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Mary Loreto – a life of giving

In In Columbia, People, Treasures on July 21, 2017 at 3:37 am

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Mary Loreto’s obituary Lancaster Online

Mary Loreto, Columbia’s visionary & guardian

In Everyday Living, History and Heritage, In Columbia, People on July 20, 2017 at 5:09 pm

A look back at several of the articles about Mary Loreto at Columbia news, views & reviews.

Mary Loreto – Columbia’s guardian

“Our Lady of the Angels School’s Hall of Fame gathering on Saturday” – January 2013

“waiting to see what’s next – July 1011

“not to be served, but to serve” – chapter 1 – April 2011

“not to be served, but to serve” – chapter 2 – April 2011


Thursday notes – 7/20/17

In Uncategorized on July 20, 2017 at 5:29 am

psAn interesting possibility surfaced during discussions at the Monday night planning meeting. At the center of the discussion was a sentiment that Columbia should have more owner-occupied structures rather than renter-occupied ones. While Lancaster County is a super-hot real estate market according to this Lancaster Online article, ” in 2014, homeownership dropped to a lower rate than it was in 1994, with a rate of 64%.” – Wikipedia

This Lancaster Online article, “High Real Estate Group buys 4 apartment complexes, hotel for $60M” shows one organization’s belief that renting will be a good investment. Remember, too, that home ownership has been an ideal that receives government suppport. “Homeownership has been promoted as government policy using several means involving mortgage debt and the government sponsored entities Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, and the Federal Home Loan Banks, which fund or guarantee $6.5 trillion of assets with the purpose of directly or indirectly promoting homeownership. Homeownership has been further promoted through tax policy which allows a tax deduction for mortgage interest payments on a primary residence. The Community Reinvestment Act also encourages homeownership for low-income earners. The promotion of homeownership by the government through encouraging mortgage borrowing and lending has given rise to debates regarding government policies and the subprime mortgage crisis.” – Wikipedia

In a separate discussion following the meeting, the topic of codes enforcement was thrown into the mix. Is it the rental units that are problematic in Columbia or is it the failure to enforce codes? Certainly rental unit owners as the High Corporation will have exacting standards that will exceed the municipal codes standards.

In situations in which the rental unit owners do not enforce standards, it’s up to the municipality to do its job of code enforcement. Hold the rental unit owners accountable now.

Columbia’s owner-occupied percentage is 58.4% compared with Elizabethtown’s 55.4%. Columbia’s income numbers are significantly lower than the other larger boroughs in the county. Here are the demographic comparisons among Columbia, Ephrata, Elizabethtown and Lititz.

mcconnellJust cannot wait for this guy to completely disappear somewhere, back to the hills of Kentucky, somewhere. Never want to see him and his “goofy-assed” ideas ever again. He is a total shill for any corporation that funnels cash his way. Less than 5% of the funds he receives to stay at the trough come from individuals – he is a corporate shill.

antitetheringFinally, the elected public servants in Harrisburg have done something meaningful. “New Pa. law changes requirements on tethering your dog.” Penn Live

public noticePUBLIC NOTICE – Columbia Borough has created a Pollutant Reduction Plan (PRP) to meet the requirements of its Municipal Separate Storm Sewer (MS4) permit with the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). – Read more at Lancaster Online.

GRATE AGAIN“American Oxygen Sucked Out By Far-Right Agenda’ Veterans Today

hard thingThe Promise The Guardian


Well, here it is … the RFEI!

In Everyday Living, Government, Opportunities on July 19, 2017 at 6:43 pm


Click here or on the above graphic to download the Request for Expression of Interest for suggestions on possible use of the Borough Hall, the former fire station on Front Street and the Market House.

six news items | Wednesday, 7/19/17

In Uncategorized on July 19, 2017 at 5:54 am

100MPHNah! The speed limit on Route 222 is not 100 mph. Today’s POLICE LOG in LNP – Always Lancaster lists  a man living in Columbia being “charged with DUI, fleeing/eluding police, reckless driving and traffic violations after he fled when troopers tried to stop him for going 104 mph in a 65 mph zone … ”

gamblingThis is the plan? This is how the state will raise revenue? Pa. state budget update: House Republicans offer new no-taxes plan to raise revenue” Penn Live

[Get a new plan, Stan!]

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NNO fireworksfireworks’nuff said!

toll increase“Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission tolls are set to rise next January for the tenth year in a row.”

“When it opened in 1940, tolls were supposed to be a temporary measure until the road was paid for in about a decade.” – Keystone Crossroads

Here’s the Turnpike Commission’s history.

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some news items | 7/18/17

In Uncategorized on July 18, 2017 at 7:27 pm

cherriesUm-m-m-m, can you just taste ’em? Dark sweet cherries …. The Produce Geek says, “Nothing like a delicious bowl of sweet cherries to slow down with, to enjoy – indulge! Cherry season 2017 is here and if love this special fruit treat – July is your time! Get them while they’re at their peak. By mid-August they’ll be all but gone until next summer.”

tiny house“Is America ready for a nation of micro-houses? | “How Tiny Homes Could Spur Affordable Housing, Ease Gentrification, Reduce Consumerism and Help the Environment.” – This tiny house photo above is from Liberation Tiny Houses, 101 Ashmore Dr, Leola, PA 17540.

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robberHere’s what’s really got the “Kintuckian’s” goat. As “elected public servant” (not ours, thankfully) Mitch McConnell gets geared up for revenge politics, he’s all fired up because his buddies – the ones who want his kind of draconian healthcare, the big insurers, aren’t getting enough profits. Read this piece: “America’s Real Health Care Debate: How to Stop Insurers from Robbing Us Blind.”

A single payer platform would eliminate them and their profits!

profit “Rand Paul Exposes GOP Health Care Bill as “Giant Bailout Superfund for Insurance Companies”

bodycamBut what if they don’t want to follow the stantards?The Minneapolis, MN shooting. Over the weekend, a woman called 911 to report a possible sexual assault happening near her Minneapolis home. Two officers responded, and one of them ended up shooting her. It’s unclear how this ended up happening. Minneapolis officers started wearing body cameras last summer to capture evidence in moments like this, but these officers didn’t have their cameras turned on. The victim’s family is demanding answers and authorities have launched an investigation.” – The Daily Skimm


Borough e-blast to alert Johnson Waste Disposal Customers | “no trash pick up on Wednesday.”

In Everyday Living, Government on July 17, 2017 at 9:53 pm

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US will be lower than Greece on inequity scale

In Government, Uncategorized on July 17, 2017 at 8:53 am

swamp-draining“Donald Trump’s tax reform plans would, if enacted, increase the gap between rich and poor Americans and see the US slip below Greece on a new global index of inequality.” – The Guardian


Monday’s news items – 7/17/17

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities, Uncategorized on July 17, 2017 at 6:57 am


NOT FAKE NEWS (and why this country needs newspapers to “speak truth!”): “Immediate action following Boston Globe’s ‘Spotlight’ report on Manchester (NH) VA hospital”

Yesterday, “Veterans Affairs Secretary David J. Shulkin … removed the two top officials at the Manchester VA Medical Center and ordered a ‘top-to-bottom’ review of New Hampshire’s only hospital for veterans.

“Shulkin’s action came within hours after The Boston Globe published a Spotlight Team report detailing what several doctors and other medical staffers allege is dangerously substandard care given at the facility.”

HARB epigraphsThese “epigraphs” are from the Manual for Pennsylvania Historical-Architectural-Review-Boards and Historical Commissions.

This listing in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster is about Wednesday’s meeting: “ The Historical Architectural Review Board of the Borough of Columbia will meet at 7 p.m., Wednesday, July 19, in council chambers of Borough Hall, 308 Locust St., Columbia. Among the agenda items: 128-132 Locust St. and 45 Bank Ave.; Brian Myers and Benjamin Myers, owners. Conceptual discussion of the proposed demolition of two adjoining two-story brick houses on Locust Street and a modern one-story mobile home on Bank Avenue, to allow construction of a new four-story mixed-use commercial and residential building.

This is the same property that was advertised in this LEGAL NOTICE requesting “special exception(s) and/or variance(s) to construct a mixed use building with a reduction in required off street parking.

The legal notice references “789 Main Street LLC/Brian Myers” as the requester – 789 Main Street, LLC has several listings on the current Lancaster County Delinquent Tax Report.

Image result for legal noticeThis LEGAL NOTICE appears at Lancaster Online: A special meeting of the borough council will be held on Monday, July 24, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. to “determining whether to move forward with acquiring real estate” of the property known as the McGinnis Airport.

neutralityGreat letter-to-the-editor in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster about “net neutrality” in which the letter writer shares the same rote BS response from Pennsylvania Senator Toomey’s office: “I am encouraged by Chairman Pai’s recent proposal to keep our Internet free from greater government control. Net neutrality threatens the innovation and economic freedom that have made the Internet a powerful catalyst for job creation and growth.” Whichever sycophant wrote the “elected public servant’s response” is simply spouting the GOP line that is sucking up to the Internet providers. Gimme’ a break!

home againWhy are animals so special for humans? Why are people who maim and abuse animals so despicable?

This story will tug at your heart just as yesterday’s facebook page piece about animal abuse revulsed you. “This dog spent 9 months lost in the Idaho mountains. Here’s how she got home to Boise.”

16.20And this is just too cool and right here in Columbia. The Public Art Station. “Inspired by “The World’s Smallest Public Art Station” located in Lancaster, PA, we decided to create our own version for our community in Columbia, PA. We hope you enjoy seeing what others have created, and stop by to leave your mark! – Stop by our Public Art Station at 8th & Chestnut Sts. Leave a little piece of yourself for all to enjoy!”


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Submitted on behalf of Blissful Bonita Art Studio & Gallery1047 E. Market St. York, PA 17403 – 717-887-1497.

16.24Cannot resist taking a snapshot each time we walk The Bridge – The River is amazing.

new trolley stopNew trolley stop? All the designated parking spaces were filled on Sunday; busy day on the trail and on The River.


Sunday news glimpses – 7/16/2017

In Everyday Living, Government, History and Heritage, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities, People on July 16, 2017 at 9:52 am

two-sides“Portrait of a four-star veterans’ hospital: Care gets ‘worse and worse’ The Boston Globe SPOTLIGHT REPORT

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs annually rates its facilities; the 2016 End of Year Hospital Star Rating lists its healthcare facilities. Lebanon Veterans Affairs Medical Center received a four-star rating as did the Manchester, NH hospital.

Here’s the link to the Manchester, NH VAMC Website and the link to its facebook page.


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adorers pipelineNext Steps to Stop the Pipeline in Lancaster County – “The Adorers allege that FERC’s action places a substantial burden on their exercise of religion by taking their land, which they want to protect and preserve as part of their faith, and forces the Adorers to use their land in a manner and for a purpose they believe is harmful to the earth.” Adorers of the Blood of Christ

RELATED: Eco-terrorism in Lebanon County: “Sunoco pipeline portable toilet target of arson”Lebanon Daily News [NOTE: One person’s terrorist is another’s hero.]

POLICE LOGLocal interest arrests in today’s Police Log at Lancaster Online. Incidently, the Wyomissing Police Department has an amazingly informative Website. On it is this information: “The Police Department makes available the Daily Activity Report on-line for the benefit of our resident, businesses, and visitors.  We also refer to the information as our ‘blotter report’ or ‘daily blotter.’ This information is a public record under the Pennsylvania Right To Know Law.” If only …


Lancaster County’s Inspections at Lancaster Online.

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.

ice cream coneToday’s National Ice Cream Day – “This weekend marks your best chance to get deals on this popular dessert during National Ice Cream Month”Lancaster Online – Including “FREE ICE CREAM EXPERIENCE: You can get a free Dixie cup of Turkey Hill ice cream at The Turkey Hill Experience, 301 Linden St., Columbia, on Sunday. You don’t have to pay the admission fee to get that one free ice cream serving per person.”

phonix“Worker killed at Phoenix Packaging in Mount Joy” The York Dispatch. Some may remember Phoenix Packaging used to be a Columbia company. The building the company occupied is now home to Gorman Distributing.

prisonWelcome former hotshots | “Former Penn State officials report to jail”FOX43-TV

consultantHere’s an old story that’s been told around the globe. We first heard it from someone in a post-Soviet central European nation in the Caucuses. It is so true … around the world today!

A sheepherder is tending his flock when a city slicker rolls up in his BMW, hops out and asks, “Hey, if I tell you exactly how many sheep you have, can I take one?” The farmer nods, so the city slicker opens his laptop, calls up some satellite photos, runs some algorithms, and announces, “You have 1,432 sheep.”

Impressed, the sheepherder says, “You’re right. Go ahead and take one.” So the city slicker loads one of the animals into the backseat of the car. “Now,” says the shephard, “I’ll bet all my sheep against your car that I can tell you what you do for a living.”

A gaming sort, the city slicker says, “Sure.”

“You’re a consultant,” says the sheepherder.

“Wow!” says the consultant. “How’d you know?”

“Well,” says the shephard, “you come from nowhere even though I never asked you to. You drive a flash car, and wear a smart suit. You told me something I already knew. And you don’t know anything about my business. Now give me back my dog.”

slumlordsThat’s one of the phrases flung in a string that asks how to get in touch with a notorious multi-property landlord in Columbia at the “You know you’re from Columbia PA if…” facebook page. The tenant asks, “Does anyone have Israel Weiss as a landlord from best choice realty? We r having major issues with house and i need help contacting him or his maintenance man. Any help would be appreciated.”

and finally …

meeting minutesThe June Community Development Committee Meeting Minutes have been posted at the Borough Website.