Saturday’s news items, part II [Oscars, KOZ and more] – 3/3/2018

oscarsaSo, the Oscars are on TV tomorrow night. Join the Oscars Challenge and you could be at next year’s Oscars Red Carpet.

Huh? | “Hollywood’s moral confusion: They kicked Harvey out, then nominated Kobe for an Oscar” The Los Angeles Times

Columbia’s not the only one against farmers markets | “Trump Wants to Deny Struggling Americans Access to Healthy Farmers Market Food”AlterNet

Nuts! | “People with stage III colon cancer who regularly eat nuts are at significantly lower risk of cancer recurrence and mortality than those who don’t, according to a new study.” – Futurity

Wanted: Warrant for Columbia manLancaster Online

LEGAL NOTICE: An ordinance for consideration at the next Borough Council meeting considering a “COMMERCIAL REVOLVING LOAN PROGRAM.”Lancaster Online


He ain’t heavy; he’s my KOZ | At Thursday night’s school board meeting, Rebecca Denlinger, Columbia’s assistant borough manager/economic and community development manager and John Biemiller, the business retention & expansion director for the Lancaster County PA Economic Development Company addressed the school board of directors to gain their support of a Keystone Opportunity Zones 10-year tax abatement program for defined areas of Columbia. Biemiller explained that Lancaster County is part of a regional zone (see the map here) defined by the commonwealth’s Department of Community & Economic Development.

Across the state, “It (KOZ) has had its critics. Financial auditors to academics have questioned its cost-effectiveness, noted that it has sometimes failed to live up to expectations and at other times has been used to benefit politically connected companies that were already planning on making an investment.” –

Click here to download the KOZ factsheet.

The notice Columbia news, views & reviews posted a few days ago, for the “Job Opportunity: Executive Director, Ephrata Economic Development Organization”, is posted at the Lancaster County PA Economic Development Company Website too (though here the salary range is omitted).

Bottoms up | “Pa. awards $705K in PLCB grants to promote state’s beer industry”

So much for that word count caveat | Looks like the 250 word count for letter-to-the-editor lost out to the verbose and the “evangelical fundies.” Several letters today exceed the stated limit … by a lot.

Church “service” |“Vatican magazine decries treatment of nuns as bishops’ servants” The Irish Times


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