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Windows phone scam

In Opinions, Opportunities, Uncategorized on March 27, 2017 at 4:06 pm

windows phone scamCredit: FataasTV Mv via YouTube

So a couple days ago, this recording was at our voicemail. Just when we were feeling left out by the Windows scammers / spammers.

We’ve said before we don’t answer the phone unless we’re pretty certain we know who the caller is.

This article tells more about the Windows tech support scam callers.

Columbia’s football coach resigns

In Uncategorized on March 27, 2017 at 3:45 pm

Lancaster Online’s article

March 11, 2017 Columbia news, views & reviews posts

  • “We’re coaching these kids in life, not just football. We want to make an impact on their life, and not just only on the field. ” – This quote is from then-Columbia first-year coach Anthony Sottasante in this August, 2015 Penn Live article.

Today’s news – Monday, March 27, 2017 – the world is flat

In Everyday Living, Government, Opinions on March 27, 2017 at 7:03 am

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

Quote for today … I was in Bangalore, India, the Silicon Valley of India, when I realized that the world was flat.” – Thomas Friedman


The Internet has become and will continue to be the “great equalizer.” It’s been just just over 20 short years since the Internet has been part of the lives of most people in the world. Most of us didn’t really connect until around 1995 or so.  The graphics below show the real revolution that’s happening around the globe.

Real Internet growth is phenomenal in those nations some Americans refer to as “third-world.” Clearly, the US will not be the Internet use leader in the coming years. There are more Internet users today in Asia, Europe and Africa than in the United States and Camada … yet, the percentage of users is lower.

Internet “speeds” around the world are much, much faster than those in the US. In this ranking, the US speeds rank 21st in the world. The leading nations’ speeds are three times faster than ours.

“Home broadband in the US costs far more than elsewhere. At high speeds, it costs nearly three times as much as in the UK and France, and more than five times as much as in South Korea.” – BBC

We pay more to get less – and that’s what our systems (“elected public servants” following the will of the selected and protected Internet providers) want it to be. It’s kind of like insurance and health care … protected and selected, too.

The Internet World Stats Website has these graphics and a trove of data about usage around the world.

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Today’s news – Sunday, March 26, 2017

In Uncategorized on March 26, 2017 at 6:41 am

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

Quote for today …When you go to the polls, ethics and morality should be part of the evaluation.” – John Shimkus

A second quote for today (from the 21st century) “Change is always difficult — particularly when you’re changing how an institution such as the General Assembly functions and does business. You have members that have become accustomed to operating in a certain way.” – State Senator Ryan Aument in a page one LNP – Always Lancaster article about “reform” in the state legislature.

A third quote for today (from the 16th century) “There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things. For the reformer has enemies in all those who profit by the old order, and only lukewarm defenders in all those who would profit by the new order, this lukewarmness arising partly from fear of their adversaries … and partly from the incredulity of mankind, who do not truly believe in anything new until they have had actual experience of it.” – Niccolo Machiavelli

quokkaQuokkas are the cutest and happiest animals in the world.


  • Remember the “no-choice” election last November that sent Pat Toomey to the US Senate? Well, the “elected public servant” party hack voted last week that it’s OK for “Internet service providers such as AT&T, Comcast and Verizon (to NOT) obtain customer consent before they share sensitive user information such as browsing and app activity with advertisers and other parties.” Yep, he’s totally on-board with the  Wonderland “roll-back” theme.
  • A page one article in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster is about “housing insecurity” in Lancaster County and the many vicissitudes that families who rent housing encounter. “The Lancaster County Community Foundation, the Mayor’s Commission to Combat Poverty and The Steinman Foundation have come together in a collaborative effort to welcome Matthew Desmond, the bestselling author of Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, as the featured speaker at HDC MidAtlantic’s 2017 Faces of Affordable Housing Banquet on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at the Marriott at Penn Square in Lancaster, Pa. Reception kicks off at 5 pm, followed by dinner at 6 pm.” – HDC-MidAtlantic Webpage

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Because there’ve been questions and because information is sometimes not understood or accurate, here are several sources for veterans and veterans’ families.

american legion pre-planning guideClick on the graphic to download the pre-planning guide. 

  • The obituary notices in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster show at least a half-dozen veterans, one as young as 29. Among the veterans is a long-time colleague, Bill Cifuni, a legend at WLAN radio.

Today’s news – Saturday, March 25, 2017

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opinions, Opportunities, People on March 25, 2017 at 7:26 am

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

Quote for today … “We have three Wegmans here in the Lehigh Valley, and I’d much rather have a Stauffers.” – Tracy Campbell Roeder, of Bethlehem/ Facebook in an LNP – Always Lancaster “Other opinions: Wegman’s arrival.”


  • Institutional trust? “Over the past five years, Penn State has taken aggressive steps to strengthen accountability and focus on the fight against child maltreatment.”  – Penn Live. (NOTE: Could be, but would any of the steps been taken in the absence of national attention and the NCAA’s sanctions?)
  • Follow up | “At the November 28, 2016 Borough Council meeting, David Nikoloff made a presentation to the Borough Council representing AIM Advisors. “The pitch resulted in Columbia’s councillors, in a 6-0 vote, (councillor Stephanie Weisser was absent from the meeting) approving an agreement to contract AIM Advisors to conduct a feasibility study about ‘adaptive reuse of the current Columbia Borough Wastewater Treatment Facility into a natural gas production facility and user endpoint facility for vehicles.’ The Borough will pay $75,800 for the conduct of the study and the delivery of a report. The report may be ready as early as March 2017.”
  • Because of the excellent and timely reporting of transactions in Borough Council committee minutes (with the exception of the Community Development committee), Nikoloff’s report is summarized in the March Public Works Committee March 21 minutes.

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Later new today – Friday, March 24, 2017

In Uncategorized on March 24, 2017 at 6:26 pm
  • From big time university president to “up to five years jail time.”NOT LIKELY. Penn Live


  • 3,300 people killed in the US this year | A threat to homeland security? Nah, it’s the repoprted number of shooting deaths. – GunViolenceArchive.org
  • Let the sun shine; let in the sunshine | Lisa from Goodville, following this WITF article about government transparency says, “Request electronic copies.  This will prevent the entity you are requesting from charging you for copies.  Some of these charges can be quite excessive.  In the computer age, almost everything should be available electronically.  Have them email it to you.  This enabled me to point out to our local government that they should make ownership of electronic copies of things like zoning ordinances mandatory when having contractors write these documents for them.  My township did not have this requirement making it much more likely that they were obligated to use the same contractor when they wanted to make revisions to the ordinance or else retype the entire 200+ page document.”
  • What a comment following this “no justice” decision?That guy deserves to suffer also that piece of crap needs to be thrown into prison or how about get a metal bat and crush his legs we need to make a law if you hurt someone you should get the same degree of consequence that guy better hope no one sees him in public.” – comment following this Lancaster Online article.

Today’s news – Thursday, March 23, 2013

In Uncategorized on March 23, 2017 at 5:13 am

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

Quote for today … “Lancaster County’s population inched closer to the 550,000 mark in 2016, growing by more than 2,100 people over the previous year and at a pace that is among the fastest in Pennsylvania. ” –Lead sentence in an LNP – Always Lancaster article about population growth in Pennsylvania. [NOTE: Looks like community development will naturally have come to Columbia – with or without local initiatives – if anyone knew what the were.]

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  • Noticed a municipal brief in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster: “Deb Drury, executive director of the Elizabethtown Library, asked council to raise its annual contribution from $36,000 to about $57,500, or $5 per resident.According to the posted budget, Columbia allocates $10,000 to its library.
  • AND IN THE SCHOOL BRIEFS in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster, it states, Iris Garrido resigned from the school board for “health reasons.”
  • Curious because Columbia Spy reported no reason for the resignation. Some citizens believe the resignation came about as a result of a change in employment that might be considered a conflict.
  • Columbia news, views & reviews was not able to attend that meeting due to a conflict, but an inconsistently reported “fact” is one of the reasons we encourage citizens to attend meetings – to get unfiltered, first-hand observation about what happened.

Faces of addiction and overdoses

In Everyday Living, In Columbia, Opportunities on March 22, 2017 at 6:47 am

“Publicly acknowledging that a family member suffered from an addiction to drugs, or died of an overdose, has long been a taboo subject — one best kept secret among family and a few knowing friends. That is changing.”

Taylor_Wilson_0064-1600x900Leigh Ann Wilson holds a photo of her daughter, Taylor, who dreamed of becoming a librarian.

Here are two STATNews articles worth taking time to read:

Today’s news – Wednesday, March 22, 2017

In Uncategorized on March 22, 2017 at 5:32 am

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

Quote for today … “The country, states, counties and school districts are all going broke paying the pensions and benefits. Taxpayers are going broke paying higher taxes every year to pay these pensions and benefits.” –From a letter-to-the-editor in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster. [NOTE: Sorry, we’re struggling to see the logic in this line. People work, people get benefits that include pensions and benefits. The time for (and we hate application of the word) REFORMS is before the action, not after the action.]

  • Every week or so, a new post at the Columbia Police Department facebook page.
  • EMPLOYMENT NOTICE – The Borough of Columbia is accepting applications until March 31, 2017 for a Seasonal Part-time Trolley Driver. Must have high school diploma or GED, valid Class A or B CDL license with passenger endorsement, a clean driving record, experience as a school bus driver or public transit operator preferred.  The successful candidate(s) will be required to obtain a CDL Medical examination / certification every two years by a specified physician. Current pay rate is $12.00 – $15.00/hour after 90 day probation period. Applications and job descriptions are available at the Columbia Borough Municipal Building, 308 Locust St., Columbia, PA 17512, EOE. – Borough Website

IAVA fulfull the promiseUH-rahhh! Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) members from around the country have converged on D.C. to present our annual policy agenda, a landmark document.

Today’s news – Tuesday, March 21, 2017

In Uncategorized on March 21, 2017 at 5:50 am

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

Quote for today … “If your email address is with “Hotmail” the Borough Email Alerts will no longer be delivered to you.  Hotmail has blocked Borough Emails as Spam.  Please re-register for email alerts using another email address if you would like to continue receiving Borough Email Alterts.” – NOTE at the Borough Website

Another quote for today … “Ivanka into the White House? It’s like a coup, and the dictator’s family is moving into the palace as it prepares to the loot the country.” – Robert Reich Tweet.

TrustClick here or on the graphic above to see the program from last night’s “Trust, Transparency and the News” forum/panel discussion at Elizabethtown College last night.

trust pixOver 100 people attended the presentation at Gibble Auditorium to listen to panelists respond to questions submitted by people in the audience.

  • “A glimpse at tonight’s ‘Trust, Transparency & the News’ panel with WITF and Lancaster News. Media panelists from WITF and LNP discuss what they do and how they work to get it right. Tim Lambert, WITF, ‘local journalism jobs have been bleeding. There are far fewer journalists covering local news–the things that directly affect us.’ Tom Murse, LNP, ‘with online stories we witness fact checking in real time from readers.'” – Elizabethtown College’s facebook page
  • “In 2005, for every one digital-only journalist, there were 20 newspaper journalists. In 2015, for every one digital-only journalist, there were four newspaper journalists.” – Columbia Journalism Review

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  • Get to know Mitch Cooper in an LNP – Always Lancaster article in today’s paper. Cooper is the operator of Cooper’s Comics at the corner of Locust and Fifth Streets.

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  • The Zoning Hearing Board of the Borough of Columbia will meet on Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at 7:00 P.M.” – Columbia Borough Website

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  • After a very successful program in March, given by Elisabeth Weaver of Lancaster Farmacy, (a fantastic five acre herbal and organic vegetable farm) we are now anticipating a very exciting program in April by Lisa Baughman, a tea expert and speaker, from York.  Ms. Baughman travels the world studying and sampling teas from many countries.  She is a member of the Tea Speakers Bureau, a source for Tea Industry Educators.  Once again, this program is open to the public for a $5.00 fee.  Please contact me if you are planning to attend – Barbara Ann de León  (717) 428-2210. A brown bag lunch will follow, then a short business meeting.  Membership is open so please let us know if you would like to become a member of a stimulating 21st century approach to learning all about herbal healing, culinary and decorative uses of herbs.  Our annual membership dues are only $15.00.  Please contact me – Barbara Ann de León atparoyalty639@yahoo.com or call and leave a message and phone number at (717) 428-2210.” – news release