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Saturday – 9/30/17

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities on September 30, 2017 at 7:19 am

coffee with a copHere’s a national program that makes sense. In addition to programs that connect law enforcement with citizens, programs like officers walking a beat; Lebanon’s Walk with a Cop and other community connectivity initiatives are positive trends.

“Coffee with a Cop brings police officers and the community members they serve together–over coffee–to discuss issues and learn more about each other.”

Lancaster’s police department has a Coffee with a Cop day scheduled. Manheim Township’s department does as well. In Columbia, nothing yet!

albatwitchjpgAlbatwitch Day is Saturday, October 14, in Columbia, Lancaster County.

“Albatwitch – like Bigfoot only smaller – celebrated in Lancaster County” Penn Live

inothernews

NOW POSTED at the Borough Website: Newsletter – The Columbia Connection – Fall 2017

“Blue Privilege” alleged following this incident: “Local police officer facing felony charge “Lancaster Online

Finally, a leader, a general officer with integrity and grit speaks: If you can’t treat everyone equally and with respect, “then you need to get out.”The New York Times [NOTE: A teaching moment for #45!]

This Is Why Puerto Rico Needs Statehood

A Horrifying Statistic That Conveys the Sheer Scale of the Opioid Crisis

swamp creatureOne of the POTUSs swamp creatures is gone | Draining the swamp of the creatures he brought in.

lots of targetsWhen everyone and everything is a target … who knows when, where and toward what or whom the next crazed lashout will be directed?

Here’s #45’s target of the moment | “Trump blasts San Juan mayor as Puerto Rico rebuilds”The Boston Globe

liarRi-g-h-t! Sure! Pants on fire. “Trump Could Save More Than $1 Billion Under His New Tax Plan”The Washington Post

col pv gameLots of red on the field | Columbia’s game against Pequea Valley get’s lots of photo coverage in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster. Pick up a copy of the paper.

coe

Center of Excellence (COE) substance use services offered at Columbia Center

ManufacturingWeek2017_LogoPennsylvania Manufacturing Week 2017 | Saturday, Sept. 30th through Oct. 6.

The beauty of “no-bid” contracts | The games municipalities play

 

Lead letter from the mayor

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia on September 29, 2017 at 7:58 pm

Lutz lead

Friday – 09/29/17

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities, People on September 29, 2017 at 7:23 am

DEALHow ’bout I take over $400,000 from you and pay you back $51,887.31?

News from the POTUS’s Swamp.

another cpd postMore activity from the Columbia Police Department facebook page.

this is a scam - the evelopeThis scam is back again, according to this Lancaster Online article. IN 2015, Columbia news, views & reviews carried this piece about this kind of mail scam.

tax breakMore from the Swamp creatures | “Six Charts That Help Explain
the Republican Tax Plan”The New York Times

Image may contain: textThis is posted at a local facebook page – but not at the Columbia Public Library Website.

clappingLNP – Always Lancaster applauds Columbia’s Lead-Safe Columbia project in editorial.

th coffee

Celebrate National Coffee Day with a Complimentary Cup of Joe at Turkey Hill

Turkey Hill Minit Markets is celebrating National Coffee Day—Friday, September 29—by offering customers a free 16-ounce cup of fresh brewed coffee or cappuccino in a special, Facebook-only promotion.

To receive a free cup of coffee, visit any Turkey Hill Minit Markets store and show the National Coffee Day ad from the Turkey Hill Minit Markets Facebook page on your phone.

Although the free 16-ounce coffee offer is valid on Friday, September 29 only, coffee lovers have a little longer to enjoy another great offer. As part of the Turkey Hill Minit Markets 50th Anniversary celebration, any size coffee or cappuccino is $1.00 through October 4. – news release

On Thursday – 9/28/17

In Uncategorized on September 28, 2017 at 6:18 am

cpd fb pageThis note is shown at the facebook page, too.

“The Rt. 462 bridge will be shut down from 7PM to 9PM on Friday 09-29-17 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Walk. Please be careful and look for detour signs in the area around this location if you are driving.”

help wantedOne of the employment notices posted at the Columbia Borough School District’s Website is “FOOD SERVICE ASSISTANT.”

board of health

The Columbia Borough Board of Health’s next meeting is Tuesday, October 3 at 7:00 pm – no meeting venue is shown, most likely the meeting is at the Borough Hall. Columbia news, views & reviews was unable to locate any minutes for previous Board of Health meetings at the borough website.

According to the Borough Website, there’s a Board of Health volunteer vacancy; if you are interested in volunteering please contact the Borough Manager at 717-684-2467 Ext. 7318.

According to the Borough Website: “The Board of Health is a relatively unique group in Lancaster County.  Unlike most municipalities which rely on the PA Department of Agriculture for Eating & Drinking Establishment inspections and on the PA Department of Health for sanitation issues, Columbia has chosen to perform these responsibilities to maintain rapid, coordinated, local control.”

Members:

Elizabeth Smedley Chair
Leslie Fritz Member
Dr. John Jensen Member
Dr. Bret Daniels Member
Reva Hall Member
Laurie Gerfin Alternate
Michele Hank Alternate

Why does Columbia have its own food serving inspection practice? Citizens deserve better.

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opportunities on September 27, 2017 at 9:42 pm

Every Sunday, Columbia news, views & reviews posts links to restaurant inspections in Lancaster and York Counties. These inspections are accomplished in accordance with Pennsylvania’s Department of Agriculture standardized inspection criteria.

Here’s a part of this past Sunday’s post.

Lancaster County’s Inspections at Lancaster Online. – Yes, all food serving establishments have to be inspected. Interesting this week are the number of schools that were inspected including one with this in its report: “Non-food service workers, unauthorized personnel are entering kitchen to serve themselves soup.” Not suprisingly, the “mess hall” can turn into a watering hole without a qualified, assiduous dining facility supervisor.

Yet, Columbia’s local food service inspector allegedly inspects ALL Columbia’s establishments serving food? Including schools?

So this post at the Columbia facebook page “What’s Happening in Columbia,Pa. and Area – Part 1”:

“My daughter goes to Columbia High School and this is what she was served today for lunch. There is mold on the bread and she said hers was not the only one that has mold on it. I’m pissed now she has to be hungry until she gets home because she refuses to eat anything else from there. Omw to pick her up.”

Image may contain: food

prompted a huge number of responses like these:

Restaurant inspections and school cafeteria inspections are both done by a Borough employee. Who BTW calls ahead to his appointments so they can be prepared. Don’t we deserve better than this?”

Columbia does their own inspections, has their own Heath department. Believe me, I WISH the department of agriculture would do the inspections, but they don’t.

She did the lunch aide told her not to say anything smh

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.

why

Come on, Columbia, we can do better! Get in sync with the rest of the county … get consistency in food serving facility inspections. Get rid of the local yokel mindset.

board of health

The Columbia Borough Board of Health’s next meeting is Tuesday, October 3 at 7:00 pm – no meeting venue is shown, most likely the meeting is at the Borough Hall. Columbia news, views & reviews was unable to locate any minutes for previous Board of Health meetings at the borough website.

According to the Borough Website, there’s a Board of Health volunteer vacancy; if you are interested in volunteering please contact the Borough Manager at 717-684-2467 Ext. 7318.

According to the Borough Website: “The Board of Health is a relatively unique group in Lancaster County.  Unlike most municipalities which rely on the PA Department of Agriculture for Eating & Drinking Establishment inspections and on the PA Department of Health for sanitation issues, Columbia has chosen to perform these responsibilities to maintain rapid, coordinated, local control.”

Members:

Elizabeth Smedley Chair
Leslie Fritz Member
Dr. John Jensen Member
Dr. Bret Daniels Member
Reva Hall Member
Laurie Gerfin Alternate
Michele Hank Alternate

Wednesday – 9/27/17

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities, People on September 27, 2017 at 7:19 am

cpd another busy dayColumbia Police Department facebook page

google annivHappy anniversary, google. The ever-so-creative folks at google remind us that google’s not been around forever … only since the Neanderthal days of the Internet. We embraced google at its inception; we incorporated into our syllabus of a marketing course we instructed at Lebanon Valley College’s evening division then.

rocksSuch a great idea! The Columbia Pa Rockz facebook page “is a community-building group meant to inspire creativity in all ages! We are painting rocks to ‘hide’ around Columbia, and all over York & Lancaster County Pennsylvania to spread joy and brighten people’s day. Come join us!

end-corporate-welfare-button-0955Corporate welfare continues | “CRIZ provides $250,000 for partial demolition of Lancaster Square walkway, appraisal, exploratory design work for garage.” Lancaster Online

harikiriHarikiri or seppaku: a samurai practice, used voluntarily by samurai to die with honor.

Too bad the modern version is “Equifax CEO steps down after data breach; he’ll still get $18-million pension.”The Los Angeles Times

sobOur thought! Yet, mostly, we don’t. Most of us believe in the First Amendment: “The First Amendment (Amendment I) to the United States Constitution prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion, ensuring that there is no prohibition on the free exercise of religion, abridging the freedom of speech, infringing on the freedom of the press, interfering with the right to peaceably assemble, or prohibiting the petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances. It was adopted on December 15, 1791, as one of the ten amendments that constitute the Bill of Rights.”

buriedYa’ think? The above quote is extracted from this article about government duplicity: “Texas Homeowners: We Weren’t Warned About Flooding Risks.”The New York Times

just cant winEver feel like you just can’t win? That’s what it looks like as Three Mile Island is headed to a shut-down. Remember all the detractors of nuclear power? Especially following the 1979 incident? Now that the Excelon-owned facility has announced TMI’s shutdown, the chairman of the Conoy Township Board of Supervisors has a column published in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster pleading to keep it operational because of “the devastating economic impact the closure could have on Lancaster County.”

Always depends on whose ox is getting gored … and money!

 

Wednesday – 9/27/17 – Information about today’s “water rate increase hearings”

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opinions, Opportunities on September 27, 2017 at 5:28 am

WATER RATE INCREASE

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) has scheduled two late-September hearings to gather public input on a rate increase request filed by Columbia Water Company. The company has posted information about the hearings at its website.

The hearings, conducted by the PUC’s Office of Administrative Law Judge, will be held at the following location and times:

Wednesday, September 27 – 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Marietta Borough Hall
Council Chambers
111 East Market St.
Marietta, PA  17547

Under the water company’s proposal, the total bill for an average metered residential customer in the Columbia Division would increase from $399.48 a year to $452.04 a year. The average annual bill for metered residential customers in the Marietta Division would increase from $318.48 to $452.04 (based on an average residential usage of 3,700 gallons per month with a 5/8-inch meter, and not including any PennVEST surcharges).

The company serves approximately 10,223 customers in West Hempfield, Rapho, East Donegal and Manor townships, and Columbia, Mountville and Marietta boroughs, Lancaster County, and Hellam Township, York County.

The above information and “The Consolidated Case View displays the case information, actions taken on the case, and links to public documents associated with the case, which is identified by the Docket Number R-2017-2598203.”

Citizens are invited to participate in the process:

“Members of the public are welcome to attend the hearings and provide comments. Their testimony will become part of the record on which the PUC will issue its final decision.

The PUC and Office of Consumer Advocate offer tips on how to participate, including:

  • Prepare what you are going to say beforehand.  Even though it is not required, you may want to write out your statement, which can be read.
  • Bring copies if you are attending an in-person hearing.  If you have a written statement you would like to give to the judge, please bring two copies for the court reporter and several copies for the other participants. Also, you may want to bring copies for members of the news media – you can email your comments, too, to 17512@mail.com.
  • Understand that parties in the case may want to ask you a question to clarify something you said.”

 

More Tuesday items – 9/26/17

In Uncategorized on September 26, 2017 at 7:40 am

cannabis columbia

It’s page one news today in LNP – Always Lancaster!

Cannabis comes to Columbia first.

fake newsA lot of news, especially social media posts, are incorrect about the NFL players and the National Anthem. Here’s what Snopes.com has to say:

WHAT’S TRUE

The NFL’s rulebook says nothing about player conduct during the pre-game playing of the U.S. national anthem.

WHAT’S FALSE

The NFL’s game operations manual may contain a regulation stating that players must be present on the sidelines during the national anthem, but not that they must stand.

fall fest

bavarian band

blank“Lancaster County coroner urges relatives of 64 people set to be buried in 1 grave to claim their loved ones” – Lancaster Online

Tuesday – 9/26/17

In Uncategorized on September 26, 2017 at 6:37 am

help PR“A man rides his bicycle through a storm-damaged road in Toa Alta, west of San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 24, 2017, following the passage of Hurricane Maria”

The devastation in Puerto Rico is nearly total; these images from The Atlantic are heart -wrenching.

“In the Wake of Hurricane Maria, Here’s How to Help People in Puerto Rico”Global Citizen

citizen rightThe above is posted at a local facebook site. This citizen participation in addressing government is applauded.

The involvement of citizens in the political process is an essential part of democracy. … This dialogue serves as an opportunity for those involved in strengthening citizen participation in local governments, as well as those interested in it, to discuss these questions and share their experiences and ideas.” – newtactics.org

cpd busy day

busier day

https://columbianewsandviews.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/cpr.jpg?w=604There are still some spots remaining for the free CPR classes on Friday, September 29. Register today.

homeschool dayHere’s a Special Invitation to Homeschoolers from the National Watch and Clock Museum

5th fridayFive Fridays in one month only occurs a few times a year. HeritagePA has decided to use those days to encourage Pennsylvanians to take in the history and heritage of their region. During each 5th Friday through the end of 2018, there will be community events held throughout the different heritage areas.

Here’s ours: Susquehanna Heritage Area:
* Zimmerman Center for Heritage – The Zimmerman Center will extend its regular weekend programming to include HeritagePA’s 5th Friday.
* Columbia Crossing River Trails Center – Current Color: A Year on the River is a special exhibit presenting the work of local artist Diana Thomas. –
News release

HS equivalency

library invite

household hazmat

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This news is at the Columbia borough Website:

“Recycling Lottery Winner for the week of 9/18/17 thru 9/22/17 – 343 Union Street.  Congratulations and Thank you for Recycling!”

The Public Safety Committee Meeting Minutes for September are posted at the Borough Website. The minutes are quite comprehensive and here are a few of the items mentioned in the minutes of the meeting:

  • The Columbia Borough School District’s dining facilities “were inspected with no major violations.” Jeff Helm “noted that the community can be assured of the high quality and food safe measures displayed at and in our school system.”
  • There’ll be a “‘Landlord Meet & Greet’ during the second week of October. This event is focused on a gathering of Columbia Borough Landlords and the Columbia Codes Compliance Manager and Officers to bring together as many Landlord as possible for open discussions/comments and provide an opportunity to introduce members of the Columbia Borough Codes Compliance Department.”

police“The Persistent, Wide Racial Gap in Attitudes Toward the Police” Route Fifty

media“The Media Has A Probability Problem | The media’s demand for certainty — and its lack of statistical rigor — is a bad match for our complex world.”fivethirtyeight.com

Monday – 9-25-17

In Uncategorized on September 25, 2017 at 6:51 am

mayors letterMayor blasts LNP – Always Lancster in letter-to-the-editor.

And in the very next letter below the mayor’s letter, Randy L. Herman of Manor Township echoes a similar sentiment. H-m-m.

kept in darkFILE PHOTO: A compressor station pumps natural gas into the Tennessee Pipeline in Dimock, Pa. (Katie Colaneri/StateImpact Pennsylvania).

What happens when government is not transparent: “Susquehanna County, public remained in dark about big methane leak.” | Think Equifax and government that only want favorable things said about them.

lots of targetsWhen everyone and everything is a target … who knows when, where and toward what or whom the next crazed lashout will be directed?

crazed“Trump Renews Debate Over National Anthem Protest, NFL Players Respond”NPR

NASCAR owners stand with POTUS – Business Insider

Why do people stand for the national anthem at sporting events? The Washington Post

Ever wonder who, besides POTUS, didn’t enlist in the United States military when they had the chance? We do.

Sanity remains in Germany … for the moment | Merkel wins fourth term but far-right populists make gains”Financial Times

Disrespecting the colors | people do it every day!Penn Live

vietnam burnsThe second week’s installments of The Vietnam War began last night; four more nights beginning tonight on WITF. This column: “Maybe President Trump should watch PBS” is a statement about the insanity of war without a reason.

“Wow. We have learned nothing!” cries the writer, Ann McFeatters.

lititz beer fest

amphitheaterSpringhettsbury Township’s amphitheater.

From the Municipal Briefs in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster. Elizabethtown’s “” Borough Council on Thursday approved a change order to the Community Park amphitheater project to construct a tiered seating area for spectators instead of the current arrangement of having people sit on the grassy hill. The new seating area should allow audiences to view performances more comfortably, adding value to the new stage being built to replace one that was in a flood-prone area.” 

newsosaur_web_w230In other news in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster, the Lancaster County Land Bank Authority has this on its agenda: “resolution authorizing acquisition of 208-210 Locust St., in Columbia Borough.” This is the property formerly owned by the Biglers – the one that was falling down. The Land Bank’s website if chock full with Columbia property information. But the minutes of the most recent meetings are lacking – none since June despite two meetings announced to be held.

And the Lancaster County Redevelopment Authority has this on its agenda: “Resolution approving a contract with the Lancaster County Land Bank Authority for the expenditure of Community Development Block Grant funds to acquire the residential property at 324 Union St., Columbia.”

Interestingly, at the Redevelopment Authority’s Website, the Land Bank’s meeting minutes from the July and August meetings are posted; this is from the August minutes: “Mr. Justin Eby said that the website will be kept up to date so if members have a question about any of the properties, they can find the most current information there.”
Mr. Justin Eby stated that 839 Blunston Street had just been closed on.”

Confused, yet?