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Friday – 11/17/17 – EXTRAordinaryGIVEday!

In Education, Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities, People on November 17, 2017 at 6:31 am

DID YOU

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While Columbia Borough and Lancaster County have modified property tax millage rates to account for reassessment, there was no mention of the topic at last night’s Columbia Borough School District board of directors’ meeting.

“Here’s how to check if your county property tax bill is changing under reassessment”Lancaster Online

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This Thanksgiving, free holiday meals will be served at 18 locations around Lancaster County. Some locations will offer transportation and/or home delivery. Meals are available throughout the county, from Elizabethtown to New Holland.

Click here, courtesy of United Way of Lancaster County’s 2-1-1 service, for a list of locations, dates and times people can celebrate Thanksgiving with a hot meal and warm fellowship. Please note that some locations require advance reservations.

school board meeting photosSeen at last night’s school board of directors’ meeting: clockwise from top – November Students of the Month recognized for their achievements. Vickie Anspach, board of director was recognized and thanked for her service on the school board. Her term is completed. A PowerPoint slide from Dr. McGough’s presentation about his views and direction concerning the District’s Curriculum Plan. There was some contentious discussion among some of the board members about “this curriculum stuff” (according to one director).

“‘Intentional’ teaching has big impact on preschoolers”Futurity

Bon-Ton will shutter stores –  WFMZ-TV

bathrooms closed

Ah, those trusted staffers at the social club | “Former midstate police chief pleads guilty to theft from social club”WITF

Tusks and guns (or let’s let rich guys kill ’em into extinction) | Trump sons’ hunting in focus as US lifts import ban on African elephant trophiesThe Guardian

beeDr. Einstein, we are on that path!

Do pipelines leak? | “Keystone pipeline shut down after spilling 5,000 barrels of oil in South Dakota”TheHill

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good point len.jpgWhat’s “visioning” you ask | ‘Instead of having a picture in your mind of what you want to see manifest in your life, you get internally still and quiet so that you are able to see the vision that comes to you.” – Huffington Post

LEGAL NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE BOROUGH COUNCIL OF THE BOROUGH OF COLUMBIA AT ITS SCHEDULED REGULAR MEETING ON DECEMBER 11 2017 AT 7 00PM IN COUNCIL CHAMBERS OF THE BOROUGH MUNICIPAL BUILDING LOCATED AT 308 LOCUST STREET COLUMBIA WILL CONSIDER FOR ADOPTION RESOLUTION NO 17-20 ADOPTING THE BUDGET FOR THE BOROUGH OF COLUMBIA FOR THE YEAR 2018 ..  ” – Lancaster Online

School board of directors’ meeting agenda | tomorrow evening

In Education, Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opportunities on November 15, 2017 at 5:51 am

SCHOOL BOARD MEETING AGENDA

Tuesday – 11/14/17

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities on November 14, 2017 at 6:48 am

thought bubbleThoughts …

about last night’s council meetingColumbia news, views & reviews was unable to attend last night’s council meeting due to a previous engagement. So we have no definitive account of what transpired. Citizens will be able to get reporting about some of what transpired by visiting Columbia Spy; watching for reports in upcoming issues of LNP – Always Lancaster; waiting a month or so to read the “official minutes” from the meeting; getting secondary accounts from persons who attended the meeting or tertiary accounts from those who “heard” about what may or may not have happened from someone who “heard it from a friend who heard it from a friend … .”

Here are the official minutes from the October council meeting.

About “write-in” candidates …

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All the ballots for local offices in Columbia in last Tuesday’s election are now officially recorded at the Lancaster County Board of Elections. In spite of social media clatter about write-in campaigns and the dislike of local politics, there was no “write-in” wave of candidates strong enough to “throw the rascals out.”

Mounting a “write-in” challenge is more than just an announcement post at a social media site – it really does take concerted effort. To defeat the two-party machine that controls all politics, it takes hard work and a real plan.

Here’s one strategy that shows a blueprint: “The health of our communities depends on the leadership of politicians and business owners. The more voices that participate, the better our communities are. This blueprint shows how to run a successful campaign to help you move your ideas into action.

“By voting for a write-in … candidate … , you will send a message. Your vote will be a vote of ‘no confidence’ in the current electoral system and in conventional candidates, demonstrating that the two-party system does not give Americans enough options.” – This is from an out-of-date Website about national elections,

If you’re a voter … it’s a real good idea to become engaged in community.

  • Go to public meetings at the borough and school district.
  • Volunteer for open positions in government.
  • Walk about the community and see what is happening and what isn’t.
  • Make suggestions to and ask questions of the persons who are serving as elected public servants.
  • Be informed about who is seeking office; check them out here: https://ujsportal.pacourts.us/DocketSheets.aspx 

Lowered tax millage in ColumbiaColumbia Spy reports that the millage rate for Columbia property owned will be reduced to account for the county wide reassessment. Remember that the County’s reassessment guide stated: “The taxing bodies will have to adjust their millage rates down in proportion to the increase in taxable assessment in each individual district when they set their new budgets, beginning with the 2018 County/Muni taxes and the 2018-2019 School taxes.”

In a Columbia news, views & reviews article from last April, this is posted:

“But there are many who are quite concerned and perplexed about the inconsistencies they’ve heard in reassessment numbers. Anyone can access the County’s Property Tax Inquiry website (http://lancasterpa.devnetwedge.com/) to look at the current property tax assessment and compare it to the 2018 reassessment rate.

“Columbia news, views & reviews looked at a sampling of several properties in the borough and found the reassessment percentages quite inconsistent.

reassessment“Click here to download the above graphic as a .pdf to enlarge, share and or print.”

“chickenhawk” talk

In Everyday Living, Opinions, Opportunities, People, Uncategorized on November 12, 2017 at 9:57 am

no chickenhawkNOTE: The above quote is from a column in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster; not a letter-to-the-editor. We apologize for this error.

There’s lots of “chickenhawk” talk spewed by the RWNJ radio radicals – Hannity, Limbaugh, O’Reilly, Savage, Beck et al – none of whom ever wore any uniform of any of the military branches of the United States.

Chickenhawk talkers spout jingoistic rhetoric and fake patriotism yet they actively avoided military service when they had the chance to enlist.

Former US Senator (and a US Army veteran) Frank Lautenberg said, “They talk tough on national defense and military issues and cast aspersions on others. When it was their turn to serve where were they? AWOL, that’s where they were … ”

This column from this column: “retired US Army officer reflects on anthem protests”LNP – Always Lancaster

sanity argumentAn argument for sanity and civil discourse in this column: “The Flag, the Military, and Patriotism.”

 

Sunday – 11/12/17

In Everyday Living, Government, History and Heritage, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities, People on November 12, 2017 at 6:57 am

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EMPLOY A VETERAN | Here are “a few sobering statistics from the Labor Department and some reasons for hope. The unemployment rate for veterans is at an all-time low of 2.7 percent. But the data behind the numbers tells a slightly different story. The labor force participation for U.S. veterans is 49.7 percent, which means that more than 10 million veterans are currently not working or actively looking for work. Some of these veterans may be in school or on disability, but others have given up on job prospects. Nearly a third of veterans are underemployed, meaning they are working low-wage jobs that they are overqualified for.” –  MarketPlace

who are the veterans

Increasingly, there’s a deeping divide between the American population and it’s shrinking military – because “Americans know fewer veterans than ever before.  After World War II, just about all Americans knew veterans, but today many don’t. The misunderstanding and distrust of America’s modern day legionaires has concerns.

“This disconnect between civilians and the military weakens our democracy,” says the author of this article, “It’s lonely being a veteran.”

What America Looks Like After Military Service | Veterans reflect on shootings and ever-changing definitions of patriotism.”The Atlantic [NOTE: This is a website with a pay gate. The article states that veterans demonstrate hypervigilance – sense of being on alert, always!

More than a few Vietnam veterans were told by “multiple recruiters that it was a shame that I had wasted three years in the service because it made me a less desirable candidate for jobs.” It is a shameful world that rewards those who don’s serve with employment advantage.

Another veteran theme recurs: ” If I was to fight for a right, I’d fight to make sure we had our opinions heard, especially opinions that are different from our own.”

Another is: “My own version of patriotism, which is more about civic duty and shared American values of civil liberty is often discounted as un-American.”

FEEL THE LOVE

“Americans agree about what makes them feel loved” Futurity

Where the Small-Town American Dream Lives On | Home should not be idolized — only loved.”The New Yorker

the spotJust over a week ago, Yvette Whitfield cut the ribbon opening her new business, The Spot, a new dining opportunity in Columbia at 438 Locust Street. It’s open for business 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. A facebook fan says, “The SPOT on LOCUST ST. Best deli this side of the river. They even DELIVER! Food is bangin.”

Were you on Second Life? Way back when we were; “Looking back, the future didn’t last long.” “The Digital Ruins of a Forgotten Future”The Atlantic

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Lancaster County’s Inspections at Lancaster Online. Tobias S. Frogg’s parking is always overflowing. It must be the booze, because if people are going there to eat, they should be liquored up first. Check out the food preparation violations. And Mount Joy’s Sonic’s is equally bad. Both their inspections included this tip off phrase: “The person in charge does not have adequate knowledge of food safety in this food facility as evidenced by this noncompliant inspection.”

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.

Friday II – 11/10/17

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opportunities, Uncategorized on November 10, 2017 at 5:45 am

Happy Birthday, United States Marine Corps!

And tomorrow morning … the SEMPER FI 5K RUN / WALK COMES TO TOWN.

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Still safe and not on the Sears/Kmart closing list – our K-mart and the Sears in Park City. And a Sears store opening in Harrisburg.

This video from a Sears store closing in Canada will bring tears to the eyes of loyal Sears Customers and, especially those Sears employees, who remember the Lancaster Sears store of the 1970s and 1980s.

Here’s a comment from another site about Sears: “Sears published its last catalogue in 1993. Yep, they closed down their once huge mail order business right as the WWW was coming to life. Amazon thanks their CEO for his lack of vision. They had everything setup to be Amazon and didn’t see it.”

BUT you can bet the upper-eschelon folks at Sears will leave the wreckage with huge golden parachute payments. Everyone else who worked there – not a damn thing!

And now Target is closing “under-performing” stores too. – Penn Live

Scummy elected public servant | “Marino has received about $100,000 in donations from the pharmaceutical industry throughout his career, but he denies charges he’s in their pocket.”WITF

Here are the keys to my house, “Go ahead, rob me!” | Scummy elected public servant II gets relected mayorFOR THE FOURTH TIMEWITF

 

 

Friday – 11/10/17

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities, People on November 10, 2017 at 5:29 am

“Texas shooting a reminder to some that churches should be more secure”CatholicPhilly.com

“In Lancaster County, 43 percent of renters are shelling out more than 35 percent of their income to cover rent, the highest share in Central Pennsylvania. The median gross rent is $908 in Lancaster County.” – Central Penn Business Journal

Several properties in the Borough remain on the Sheriff’s Sale Listing for the November 29 sale.

OK – lay that pipeline | Appeals court now says pipeline construction can continue and “In a statement, Williams said it was pleased by the court’s action.” – Lancaster Online

electric vehicles“Inside BYD: the Chinese carmaker sells more electric vehicles than any other brand in the world © Bloomberg”

China leads the world in electric vehicle production – meanwhile the US POTUS and the courts are enamored with fossil fuels. Ford and others will make electric vehicles in China. Which nation is on the right track?

Bring on the beer | “Beer sales begin at Rutter’s convenience store in Mountville”Lancaster Online

dbd

The October Community Development committee minutes are posted at the Borough Website. Included in the minutes is the above map of the proposed Downtown Business District and discussion of several other topics including the trolley, the Bid Process for Borough Owned Properties (Market House and 137 S. Front Street), the Veterans Memorial Bridge Island Gateway Project Update, the borough newsletter and more.

Not yet posted are the minutes for October for the Property Committee – though the Property Committee is an agenda item on the Preliminary Borough Council Meeting agenda for the Monday night meeting. (note this link has been corrected.)

 

 

important notices

In Education, Everyday Living, In Columbia, Opportunities on November 9, 2017 at 8:04 pm

With the recent acts of violence, Susquehanna Valley EMS wants you to be prepared. We will teach you the hands-on skills you need to know to provide immediate care to someone with life-threatening injuries.

Knowing what to do can mean the difference between life and death. Join us January 20, 2018 from3:30-5:30pm or January 21, 2018, from 1:30-3:30pm at the Hempfield Rec Center, 950 Church St, Landisville. This is a FREE event.

Please register here.

The Columbia Police Department announced this important information about Saturday’s 5K at it’s CrimeWatch page:

ROAD CLOSURES

Columbia Borough Police have announced road closures in conjunction with the Semper Fi 5k Run on Saturday, November 11, 2017. Road closures will start at 7:30 am and will be as follows: Kinderhook Road at Columbia High School; Ironville Pike between Kinderhook Road and Spruce Street; Spruce Street between 11th and 12th Streets; North 11th Street between Spruce and Chestnut Streets; North Chestnut Street between 11th and 8th Streets; North 8th Street between Chestnut and Walnut Streets; Walnut Street between 8th and 12th Streets; 12th Street between Walnut and Chestnut Streets; Chestnut Street between 12th and 13th Streets; North 14th Street to Luther Lane; Luther Lane to Locust Street; and Locust Street from Luther Lane to North Front Street. All Streets are expected to be reopened by 9:00 am or earlier as the race progresses and as the last runners go by the Street will be reopened.

Did you vote today?

In Everyday Living, Government, Opinions, Opportunities on November 7, 2017 at 3:03 pm

There’s still time for you to get to the polling place and vote!

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The polls close at 8:00 pm.

 

Tuesday – 11/7/17 | Election Day

In Everyday Living, Government, History and Heritage, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities, People on November 7, 2017 at 6:08 am

VOTE QUOTE FDR

VOTING HOURS ARE 7:00 AM TO 8:00 PM – MORE ELECTION INFORMATION IS HERE.

A facebook post: “This is my last post about November 7 2017 I am running for mayor of Columbia Borough, Borough Council and School Board . If you want a change in office do a write in vote for Joe Waid. I will work with the people not against them.Thank You and God Bless” – Joe Waid

[NOTE: In another post, “Joe Waid If you vote do a write in for me i also running for Borough Council and School Board as a write in vote. If you can get the word out for me. Thanks”

At another facebook site, another candidate for mayor, Riley Kilhefner wants your vote to toughen codes and hold landlords and homeowners accountable.

What? Again? In Wonderland, it’s the threat every year – “Must-do bills in a divided Congress could lead to shutdown”Lancaster Online

PIPELINE STOPPED FOR NOW! | Appeals Court Grants Temporary Stay on Fracked Gas Pipelinenews release

“The annual Columbia Veterans Day Banquet will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the VFW Post, 401 Manor St., Columbia. Guest speaker will be Lt. Gen. Dennis L. Benchoff. Cost of the dinner is $18/person. For more information or to make reservations, contact Kevin Kraft, 717-684-2370; or Bob Herman, 717-672-1525.” – news release

fingersWhich finger? | “Woman fired after photo of her giving Trump motorcade the finger goes viral” Penn Live

Robbery and Simple Assault – Columbia Police Department facebook and CrimeWatch pages.

Simple assault is an attempt to do a serious bodily harm to another person, or actually committing an act to put another in fear of serious bodily injury. Here is Pennsylvania’s definition.

“Veterans Day 2017: Restaurants thank veterans with free meals, deals” Penn Live

cambria “‘There’s not many white Americans left. They’re a dying breed …’ a confederate flag on a Trump poster in North Carolina. Photograph: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters”

It starts in Johnstown | “My travels in white America – a land of anxiety, division and pockets of pain” The Guardian