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Wednesday – 11/8/17

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, People on November 8, 2017 at 5:16 am

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“2 teen boys charged with gunpoint robbery in Columbia”Lancaster Online [Can’t find that info on the CrimeWatch page  … h-m-m-m! Wonder why?]

“Pa. ballot question on property taxes passed. Here’s what it means”Philly.com

Manheim Township will get its new school – in a GOP dominant area, they lose.Lancaster Online

Yesterday’s (unofficial) election returns point to a new face on the Columbia Borough Council in January: Todd Burgard garnered 469 votes.

Love it! | “Communicreation fosters loyalty.”

Wrightsville fires its police chief The York Daily Record

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Good bye, Doc. Phillies’ fans and baseball is stunned and saddened by Roy Halladay’s death. – Philly.com

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Not everyone agrees with the GOP stance that corporate taxes are too high. In a column in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster, a retired engineer from Armstrong World Industries tells what many already know: too many large American corporations pay very little in taxes.

The GOP tax boondoggle is just that. A murky plan to add more to the piles of cash of the “uber wealthy.” This Fortune Magazine article is on target: “Why 70% Of Companies Paid Zero In Corporate Taxes: They Had Zero Profits.”

Columbia’s median household income is $41,799 according to the United States Census Bureau – half of Columbia’s households are below that number and half are above. Want to see how the new tax bill will apply to you, have at it read the 429 page bill here?



Yesterday’s election results [without write-in tabulations]

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, People on November 8, 2017 at 4:43 am

So, Election Day 2017 is over. Here are the results according to the Lancaster County Board of Elections. With this posted caveat:

“The County Board of Elections will begin to reconcile write-in votes at the official Count and Canvass which reconvenes at 9:00 a.m. on the Monday after the election. We will post each day’s work after 3:30 p.m. each business day. Usually the process of reconciling write-in votes is completed in 4-5 business days.

“Any/all results are unofficial until certified by the Lancaster County Board of Elections.

“The members of the Lancaster County Board of Elections and the employees of the Registration and Elections Office waive all responsibility for the accuracy of the election results posted until certification is made.”

Columbia Borough Government

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Columbia Borough School District Board of Directors

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Here’s the a slice of the best map of Columbia’s wards we could locate in a quick search.

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Did you vote today?

In Everyday Living, Government, Opinions, Opportunities on November 7, 2017 at 3:03 pm

There’s still time for you to get to the polling place and vote!

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The polls close at 8:00 pm.


Why are these sycophants smiling? (Or are they gloating?)

In Everyday Living, Government, Opinions on November 7, 2017 at 7:11 am

smiling aholesHouse Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) and other Republicans unveil the GOP tax bill last week. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)”

“At Monday’s markup, Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-Wash.) quizzed a tax expert on this corporate exceptionalism:

“‘Will a teacher in my district who buys pens, pencils and paper for his students be able to deduct these costs from his tax returns under this plan?’ He will not.

“‘Will a corporation that buys pens, pencils and papers for its workers be able to deduct those costs from its tax returns?’ It will.

“‘Will a firefighter in my district be able to deduct the state and local sales taxes that she pays from her tax return?’ She will not.

“‘Will a corporation be able to deduct sales taxes on business purchases?’ It will.”

And so it goes according to this opinion column in The Washington Post: “Welcome to the new gilded age”

Tuesday – 11/7/17 | Election Day

In Everyday Living, Government, History and Heritage, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities, People on November 7, 2017 at 6:08 am



A facebook post: “This is my last post about November 7 2017 I am running for mayor of Columbia Borough, Borough Council and School Board . If you want a change in office do a write in vote for Joe Waid. I will work with the people not against them.Thank You and God Bless” – Joe Waid

[NOTE: In another post, “Joe Waid If you vote do a write in for me i also running for Borough Council and School Board as a write in vote. If you can get the word out for me. Thanks”

At another facebook site, another candidate for mayor, Riley Kilhefner wants your vote to toughen codes and hold landlords and homeowners accountable.

What? Again? In Wonderland, it’s the threat every year – “Must-do bills in a divided Congress could lead to shutdown”Lancaster Online

PIPELINE STOPPED FOR NOW! | Appeals Court Grants Temporary Stay on Fracked Gas Pipelinenews release

“The annual Columbia Veterans Day Banquet will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the VFW Post, 401 Manor St., Columbia. Guest speaker will be Lt. Gen. Dennis L. Benchoff. Cost of the dinner is $18/person. For more information or to make reservations, contact Kevin Kraft, 717-684-2370; or Bob Herman, 717-672-1525.” – news release

fingersWhich finger? | “Woman fired after photo of her giving Trump motorcade the finger goes viral” Penn Live

Robbery and Simple Assault – Columbia Police Department facebook and CrimeWatch pages.

Simple assault is an attempt to do a serious bodily harm to another person, or actually committing an act to put another in fear of serious bodily injury. Here is Pennsylvania’s definition.

“Veterans Day 2017: Restaurants thank veterans with free meals, deals” Penn Live

cambria “‘There’s not many white Americans left. They’re a dying breed …’ a confederate flag on a Trump poster in North Carolina. Photograph: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters”

It starts in Johnstown | “My travels in white America – a land of anxiety, division and pockets of pain” The Guardian



Saturday – 11/4/17

In Education, Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, People on November 4, 2017 at 1:56 pm

“There is no education like adversity.”Benjamin Disraeli

Kudos to the players on the Columbia football team – “The thing about the kids was that they never quit. We dealt with different situations and the young guys stepped up and the seniors led.” – Columbia head coach Bud Kyle – Lancaster Online

page onePage one news again for Columbia – LNP – Always Lancaster

The article states, “ … Strickler served on the school board for 15 years, with 10 as president.” According to an insert in the article, here’s the listing of Columbia’s superintendents since 2000: Kenneth Klawitter (1999- 2006); Barry Clippinger (2006-12); Kenneth Klawitter (interim, 2013-14); Carol Powell (2014-15); Kenneth Klawitter (acting, 2015-16); Bob Hollister (2016-present) and Tom Strickler (2018-?)

And who hires and oversees the superintendent? Scary, isn’t it?

Sunrise and sunset will be about 1 hour earlier tomorrow, November 5, 2017 than today. There will be more light in the morning. Turn your clocks BACK before turning in tonight.

Bogus Health News Is All Over Pinterest | Pins making unsubstantiated claims — like that cinnamon cures arthritis and alkaline water kills cancer — have been pinned thousands of times.” BuzzNewsFeed

“If you want easy health care access and good quality care, you probably want traditional Medicare”Just-Care

“Wish you didn’t have to pay taxes on your home? Pa. ballot question could lead to change” The Inquirer, Philadelphia

Election day is Tuesday! If you are happy with the way things are – don’t vote or vote for those who are incumbents.

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If you’re not, vote differently.

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“Some PPL customer bills heading down, others up”The Morning Call

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monday preschooltimetalkTo print, share and enlarge the above graphic, click on the image or here to download as a .pdf file.

Friday – 11/3/17

In Education, Everyday Living, Government, History and Heritage, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities, People on November 3, 2017 at 5:51 am

Schopf,+AArt Schoff – longtime educator, Columbia historian and horse aficionado dies.

In the case of Manheim Township’s School District’s board of directors’ attempts to flummox its citizens there’s considerable open debate NOW AFTER THE FACT. Manheim Township’s citizens have been bamboozled by a school board that has acted in the shadows and appears not to know the meaning of the word “transparency.” A majority of the letters-to-the-editors in LNP – Always Lancaster the past several days attest to that.

Last night citizens in Columbia learned what many suspected: in the rush to install a new superintendent at the Columbia School District Board of Directors’ Committee of the Whole meeting, no position vacancy had been posted or announced and no search for candidates with the requisite Knowledge, Skills and Abilities.

  • Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) – The attributes required to perform a job and are generally demonstrated through qualifying service, education, or training.
  • Knowledge – Is a body of information applied directly to the performance of a function.
  • Skill – Is an observable competence to perform a learned psychomotor act.
  • Ability – Is competence to perform an observable behavior or a behavior that results in an observable product. – WikiPedia

From an article at Lancaster Online: “When the agenda item to hire Strickler was first addressed, Hohenadel, in a surprise move, made a motion to table the agenda item until the December school board meeting. She then read a seven-minute litany of her concerns for hiring Strickler that appeared to span more than five years.”



sheriff salesThe listing for the Lancaster County Sale listing for November 29 is fairly large and includes several Columbia properties.

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Click here to see a sample ballot of next Tuesday’s election – know who and what are on the ballot to make your informed selections.

Posted at the Borough Website: Please note the Borough Office will be closed Tuesday, November 7, 2017, in observance of General Election Day.

From the Columbia Borough Council Legislation Committee meeting minutes for October (now posted at the Borough Website): “Amendment to Chapter 40 authorizing appointment of an Assistant Borough Manager:  The current Columbia Borough Code does not mention this position.  Motion made by Wickenheiser, second by Murphy to request Council at the November 13 meeting to authorize the advertising of this ordinance.”

School Board directors approve new superintendent

In Education, Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, People, Uncategorized on November 2, 2017 at 9:04 pm

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And it did this evening at the Columbia Borough School Board of Directors’ council of the whole meeting.

Columbia Borough School District’s Board of Directors voted in a split decision to “approve the hiring of Thomas Strickler as District Superintendent effective January 1, 2018 with a three (3) year Contract at a salary of $102,100.00, subject to compliance with all PDE Requirements, and conditioned upon execution of a written Contract approved by the District Solicitor.”

Columbia Spy posted a video of the vote as it was being taken to its facebook page.

Directors Leader, Hohenadel and Geesey voted no; the remaining directors cast yes votes.


Thursday – 11/2/17

In Education, Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities, People on November 2, 2017 at 6:22 am


An “endorsement article?” – from today’s LNP – Always Lancaster

tainted candyTainted candy from this facebook post: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10155682128188930&set=a.10151746173698930.1073741846.692223929&type=3&theater&ifg=1

A Lancaster Online article about the candy report.

Today at Spooky Nook Sports

“Landlords less opposed to Lancaster’s revised lead ordinance proposal, but questions remain”Lancaster Online

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Wednesday – 11/1/17

In Education, Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities on November 1, 2017 at 6:09 am

Yep, this item is on the Columbia Borough School District’s Committee Meeting of the Whole agenda for tomorrow night’s meeting: “A motion is requested to approve the hiring of Thomas Strickler as District Superintendent effective January 1, 2018 with a three (3) year Contract at a salary of $102.100.00, subject to compliance with all PDE Requirements, and conditioned upon execution of a written Contract approved by the District Solicitor.” 

NOTE: THE MEETING BEGINS AT 6:00 PM at the District Administration Center, 200 N. Fifth Street, Columbia, PA 17512

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Why do police departments spread untruths about “drug-laced” trick or treat candy? It’s an anti-marijuana thing as “Moral panic of this kind bubbles up every year in mid-October, and the legalization of marijuana across the country – which can take the form of edibles that resemble brownies, cookies, or candy – has added a new flavor to that familiar witches’ brew.” – The Free Thought Project.

Go to jail, Barbara Hafer, DO NOT COLLECT $200 – SHAME AIN’T GONNA’ CUT IT!PennLive

Tax notice avalanche hits small businesses | Tax professionals worry about inconsistencies, delays in response process”Central Penn Business Journal

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Stolen bikes, stolen property, disgust with the school administration; roving throngs of kids breaking into vehicles, damaging property; inconsistency of codes application; trash accumulation and concerns for personal safety are concerning residents in posts and comments at these facebook pages:

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