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Five (make it six) things you may want to know about on this last day of July | 7/31/2017

In Uncategorized on July 31, 2017 at 4:45 am

rulesSurprisingly, the way many municipalities across the state have tried to keep track of who lives there is to have imposed MOVING PERMITS.

North Whitehall Township in the Lehigh Valley says, “Moving Permits are required to move into, move out, and move within North Whitehall Township.”

Westmont Borough in Cambria County says, “Moving Permits – A moving permit is required prior to moving into, within, or out of the Borough. Landlords are responsible for notifying their tenants.”

Lots of these Northampton County municipalities require Moving Permits.

Who knows, they probably enforce their codes!

living below the line

“New estimates from the 2016 Elder Economic Security Standard Index™ suggest that half of older adults living alone, and one out of four older adults living in two-elder households, lack the financial resources required to pay for basic needs.”

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Click here to read this Boston Globe article about how elderly residents struggle to pay their bills in its entirety.

amendmentAdvertisements in daily newspapers across the commonwealth serve as a PUBLIC NOTICE of an upcoming Pennsylvania Constitutional amendment to Allow Local Taxing Authorities to Exempt Full Value of Homestead Amendment.”

Here’s more about the Homestead Tax Exemption at the State’s Department of Community and Economic Development.

licuor license auctionsWho’s buying those liquor licenses? Central Penn Business Journal


OH NORecent post with a string.

Five more news items | 7/30/17

In Uncategorized on July 30, 2017 at 8:05 pm

loss of democracyDemocracy can vanish – seemingly in an instant – any where.

Democracy changes to despotic rule in Venezuela.

Democracy changes to despotic rule in Turkey.

Could it happen here?

freedom“There were setbacks in political rights, civil liberties, or both, in a number of countries rated ‘Free’ by the report, including Brazil, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Hungary, Poland, Serbia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Tunisia, and the United States.” – Freedom House

nationfest“The Turkey Hill Nation FEST on October 14 will feature fun and games for the whole family.”

brucekies- va“Join us in a Shout Out to the bikers and friends of Veterans who helped Brucekies in Columbia raise funds for the Veterans of South Central Pennsylvania in their first annual Veterans Bike Run. Bruce and Jane Murray, US Army Veterans Bill and Beth Preston, Eddie Miller, Pat Wiker and Donald VanAulen dropped off a very generous donation. Despite bad weather they had approximately 90 bikes in their benefit run. Thank you all! Good luck next year.” – a post at the Lebanon VA Medical Center facebook page

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U.S. Vietnam War Veterans Special Recognition event on October 21

In Everyday Living, Government, Opportunities on July 30, 2017 at 6:32 pm

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“U.S. Navy commander: If Trump asked, we’d nuke China next week” – Philly.com

In Uncategorized on July 30, 2017 at 8:40 am

the enemy

In this Philly.com article, “The U.S. Pacific Fleet commander said Thursday he would launch a nuclear strike against China next week if President Donald Trump ordered it, and warned against the military ever shifting its allegiance from its commander in chief.”

“Every member of the U.S. military had sworn an oath to obey the president as the commander in chief, Swift said.”

Really? But what if the enemy is … ?

Here are “The wordings of the current oath of enlistment and oath for commissioned officers are as follows:

“I, _____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.” (Title 10, US Code; Act of 5 May 1960 replacing the wording first adopted in 1789, with amendment effective 5 October 1962).

“I, _____ (SSAN), having been appointed an officer in the Army of the United States, as indicated above in the grade of _____ do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office upon which I am about to enter; So help me God.” (DA Form 71, 1 August 1959, for officers.)

NOTE: Here’s a New York Times opinion column: “The Generals Can’t Save Us From Trump.”

Sunday’s news items – 7/30/17

In Everyday Living, Government, History and Heritage, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities, People on July 30, 2017 at 6:49 am

no responseAtop page 3 in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster is an article about the continuing problems at Susquehanna Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Columbia news, views & reviews pointed to just one last Monday:

failure-to-communicateSo several media sources reported the water leak and subsequent evacuation of residents at the Susquehanna Valley Nursing facility. Columbia Spy reported it. Lancaster Online reported it. The reports stated that (depending on the source) between 50 and 70 residents were moved to a Harrisburg facility.

What’s disturbing is that no notice about the “critical incident” appears at the Susquehanna Valley Nursing & Rehabilitation Center’s Website. What’s dismaying, is that the facility evidently is unaware of the Guidance for Surveyors, Providers and Suppliers Regarding the New Emergency Preparedness (EP) Rule issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services last year. Facilities have to have emergency plans and they have to exercise them.

“The Pennsylvania Department of Health has fined nursing homes more in the first four months of this year than in the previous three years combined, as regulators started using a more rigorous penalty system after coming under fire for going too lightly on substandard care.” – The Morning Call

NOTICE how the borough of Steelton notifies residents, guests, visitors and everyone about its recent critical incident.

safety firstThe primary focus has to be on public safety! Just look at what Dare County posted at its website. The Outer Banks in North Carolina have a significant critical incident – caused by human error. In spite of it being a major tourist site, the county alerted everyone (residents, guests and visitors) to evacuate. In spite of losing money, they did the right thing. The nursing and rehabilitation center did not.

col spyThree excellent local-interest articles are captured at Columbia Spy.

Trolley tale asks why Columbia’s owned trolley wasn’t in operation – but last year’s contracted trolley was in town.

Condemnation points perhaps a positive direction that may be being embraced by Columbia’s codes department. There’s a string of “local knowledge” comments about this property at “What’s Happening in Columbia,Pa. and Area – Part 1.”

Promise is the latest project of Cimarron Investments, LLC – Don and Becky Murphy, Columbia’s leading “make it happen” team.

“Cimarron Investments, LLC is a commercial/residential real estate firm specializing in development, renovation, and leasing.” – Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce Website

a-2yr-oldThe short sentiment to this question, How are my fellow veterans feeling about Trump by now?”, posed at Quora.com.


“Trump threat: End health payments unless there’s an overhaul”The York Dispatch

Duh, ya’ think? “GOP fears political fallout after health care ‘epic fail’”The York Dispatch


Lancaster County’s Inspections at Lancaster Online.

York County’s Inspections

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.


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NNO fireworksfireworksTuesday night!

Soggy Saturday news items – 7/29/17

In Everyday Living, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities on July 29, 2017 at 8:36 am

aug calendar.jpgA month-long events calendar at Columbia’s Public Library.



music for everyoneMusic For Everyone is very excited to announce that today we sent all of the instruments from Park & Taylor schools in Columbia, PA that needed to be repaired to be fixed. We are thrilled to be partnering with Columbia Borough School District and Music Land in this exciting new endeavor. Once these repairs are complete, MFE will have repaired ALL of the instruments needing attention in Columbia school district, just in time for the start of the school year!”

new tattoo“What’s up Columbia! I will be opening a new tattoo shop on Locust street early Aug or beginning of Sept.” – A facebook post here.

jcp“All the Kmarts in the area closed; all the Sears are closing; and now all the JCPenneys are closing. I’m running out of places to shop.” – A comment from this Philly.com article about three more JCPenney store closings in the Philadelphia area.

tesla 3Affordable Tesla Model 3 now in production – “Tesla Delivers First Lower-Cost Model 3 Cars”The New York Times

Politically charged: do you know where your batteries come from?” – The Conversation

one star bankPretty sad statement – ConsumerAffairs.com gives Wells Fargo Bank a one-star rating for auto loans. Here’s one reason why: “Wells Fargo Forced Unwanted Auto Insurance on Borrowers”The New York Times


dui boardGreat idea – this “police taxi” billboard in Mountville warns drivers. – Lancaster Online

www.duicouncil.org Website

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TGIF II – 7/28/17

In Everyday Living, Government, History and Heritage, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities, People on July 28, 2017 at 7:41 am

makle trashThe loss of pride permeates!

This begins a string at the What’s Happening in Columbia,Pa. and Area – Part 1 facebook page.

SCHOOLBOARDMEETINGAfter a month’s hiatus, the Columbia Borough School District Board of Directors will have a committee of the whole meeting on Thursday, August 3 at 6:00 pm at the District Administration Center, 200 North Fifth Street, Columbia, PA 17512.

This reminder is posted at the School District’s Website:

School Vaccination Information for Parents/Guardians

Beginning with the 2017-18 school year, the Department of Health is requiring all students to be fully immunized by the first day of school. There is no longer an 8-month provisional enrollment period. In addition, all students entering grade 12 will be required to have their second meningococcal vaccine booster by the first day of school. For more information click on the following hyperlink:  Immunization School Brochure

7-28 lteIn today’s LNP – Always Lancaster

immigrantsOld versus new immigrants uneasy in a borough where a river runs by it.

“”Maybe we should all sit on our porches and hang out. What they do is not all that removed from what our immigrant families did 50 years ago.” – Penn Live

no good deedThis good deed gone bad begins a string at the “You know you’re from Columbia PA if…” facebook page.


TGIF – 7/28/17

In Everyday Living, Government, History and Heritage, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities, People on July 28, 2017 at 6:28 am

nsaty weatherClick on the graphic above for details.

scca winner Please come to the Susquehanna Center for the Creative Arts (SCCA) tomorrow evening, July 28 for its Second Reception, featuring a Juried Art Exhibition at the SCCA. “We have an excellent show and will be open 5-9 pm.” Above is a photo the First Prize Winner, by Susan Gottlieb.

4th fridaysYep! According to the Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce Website: “Fourth Friday is a monthly happening inviting the public to enjoy an evening visiting galleries, antique, restaurants, specialty shops & various venues in Columbia, Marietta, and Wrightsville. The evening provides opportunities to view exhibits from local and regional artists, to enjoy refreshments, special events and promotions, while discovering the distinct charm of the Susquehanna River communities.  Check back for July’s details!”

Honestly, that’s what the Website says. But then the Website still lists the former executive director as the executive director.


SCARY TRIOScary photo | Three of the scariest people around. Good thing the the folks in Alaska aren’t scared of them!

kintuckian chief flunkyCOMMENTARY | The other scary one has decided to “move on” after his contrived and failed effort of repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act. He and his ilk of out-of-touch “elected public servants now move on to who knows what. Let them scallywags (Toomey and Smucker) know now and at the next election their shenanigans on behalf of their masters are done. Tell them “We will vote you out!”

silent paradeAlways leading, Google recognizes The Silent Parade today. One hundred years ago, the organizers of The Silent Parade held the event and said “We march because by the Grace of God and the force of truth, the dangerous, hampering walls of prejudice and inhuman injustices must fall. We march because we want to make impossible a repetition of Waco, Memphis and East St. Louis, by rousing the conscience of the country and bring the murderers of our brothers, sisters, and innocent children to justice.

“We march because we deem it a crime to be silent in the face of such barbaric acts.”

Another flyer claimed: “We march in memory of our butchered dead, the massacre of honest toilers who were removing the reproach of laziness and thriftlessness hurled at the entire race. They died to prove our worthiness to live. We live in spite of death shadowing us and ours.” 

100 years later, little has changed.

lancaster-spca-logoReprehensible, despicable and unacceptable lousy communication.

Despite many media stories about the Lancaster County SPCA’s closing, there is NOTHING AT THE AGENCY’S WEBSITE.

Its facebook page notes: “Due to the recent announcement of the Lancaster SPCA closing, we have been overwhelmed with phone calls and emails. We are unable to respond to each individual request.”

“Lancaster County SPCA to close as animal lovers rush to adopt pets” FOX43-TV

What ever happened to the planned Columbia family foundation that was going to “support a pet rescue organization?

news items – 7/27/17

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities, People on July 27, 2017 at 7:17 am

LEGAL NOTICELancaster County Vacant Property Reinvestment Board LEGAL NOTICE announces Columbia properties for First Determination of Blight Lancaster Online

moneybagsSo who are the richest people in the world?

Here’s Forbe’s list of the world’s billionaires.

Yep, he’s on the list.

trustTrust is in crisis around the world.

The 2017 Edelman Trust Barometer | “With the fall of trust, the majority of respondents now lack full belief that the overall system is working for them. In this climate, people’s societal and economic concerns, including globalization, the pace of innovation and eroding social values, turn into fears, spurring the rise of populist actions now playing out in several Western-style democracies.” The US has the largest trust gap.

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NNO fireworksfireworksComing up next week.

borough issuesIssues in another borough. Councillors there debate the loss of taxable properties as they go “non-profit.”

About a year ago, Columbia news, views & reviews wrote this:

How many of Columbia’s non-profits make “in-lieu-of” payments to the Borough for public services?

The Borough responded to our “right to know” request and provided a list of four of the up to 100 or so registered non-profits.

These four contributed a total of $12,150 in 2015.

in lieu of

Each year the borough office sends this invitation to the registered non-profits to encourage them to consider an “in lieu of taxes” contribution.

fair share letterClick on the above illustration to view in a larger format.

Many non-profits across the county contend they provide significant services that benefit persons in the communities they exist. Many citizen tax payers, however, are burdened with increasing tax payments for services.

By the bye … Here are the AirBnB listings for Columbia area.




a circuitous read | commentary stemming from a sandwich purchase at Rose’s

In Everyday Living, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities, People on July 27, 2017 at 5:49 am

rose collageCOMMENTARY | Dropped by Rose’s Deli and more one day recently for a sandwich to go. If you’re one of the few who’s not been there, do go. The shifters there are the stuff legends are made of. Stop in 13 North Fourth Street or call for ” … a shifter, sub, wraps, soups, or just about anything you request, if we have the ingredients we will make for our customers. and don’t forget about all the fresh made desserts and baked goods.”

cheesesteaksAnd very recently, Rose’s Deli began making cheese steaks. Everyone knows that Columbia’s got several establishments with cheese steak bragging rights. During a conversation, a friend said “Rose’s cheese steaks are the best around.” With that recommendation, we decided to try the cheese steaks. Know what, it was really good and may deserve the bragging rights. Give it a try.

So while paying for the order, we chatted with an ebullient, gregarious and smiling person who rang up the order. We talked about the “very up-town” credit card device at Rose’s and she asked whether we had the Perka app on our mobile device.

Perka is a digital loyalty marketing platform allows Customers to earn “perks” that the participating retailer may use as a Customer-reward system. The person at the checkout coached us to download the app to begin earning rewards with the purchase we’d just made. Though not a super fan of bunches of phone apps, this one is really easy, fast and “Customer-friendly.” And Perka users earn benefits and discounts with purchases at Rose’s.

Somehow the conversation meandered to the “end of cash” as a purchasing option. Visa, the credit card giant, just announced it’s going to incentivize a segment of small merchants – “The company that processes more credit and debit card transactions than any other is offering food vendors and restaurants across the U.S. rewards of up to $10,000 for upgrades to technology that encourage electronic payment – on condition that they stop accepting cash.

We mentioned that we’re reading a novel that is placed in the future. In the novel, “The Mandibles | A Family, 2029-2047”, in the year 2029, the American economy has completely crashed and commodities, utilities and everything else comes to an abrupt “new normal.” 

Amazon’s review says: “In 2029, the United States is engaged in a bloodless world war that will wipe out the savings of millions of American families. Overnight, on the international currency exchange, the ‘almighty dollar’ plummets in value, to be replaced by a new global currency, the ‘bancor.’ In retaliation, the president declares that America will default on its loans. ‘Deadbeat Nation’ being unable to borrow, the government prints money to cover its bills. What little remains to savers is rapidly eaten away by runaway inflation.”

How does this novel turn out? Don’t know, we’re still reading The Mandibles.

Which brings us to “USA Live Stats.” The United States’ debt now exceeds 19 trillion dollars. Consumer debt continues to increase. The compensation of a Fortune 500 company chief is over 350 times higher than the average American. These and many more statistics and numbers are at USA Live Stats.

Here’s a global look at more metrics at Worldometers.