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New executive director to celebrate NAWCC’s 75th Anniversary

In Everyday Living, History and Heritage, In Columbia, People on October 5, 2017 at 3:51 pm

“We observe that TIME STANDS STILL FOR NO ONE and, in turn, hire our next chief executive officer,” so says Lancaster County’s most famous public institution and greatest kept secret, The National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, Inc. The NAWCC is the world’s largest museum, research library, educational institution, and international community of horological professionals and enthusiasts dedicated to clocks, watches, time, and timekeeping.


In keeping with its international reputation, its Executive Director, Thomas R. Wilcox, III, Esq., as of August 28, 2017, replaced the retiring Steven Humphrey, after Humphrey finished a distinguished career of 10 years with the organization on August 25. Tom and his team at the NAWCC Headquarters stand firmly committed in leading the institution to “being the world leader, educator, and advocate for horology and for everyone who is interested in timepieces and time-related subjects.” That’s quite an aspiration. And they will not have a lot of TIME to spare because currently on the team’s plate is planning and executing the 40th Anniversary Celebration Night on November 29, 2017, commemorating the official opening of the Museum in 1977. Not far behind is the NAWCC’s grand celebratory event in mid-July 2018 recognizing the 75th Anniversary of the founding of the NAWCC institution. It should be quite a TIME! And the 2018 NAWCC National Convention is also being held in July at the York County Utz Convention Center. 

Tom’s TIME spent in executive employment brings a variety of skills, experiences, and training to help in completing on TIME all these projects in this new role, including JD and MBA degrees and active licenses to practice law and real estate. His professional career also includes executive and professional positions with the US Court of International Trade, Mack Trucks, Siemens Med, SMG Inc., the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers, Keller Williams, and New Life Youth and Family Services. Tom has also been an adjunct law and business professor for 18 years teaching international law and business classes and has studied art at the Barnes Foundation and EU Law at Cambridge University. Tom has served on numerous nonprofit boards, conducted leadership training for association professionals, and has published works. In TIME, Tom and his family will relocate to the Lancaster area from the Philadelphia suburbs.

The National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, Inc. (NAWCC) is a 501(c)(3) educational charitable nonprofit organization with nearly 13,000 members, representing 52 countries. The NAWCC is the world’s largest museum, research library, and international community of horological professionals and enthusiasts dedicated to clocks, watches, time, and timekeeping. We educate and invite the world to understand, appreciate, and preserve timepieces and time-related matter. We are committed to being the world leader, educator, and advocate for horology and for everyone who is interested in horology.

Thursday, 10/5/17

In Everyday Living, Government, History and Heritage, In Columbia, Opinions, Opportunities, People on October 5, 2017 at 5:16 am


No reverence shown at several government-owned properties in Columbia; see the Columbia Spy article.

Charges withdrawn against East Hempfield Township cop accused of breaking into homeLancaster Online

“White supremacist group holds rally in downtown Lancaster” Penn Live

Lancaster County Republican Committee distances itself from the group: RCLC Chairman Condemns “Alt-Right”

Captured | Columbia man accused of leading police on chase following domestic dispute – Lancaster Online

Columbia Woman charged with DUI and Child endangerment West Hempfield Township Police Department Crime Watch

Columbia Man charged with DUI plus seven other chargesWest Hempfield Township Police Department Crime Watch

Flags were at half-staff yesterday almost everywhere … when leaving Hinkle’ last night, we noticed the flag next to the bus stop near the municipal parking lot was not. POTUS ordered “the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff … until sunset, October 6, 2017.


Columbia letter-to-the-editor writer among lots of other opinions shared (Disagreements with Trump) in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster.

indie pharmacies

Prophetic quote from this 2015 LA Weekly article.

Black Friday will not be what it used to be this year as more stores will NOT be open.BlackFriday.com

lawsuitThis ad has been appearing in the tiny classified, legal notices in LNP – Always Lancaster. The ad is looking for people who worked at Armstrong in the 70s, 80s and early 90s to build a case for asbestos; “Sherry L. Day has been assisting attorneys in the investigation and litigation of asbestos cases for over 25 years.”

According to the International Agency on Research for Cancer, there is sufficient evidence that asbestos causes mesothelioma (a relatively rare cancer of the thin membranes that line the chest and abdomen), and cancers of the lung, larynx, and ovary. Although rare, mesothelioma is the most common form of cancer associated with asbestos exposure.”

hinkles lineWe, too, were in the line at Hinkle’s last evening. Too strange having to wait in line on a Wednesday for dinner after years of no “wait” lines. But it was great seeing so many new faces – faces we’ve not seen before patronizing the “soon to disappear” Hinkle’s. Our server told us she’d been really busy all day long with barely any time to take a break. (NOTE: The graphic above appears at a local facebook page.)

committee minutes

A few more council committee meeting minutes are now posted.

9-20-17 Property Committee Meeting Minutes

Highlights: Looking at temporarily closing the market house no later than December 23 – and asking the “Council to approve the retention of an architect for consultation on the proposed Market House renovations as well as authorize the Borough Manager to solicit bids for the hiring of this professional.”

9-13-17 Legislation Committee Meeting Minutes

Highlights: There were discussions about drones, unregistered/unlicensed vehicles, feral cats, dogs in rental units and standard rental unit leases.

Public Works Committee Minutes 9-19-17 – POSTED 10/4/17

Finance_Committee_Minutes_09-25-17 – POSTED 10/4/17

Highlights: “Current owner (of the Cherry Street Home by Our Home of Hope) has paid in full all 2015 back taxes owed to all entities (county, borough, school district); however, 2016 taxes remain past due and this owner has thus far failed to meet his payment obligations for 2016 taxes. Principals for Our Home of Hope have been given legal advice to wait until property is sent to sheriff’s tax sale in order to proceed with acquisition of the property.”


  • Community Development Minutes

The Public Safety Committee Meeting Minutes for September have been posted for a while at the Borough Website.