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Six more facts | 7/12/17

In Everyday Living, Government, History and Heritage, In Columbia, Opinions, Opportunities, People, Uncategorized on July 12, 2017 at 6:13 am

CAUTIONIf you happen to walk by the disgraceful structure at 208-210 Locust Street (the one formerly owned by Sam and Cindy Bigler and now by the borough, be extremely cautious and aware of the metal sheeting that’s raised, and now marked by caution cones, four or more inches above the sidewalk.

mattresses.jpgCropped from a photo posted at this facebook page: The photo and this verbiage begins a string: “Two piss stained bed bug infested mattresses lying on the corner of 4th and AveJ, but if my grass is three inches too long I’m getting a fine, screw you Columbia Borough.” Think the author refers to the inconsistent application of codes in the borough.

white collar crimeCrime and punishment: “There are two classes of criminals in this country: The poor ones who get disproportionately punished and the rich ones who head multinational corporations and escape unscathed. That’s one of the premises in Jesse Eisinger’s new book, ‘The Chickenshit Club: Why the Justice Department Fails to Prosecute Executives.’ Eisinger talked with us about why prosecutors stopped going after the heads of companies committing fraud, the revolving door between the prosecutor’s office and Big Law, and his ideas about how to fix the system.” – MarketWatch

STREET SWEEPERSThis question starts a facebook string that’s got so many residents confused, perplexed and scratching their heads. Searching for the schedule at the Borough Website produced this out-of-date page: “STREET SWEEPER MAINTENANCE – Maintenance  is still being done on the street sweeper, thus there will be no street sweeping for the week of July 13 through July 17, 2015.” Citizens may want to bring their questions and concerns to the attention of the “Public Works Committee (Includes Wastewater and Highway) – The Committee on Highways shall, in conjunction with the Borough Manager and Highway Supervisor, direct, control and have charge of the grading, paving, repairing and cleaning of all streets, alleys and highways; shall direct and control all surveys, engineering, sewerage, drainage and all matters and things in any way relating to or affecting the highways, footways, wharves and bridges; shall attend to all duties which may be properly referred to such Committee by Council and shall comply and enforce the requirements of all laws and ordinances which relate to highways.

more shoppingSeriously, nobody’s reading about the turbulence in retail? Today’s LNP – Always Lancaster‘s lead article is about the retail nightmare at the Rockvale Square shopping area – store vacancies abound.

drain that swampIt just gets “curiouser and curiouser” | “The State of Play When Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort Met Natalia Veselnitskaya” The Daily Beast


Is Lead Lurking in Your Home? | a program for Lancaster City and County residents

In Everyday Living, Government, History and Heritage, In Columbia, Opportunities, People on July 12, 2017 at 4:15 am

NOTE: Codes Manager, Steve Kaufhold is not yet listed on the Borough Website. Following the June borough council meeting, we noted “Interestingly, while Steve Kaufhold was hired as the Codes Manager; his name is not listed at the Borough Website (listed as Zoning/Planning/Codes is Jeff Helm).” Following the December, 2016 meeting, Columbia news, views & reviews noted: “The council voted to hire a new full-time Manager of Code Enforcement and Storm Water Management. Pending background checks, the councillors voted to hire Steven M.  Kaufhold, a Columbia native who now resides in Wrightsville. Kaufhold did own a construction business; he is a United States Army veteran.” The vote was unanimous.


by Aimee Tyson, Program Manager, Community Services, Lancaster County Redevelopment Authority

Do you have children under the age of 6 in your home or do you have children under the age of 6 that spend more than 6 hour a week in your home?  If your home was built prior to 1978, you may be putting them at risk of lead poisoning.

Due to the news stories about the lead poisoning crisis in Flint, Michigan most people have heard about the detrimental effects of lead poisoning in children.  Childhood lead poisoning is considered the most preventable environmental disease among young children, yet approximately half a million U.S. children have elevated blood lead levels.

Lead is a naturally occurring metal that was added to paint and gasoline until 1978 and in rare cases is still used in consumer products. People are most commonly exposed to lead through paint, soil, and water.

Lead poisoning is bad for everyone but is especially dangerous for pregnant women and children under the age of 6. It is not possible to reverse the negative effects of lead poisoning.

Lead poisoning causes the following in children:

  • Damage to the brain and nervous system, including lowered IQ scores
  • Slowed growth and development
  • Learning and behavior problems including ADD
  • Hearing and speech problems

Children with lead poisoning have a higher incidence of dropping out of school and higher likelihood of involvement with juvenile justice systems.

What Can You Do to Make Your Home Lead Safe?

You can make efforts to make your home lead safe using a licensed and certified lead contractor.  If you have a low household income and lack the financial means to make your home lead safe or if you are a renter with a low income, the City of Lancaster and the Lancaster County Redevelopment Authority may be able to help.

In addition to the efforts undertaken by the Partnership for Public Health (see their website at https://www.partnershipforpublichealth.org, the City of Lancaster and the Lancaster County Redevelopment Authority are helping low- and moderate-income homeowners and renters in Lancaster County through the provision of a grant to reduce or remove the lead based paint hazards in the home. Click on the graphic below to download a flyer explaining the details of the program for residents of Lancaster City and County.

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— continued from the lead-in paragraph above —

During Monday’s council meeting, Kaufhold facilitated a verbal presentation about a proposed Lead Hazard Control Program for the borough. His proposal included:

  • a fairly thorough overview on the health hazards that lead-based paints and residual dust present.
  • A recommendation to implement lead hazard screening on all properties in the borough every three years.
  • Develop and require Interim Control measures
  • Provide public information on the health risks (particularly for children under age six).
  • Purchase an XRF detection device and more.

This 2008 report from the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service (Using XRF Hand-Held Devices To Detect Lead-Based Paint to Detect Lead-Based Paint), has information about XRF devices and states “Lead-based paint that is in good condition poses little risk to individuals or the environment. Dust from lead-based paint, or particles of lead-based paint that are flaking or chipping, can pose a serious health risk. When ingested or inhaled, paint particles contaminated with lead can damage the central nervous system. Children are at greater risk than adults because lead can interfere with neurological development. Lead poisoning causes seizures, comas, and in extreme cases—death.

During the meeting, the councillors voted to approve a “Grant Agreement between CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health and Columbia Borough in the amount of $18,000 for the purchase of a XRF Device and development of policies and procedures to assist with the safety of Borough residents.” Click here to see the specifications on the Heuresis Pb200i XRF Lead Paint Analyzer.

Revival articles

In Everyday Living, Government, History and Heritage, In Columbia, Lists, Uncategorized on July 11, 2017 at 3:32 pm

The Deeds Deed, indeed! As easy as 1-2-3 – DEEDS RECORDED: (1) Safe Harbor Water Power Corp. conveyed property on a public road to Columbia Borough for $1. (2) Columbia Borough conveyed property on a public road to Columbia Economic Development Corp. for $350,000. (3) Columbia Economic Development Corp. con­veyed property on a public road to Columbia Heritage River Cottage Association Inc. for $350,000. – Lancaster Sunday News – (SOURCE: Columbia news, views & reviews, November 29, 2011

“different story on the other side of the river” – June 8, 2011

Asap’s Foibles – May 19, 2011

… a fable (of sorts) – May 18, 2018

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“riverfront property – timeline of published documents and events” – April 23, 2011



Five facts – 07/11/2017

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities, People, Uncategorized on July 11, 2017 at 6:21 am

storageMORE STORAGE UNITS? – Well, the conversion of addresses in a High Density Residential (HDR) zoned district to storage units is one of the topics at an upcoming Zoning Board Hearing according to this LEGAL NOTICE.Lancaster Online

appleThe apple doesn’t fall far from the tree | “Donald Trump Jr was told of Russian efforts to help campaign – report”The Guardian

class clashReally? Cabin class clashes comments surfaceColumbia Spy

photographYep! | “A federal appeals court Friday affirmed that citizens have a First Amendment right to record on-duty police officers”Keystone Crossroads

GRATE AGAINWTH – If it’s good for business | “Trump Aides Recruited Businessmen to Devise Options for Afghanistan”The New York Times




Tonight … ABC27-TV … hear canned answers to scripted questions during a televised “town hall” open to invited guests with one of the rich old white guys who drafted the new draconian health care package

In Everyday Living, Government, Opportunities, People on July 5, 2017 at 3:18 pm

Yeah, for real … Click here.

Here’s who pays “To-Me” to do the stuff he does for to make “America great again.”

This secretively drafted document is no better or worse a scam than the one in which these folks got busted and now sit in the Lancaster County prison.


Today’s news – Tuesday, June 27, 2017

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities, People, The Susquehanna, Treasures on June 27, 2017 at 7:18 am

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

Quote for the day … “It seems like the AG is trying to find a way to punish us, the board or the students.” – Current Manheim Township School Board of Directors president crying about the possible loss of school funding as a result of the recent auditor general’s report about duplicitous, non-transparent actions on the Board’s part. [NOTE: B-w-a-a-h, the Board’s crying now because they got caught! Why was it OK when they were screwing taxpayers?!] – This is from a page one article in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster.


  • It’ll likely get worse before it gets better. Nationally, the death toll for the opioid addiction epidemic could top 650,000 in the next decade. – STATNews
  • No wonder E-town’s Chamber made a decision to cut the executive director’s compensation! | Pay cuts are needed when the Chamber of Commerce’s executive director’s compensation was “$68,391, and the organization’s overall revenue as nearly $181,000.” If it’s a one-person private entity, one thing; but totally something different when it’s a not-for-profit. – From an article in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster.

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  • Want to get sickened or pissed off? Read this piece from today’s LNP – Always Lancaster. The writer, a former Armstrong president writes: “We acknowledge that there are crooks in the business world, along with top-level executives who don’t give a hoot about the people who make their companies run. Some executives are paid outrageous salaries and bonuses just for showing up without making big mistakes.”

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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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Today’s news … Saturday, June 24, 2017

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opinions, Opportunities on June 24, 2017 at 8:00 am


This is known: There is the 36th annual Antique, Art & Craft Show in Downtown Columbia and it will be held either from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm or from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm on June 28. To be safe, visitors may want to plan from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm – TODAY!.

The point: Communications continues to be not a strong point in Columbia. Repeatedly, there’ve been studies completed, consultants retained and other initiatives begun – all promised a strengthened communications goal to provide citizens and visitors with consistent, accurate information. Yet it never seems to happen!

The Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce tells everyone the event will be from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm

Columbia Borough’s Website (gulp) still displays the 2014 Craft Show and nothing about the 2017 event!

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And should the borough have a facebook page? Well, duh … yeah!

Ther ought to be a definitive, dependable, reliable, timely place for citizens and visitors to find current information. Weather uncertainty is on some peoples’ minds.

Here’s a post and string from a local facebook page:

movie still on

Here’s the latest “Movies Under the Stars facebook” post (from a week ago):

movies under the stars

O-o-p-s, the first post at the Movies Under the Stars facebook page is the above, but scrolling down is this:

“FINALUPDATE – Due to a severe thunderstorm warning for tonight, along with too breezy conditions for the screen, the movie is cancelled. We won’t be “Sing!”-ing tonight:( Stay tuned for info on the new date.

Again, our point is, in this speed-driven world of viral notification, the Borough might be the single “go-to” source for information. Citizens and visitors are accustomed to instancy of information access. The Borough’s public information officer, whomever that is, ought to be the centralized information resource.

While the Columbia Public Library does a great job disseminating its offerings, we can find no link to the Library from the Borough Website. But this is happening today.

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If it’s good for the goose …

In Government, Opinions, Uncategorized on June 23, 2017 at 2:36 pm

So, there’s “Regular Session 2017-2018 – House Bill 1495” in which the “elected public servants” in Harrisburg want to micro-manage education.


The bill would “end the mandate that forces local school boards to furlough teachers based on seniority and allow schools to base those decisions on performance evaluations. Reinstatement would also be based on performance, instead of seniority.

“Under current law, school boards must eliminate entire education programs – and the educators who are part of them – during times of economic challenges. This may force good teachers with excellent performance out of the classroom.” – according to one state legislator’s newsletter.

While this may may make sense, why can’t we have similar legislation to get rid of low-performing, tenured “elected public servants?” And school administrators?


Today’s news (part II) … Tuesday, June 13, 2017

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opportunities, People on June 13, 2017 at 6:44 am

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

Quote for today … “You (the United States) and your agents are the source of instability in the Middle East…who created Islamic State? America … America’s claim of fighting against Islamic State is a lie.”Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in this Reuters news article.

A second quote …It would probably be a good idea to have a gps type bracelet or built into watch gadget so that missing dementia folks can be located fast. They have things for pets so it is not impossible.” – Comment following this Lancaster Online article about a person with “with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia” return.

  • NOTE: That technology exists | Columbia’s police department is one of many in Lancaster County which can employ Project LifeSaver technology to locate persons who go missing – often these persons have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease and related disorders or persons on the Autism spectrum.
  • LEGAL NOTICE | a “‘special exception(s) and/or variance(s)’ … with a reduction in required off street parking”Lancaster Online
  • Other agenda items discussed at last night’s council meeting included (1) speeders on Columbia’s streets; (2) no agreement on adding more stop signs on Manor Street (not to control speeding – but for pedestrian safety) and (3) a movement on the borough’s part to introduce social media into its communication plan – a work in progress as the social media protocols are being studied.

cpd facebook postsColumbia Police Department’s recent facebook page posts on the forefront of announcing community events – ahead of Columbia’s announced movement to embracing social media an integrated communications approach.

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