Today’s news … Monday, September 19, 2016


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

Quote of the day … “What’s the matter with all you “anonymous people”! Why are you afraid to let these “school board bullies” know who you are?” – Ed Jones, commenting on this Columbia Spy article about last week’s school board meeting.

Another quote of the day … “Some people who have much to say, want to come forward at these meetings but are afraid of vengeful attacks on their friends, relatives , or their children.” – Anonymous commenter from the same article.

And yet another quote of the day …The police don’t want to be bothered by that. An adult threatens my 12 year old and the response was from the police and I quote ‘we are tired of coming up here dealing with this.’ That’s the ones who are protecting us.” – A comment in a thread about trash left outside a Cherry Street establishment ad the “You know you’re from Columbia PA if… ” facebook page

  • Curiously, this LEGAL NOTICE is not at the Website … but it is in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster and Lancaster Online: “LEGAL NOTICE A Special Borough Council Meeting of the Columbia Borough Council will be held on Monday, September 26, 2016, at 5:00pm during which three candidates will be interviewed for the Market House Manager Consultant position currently open in the Borough.

hobsonSame photo – two separate districts. Resigned and will depart Columbia Borough School District, but still listed at the Website. Announced at Elizabethtown Area School District.

  • “High school principal Maura Hobson said this was her third year at the school and the best start yet.”Lancaster Online
  • At the E-town Website: “Hobson was hired following an extensive search process that involved a series of interviews. The interview team was comprised of district and school administrators, teachers, and school board members.” Interestingly, the E-Town position search announcement remains on the Website and states: “Applications must be received by Wednesday, August 17, 2016.”


  • “Research suggests that districts are challenged to hire school principals because … districts commonly do not allot enough time or resources to making the appropriate match between local school / district leadership needs and candidates’
    demonstrated skills and abilities.” Additionally, they tend to “Cast a Narrow Net. Most applicants for open positions come from within the district or nearby districts’ teacher or administrative pools, particularly when superintendents believe their
    district is unattractive to prospective principals.” – SOURCE: Quality School Leadership Brief | Hiring Quality School Leaders Challenges and Emerging Practices
  • The minutes for the August Safety Committee meeting contained some significant discussion centered on Columbia’s Emergency Management Center / Coordinator. Click here to see the typical local Emergency Management Coordinator’s position narrative.
  • Each local organization of emergency management shall have a coordinator who shall be responsible for the planning, administration and operation of the local organization  subject to the direction and control of the executive officer or governing body.” – Pennsylvania Title 35 § 7502
  • The minutes for the August Legislative Committee meeting contains this information: “Also discussed an Entertainment License Ordinance. This would require establishments to obtain an entertainment license each year to have entertainment and if any part of the ordinance is not followed the Borough would have the right to revoke the license and there would be no
    grandfathering of businesses. Borough Manager is going to obtain a copy of Lancaster City ordinance for our review at next meeting.”
  • OPINION | Isn’t it interesting that so many of the letter writers in the letters-to-the-editor (or commenters following articles at news and information Websites) exercise their right to freedom of expression by condemning others for their expressions of thought?

single-lifeHappy Singles Week!! Sept. 18-24, 2016 – Yes, this national week of recognition has been around since the 80’s, observed during the third week of September. This demographic shift is part of the ongoing change across the nation … and in Columbia.

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