Spy cameras, tree wells and more

stolen vehicle

More thefts according to this facebook post: “Very disappointing that my 5 year Olds iron man huffy bike got stolen off our front porch on north 8th street. Such a hard thing as a single mom to tell my son the bike I worked so hard to get him for his birthday that was his favorite thing was stolen… so thank you to the jerk that stole my sons bike…”spy camera

So, at Monday’s council meeting, the seemingly persistent issue of vandalism came into discussion again. The mayor reported on senseless vandalism at Makle Park. He thinks the vandalism results from a roving gang of basketball players who go to different sites aroung the county playing hoops and vandalizing park venues.

When asked why Columbia’s dozens of spy cameras don’t capture miscreants at work, he said many don’t work and the police department doesn’t have time to view the camera captures.

It’s so hard to grasp the logic of two over-camera-ed municipalities (Lancaster and Columbia) and that the cameras seemingly never catch anyone. Yet, the mayor said the camera have let to successful prosecutions. Lancaster Independent Press wonders why other municipalities (other than Lancaster) can get clear “culprits in the act” videos and Lancaster cannot.

lancaster tree wells

At Monday’s council meeting in a 4-3 vote, council got the go-ahead to purchase and install tree wells. Councillor Cleon Berntheizel related that Lancaster city has begun a tree well program. The above pictures from a walk down a showcase venue, the second block of North Queen Street, evidently, are not on that program list.

It was stated that a private business on Third Street has asked for tree wells.

Lancaster square

Lancaster Square’s Binn’s Park (where the County offices are located) is quite beautiful with flowers and a fountain that welcomes child play.

calling artists

Click on the above article by Mary Ellen Graybill to enlarge to read and to share as a .pdf. 

white hat

Whatever happened to the days when the good guys wore white hats and the bad guys wore black? Confused? Read this article about the partnership between a local hospital and a national partner. – ArchyNewsy.com 

kat OliverSusquehanna Center for the Creative Arts, 224 Locust Street, Columbia, PA invites you to “join us on August 26 for an exhibition of Kat Oliver’s fine art Photography.” Kat states, “I started photographing with my grandfather’s 1942 Pentax film camera. I quickly fell in love with the art of photography, but most importantly- the delicacy of film. Shooting with film created this movement in me that allowed me to fall in love with ideas and concepts, rather than a specific photo I wanted to capture.” Thanks for your continued support and we hope to see you at our 4th Friday opening.” – SOURCE: news release


The Lucky Duck Miracle Derby will return for its second annual fundraising event to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital. The event will take place at Lucky Ducks Bar & Grill in Elizabethtown from 2-6 pm on Saturday, August 28, 2016.


“Trump Campaign Says ‘Dishonest Media’ Misinterpreted His Second Amendment Comment”NPR

rest at nightLots of favorable comments about The Black Olive at What’s Happening in Columbia,Pa. and Area facebook page.


A page and a half of letters-to-the-editor in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster. And School Briefs and Municipal Briefs, but none about Columbia borough nor it’s school district. Wasted away again in Mushroomville.




  1. Why have cameras if they do not work. It has been proven in other cities and towns crimes were solved by their use. Maybe spending money on other items should be transferred to get cameras fixed. Thanks for c

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