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Today’s news – Saturday, March 25, 2017

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opinions, Opportunities, People on March 25, 2017 at 7:26 am

Today’s news and information gleanings from here and there.

Quote for today … “We have three Wegmans here in the Lehigh Valley, and I’d much rather have a Stauffers.” – Tracy Campbell Roeder, of Bethlehem/ Facebook in an LNP – Always Lancaster “Other opinions: Wegman’s arrival.”

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  • Institutional trust? “Over the past five years, Penn State has taken aggressive steps to strengthen accountability and focus on the fight against child maltreatment.”  – Penn Live. (NOTE: Could be, but would any of the steps been taken in the absence of national attention and the NCAA’s sanctions?)
  • Follow up | “At the November 28, 2016 Borough Council meeting, David Nikoloff made a presentation to the Borough Council representing AIM Advisors. “The pitch resulted in Columbia’s councillors, in a 6-0 vote, (councillor Stephanie Weisser was absent from the meeting) approving an agreement to contract AIM Advisors to conduct a feasibility study about ‘adaptive reuse of the current Columbia Borough Wastewater Treatment Facility into a natural gas production facility and user endpoint facility for vehicles.’ The Borough will pay $75,800 for the conduct of the study and the delivery of a report. The report may be ready as early as March 2017.”
  • Because of the excellent and timely reporting of transactions in Borough Council committee minutes (with the exception of the Community Development committee), Nikoloff’s report is summarized in the March Public Works Committee March 21 minutes.

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Faces of addiction and overdoses

In Everyday Living, In Columbia, Opportunities on March 22, 2017 at 6:47 am

“Publicly acknowledging that a family member suffered from an addiction to drugs, or died of an overdose, has long been a taboo subject — one best kept secret among family and a few knowing friends. That is changing.”

Taylor_Wilson_0064-1600x900Leigh Ann Wilson holds a photo of her daughter, Taylor, who dreamed of becoming a librarian.

Here are two STATNews articles worth taking time to read:

Streets being cleared of snow on Wednesday

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opportunities, Uncategorized on March 14, 2017 at 6:43 pm

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Snow Emergency announced for Columbia | Snow Emergency – Snow Storm Stella

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia on March 13, 2017 at 2:15 pm

Posted at the Columbia Borough Website

March 13, 2017

SNOW EMERGENCY

A Snow Emergency will be in effect in the Borough of Columbia beginning at 10:00 PM, Monday, March 13, 2017. The Snow Emergency will remain in effect until further notice. The Snow Emergency will be to facilitate clean-up efforts in the Borough.

Vehicle travel on Borough Streets marked as “Snow Emergency Routes” shall be in accordance with the Borough’s “Snow Emergency Ordinance” except for emergency situations. No person shall operate a vehicle on any Snow Emergency Route in such a manner or in such condition as to allow or permit such vehicle to become stalled on a “Snow Emergency Route” either by reason of the fact that the driving wheels are not equipped with chains or proper tires, by the exhaustion of the fuel supply to the vehicle, or by abandonment of the vehicle.

Click here to read the announcement in full.

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“Gov. Wolf’s emergency proclamation, travel restrictions: Here’s what they entail”Penn Live

“Pitch in” – Lend a hand cleaning up the borough’s parks

In Everyday Living, In Columbia, Opportunities on March 9, 2017 at 6:33 pm

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Today’s news – Saturday, March 4, 2017

In Education, Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opinions, Opportunities, People, Uncategorized on March 4, 2017 at 6:10 am

Today’s news and information gleanings from here and there.

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Today’s quote … “Coward.” – Crowd chants as “the weasel” made a visit to Rhode Island on Thursday. – The Hill

  • Thursday night’s School District’s Board of Directors’ “committee of the whole” meeting included a contingent of Columbia Borough’s elected public servants, the borough manager and the borough’s consultant, Rebecca Denlinger. They came to encourage the school board directors on the newly enhanced L.E.R.T.A. proposal  approved by the borough earlier at the February borough council meeting.
  • Following the February meeting, Columbia news, views & reviews posted this: “During last night’s meeting borough consultant Rebecca Denlinger presented a renewed and more aggressive L.E.R.T.A. (tax abatement) scale.  The proposed scale would be for three years at 100% and two years of 50% abatement on property improvements. Adoption of the proposal requires the joint approval of the Columbia Borough School District and the Borough. This is critical because the school taxes represent the significantly higher tax burden. The borough is seeking a date for a joint borough / school district meeting.”
  • Denlinger, the mayor and Columbia Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) Executive Director, Janice Nikoloff, stressed that this beefed up by 33% LE.R.T.A. is needed to attract interested developers to invest in Columbia property. Though there’ve been on takers of the existent L.E.R.T.A., each felt that the “new L.E.R.T.A.” will generate enough interest to sway interest – particularly the interest of two properties now in discussion.
  • From the CEDC Website: “We encourage investors to review our FINANCING section for information on Columbia’s Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance (LERTA) Commercial and Residential Programs, Historic Tax Credits, and other state and local financial assistance programs.”
  • It was stated that there’s a very interested developer for the long-time vacant Hotel Columbia site in downtown’s main traffic area.
  • Citizen Frank Doutrich extolled the board of directors to get rid of the “per capita tax.” The Per Capita Tax rate for 2016-2017 is $15.00 for every resident age 18 or over. Per capita tax name and/or address corrections must be made through the Columbia Borough School District Tax Office, 200 North Fifth Street, Columbia, PA 17512.”

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  • One school district in the northeastern part of the state claimed in 2013, “One reason continuing this (the per capita tax) is the perception that the per-capita tax is at least one levy that every adult resident must pay.”

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More news | about the borough farm | about the Columbia Historic Market House

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opportunities, Uncategorized on February 27, 2017 at 7:44 pm

Due to the damage to trees caused by the severe thunderstorm last Saturday the Borough Yard Waste Facility, located at 254 Blue Lane, will be open Monday, 2/27/17 through Friday, 3/3/17 from 8:00am-5:00pm for Residents to bring yard waste to the facility. � Please note that it is your responsibility to unload your own yard waste.

SOURCE: Columbia Borough email

The Columbia Historic Market House starts off the month (March) with a class on Basket Weaving on the 5th. This is a continuation from last month for those who previously attended. Terram Olei is offering a Make & Take Essential Oils Class for Mosquito Spray, and Pet Flea & Tick spray. Cost is between $3 and $10. In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, The Columbia Historic Market House is welcoming “Fire in the Glen” on Saturday, March 12th at 11:30am. If you’re a fan or just want to listen to some good Irish/Celtic music stop in. The market house is closing out the month of March; by having their first Anime’ & Gaming Weekend. Enjoy Comi Cons or other Anime’ related characters? This event is sponsored by Moon Family Studios, who are regulars at area Comi Cons. Don’t forget the market house is open Friday, Saturday, & Sunday between 10am & 3pm. See you soon!

SOURCE: news release

Columbia and School District of Lancaster highlighted in new study on impact of personalization

In Education, Everyday Living, In Columbia on February 27, 2017 at 7:30 pm

Lancaster County Schools Experience Higher Academic Achievement with Personalized Learning

Columbia Borough School District and the School District of Lancaster were recognized in January in a new report by the Hybrid Learning Institute (HLI) on the effectiveness of personalized learning. The “2015-16 Impact Report”reviewed academic outcomes from 30 different school districts that used “hybrid” methods of instruction last year. Both districts made significant progress in improving student achievement and growth.

During 2015-16, Lancaster launched new programs in personalized learning in 15 classrooms across three city elementary schools. In the personalized classrooms, students averaged 83% higher growth on state-aligned benchmarks compared to traditional classrooms. In third-grade math, twice as many students passed their state exams. In fourth-grade math, the rate of students scoring advanced on state exams was more than three times greater. In English, personalized learners outperformed traditional learners by 124% on state exams.

At Columbia, the district implemented personalized learning in five classrooms in the middle school. During the first year of personalization, students in seventh-grade math scored “advanced” on their state exams at a rate three times higher than students in traditional classes. Students in eighth-grade English passed their state exams at a rate 11% higher. Columbia also used personalization to improve the academic program for seventh and eighth grade learning support students.

The promising results at Lancaster and Columbia are consistent with the positive outcomes achieved by other schools implementing personalized learning across the mid-Atlantic region. The “District Storyboard” report follows the release of HLI’s “2015-16 Impact Report” which documents substantial gains in academic performance by students in personalized environments:

  • Students in personalized classrooms passed their state exams at a rate 20% higher than students in traditional learning environments and achieved 98% better academic growth;
  • Personalized learners excelled in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) academics, beating traditional students by 38% in math and 10% in science, and;
  • Personalized learners scored “advanced” on state math exams (the highest level of achievement) at a rate 52% higher than traditional students.

The HLI reported positive results in all levels of schooling. More personalized learners achieved proficiency on state exams in elementary school (+15%), middle school (+31%) and high school (+20%). They also scored advanced at much greater rates, outperforming by 24% in elementary school, by 59% in middle school and by 76% in high school.

“Personalized learning combines proven teaching methods with new technologies to create an individualized educational experience for every student,” said Kevin Dellicker, founder of HLI and President of Dellicker Strategies, authors of the reports. “Personalization does not replace traditional brick-and-mortar schools, it makes them better,” said Dellicker. The educators who embraced these new strategies and enabled their students to succeed should be very proud.

Since 2011, Dellicker Strategies has helped 134 different schools plan and implement personalized learning in hybrid and blended classroom settings. The 2015-16 reports evaluated 161 blended programs impacting 13,500 students in 58 schools. The recent studies are the largest of their kind focusing on quantifiable results of personalized instruction in mainstream schools.

The complete reports may be found on the HLI website (http://www.pahli.org/results/reports) and the Dellicker Strategies website (http://www.dellicker.com/success-stories.html).

SOURCE: news release

School District: 2,165 owe per capita tax.

In Education, Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Uncategorized on February 17, 2017 at 6:24 pm

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Columbia Spy‘s posted the list of 2,169 accounts that have outstanding 2016 per capita tax bills due to the Columbia Borough School District.

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE LIST posted at Columbia Spy.

Here’s the Columbia Borough School District Per Capita Tax Information as shown at the District’s Website:

The Per Capita Tax rate for 2016-2017 is $15.00 for every resident age 18 or over. Per capita tax name and/or address corrections must be made through the Columbia Borough School District Tax Office, 200 North Fifth Street, Columbia, PA 17512.

Tax Office hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 – 11:30 a.m., 12:30 – 3:00 p.m. Phone 717-681-2600.

Make checks payable to Columbia Borough School District. Payments should be mailed to PO Box 206, Columbia, PA 17512-0206. Payments may also be made in person at Union Community Bank, 921 Lancaster Avenue, Columbia, or the District Tax Office.

All payments must be accompanied by the payment stub of the tax notice to assure proper credit. If a receipt is required when paying by mail, enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope. It is recommended that all payments be made by check or money order. A charge of $25.00 will be made for any checks returned because of insufficient funds in addition to any bank fees assessed.

PAYMENT terms:
Discount – 2% discount on the base amount for payment on or before August 31.
Base – Base amount payable from September 1 through October 31.
Penalty – 10% penalty is added to payments between November 1 and December 31.
FINAL PAYMENT IS DUE BY DECEMBER 31.

Postmarks will be used to determine payment date. All taxes must be paid in person or postmarked by December 31. If taxes are not paid by the due date, they will be turned over to Powell, Rogers and Speaks Collection Agency and additional fees will be assessed.

Today is “National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day”

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opportunities on January 9, 2017 at 11:26 am

borough-lead-eblastIf you’re on the borough’s email list you received this announcement this morning.

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That’ll never happen here – You think?

This astounding post comes from “Time Goes By | What it’s really like to get old.”

This really is a “must read” with a “must watch” video.

“SHIPPING THE INTERNET ARCHIVE TO CANADA

“You know the Internet Archive, right? It is a massive and amazing online, digital, searchable library that includes text, audio, video, software and images totaling, at the moment, 279 billion web pages.

“One section of it is called the Wayback Machine where you can view images of websites from ‘wayback’ in the past. In fact, you can even see one of TimeGoesBy’s first iterations before the photo banner.

“Not long ago, Internet Archive founder, Bewster Kahle (who is a true hero of free speech) announced that in the wake of the election of Donald Trump, he is moving a copy of the vast archive to Canada.

“Recently, he explained the reasons to host Amy Goodman on Democracy Now!:

https://www.democracynow.org/embed/story/2016/12/29/facing_possible_threats_under_trump_internet

“You can read more about the move at Alternet and you can explore the Internet Archive for yourself here.”

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