today’s news … Friday, July 20

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

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Quote for today… “Directly it begun to rain, and it rained like all fury, too, and I never see the wind blow so. It was one of these regular summer storms. .” – Mark Twain, from “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”

  • “Rail Mechanical Services Inc., a subsidiary of Columbia & Reading Railway, plans to convert an old sawmill between South 4th and South Front streets into a site where rail cars and locomotives are repaired.” – MyColumbiaNews [On April 29, 2012, Columbia news, views & reviews published this: “Published at Columbia news, views & reviews on April 11, 2012: “The Mount Joy Area Historical Society will meet Monday at 7 p.m. at the society building, 120 Fairview St. Guest speaker will be Ken McCrea, who will discuss “The Planning and Building of the Reading and Columbia Railroad.” Refreshments will be served after the program. The meeting is free.” – Lancaster Intelligencer Journal/New Era  [NOTE: Today, there is an operating business known as the  Columbia and Reading Railway Company located at  197 Dock Street, Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972. There is “chatter” about it at the Railway Preservation News Website. There may be more chatter in the future.] and on April 30, this was published: “There’s an interesting newcomer, Columbia & Reading Railway, LLC, to Columbia in the Property Transfers listing: “Paul H. Meisenbach and Cleona E. Meisenbach conveyed property on a public road to Columbia & Reading Railway LLC for $145,000.” – Lancaster Sunday News]”
  • Today is a market day at the Historic Columbia Market House. Tomorrow, from 10 am to 1 pm, you can bring your antiques and collectibles in for appraisal. Locati Auctions will be at the Market House. For a nominal fee of $5.00 per item, you’ll find out what your antique or collectible may be worth.
  • In case you missed Jeff Hawkes’ column in an earlier issue of the Lancaster Intelligencer Journal/New Era this week, this column “The high cost of saving state money” is a worthwhile read. It’s a column about a Columbia couple, but it’s a story, too, about a kind of reverse Robin Hood. That’s not too harsh a narrative about a state that takes from its poorer, more vulnerable citizens, but gives to the rich. Actually, the state gives to the very rich … big oil; big labor and big business.
  • Real Virus Alert – This alert was emailed to us from a reader; it’s a new face on an old virus: Bredolab containing references to your facebook account and bearing an Olympic seal. Here’s the report from While on the topic of computer viruses, here’s one that just arrived in our mailbox: “WE THE FBI HAVE WARRANT TO ARREST YOU GET BACK TO US FOR YOUR OWN GOOD.” Check that; it’s from the FBI? WTF? Needless to say, this one gets trashed immediately.
  • “A member and former chairman of the Penn State board of trustees has resigned, saying his presence on the board had become “a distraction and an impediment” to the university’s efforts to move forward following the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.” –

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