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Friday – 9/15/17

In Education, Everyday Living, Government, Lists, Opportunities, Uncategorized on September 15, 2017 at 6:30 am

lnp editorialIt is the editorial column today: an LNP – Always Lancaster opinion in today’s newspaper hints that it may be time to have consolidation as it states the the shared services agreement between Columbia and Eastern Lancaster County’s school districts is the right path.

cpd facebook postAt the Columbia Police Department facebook page.

vietnam burnsSunday night at 8:00 pm | the series begins

vietnam war event

program-coverThe 5th Annual Festival Latinoamericano at Long’s Park, 1441 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster, PA.

Library ground breaking

update the websiteNOTE: It’s still there on September 15 at 6:15 am.

(The communication is abysmal. – The disdain for citizens is apparent.)

Unchanged melody and an unchanged Website (out-of-date) school closing info still posted at the School District Website.

Where’s the pride?

WHITE PAPER REPORTNow posted at the Website, the White Paper is 60 pages long with four pages and a run-over of pertinent to Columbia information. This will take a while to download.

“The relatively scant statutory guidance for district mergers, combined with the historical infrequency of actual district mergers (together with the somewhat  contradictory empirical evidence of the financial and educational benefits of district mergers) coalesce to create a very uncertain procedural and substantive case for district mergers. Simply put, there are too many variables to consider on a case-by-case scenario to draw any universal conclusions about the efficacy of a district merger process. While the potential exists that a merger would be a benefit to the students of the Columbia Borough School District, that potential is not a certainty; it is equally possible that any benefit to the students could be outweighed by the financial burden placed upon the
tax payers of the respective, or newly combined, districts. As a result, the only realistic way to ascertain the viability of a proposed merger is to take serious, affirmative steps to analyze the current and future climate of the Columbia Borough School District and any potential (willing) district merger counterparts. However, absent the consent of a willing district-merger counterpart, it would seem notably premature for the Columbia Borough School District to incur the expenses associated with such a merger feasibility study.”






Sunday – 9/10/17 – part 2.

In Education, Everyday Living, In Columbia, Opinions, Opportunities, People, Uncategorized on September 10, 2017 at 7:26 am

black teachers.pngThink white Americans and black Americans have the same outlook? The same experiences? How many black teachers did you have during your elementary, middle and high school years? “Teaching topic of race is its own topic” is a page one article in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster.

World Suicide Prevention Day Observed In KashmirToday is “World Suicide Prevention Day: How to ‘Take a Minute, Change a Life’”Metro

take backfrom a facebook post at “You know you’re from Columbia PA if” facebook page.

NOTE: Appears this planned meeting venue has been changed according to facebook posts: “Sorry about my last post and after some thought decided to continue the meeting for those seeking to help solve some of the problems in Columbia. This is just a preliminary meeting to see how many are interested, bring your thoughts and ideas. From there we will take it a step further. Many expressed changing the location, it will now be in the park by Park Elementary school at 6 pm. Hope to see many people there”

This elegy starts a string at the same facebook page:

I am sad to see “Our beloved little town” being broken down piece by piece.

I am sad that our children cannot walk home from school without seeing a fight every week.

I am sad that our neighbors are afraid to sit on their front porch.

I am sad that we “The People” feel like they need to matters into their own hands.

I am sad that no one volunteers to help make the children of our community better people.

I am sad that my children may not have the memories that I have of “Our Beloved Little Town” but only of violence.

But I AM PROUD to say that I am from Columbia, “Our Beloved Little Town.” And this town has made me the person that I am today. COLUMBIA PROUD!!!


grave concern

Grave Concern will be holding a quarterly public meeting and program on Wednesday  September 20,  7:00 PM at the Lancaster County Mennonite Historical Society, 2215 Millstream Road – Route 30 East Lancaster, PA 17602-1499 – (717) 393-9745.

“I’ve Finished My Race” – Cemeteries and Funeral Traditions at the Ephrata Cloister

presented by Michael S. Showalter, Museum Educator at the historic Ephrata Cloister.  

This meeting is free and open to the public. Grave Concern is an organization dedicated to the history, preservation and restoration of historical burial places. – news release


Family First Health’s Center of Excellence provides patients with substance use disorders the support they need to reach, and maintain recovery. The team links patients to community resources and support services, and then walks alongside each patient to ensure that critical needs are met and that the patient remains in care for as long as needed. The goal – to give each patient the supports needed to get, and stay healthy.

The program began in 2016, with Family First Health’s Hanover Center and George Street Center offices. On September 12, 2017, Family First Health will begin offering these services to patients in our Columbia Center office. Services at these three locations include:

  • Support and medical care coordinated with the primary care provider.
  • Access to a comprehensive care management team comprised of case managers, recovery support specialists, and a licensed clinical social worker.
  • Customized support to navigate the care system and get to/maintain recovery.
  • Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) to support sustained recovery.

For more information regarding the Center of Excellence, substance use treatment program, please call the program manager, Erin Cosgrove-Findley at 717-801-4864. – news release

TH pumpkinTurkey Hill’s Pumpkin Pie Premium Ice Cream Pumps Up the Fall Flavor

LANCASTER, PA, September, 2017—Delicious seasonal flavor reminiscent of homemade pumpkin pie will soon return to a nationally known Lancaster County favorite—Turkey Hill Ice Cream—but only for a limited time.

Turkey Hill Pumpkin Pie Premium Ice Cream, a limited-edition recipe from Turkey Hill Dairy, starts with a rich, creamy base flavored with pumpkin puree and spices you would expect to find in a homemade pumpkin pie—like cinnamon, ginger and cloves. A cinnamon graham cracker swirl adds a crusty touch to complete the taste sensation of a slice of pie in one delicious scoop of ice cream.

“In many families, it’s a tradition to pair a scoop of ice cream with a slice of pumpkin pie—so why not put it all together in one delicious dessert?” said Kim Hertzog, Public Relations Manager, Turkey Hill Minit Markets. “It’s a fast and easy way to enjoy the taste of a classic treat any time, without all the effort of baking a pie. Just scoop and enjoy. But remember: Turkey Hill Pumpkin Pie Premium Ice Cream will be available for a limited time only.” – news release

Don Williams dies at 78The New York Times



Sunday – 9/10/17 | part 1.

In Education, Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities, People on September 10, 2017 at 6:13 am


An article in yesterday’s LNP – Always Lancaster stated: “Superintendent Bob Hollister will return to Elanco full-time beginning in January, officials in the Columbia School District announced at a school board meeting Thursday night.”

That’s curious, because folks who attended the meeting have contacted us to say  that no open discussion about that topic was discussed at the meeting. That poses questions about open public transparency, extracurricular activities, media “leaks” and more.

And other questions such as:

  1. What will be the status of the director of operations position?
  2. That position’s salary is being paid by Eastern Lancaster County School District; which district will pay it after January 1, 2018?
  3. When will the terms of the agreements for “technology, business, and human resources services with Columbia at an annual cost of about $280,000” be released to ALL media for Columbia’s tax payers see?
  4. What happens if Elanco’s board does not vote to accept the “shared services agreements proposed Monday?”

(Due to a work commitment, Columbia news, views& reviews was unable to attend the Columbia Borough School District committee of the whole meeting last Thursday night.)

walk with a cop

Took the above photo of the “REALLY GOOD IDEA” posted on the community bulletin board at the Lebanon Farmer’s Market. Chief Todd Breiner told us the response has been “really good.” He said it’s a really positive way to build community connection with the Lebanon Police Department.

Lebanon’s facebook page is a diary of positive communications with its citizens, businesses, partners and visitors.

transparencySeems to be happening not only here | Equifax breach sows chaos among 143M Americans. | “A day after credit-reporting company Equifax disclosed that “criminals” had stolen vital data about 143 million Americans, it had somehow managed to leave much of the public in the dark (FOR MORE THAN TWO MONTHS) about their exposure, how they should protect themselves and what Equifax planned to do for those affected.”

The bastards at Equifax not only let bad guys steal our identity information – they don’t sound the alarm for months! Why do our elected public servants think there’s nothing wrong about this?

“If you want to know if you were one of the 143 million people whose data was breached in a hack of Equifax’s data, the company has a website you can use to find out — but there appears to be a catch: To check, you have to agree to give up your legal right to sue the company for damages. The outrage that clause has now generated could complicate the company’s efforts — backed by Republican lawmakers — to block an imminent rule that would ban companies from forcing customers to agree to such provisions.” – International Business Times


Lancaster County’s Inspections at Lancaster Online. – GOOD POINT – law makers work hard to pass new dog laws but wont do anything to force these places to comply or shut down !!– a comment following the article. 

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.

SPEWERDumass spewer of trash “not-news” | “Rush Limbaugh is Fleeing Florida, Two Days After Ranting That Hurricane Irma Was a Liberal Hoax” News Corpse

Today’s news … Sunday, June 25, 2017

In Education, Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities, People, The Susquehanna, Uncategorized on June 25, 2017 at 7:36 am

Today’s news and information gleanings from here and there.

Quote for today … Pennsylvania, which educates more students than any of those three states, is the largest state in the nation in which local property taxes pay for such a large portion of the school costs.”Extracted from this LNP – Always Lancaster page one article entitled, Money at the root of school problems.

A second quote … Why can’t all the people in the U.S. get the same insurance that the Congress in Washington, D.C., and the state legislators have? I’d still like to know why we the people are treated like we are not as good as the people we put in Washington, D.C., and the legislatures we have in every state. – A good point from a letter-to-the-editor in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster. [NOTE: Reckon it’s because these “elected public servants” think they’re something special – better than everyone else?]

less talkYou can listen to Toby Keith (click here).  while reading today’s news.


Wrightsville’s approach to the pedestrian crossing issues that are frequently brought up at Columbia Borough Council meetings. Painted cross-walks identified and signage.yield in wrightsvilleIn a 2013 Columbia news, views & reviews piece, we wrote: “Notice the pedestrian friendly signage in the town across the river. There are five of those ‘Yield to Pedestrian – IT’S THE STATE LAW’ signs dotting the main drag in town. And they’ve been there for at least the last month or so. Council ought to give consideration to having signs like this at some of Columbia’s crosswalks.”

  • Of the largest borough’s in Lancaster County, Columbia is the only one with no July Fourth fireworks. BUT … in Mountville, there will be fireworks according to an article in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster:”The borough’s 4th of July Fireworks will take place at dusk at Froelich Park, 350 W. Main St., Mountville. Rain date is July 2. For details, call 717-285-5547.”
  • Congratulations to these Crimson Tide athletes being named to the LNP – Always Lancaster L-L Spring Season All-Star List in today’s newspaper: Joeleen WakefieldTiffany Hoffmaster – Kylee Lachapelle – Kamron Andrews – Serenity Faus.

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Change or maintain?

In Education, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opportunities, Uncategorized on May 4, 2017 at 6:07 am

political change

five things to knowClick on the graphic to enlarge.


Thursday evening’s school board meeting agenda is posted | Meeting starts at 7:00 pm

In Education, Everyday Living, In Columbia, Opportunities, Uncategorized on April 19, 2017 at 4:39 pm

Today’s news – Saturday, March 4, 2017

In Education, Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opinions, Opportunities, People, Uncategorized on March 4, 2017 at 6:10 am

Today’s news and information gleanings from here and there.


Today’s quote … “Coward.” – Crowd chants as “the weasel” made a visit to Rhode Island on Thursday. – The Hill

  • Thursday night’s School District’s Board of Directors’ “committee of the whole” meeting included a contingent of Columbia Borough’s elected public servants, the borough manager and the borough’s consultant, Rebecca Denlinger. They came to encourage the school board directors on the newly enhanced L.E.R.T.A. proposal  approved by the borough earlier at the February borough council meeting.
  • Following the February meeting, Columbia news, views & reviews posted this: “During last night’s meeting borough consultant Rebecca Denlinger presented a renewed and more aggressive L.E.R.T.A. (tax abatement) scale.  The proposed scale would be for three years at 100% and two years of 50% abatement on property improvements. Adoption of the proposal requires the joint approval of the Columbia Borough School District and the Borough. This is critical because the school taxes represent the significantly higher tax burden. The borough is seeking a date for a joint borough / school district meeting.”
  • Denlinger, the mayor and Columbia Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) Executive Director, Janice Nikoloff, stressed that this beefed up by 33% LE.R.T.A. is needed to attract interested developers to invest in Columbia property. Though there’ve been on takers of the existent L.E.R.T.A., each felt that the “new L.E.R.T.A.” will generate enough interest to sway interest – particularly the interest of two properties now in discussion.
  • From the CEDC Website: “We encourage investors to review our FINANCING section for information on Columbia’s Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance (LERTA) Commercial and Residential Programs, Historic Tax Credits, and other state and local financial assistance programs.”
  • It was stated that there’s a very interested developer for the long-time vacant Hotel Columbia site in downtown’s main traffic area.
  • Citizen Frank Doutrich extolled the board of directors to get rid of the “per capita tax.” The Per Capita Tax rate for 2016-2017 is $15.00 for every resident age 18 or over. Per capita tax name and/or address corrections must be made through the Columbia Borough School District Tax Office, 200 North Fifth Street, Columbia, PA 17512.”

TAX LIST.jpgClick on the graphic to see the list.

  • One school district in the northeastern part of the state claimed in 2013, “One reason continuing this (the per capita tax) is the perception that the per-capita tax is at least one levy that every adult resident must pay.”

congressional-speech-ratingsAudience ratings declined for this speech to Congress. News Corpse

Walk around the elephant | Property Tax Elimination

In Education, Government, Opinions, Uncategorized on March 1, 2017 at 1:59 pm

elephantPHOTO SOURCE: Wildequus.org

There’s this “Blind Men & Elephant parable” that shows what can happen if we see just one part of the elephant.

We think it’s equally important to walk around the elephant to see the various sides – of the elephant or the situation.

Here’s the Eastern Lancaster County School District’s Webpage that does a good job of “walking around the elephant” of Property Tax Elimination.

Columbia and School District of Lancaster highlighted in new study on impact of personalization

In Education, Everyday Living, In Columbia on February 27, 2017 at 7:30 pm

Lancaster County Schools Experience Higher Academic Achievement with Personalized Learning

Columbia Borough School District and the School District of Lancaster were recognized in January in a new report by the Hybrid Learning Institute (HLI) on the effectiveness of personalized learning. The “2015-16 Impact Report”reviewed academic outcomes from 30 different school districts that used “hybrid” methods of instruction last year. Both districts made significant progress in improving student achievement and growth.

During 2015-16, Lancaster launched new programs in personalized learning in 15 classrooms across three city elementary schools. In the personalized classrooms, students averaged 83% higher growth on state-aligned benchmarks compared to traditional classrooms. In third-grade math, twice as many students passed their state exams. In fourth-grade math, the rate of students scoring advanced on state exams was more than three times greater. In English, personalized learners outperformed traditional learners by 124% on state exams.

At Columbia, the district implemented personalized learning in five classrooms in the middle school. During the first year of personalization, students in seventh-grade math scored “advanced” on their state exams at a rate three times higher than students in traditional classes. Students in eighth-grade English passed their state exams at a rate 11% higher. Columbia also used personalization to improve the academic program for seventh and eighth grade learning support students.

The promising results at Lancaster and Columbia are consistent with the positive outcomes achieved by other schools implementing personalized learning across the mid-Atlantic region. The “District Storyboard” report follows the release of HLI’s “2015-16 Impact Report” which documents substantial gains in academic performance by students in personalized environments:

  • Students in personalized classrooms passed their state exams at a rate 20% higher than students in traditional learning environments and achieved 98% better academic growth;
  • Personalized learners excelled in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) academics, beating traditional students by 38% in math and 10% in science, and;
  • Personalized learners scored “advanced” on state math exams (the highest level of achievement) at a rate 52% higher than traditional students.

The HLI reported positive results in all levels of schooling. More personalized learners achieved proficiency on state exams in elementary school (+15%), middle school (+31%) and high school (+20%). They also scored advanced at much greater rates, outperforming by 24% in elementary school, by 59% in middle school and by 76% in high school.

“Personalized learning combines proven teaching methods with new technologies to create an individualized educational experience for every student,” said Kevin Dellicker, founder of HLI and President of Dellicker Strategies, authors of the reports. “Personalization does not replace traditional brick-and-mortar schools, it makes them better,” said Dellicker. The educators who embraced these new strategies and enabled their students to succeed should be very proud.

Since 2011, Dellicker Strategies has helped 134 different schools plan and implement personalized learning in hybrid and blended classroom settings. The 2015-16 reports evaluated 161 blended programs impacting 13,500 students in 58 schools. The recent studies are the largest of their kind focusing on quantifiable results of personalized instruction in mainstream schools.

The complete reports may be found on the HLI website (http://www.pahli.org/results/reports) and the Dellicker Strategies website (http://www.dellicker.com/success-stories.html).

SOURCE: news release

School District: 2,165 owe per capita tax.

In Education, Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Uncategorized on February 17, 2017 at 6:24 pm


Columbia Spy‘s posted the list of 2,169 accounts that have outstanding 2016 per capita tax bills due to the Columbia Borough School District.

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE LIST posted at Columbia Spy.

Here’s the Columbia Borough School District Per Capita Tax Information as shown at the District’s Website:

The Per Capita Tax rate for 2016-2017 is $15.00 for every resident age 18 or over. Per capita tax name and/or address corrections must be made through the Columbia Borough School District Tax Office, 200 North Fifth Street, Columbia, PA 17512.

Tax Office hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 – 11:30 a.m., 12:30 – 3:00 p.m. Phone 717-681-2600.

Make checks payable to Columbia Borough School District. Payments should be mailed to PO Box 206, Columbia, PA 17512-0206. Payments may also be made in person at Union Community Bank, 921 Lancaster Avenue, Columbia, or the District Tax Office.

All payments must be accompanied by the payment stub of the tax notice to assure proper credit. If a receipt is required when paying by mail, enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope. It is recommended that all payments be made by check or money order. A charge of $25.00 will be made for any checks returned because of insufficient funds in addition to any bank fees assessed.

PAYMENT terms:
Discount – 2% discount on the base amount for payment on or before August 31.
Base – Base amount payable from September 1 through October 31.
Penalty – 10% penalty is added to payments between November 1 and December 31.

Postmarks will be used to determine payment date. All taxes must be paid in person or postmarked by December 31. If taxes are not paid by the due date, they will be turned over to Powell, Rogers and Speaks Collection Agency and additional fees will be assessed.