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The promise | “I’m reaching out to you for your guidance and your help so that we can work together and unify our great country.”

In Everyday Living, Government, History and Heritage, People, Uncategorized on November 9, 2016 at 9:28 am

trump-speechDonald Trump’s Victory SpeechThe New York Times

Click on the above link to watch the speech and to read the transcript.

“Dividing Lines: How Pennsylvania’s elections really are rigged” – Keystone Crossroads

In Everyday Living, Government on November 4, 2016 at 6:43 pm

“Reading Mayor Wally Scott, a Democrat, said he’s been in office for 10 months and he has yet to see or work with U.S. Congressman Joseph Pitts.”

dividing-communitiesA view of the city of Reading from Museum Road. Reading, Berk’s county seat, is carved out of the 6th congressional district and included with Lancaster and Chester counties. (Lindsay Lazarski/WHYY)

Here’s an article we just read earlier today – you’ll need to read it to understand just how underrepresented we are with our “dysunctional system.”

“Dividing Lines: How Pennsylvania’s elections really are rigged.”

A vote for Joe is a vote for “democrazy” | so too is a vote for a foul-mouthed braggart or a flat-out lying politico

In Government, Opinions, Opportunities, People, Uncategorized on October 19, 2016 at 7:07 pm

So, it’s just a few hours until the next and last debate (thank goodness). We’re casting out absentee ballot tomorrow morning; maybe you are too.

Maybe you’re still deliberating; here’s another “option” you may want to consider.

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The New York Post said this yesterday:

“Joe Exotic isn’t the typical candidate for president of the United States, but based on the current election, that might be his greatest asset. Unlike Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, he’s running on a platform that we know he can stick to.”

Oh, yeah … here’s his campaign video.

Long live democracy!

One choice is as much a selection for “democrazy” as another in this election! Way to go, look-alike major parties.

Your complete dysfunction opens the doors!

Are you prepared for Election Day?

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opportunities, People on October 18, 2016 at 7:12 am

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It’s almost over – only 20 days until the insanity is over … or begins!

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Here’s a Lancaster County Specimen BallotClick here to find the one that applies for your address.

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“Tax Upset Sales” and “Judicial Tax Sales”

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Uncategorized on October 18, 2016 at 5:54 am

What’s the difference?

One of the better definitions of differences come from this explanation at a Berks County Webpage.

“The most significant difference between the sales is: At an Upset Sale, the minimum bid consists of all delinquent taxes liened with the Bureau, all delinquent taxes submitted by the taxing districts, all current year taxes submitted by the taxing districts, all municipal claims submitted by each municipality and all IRS liens. The object of the first sale is to collect everything that is due to all of the taxing districts on the property.

In addition, all liens, judgments and mortgages become the responsibility of the  purchaser. This is extremely important to know!! If you purchase a property at the Upset Sale, you are responsible for anything owed against the property! You must
research these properties! A title search is the best method of research!

At a Judicial (Free & Clear) Sale, the minimum bid consists only of the costs incurred by the Tax Claim Bureau. Typically this minimum bid will range from $700 to $1000. All liens and judgments filed prior to the date of the sale are divested upon the successful purchase.

2016 CONTINUED TAX UPSET SALE

PRE-REGISTRATION TO BID AT TAX SALE IS REQUIRED!!
PRE-REGISTRATION IS SCHEDULED TO COMMENCE ON OCTOBER 1, 2016.
ALL BIDDER REGISTRATION FORMS MUST BE RECEIVED IN THE LANCASTER COUNTY TAX
CLAIM BUREAU BY 5:00P.M. ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2016 TO BID ON PROPERTIES
SCHEDULED FOR CONTINUED UPSET TAX SALE ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2016.

NOTICE OF CONTINUED TAX UPSET SALE
TO OWNERS OF PROPERTIES DESCRIBED IN THIS NOTICE AND ALL PERSONS HAVING TAX
LIENS, TAX JUDGMENTS, MUNICIPAL CLAIMS OR ANY OTHER LIENS OR INTERESTS IN SUCH PROPERTIES, LOCATED IN LANCASTER COUNTY, PA.
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE LANCASTER COUNTY TAX CLAIM BUREAU WILL
HOLD A CONTINUED TAX UPSET SALE ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2016 AT 9:30 AM IN
THE LANCASTER COUNTY GOVERNMENT CENTER, 150 N. QUEEN STREET, ROOM 102,
LANCASTER, PA 17603.

NEW! 2016 JUDICIAL TAX SALE

NOTICE OF JUDICIAL TAX SALE
TO OWNERS OF PROPERTIES DESCRIBED IN THIS NOTICE AND ALL OTHERS
HAVING ANY CLAIMS, LIENS, JUDGMENTS, MORTGAGES, CHARGES, ESTATES
OR ANY OTHER INTERESTS WHATSOEVER IN SUCH PROPERTIES:
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE LANCASTER COUNTY TAX CLAIM
BUREAU WILL HOLD A JUDICIAL TAX SALE OF THE FOLLOWING PROPERTIES
IN LANCASTER COUNTY, PA ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2016 AT 9:30 A.M. IN
THE LANCASTER COUNTY GOVERNMENT CENTER, 150 N. QUEEN ST., 1st FLOOR
ROOM 102, LANCASTER, PA FOR THE COLLECTION OF DELINQUENT REAL
ESTATE TAXES AS REQUIRED BY THE REAL ESTATE TAX SALE LAW (72 P.S.
5860.610 ET SEQ):

Performance Audit – Columbia Borough School District – Lancaster County, Pennsylvania – 09/29/2016

In Education, Everyday Living, Government, Opportunities, Uncategorized on October 6, 2016 at 11:34 am

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Click on the graphic to download the report.

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In Education, Government, In Columbia, Opportunities, Uncategorized on October 3, 2016 at 7:50 pm

Yesterday, we noted:

school-board-meetings… but there’s no agenda for the Tuesday, October 4 meeting posted?

Today, at the Website, with no notice, it’s changed and the Curriculum and Property Committee meetings have been deleted.

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Harrisburg wants to restructure operation of its market, too | considering “to continue charging a nominal $1 annual rent to the nonprofit”

In Government, Opportunities, Uncategorized on September 20, 2016 at 5:32 am

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The state capitol’s Broad Street Market operation is being bounced about; now the city is considering relinquishing “responsibility for management, maintenance and capital improvements at the city-owned buildings to a new nonprofit.”

The article states the market is nearly filled with vendors; according to the market’s Website, nearly 40 vendors attend to Customers every Thursday & Friday from 7 AM – 6 PM and Saturday, 7 AM – 4 PM.

 

 

facts – opinions – rumors

In Education, Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities, People, Uncategorized on September 16, 2016 at 8:15 pm

FACT – Columbia’s football is postponed | “Columbia football game evacuated, postponed due to safety concerns” Lancaster Online

FACT – This is on the school district Website | IMPORTANT MESSAGE 9/16/2016 FRIDAY NIGHT:

FACT & OPINION – Outstanding communication, Columbia Borough School District: “We have been informed that the student who made the threat is in custody of the Columbia Borough Police Department and the investigation is ongoing.” An 8:03 pm Update.

FACT & OPINION – Exceptional “on the fly” addition of the emergency communication on the home/splash page, too.

FACT – There is nothing at the Columbia Police Department Website nor the borough Website about the incident.

FACT – This is posted (at 8:23 pm) at the “You know you’re from Columbia PA if…” facebook page | “The CHS School Resource Officer just called me. The situation is OVER! All participents (sic) are accounted for!!! Please REPOST!  He also mentioned that the Church at 7th and Walnut is inviting all KIDS to stop by for the next hour or 2 to have snacks and dance to some music at the church. Thank you Officer Engle, WE ALL appreciate you reaching out!!

RUMOR – Without specific official notification and communication, we heard this rumor while at the Market House a half hour ago or so (just fefore 8:00 pm) | The football game has been canceled because of a bomb threat.

FACT – More distressing news from the Diocese | “Grand jury investigating sex abuse in Harrisburg DioceseFOX43-TV

FACT & OPINION – Walked down to Venues to see how the Teen Junction event is going; met and spoke with the general manager and one of the parents. Everyone there was well-dressed and having a good time dancing and socializing. Oh, yeah, the parent is a US ARMY veteran injured in the middle east. Saw no evidence of “thuggery.”

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FACT – Received this e-blast from the Borough: “UPCOMING EVENTS – The Columbia Mardi Gras (Halloween) Parade will be held on Thursday, October 27, 2016 beginning at 7:00pm. –  Trick-or-treat in Columbia Borough will be held on Monday, October 31, 2016 from 6pm-8pm

FACT – Received this e-blast, too, from the Borough: “Join your friends for a free Movie under the Stars -(Sponsored by Columbia Parks and Rec Commission) –Movie: Goonies (Rated PG – Language) – Date: Saturday, September 17th ( Raindate: Sunday, September 18th) – Location: River Park -Showtime: Dusk – around 8:00 pm – ** Hot popcorn provided: bring your own picnic, snacks, drinks** – A fun evening for all.

FACT: Received this email from the executive director of the Coolumbia Public Library | “(Tomorrow’s Knitting Class is CANCELLED due to a death in the instructor’s family. It is rescheduled for OCTOBER 15 from 1 to 3:30.”

 

Agenda – School Board meeting, Thursday, September 15

In Education, Everyday Living, Government, Lists, Uncategorized on September 12, 2016 at 10:02 pm

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This is for those who are going to the School Board meeting tonight! And for those seated at the table in the front of the room – the ones with the microphones in front of them!

Unless, the microphones are purposely not used or the speakers do not want those in the audience to hear what’s being discussed, know that:

“If you’re older than 45, there’s about a one in five chance you suffer from some amount of hearing loss—and that rate climbs steadily as you age. Almost one-third of people ages 65 to 74 report difficulty hearing, and the number rises to about half at 75, according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.” – Consumer Reports Magazine

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Click on the graphic above to download or open / see the complete three-page agenda as a .pdf file for Thursday night’s meeting.

The agenda is posted at the newly revised Websitewww.columbiabsd.org.

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The following were posted at Columbia news, views & reviews on August 15, 2016

Today’s Quote ” … more adults need to step up, not walk away, and help the victims of bullying.” – Excerpted from a seventh-grade Hempfield School District student’s letter to the editor in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster.

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