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“Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 235,000 in February”

In Everyday Living, Government, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities, Uncategorized on March 10, 2017 at 9:30 am

It’s tough believing the news that comes out of Wonderland these days, but if you do, this is another burst of “good news.”

According to the US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 235,000 in February, and the unemployment rate was little changed at 4.7 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.

“Employment gains occurred in construction, private educational services, manufacturing, health care, and mining.”

We’re hoping this is not “fake news.”

You can bet these new jobs are not the high paying jobs in state or federal government (legislators, etc.).

“A number of the nation’s lowest paying jobs are quite common. The number of people working as cashiers is well over 1 million, as is the number of people working as cooks. In fact, all but five of the 25 lowest paying full-time occupations employ more than 100,000 people nationwide.

“Minimum wage laws have a major impact on low-wage workers, especially in states with relatively high concentrations of low-wage occupations. Most of the highest paying states for these jobs are states with the highest minimum wages.

“Kohli observed that in some of these jobs, women make up an outsized share of employment. In 18 of the 25 lowest paying jobs, the share of employees who are women exceeds the national average percentage of 44.3%

“These are the lowest paying jobs in America.”24/7 Wall St.

At the bottom are counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop; dishwashers; combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food; cashiers and food preparation workers.

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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.

Council meeting to fill a vacant council position

In Lists, People on February 2, 2017 at 8:32 pm

02-12-2017-council-meeting-agendaAll the councillors, the mayor and the borough manager we present for the special meeting of the Columbia Borough Council to interview and select a councillor to fill a vacancy created by a resignation.

The meeting was convened at 6:00 pm and adjourned at 7:17 pm. Only one citizen was in attendance.

Two persons, Frank Doutrich and Mary Wickenheiser, applied for the open position that has a term that expires at the end of December, 2017.

Both candidates have served on council before.

Following the interview process of both candidates, the councillors selected Wickenheiser.

dejaFormer council president, Mary Wickenheiser assumed her seat on the Borough Council following her selection at the meeting.

Wickenheiser noted she’d have to resign from the position of tax collector to assume the position. Council will have to appoint a replacement within 30 days. There was discussion about the educational requirements of property tax collectors; here are the training requirements according to the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic
Development.

Doutrich used his “interview” time to point out codes inconsistencies, road irregularities and other problem areas. He said he really came to provide testimony for another citizen whom he thought was a candidate. When informed the only candidates were in the room, he chastised the borough for its lack of communication.

In another agenda item, the council voted to authorize a $100,000 payment to the Lancaster County Land Bank. The money is earmarked for Columbia’s projects. Council will introduce a new budget line item to reflect the allocation of funds.

Columbia, at this point, is the only borough partner in the Land Bank.In one of the few meeting minutes shown at the Land Bank’s Website, Columbia is mentioned. A citizen made a point that the Land Bank cannot claim any property by “eminent domain.”

Other discussion topics included:

  • the reason for inspections of properties being sold before a certificate of occupancy can be issued.
  • the chatter that exists on some social media sites. One councillor suggested that people should come to meetings rather than rely on social media for definitive answers.
  • the borough is constructing a mayor’s office in the borough hall.

The meeting was adjourned and the councillors remained for a closed meeting to discuss personnel matters.

NOTE: We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. To fully understand what happens at borough council meetings or school board meetings or any public meeting, you have to attend. Citizens and interested parties, otherwise, rely on secondary source reports – media articles, waiting for a period of time for the “official minutes” or catching the recollections and recounting of someone who may have attended the meeting.

 

Family First Health Leads York City Community Health Conversation

In Everyday Living, Lists on February 1, 2017 at 10:36 am

York, PA: Through a recent community health market research study of York City, commissioned by Family First Health and conducted by TrippUmbach, data shows disparities in poverty level, mental health access, and healthcare resources. Family First Health, along with York Daily Record and WITF’s Transforming Health initiative, are hosting a community conversation concerning healthcare in York City. The conversation is set to take place on February 23 at 6:30pm at Martin Library in York, PA. This conversation is just the beginning of bringing health equity to the community and is a chance to hear about, and give input on, local change.

Panelists include Jenny Englerth, chief executive officer of Family First Health, Dr. Matthew Howie, executive director of York City Bureau of Health, and Catherine Edwards, Nurse Family Partnership supervisor of Family First Health. Panelists will be discussing results from the health assessment, the current state of healthcare in York City, what other areas are doing to address health disparities, and programs needed to drive change in the community. York City residents and community stakeholders are encouraged to join this discussion, the first of many around health equity in York City. To register for the event, please visit the Family First Health Facebook page or https://www.eventbrite.com/.

More information regarding the health market research study can be found here: http://www.familyfirsthealth.org/community-health

SOURCE: news release

Add one more to the list of “free and discounted offers” for veterans | Turkey Hill

In Everyday Living, In Columbia, Lists, Opportunities on November 9, 2016 at 10:26 am

Turkey Hill Thanks Area Vets With Free Coffee and Car Washes

LANCASTER, PA, November 8, 2016—This Veterans Day, November 11th, Turkey Hill stores in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Indiana are honoring America’s heroes by welcoming active, inactive, and retired military personnel to stop by for a free 16-ounce coffee or cappuccino. And, at locations where car washes are available, they are invited to enjoy a free Ultimate Wash service. Customers can find car wash locations by visiting turkeyhillstores.com.

“We’re incredibly grateful for the service and sacrifice of our past and present heroes, and we hope they’ll join us on Veterans Day and enjoy a small token of our gratitude,” said Kim Hertzog, Public Relations Manager, Turkey Hill Minit Markets. – SOURCE: news release

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Presented by OLP Events, the Veterans’ Expo will connect active and retired military members of all ages and their families with the benefits and resources available to them through local community-service providers, healthcare professionals, VA benefits counselors, VFWs, and American Legions, plus businesses covering everything from home improvement, legal services, and finance to retirement living and insurance.

In addition, the Job Fair will provide an opportunity for veterans and employers to meet face-to-face to discuss available positions. Workshops and seminars will be offered on relevant topics.

ATTENTION, VETERANS: This year so many more retail establishments and other venues have stepped up with free offers to say, “Thank you for your service” on Veterans Day. Here are several sites:

  • Discounts for veterans – all year round! Lancaster County’s Recorder of Deeds office’s “Thank-A-Vet” Discount Program is a way for our community to express its gratitude and recognize the service and sacrifices made by our veterans. Participating merchants agree to honor the card by providing special discounts on purchases or services when presented with the “Thank A Vet” photo identification card. Participating merchants and sponsors will be identified by a poster or decal in the window and also listed here on our web site. The site will be updated monthly, and upon request, printed copies will also be available.CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE LATEST LIST OF PARTICIPATING MERCHANTS.

A number of Columbia area businesses are participants in the “Thank-A-Vet” Discount Program including:

  • Columbia Bait and Tackle
  • GT Discount Auto Parts

Are you prepared for Election Day?

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opportunities, People on October 18, 2016 at 7:12 am

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It’s almost over – only 20 days until the insanity is over … or begins!

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Here’s a Lancaster County Specimen BallotClick here to find the one that applies for your address.

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“Tax Upset Sales” and “Judicial Tax Sales”

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Uncategorized on October 18, 2016 at 5:54 am

What’s the difference?

One of the better definitions of differences come from this explanation at a Berks County Webpage.

“The most significant difference between the sales is: At an Upset Sale, the minimum bid consists of all delinquent taxes liened with the Bureau, all delinquent taxes submitted by the taxing districts, all current year taxes submitted by the taxing districts, all municipal claims submitted by each municipality and all IRS liens. The object of the first sale is to collect everything that is due to all of the taxing districts on the property.

In addition, all liens, judgments and mortgages become the responsibility of the  purchaser. This is extremely important to know!! If you purchase a property at the Upset Sale, you are responsible for anything owed against the property! You must
research these properties! A title search is the best method of research!

At a Judicial (Free & Clear) Sale, the minimum bid consists only of the costs incurred by the Tax Claim Bureau. Typically this minimum bid will range from $700 to $1000. All liens and judgments filed prior to the date of the sale are divested upon the successful purchase.

2016 CONTINUED TAX UPSET SALE

PRE-REGISTRATION TO BID AT TAX SALE IS REQUIRED!!
PRE-REGISTRATION IS SCHEDULED TO COMMENCE ON OCTOBER 1, 2016.
ALL BIDDER REGISTRATION FORMS MUST BE RECEIVED IN THE LANCASTER COUNTY TAX
CLAIM BUREAU BY 5:00P.M. ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2016 TO BID ON PROPERTIES
SCHEDULED FOR CONTINUED UPSET TAX SALE ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2016.

NOTICE OF CONTINUED TAX UPSET SALE
TO OWNERS OF PROPERTIES DESCRIBED IN THIS NOTICE AND ALL PERSONS HAVING TAX
LIENS, TAX JUDGMENTS, MUNICIPAL CLAIMS OR ANY OTHER LIENS OR INTERESTS IN SUCH PROPERTIES, LOCATED IN LANCASTER COUNTY, PA.
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE LANCASTER COUNTY TAX CLAIM BUREAU WILL
HOLD A CONTINUED TAX UPSET SALE ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2016 AT 9:30 AM IN
THE LANCASTER COUNTY GOVERNMENT CENTER, 150 N. QUEEN STREET, ROOM 102,
LANCASTER, PA 17603.

NEW! 2016 JUDICIAL TAX SALE

NOTICE OF JUDICIAL TAX SALE
TO OWNERS OF PROPERTIES DESCRIBED IN THIS NOTICE AND ALL OTHERS
HAVING ANY CLAIMS, LIENS, JUDGMENTS, MORTGAGES, CHARGES, ESTATES
OR ANY OTHER INTERESTS WHATSOEVER IN SUCH PROPERTIES:
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE LANCASTER COUNTY TAX CLAIM
BUREAU WILL HOLD A JUDICIAL TAX SALE OF THE FOLLOWING PROPERTIES
IN LANCASTER COUNTY, PA ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2016 AT 9:30 A.M. IN
THE LANCASTER COUNTY GOVERNMENT CENTER, 150 N. QUEEN ST., 1st FLOOR
ROOM 102, LANCASTER, PA FOR THE COLLECTION OF DELINQUENT REAL
ESTATE TAXES AS REQUIRED BY THE REAL ESTATE TAX SALE LAW (72 P.S.
5860.610 ET SEQ):

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.”

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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 – School Board meeting, Thursday, September 15

In Education, Everyday Living, Government, Lists, Uncategorized on September 12, 2016 at 10:02 pm

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This is for those who are going to the School Board meeting tonight! And for those seated at the table in the front of the room – the ones with the microphones in front of them!

Unless, the microphones are purposely not used or the speakers do not want those in the audience to hear what’s being discussed, know that:

“If you’re older than 45, there’s about a one in five chance you suffer from some amount of hearing loss—and that rate climbs steadily as you age. Almost one-third of people ages 65 to 74 report difficulty hearing, and the number rises to about half at 75, according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.” – Consumer Reports Magazine

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Click on the graphic above to download or open / see the complete three-page agenda as a .pdf file for Thursday night’s meeting.

The agenda is posted at the newly revised Websitewww.columbiabsd.org.

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The following were posted at Columbia news, views & reviews on August 15, 2016

Today’s Quote ” … more adults need to step up, not walk away, and help the victims of bullying.” – Excerpted from a seventh-grade Hempfield School District student’s letter to the editor in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster.

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