors at the Monday night meeting. The mayor normally had been doing that; what’s happening?
But election day is right around the corner. Surprise them; vote them out!!!!!

Neighborhood Watch Programs draw upon the compassion of average citizens to assist law enforcement

In Everyday Living, Opportunities on October 25, 2015 at 9:30 am

crime watch

National Neighborhood Watch was begun in 1972 with funding in part by the National Sheriffs’ Association, through a grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. The funding from the grant has come to an end. But NSA knows how vital a program this is and we don’t want to lose any of the movement or excellent resources we have available on this site.

Start A Watch Group in 5 Easy Steps

all the “para-psychologists” pile on and chip in with comments following these articles about Columbia persons

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opportunities on October 24, 2015 at 8:41 am

Want to see all the “right answers?” Read the reader comments following this Lancaster Online article:

Student, 18, arrested after threatening shooting at Manheim-area school

and there’s distrust of the police in comments following this article

Woman taken to hospital after being struck by baseball bat in Columbia, police say

Of course, there’s a platform for conversation just as there is at the You know you’re from Columbia PA if … ” facebook page. There’s an idea being floated there about establishing a “neighborhood watch program.”

Ideally, this would be accomplished if the Columbia Police Department’s facebook page were community-focused and updates with Columbia incidents and events.

Or on the long-overdue, often-promised CrimeWatch Website.



Malmedy survivor will be guest speaker at 11-11-11 Club’s Veteran’s Day Memorial Service and Banquet

In Everyday Living, History and Heritage, Opportunities, People on October 23, 2015 at 7:41 am

Malmedy-massacre-memorialThe memorial of the Malmedy massacre at Baugnez. Each black stone embedded into the wall represents one of the victims.The memorial of the Malmedy massacre. This World War II memorial is situated at the crossroads of the hamlet Baugnez (Belgium).

This year’s 11-11-11 Club Veteran’s Day Memorial Service and Banquet will be held on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 promptly at 11:00 AM.

Harold Billow, one of two remaining survivors of the Malmedy Massacre during the Battle of the Bulge in December 1944, will be the guest speaker at the event.

billowsBillow’s name appears here with a listing of all the casualties and survivors of the Malmedy Massacre. Photo is from a 2013 article at FOX43-TV.

For more information about the November 11, 2015 event which will be held at the Red Rose Memorial Post #2435, VFW, 401 Manor Street, Columbia, contact Kevin M. Kraft, Sr. 717,684.2370.

Read more about the Malmedy Massacre:


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