oday’s Quote … “This is definitely something to be concerned about and to watch.” – Jeff Newman, an analyst with Pennsylvania’s Department of Labor & Industry, from this Lancaster Online article about Lancaster County’s unemployment rate boost in July.
Another quote … NO KIDDING! “James Franklin just hasn’t been a good fit at Penn State.” – From this Pennlive article.
Is the rising joblessness rate a blip or a trend? Track the state’s counties’ unemployment statistics by month and year here.
- Did you know Columbia High School has a facebook page?
Feet in the Street Art Show, Friday, September 23, 2016 – 5 – 8pm – Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce Website
- Remember back then? This item was on the April 11, 2016 Borough Council meeting agenda: “Consider borough funding of a proposed trolley that would run between the Turkey Hill Experience and downtown businesses and attractions. Funding request not to exceed $30,600.00 per year and covers a 3 year commitment including provisions that proceeds from passenger fees be reimbursed to the borough and that any agreements between SVCC, Columbia Borough, and the trolley provider be reviewed and approved by the borough’s solicitor prior to engagement of services.”
- The minutes from that meeting show: “A presentation was given by Daisy Pagan regarding Borough support for a trolley to operate between borough businesses sites for the summer of 2016.”
- Council approved this: “To approve funding for a trolley that would run between the Turkey Hill Experience and downtown businesses and attractions. Funding request not to exceed $30,600.00 and covers a 1 year commitment including provisions that proceeds from passenger fees and trolley advertisements to be reimbursed to the Borough and that any agreements between SVCC, Columbia Borough, and the trolley provider be reviewed and approved by the Borough’s Solicitor prior to
engagement of services. Motion: Murphy 2nd: Ford Voice Vote: All Favored”
- The first summer of this three year agreement is drawing to a close; can Columbia’s residents look for a compilation report (including number of riders, revenues, “lessons learned”, etc.) from the project initiators, the Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce, et al ?
- On April 18, 2016, Columbia news, views & reviews wrote the trolley was: “potentially exciting for Columbia. This Website shows: “Rivertowne Trolley Co. is located in Marietta, Pennsylvania. This organization primarily operates in the Business Activities At Non-commercial Site business / industry within the Business Services sector. This organization has been operating for approximately 3 years. Rivertowne Trolley Co. is estimated to generate $121,283 in annual revenues, and employs approximately 2 people at this single location.” Columbia Borough’s gift of $30,600 reflects as much as a 25% increase to the annual revenue projection above. Let’s hope the trolley service brings up to a 25% increase in foot traffic and sales to Columbia’s businesses!
- A “public conversation on community-police relations and racial violence” will be held on Thursday at 6 p.m. at Trinity Reformed United Church of Christ at 450 W. Main St. in Mountville. An article in LNP – Always Lancaster says “the event is open to the public and is not just for clergy. For details, call the church at 285-5593 between 9 a.m. and noon.”
- In Lancaster County, it’s jail time. In Virginia, mayor? – WTVR-TV
While reading about the German-Soviet Nonaggression Pact in 1939 … – History.com
Another letter-to-the-editor writer wants to curb “welfare and food stamps” abusers; he says he wrote a few months ago about the social security disability system. Wow, must be really a special place he holds. We think focus is better spent railing against the real welfare abusers – the corporate welfare abusers. We wonder whether those who buy into the “welfare, food stamps and social security diatribe” have ever heard of: “There but for the grace of God, go I?” or “You never truly know someone until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.”