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a write in request for your consideration

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opinions, Opportunities, People, Uncategorized on October 31, 2017 at 8:16 pm

a write in

This is posted at this facebook site.

an oracle from 2012 – Columbia news, views & reviews

In Education, Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opinions on October 31, 2017 at 3:48 pm

“Education degree no longer needed to be school chief”

In Education, In Columbia, People on September 21, 2012 at 4:30 am

The recent announcement of the impending retirement of Columbia Borough School District’s superintendent, Dr. Barry W. Clippinger, at the end of the 2012-13 school year has birthed a quiet rumor about his replacement.

“School boards also are charged with selecting the superintendent, the school district’s chief executive officer. School boards are responsible for recruiting, hiring and evaluating the performance of the superintendent. These tasks are the sole responsibility of the school board and cannot be delegated.” – (SOURCE: How Pennsylvania School Boards Work

Who determines who will be a district’s superintendent? According to a document produced by the Pennsylvania School Boards Association, “How Pennsylvania Public School Boards Work,” the members of the district school board do.

Some around town are suggesting that the next superintendent may not have a doctoral degree. Some are saying the next superintendent may never have been in a classroom. Heretical as it may sound, either or both scenarios could happen.

Seems a recently passed law, House Bill 1307, which was signed in July, ” … drops the requirement that prospective school chiefs have any experience in a classroom. There is no longer a need to be a teacher or principal or to have an education-related degree.” An article in the Scranton Times-Tribune entitled “Education degree no longer needed to be school chief” offers more specifics.

As bizarre as it appears, for a leader of an institution to have no related education or discipline experience, the new law apparently allows “someone with a degree in business, finance, management or law, along with four years of related experience, can also be a superintendent. Upon appointment, the person would need to complete a leadership development program.” Evidently, the degree does not have to be a doctorate.

Tuesday – 10/31/17

In Education, Everyday Living, Government, History and Heritage, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities on October 31, 2017 at 7:08 am

cola trick or treat

“There have been multiple recent reports of candy and other edible forms of marijuana in New Jersey and nearby states.” That’s the start of the Pennsylvania State Police notice posted at the Columbia Police Department Crime Watch page.

halloween history

The History of HalloweenHistory.com

Did you know about “the witch of Marietta — aka Nellie Noll” or “The Legendary Murder of Hex Hollow”?OZY

Pennsylvania Department of Education School Performance Profile gradesColumbia Schools

In an article in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster, it states that “Columbia Borough School District, which, along with School District of Lancaster, has historically under-performed according to state standards. Columbia High School received a 57.9 rating on its state report card — 11.3 points less than in 2016.”

Though across the county, nearly all school district scores were down from the previous year.


“Deer the culprit in fatal SUV/Eastern York bus crash”WITF

The new casino state: “Pennsylvania OKs betting online, in airports, at truck stops” WITF

From an election article in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster: “ Four candidates are vying for three fouryear seats. Key issues are revitalization and economic development, opportunities for young people, tourism, transparency and quality of life. Democratic incumbent Pamela S. Williams, 63, has had a career in office management. Democrat Robert Thompson, 40, is self-employed in information technology and network support and is on the ballot because of write-in votes in the primary. Republican incumbent Frances FitzGerald, 62, is retired from teaching. Republican Todd Burgard, 52, owns marketing firm Burgard Design.

A courageous family writes in an obituary notice in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster: ” … died on Sunday, October 29, 2017 following a seven year courageous battle with opioid addiction.”

11-13 Death Cafe flyer

exercise pill

“What if a drug could give you all the benefits of a workout?” The New Yorker

Football players suffer more concussions than any other high school athletes – High school football concussions and long-term health concerns”Journalist’s Resource


Monday – 10/30/17

In Everyday Living, Government, History and Heritage, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities on October 30, 2017 at 5:19 am

hinkles reopening

At five to seven, we joined three others in the alcove by the parking lot entrance to Hinkle’s Restaurant. Four others joined the line as Tom Davis opened the door at 7:00 am. He welcomed us to Hinkle’s Restaurant re-opening.

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By 7:45 the booths and counter stools were filling and there were about 40 or so people enjoying breakfast and chatting. It was as it used to be and is supposed to be.

Lancaster Online touts Mountville

Lancaster City: “Public meeting scheduled on Lancaster’s proposed lead hazard regulations” Lancaster Online

The Public Works council committee October meeting minutes are posted at the borough Website.

halloween safetyAccording to the Borough Website, Trick-or-treat will be held on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 from 6pm-8pm.

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“The City of Lancaster has partnered with Penn State Cooperative Extension and the DEP for a free tire collection on Saturday, November 11 from 7 to 11 am at 421 S. Broad Street, Lancaster.” – CityofLancasterPA.com

Here’s a great question! “Will more statesmen retire and be replaced by white supremacists and intemperate scofflaws out to destroy the system?” – Ann McFeathers column, Seattle Times

What would POTUS 45 do? | “Barack Obama called for jury duty in Illinois and plans to serve”BBC

cape may in the fallCape May is kind of a remarkable community.  More than 12.5 million people visit Cape May each year. That and other economic impact data is from the 2016 Cape May Tourism Report. What a contrast with the unremarkable comment that one Columbia elected public servant once said, “It’s difficult to put a number on economic impact.”

People and dollars can be a measurable metric. At the Cape May Website there’s lots of information about the town and its management, including Purchasing Bids & RFP’s.

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Websites: The Magic Brain CafeThe Marquis de Lafayette HotelCape May tourism (Cape May has a trolley and a ghost tour, too.) – Cape May Chamber of Commerce


November 17 | An EXTRA ORDINARY GIVE EVENT in Columbia

In Everyday Living, In Columbia, Opportunities, Uncategorized on October 29, 2017 at 9:18 pm


Sunday – 10/29/17

In Uncategorized on October 29, 2017 at 5:55 am

cape may day

Saturday – 10/28/17

In Everyday Living, In Columbia, Opportunities on October 28, 2017 at 6:47 am

hinkles reopeningCan’t wait … Hinkle’s Restaurant will re-open on Monday Morning.

This letter-to-the-the-editor appears in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster:

hinkle editorial

pyramid“LuLaRoe hit with $1 billion lawsuit, accused of being a pyramid scheme”Pennlive

Is this who we are?

The Washington Post editorial asks the the question! Look around. The signs are everywhere, sadly, this great nation is sliding into a moral and ethical morass or “swamp.”

The “US state of perma-war”The Guardian

superrich“A gold Ferrari parked in Sloane Street in London, UK. Billionaires often spend on extravagant super cars and yachts.” Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Robber barons in a “new gilded age?”The Guardian


Friday – 10/27/17

In Everyday Living, Government, History and Heritage, In Columbia, Opinions, People on October 27, 2017 at 6:06 am

The Public Works committee meeting minutes for October are posted at the borough website.

Residents don’t always have the time to show up to public meetings, and those who might want to participate may be overshadowed by the louder voices or in the room. As a result, many valuable voices are never heard from.” | “How to Rediscover ‘Heart and Soul’ in Small-Town America”Route Fifty

Two Columbia venues on this list of “6 free things to do this weekend in Lancaster County” Lancaster Online

parade pixA nice collection of parade photos is posted at the Mardi Gras Parade facebook page.

It’s a spending thing! | “It is spending, not taxes, that needs to be reformed, but few want to give up their government ‘benefits.’ Ever try getting information from a government office? And yet people continue to turn to government, even though it does few things well.” – Cal Thomas, columnist

There’s a LEGAL NOTICE in today’s  LNP – Always Lancaster about Columbia’s recent decision to define, legalize and allow for dispensing/ growing and processing medical marijuana. Council will vote on the proposed zoning ordinance at the November Council meeting on November 13.

While the notice invites readers to come to the borough office to inspect a complete copy of the ordinance, curiously the Legal Notice is not posted at the borough website – though there’s virtually no cost to do that.

sessionsWhat’s it say when this joker is living in another era – an era when racial discrimination was legal and marijuana was a “gateway drug?” Science says you’re out of touch, Jefferson (Beauregard).

Today is October 27! It is the fourth Friday of the month. There’s a Columbia event called Fourth Friday.

Where does one go to find information about events during Fourth Friday?

“Fourth Friday is a monthly happening inviting the public to enjoy an evening visiting galleries, restaurants, antique and specialty shops & other various venues in Columbia, Marietta, and Wrightsville.”

How about the Chamber of Commerce Website? Yep, there it is information about the events in August? H-E-L-L-O???

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bike friendly rankings 2017Pennsylvania is a “bike-friendly” state. – Route Fifty


Thursday – 10/26/17

In Everyday Living, Government, History and Heritage, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities on October 26, 2017 at 5:02 am

Burglary /kidnapping over – commenters hypothesize why Lancaster Online

“On 10-26-17 at approx. 12:38AM the Columbia Borough Police Department was called to the 500 blk. of Concord Ln. for a report of a burglary in progress.” – Columbia Borough Police Department facebook page and CrimeWatch page.

The minutes for the October 2017 Safety Committee meeting are posted at the borough website.

Posted, too, at the borough website: “Contractors Wanted: The Borough is looking to compile a listing of local contractors interested in working with residents undertaking (Columbia Home Improvement and Homeownership Loan Program) CHIHL home improvements. While we will not recommend contractors, providing a list will be helpful to both potential program borrowers and Columbia area contractors. If you are an interested contractor, please contact Greg Sahd at 717-684-2467 to provide your contact information and any potential discounts on services you might offer to residents who take part in the CHIHL program.”

Tonight’s Parade Night!

And here’s Parade information from the Columbia Police Department.

Here’s something you don’t see every day | “Police: West Hempfield Township man paid teen to cut, burn him for sexual pleasure” – Lancaster Online

Here’s something we’re seeing almost every day | GOP gators in the swamp vote to rip regular Americans as Pence votes as expected and with the “party of the rich people” to disallow class action lawsuits against banks. – The Los Angeles Times

hospital perforrmance report“A performance report of Pennsylvania hospitals in Southeastern PA shows significant statewide decreases in hospital mortality and readmission rates. Released yesterday by the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4), the annual report, known as the Hospital Performance Report, includes hospital-specific mortality and readmission ratings as well as volume of cases and hospital charges for patients discharged from Pennsylvania’s general acute care hospitals between October 1, 2015 and September 30, 2016 (federal fiscal year [FFY] 2016). Statewide and regional trends were also examined.” An LNP – Always Lancaster article states the report ” … found that Lancaster County hospitals are generally meeting the council’s expectations on death and readmission rates with a few exceptions.”

Just imagine if citizens built their income budgets based on credit cards and gambling! | That’s what your Pennsylvania elected public servants are doing. – The Morning Call

For Trump, I would simply take a knee. – The last sentence in a letter-to-the-editor written by a Columbian in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster. The letter writer condemns the “rich draft dodger” and applauds Senator John McCain.

Another letter-to-the-editor condemns a Pennsylvania Senate Resolution which reaffirms ” …  the historical and symbolic significance of the flag and national anthem of the United States of America; referencing federally prescribed standards for conduct during a rendition of the national anthem when the flag is displayed; and expressing the prevailing sentiment of the Senate of Pennsylvania.”

Lancaster County’s Scott Martin’s one of the Pennsylvania “swamp creatures” who introduced this piece of redundant governance. Is this all Pennsylvania’s “elected public servants” have to do: “Reaffirm the historical and symbolic significance of the flag and national anthem of the United States of America?”

Shouldn’t the nation’s largest and second-highest paid legislature have more important tasks to accomplish? NOTE: Actually New Hampshire has more state representatives, but they get paid $200 a year and they get no per diem perks.

sheriff sales

Some familiar Columbia properties on the November 29 list.

We’re in good shape | “The average person in Lancaster County should have nearly $4,300 in discretionary income to spend.” – Central Penn Business Journal

Some of us – more than others | “Financial adviser from Lancaster County indicted”Central Penn Business Journal.

Heart Cafe, 17 E Market Street, Marietta, is holding its Grand Opening celebration from October 25th through October 29th. A ribbon cutting is scheduled at 4:30pm on Thursday, Oct. 26th. Come join us, see what we’ve created and enjoy some refreshments. Specials will be offered during the entire Grand Opening week.

Wednesday – 10/25/17

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opportunities, Uncategorized on October 25, 2017 at 4:14 am

Fats Domino: Rock and roll legend dies aged 89 BBC

I found my thrill

hinkles reopening

group meeting

They know exactly how it happened | The rich white guys who began the opioid addiction crisis – “The family that built an empire of pain”The New Yorker

“Study shows children of color, particularly immigrants, face post-recession chronic poverty.”MarketPlace

Sustained incumbency is certainly not the point of seeking office. And there are times when we must risk our careers in favor of our principles.” | Finally an elected public servant stands on principle and announces his resignation based on integrity rather than sycophancy. – The Atlantic

And in Toronto (Yes, another country) a city councillor said, “I believe being a politician is a public service, not a career.” Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon has thrown down the gauntlet by announcing she won’t run in the next municipal election because of her belief in a two-term limit.” – TwelveThirtySix

Is coal coming back? Not any time soon. “Shale gas beats coal in lifetime pollution head-to-head.”Futurity

25 - blight propertiesLEGAL NOTICE in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster.

Halloween“Dating back 2,000 years to the Celtic festival of Samhain, Halloween is an ancient tradition associated with images of witches, ghosts and vampires. Today, Halloween has evolved into a celebration characterized by child-friendly activities like trick-or-treating, carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns and dressing in costumes.”

Also these items are from the United States Census Bureau:

  • 41.1 million – The estimated number of potential trick-or-treaters in 2015 — children ages 5 to 14 — across the United States. Of course, many other children — older than age 15 and younger than age 5 — also go trick-or-treating.
  • 78.7% – The percentage of U.S. households that agreed their neighbors could be trusted in 2013.

And what’s the most popular Haloween costume this year, according to Google Search, it is … Fortune

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It’s over | “Why Sears ended a century-old partnership with Whirlpool”The Washington Post

“UGI Warns Customers of Phone Scam”UGI news release

strong bearColumbia Historic Market House is busy this week with activities. The market is open Thursday, October 26th 4pm to 8pm. Join us for a tour of the dungeon or walk around the market to peruse the stand holder’s wares and check out what our guest vendors are selling.

If you haven’t already reserved your seat for the “Paint a Gourd” Party, time is of the essence. The “Paint a Gourd” Party is on Friday, October 27th, 5pm to 8pm. There is a charge for this instruction, provided by Ruth Hope Ramos. Message us on Facebook to reserve your seat. Join us for some fun and frivolity.

The Columbia Historic Market House, knowing Native American Month is in November thought they would get a jump on this and have a day of appreciation celebrating on Saturday, October 28th. We are excited to welcome Ernie StrongBear from the Cherokee Native American Tribe. Ernie StrongBear will perform Native American Dance wearing full regalia representing his culture. Performance begins at 11am.

Beginning Thursday, November 2nd Columbia Historic Market House will be open on Thursdays 10am to 1pm with selected stand holders until December 21st. So, come and join us for lunch!

SOURCE: news release