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Archive for April, 2017|Monthly archive page

Today’s news – Sunday, April 30, 2017

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Uncategorized on April 30, 2017 at 10:06 am

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

Quote for today … “Get him out of here.” – POTUS comment in this Lancaster Online article about his rally in Harrisburg.

Another quote for today … “Your voice, your hopes, and your dreams, will define our American destiny. And your courage and goodness and love will forever guide us along the way.” – From the POTUS’s inauguration speech. [As long as your voice doesn’t differ from his voice?]

one good deed - anthonyClick on the photo to learn more about Anthony Stevens and one good deed.

Community development | Paying attention to codes and ordinances.  butts weeds grates

 Signs seen

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A Day at the Dairy! th nation“What’s it like to see our iced tea being bottled or to taste ice cream fresh off the line? Since our Dairy isn’t open for public tours, not many people get a behind-the-scenes look at how we make our drinks and ice cream — until now. Later this summer, we’ll choose THREE members of the Turkey Hill Nation to win a VIP, behind-the-scenes tour of the Dairy for themselves and a guest. You have to be a member of the Turkey Hill Nation to win. All Nation members will automatically be entered to win, so if you’re not already a member, you should definitely sign up today.” – Turkey Hill Dairy new item



Today’s news – Saturday, April 29, 2017

In Uncategorized on April 29, 2017 at 5:30 am

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

Quote for today … Watching the fiasco known as Donald Trump’s presidency, I cannot help but think of some of the TV shows I have seen in the last 65 years and how they so aptly apply to him.” – The start of a letter-to-the-editor from a Columbian in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster. The letter invokes some TV show titles to illustrate his premise.

Progressing Columbia River Park Phase IIIriver park improvements

  • This “preliminary work” was discussed at the April 11, 2016 Council meeting. This is noted at the minutes: “Motion: To approve of Resolution 16-09: DCNR Grant Application for Columbia River Park Phase III Site Planning. Motion: Berntheizel 2nd: Ford Voice Vote: All Favored – There was discussion regarding what would be included in this project and other grants that may provide monies toward the borough’s required match. Councilman Berntheizel spoke regarding a proposed pedestrian bridge across the Susquehanna River. He read a letter of support from Mark Platts of Susquehanna Heritage and noted that several other organizations have expressed their support of this project. He handed out copies of several letters from these organizations to Borough Council Members.”


  • We are becoming a “developing nation” | “A new book reveals that the U.S. is becoming two distinct countries, with separate economies, politics and opportunities” – AlterNet
  • A Path to Destruction | Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ budget cuts would harm vulnerable kids and families.” – OPINION – USNews.com

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  • Columbia Borough Legal Notice in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster.  The Legal Notice intends “to comply with Pennsylvania Act 133.” PA Act 133 deals with “ISSUANCE OF USE AND OCCUPANCY CERTIFICATE, APPLICABILITY AND COMPLIANCE REQUIREMENT”

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“Trump Tax Plan Would Shift Trillions From U.S. Coffers to the Richest”

In Government, Uncategorized on April 28, 2017 at 1:13 pm

“The only Americans who are very clear winners under the new system are the wealthiest!”


“Trump Tax Plan Would Shift Trillions From U.S. Coffers to the Richest”The New York Times

Today’s news … Friday, April 28, 2017

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opinions, Opportunities, People on April 28, 2017 at 5:39 am

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

Quote for today … “You can get anything you want …” – From Arlo Guthrie’s Alices’ Restaurant

arlo aliceArlo Guthrie’s on the schedule for the Long’s Park Sunday nights music schedule – Lancaster Online. Got 18 minutes for a visit back in time to Alice’s Restaurant?

  • Springhettsberry Township’s 2017 schedule has not been released yet.

Another Quote …Among the most significant legacies of his first 100 days is his degrading of the moral authority of the office of the president, and, thereby, of America.” – From this Robert Reich column.

A Third Quote … “But today, America is that young supermodel. If you saw her, you’d want to grab her by the … well, you know.” – Extract from this opinion column: “100 days of winning | A letter from Donald Trump to America.”

walking weekendBeautiful weather is slated for this weekend. The American Volkssport Association has designed 5K & 10K walks through the towns to highlight the best of the river towns. Pick up your map at Columbia Crossing – Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. We’ll be open 8 am to 4 pm for this special event.” – Columbia Crossing facebook page

prescription drug take-back The Columbia Police Department is a “Prescription ‘Take-Back’ location.”

  • How important are factory jobs? Most Americans don’t work in factories, but in our most recent Marketplace-Edison Research Poll, 80 percent of respondents said manufacturing jobs are important to their local economy. The sentiment cuts across all demographic groups and income brackets, but it doesn’t exactly align with economic reality. As a matter of employment and GDP, manufacturing’s importance has been on the decline for decades. It is true factory jobs “punch above their weight” in terms of qualifications, but they’re vulnerable to overseas competition.” – Marketplace

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May is Older Americans Month

doonesbury dumbdownA reader sent this along to us: “This Doonesbury is perfect! It really shows how much our American education system helping our people.”

  • See the recent LNP – Always Lancaster article about the declining fortunes of some emergency medical services (EMS) organizations across the county? Columbia Quick Response Service (technically not an EMS service) nor Susquehanna Valley EMS were mentioned in the article.

Short takes on life in the area

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opinions on April 27, 2017 at 6:32 am

Families, Individuals Invited To Enjoy Country Classic | 18th annual Turkey Hill Country Classic, which will be held on Saturday, May 6.” -The Merchandiser

Rodent infestation? According to a post and a string of comments at a facebook post, there is: “Ok, I have been living at my current house going to be 2 years in July! I have never had rodent problem until this year!! Idk what’s going on is it an epidemic in Columbia??!! Omg!! I swear decon isn’t working!! Is anyone else having this problem and what products have you used!! HELP PLZ!!!!”


“How tests fail to detect ‘hidden hearing loss’” The Conversation

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The biggest hogs at the trough | the wealthy Americans and corporations join in.

“‘Goldman Sachs Populism’: Trump Tax Plan Benefits Ultra-Wealthy—Like Him” Common Dreams

“Trump’s tax-code plan is short on reform and long on tax cuts for the wealthy” – Editorial: The Los Angeles Times

Gerrymandering or “how we got so screwed up!”

In Uncategorized on April 26, 2017 at 7:17 am

A letter-to-the-editor in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster brings up the ugly topic of sausage-making or “gerrymandering.”

Terry Blue of Washington Boro writes about John Oliver’s explanation of “How Gerrymandering Hurts the ‘Foundation of Democracy’” segment of a few weeks ago.

Blue writes: “Oliver’s main point was to reinforce that it often isn’t the voters who choose their representatives; it is the representatives who choose their voters.”

You can watch the video here.

Today’s news – Wednesday, April 26, 2017

In Uncategorized on April 26, 2017 at 6:35 am

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

Quote for today … “Sweet April showers do spring May flowers.” – Thomas Tusser

Another Quote …there are many GOOD people in Columbia. A lot of this element moves in and out of the area constantly – it’s right between York and Lancaster. Long time Columbia residents are NOT happy about them being in town. It’s so discouraging that so many people have a negative attitude about Columbia. If they were to visit, they would see there are many good residents – along with Hinkles, art galleries, the River Park, cafes – and, of course, the library! ” – Comment following this Lancaster Online article: Columbia woman pleads guilty to aiding boyfriend in husband’s killing.”

A third quote …There comes a time when a citizen has to stand out of the crowd. Politicians, media and every citizen must lean toward critical thinking, not crowd suasion. – Extracted from another letter-to-the-editor in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster.

  • Can you believe April’s coming to a close … gee, April seems as you just arrived!

“‘Clang, clang, clang’ goes the trolley” when it has a driver. Want to be that driver?trolley driver

textingSee this Lancaster Online article “Lancaster County woman, injured by distracted driver, pushes for harsher laws for texting behind the wheel” – She will be at the event tomorrow.

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What’s new in “news” and more

In Uncategorized on April 25, 2017 at 8:12 am

This has just been announced; it’s kind of like “citizen journalism” on steroids. Fact-based reporting from contributing resources … but a powerful base supporting the initiative.


From Wikipedia to Wikitribune – Jimmy Wales hopes to spell an end to fake news. – inews

Think it can’t happen here?Venezuela was once among Latin America’s most prosperous countries, with the world’s largest proven oil reserves. During good times, Venezuelans who came to the United States largely did so as tourists or to go shopping.But the Venezuelan economy is now in freefall due to a plunge oil prices and poor economic planning under the socialist government created by the late President (and dictator) Hugo Chavez, who took office in 1999, and continued under his successor, Maduro. The situation has grown worse because of capital flight and a crime rate that is among the highest in the world.”

Click here to go to WikiTribune.

But the skeptics are there, too. “The Problem With WikiTribune”The Atlantic

Today’s news – Tuesday, April 25, 2017

In Uncategorized on April 25, 2017 at 5:40 am

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

Quote for today … “People across the country aren’t feeling that economic strength in their own lives, in large part because the headline gains we’ve seen since the end of the recession — almost eight years ago now — simply haven’t been equally distributed.” – Extracted from this MarketPlace article: You think Washington has ‘forgotten’ you — and it doesn’t matter what party you’re in.

eyes no privacy“The Incoming Privatization Assault: Get ready for everything from private infrastructure and private prisons to voucherized schools and Medicaid.” American Prospect

earthquakesThis 2003 DNCR report shows Lancaster County’s earthquakes have a 200-plus history. dcnr eatthquakes

Volunteers needed | According to this email sent by Columbia Borough,

“The American Red Cross is looking for volunteers for the following:

  1. Smoke Alarm Installer – Conduct home visits, test existing smoke alarms, replace batteries and install smoke alarms.
  2. Disaster Safety Instructor – Educate residents on the importance of fire safety and assist them in creating home fire escape plans.
  3. Reporter – Document resident information, including what services were provided during the visit. Complete the acknowledgement forms and reports used for campaign tracking.

“Next event in Lancaster County is in Columbia, PA on Friday, May 19, 2017 from 9am-1pm.

“Volunteer by registering at https://goo.gl/hMT4qn or contacting Hope Roaten at hope.roaten@redcross.org or 717-234-3101 ext. 1202.”

customer compliance copsThe line between privatized security and police forces is becoming increasingly thin, and corporations are now putting arbitration clauses in their contracts and user agreements to get around the justice system.”Daily Kos

going greenThe Borough’s going green – see the Website.

Want to see something unusual … and inspiring?

In Everyday Living, Opportunities, People, Uncategorized on April 24, 2017 at 2:24 pm

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Really, it’s pretty good stuff.