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today’s news … Tuesday, February 14, 2012

In Uncategorized on February 14, 2012 at 5:25 am

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

Quote for todayFor you see, each day I love you more – Today more than yesterday and less than tomorrow.” – Rosemonde Gerard

  • “Westbound Route 30 on the Wrights Ferry Bridge over the Susquehanna River between Lancaster and York counties will be reduced to one lane on Wednesday,February 15, so that the contractor can repair potholes in the left “passing” lane to improve safety for motorists driving over the bridge. The westbound single-lane restriction will take place during the daytime hours between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., weather permitting. – PennDOT Travel Advisory
  • OK, google is big! But, as we have said before, google does really cool stuff with the search page on special days. Take a look, click on the picture below – then click the play arrow at the search page:
  • How cool is this? “Today’s Valentine’s Day “Google Doodle” (above) comes to you courtesy of the animation skills of a Lancaster County native, Michael “Lippy” Lipman. – LancasterOnLine
  • Gas prices jumping earlier: “U.S. motorists have seen the national average for regular gasoline rise above $3.50 a gallon in just three different years, but it has never happened this early.” – Los Angeles Times
  • Derrick M. Armold was named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at Penn State University, where he is a senior majoring in mechanical engineering. A 2008 graduate of Columbia High School, he is the son of George and Pam Armold of Columbia. – Corinne N. Bletz of Lancaster was named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at Millersville University, where she is majoring in social work. The daughter of Tonja Gerlitzki and Richard Bletz Jr., she is a 2009 graduate of Columbia Junior-Senior High School. – Lauren R. Wanner was named to the president’s list for the fall semester at the University of West Virginia, where she is a senior pursuing a bachelor of Read the rest of this entry »

Produce Geek offers “What’s ripe?” tips

In Everyday Living, Opinions, Opportunities on February 14, 2012 at 5:23 am

This looks too good not to share. You may want to visit the Website (click on the logo) and take another peek. The Produce Geek’s also got other recommendations there!

“When Asparagus is fresh, it is a real treat. Yea, that’s right… I called a vegetable a treat. My favorite preparations are done on the grill or oven – oh, the flavor! Fresh crop Green Asparagus has quickly hit peak season in Mexico here in mid-February and should be an outstanding vegetable choice this month. Prices are lower and quality is running great! I couldn’t resist going overboard this weekend with Bacon Wrapped Asparagus Bunches. Whoa. It was worth it”

then and now

In Everyday Living, History and Heritage, Opinions, Opportunities on February 14, 2012 at 5:15 am

Almost a year ago, this was the first Columbia news, views & reviews post; remarkably, not much has changed.

How do citizens in Lancaster County’s separate municipalities (one city; 41 townships and 18 boroughs) get local news. Certainly, Lancaster’s daily newspaper and television stations provide broad news coverage very well, though time, space and resource considerations generally do not allow them to provide regular “very local” news offerings. Many communities have blog sites and a few even have periodic community newsletters that may be mailed to citizens.

[NOTE: Since this was first published, we have welcomed Lancaster Newspapers’ entry into the micro-local online information resources. Under the My Community tab at the LancasterOnLine home page readers from 17 separate communities can get updated news that is specifically targeted to the local school districts. Columbians get news related to the Columbia area. People who want Marietta-specific news will share with other communities under the MyDonegalNews tab. ]

Of the larger Lancaster County boroughs, Ephrata, Elizabethtown, Columbia and Lititz, Columbia is the only one without a local newspaper. There was a time when Columbia had a daily newspaper. There was a time when Columbia had its own weekly newspaper. Combinations of circumstances coupled with high costs of production and distribution led to the demise of the daily Columbia News and a succession of weekly newspapers in the Columbia area.

“Hold it in your hands” newspapers are expensive propositions. Printed newspapers require a staff of skilled professionals, sophisticated production and printing resources. It is not an inexpensive venture to be able to buy “ink by the barrel.”

“These are tough times for newspapers and everybody knows it.” cites a 2007 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article. “The business model that Ben Franklin took for granted while cranking out his colonial broadsheets is now a money-losing anachronism.”

But Columbia should have its own local news and information source. And while this fledgling on-line effort is not a typical traditional newspaper, it is a step in that direction. As we go forward, we hope to produce and distribute a free news and information source; Columbia news, views & reviews will be the next step … a compact, abbreviated “hold-it-in-your-hands” local news and information resource for Columbia.

A few years ago, someone coined the term, “citizen journalism.” In essence, citizen journalism describes a news and information Read the rest of this entry »