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Monday – 10/9/17

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opportunities, People on October 9, 2017 at 5:12 am

LOCATEDLOCATED: the Columbia previously child listed as missing personColumbia Police Department facebook page. On FOX43-TV too.

Image result for council meetingTonight at 7:00 PM in the Borough Hall council chambers.

Curiously, the Committee on Community Development has not posted its September Minutes, yet the Preliminary Borough Council Meeting Agenda is posted and lists for that Committee’s report: “Updates regarding Community Development.”

Other items on the Agenda for Monday night’s 7:00 pm meeting include:

  • “Rick Fisher – Crime and Violence in Columbia”
  • Conversation on the “temporary closing” of the Market House and what to do with it.
  • “Consider approval for the hiring of Rebecca Denlinger as Community/Economic Development Director/Assistant Borough Manager effective 1/1/2018 at a salary of $65,000/year, with the intention of moving into the Borough Manager position on 1/1/2019 at a salary of $95,000/year.”

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No automatic alt text available.Columbia’s Mardi Gras Parade – Thursday, October 26!

Millersville’s Community Parade – Saturday, October 14!

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Unofficial Candidate Lists for the November 7, 2017 Municipal Election

MUNICIPAL ELECTION: Tuesday, November 7

  • Last day to REGISTER before the November election: October 10
  • Last day to apply for a civilian absentee ballot: October 31
  • Last day for County Boards of Elections to receive voted civilian absentee ballots: November 3

NOT REGISTERED TO VOTE? CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE.

 

 

Sunday – 10/8/17

In Everyday Living, Government, History and Heritage, In Columbia, Lists, Opportunities, People, The Susquehanna, Treasures on October 8, 2017 at 6:08 am

older opioidA page one article in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster shines the addiction light on the senior populations who are addicted to opioids. The article points to chronic pain issues as the cause. “It is also the grandparents in their retirement communities, that great-aunt who lives by herself, the retiree with the painful hip.

York’s Mayor Kim Bracey’s son is addicted to opioids, she says, and that’s the reason he attacked her.

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Lancaster County’s Inspections at Lancaster Online. And this week, the printed results of the food serving facilities at the Ephrata Fair. Disturbing to read that two food serving establishments not a the Fair, but in Willow Street and KFC were cited because, “The person in charge is not performing the duties as required by the PA Food Code to actively manage food safety.” That is a scary thought.

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.

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Remember all the early-on fanfare about 255 North Third Street? Remember that the excitement? Remember the Coming Home to Columbia Websites: The projects of Columbia’s Housing Steering Committee & the Columbia Housing Steering Committee facebook page?

That died quickly. But now that property has been sold … for $92,500. The intention of the project has been fulfilled.

Here’s more about the LHOP announcement about the property: “The first Columbia community rehab in partnership with LHOP and Impact Missions is ready to WELCOME YOU HOME! Everything NEW! Efficient natural gas heat and hot water will keep utility costs low. 1st flr powder rm, kitchen island, gas oven/range, stunning floor coverings and covered rear patio area leading to rear yard and off street parking. $10k downpayment/closing cost assistance available for qualified buyers.”

Note, too, that the Columbia Borough School District is finally receiving its share of the Real Estate Property Transfer Tax – the tax that one school board director said it had ceded to the borough at one time in exchange for a per capita tax.

bb5Thousands sauntered, strolled, shopped and snacked their way across The Bridge yesterday on a warm sunny day. We noticed:

  • Increased law enforcement security.
  • Several elected public servants volunteering at the Columbia entrance point.
  • Fewer people on the Wrightsville side around 11:00 am.
  • A handful of chalked vendor spaces with no vendors.
  • At least one vendor displaying or offering for sale the Confederate flag; more than a few fairs and similar venues have banned the sale of that banner.

nra“Here are the members of Congress who take the most money from the gun lobby” MarketWatch

But columnist Jonah Goldberg says the amount the NRA spends to manipulate elected public servants is piddling compared to others. So it’s OK to not have any curbs on automatic weapons.

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Flu you! ” | Why should people get vaccinated against the flu?

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“The importance of bringing broadband to the heartland” Route Fifty

cpd instagramYah!!! Columbia’s Police Department announced it’s now on Instagram at its facebook page. Another step to social media inclusion … another way to communicate with citizens! Well done, CPD.

Can the borough be far behind?

school successFrom SCHOOL BRIEFS in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster.

wowNoticed this in the MUNICIPAL BRIEFS column in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster: “Several of the 45 residents who attended a lively (Denver Borough) Borough Council meeting Sept. 25 peppered officials with questions and comments related to a new quality-of-life ordinance.”

45 people at a council meeting in a town of 3,867 people. But the town’s leaders explained the reasons for the new ordinance that hones in on “specific violations covered by the ordinance: weeds, parking vehicles on grass, furniture outside of residences, accumulation of waste, improper location and storage of trash containers, animal waste build-up and unlicensed or uninspected vehicles on property.”

In another MUNICIPAL BRIEF from Manheim, that borough is wrestling with the costs of continuing to operate the borough-owned swimming pool. And the borough has a K-9 program abetted by a GoFundMe page.

 

Thursday, 10/5/17

In Everyday Living, Government, History and Heritage, In Columbia, Opinions, Opportunities, People on October 5, 2017 at 5:16 am

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No reverence shown at several government-owned properties in Columbia; see the Columbia Spy article.

Charges withdrawn against East Hempfield Township cop accused of breaking into homeLancaster Online

“White supremacist group holds rally in downtown Lancaster” Penn Live

Lancaster County Republican Committee distances itself from the group: RCLC Chairman Condemns “Alt-Right”

Captured | Columbia man accused of leading police on chase following domestic dispute – Lancaster Online

Columbia Woman charged with DUI and Child endangerment West Hempfield Township Police Department Crime Watch

Columbia Man charged with DUI plus seven other chargesWest Hempfield Township Police Department Crime Watch

Flags were at half-staff yesterday almost everywhere … when leaving Hinkle’ last night, we noticed the flag next to the bus stop near the municipal parking lot was not. POTUS ordered “the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff … until sunset, October 6, 2017.

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Columbia letter-to-the-editor writer among lots of other opinions shared (Disagreements with Trump) in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster.

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Prophetic quote from this 2015 LA Weekly article.

Black Friday will not be what it used to be this year as more stores will NOT be open.BlackFriday.com

lawsuitThis ad has been appearing in the tiny classified, legal notices in LNP – Always Lancaster. The ad is looking for people who worked at Armstrong in the 70s, 80s and early 90s to build a case for asbestos; “Sherry L. Day has been assisting attorneys in the investigation and litigation of asbestos cases for over 25 years.”

According to the International Agency on Research for Cancer, there is sufficient evidence that asbestos causes mesothelioma (a relatively rare cancer of the thin membranes that line the chest and abdomen), and cancers of the lung, larynx, and ovary. Although rare, mesothelioma is the most common form of cancer associated with asbestos exposure.”

hinkles lineWe, too, were in the line at Hinkle’s last evening. Too strange having to wait in line on a Wednesday for dinner after years of no “wait” lines. But it was great seeing so many new faces – faces we’ve not seen before patronizing the “soon to disappear” Hinkle’s. Our server told us she’d been really busy all day long with barely any time to take a break. (NOTE: The graphic above appears at a local facebook page.)

committee minutes

A few more council committee meeting minutes are now posted.

9-20-17 Property Committee Meeting Minutes

Highlights: Looking at temporarily closing the market house no later than December 23 – and asking the “Council to approve the retention of an architect for consultation on the proposed Market House renovations as well as authorize the Borough Manager to solicit bids for the hiring of this professional.”

9-13-17 Legislation Committee Meeting Minutes

Highlights: There were discussions about drones, unregistered/unlicensed vehicles, feral cats, dogs in rental units and standard rental unit leases.

Public Works Committee Minutes 9-19-17 – POSTED 10/4/17

Finance_Committee_Minutes_09-25-17 – POSTED 10/4/17

Highlights: “Current owner (of the Cherry Street Home by Our Home of Hope) has paid in full all 2015 back taxes owed to all entities (county, borough, school district); however, 2016 taxes remain past due and this owner has thus far failed to meet his payment obligations for 2016 taxes. Principals for Our Home of Hope have been given legal advice to wait until property is sent to sheriff’s tax sale in order to proceed with acquisition of the property.”

NOT YET POSTED:

  • Community Development Minutes

The Public Safety Committee Meeting Minutes for September have been posted for a while at the Borough Website.

Tuesday – 10/3/17

In Everyday Living, Government, History and Heritage, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities, People, Treasures, Uncategorized on October 3, 2017 at 6:23 am

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page one'''''''''''''''''''''''''… and everyone, except the folks at Hinkle’s (family, employees, Customers and others who patronized the business) has comments and answers.

But, in a second LNP – Always Lancaster “inside article,” the people who shopped, dined and did support Hinkle’s are quoted in a separate article.

terrorist“White American men are a bigger domestic terrorist threat than Muslim foreigners”VOX

‘1,516 mass shootings in 1,735 days: America’s gun crisis – in one chart”The Guardian

Pennsylvania’s elected public servants are high on the leader/taker board: “The NRA has donated $155,600 to Pennsylvania members of Congress who are currently in office.The Washington Post

inothernews

Dozens of comments about Hinkle’s announced closing at Lancaster Online,

Over 150 at Hinkles facebook page.

The Columbia Borough School District Meeting of the Whole is Thursday night at 6:00 pm | Here’s the agenda.

Yes! No! Yes, Tom Petty is dead and it’s heartbreakingly unbearable. Variety

A letter-to-the editor in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster complains about PPL’s service in response to an 18-hour power outage. The writer claims to be a former PPL employee (in the customer service department) appears also to be a KITA; he should be living in Puerto Rico or the US Virgin Islands instead of offering senior-entitled letters.

responsible landlordsThe above quote comes from an article in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster in which Lancaster Housing Opportunity Partnership’s (LHOP) Jim Shultz talks about neighborhood development.

Ah, the quest for responsible landlords goes on – everywhere!

A wonderful aspect of the letters-to-the-editor or comments sections of any medium is that all side of an issue can be voiced in this country. The last letter-to-the-editor takes issue with Ken Burns’ Vietnam War series that was shown on PBS during the past two weeks.  The letter writer wants to make sure that “his side” of the issue is known as he points to a less centrist view. He asks readers to look at a more liberal writer’s view: “A Ball O’ Confusion Is Comin’ to Your TV: Ken Burns’ PBS Series on Vietnam Gives Its Corporate Sponsors Little to Worry About.”

housewreckersSee why at the West Hempfield Township Police Department’s facebook page.

 

board of health

The Columbia Borough Board of Health’s next meeting is Tuesday, October 3 at 7:00 pm – no meeting venue is shown, most likely the meeting is at the Borough Hall. Columbia news, views & reviews was unable to locate any minutes for previous Board of Health meetings at the borough website.

According to the Borough Website, there’s a Board of Health volunteer vacancy; if you are interested in volunteering please contact the Borough Manager at 717-684-2467 Ext. 7318.

According to the Borough Website: “The Board of Health is a relatively unique group in Lancaster County.  Unlike most municipalities which rely on the PA Department of Agriculture for Eating & Drinking Establishment inspections and on the PA Department of Health for sanitation issues, Columbia has chosen to perform these responsibilities to maintain rapid, coordinated, local control.”

Members:

Elizabeth Smedley Chair
Leslie Fritz Member
Dr. John Jensen Member
Dr. Bret Daniels Member
Reva Hall Member
Laurie Gerfin Alternate
Michele Hank Alternate

 

 

Monday – 10/2/17

In Everyday Living, Government, History and Heritage, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities, People, Treasures on October 2, 2017 at 5:55 am

A big part of Columbia’s history since 1893. 

From Hinkle’s facebook page: ”

“Official announcement as appearing in this morning’s Lancaster newspaper.

‘Hinkle’s Pharmacy and Restaurant, a Columbia Borough landmark for 124 years, will close on Wednesday, Oct. 25.

The shutdown of the 261 Locust St. business will idle 71 employees.

John Hinkle III, fourth-generation owner of Hinkle’s, blamed its “declining financial position over the past several years.”

In announcing the decision Monday, Hinkle said in a statement, “It has been an honor and a privilege for our family to serve this community throughout multiple generations.”

He thanked employees and customers “for their loyalty throughout the decades.”

Prescription records will be transferred to CVS Pharmacy.

Hinkle’s was founded in 1893 by Samuel Hinkle on the corner of Third and Locust streets in Columbia.

His son, John Hinkle joined his father in business in 1925 and was followed by his son, John Hinkle Jr. in 1958. John Hinkle III entered the business in 1990.”

This is posted at Lancaster Online

 

Stephen-C-PaddockA terrorist looks like this | The “first picture of gunman Stephen Paddock who killed at least 50 people by opening fire on Las Vegas crowds.”The Mirror, London

Another early in the incident report: “Police there told CBS News the suspect was white, in his 60s, had been living in a retirement community and hadn’t had any run-ins with law enforcement. He wasn’t a veteran, Mesquite police added.”

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s facebook site has incident updates and points to Twitter feeds too. This is the right way to tweet.

WHAT! “Nevada state law defines Las Vegas mass shooting as an act of terrorism – But police say they are ‘not at this point’ treating incident as terror”The Indepeendent

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“How you can help hurricane victims in Puerto Rico”PBS

connectedColumbia … connected!

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storefrontStorage units along the Washington Boro gateway.

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“Antici-painting” the new look on these properties. Seems whenever there’s been a paint transformation on a Columbia property it’s had the L. Weber & Son sign on it. We’re eagerly awaiting this new storefront face.

Here’s a recapture of sorts.

weber paintsome of the L. Weber downtown properties

A local paint contractor, L. Weber & Son Painting, appears to be on the preferred list of the property owners at the vanguard of the “plantings, porches and paint” concepts posted here nearly four years ago.

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An article in this morning’s LNP – Always Lancaster states: “UGI work upsetting residents and mayor – Homeowners say the utility is not consulting them about gas meter installations.” And this is news? UGI’s never been a municipality’s friend.

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Why doesn’t government do a better job of vetting? That’s a question that’s begging for answers in Lancaster with its broadband adventure (“Residents raise concerns over LanCity Connect broadband”) and in Kentucky, too.

“KentuckyWired could be a disaster for Kentucky”The Louisville Courier-Journal

Back when it was conceived, it was billed as “KentuckyWired, also referred to as Kentucky I-Way in eastern Kentucky, is a statewide, open-access fiber optic network which will deliver robust, reliable and affordable Internet to communities across the state through broadband technology.”

Maybe because government is spending your money!

“Eight American women died in Vietnam, too”The Conversation

Yeah, sure … and I’m from the government and I’m here to help you! “Trump advisers insist tax cut proposal won’t favor rich.” The Washington Post

 

The Library | a most important part of all communities

In Everyday Living, History and Heritage, In Columbia, Opinions, Opportunities, People, Treasures on October 2, 2017 at 4:40 am

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GRAND DAY

Yesterday was a grand day – and an exciting day – for Columbia as scores of citizens gathered by the the Locust Street Park for the groundbreaking ceremony for the expansion and renovations of the Columbia Public Library on Sunday afternoon.

There are lots more photos at the Library’s facebook page and Columbia Spy‘s got much more on the event here.

donateLibraries are a community treasure … a family gathering spot. The building and expansion project depends on the contributions and donations from everyone in the community. Students from Our Lady of the Angels were present with their coin contributions.

“You might be surprised to learn that libraries receive absolutely no funding from the federal government and only a small amount from Lancaster County. The bulk of our income comes from the State of PA (currently less than $50,000) and Columbia Borough. The rest must be made up from folks like you who know how important libraries are!”

You can make designate your contribution to the building and expansion project | click here for donation information.

Community Centered: 23 Reasons Why Your Library Is the Most Important Place in Town”

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Sunday – 10/1/17

In Education, Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opportunities on October 1, 2017 at 8:03 am

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Lancaster County’s Inspections at Lancaster Online. At the state’s online directory, the more current results list the food serving facilities at the Ephrata Fair.

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.

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In letters to property owners, “Police ask landowners along Atlantic Sunrise gas pipeline if they will allow protesters on properties.” NOTE: This is a Lancaster Online Insider article and also a page one article in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster.

Most of us believe in the First Amendment: “The First Amendment (Amendment I) to the United States Constitution prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion, ensuring that there is no prohibition on the free exercise of religion, abridging the freedom of speech, infringing on the freedom of the press, interfering with the right to peaceably assemble, or prohibiting the petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances. It was adopted on December 15, 1791, as one of the ten amendments that constitute the Bill of Rights.”

govermnent center

Several weeks ago at a council meeting, the mayor noted that there’s a movement to municipal government centers. Ephrata’s borough is that; it’s fire station is directly across the street.

WH buildingWest Hempfield Township is constructing a municipal government center, “a 33,500 sq.ft. building which will house our municipal administration office, police department, and West Hempfield Fire & Rescue station. We anticipate completion of the project in late summer or early fall of 2018.”

Library ground breaking

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The above quote is from the Lancaster Online Insider (and LNP – Always Lancaster) article about standardized test scores across Lancaster County’s school districts in which, “Columbia also had the lowest percentage of proficient or advanced students in the county on each of the three Keystone Exams among traditional high schools.”

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“Former Bank Teller Pleads Guilty To Stealing Almost $200,000 From Homeless Customer” NPR

“How Fake News Turned a Small Town Upside Down” – A New York Times article about fake news, a small town’s political powers’ failings and a newspaper writer’s dogged determination to be a “truth seeker.”

“Partly sunny, with a high near 73.” | That’s the long-term forecast for next Saturday; Let’s hope so, because that’s the day for the Bridge Bust.

What is a Center of Excellence? (Family First Health is a center of excellence). “Centers of Excellence help ensure that people with opioid-related substance use disorder stay in treatment to receive follow-up care and are supported within their communities. The centers coordinate care for people with Medicaid, and treatment is team-based and ‘whole person’ focused, with the explicit goal of integrating behavioral health and primary care.”

board of health

The Columbia Borough Board of Health’s next meeting is Tuesday, October 3 at 7:00 pm – no meeting venue is shown, most likely the meeting is at the Borough Hall. Columbia news, views & reviews was unable to locate any minutes for previous Board of Health meetings at the borough website.

According to the Borough Website, there’s a Board of Health volunteer vacancy; if you are interested in volunteering please contact the Borough Manager at 717-684-2467 Ext. 7318.

According to the Borough Website: “The Board of Health is a relatively unique group in Lancaster County.  Unlike most municipalities which rely on the PA Department of Agriculture for Eating & Drinking Establishment inspections and on the PA Department of Health for sanitation issues, Columbia has chosen to perform these responsibilities to maintain rapid, coordinated, local control.”

Members:

Elizabeth Smedley Chair
Leslie Fritz Member
Dr. John Jensen Member
Dr. Bret Daniels Member
Reva Hall Member
Laurie Gerfin Alternate
Michele Hank Alternate

 

Saturday – 9/30/17

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities on September 30, 2017 at 7:19 am

coffee with a copHere’s a national program that makes sense. In addition to programs that connect law enforcement with citizens, programs like officers walking a beat; Lebanon’s Walk with a Cop and other community connectivity initiatives are positive trends.

“Coffee with a Cop brings police officers and the community members they serve together–over coffee–to discuss issues and learn more about each other.”

Lancaster’s police department has a Coffee with a Cop day scheduled. Manheim Township’s department does as well. In Columbia, nothing yet!

albatwitchjpgAlbatwitch Day is Saturday, October 14, in Columbia, Lancaster County.

“Albatwitch – like Bigfoot only smaller – celebrated in Lancaster County” Penn Live

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NOW POSTED at the Borough Website: Newsletter – The Columbia Connection – Fall 2017

“Blue Privilege” alleged following this incident: “Local police officer facing felony charge “Lancaster Online

Finally, a leader, a general officer with integrity and grit speaks: If you can’t treat everyone equally and with respect, “then you need to get out.”The New York Times [NOTE: A teaching moment for #45!]

This Is Why Puerto Rico Needs Statehood

A Horrifying Statistic That Conveys the Sheer Scale of the Opioid Crisis

swamp creatureOne of the POTUSs swamp creatures is gone | Draining the swamp of the creatures he brought in.

lots of targetsWhen everyone and everything is a target … who knows when, where and toward what or whom the next crazed lashout will be directed?

Here’s #45’s target of the moment | “Trump blasts San Juan mayor as Puerto Rico rebuilds”The Boston Globe

liarRi-g-h-t! Sure! Pants on fire. “Trump Could Save More Than $1 Billion Under His New Tax Plan”The Washington Post

col pv gameLots of red on the field | Columbia’s game against Pequea Valley get’s lots of photo coverage in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster. Pick up a copy of the paper.

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Center of Excellence (COE) substance use services offered at Columbia Center

ManufacturingWeek2017_LogoPennsylvania Manufacturing Week 2017 | Saturday, Sept. 30th through Oct. 6.

The beauty of “no-bid” contracts | The games municipalities play

 

Friday – 09/29/17

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities, People on September 29, 2017 at 7:23 am

DEALHow ’bout I take over $400,000 from you and pay you back $51,887.31?

News from the POTUS’s Swamp.

another cpd postMore activity from the Columbia Police Department facebook page.

this is a scam - the evelopeThis scam is back again, according to this Lancaster Online article. IN 2015, Columbia news, views & reviews carried this piece about this kind of mail scam.

tax breakMore from the Swamp creatures | “Six Charts That Help Explain
the Republican Tax Plan”The New York Times

Image may contain: textThis is posted at a local facebook page – but not at the Columbia Public Library Website.

clappingLNP – Always Lancaster applauds Columbia’s Lead-Safe Columbia project in editorial.

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Celebrate National Coffee Day with a Complimentary Cup of Joe at Turkey Hill

Turkey Hill Minit Markets is celebrating National Coffee Day—Friday, September 29—by offering customers a free 16-ounce cup of fresh brewed coffee or cappuccino in a special, Facebook-only promotion.

To receive a free cup of coffee, visit any Turkey Hill Minit Markets store and show the National Coffee Day ad from the Turkey Hill Minit Markets Facebook page on your phone.

Although the free 16-ounce coffee offer is valid on Friday, September 29 only, coffee lovers have a little longer to enjoy another great offer. As part of the Turkey Hill Minit Markets 50th Anniversary celebration, any size coffee or cappuccino is $1.00 through October 4. – news release

Why does Columbia have its own food serving inspection practice? Citizens deserve better.

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opportunities on September 27, 2017 at 9:42 pm

Every Sunday, Columbia news, views & reviews posts links to restaurant inspections in Lancaster and York Counties. These inspections are accomplished in accordance with Pennsylvania’s Department of Agriculture standardized inspection criteria.

Here’s a part of this past Sunday’s post.

Lancaster County’s Inspections at Lancaster Online. – Yes, all food serving establishments have to be inspected. Interesting this week are the number of schools that were inspected including one with this in its report: “Non-food service workers, unauthorized personnel are entering kitchen to serve themselves soup.” Not suprisingly, the “mess hall” can turn into a watering hole without a qualified, assiduous dining facility supervisor.

Yet, Columbia’s local food service inspector allegedly inspects ALL Columbia’s establishments serving food? Including schools?

So this post at the Columbia facebook page “What’s Happening in Columbia,Pa. and Area – Part 1”:

“My daughter goes to Columbia High School and this is what she was served today for lunch. There is mold on the bread and she said hers was not the only one that has mold on it. I’m pissed now she has to be hungry until she gets home because she refuses to eat anything else from there. Omw to pick her up.”

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prompted a huge number of responses like these:

Restaurant inspections and school cafeteria inspections are both done by a Borough employee. Who BTW calls ahead to his appointments so they can be prepared. Don’t we deserve better than this?”

Columbia does their own inspections, has their own Heath department. Believe me, I WISH the department of agriculture would do the inspections, but they don’t.

She did the lunch aide told her not to say anything smh

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.

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Come on, Columbia, we can do better! Get in sync with the rest of the county … get consistency in food serving facility inspections. Get rid of the local yokel mindset.

board of health

The Columbia Borough Board of Health’s next meeting is Tuesday, October 3 at 7:00 pm – no meeting venue is shown, most likely the meeting is at the Borough Hall. Columbia news, views & reviews was unable to locate any minutes for previous Board of Health meetings at the borough website.

According to the Borough Website, there’s a Board of Health volunteer vacancy; if you are interested in volunteering please contact the Borough Manager at 717-684-2467 Ext. 7318.

According to the Borough Website: “The Board of Health is a relatively unique group in Lancaster County.  Unlike most municipalities which rely on the PA Department of Agriculture for Eating & Drinking Establishment inspections and on the PA Department of Health for sanitation issues, Columbia has chosen to perform these responsibilities to maintain rapid, coordinated, local control.”

Members:

Elizabeth Smedley Chair
Leslie Fritz Member
Dr. John Jensen Member
Dr. Bret Daniels Member
Reva Hall Member
Laurie Gerfin Alternate
Michele Hank Alternate