today’s news … Sunday, November 29, 2015

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

Quote for today …”Why not just chase the the (sic) deer into hugh (sic) cages and let the hunters fire on them. When you no longer hunt the hapless prey, you are not a Hunter just some one who kills cause you like the thrill of taking a life. I don’t want to hear the consent repetitive excuse ” we don’t want then to suffer or starve to death” Who made you Lord and executioner? Just dress up in your Camio (sic) gear, swill beer,carp in the woods and j__k off. If u and your family are going to starve (of course you wouldn’t need hundreds of dollars worth of hunting stuff) then take meat.” – commenter at this Lancaster Online article about “deer hunter focus areas.” Columbia news, views and reviews asked similar questions last week in this post:

  • Next step for hunting “sportsmen” | tethering the deer to a post? Can you believe this? Lancaster Online


christmas on mainIn New Holland, the New Holland Business Association has a special Website to promote holiday activities – with free parking, too.

  • Couple of comments from a local facebook page: “I went to park on Locust St today. The meters only take quarters which is cheap, I parked on Walnut St. I had a quarter but it was 2 dimes and a nickel and the meter won’t take that. How dumb! Make sure you have quarters only to park at a meter. Even some side streets have metered parking.” And this one:  “Red Lion had covered all the meters today so Small Business Shopping customers had free parking.! Maybe next year Columbia can offer free parking.”
  • Actually … Columbia could have offered it this year! Bah, Humbug (wink, wink) appears to be the sentiment when councillors and the mayor chewed on a “bag the meters” suggestion to infuse holiday shopping in Columbia as other communities are doing. Seems the more vocal councillors and the mayor think that all the residents will take all the parking spots that are intended for shoppers. Golly, gee, why don’t all the residents, evidently non shoppers, take all the spots in Lititz, Ephrata, Manheim, Elizabethtown and Lancaster? Our takeaway from the conversation is that Columbia will be relaxed about metered parking … but we won’t advertise that!
  • “The temperature outside is getting colder, and that can mean only one thing: The Columbia Homeless Winter Shelter opens Nov. 30. As always, we are in need of resources and help. – How can you help? We need volunteers to stay overnight and prepare meals for the guests and volunteers. If you are interested, please call the Columbia Presbyterian Church at 684-6271. Also follow the Columbia Homeless Winter Shelter Facebook page.” – Teresa Allen,  Coordinator, Columbia Homeless Winter Shelter.

wheels off the busThink the wheels aren’t off the buses in Philly and State College?

  • A complete listing of all inspections at food serving facilities in Lancaster, York counties and the entire state, except those in Columbia – Columbia persists in having its own inspection system with its own forms and inspection items – rather than the one used statewide, is available at the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Website.

pennlive cartoon

a poem by Clyde Watson

“November comes
And November goes,
With the last red berries
And the first white snows.

With night coming early,
And dawn coming late,
And ice in the bucket
And frost by the gate.The fires burn
And the kettles sing,
And earth sinks to rest
Until next spring.”

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