Sunday’s [today is Columbia’s day; Earth Day & more] news items | part one – 4/22/2018

Columbia grabs the top of page one spotlight in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster. Seven pages of “positively positive” news about the borough.

In the POLICE LOG in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster: “COLUMBIA: Luis Robert Murillo Jr., 20, of Columbia, was charged on April 21 after police said he was found trying to open the door of a house on Cloverton Drive. After being told to go away, police said Murillo then broke into a vehicle and started to bite his own arms and broke off the turn signal lever. He also was charged with defiant trespass, disorderly conduct, public drunkenness and underage drinking.

“Harassment Arrest, 11:53 p.m., Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 1100 block Ranck Mill Road (LT) – Rikki J. Danz, F/33, of Columbia, PA, was charged with the above offense following a domestic dispute.  During the altercation, Danz threw hot wax onto another person.  A citation was filed.” – The Daily News Release at the Manheim Township Police Department CrimeWatch page. [NOTE: A search of the Columbia Police Department’s CrimeWatch page lists Ms. Danz in a 2016 arrest; then she had a Marietta address. 30 plus appearances here.

smucker lutz“The Honorable Leo S. Lutz – Mayor of the Borough of Columbia, PA – was invited by Rep. Smucker to testify before the committee as well.”from a news release

“Smucker Builds on Effort to Preserve Susquehanna Valley”news release

“Smucker’s Bill to Preserve Susquehanna Valley Approved by Committee”news release

goodallToday’s annual Earth Day Doodle was created in partnership with one of the planet’s most influential advocates: Ethologist (animal behavior expert), conservationist, activist, and animal-lover Dr. Jane Goodall, who has dedicated her life to studying and protecting our environment. In it, Jane shares her personal message to the world on Earth Day 2018, including some of her inspiration and what we can all do to have a positive impact on our planet.” –

And it’s awesome | Also, a reader sent along this link to the first two minutes of Symphony For Our World | This Earth Day, 2018, National Geographic embarks on a journey of artistry and science through a global, musical exploration of the sea, shore, land, mountains and sky with a five part composition as varied, dynamic and stunning as Earth itself.” – Airs tonight on National Geographic Wild at 7:00 pm.

experts“Too many of our experts are ill-informed. Illustration: Sonny Ross”

COLUMN: “America is plagued by experts without expertise” The Guardian

like em or notLike ’em or not … like what they say or not … not one of them hides behind an anonymous nom de plume.


This week’s inspections at Lancaster Online.

York County’s Inspections

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 ColumbiaColumbia persists in having its own inspection system with its own forms and inspection items – rather than the one used statewide.


  1. A very similar, if not the same, photo in today’s article regarding the school district appeared in the LNP article, “Failing in Slow Motion” June 2014. How much has changed since then?

  2. It would seem that Smucker, found or not found, is likely to win in November, since his new District 11 now includes the heavily Republican area of southern York County.

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