Sunday’s news items [proms, Moms, OLDs & more] – 5/13/2018

It’s Prom seasonLancaster Online‘s photos from Columbia’s Prom.

And more photos at Penn Live.


Happy Mother’s Day – There are five pages of Mothers with their children in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster.


This week’s inspections at Lancaster Online has a bunch of Turkey Hill stores listed.

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

hogs at troughThat trough must be filled with money. Why else would GOP candidate Beiler spend “$1 million mark in donations to his own campaigns” according to an article in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster. And why would the other guy pony up his own $345,000 to vie for a job that pays $174,000 per year?

On-Lot Disposal Systems (OLDS) | Residential and small commercial/industrial facilities that are not served by centralized treatment facilities rely on some type of OLDS for wastewater treatment and disposal.

Most OLDS are designed with a pre-treatment unit (i.e., septic tank) that  removes  nearly all settleable solids and floatable grease and scum, followed by some type of secondary treatment or disposal unit. In most instances, septic tank effluent is discharged into a soil absorption field where it is absorbed and treated by the soil as it percolates to the  groundwater. In areas where soils are not suitable for absorption fields and where regulations permit, septic tank effluent can be discharged to sand mounds, evapo-transpiration (ET) beds, or lagoons for further treatment. In areas with significant environmental limitations and land area restrictions, holding tanks must sometimes be used.

According to  the Commonwealth’s ACT 537 sewage facilities program‘s checklist, municipalities must “Identify, map and describe municipal and non-municipal, individual and community sewerage systems in the planning area … ”

The Lancaster Area Sewer Authority, Columbia’s sewage disposal resource, lists the 537 plans for each of the municipalities it serves at its website. Each of the municipalities identifies OLDS within their boundaries and details the inspection processes and requirements for on-lot sewage disposal systems.

oldsColumbia’s plan states “the overwhelming majority of existing developed properties are served by public sewers …” and requires “no discussion.” But what about the remaining minority properties that are not served by public sewers?

What is the borough’s OLDS inspection and requirement program?

From the POLICE LOG in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster: “COLUMBIA: A garage door in the 400 block of North Third Street was spray-painted sometime overnight on May 4. Anyone with information should call police at 717684-7735.”

The lead article in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster‘s business section boasts it’s a “workers market” as the retail outlets and food serving establishments in the county’s expanding shopping areas compete for employees to staff their positions. The article continues, “More than 2,000 jobs are being created by the debuts … ” at new openings.

“Poor Spend Huge Portion of Income on Infrastructure Costs”Route Fifty

“Clean and Green: Pennsylvania taxpayers pick up the tab left by large landowners”The Morning Call

“50 years on, Tet Offensive resonates in age of misinformation”WikiTribune



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