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Friday – 09/22/17

In Everyday Living, Government, History and Heritage, In Columbia, Lists, Opportunities on September 22, 2017 at 8:07 am

9-22 legalHere’s a sad story. This LEGAL NOTICE appears in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster. Unless you buy the newspaper and read the little innocuous legal notices in the classified section (or see this post), you are in the dark. Columbia Borough has the luxury of communicating with its shareholders at its Website but does not!

museum dayTomorrow is “museum day live!” | “Museum Day Live! is an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine. Participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide FREE entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket.”

Guess which museums in Columbia are part of the celebration? And in Wrightsville?

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Goodbye, Summer of 2017, but this is the first day of fall and “Pa. expected to have great foliage this fall”WITF| find how where and when here.

millersvilleAlt-right flyers at Millersville University, Elizabethtown College and other Pennsylvania campuses.Keystone Crossroads

In this photo illustration, a Facebook logo on a computer screen is seen through a magnifying glass held by a woman in BernFacebook: a powerful medium for the right reasons: “Dad of bullied son takes to Facebook, pleads with parents to teach compassion, love”Penn Live


Monday’s messages – 9/18/17

In Everyday Living, Government, History and Heritage, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities, The Susquehanna on September 18, 2017 at 6:29 am

exclamation-point-507768_960_720Truth in labeling! The owner of Aberrant Investments LLC is on the agenda at the Historical Architectural Review Board of the Borough of Columbia at it’s Wednesday evening meeting according to an item in the Government Calendar in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster.

Several county school districts have their board of directors meeting agendas summarized in the Government Calendar, too. Columbia’s is not one of them. That agenda for Thursday night’s board meeting should, though, be posted at the Website soon.

The unattended Columbia Borough School District splash page though remains out-of-date as it proclaims: “SCHOOL CLOSED September 1 and September 4, 2017″ (Fixed; thanks!)

Another letter writer claims: “The Washington Post titled ‘School quality has mighty influence on neighborhood choice, home values,’ the president of Homes.com, David Mele, is quoted as saying that ‘we know there’s a direct correlation between school quality and home values that’s pretty dramatic.’

market chatterThe above post from the facebook page, What’s Happening in Columbia,Pa. and Area – Part 1, begins a string that includes the above screen print. There’s nothing at the Columbia Market House Website – or its facebook page – about this, but it may be a discussion topic at the Public Works/Property Committee meeting on September 19, 2017

pollutedA letter to the editor writer in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster asks: “Also, there are a lot of public sewer treatment plants spewing into the rivers. Who knows what else is illegally dumped into our waterways?”

Great point! Who knows how much unchecked raw sewage is directed into The River?

lawsuit“New trend among government agencies: Filing lawsuits against those seeking public records.”USNews.com

dominoesBurns’ Vietnam: the first program – It was about dominoes, as the US just coming out of Korea and World War II feared the prospect of communism and wanted to stop it everywhere. Following the French colonialism, US warriors were asked to side with the puppet regimes against a foe that wanted only to have its nation.

“Ho Chi Minh asked the Americans to honor their commitment to independence, citing the Atlantic Charter and the U.N. Charter on self-determination. However, by the end of the war, the U.S. government had begun to redirect its foreign policy from the wartime goal of the liberation of all occupied countries and colonies to the postwar anti-communist crusade, which became the Cold War.” – Vietnam Veterans Against the War

Tonight on WITF at 8:00: President Kennedy and his advisors wrestle with how deeply to get involved in South Vietnam. As the increasingly autocratic Diem regime faces a growing communist insurgency and widespread Buddhist protests, a grave political crisis unfolds.”

up-downIncomes are up. Poverty is down. And job openings have hit a record high. But if the economy is so wonderful, why are so many Americans still feeling left behind?” The New York Times

“The middle class is back — or so it seems.”The Washington Post

It still hurts when filling the gas tank on a 1992 Camry costs 20 percent more than it did just two months ago.

On Sunday – 9/17/17

In Everyday Living, Government, History and Heritage, In Columbia, Lists, People on September 17, 2017 at 6:37 am

“1020 Cloverton Drive residents read statement at last Monday’s council meeting (audio files)”

quotesThe School Briefs in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster tells the story of the two-school-dristrict shared services experiment from the other school board of directors’ meeting.

vietnammemorialLNP – Always Lancaster devoted the first nine pages of today’s Living section to vignettes from the Vietnam War. Included is a page entitled “County Residents Who Gave All” and lists Lancaster County young men who died or were killed in the War.

This source lists others but includes Columbians, Thomas Baily, Frank Douglas, Richard Engroff, John Evans, William Shultz and Raymond Thomas.


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and three of our high school acquaintances, Ray Lynn Good, from Terre Hill; Gerald Mentzer, from Bowmansville and Harold Zook, from New Holland.The above images are from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund Wall of Faces page.


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Lancaster County’s Inspections at Lancaster Online. –

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.


“Ken Burns: How Vietnam War sowed the seeds of a divided America” – The Guardian

In Everyday Living, Government, History and Heritage, Opinions on September 16, 2017 at 12:48 pm

vietnam 3“An image from the first episode of Ken Burns’ 18-hour documentary The Vietnam War, which premieres on America’s Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) on Sunday Photograph: BBC”

It’s going to hurt! Watching The Vietnam War is going to be a journey into truth because Ken Burns tries to be a truth seeker in this 10-part chronicle of an American adventure into an abyss.

There’ll be those (RWNJs) who will say Burns’ effort is blasphemous and anti-American. Among them are those who have not tried to understood the history – those who have only a minuscule understanding of the machinations of elected public servants and their relationships with “those who write the rules.”

This Guardian article is excellent reading.

Here are several more articles worth reading:

How the Pentagon tried to cure America of its ‘Vietnam syndrome’”

“Vietnam War: Who was right about what went wrong – and why it matters in Afghanistan”

How Vietnam dramatically changed our views on honor and war”

“During Vietnam War, music spoke to both sides of a divided nation”

The Psychological Effects of the Vietnam War

There were those who were passive bystanders; they neither served on either of the sides in a divided nation.

“‘For those Americans who fought in it and those who fought against it back home, as well as those who merely glimpsed it on the evening news, the Vietnam War was a decade of agony, the most divisive period since the Civil War.’

Vietnam seemed to call everything into question: the value of honor and gallantry, the qualities of cruelty and mercy, the candor of the American government and what it means to be a patriot. And those who lived through it have never been able to erase its memory, have never stopped arguing about what really happened, why everything went so badly wrong, who was to blame and whether it was all worth it.” – The Miami Herald



Monday morning – 9/11/17

In Everyday Living, Government, History and Heritage, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities, People on September 11, 2017 at 5:40 am

9-11 remembranceSOURCE: Brindle Media

WATER HIKECome to the meeting to find out the justification for the huge rate increase requests – PUC schedules Sept. 27 hearings on Columbia Water Co. rate increase request Lancaster Online

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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.

NO MINUTES.jpgNothing? No meeting minutes are posted at the borough website.

well well wellJust look and prayers are answered. The Community Development Committee Minutes finally have made it to the borough Website … just in time for tonight’s council meeting.

rooseveltThere’s an intriguing quote in an obituary in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster. 67 year-old Michael Brown, a Vietnam veteran, died of of “Agent Orange related cancer.” The obituary notice also states, “As a returning combat veteran, Michael struggled with PTSD, but found relief in following Teddy Roosevelt’s advice that ‘black care rarely stays with a rider whose pace is fast enough.’

Many dispute the attribution of quotes to famous personalities; we don’t know, but President Theodore Roosevelt has so many reasonable quotes attributed to him at Brainy Quote – take a few minutes  to read them.

We do, however, like this quote from his speech to veterans in Springfield, IL on July 4, 1903: “A man who is good enough to shed his blood for his country is good enough to be given a square deal afterwards. More than that no man is entitled, and less than that no man shall have.”

altoona blightA blighted house was taken down in Altoona. – KATE LAO SHAFFNER / WPSU File Image

“Altoona Forms Task Force To Fight City’s Blight Problems”WPSV




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

On Saturday – 8/26/2017

In Everyday Living, Government, History and Heritage, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities on August 26, 2017 at 6:19 am

recylcing winner 8-21.jpgThere’s a winner every week!



It’s, well, like having an elephant. Did you know about the baby elephant at the Pittsburgh Zoo? Here’s the Zoo’s daily Blog about her.

It’s great to have regular, ongoing communication!

255 no thirdWhat’s the latest news on the property at 255 North Third Street? Remember the property that “The Columbia Housing Steering Committee is working with the Lancaster Housing Opportunity Partnership to provide affordable housing in the Historic North End.”

Last facebook update? Almost a year ago.

Last Website update? October, 2014.

harveyPhoto Source: The Telegraph

The games those “elected public servants” play with people’s lives’ for money! “Senators that Denied Aid For Prior Hurricane Victims Are Now Begging Trump For Relief.”NewsCorpse

GRANTThe Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor is now accepting mini-grant applications from nonprofit organizations and municipalities along the 200-mile historic highway. They will be giving out a minimum of $10,000 (requiring a cash match) for projects that conserve important natural resources, celebrate cultural heritage and preservation, or create economic development through tourism.” – E-BLAST, HeritagePA

US Senator Toomey has federal grant information here.


winter weatherHere we go again. Time for those inane, and mostly useless, winter prognosticators. It’s a page one LNP – Always Lancaster item.

The Old Farmer’s Almanac shows: “Annual Weather Summary: November 2017 to October 2018 – Winter will be warmer than normal, with above-normal precipitation and below-normal snowfall. The coldest periods will be in late December, early and mid-January, and early and mid-February. The snowiest periods will be in mid- to late November, early and mid- to late January, and mid-March. April and May will be rainier and cooler than normal. Summer will be hotter and slightly rainier than normal, with the hottest periods in early June, early July, and late August. September and October will be warmer and slightly drier than normal.”

generationsDr. Terry Madonna’s column in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster is about that generation known as “The Millennials.” He concludes the column with “What’s abundantly clear, however, is that some 80 million Millennials, as did the Baby Boomers before them, are becoming the new 800-pound gorilla in the room, soon to dominate American culture, politics and economics for a very long time. And like that proverbial formidable gorilla, they will ‘sit’ wherever they choose to sit, and the rest of us will learn to like it.”

This Atlantic magazine article, “Here Is When Each Generation Begins and Ends, According to Facts |We can all agree that Millennials are the worst. But what is a Millennial? A fight between The New York Times and Slate inspired us to try and figure that out”, tries to explain the above named generations.

vietnam previewA second community showing of THE VIETNAM WAR – an abbreviated screening about the series – is scheduled for Tuesday, August 29 at Fort Indiantown Gap.



One old white guy pardons another – a little help from my friend!

Endorsement of racism?


“Right of Way Photos: Pennsylvania Residents in Path of Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline Brace for Fight Over Construction” – The Intercept

In Everyday Living, Government, History and Heritage, Opinions, Opportunities, Treasures on August 21, 2017 at 5:19 pm

pipeline“A sign demarcating Williams-owned land at the southern terminus of the planned Atlantic Sunrise natural gas pipeline near Buck, Pa., on July 17, 2017.”

“If you know where to look, you can spot them along the roadsides as you drive through the hilly farmland of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Short wooden stakes stand exactly 50 feet apart, topped with orange tape. The markers seem benign, but for many Lancaster residents, the threat they represent is anything but: These poles mark the proposed path of the Atlantic Sunrise natural gas pipeline.

“The Atlantic Sunrise project is a $3 billion expansion of natural gas giant Williams’s Transco pipeline network. Building it will require burying a 42-inch pipe under miles of Amish country, below farms and rivers, in the face of opposition from many Lancaster residents.

“Many of the pipeline’s opponents are already in open rebellion.”

Continue reading this article (and take a look at the photos) at The Intercept.


“I’ve heard this kind of talk before, but I never expected to hear it in America.”

In Everyday Living, Government, History and Heritage, Opinions, Opportunities on August 14, 2017 at 9:46 am

suckerClick here to watch this 1947 video produced by the United States War Department.

History is a wonderful teacher. This Atlantic Magazine article, “Why an Anti-Fascist Short Film Is Going Viral,” and it revisits another time with the same message that many are buying into today.

Don’t be a sucker today. Don’t be one of the ones who do not understand history.