Today’s news … Sunday, December 4, 2016

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

Today’s quote … I never in a million years thought I would be up here on stage appealing for the freedom and safety of American journalists at home.” CNN’s Christiane Amanpour gave a speech on the challenges that journalists face in a Trump era. Scary times, read more here:

Today’s second quote … “They made some plays down the field and we didn’t make enough to make McSorley feel uncomfortable.” Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst said in this Big10 Conference Website article.

mission-makeoverThe cover article in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster’s Living section highlights the Historic Columbia Market House: “Borough Council recently voted to issue more than $9 million in bonds for streetscape and other improvements.” And Cleon Berntheisel says, “And a chunk of that money is going to be allocated to the market house (for interior upgrades).”

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Improbable, yes! Unlikely, yes! Unbelievable, yes!

Click here to go to the state’s Website of inspections … and the listing of the violations at each location. The statewide directory lists inspections for all municipalities in York County and Lancaster County.… 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.

  • Cool day in Manheim as thousands of Santas ran through the streets of downtown Manheim with many extra’s along the race route including ice sculptures, festive music, light shows and specatators cheering you on!
  • B-I-N-G-O! Yeah, it’s legal in Pennsylvania for some entities: “The General Assembly hereby declares that the playing of games of chance for the purpose of raising funds, by certain nonprofit associations, for the promotion of charitable or civic purposes, is in the public interest.”



  1. A similar article about the struggling market appeared in the Sunday news on March 30 of this year. Not much has changed since that time. Two former “Trust” members were selected by council to serve on the new Market Advisory Committee. Councilman Berntheizel is also a former “Trust” member. Pouring more money into this failing venture without new people to guide it is simply taking another path to more of the same. Sell it to a private investor for use as perhaps a brew pub and let the borough wash their hands of this never-ending market mess.

    • Yeah, tough getting changes when the same riders ride the same animals on the same merry-go-round. It’s not unlike the goings on at the state level or in local county politics. It’s always seeming like the same players grabbing at different straws promising changes but delivering little real change or benefit for those they serve.

  2. In a related (sort of) vein, some on the merry-go-round do care. Lancaster County Commissioner Craig Lehman speaks truth: “Counties are developing their budgets for 2017 while facing an unpredictable and potentially perilous state fiscal situation. Counties protect the most vulnerable in our communities including children, senior citizens, and individuals with mental health and substance abuse problems. If there is another state budget impasse and necessary funding is cut, our communities will suffer or counties could be forced to replace that revenue locally as the state shifts that burden to property taxpayers.”

    See more in this article:

    Grants and ineffective handouts are going to be in short supply as the commonwealth faces the “kick the can down the road” landscape that former borough councillor Jim Smith used to say.

  3. What about the deal cut with Cleon and Kelly with the Old Columbia Public Ground Company? Another Sunshine Law and PA Borough EthicS violation which is still being investigated by a new team of concerned citizens. Old Public Grounds Company you should be ashamed of deal cutting behind closed doors. This will cost taxpayers $5,000 per year and part time employees to take care of the Park. Borough Manager Sahd and Mayor Lutz we know you were involved also, so be prepared to answer some questions.

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