today’s news … Sunday, May 5

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

Quote for today“Unfortunately, many Americans live on the outskirts of hope — some because of their poverty, and some because of their color, and all too many because of both. Our task is to help replace their despair with opportunity.” – Lyndon B. Johnson, 36th President of the United States of America.

school boards(SOURCE: The Sunday News)

  • “About half of the 17 school districts enrolling Lancaster County students sought permission to raise property taxes beyond their state-imposed limits, which average 2 percent. And of the nine districts that received the extra wiggle room, most don’t plan to use it.” An article about the tax limits appears in today’s Sunday News.

Jimmy SMonument to Jimmy Sheckard – (SOURCE: The Sunday News)

  • “Family members of Jimmy Sheckard unveiled a monument Saturday to the early-20th-century ballplayer at Glatfelter Memorial Field in Columbia. Sheckard, who played for the Chicago Cubs and other teams, was Columbia’s only major leaguer. The event was sponsored by the Susquehanna Valley Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, Glatfelter Field Foundation and the Columbia Boys’ Athletic Association.” – MyColumbiaNews
  • DEEDS RECORDED: “TMIS LLC, Richard Danz, John Devitry and Maria Alvarez Delgado conveyed property on Locust Street to Cimarron Investments LLC for $395,000. – Columbia Heritage River Cottage Association Inc. conveyed Unit 1 to Dennis R. Murr, Todd Murr, Eileen Murr Schoelkopf, Eileen Murr Schoelkopf and Penny Shaffer for $21,833.” – The Sunday News [NOTE: Cimarron Investments LLC is the Columbia developer which transformed the across-Fourth Street-former vacant M&T property into an economic development success: a viable medical arts center with above street level apartments.] [NOTE II: The “gifted riverfront property sell-off” continues.]
  • Maybe because GSK’s not on the list? – From Joe Pitts’ e-newsletter: “This week while back in the 16th District, I visited the GlaxoSmithKline vaccine facility in Marietta. GlaxoSmithKline has seven facilities in Pennsylvania and is one of many pharmaceutical companies that provide good jobs in the 16th District. The facility in Marietta creates vaccines in a sterile and secure environment. Last year, as Chairman of the Health Subcommittee, I led the effort to renew legislation governing Food and Drug Administration reviews of new drugs. This year, we are looking into how we can protect the drug supply chain to prevent counterfeit products. I was pleased to be able to hear how local workers feel about these and other issues. Their experience helps me work on bills that protect health and encourage new innovation.”

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