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CHiPS president, Chris Vera, spotlights Columbia at 50 plus EXPO

In Education, Everyday Living, In Columbia, People, Uncategorized on September 22, 2016 at 7:49 am


Columbia Historic Preservation Society (CHiPS) president, Chris Vera, was a featured presenter at yesterday’s 50 plus EXPO at Spooky Nook yesterday.

His presentation, “Building a Historic Foundation in Columbia,” was listed in the program this way:

Founded as Wright’s Ferry in 1726 and in 1788 as Columbia, the town was named after Christopher Columbus in the hopes of being our nation’s capital. The Quakers of Columbia not only set precedence in equality, freeing many fugitive slaves, but also revitalized industry and transportation for the betterment of Lancaster County. Join Christopher to learn about this historic town and play along with trivia during his presentation!”

Chris also staffed an exhibit table at the event which attracted over a thousand persons to visit with exhibitors, receive free health screenings, and attend seminars and entertainment events.

50 Plus EXPOs are produced by On-line Publishers, Inc., 3912 Abel Drive • Columbia, PA 17512

Facebook page for Columbia Historic Preservation Society.

Facebook page for 50Plus EXPOS.

facts – opinions – rumors

In Education, Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities, People, Uncategorized on September 16, 2016 at 8:15 pm

FACT – Columbia’s football is postponed | “Columbia football game evacuated, postponed due to safety concerns” Lancaster Online

FACT – This is on the school district Website | IMPORTANT MESSAGE 9/16/2016 FRIDAY NIGHT:

FACT & OPINION – Outstanding communication, Columbia Borough School District: “We have been informed that the student who made the threat is in custody of the Columbia Borough Police Department and the investigation is ongoing.” An 8:03 pm Update.

FACT & OPINION – Exceptional “on the fly” addition of the emergency communication on the home/splash page, too.

FACT – There is nothing at the Columbia Police Department Website nor the borough Website about the incident.

FACT – This is posted (at 8:23 pm) at the “You know you’re from Columbia PA if…” facebook page | “The CHS School Resource Officer just called me. The situation is OVER! All participents (sic) are accounted for!!! Please REPOST!  He also mentioned that the Church at 7th and Walnut is inviting all KIDS to stop by for the next hour or 2 to have snacks and dance to some music at the church. Thank you Officer Engle, WE ALL appreciate you reaching out!!

RUMOR – Without specific official notification and communication, we heard this rumor while at the Market House a half hour ago or so (just fefore 8:00 pm) | The football game has been canceled because of a bomb threat.

FACT – More distressing news from the Diocese | “Grand jury investigating sex abuse in Harrisburg DioceseFOX43-TV

FACT & OPINION – Walked down to Venues to see how the Teen Junction event is going; met and spoke with the general manager and one of the parents. Everyone there was well-dressed and having a good time dancing and socializing. Oh, yeah, the parent is a US ARMY veteran injured in the middle east. Saw no evidence of “thuggery.”


FACT – Received this e-blast from the Borough: “UPCOMING EVENTS – The Columbia Mardi Gras (Halloween) Parade will be held on Thursday, October 27, 2016 beginning at 7:00pm. –  Trick-or-treat in Columbia Borough will be held on Monday, October 31, 2016 from 6pm-8pm

FACT – Received this e-blast, too, from the Borough: “Join your friends for a free Movie under the Stars -(Sponsored by Columbia Parks and Rec Commission) –Movie: Goonies (Rated PG – Language) – Date: Saturday, September 17th ( Raindate: Sunday, September 18th) – Location: River Park -Showtime: Dusk – around 8:00 pm – ** Hot popcorn provided: bring your own picnic, snacks, drinks** – A fun evening for all.

FACT: Received this email from the executive director of the Coolumbia Public Library | “(Tomorrow’s Knitting Class is CANCELLED due to a death in the instructor’s family. It is rescheduled for OCTOBER 15 from 1 to 3:30.”


Columbia Borough School District’s Bullying / Cyberbullying Policy

In Education, Everyday Living, In Columbia, Lists, Opportunities on September 16, 2016 at 1:41 pm

bullying-policy-page-oneClick on the graphic above to download the complete three-page BULLYING / CYBERBULLYING policy.

“The Code of Student Conduct, which shall contain this policy, shall be disseminated annually to students.”


“This policy shall be accessible in every classroom. The policy shall be posted in a prominent location within each school building and on the district web site, if available.”


“Each student shall be responsible to respect the rights of others and to ensure a atmosphere free from bullying.”

Other headlines:

“Parents voice concerns over bullying at Lancaster Co. high school”CBS21-TV

“We need VOLUNTEERS. From around 230 to 330 ISH to walk with the students after school – We want To have a community show of unitity – Against BULLYING . is a war zone for some of our students .  It needs to end?. – a facebook post – What’s Happening in Columbia,Pa. and Area


Agenda – Council meeting, September 12, 2016

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Uncategorized on September 12, 2016 at 9:42 pm



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.

mark your calendars for these events at the Library

In Education, Everyday Living, In Columbia, Opportunities, People, Uncategorized on August 4, 2016 at 4:54 am



9 north museum

10 - tie dye

11 - ladybug

Meanwhile … on this day

In Everyday Living, In Columbia, Opportunities, People, Uncategorized on July 29, 2016 at 8:13 am

This is posted at What’s Happening in Columbia,Pa. and Area” facebook page: “So yesterday some guy knocked on my door my son (18) answered and he told my son that my landlord had sent him to check a gas leak (which we don’t have) my son told him my parents didn’t say anything about anyone coming to check anything and he insisted when will we be home my son replied don’t know, double checked with my landlord just in case and he said no he’s not aware of any leaks, so last night around 2:30-3:00 am my dogs start barking up a storm like they never have so it was so loud that they woke my son up he came downstairs to check and the kitchen door was pushed like some one try to open it and today at like around 8pm the dogs started barking again when my son went to check a guy was peeking in the window and then ran. So just wanted to make everyone aware of what’s going on I live on 3rd st. Police have been aware of the situation.
Just want to let anyone know that has to do with these attempts to break into my house they will get a BIG!! surprise. So everyone please be aware and make sure all your doors are locked at all times.” Several commenters, follow that post.


Received this news item from Partners in Thyme:

partners in thyme

“The Partners in Thyme “ Herb Club of Northern Baltimore and Southern York County enjoyed a Quality Thyme trip to the Lancaster Farmacy in Lancaster County. This fantastic 5 acre herb farm is Lancaster County’s  best kept secret for an exciting tour of fantastic herbs, for both enhancing your culinary cooking skills and learning old traditions of healing herbs found only in text books and specialty stores. Folks, Here it is, in our own “BACK YARD” servicing York and Lancaster county.

This very specialized farm also offers courses and materials on over 30 medicinal herbs that folks are rediscovering. The farm is operated by a very charming couple who are diversed in all the herbs and quality foods for good health. “ Go meet” Elisabeth Weaver and Casey Spacht and reclaim your health care, nourish your body, and learn about the herbs that have been around for centuries.

“The Partners in Thyme”  herb club meets the first Friday of each month from September through June at the Glenview Alliance Church, 10037 Susquehanna Trail, Glen Rock, Pa. We offer programs, workshops and special trips.


Get ready for an incredible week, no make that, month, at the Columbia Public Library:

1 - neighborhoods


1- juggler


2 - national night out


2 - nno 2


3 - alaska


3 - spencer

Snippets on a Fourth Friday

In Everyday Living, In Columbia, Opportunities, Uncategorized on June 24, 2016 at 6:26 am

A sign of times to come – Great Britain leaves the EU | will try to go it alone.The New York Times

Eight reasons why it happenedBBC news

“We have to look at the things that matter in people’s everyday lives, perhaps where there have been ambiguities, where there’s been arrogance and where people have felt it’s been an elite project… ” – Swedish Minister Ann Linde in this article, “What is the rest of Europe saying as Brexit storms to victory?”The Express, London

“Presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump called the Brexit “a great thing.” – from this article – How Brexit will hit America” at The Conversation

ultra-thin-solar.0 Solar cells, wrapped around a glass panel about 1 mm thick. – AIP

“Solar panels have gotten thinner than a human hair. Soon they’ll be everywhere.”Vox.com

sheriff sales

Sheriff’s Sales Listing – July 27, 2016

“50 Million Americans live with disabilities – so why ignore their vote” 


Stars and stripes on gun

“Congressional Democrats Sit Down, Republicans Stand Up, On Gun Control” The Adobo Chronicles

So, we’re talking with a few F&M students last night at an event. When we asked them if they’d ever read or seen videos about the 1968 Democratic Convention, there were blank stares. Does history repeat?

taxes due

Your invitation …


“Please join us for our SCCA Invitational, Friday, June 24 from 5-9 p.m. at 224 Locust Street, Columbia, PA. Please see the attached poster and  original art, “Road Haus” by Richard Huck.
“The show is curated by Milt Friedly and Robert Troxell and features many local talents including Dan Burns, Jim Gallagher, Carol Galligan, Claire Giblin, Claire Lavin and Richard Huck. In addition we have included some of the area’s young emerging talent: Pottery by Rebecca Ast; Paintings by Kristy Huesken and Meghan Kreider; and sculptor Tom Yurkovic.
“We will have printmaking by Milt Friedly (Most of Milt’s work will be removed for a show at the North Museum.), Robert Troxell and Shawn Williams. Pottery by Milt Friedly, Jim Lard and Robert Troxell.
“Stamped fine art by Tennesee  artist Carl Gombert. And a special floor installation by James Fuhrman.
“Thanks and we hope to see you Friday.
“Susquehanna Center for the Creative Arts
224 Locust Street
Columbia, PA 17512
SOURCE: news release
mayfly festival

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.