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Today’s news – Saturday, May 27, 2017

In Uncategorized on May 27, 2017 at 8:43 am

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


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Quote for today … UGI is ‘always willing’ to work with municipalities to improve communications, and will be happy to do so with Lancaster.” –  UGI spokesman Joseph Swope in this Lancaster Online article about the condition of Lancaster city’s streets and funding issues.

Another quote … These children are standing up for their rights to attend school and get an education without the fear of being constantly bullied. A child was pushed to the point of taking his own life, and these kids know why.” – Comment following this Lancaster Online article about another student suicide; this time in Donegal School District.

A third quote The one thing I hadn’t counted on was having a fiscal dependent — Penn Manor School District — that, yearly, deftly withdraws more than I could put aside in savings every annum.From a letter-to-the-editor in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster.

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When will the killing end?

In Everyday Living, History and Heritage, Opinions on May 26, 2017 at 8:39 am

“On this Memorial Day, we should begin to confront the staggering cost and the challenge of paying for this war. | Iraq and Afghanistan: The US$6 trillion bill for America’s longest war is unpaid” The Conversation


Add to this the sickening fact that a quarter million innocent civilians have been killed. That’s everyone in Columbia killed 10 times over!

And now we’re killing Syria’s beleaguered civilians |Total of 225 people, including 36 women and 44 children, killed by friendly fire in the last four-week period” – The Independent

“US airstrikes allegedly kill at least 73 civilians in northern Syria”The Guardian

Before Monday’s bombing in England, “more than 1,200 people outside of Iraq and Syria have been killed in attacks inspired or coordinated by the Islamic State.

45 yearsSOURCE: Global Terrorism database

Thursday’s addenda

In Uncategorized on May 25, 2017 at 6:38 pm
  • NOTICE FROM THE BOROUGH | “Due to the Memorial Day Holiday yard waste in Columbia Borough will be collected on Tuesday, May 30th. If your yard waste is not collected by 1:00pm on Wednesday May 31st please contact the Borough Office. Thank you!”
  • The Columbia River Park Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes are now online at the Borough Website.

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The “Partners in Thyme” Herb Club is winding down for the season with two great outside activities.  On June 2nd, 2017 the club will be guests of Sarah Preston, a renowned herbalist from Lancaster PA and will tour her herbs at the Labyrinth Gardens.  The club will enjoy their lunch on the patio at the gardens. The members will then visit the Radiance Shop owned by Ms Preston in downtown Lancaster where they can shop for herbs, blends, teas and oils.  Our last quality Thyme event for the summer season will be a weed walk at Sonnewalds Natural Food Store located in Spring Grove PA.  This tour will be given by Willa LeFever-Kaiser, owner of the store, where the ladies will walk the beautiful Spring Grove farm for a very informative herbal excursion.  This event will take place in July 2017 and will conclude our year of herbal speakers, festivals, tea events and craft shows.

Our first meeting of the 2017-18 season will start again in September 2017 (the date to be announced) at the Glenview Alliance Church, 10037 Susquehanna Trail, Glen Rock, PA 17327.  Our meetings begin at 10:30 AM at the church unless otherwise designated, with program, luncheons, tours and craft shows.  We have a brown bag lunch accompanied with luscious desserts prepared by the club members with a spot of your favorite tea.  The club seeks out the best herbalists for programs from the York, Lancaster and Harrisburg Area.

If you love to garden, and want to learn all about growing herbs for culinary, decorative and medicinal use, “Partners in Thyme” is the club for you.  Our membership is now open for the coming year.  Just call Barbara Ann de León at (717)428-2210 or e-mail her at: paroyalty639@yahoo.com. SOURCE: news release

today’s news – Thursday, May 25, 2017

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opinions, Opportunities, Uncategorized on May 25, 2017 at 6:38 am

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

Quote for today … What I’m also fearful of is that single-agenda people will be occupying board space and not truly understand the role of a school board member,” –  Comment from a candidate for a school board director position in Manheim Township from the editorial in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster.

Another quote … Everything goes up every year, except our Social Security because the government says there is no money for a raise. But the people in government seem to always find money to give themselves hefty raises. Amazing, isn’t it!” –  From a letter-to-the-editor in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster apparently written by a senior citizen speaking to apartment rental increases (“Our apartment complex raised the rent $126 a month in 14 months.”)

and another …If the atheists’ organization (Freedom From Religion Foundation) has tax-exempt status, the Trump administration and the GOP Congress should revoke it.” – Another example of “ox goring” by a fundamentalist who benefits from freedom of speech but doesn’t want others to have that same right. From another letter-to-the-editor in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster.

  • If you can’t enjoin ’em – beat ’em | At least that seems to be the “brownshirt” response of one “elected public servant” candidate who doesn’t like it when a media representative asked a question. – The Daily Chronicle, Bozeman, MT


  • new Census Bureau estimates | According to an article in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster, Lancaster City and many boroughs, including Columbia and Lititz, have lost population.
  • And then there’s the Congressional Budget Office report on the proposed Health care act with more bad news for the elderly, those with a disability and others who are not rich.

Stop the presses.

In Everyday Living on May 24, 2017 at 7:46 pm


If you’ve never been in a newspaper pressroom or if you have been and are nostalgic, this video about The Boston Globe‘s shutting down its Dorchester printing plant will be a stirring glimpse for you.

Watch the seven and a half minute video here.

Wednesday’s addenda

In Everyday Living, In Columbia, Opinions, Opportunities, Uncategorized on May 24, 2017 at 12:21 pm

“Plans for former Wilbur Chocolate plant in Lititz include luxury apartments, boutique hotel” Lancaster Online

Columbia had a chance at luxury condos once – but prevailing minds turned it down in 2011. “Denied … 401 LOCUST STREET – TMIS, LLC. – The Board denied the applicants’ proposal for a variance in parking and the construction of condominium dwellings atop a parking lot at 401 Locust Street. Applicants John DeVitry and Richard Danz, TMIS, LLC general partners, expressed disappointment with the Board’s denial of the request (following an executive session) to construct and alter the existing property into a condominium property with parking facilities. TMIS, LLC. had previous approval to construct a hotel at the site; the decision to change to condominium dwelling was introduced due to the current economic landscape and the apparent excess of hotel rooms in the county.” – Columbia news, views & reviews post

Near the bottom of the suck list: Comcast and CenturyLink rank at the bottom of the listings of “America’s Most Loved and Hated Telephone and Cable Companies” list at 24/7 Wall St.

Today’s news (a day of quotes) – Wednesday, May 24, 2017

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opinions, Opportunities, People, Uncategorized on May 24, 2017 at 7:19 am

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

Many of these comments speak to the mistrust and distrust of those elected to serve the public.


Quote for today … There will be a lot of money spent in any area we go into. –  Braggadocio comment about the “economic impact” of the coming Williams pipeline flurry coming to Lancaster County in a page one article in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster: “Williams sees $75.5M boost for county economy.”

Another quote … “I understand that you don’t want to pay for the feasibility study, and you should not have to, but either way … we will pay. If a decision is made to go forward, it will certainly involve some kind of construction … so, again, we will pay.” – Citizen quoted in a LNP – Always Lancaster School Brief report on the recent Columbia Borough School District Board of Directors’ meeting about the topic of moving the borough’s offices into a shared space arrangement with the School District’s.

A third Quote …the American people need to do a better job of critically consuming their news and not crying victim when something is reported unfairly.” – From a syndicated column by Salena Zito in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster: “A journalistic crisis that benefits no one.” 

And another … This time, the opening lines from this letter-to-the-editor in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster: As it becomes increasingly obvious that the Trump administration is nothing but a festering nest of corruption, self-dealing and treason, the big question is whether congressional Republicans will continue to defend a president who is every day more and more indefensible.

And this from a former member of the Amish community in a letter-to-the-editor, too: I’d like to see Smucker reflect the values that are important to his constituents.

And this from another letter-to-the-editor from the other side: Dear Rep. Lloyd Smucker: Do not yield to these local radical left-wing lunatics screaming for you to hold a town hall. Their intention is not a civil dialogue, but to shout you down and turn it into a spectacle. … Do not alienate your base by kowtowing to the Lancaster city mob.

  • From the Police Log in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster:Alfonso E. Romero, 72, of Columbia, was charged after he was seen scratching someone’s car May 15 in the parking lot of Wal-Mart, 2030 Fruitville Pike, police said.”
  • OMG – this begins a string at You know you’re from Columbia, PA if … “Wow the stuff you see in the boro. Just seen a little girl about 6 or 7 yrs old duck behind a tree at mackel park and take a shit. Then her and the person with her just walk away.”

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Today’s news – Tuesday, May 23, 2017

In Uncategorized on May 23, 2017 at 6:01 am

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

Quote for today … “We’re throwaway people. Nobody cares about us.” – Greg Simmons, long-distance truck driver in this really powerful New York Times article about “Alone on the Open Road: Truckers Feel Like ‘Throwaway People’”.

Another quote for today … “I don’t think anybody wants to take the blame for raising property taxes.” … Jonathan Lutz, Columbia’s Republican committee chair, in an LNP – Always Lancaster page one article about vacancies on school district boards of directors.

  • The leader of the other “look-alike” party in Columbia, Deb Miller (in the same article) “said the shortage of candidates is likely because of voter apathy.”
  • An earlier email blast prohibiting the acceptance of grass clippings has been retracted. DEP & EPA do advise against collection due to possible chemicals usage.  Citizens may wish to leave clippings on the ground, as it contains nitrogen, which is advantageous for soil.  However, bagged grass clippings will continue to be allowed for collection.” – An item from the May Public Works Committee Minutes.
  • And the Market House roof leaks – the same minutes above.
  • Follow Baer’s directions (go to http://www.education.pa.gov – then insert into the search bar AFR data detailed – then click on AFR detailed to come to the page with this: General Fund Balance:  1996-97 to 2015-16. Or you can just click to open the excel files. Columbia Borough School District has reported a Committed Fund Balance of $900,000 and an Assigned Fund Balance of $$659,448 and a Unassigned Fund Balance of $298,605 for the 2015-16 school year.


Lancaster County Land Bank Authority meeting tomorrow

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opportunities, Uncategorized on May 22, 2017 at 6:12 am

The Lancaster County Land Bank Authority will meet at 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 23, at 28 Penn Square, Suite 200.

Among the agenda items:

New business: resolution authorizing the extinguishing of tax liens and current taxes on property at 551 Ave. H, Columbia Borough; resolution authorizing acquisition of 839 Blunston St. in Columbia Borough; general discussion.

The next meeting of the board will be held at 4 p.m. June 27 at 28 Penn Square, Suite 200.

SOURCE: LNP – Always Lancaster

Today’s news – Sunday, May 21, 2017

In Uncategorized on May 21, 2017 at 7:38 am

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

Quote for today … “”It’s disgusting, I think. It’s an oxymoron for them to say they’re Christian, because they hate people … ” – From the WITF article about yesterday’s rally in protest of the KKK cross-burning.

Another quote for today … “This is gonna be one of the biggest cross lightings in a long time. … This is a family-oriented event, so bring your families,” Quote from “an organizer” in this Philly.com article: Is Lancaster County KKK rally on or not?”

A third quote … I understood from Keiran Miller, Columbia’s college and career adviser, that this was the second year for the Decision Day pep rally at Columbia, and that other area high schools are holding similar celebrations. – From a letter-to-the-editor in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster.

belmontWhole Foods will be the lead anchor at the Shoppes at Belmont. The supermarket will be joined by Target, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Nordstrom Rack and Michaels. – (Photo / Central Penn Business Journal)


  • Letters-to-the-editor in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster include several questioning Representative Smucker’s support of the American Health Care Act and the “elected public servant’s” biting back letter.