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Legal notices

In Everyday Living, Government, Uncategorized on September 2, 2016 at 6:02 am

Two legal notices appear in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster and at Lancaster Online.

One announces the Borough’s intention to dissolve and terminate the Municipal Authority.

The other announces and invites residents to meetings concerning the 2017 Budget.

“In Pennsylvania, baby boomers see the American Dream slipping away” – The Boston Globe

In Everyday Living, Government, People, Uncategorized on September 1, 2016 at 5:58 pm

by Matt Viser | The Boston Globe

BUTLER, Pa. — Some 965 high school graduates paraded into the high school stadium, surrounded by lush green trees and proud parents and the trill of an organ playing a celebratory theme.

“For the class of 1976, the future was as bright as their golden gowns.

“One speaker told them they had ‘almost unlimited opportunities.’ Sure, it’s a cliche uttered at countless graduation speeches. But in a country celebrating its bicentennial, and in a town that seemed still in its heyday, it certainly felt that way.

“The proof was close by as the new graduates sat in the bleachers watching the sun set that Friday night: two heavy-manufacturing plants, Pullman-Standard and Armco Steel, that provided not just a steady paycheck to thousands but provided the town with an identity.

“‘The world was ours for the taking … .’”

Click here to read this Boston Globe article in its entirety.

not readyStatistical data shows that as older Americans near their retirement years, many of the them will not be prepared financially. The writing on the wall.

DEP Notification Regarding Mosquitoes / Zika Virus

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Uncategorized on August 17, 2016 at 3:10 pm


Columbia Borough just sent this e-blast:

The Department of Environmental Protection is asking residents of Lancaster County to do the following simple activities to reduce mosquito activity in their area:

  • Dispose of cans, buckets, plastic containers, ceramic pots, or similar containers that hold water.
  • Property dispose of discarded tires that can collect water. �Stagnant water is where most mosquitoes breed.
  • Drill holes in the bottom of outdoor recycling containers.
  • Have clogged roof gutters cleaned every year as the leaves from surrounding trees have a tendency to plug drains.
  • Turn over wheelbarrows and plastic wading pools when not in use and don’t let water stagnate in birdbaths.
  • Aerate ornamental pools or stock them with fish.
  • Clean and chlorinate swimming pools not in use and remove any water that may collect on pool covers.
  • Wear insect repellant during times of mosquito activity. �Aedes mosquitoes are active during daylight hours.
  • Keep doors and windows tightly closed, or ensure that screens do not have holes or tears that can allow mosquitoes to get inside the house.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Click here for the State’s Zika Virus Webpage.

Big money check in with Amish PAC

In Government on July 27, 2016 at 2:07 pm

amish pac

Mostly, it’s Ohio, but the political action committee, Amish PAC is buying billboard advertising in Lancaster County.

“Have you seen these Donald Trump billboards going up in Lancaster County?” Lancaster Online

Same faces hide behind different names | “Amish PAC was started by an alum of a pro-Carson super PAC, an ex-Amish donor to that super PAC and an employee of Gingrich Productions.”Politico.com

When corporations are allowed this kind of speech which has “big bucks” hidden backers throwing around money to buy votes, this nation’s troubles just keep getting bigger.

Also from the Politico article, we learn: “Ben King, the onetime Carson donor, was raised Amish but has since left the fold. He still lives in Lancaster County, where he runs an Amish barn-building business. He maintains ties to the community, Walters said, and is the PAC’s emissary on the ground.”


Who said … ?

In Government, History and Heritage, Uncategorized on July 24, 2016 at 10:32 am

who said

Yeah, you think? Duh?

In Government, History and Heritage, Opinions, Opportunities, Uncategorized on July 9, 2016 at 7:52 am

“serious problems in both the decisions to go to war and in the bungled occupation — planning for which, it deemed, was ‘wholly inadequate’ — that followed the ousting of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.”

That comment’s coming from some “after the fact” introspection of Great Britain’s involvement in a war that never should have been fought. This Washington Post article states how the nation “gets it now” that Saddam Hussein posed no real threat to the war-thirsty western nations.

From a Columbia news, views and reviews opinion – August, 2013

It’s just a national shame, for Great Britain and for the United States, that those in authority in the US then (and those elected public servants in Congress who cast “yes” votes) allowed the US to be suckered down the path to war.

Read the Executive summary of the Iraq inquiry.


In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opinions, Uncategorized on June 22, 2016 at 2:53 pm

good news - not

“Trustees: Meager hike in Social Security benefits next year”AP Big Story

Legislator salaries, etc., etc., etc.

no no noSo,  what are the chances the school tax rate increase next year will be 0.02%?

Food prices? Health care? Gas prices? Heating? Cable TV? Internet access?

… and in a related vein.

hogs at troughDadgumit … it’s so darn tough to back away from the trough. Even when you say you will, you won’t; just ask former Presidential hopeful (yeah, right).

That trough is so filled with money!


Music and movies this summer

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opportunities, Uncategorized on June 10, 2016 at 9:33 am

There’ll be music in the Park on Fourth Fridays at 5th and Locust this summer  … here’s Columbia Spy’s reporting on that.

And there’ll be Movies under the Stars at River Park beginning on June 17.

Showing the world – to the park or where to park

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opinions, Opportunities on June 1, 2016 at 7:42 pm

They really do a great job with befuddling folks. Imagine you’re a visitor and you see this “luxurious sign” near where you think the River Park, the trail head, the trail services building is.

park really

So is the Park to the left?

Or do you think that sign’s supposed to read,”PARKING?”

And is this borough really so bad off the sign’s the best it can do?

Heroin | a community conversation

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opportunities, Uncategorized on May 22, 2016 at 8:43 am

This announcement is posted at the Columbia Police Department’s facebook page and at the Columbia Spy’s Website. It is an important community announcement that’s intended to get the attention of everyone in the community. Come to the Community Conversation on June 7 to learn about the heroin onslaught across Pennsylvania and here.

There’s an cogent comment at the Columbia Police Department’s facebook page:

Heroin doesn’t just kill, after you get in jail and take a prescription to subdue the urge, your life is still in chaos. You will be in debt for 20 years paying off your prison fees and fines and restitution. You will live with guilt and some day you must explain it to your children. Not me personally, someone I love very much.”

This Allentown Morning Call interview with Pennsylvania’s state prison system Corrections Secretary John Wetzel contains his equally telling observations about the doubly devastating outcomes when heroin users are jailed with no treatment provisions.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says:

  • Heroin use more than doubled among young adults ages 18–25 in the past decade.
  • More than 9 in 10 people who used heroin also used at least one other drug.
  • 45% of people who used heroin were also addicted to prescription opioid painkillers.


Bayer’s pre-war heroin bottle, originally containing 5 grams of Heroin substance. – SOURCE: historytoday.com
Here’s an interesting article for more background on heroin; not just a modern societal phenomenon.