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Well, here it is … the RFEI!

In Everyday Living, Government, Opportunities on July 19, 2017 at 6:43 pm


Click here or on the above graphic to download the Request for Expression of Interest for suggestions on possible use of the Borough Hall, the former fire station on Front Street and the Market House.

Monday’s news items – 7/17/17

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities, Uncategorized on July 17, 2017 at 6:57 am


NOT FAKE NEWS (and why this country needs newspapers to “speak truth!”): “Immediate action following Boston Globe’s ‘Spotlight’ report on Manchester (NH) VA hospital”

Yesterday, “Veterans Affairs Secretary David J. Shulkin … removed the two top officials at the Manchester VA Medical Center and ordered a ‘top-to-bottom’ review of New Hampshire’s only hospital for veterans.

“Shulkin’s action came within hours after The Boston Globe published a Spotlight Team report detailing what several doctors and other medical staffers allege is dangerously substandard care given at the facility.”

HARB epigraphsThese “epigraphs” are from the Manual for Pennsylvania Historical-Architectural-Review-Boards and Historical Commissions.

This listing in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster is about Wednesday’s meeting: “ The Historical Architectural Review Board of the Borough of Columbia will meet at 7 p.m., Wednesday, July 19, in council chambers of Borough Hall, 308 Locust St., Columbia. Among the agenda items: 128-132 Locust St. and 45 Bank Ave.; Brian Myers and Benjamin Myers, owners. Conceptual discussion of the proposed demolition of two adjoining two-story brick houses on Locust Street and a modern one-story mobile home on Bank Avenue, to allow construction of a new four-story mixed-use commercial and residential building.

This is the same property that was advertised in this LEGAL NOTICE requesting “special exception(s) and/or variance(s) to construct a mixed use building with a reduction in required off street parking.

The legal notice references “789 Main Street LLC/Brian Myers” as the requester – 789 Main Street, LLC has several listings on the current Lancaster County Delinquent Tax Report.

Image result for legal noticeThis LEGAL NOTICE appears at Lancaster Online: A special meeting of the borough council will be held on Monday, July 24, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. to “determining whether to move forward with acquiring real estate” of the property known as the McGinnis Airport.

neutralityGreat letter-to-the-editor in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster about “net neutrality” in which the letter writer shares the same rote BS response from Pennsylvania Senator Toomey’s office: “I am encouraged by Chairman Pai’s recent proposal to keep our Internet free from greater government control. Net neutrality threatens the innovation and economic freedom that have made the Internet a powerful catalyst for job creation and growth.” Whichever sycophant wrote the “elected public servant’s response” is simply spouting the GOP line that is sucking up to the Internet providers. Gimme’ a break!

home againWhy are animals so special for humans? Why are people who maim and abuse animals so despicable?

This story will tug at your heart just as yesterday’s facebook page piece about animal abuse revulsed you. “This dog spent 9 months lost in the Idaho mountains. Here’s how she got home to Boise.”

16.20And this is just too cool and right here in Columbia. The Public Art Station. “Inspired by “The World’s Smallest Public Art Station” located in Lancaster, PA, we decided to create our own version for our community in Columbia, PA. We hope you enjoy seeing what others have created, and stop by to leave your mark! – Stop by our Public Art Station at 8th & Chestnut Sts. Leave a little piece of yourself for all to enjoy!”


art classes

Submitted on behalf of Blissful Bonita Art Studio & Gallery1047 E. Market St. York, PA 17403 – 717-887-1497.

16.24Cannot resist taking a snapshot each time we walk The Bridge – The River is amazing.

new trolley stopNew trolley stop? All the designated parking spaces were filled on Sunday; busy day on the trail and on The River.


Sunday news glimpses – 7/16/2017

In Everyday Living, Government, History and Heritage, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities, People on July 16, 2017 at 9:52 am

two-sides“Portrait of a four-star veterans’ hospital: Care gets ‘worse and worse’ The Boston Globe SPOTLIGHT REPORT

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs annually rates its facilities; the 2016 End of Year Hospital Star Rating lists its healthcare facilities. Lebanon Veterans Affairs Medical Center received a four-star rating as did the Manchester, NH hospital.

Here’s the link to the Manchester, NH VAMC Website and the link to its facebook page.


animal abuse fb post


adorers pipelineNext Steps to Stop the Pipeline in Lancaster County – “The Adorers allege that FERC’s action places a substantial burden on their exercise of religion by taking their land, which they want to protect and preserve as part of their faith, and forces the Adorers to use their land in a manner and for a purpose they believe is harmful to the earth.” Adorers of the Blood of Christ

RELATED: Eco-terrorism in Lebanon County: “Sunoco pipeline portable toilet target of arson”Lebanon Daily News [NOTE: One person’s terrorist is another’s hero.]

POLICE LOGLocal interest arrests in today’s Police Log at Lancaster Online. Incidently, the Wyomissing Police Department has an amazingly informative Website. On it is this information: “The Police Department makes available the Daily Activity Report on-line for the benefit of our resident, businesses, and visitors.  We also refer to the information as our ‘blotter report’ or ‘daily blotter.’ This information is a public record under the Pennsylvania Right To Know Law.” If only …


Lancaster County’s Inspections at Lancaster Online.

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.

ice cream coneToday’s National Ice Cream Day – “This weekend marks your best chance to get deals on this popular dessert during National Ice Cream Month”Lancaster Online – Including “FREE ICE CREAM EXPERIENCE: You can get a free Dixie cup of Turkey Hill ice cream at The Turkey Hill Experience, 301 Linden St., Columbia, on Sunday. You don’t have to pay the admission fee to get that one free ice cream serving per person.”

phonix“Worker killed at Phoenix Packaging in Mount Joy” The York Dispatch. Some may remember Phoenix Packaging used to be a Columbia company. The building the company occupied is now home to Gorman Distributing.

prisonWelcome former hotshots | “Former Penn State officials report to jail”FOX43-TV

consultantHere’s an old story that’s been told around the globe. We first heard it from someone in a post-Soviet central European nation in the Caucuses. It is so true … around the world today!

A sheepherder is tending his flock when a city slicker rolls up in his BMW, hops out and asks, “Hey, if I tell you exactly how many sheep you have, can I take one?” The farmer nods, so the city slicker opens his laptop, calls up some satellite photos, runs some algorithms, and announces, “You have 1,432 sheep.”

Impressed, the sheepherder says, “You’re right. Go ahead and take one.” So the city slicker loads one of the animals into the backseat of the car. “Now,” says the shephard, “I’ll bet all my sheep against your car that I can tell you what you do for a living.”

A gaming sort, the city slicker says, “Sure.”

“You’re a consultant,” says the sheepherder.

“Wow!” says the consultant. “How’d you know?”

“Well,” says the shephard, “you come from nowhere even though I never asked you to. You drive a flash car, and wear a smart suit. You told me something I already knew. And you don’t know anything about my business. Now give me back my dog.”

slumlordsThat’s one of the phrases flung in a string that asks how to get in touch with a notorious multi-property landlord in Columbia at the “You know you’re from Columbia PA if…” facebook page. The tenant asks, “Does anyone have Israel Weiss as a landlord from best choice realty? We r having major issues with house and i need help contacting him or his maintenance man. Any help would be appreciated.”

and finally …

meeting minutesThe June Community Development Committee Meeting Minutes have been posted at the Borough Website.

markets and ideas – July 15, 2017

In Everyday Living, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities, People on July 15, 2017 at 2:17 pm

crepes - cakesVisited the Columbia Historic Market House earlier today.

Stand holder and owner of The Wild Batch, Gerrianne Currey, is an absolute joy to talk with. Her infectious smile and abundantly joyful personality set the tone for her stand at the Columbia Historic Market House. A cake-creating diva and a superior crepe-maker, Gerianne’s persona is easily worth the trip to the Market House.

Crepes, Custom Cakes, Pastries, Gluten Free, Vegan options as well as regular items.

The Wild Batch | 717.825.5099 | thewildbatchbakery@gmail.com

moroccanA new standholder, Royal Tagine, served up hand-made beautifully created, sumptuous treats – perfect for a lunch treat.

In Morocco, there is a wide variety of special sweets and cookies. They are  all  tasty and delightful,  made with natural and fragrant ingredients. Almonds and Seeds (Fennel and Anis ) Orange blossom water are the main ingredients in our Moroccan pastry.”

Bushra Fakier, the owner, graciously offered taste of a few of her special preparations and and chatted about the ingredients the culture.

Royal Tagine | 717.606.5526 | royaltagine@yahoo.com


Marietta’s Market was operating today, too. It’s moved down Front Steet and is now fixed at  the Railroad House Inn Courtyard and Gardens. This compact outdoor market is open on the first and third Saturday of the month. The market’s vendor list is posted on the board at the entrance and here.

Marietta Market | For any information please call Ed Lincoln, Jr. at 717 819 6265 | chowderfest16@gmail.com

heartDropped into the “cute-as-the dickens” Heart Cafe in Marietta today, too. Bustling staff attending to a room filled with people eager to stock up for a walk or bike ride on the trail. Friendly, smiling staff make it happen.

The Heart Cafe | 17 East Market Street, Marietta | 717.604.1169

Here are a couple more equally compelling spots on the other side of the county. Great staff; wonderful food and a delightfully, small-town sophisticated atmosphere in Denver. Yup, this tiny town boasts this worth-the-trip experience at

The Courtyard Cafe on Main | 349 Main Street, Denver | 717.336.0556

Ephrata now boasts a tea shop. The Tea Press Cafe is “NOW OPEN! Local tea and coffee shop serving finger sandwiches and pastries with a workshop space. It too is staffed with genuinely amiable and gracious people.

The Tea Press Cafe | 30 E. Main Street, Ephrata | 717.450.7768

great ideaHere’s an absolutely great idea! This Lancaster Online article, “Lancaster Chamber seeks business volunteers to mentor high school students” is about the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s initiative – an initiative that can easily be borrowed and modified here.

Where there’s a will …





five more facts – 7/14/17

In Everyday Living, Government, History and Heritage, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities, People on July 14, 2017 at 6:59 am

july 14Today is July 14th – France’s “Independence Day.” Click to go to the French Website.

creepyYep, that’s what our President said to France’s First Lady. Making Americans Grate Again.

car seatCar Seat Safety Check on Saturday – Details at the Columbia Fire Department facebook page.

marietta marketAlso on Saturday in Marietta – a one-day outdoor market with a growing list of vendors.

pipelineGive us unpolluted water or give us death! A clean, dependable water supply is the most important commodity! Who didn’t believe this would happen? “Sunoco halts drilling in Chester County where pipeline construction damaged drinking water wells.”



the morning’s five news items – 7/14/17

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities on July 14, 2017 at 5:53 am

doughIt appears Lancaster County’s arriving as an official major metro. With Wegman’s, Whole Foods and the trendy stores on the horizon, there’s now Dough & Co. – a edible cookie dough spot. And in the “you learn something new every day” category, Dough & Co’s Website set us scurrying. The Website’s URL extender is .org. If you, too, thought .org was exclusively for not-for-profits, it’s not, according to NonProfitTimes.com.

thugsLancaster Online reports the apprehension of the two thugs who allegedly assaulted and robbed an 89-year old woman in a shopping center parking lot last week. It’s not their first trip down the road of living outside the laws, according to the The Unified JUDICIAL SYSTEM of PENNSYLVANIA WEB PORTAL.

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McDonaldsGoldenArchesConeVisual“In celebration of National Ice Cream Day on July 16, McDonald’s is celebrating its iconic vanilla soft serve — made with no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives — by treating fans in two ways: at participating restaurants nationwide, free vanilla cones will be offered all day long through the McDonald’s app and one lucky guest will have the chance to win free soft serve for life.”

shameIt is a real shame that a veteran West Hempfield Township police officer compounded a lapse in judgement with another and loses his employment as a result. The article is in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster. It’s equally a shame when other municipalities turn a blind eye when its police officers have similar lapses in judgement that result in crashes. Everyday citizens’ lapses are not covered up. In today’s POLICE LOG at Lancaster Online, a Columbia man is charged with a DUI.

three end-of-day “happy” facts – 7/13/17

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opportunities, Uncategorized on July 13, 2017 at 6:41 pm

NNO fireworksfireworks’nuff said!

FOOD INSPECTIONS 2No Borough food serving establishments inspections were conducted during May; during June two food trucks were inspected. Click here to see these inspection reports.

ballot-300x200According to PoliticsPA.com, “The state Senate voted today to put an amendment referendum on the November ballot that would allow for larger decreases in local property taxes. The Senate voted 46-2 in favor of the referendum, which passed unanimously out of committee earlier this month. The referendum will allow voters to decide if they want to allow local taxing organizations, such as counties, school districts, and municipalities, to up to 100 percent of the median assessed value of homestead property from taxes. This would be an increase from the current limit of 50 percent that was passed by voters in 1997.

five more facts – 7/13/2017

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities, People, Uncategorized on July 13, 2017 at 6:34 am

lnpThe “hold-it-in-your-hands” version has been delivered. We’re read The New York Times; Morning Call; Lebanon Daily News and several other online publications, but the online version of LNP – Always Lancaster is not available at 6:00 am. A call to the Customer Service department yielded no results other than there is a problem. At 7:20 am, Thursday’s e-edition is now up and running.

A1-OneManFire-Final-v2How long will small town fire and EMS departments survive?PublicSource article

legal noticeA couple legal notices with Columbia relevance are at Lancaster Online | Flavor Approved Fresh Food and Shift Forward, Inc



Related to Monday’s Council Meeting agenda item I – 5. ” Lindsay Brenner & Tim Hess, 1020 Cloverton Drive.”

big tobaccoSwamp draining continues – smoke ’em if you got ’em. | “Tobacco companies tighten hold on Washington under Trump – Top White House figures – including the vice-president and health secretary – have deep ties to an industry whose donations began pouring in on day one.” – The Guardian



five more facts (and some opinions) | 7/12/17

In Everyday Living, Government, History and Heritage, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities, People, Uncategorized on July 12, 2017 at 8:09 pm

shrinking schoolsWith fewer students, school officials struggle to maintain offerings and still provide a quality education. Is consolidation a potential solution … ? – Public Source

take the trolleyThe trolley needs riderseblast message from the borough

blight2“‘We’re coming for you’ |Shamokin mayor issues warning to owners of blighted properties”The News-Item, Sunbury

trump“Inside the minds of Trump’s ‘true believers’” – The Conversation

toxicSo what kinds of actions make up toxic leadership? Surely, the blowhards who love to hear themselves talk. The ones who promise the world and deliver nothing … consistently. The ones who always seek the spotlight. Yes, those and “Sometimes it takes an asshole to get an outfit ready for war. Other times, though, an asshole is just an asshole.” This article is about a tactically, technically competent leader who expected his teams to perform. He admits, “I’m an ass who expects you to do your job, and I fully admit to that because I want people to be combat ready.” – Taskandpurpose.com

This AZCentral article paints another picture of a leader who intends to wipe away the “good old boy” system.

Six more facts | 7/12/17

In Everyday Living, Government, History and Heritage, In Columbia, Opinions, Opportunities, People, Uncategorized on July 12, 2017 at 6:13 am

CAUTIONIf you happen to walk by the disgraceful structure at 208-210 Locust Street (the one formerly owned by Sam and Cindy Bigler and now by the borough, be extremely cautious and aware of the metal sheeting that’s raised, and now marked by caution cones, four or more inches above the sidewalk.

mattresses.jpgCropped from a photo posted at this facebook page: The photo and this verbiage begins a string: “Two piss stained bed bug infested mattresses lying on the corner of 4th and AveJ, but if my grass is three inches too long I’m getting a fine, screw you Columbia Borough.” Think the author refers to the inconsistent application of codes in the borough.

white collar crimeCrime and punishment: “There are two classes of criminals in this country: The poor ones who get disproportionately punished and the rich ones who head multinational corporations and escape unscathed. That’s one of the premises in Jesse Eisinger’s new book, ‘The Chickenshit Club: Why the Justice Department Fails to Prosecute Executives.’ Eisinger talked with us about why prosecutors stopped going after the heads of companies committing fraud, the revolving door between the prosecutor’s office and Big Law, and his ideas about how to fix the system.” – MarketWatch

STREET SWEEPERSThis question starts a facebook string that’s got so many residents confused, perplexed and scratching their heads. Searching for the schedule at the Borough Website produced this out-of-date page: “STREET SWEEPER MAINTENANCE – Maintenance  is still being done on the street sweeper, thus there will be no street sweeping for the week of July 13 through July 17, 2015.” Citizens may want to bring their questions and concerns to the attention of the “Public Works Committee (Includes Wastewater and Highway) – The Committee on Highways shall, in conjunction with the Borough Manager and Highway Supervisor, direct, control and have charge of the grading, paving, repairing and cleaning of all streets, alleys and highways; shall direct and control all surveys, engineering, sewerage, drainage and all matters and things in any way relating to or affecting the highways, footways, wharves and bridges; shall attend to all duties which may be properly referred to such Committee by Council and shall comply and enforce the requirements of all laws and ordinances which relate to highways.

more shoppingSeriously, nobody’s reading about the turbulence in retail? Today’s LNP – Always Lancaster‘s lead article is about the retail nightmare at the Rockvale Square shopping area – store vacancies abound.

drain that swampIt just gets “curiouser and curiouser” | “The State of Play When Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort Met Natalia Veselnitskaya” The Daily Beast