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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

Invitation and information

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opinions, Uncategorized on September 9, 2017 at 6:18 am

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Friday – 9/8/17

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opportunities on September 8, 2017 at 5:48 am


In the news, “broad-brush” headline confuses Columbia address with
West Hempfield location|
“21-year-old Columbia man charged with sexually assaulting sleeping 15-year-old girl” Lancaster Online


From today’s POLICE LOG in LNP – Always Lancaster | “RAPHO TWP.: Dedrick D. Smith, 23, of North 3rd Street, Columbia, was charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia after a traffic stop Aug. 25 at Kinderhook and Habecker roads, police said.

sheriff salesIn the classifieds of the daily “hold-it-in-your-hands” newspaper and online here.

Care screening - MTPL

More details here

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very interestingSome “very interesting comments” at the meeting minutes for the 8-15-17 Property Committee Meeting Minutes include: “The police are investigating” and “Surveillance cameras in the area are being used to provide information about how this happened and by whom.”

Does the public ever see the results of theses comments? Why?

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.

From the Community Development Committee: Nothing? No meeting minutes are posted.

Look for the preliminary Meeting Minutes for the Monday night meeting of the Columbia Borough Council; they should be posted today.

Dastardly deed denizen – one down

In Government, In Columbia, People on September 7, 2017 at 10:18 pm


CBPD report

SOURCE: Columbia Borough Police Department facebook page

A Lancaster Online report: “2 charged with violent assault of 62-year-old man in Columbia; 1 suspect at large”

WGAL-TV8‘s report: “Columbia Police search for man wanted for violent attack”

WHTM Channel 27‘s report: “One arrested, one wanted for assault of man who complained about noise”

WHP Channel 21‘s report: “Police: Man wanted in regards to assault of 62-year-old Columbia resident”

PennLive‘s report: “Suspect sought in ‘violent’ assault that left victim with facial fractures, injured spleen”



Thursday – 9/7/17

In Everyday Living, Government, History and Heritage, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions on September 7, 2017 at 6:10 am

borough communicationsCommunication about happenings in Columbia is possible!

Lititz Borough’s Police Department’s facebook posts are garnering lots of eyes, minds & hearts | “Lititz Police post light-hearted response after red balloons tied to storm grates reference Stephen King’s ‘It’”Lancaster Online

Don’t worry no clowns here in Lititz just 5 teenage girls having fun!FOX43-TV

ElectoralCollege2016The Electoral College consists of 538 electors. A majority of 270 electoral votes is required to elect the President. Your state’s entitled allotment of electors equals the number of members in its Congressional delegation: one for each member in the House of Representatives plus two for your Senators.” – WikiPediA

“Is the Electoral College Doomed? | There’s a campaign to kill off the antique institution, and it’s further along than you think.”The Atlantic

bffNew BFF’s | POTUS’s “new best friends in Congress are Nancy and Chuck.”The Atlantic

TRUTHBREAKING: POTUS “Says Something That’s Actually True – Hurricane Irma Will Be ‘Not Good’”News Corpse

sheriff candidateLancaster Independent Press (LIP News) makes a statement about the financial strife of Christopher R. Leppler. | Leppler is the Republican Committee’s “nominee on this November’s local election ballot to replace ousted Sheriff Mark Reese,” according to an article in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster.

MUNICIPAL BRIEFSLNP – Always Lancaster (today)

In Lititz, “Borough Council unanimously approved zoning amendments that provide potential to expand the central business district … to entice developers to build homes for a range of incomes …”

Borough leaders felt that more could be done to ensure Lititz remains an appealing place to live, work, shop and play.

But one resident worried, ““I don’t want Lititz to change. It scares the heck out of me.”

newspaper demos“Around half of newspaper readers rely only on print edition”Pew Research Center Content in letters-to-the editors in newspapers largely reflect traditional, from-another-era ideologies and myths, it seems to us.

grandparents-dayNational Grandparents Day 2017: Sept. 10 – In 1970, Marian McQuade initiated a campaign to establish a day to honor grandparents. In 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed a federal proclamation, declaring the first Sunday after Labor Day as National Grandparents Day. To honor our nation’s grandparents, the U.S. Census Bureau presents statistics about their role in American society as caregivers of their grandchildren.

Grandparents as Caregivers:

7.3 million | The number of grandparents whose grandchildren under age 18 were living with them in 2015.

2.6 million | The number of grandparents responsible for the basic needs of one or more grandchild under age 18 living with them in 2015. Of these caregivers, 1.6 million were grandmothers and 1.0 million were grandfathers.

509,922 | The number of grandparents responsible for grandchildren under age 18 whose income was below the poverty level in the past 12 months, compared with the 2.1 million grandparent caregivers whose income was at or above the poverty level.

642,852 | The number of grandparents who had a disability and were responsible for their grandchildren.


Saturday – 9/2/17

In Everyday Living, Government, History and Heritage, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities, Uncategorized on September 2, 2017 at 6:05 am

nawccA Columbia Gem | “Good Things Come in Threes at the NAWCC”

reassessmentAn article in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster states: “Appeal rates were highest in Columbia and the School District of Lancaster.” According to the article, John Mavrides, director of the county Property Assessment Office, Columbia has “a lot of variation among nearby properties: fixed-up houses next to blighted ones, high and low sales in the same block. That makes assessment more difficult, and a particular property’s qualitative conditions might not be known unless an appeal is filed.”

footballWeek one – a 21-12 loss on the hill.

whats happeningFind out what’s happening (and what happened) in Columbia!

preparednessSeptember is National Preparedness Month. Make a plan to be safe when those “events that are never gonna’ happen” happen.

mechanicWhat’s an auto mechanic going to do as internal combustion vehicles begin to disappear and “electric cars bring less work?”MarketPlace



mayor quoteFrom a SCHOOL BRIEFS item in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster.

potus dayNewsCorpse: POTUS Breaks the Ninth Commandment as He Signs Declaration For a Day of Prayer

The Presidential Proclamation

dollars warDoes not matter how many civilians – mostly the most vulnerable – women, children, the elderly, those with disabilities – are killed and maimed, “‘Syria is our new testing ground,’ says Russia military”Veterans Today


disinformatrionWhat would you do if we asked you to write something that wasn’t true? | Politico Magazine‘s article, My Life at a Russian Propaganda Network: I thought they’d let me be a real journalist at Sputnik news. I was wrong.” takes a look at the business of “fake news.”

cabinsMove ’em out! | “Cabins on Susquehanna River still expected to be shut down”Penn Live

Friday – 9/1/917

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, People on September 1, 2017 at 6:26 am

PALTRYSports and Hollywood celebrities stepped up to make contributions to help the folks in Houston and Southeast Texas. But the billionaires are skimpy by comparison. Looking at estimated income comparison, we estimate our own contributions are 20 greater (by percentage) than some billionaires.

But then, a dozen or so years ago, a fire chief friend in Chicago told me that on Fill the Boot day, folks who drive Chevys and Fords are far more likely to stop and donate than those driving the so-called luxury brands.

dung“You’re _ _ _ _ _ ing me! “Group points finger at Lancaster County for ‘disproportionate’ manure pollution of Chesapeake Bay”Lancaster Online

Wells Fargo branch is seen in the Chicago suburb of Evanston Illinois

Exactly how bad is Wells Fargo? | Wells Fargo Boosts Fake-Account Estimate 67% to 3.5 Million”Bloomberg


The Pennsylvania Dutch are known to mutter their version of “that wonders me” when they’re ferhoodled (confused or perplexed) about something. We’re ferhoodled as to why LEGAL NOTICES ARE NOT LISTED AT THE BOROUGH WEBSITE. The legal notice is posted ”””””””””””””””””’

Thursday, the last day of August! – 8-31-17

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, People on August 31, 2017 at 5:27 am

virusSchool is in session and … “What’s Going Around: The stomach bug is spreading, virus causing sore throat for weeks.ABC27-TV


The Lancaster County Office of Aging is offering a free ongoing strength training program for individuals 60 and older. Geri-Fit is an evidence-based health promotion program for older adults that helps rebuild strength that has been lost through the aging process. This is a progressive resistance exercise program that will allow participants to advance from using lighter to heavier dumbbells. In addition to gaining strength,
participants will also see an improvement in balance and functional capacity.

Participants will perform exercises using dumbbells, weights and resistance bands (which will be provided). Bring water. The Geri-Fit program will be held Wednesday at  the Columbia Senior Center, 510 Walnut St., Columbia. Information or to enroll: contact Derek Bendetti at Lancaster County Office of Aging, 717-299-7979.

draft screening info sheet 8-31

“Why this Philly-produced documentary may be the most important film you see this year”Philly.com [NOTE: You can see the film for FREE tonight in Lancaster.

see the lightHarrisburg “sees the light!” | “No more ‘mayors for life’? Harrisburg mulls term limits”Penn Live

LeadPaint_iStock-thumb-508xauto-24093“Lead-based paint is one of the leading causes of lead exposure among children. (Photo by AP)”

“Wolf admin calls for universal lead testing of children”WITF

laborUnhappy Labor Day | “Labor Leader Sees A White House Of ‘Racists’ and ‘Wall Streeters'”NPR

Everything’s for sale for POTUS | It’s all about the money!NPR

reallyReally? … POTUS speak: “huge tax cuts — “the biggest ever,” he said — to corporations and their shareholders.” But what’s that mean for citizens? Not much! – The New York Times

eye of needleThere’s a special place for these folks. | “And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.” | “The Cheap Prosperity Gospel of Trump and Osteen” – Opinion column,  The New York Times


Wednesday – 8/30/17

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities on August 30, 2017 at 5:19 am

3-dLearn about 3-D printing.

harvey giving“Where to Donate to Harvey Victims (and How to Avoid Scams)” The New York Times

shameWhy? “Best Buy employees sell cases of water for $49 in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey amid fury at price gouging”The Daily Mail

Yesterday the company backpedaledTMZ

“Memo to economists defending price gouging in a disaster: It’s still wrong, morally and economically.” The Los Angeles Times

confidence“The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index®, which had increased in July, improved further in August.Consumer Confidence Board


FASTER“Faster Comcast internet speeds available Wednesday in Central Pa.”Central Penn Business Journal … But Columbia’s not on the list of places served.

speedtestOur SPEEDTEST result at 5:00 this morning. Our Internet charge: Performance Internet 08/09 – 09/08 $61.95 (part of the $92.69 stripped-down cable package).

“Despite the competition and the claims, the average speeds in the US are not even close to the averages seen in many other nations. We typically fall well behind around 120 nations. Plus, just because a big-name ISP or even a tiny local provider says you’re getting a certain level of throughput, can you be sure you’re getting what you pay for? – PC Magazine

Tuesday – 8/29/17

In Everyday Living, Government, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities, People on August 29, 2017 at 5:40 am

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vietnam veterans

applauseTrump Cabinet member’s daughter rips transgender ban | Jennifer Detlefsen, U.S. Navy veteran, posted: ‘This man is a disgrace. I’ve tried to keep politics out of my social media feed as much as possible, but this is inexcusable. This veteran says sit down and shut the f–k up, you know-nothing, never-served piece of s–t.’” – The Hill

fugateFormer Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and former emergency responder, Craig Fugate, said “When you step back and look at most disasters, you talk about first responders—lights and sirens—that’s bullshit. The first responders are the neighbors, bystanders, the people that are willing to act.”

Why Ordinary Citizens Are Acting as First Responders in Houston |It’s not necessarily a sign that government has failed—in a disaster as large as Harvey, authorities turn to volunteers like the Cajun Navy by design.” – The Atlantic

“Hurricane Harvey, and Public and Private Disaster in Houston”The New Yorker


“Here’s how you can help Texas residents affected by Harvey”The Washington Post

drainBeen there – done that. Read this 2016 article, “How a ‘Monster’ Hurricane Could Swamp Houston and Sink America.”RouteFifty

Hell and High Water – Houston is the fourth-largest city in the country. It’s home to the nation’s largest refining and petrochemical complex, where billions of gallons of oil and dangerous chemicals are stored. And it’s a sitting duck for the next big hurricane. Learn why Texas isn’t ready.” – Another 2016 report,  ProPublica in collaboration with The Texas Tribune

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

hispanic-school“More Than 77 Million People Enrolled in U.S. Schools, Census Bureau Reports”news release

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GRATE AGAIN“Trump Reinstates Program to Turn Police into the Standing Army Our Forefathers Warned Us About”The Free Thought Project

irrelevent” … they do not grasp their essential irrelevance. They think they are special.”Vanity Fair

adolf-hitler-390796_960_720The Worst People | The POTUS promised he’d surround himself with only ‘the best people,’ but instead he’s helping Joe Arpaio and neo-Nazis.” The American Prospect