And so here it is! A brand new year has begun.
There’s a vacancy in Harrisburg as the state’s fire commissioner abruptly resigned following a harassment charge announcement.
Here are meetings of interest this week: Tomorrow evening beginning at 6:00 pm, the Preliminary Borough Council re-organization-meeting. And on Thursday evening, also beginning at 6:00 pm, it’s the School District’s Board of Director’s Committee of the Whole Meeting. That agenda’s not yet posted.
Globally, at least one writer wonders: “How western civilization could collapse.” The writer says, “Some possible precipitating factors are already in place. How the West reacts to them will determine the world’s future.”
Let’s move ahead in this new year and suppose that our civilization won’t collapse; our nation will survive the divisiveness of dunderheads in DC and the clamor of naysayers.
Let’s suppose the buoyancy, optimism, integrity, hard work, charity, inclusive and supportive nature of our citizens will thrive as we encounter the up’s and down’s of everyday life.
This much we think we know:
- Columbia’s Public Library is now closed as the upgraded, enlarged physical site is being worked on. It will be re-opening in mid-2018 as a grand facility.
- Columbia’s Historic Market House is closed, and we don’t know whether it’ll ever re-open as a market. We should find out something on January 5 “at which time all bids (for its use) received by the Borough will be publicly opened and the offered consideration read aloud.” These Market House Websites – confusing would-be Customers – remain live: http://www.columbiapa.net/market-house/ – https://www.facebook.com/ColumbiaMarketHouse/ – http://www.columbiamarkethouse.com/.
- Cafe 301 will be opening in early 2018 joining several other recently opened restaurants, food serving establishments and retail businesses in the downtown district. 3rd & Cherry Corner Takeout – The Spot – 438 – Rosie’s Deli and More – Hinkle’s Restaurant – Rocky’s B-B-Q.
- Also in Columbia, but not downtown, the Black Olive Diner is a boon to the borough.
- Columbia will be getting a new animal shelter.
There are urgent needs and ample opportunities for entities within Columbia to significantly improve communication with residents, visitors, prospective investors and the universe by maintaining dynamic, updated, accurate information at Websites and social media sites.