today’s news … Friday, June 14 … Flag Day

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

Quote for todayIf a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose its freedom; and the irony of it is that if it is comfort or money it values more, it will lose that, too.” – W. Somerset Maugham

  • Tire slashings and broken vehicle windows; more in this Columbia Police Department news release … and all of the listings in the news release appear in today’s Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era as well.

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Columbia Water Company notice in The Merchandiser this week.

  • Interesting that the above ad appears in the June 12 issue of The Merchandiser; try to find anything about the hydrant flushing at the Columbia Water Company Website. What great communicators … the Columbia Water Company Management.

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  • MANHEIM, PA – Children at the Nook Kid’s Camp had an exciting Wednesday afternoon experiencing an up close adventure with the animals from Lehigh Valley Zoo. More than 30 kids had the chance to observe and pet four animals brought by the zoo.  Among the four animals were a sloth, tarantula, lizard and snake.  ‘The kids were memorized at first then they became very inquisitive, asking a ton of questions,” said Staci Chamberlain, Youth Programming and Activities Manager.  More upcoming events are trips to Ozzu’s Family Fun Center, Independence Seaport Museum and Indian Echo Caverns. If you are interested in signing up for Nook Kid’s Camp, check out – Spooky Nook Sports News Release
  • The Scribbler reminds everyone in his column today, “Rivertownes PA USA, in conjunction with the Wrightsville and Columbia post offices, has produced a special envelope for the sesquicentennial commemoration of the burning of the Columbia-Wrightsville bridge. The post offices are adding Gettysburg stamps to the envelopes. Collectors can have envelopes cancelled with a design by Jerry Musser, a Columbia artist. The special cancelations and the envelopes will be available Saturday, June 29, from 9 a.m. to noon at both post offices. They also will be available at the Columbia Historic Preservation Society, 19 N. Second St., Columbia; and at the Historic Wrightsville Museum, 309 Locust St.,  Wrightsville. The old bridge was burned June 28, 1863, to prevent Confederate troops from crossing the Susquehanna River prior to the battle of Gettysburg.”


  1. Columbia Water Company site has this message on it’s site:

    Emergency Notices and Urgent Messages
    Check here for the latest updates and notifications including Emergency Notices, Urgent Messages and other helpful information related to your water service.

    June 14, 2013

    Currently there are no Emergency Notices or Urgent Messages

    I’d like to also congratulate them on their lack of communication when they used phone numbers to contact people during the flooding problem a few years back. I received a crackly message that I couldn’t understand from a blocked number that day. The next day, I see on WGAL’s site about the ‘boil water’ restriction on Columbia water. AFTER we’d fixed dinner, drunk the water, brushed our teeth, etc. Yeah, we had some bacterial ‘problems’ for a few days afterward. Had they emailed, texted, something in addition to the unintelligible voice mail, we would have been able to keep free from the digestive problems.

    And now they want a rate hike? Yeah, I’m all up for that.

  2. Yeah, it’s a beautiful thing, huh? Just one more “beautiful attribute” of the badly managed monopoly. Here are others Restrict output and raise price. Transfer income to themselves. Efficiency is lost, because society forgoes the opportunity to turn relatively low value resources into relatively high value products. Allow costs to rise, thanks to lack of competitive pressure. Retard or distort innovation, to defend the monopoly. Concentrate political power. (comes from a University of South Carolina webpage.)

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