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Friday – 11/17/17 – EXTRAordinaryGIVEday!

In Education, Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities, People on November 17, 2017 at 6:31 am


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While Columbia Borough and Lancaster County have modified property tax millage rates to account for reassessment, there was no mention of the topic at last night’s Columbia Borough School District board of directors’ meeting.

“Here’s how to check if your county property tax bill is changing under reassessment”Lancaster Online


This Thanksgiving, free holiday meals will be served at 18 locations around Lancaster County. Some locations will offer transportation and/or home delivery. Meals are available throughout the county, from Elizabethtown to New Holland.

Click here, courtesy of United Way of Lancaster County’s 2-1-1 service, for a list of locations, dates and times people can celebrate Thanksgiving with a hot meal and warm fellowship. Please note that some locations require advance reservations.

school board meeting photosSeen at last night’s school board of directors’ meeting: clockwise from top – November Students of the Month recognized for their achievements. Vickie Anspach, board of director was recognized and thanked for her service on the school board. Her term is completed. A PowerPoint slide from Dr. McGough’s presentation about his views and direction concerning the District’s Curriculum Plan. There was some contentious discussion among some of the board members about “this curriculum stuff” (according to one director).

“‘Intentional’ teaching has big impact on preschoolers”Futurity

Bon-Ton will shutter stores –  WFMZ-TV

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Ah, those trusted staffers at the social club | “Former midstate police chief pleads guilty to theft from social club”WITF

Tusks and guns (or let’s let rich guys kill ’em into extinction) | Trump sons’ hunting in focus as US lifts import ban on African elephant trophiesThe Guardian

beeDr. Einstein, we are on that path!

Do pipelines leak? | “Keystone pipeline shut down after spilling 5,000 barrels of oil in South Dakota”TheHill

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good point len.jpgWhat’s “visioning” you ask | ‘Instead of having a picture in your mind of what you want to see manifest in your life, you get internally still and quiet so that you are able to see the vision that comes to you.” – Huffington Post


Thursday – 11/16/17 – Part II

In Education, Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, People on November 16, 2017 at 6:55 am

Congratulations to the Columbia folks who participated in the Semper Fi 5K last Saturday – Here’s the list of the finishers’ times.

  • Jordan Haberstroh – First in group
  • Charles Leader – First in group
  • Jay Rhoads – First in group
  • Emily Gambler – First in group

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Columbia’s got another LNP – Always Lancaster page one news item. With quotes from the usual suspects.

The County’s commissioners “voted to lower the rate from 3.735 mills to 2.911 mills” and not to increase taxes for 2018, according to an article in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster. The reduction in millage is in response to the countywide recent property reassessment.

At the same time, the hospital formerly known as Saint Joseph’s and Lancaster Regional Medical Center is now owned by UPMC (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center) and it’s proposing to pay less “in lieu of taxes” money to the city of Lancaster.

hands acrossLook for this Columbia agency ad in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster.

POLICE LOG: Manheim Township: Gregory R. Butzer, 36, of Columbia, was charged with the theft of $29.98 worth of items Nov. 5 from Walmart, 2030 Fruitville Pike, police said.

Those smarmy overpaid “elected public servants” | “Audit shows the PA legislature has a $95 million surplus” WITF

“Change in Parking Tickets and Quick Tickets payment” Columbia Borough Website

From a letter-to-the editor in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster, “By a vote of 54 percent for and 46 percent against, Pennsylvania voters approved a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would allow the General Assembly to pass a law to authorize school boards to decide whether to exempt residents from property taxes. Greedy, moneyhungry school boards?”

The Great American Smokeout – Thursday – You can do this!


Every year, on the third Thursday of November, smokers across the nation take part in the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout event. Encourage someone you know to use the date to make a plan to quit, or plan in advance and then quit smoking that day. By quitting – even for 1 day – smokers will be taking an important step toward a healthier life and reducing their cancer risk.

“About 36.5 million Americans still smoke cigarettes, and tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the world. While cigarette smoking rates have dropped (from 42% in 1965 to 15.1% in 2015), cigar, pipe, and hookah – other dangerous and addictive ways to smoke tobacco – are very much on the rise. Smoking kills people – there’s no ‘safe’ way to smoke tobacco.

“Quitting smoking has immediate and long-term benefits at any age. Quitting is hard, but you can increase your chances of success with help. Getting help through counseling or medications can double or triple the chances of quitting successfully.” –

“Almost 70 percent of adult smokers want to quit smoking, according to a U.S. national survey. Conventional quit-smoking treatments, including counseling and medication, can double or triple the chances that a smoker will quit successfully. Some people also try complementary health approaches to help them kick the smoking habit. In one survey of people who visited a tobacco cessation clinic, two-thirds said that they were interested in trying complementary approaches.” – Learn more about QUITTING NOW here.



School board of directors’ meeting agenda | tomorrow evening

In Education, Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opportunities on November 15, 2017 at 5:51 am


important notices

In Education, Everyday Living, In Columbia, Opportunities on November 9, 2017 at 8:04 pm

With the recent acts of violence, Susquehanna Valley EMS wants you to be prepared. We will teach you the hands-on skills you need to know to provide immediate care to someone with life-threatening injuries.

Knowing what to do can mean the difference between life and death. Join us January 20, 2018 from3:30-5:30pm or January 21, 2018, from 1:30-3:30pm at the Hempfield Rec Center, 950 Church St, Landisville. This is a FREE event.

Please register here.

The Columbia Police Department announced this important information about Saturday’s 5K at it’s CrimeWatch page:


Columbia Borough Police have announced road closures in conjunction with the Semper Fi 5k Run on Saturday, November 11, 2017. Road closures will start at 7:30 am and will be as follows: Kinderhook Road at Columbia High School; Ironville Pike between Kinderhook Road and Spruce Street; Spruce Street between 11th and 12th Streets; North 11th Street between Spruce and Chestnut Streets; North Chestnut Street between 11th and 8th Streets; North 8th Street between Chestnut and Walnut Streets; Walnut Street between 8th and 12th Streets; 12th Street between Walnut and Chestnut Streets; Chestnut Street between 12th and 13th Streets; North 14th Street to Luther Lane; Luther Lane to Locust Street; and Locust Street from Luther Lane to North Front Street. All Streets are expected to be reopened by 9:00 am or earlier as the race progresses and as the last runners go by the Street will be reopened.

Saturday – 11/4/17

In Education, Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, People on November 4, 2017 at 1:56 pm

“There is no education like adversity.”Benjamin Disraeli

Kudos to the players on the Columbia football team – “The thing about the kids was that they never quit. We dealt with different situations and the young guys stepped up and the seniors led.” – Columbia head coach Bud Kyle – Lancaster Online

page onePage one news again for Columbia – LNP – Always Lancaster

The article states, “ … Strickler served on the school board for 15 years, with 10 as president.” According to an insert in the article, here’s the listing of Columbia’s superintendents since 2000: Kenneth Klawitter (1999- 2006); Barry Clippinger (2006-12); Kenneth Klawitter (interim, 2013-14); Carol Powell (2014-15); Kenneth Klawitter (acting, 2015-16); Bob Hollister (2016-present) and Tom Strickler (2018-?)

And who hires and oversees the superintendent? Scary, isn’t it?

Sunrise and sunset will be about 1 hour earlier tomorrow, November 5, 2017 than today. There will be more light in the morning. Turn your clocks BACK before turning in tonight.

Bogus Health News Is All Over Pinterest | Pins making unsubstantiated claims — like that cinnamon cures arthritis and alkaline water kills cancer — have been pinned thousands of times.” BuzzNewsFeed

“If you want easy health care access and good quality care, you probably want traditional Medicare”Just-Care

“Wish you didn’t have to pay taxes on your home? Pa. ballot question could lead to change” The Inquirer, Philadelphia

Election day is Tuesday! If you are happy with the way things are – don’t vote or vote for those who are incumbents.

vote them out

If you’re not, vote differently.

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“Some PPL customer bills heading down, others up”The Morning Call

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Friday – 11/3/17

In Education, Everyday Living, Government, History and Heritage, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities, People on November 3, 2017 at 5:51 am

Schopf,+AArt Schoff – longtime educator, Columbia historian and horse aficionado dies.

In the case of Manheim Township’s School District’s board of directors’ attempts to flummox its citizens there’s considerable open debate NOW AFTER THE FACT. Manheim Township’s citizens have been bamboozled by a school board that has acted in the shadows and appears not to know the meaning of the word “transparency.” A majority of the letters-to-the-editors in LNP – Always Lancaster the past several days attest to that.

Last night citizens in Columbia learned what many suspected: in the rush to install a new superintendent at the Columbia School District Board of Directors’ Committee of the Whole meeting, no position vacancy had been posted or announced and no search for candidates with the requisite Knowledge, Skills and Abilities.

  • Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) – The attributes required to perform a job and are generally demonstrated through qualifying service, education, or training.
  • Knowledge – Is a body of information applied directly to the performance of a function.
  • Skill – Is an observable competence to perform a learned psychomotor act.
  • Ability – Is competence to perform an observable behavior or a behavior that results in an observable product. – WikiPedia

From an article at Lancaster Online: “When the agenda item to hire Strickler was first addressed, Hohenadel, in a surprise move, made a motion to table the agenda item until the December school board meeting. She then read a seven-minute litany of her concerns for hiring Strickler that appeared to span more than five years.”



sheriff salesThe listing for the Lancaster County Sale listing for November 29 is fairly large and includes several Columbia properties.

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Click here to see a sample ballot of next Tuesday’s election – know who and what are on the ballot to make your informed selections.

Posted at the Borough Website: Please note the Borough Office will be closed Tuesday, November 7, 2017, in observance of General Election Day.

From the Columbia Borough Council Legislation Committee meeting minutes for October (now posted at the Borough Website): “Amendment to Chapter 40 authorizing appointment of an Assistant Borough Manager:  The current Columbia Borough Code does not mention this position.  Motion made by Wickenheiser, second by Murphy to request Council at the November 13 meeting to authorize the advertising of this ordinance.”

School Board directors approve new superintendent

In Education, Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, People, Uncategorized on November 2, 2017 at 9:04 pm

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And it did this evening at the Columbia Borough School Board of Directors’ council of the whole meeting.

Columbia Borough School District’s Board of Directors voted in a split decision to “approve the hiring of Thomas Strickler as District Superintendent effective January 1, 2018 with a three (3) year Contract at a salary of $102,100.00, subject to compliance with all PDE Requirements, and conditioned upon execution of a written Contract approved by the District Solicitor.”

Columbia Spy posted a video of the vote as it was being taken to its facebook page.

Directors Leader, Hohenadel and Geesey voted no; the remaining directors cast yes votes.


Thursday – 11/2/17

In Education, Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities, People on November 2, 2017 at 6:22 am


An “endorsement article?” – from today’s LNP – Always Lancaster

tainted candyTainted candy from this facebook post: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10155682128188930&set=a.10151746173698930.1073741846.692223929&type=3&theater&ifg=1

A Lancaster Online article about the candy report.

Today at Spooky Nook Sports

“Landlords less opposed to Lancaster’s revised lead ordinance proposal, but questions remain”Lancaster Online

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Wednesday – 11/1/17

In Education, Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities on November 1, 2017 at 6:09 am

Yep, this item is on the Columbia Borough School District’s Committee Meeting of the Whole agenda for tomorrow night’s meeting: “A motion is requested to approve the hiring of Thomas Strickler as District Superintendent effective January 1, 2018 with a three (3) year Contract at a salary of $102.100.00, subject to compliance with all PDE Requirements, and conditioned upon execution of a written Contract approved by the District Solicitor.” 

NOTE: THE MEETING BEGINS AT 6:00 PM at the District Administration Center, 200 N. Fifth Street, Columbia, PA 17512

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Why do police departments spread untruths about “drug-laced” trick or treat candy? It’s an anti-marijuana thing as “Moral panic of this kind bubbles up every year in mid-October, and the legalization of marijuana across the country – which can take the form of edibles that resemble brownies, cookies, or candy – has added a new flavor to that familiar witches’ brew.” – The Free Thought Project.

Go to jail, Barbara Hafer, DO NOT COLLECT $200 – SHAME AIN’T GONNA’ CUT IT!PennLive

Tax notice avalanche hits small businesses | Tax professionals worry about inconsistencies, delays in response process”Central Penn Business Journal

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Stolen bikes, stolen property, disgust with the school administration; roving throngs of kids breaking into vehicles, damaging property; inconsistency of codes application; trash accumulation and concerns for personal safety are concerning residents in posts and comments at these facebook pages:

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an oracle from 2012 – Columbia news, views & reviews

In Education, Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opinions on October 31, 2017 at 3:48 pm

“Education degree no longer needed to be school chief”

In Education, In Columbia, People on September 21, 2012 at 4:30 am

The recent announcement of the impending retirement of Columbia Borough School District’s superintendent, Dr. Barry W. Clippinger, at the end of the 2012-13 school year has birthed a quiet rumor about his replacement.

“School boards also are charged with selecting the superintendent, the school district’s chief executive officer. School boards are responsible for recruiting, hiring and evaluating the performance of the superintendent. These tasks are the sole responsibility of the school board and cannot be delegated.” – (SOURCE: How Pennsylvania School Boards Work

Who determines who will be a district’s superintendent? According to a document produced by the Pennsylvania School Boards Association, “How Pennsylvania Public School Boards Work,” the members of the district school board do.

Some around town are suggesting that the next superintendent may not have a doctoral degree. Some are saying the next superintendent may never have been in a classroom. Heretical as it may sound, either or both scenarios could happen.

Seems a recently passed law, House Bill 1307, which was signed in July, ” … drops the requirement that prospective school chiefs have any experience in a classroom. There is no longer a need to be a teacher or principal or to have an education-related degree.” An article in the Scranton Times-Tribune entitled “Education degree no longer needed to be school chief” offers more specifics.

As bizarre as it appears, for a leader of an institution to have no related education or discipline experience, the new law apparently allows “someone with a degree in business, finance, management or law, along with four years of related experience, can also be a superintendent. Upon appointment, the person would need to complete a leadership development program.” Evidently, the degree does not have to be a doctorate.