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today’s news … Monday, October 31

In Uncategorized on October 31, 2011 at 6:00 am

today’s news and information gleanings from here and there! 

Quote for today” It snowed and snowed, the whole world over, Snow swept the world from end to end. A candle burned on the table; A candle burned. – Boris Pasternak

October surprise snow brings down trees! Made yesterday a “clean-up” day.

  • Downed wires shut Route 441 south of ColumbiaLancaster OnLine
  • “The following area students were named to the dean’s list recently at Lancaster General College of Nursing and Health Sciences: ColumbiaBecky Barrett, Jonathan Buckwalter, Lacey Crowl, Erin Koser, Lindy Phiel, Erin Wagner. Marietta – Jessica Feld, Melissa Fischer, Kambria Riggins, Amanda Rohrbaugh, Kelly Stauffer. Washington BoroSarah Maughan, Nicole Wojtusik.” – Lancaster Intelligencer Journal/New Era
  • Columbia girls’ volleyball team headed to district competition
  • Rite Aid cookie recallRiteaid.com
  • The Lancaster County Nonpartisan VOTERS’ GUIDE 2011 was included with yesterday’s Lancaster Sunday News. In case you missed it, each of the candidates for county commissioner positions, city council positions and judicial positions provided age, occupation, education and qualifications information … and each responded to a question posed by the compilers of the Read the rest of this entry »

Best things in life are still free

In Everyday Living, In Columbia, Opportunities, People on October 31, 2011 at 5:54 am

Columbia Music Night in Columbia supports the arts and builds community

by Mary Ellen Graybill

(Micah Kreider at Columbia Music Night, photo by Mary Ellen Graybill)

Inside a former Mennonite Church at 291 South 4th Street, Columbia, PA ” (still owned by the Mennonite church, but now an outreach center with a free medical clinic in the back of the building) was an electric atmosphere the first night of Ned Somerville’s “Columbia Music Night” on a snowy Saturday, October 29.

The open space buzzed and rocked with original and folk music; despite the snow and slush, over 20 people showed up to applaud the musicians performing a mixed program of folk music and electric guitar original music.  The hall was loaded with food and snacks donated by stand holders at the Columbia Market House and Andy’s Market – blueberry pie, apple pie, cookies, even hot dogs and sauerkraut. The event was FREE!

Some weather-caused cancellations by scheduled performers left more time for covers and original songs and improvisations by a month-old group named “The Mighty Voice and the Associated Wolf.” Lead singer and guitarist is Micah Krieder, 15, who said his Columbia High music teacher, Richard Jenson is his inspiration. Other members of the group are Nick Singleton on drums, 15;  guitarist Zachary Will, 15; Read the rest of this entry »

AARP offers free driving safety courses for veterans and dependents

In Education, Everyday Living, Opportunities on October 31, 2011 at 5:39 am

To recognize and thank military veterans for their service, the AARP Driver Safety Program is offering a free classroom course to all military personnel — active duty, retired, guard or reserve — regardless of age, from Nov. 1 through Nov. 30, 2011.

This offer, which waives the normal course registration fee, is available to individuals who serve or have served in the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, National Guard/Reserves or Coast Guard. Spouses (including widows and widowers) are also eligible to take the classroom course, free of charge.

How can you receive the free classroom course?

You can find a classroom course location by checking these Lancaster County course location offerings or by calling 888-AARP-NOW (888-227-7669).  Pre-registration is required and participants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Be sure to mention the “Veterans Promotion.” When you show up for the course, you will need to present a form of military identification. Examples include but are not limited to a military ID, discharge papers (DD Form 214), American Legion card, dependent ID card (DD Form 1173), or a Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) card.

When can you take the course?

To receive the free driver safety course, the entirety of the course must occur during the month of November. Two-day courses that start in October and finish in November, or start in November and finish in December, do not qualify for this promotion.

Can you take the course for free in November, even though you are not a first-time participant?

Yes. Any eligible veteran, military member or military spouse or may take any version of the Driver Safety Program classroom course for free in November. This includes the four-hour, four-hour refresher, six-hour, or eight-hour classroom course.

(SOURCE: http://www.aarp.org)

Today’s news … Sunday, October 30

In Uncategorized on October 30, 2011 at 6:00 am

today’s news and information gleanings from here and there!

Quote for today … “”It would appear that it’s possible we might have a bit of snow by the end of October,” – (Baer’s Agricultural Almanac & Gardener’s Guide, published by John Baer’s Sons in Lancaster) editor Linda Weidman. In an article in Lancaster Intelligencer Journal/New Era a week ago!

A sharing of community – Piece of The Bridge Ministries

In Everyday Living, In Columbia, Opportunities, People on October 30, 2011 at 5:31 am

Columbia is a caring, sharing community; there are a number of organizations in place that provide comfort for those in need. One of these organizations is Piece of the Bridge Ministries.

Recently, the founders, the husband and wife team of Pastor Ricardo Laboy and Marilyn (Lilly) Ortiz-Alicea sent this information to Columbia news, views & reviews following a conversation with Mary Ellen Graybill during which she invited them to share their story with others in Columbia.

“Most of his information is in the booklet. We are a nonprofit organization. As you may or may not know, what we do is all through God who keeps us. Some of the residents in the Upper Room as we call the house are without work or very little income if any. We have those who will contribute to the expenses and needs yet the rest comes from the only sponsor we have who is Pastor Conrad and his congregation, Christ Covenant, in Conestoga. We also have a few people who will give donations i.e. monetary, clothing, food, furniture etc.

“We, however, are looking for more sponsors that will be willing to give on a monthly base so that all the expense of the Upper Room is met. Most of the finances come from our own pockets, or fundraiser if we have the time to have any, but mainly our pockets. This for us is getting harder and harder every month. It hurts to know the amount of people out there that we have had to turn away because we do not have the Read the rest of this entry »

America’s descent to depravity – opinion by John Kozy

In Opinions on October 30, 2011 at 5:31 am

by John Kozy

The Protestant ethic once defined the American character. It was held to be responsible for the success of Capitalism in Northern Europe and America by sociologists, but the Protestant ethic and Capitalism are incompatible, and Capitalism ultimately caused the Protestant ethic to be abandoned.

A new ethos emerged that the governing elite completely misunderstands. It is the ethos of the “big break,” the “jackpot,” the “next big idea.” The slow and deliberate road to success is now anathema. Coming up with the next big commercial idea is the new model of the American dream. All that matters is the money. Given that attitude, few in America express moral concerns. Wealth is its own reward; it’s even worth destroying ourselves for. And if we haven’t done it yet, we surely soon will.

I suspect that most people would like to believe that societies, no matter how base their origins, become better over time. Unfortunately history belies this notion; societies have often grown worse over time. The United States of America is no exception. It was not benign at its origin and has now descended to a region of depravity seldom matched by even the worst nations of history.

Although it is impossible to find hard numbers to prove that morality in America has declined, anecdotal evidence is everywhere to be seen. Almost everyone can cite situations in which the welfare of people was sacrificed for the sake of public or private institutions, but it seems impossible to cite a single instance of a public or private institution’s having been sacrificed for the Read the rest of this entry »

today’s news … Saturday, October 29

In Uncategorized on October 29, 2011 at 6:00 am

today’s news and information gleanings from here and there! 

Quote for today“Who you are speaks so loudly I can’t hear what you’re saying.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson


  • Seven inches of snow … in October! – York Dispatch
  • Here’s pass along information from someone who got a tip while at the Columbia Library. Looking for something to do on a snowy afternoon; challenge your mind at www.jigzone.com
  • Tide edged by Pequea Valley, 34-30. According to llleaquesports.com: “Here’s all you need to know about this game: The Braves returned three interceptions for touchdowns, and the Crimson Tide missed five extra points – the margin of Read the rest of this entry »

“66 Things You Can Grow At Home: In Containers, Without a Garden”

In Everyday Living, Lists, Opportunities on October 29, 2011 at 4:57 am

Photo credit: Gardner’s Supply

During the recent Planning Commission meeting, Jeff Helm introduced an intriguing “community gardens” initiative that Lancaster General Health is supporting and fostering for the Columbia community. [Gardening is one of the many active lifestyle activities suggested in the LGH “Lancaster on the move” guide to free and low cost physical activities for you and your family with additional wellness resources.]

Mary Ellen Graybill sent this article from planetgreen.com about container gardening; the two ideas develop “grow your own food” inspirations that make sense for small spaces.

“Growing your own food is exciting, not only because you get to see things grow from nothing into ready-to-eat fruits and veggies, but you also don’t have to worry about the pesticides they might contain, and you definitely cut down on the miles they – and you – have to travel.

“As it turns out, with pretty minimal effort, anyone can be a gardener. My boyfriend and I are essentially first-timers this season and so far have the beginnings of strawberries peeking out, tomatoes are on their way, the basil’s about ready for a big batch of pesto, and once the last frost hits, the peppers, kale, spinach, chard, and mesclun will be on their way, too. All on a tiny little terrace (with the help of a little DIY carpentry).”

Click here to read the entire article.

Mardi Gras in pictures

In Everyday Living, In Columbia, Opportunities on October 28, 2011 at 1:12 pm

Since discovering Columbia, Mary Ellen Graybill has become one of its most avid boosters. Last night she braved the cold to capture the “magic” of Columbia as its citizens gathered to celebrate the annual Mardi Gras Parade.

rules for non-profit entities

In Everyday Living, Government, Opportunities on October 28, 2011 at 5:51 am

Last week, in a conversation with a Pennsylvania Department of State representative, the topic of the conversation dealt with the issue of organizations and entities declaring “non-profit status” when, in fact, the organization or entity had not gone through the legal steps to gain nonprofit status.

Clearly, said the representative, if the entity has not received Internal Revenue Service documentation, then any declaration of nonprofit status is inaccurate and potentially deceptive and very much a concern under Pennsylvania law. The representative suggested that all people considering identifying their entity as nonprofit or not for profit refer to the stipulations in the guide produced by the Attorneys General office, “Charitable nonprofit organizations handbook.” He also suggested that everyone should verify the nonprofit status claim before contributing money to any entity.

“When forming a nonprofit corporation, it is advisable to engage an attorney to review the law and assist in drafting the Articles. Articles of Incorporation must be filed with the Department of State. Generally, Articles of Incorporation must contain information including, but not limited to, the following: Read the rest of this entry »