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Saturday – 9/23/17

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities, People on September 23, 2017 at 7:05 am

cpd postCheck it out: Columbia Police Department facebook page.

Those roving throngs of hooligans are the topics of numerous facebook page strings and at Thursday evening’s School Board meeting, the District’s Director of Operations, Tom Strickler, said that there are non-students who are waiting for students at the bottom of the hill at the end of each day’s classes.

This facebook page (What’s Happening in Columbia,Pa. and Area – Part 1) has posts from an ad hoc citizens’ group claiming “The Mayor and Chief are willing to meet with about a dozen of us in a week or two to discuss this further.”

posted at borough websiteLooking for employment? Look at the Columbia Borough Website. Ditto, LEGAL ADS now appear there, too.

sticks and stonesIsn’t is something to see the leaders of two nations calling each other names – heck of role-modeling for kids. What is a “dotard” anyway?

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McCain knows what it is; of the 54 in the US Senate, only McCain, Susan Collins and a few others know the meaning of the word. Surely ours doesn’t – his drone-like subservience to party and the cash kings override courage.

And Lancaster County is “blessed” with its own subservient representative who spoke at “non-town hall” assemblies of “friendly faces.” – Lancaster Online

comcast letterIsn’t that special! Another “comcastic” complaint in a letter-to-the-editor in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster.

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Friday – 09/22/17

In Everyday Living, Government, History and Heritage, In Columbia, Lists, Opportunities on September 22, 2017 at 8:07 am

9-22 legalHere’s a sad story. This LEGAL NOTICE appears in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster. Unless you buy the newspaper and read the little innocuous legal notices in the classified section (or see this post), you are in the dark. Columbia Borough has the luxury of communicating with its shareholders at its Website but does not!

museum dayTomorrow is “museum day live!” | “Museum Day Live! is an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine. Participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide FREE entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket.”

Guess which museums in Columbia are part of the celebration? And in Wrightsville?

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Goodbye, Summer of 2017, but this is the first day of fall and “Pa. expected to have great foliage this fall”WITF| find how where and when here.

millersvilleAlt-right flyers at Millersville University, Elizabethtown College and other Pennsylvania campuses.Keystone Crossroads

In this photo illustration, a Facebook logo on a computer screen is seen through a magnifying glass held by a woman in BernFacebook: a powerful medium for the right reasons: “Dad of bullied son takes to Facebook, pleads with parents to teach compassion, love”Penn Live

 

Thursday – 9/21/17

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opportunities on September 21, 2017 at 4:59 am

price of waterA Borough e-blast reminding citizens to attend one of the hearings about the price of water.

newsletterAt the recent borough council meeting, the borough newsletter was listed as a communication initiative. September’s reaching the two-thirds’ gone mark and no Fall newsletter is it yet available online. In the two previous years, the Fall newsletters were posted in early September.

senior resourcesA Webpage at the Borough Website directs readers to a Website that’s only slightly helpful and somewhat out-of-date. A better, up-to-date and more accurate Website for Senior Resources is the Lancaster County Office of Aging.

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Another resource with up-to-date information is On-Line Publishers, Inc. Located next-door in West Hempfield Township, the locally owned company produces numerous senior living guides in print and online.

borough movieAnother borough e-blast reminding citizens about Saturday’s “Movie at River Park.”

27 movie nightSpeaking of movies, this one’s going to be shown at the Library.

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The U.S. Census Bureau announced recently that real median household income increased by 3.2 percent between 2015 and 2016, while the official poverty rate decreased 0.8 percentage points. At the same time, the percentage of people without health insurance coverage decreased.

Median household income in the United States in 2016 was $59,039, an increase in real terms of 3.2 percent from the 2015 median income of $57,230. This is the second consecutive annual increase in median household income.

The nation’s official poverty rate in 2016 was 12.7 percent, with 40.6 million people in poverty, 2.5 million fewer than in 2015. The 0.8 percentage point decrease from 2015 to 2016 represents the second consecutive annual decline in poverty. The 2016 poverty rate is not statistically different from the 2007 rate (12.5 percent), the year before the most recent recession.

Monday’s messages – 9/18/17

In Everyday Living, Government, History and Heritage, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities, The Susquehanna on September 18, 2017 at 6:29 am

exclamation-point-507768_960_720Truth in labeling! The owner of Aberrant Investments LLC is on the agenda at the Historical Architectural Review Board of the Borough of Columbia at it’s Wednesday evening meeting according to an item in the Government Calendar in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster.

Several county school districts have their board of directors meeting agendas summarized in the Government Calendar, too. Columbia’s is not one of them. That agenda for Thursday night’s board meeting should, though, be posted at the Website soon.

The unattended Columbia Borough School District splash page though remains out-of-date as it proclaims: “SCHOOL CLOSED September 1 and September 4, 2017″ (Fixed; thanks!)

Another letter writer claims: “The Washington Post titled ‘School quality has mighty influence on neighborhood choice, home values,’ the president of Homes.com, David Mele, is quoted as saying that ‘we know there’s a direct correlation between school quality and home values that’s pretty dramatic.’

market chatterThe above post from the facebook page, What’s Happening in Columbia,Pa. and Area – Part 1, begins a string that includes the above screen print. There’s nothing at the Columbia Market House Website – or its facebook page – about this, but it may be a discussion topic at the Public Works/Property Committee meeting on September 19, 2017

pollutedA letter to the editor writer in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster asks: “Also, there are a lot of public sewer treatment plants spewing into the rivers. Who knows what else is illegally dumped into our waterways?”

Great point! Who knows how much unchecked raw sewage is directed into The River?

lawsuit“New trend among government agencies: Filing lawsuits against those seeking public records.”USNews.com

dominoesBurns’ Vietnam: the first program – It was about dominoes, as the US just coming out of Korea and World War II feared the prospect of communism and wanted to stop it everywhere. Following the French colonialism, US warriors were asked to side with the puppet regimes against a foe that wanted only to have its nation.

“Ho Chi Minh asked the Americans to honor their commitment to independence, citing the Atlantic Charter and the U.N. Charter on self-determination. However, by the end of the war, the U.S. government had begun to redirect its foreign policy from the wartime goal of the liberation of all occupied countries and colonies to the postwar anti-communist crusade, which became the Cold War.” – Vietnam Veterans Against the War

Tonight on WITF at 8:00: President Kennedy and his advisors wrestle with how deeply to get involved in South Vietnam. As the increasingly autocratic Diem regime faces a growing communist insurgency and widespread Buddhist protests, a grave political crisis unfolds.”

up-downIncomes are up. Poverty is down. And job openings have hit a record high. But if the economy is so wonderful, why are so many Americans still feeling left behind?” The New York Times

“The middle class is back — or so it seems.”The Washington Post

It still hurts when filling the gas tank on a 1992 Camry costs 20 percent more than it did just two months ago.

On Sunday – 9/17/17

In Everyday Living, Government, History and Heritage, In Columbia, Lists, People on September 17, 2017 at 6:37 am

“1020 Cloverton Drive residents read statement at last Monday’s council meeting (audio files)”

quotesThe School Briefs in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster tells the story of the two-school-dristrict shared services experiment from the other school board of directors’ meeting.

vietnammemorialLNP – Always Lancaster devoted the first nine pages of today’s Living section to vignettes from the Vietnam War. Included is a page entitled “County Residents Who Gave All” and lists Lancaster County young men who died or were killed in the War.

This source lists others but includes Columbians, Thomas Baily, Frank Douglas, Richard Engroff, John Evans, William Shultz and Raymond Thomas.

VIETNAM COLUMBIA

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and three of our high school acquaintances, Ray Lynn Good, from Terre Hill; Gerald Mentzer, from Bowmansville and Harold Zook, from New Holland.The above images are from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund Wall of Faces page.

 

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

 

“Ken Burns: How Vietnam War sowed the seeds of a divided America” – The Guardian

In Everyday Living, Government, History and Heritage, Opinions on September 16, 2017 at 12:48 pm

vietnam 3“An image from the first episode of Ken Burns’ 18-hour documentary The Vietnam War, which premieres on America’s Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) on Sunday Photograph: BBC”

It’s going to hurt! Watching The Vietnam War is going to be a journey into truth because Ken Burns tries to be a truth seeker in this 10-part chronicle of an American adventure into an abyss.

There’ll be those (RWNJs) who will say Burns’ effort is blasphemous and anti-American. Among them are those who have not tried to understood the history – those who have only a minuscule understanding of the machinations of elected public servants and their relationships with “those who write the rules.”

This Guardian article is excellent reading.

Here are several more articles worth reading:

How the Pentagon tried to cure America of its ‘Vietnam syndrome’”

“Vietnam War: Who was right about what went wrong – and why it matters in Afghanistan”

How Vietnam dramatically changed our views on honor and war”

“During Vietnam War, music spoke to both sides of a divided nation”

The Psychological Effects of the Vietnam War

There were those who were passive bystanders; they neither served on either of the sides in a divided nation.

“‘For those Americans who fought in it and those who fought against it back home, as well as those who merely glimpsed it on the evening news, the Vietnam War was a decade of agony, the most divisive period since the Civil War.’

Vietnam seemed to call everything into question: the value of honor and gallantry, the qualities of cruelty and mercy, the candor of the American government and what it means to be a patriot. And those who lived through it have never been able to erase its memory, have never stopped arguing about what really happened, why everything went so badly wrong, who was to blame and whether it was all worth it.” – The Miami Herald

 

 

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

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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.”

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday – 9/14/17

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities on September 14, 2017 at 4:59 am

lidlYeah, it’s good news that the food shopping experiences are really blossoming. It looks like Lidl will be coming to Lancaster County with two stores – one on Lincoln Highway East and one on Columbia Avenue on the northeast corner of Columbia Avenue and Good Drive. And Whole Foods and Wegman’s are coming, too.

Staid, local grocers will have to step up their games.

documentation1020 Cloverton Drive residents read statement at last night’s council meeting (audio files)”

what columbia needs“Mighty oaks from little acorns grow”

What Columbia Needs Now … one person’s “humble opinion on where the massive change many us us know needs to take place can start.”

UNDER RUGSocial media can be an informative form of “digital intelligence “ | Comments as this – some with long strings – appear at these Columbia facebook pages: What’s Happening in Columbia,Pa. and Area – Part 1 and You know you’re from Columbia PA if….

LIP news notesLIP News: “All White Jury”

position changeLIP News also reports: “UPDATE *** BREAKING NEWS *** RODA DEMOTED?”

magnifiedPositive community communications … MAGNIFIED! | “Red-balloon pranksters spend a merry half-hour in a Lititz jail cell after ‘It’ spoof goes viral “Lancaster Online

ask the candidatesBright Side Opportunities Center at 2:00 pm

MUSIC SATURDAY

18 preschoolnursing home ICSIt’s not the first time! Columbia news, views & reviews has written about this before.

Yet eight people in a Florida nursing and rehabilitation facility died as a result of ineffective leadership.

This facility, and others, are required by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to implement plans and practice for “those never gonna’ happen – but do” events. They’re provided with “internal planning scenarios” (complete with guides); the scenarios include:

  • Scenario 08: Internal Flooding
  • Scenario 09: Loss of Heating/Ventilation/Air Conditioning (HVAC)
  • Scenario 10: Loss of Power
  • Scenario 11: Loss of Water
  • Scenario 12: Severe Weather

Gee, did any of these incidents happen? Did the facility diligently have a plan? Did the facility practice the plan? Did the facility prepare to execute the plan? We doubt it.

The facility’s Website is still in marketing mode with NOTHING about the tragedy; that’s brazen, heartless and certainly, not communicative. It’s facebook page has been shut down.

 

 

Wednesday – 9/13/17

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opportunities, Uncategorized on September 13, 2017 at 7:36 am

WHITE PAPER REPORTNow posted, see below at the end of this column.

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Jury pronounces Rentas guiltyLancaster Online

scales of justice“Deliberations to resume Wednesday in trial of Columbia teen accused of trying to kill police” Lancaster Online

Measuring the Nation's Social and Economic Well-BeingIncome, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2016

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In Mountville: “Fire company gets funding after ‘misinformation’ is cleared up ” – Lancaster Online

millennials like librariesUnironically appreciating the library: Here is something millennials can’t be blamed for killing: libraries. In fact, millennials are more likely to visit their local branch than baby boomers or Gen Xers, according to a Pew study. We took a look at what libraries are doing to get the biggest living generation through their doors. Ends up libraries have been changing with the times, offering a range of services, like free beer-brewing classes, the chance to borrow the “Hamilton” soundtrack, and live music concerts and art events.” – MarketPlace

Library ground breaking

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

Where’s the pride? And where’s the “promised white paper?”

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.”

 

 

Monday morning – 9/11/17

In Everyday Living, Government, History and Heritage, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities, People on September 11, 2017 at 5:40 am

9-11 remembranceSOURCE: Brindle Media

WATER HIKECome to the meeting to find out the justification for the huge rate increase requests – PUC schedules Sept. 27 hearings on Columbia Water Co. rate increase request Lancaster Online

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Look for “a formal ‘Officer Introduction’ to the community at the September 11 Council Meeting” is an item at the meeting minutes for the 8-9-17 Safety Committee Meeting Minutes.

The borough’s recycling revenues have “steadily declined (2014: $15,000, 2015: $8,000) from the expected amount ($20,000+)” according to the Public Works Committee Minutes 8-15-17.

From the Finance_Committee’s August meeting minutes:

  • Request to approve allocating $50,000 per year for the years 2017, 2018, and 2019, for a total commitment of $150,000, to the Columbia Public Library for their building expansion Capital campaign will be forwarded to Council for consideration of approval at the September 11, 2017 Council meeting.
  • Request to approve a request from Our Home of Hope to waive the $45 permit fee for repairs to their personal care facility at 223-225 Cherry St. will be forwarded to Council for consideration of approval at the September 11, 2017.
  • Request to approve authorizing the borough solicitor to engage an agreement of sale with JayDesh Properties, LLC for purchase of 400 Locust St. at a price of $75,000 will be forwarded to Council for consideration of approval at the September 11, 2017 Council meeting. 
  • Motion to approve the write-off of 8 Open Invoices with a total amount relieved of $1,276.37 will be forwarded to Council for consideration of approval at the September 11, 2017 Council meeting.

NO MINUTES.jpgNothing? No meeting minutes are posted at the borough website.

well well wellJust look and prayers are answered. The Community Development Committee Minutes finally have made it to the borough Website … just in time for tonight’s council meeting.

rooseveltThere’s an intriguing quote in an obituary in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster. 67 year-old Michael Brown, a Vietnam veteran, died of of “Agent Orange related cancer.” The obituary notice also states, “As a returning combat veteran, Michael struggled with PTSD, but found relief in following Teddy Roosevelt’s advice that ‘black care rarely stays with a rider whose pace is fast enough.’

Many dispute the attribution of quotes to famous personalities; we don’t know, but President Theodore Roosevelt has so many reasonable quotes attributed to him at Brainy Quote – take a few minutes  to read them.

We do, however, like this quote from his speech to veterans in Springfield, IL on July 4, 1903: “A man who is good enough to shed his blood for his country is good enough to be given a square deal afterwards. More than that no man is entitled, and less than that no man shall have.”

altoona blightA blighted house was taken down in Altoona. – KATE LAO SHAFFNER / WPSU File Image

“Altoona Forms Task Force To Fight City’s Blight Problems”WPSV