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A vote for Joe is a vote for “democrazy” | so too is a vote for a foul-mouthed braggart or a flat-out lying politico

In Government, Opinions, Opportunities, People, Uncategorized on October 19, 2016 at 7:07 pm

So, it’s just a few hours until the next and last debate (thank goodness). We’re casting out absentee ballot tomorrow morning; maybe you are too.

Maybe you’re still deliberating; here’s another “option” you may want to consider.


The New York Post said this yesterday:

“Joe Exotic isn’t the typical candidate for president of the United States, but based on the current election, that might be his greatest asset. Unlike Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, he’s running on a platform that we know he can stick to.”

Oh, yeah … here’s his campaign video.

Long live democracy!

One choice is as much a selection for “democrazy” as another in this election! Way to go, look-alike major parties.

Your complete dysfunction opens the doors!

Are you prepared for Election Day?

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


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


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


Performance Audit – Columbia Borough School District – Lancaster County, Pennsylvania – 09/29/2016

In Education, Everyday Living, Government, Opportunities, Uncategorized on October 6, 2016 at 11:34 am


Click on the graphic to download the report.

quick change artistry

In Education, Government, In Columbia, Opportunities, Uncategorized on October 3, 2016 at 7:50 pm

Yesterday, we noted:

school-board-meetings… but there’s no agenda for the Tuesday, October 4 meeting posted?

Today, at the Website, with no notice, it’s changed and the Curriculum and Property Committee meetings have been deleted.


Harrisburg wants to restructure operation of its market, too | considering “to continue charging a nominal $1 annual rent to the nonprofit”

In Government, Opportunities, Uncategorized on September 20, 2016 at 5:32 am


The state capitol’s Broad Street Market operation is being bounced about; now the city is considering relinquishing “responsibility for management, maintenance and capital improvements at the city-owned buildings to a new nonprofit.”

The article states the market is nearly filled with vendors; according to the market’s Website, nearly 40 vendors attend to Customers every Thursday & Friday from 7 AM – 6 PM and Saturday, 7 AM – 4 PM.



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.”


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


reader shared a surprise and some “non-surprises”

In Everyday Living, Government, Opportunities, Uncategorized on September 6, 2016 at 5:43 pm

This afternoon, a reader sent us an email with a mild surprise – and a few non-surprises – all listed at Central Pennsylvania Business Journal.

Surprise! “ITT Technical Institute in Harrisburg closesCompany, blaming federal government move, closes all campuses”

Pennlive too, carried this AP article: “ITT Technical Institute closes, leaving 45,000 students without a school”

Non-Surprises! Last Monday, we posted this:

Today’s Non-Surprise #1: “State auditor predicts financial crisis for Pa. Turnpike, transit”

Pennlive, too, reports on the fiscal irregularities and the history of corruption at the Turnpike Commission.

Non-Surprise #2: “Pa. tax collections down through August”

  • So “sin tax” receipts are up while corporate income taxes, personal income taxes and realty transfer taxes are way down. Might be time to consider adding more sins to the tax pile: marijuana, prostitution, etc.?  Could have been a tax revenue stream here, for example.
  • Or just maybe, the state could budget the way the average prudent household does!!! Rein in your impulsive spending. Reduce the size of the elected public servants at the state level. Quit with the dumass and wildly inaccurate estimates.
  • Once upon a time in the corporate world, we were challenged with monthly reports. Called the FLASH REPORTS; we renamed them F.L.A.S.H. or “F (bleepin’) Lies And Silly Hopes” reports.
  • Think the state may be working in the same heavily leveraged world?


mark your calendars for these events at the Library

In Education, Everyday Living, In Columbia, Opportunities, People, Uncategorized on August 4, 2016 at 4:54 am



9 north museum

10 - tie dye

11 - ladybug

Meanwhile … on this day

In Everyday Living, In Columbia, Opportunities, People, Uncategorized on July 29, 2016 at 8:13 am

This is posted at What’s Happening in Columbia,Pa. and Area” facebook page: “So yesterday some guy knocked on my door my son (18) answered and he told my son that my landlord had sent him to check a gas leak (which we don’t have) my son told him my parents didn’t say anything about anyone coming to check anything and he insisted when will we be home my son replied don’t know, double checked with my landlord just in case and he said no he’s not aware of any leaks, so last night around 2:30-3:00 am my dogs start barking up a storm like they never have so it was so loud that they woke my son up he came downstairs to check and the kitchen door was pushed like some one try to open it and today at like around 8pm the dogs started barking again when my son went to check a guy was peeking in the window and then ran. So just wanted to make everyone aware of what’s going on I live on 3rd st. Police have been aware of the situation.
Just want to let anyone know that has to do with these attempts to break into my house they will get a BIG!! surprise. So everyone please be aware and make sure all your doors are locked at all times.” Several commenters, follow that post.


Received this news item from Partners in Thyme:

partners in thyme

“The Partners in Thyme “ Herb Club of Northern Baltimore and Southern York County enjoyed a Quality Thyme trip to the Lancaster Farmacy in Lancaster County. This fantastic 5 acre herb farm is Lancaster County’s  best kept secret for an exciting tour of fantastic herbs, for both enhancing your culinary cooking skills and learning old traditions of healing herbs found only in text books and specialty stores. Folks, Here it is, in our own “BACK YARD” servicing York and Lancaster county.

This very specialized farm also offers courses and materials on over 30 medicinal herbs that folks are rediscovering. The farm is operated by a very charming couple who are diversed in all the herbs and quality foods for good health. “ Go meet” Elisabeth Weaver and Casey Spacht and reclaim your health care, nourish your body, and learn about the herbs that have been around for centuries.

“The Partners in Thyme”  herb club meets the first Friday of each month from September through June at the Glenview Alliance Church, 10037 Susquehanna Trail, Glen Rock, Pa. We offer programs, workshops and special trips.


Get ready for an incredible week, no make that, month, at the Columbia Public Library:

1 - neighborhoods


1- juggler


2 - national night out


2 - nno 2


3 - alaska


3 - spencer