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Ribbon cutting ceremony will celebrate the arrival of trolley service in Columbia

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opportunities on May 19, 2016 at 6:28 pm

Columbia, PA – The Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center and Columbia Borough announce a collaborative effort that will bring a trolley to the historic area of Columbia.  This service debuted with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, May 25, at 6:30 pm.

A trolley service in downtown Columbia has long been imagined. The concept was included in Columbia’s Economic Development Strategic Plan and now comes to fruition. A trolley provided through a contract with Rivertowne Trolley Company will follow a loop that includes 10 stops at various attractions in Columbia.  For a small fee riders may enjoy this hop on, hop off trolley service on Thursdays through Sundays beginning May 26 and ending September 4.  This restored Victorian trolley with mahogany appointments will run from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm on those scheduled days. Volunteers will add to the experience by narrating the route.

Guests who wish to use this service are encouraged to park free of charge at the Columbia Municipal Parking Lot at Front & Locust Streets.  For more information, visit the SVCC website www.PaRivertowns.com  or call 717-684-5249.

SOURCE: news release

appears someone can measure “economic impact”

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opportunities, Uncategorized on May 17, 2016 at 7:26 am

So it is possible …

“Lancaster General Health reports $2.1 billion economic impact; Here’s what that means for Lancaster County”Lancaster Online

“If Columbia Borough Council can change its ways, so can Mount Joy.”

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opinions, Opportunities, Uncategorized on May 13, 2016 at 5:22 am

Wow, there’s a public pat on the  back.

The editorial in today’s “hold-it-in-your-hands” LNP – Always Lancaster is hammering Mount Joy’s lack of transparency with its citizens .

“That’s a complete turnaround since March when Columbia charged an LNP news correspondent $32 for the board packet five days after a meeting,” the editorial continues.

Government entities need to know that the citizens in this representative democracy are the Customers. Government exist only to serve and protect Customers.

Why are these “elected public servants” seemingly trying to hide things from the folks they’re pledged to “protect and serve.”

Each of them takes this oath: “”I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support, obey and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of this Commonwealth and that I will discharge the duties of my office with fidelity.” – Maybe some of them ought to re-read these documents!

“Providing excellent services to citizens, businesses and other organizations is integral to most federal agencies’ missions. However, agencies have not always put the needs of their customers first when designing and delivering services. And they have not always embraced the latest technology to ensure that their customers are receiving the best services possible.” – Serving Citizens | Strategies for Coustomer-centered Government in the Digital Age.

serving citizensClick on the graphic to download this report.

In case you still harbor a remote thought …

In Everyday Living, Government, Opinions, Opportunities, Uncategorized on May 6, 2016 at 2:09 pm

that anyone in government is looking out for the “average citizen.”


This comes from freepress.net.

BAD NEWS: According to several news reports, the FCC has voted to approve the Charter-Time Warner Cable merger.

With Chairman Tom Wheeler at the helm, the agency ignored hundreds of thousands of people like you who urged it to block this disastrous deal. Instead of standing with the people who use the Internet, he sided with the companies that want to control it.

Here’s Where Things Stand:
Charter now rivals Comcast in size. Together the two companies will offer service to nearly 80 percent of U.S. households. In more than half of Charter’s territory, customers will have no other real option for bundled broadband and pay-TV services. Without real competition, Charter can charge whatever it wants.

And Charter has to charge more: This deal is saddling it with nearly $27 billion in new debt. To repay that, Charter will have to raise its already steep prices. This merger will hit low-income communities and low-income people of color the hardest, forcing many offline.

The FCC attached various conditions to the merger. But know this: No conditions can make this deal OK.

What the Decision Means for You:
If you’re a Time Warner Cable customer, you can say hello to Charter’s much higher prices, which currently start at $40/month for the first year of service and jump from there. While it isn’t clear when Charter will implement the rate hikes, the company needs to pay off its debt. It will do that by charging customers more.

If you’re breathing a sigh of relief because you’re not in the Charter-Time Warner Cable orbit, well — don’t. Because this merger gives Charter so much market power, it will be able — along with Comcast — to influence what all providers charge for broadband and cable. This means you can expect your already high rates to get even higher. What’s more, this deal will have grave impacts for the online video market — hurting consumers seeking to cut the cord.

Go to FreePress.net to find out what you can do to help undo this travesty ruling.

Next, remember to vote against any incumbent. It’s time to start anew!

Remember Comcast and Charter “openly” write checks to the “elected public servants.” Look at the numbers at OpenSecrets.org.

Who knows what is not openly done?

One dissenting vote

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. – SOURCE: The Declaration of Independence.



“Very interesting … but stupid!”

In Education, Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opportunities, People, Uncategorized on May 2, 2016 at 6:28 am

Remember the famous Arte Johnson line?

So, how come the Columbia Borough School Board has so many “executive sessions” with one and two word narratives … in the shadow of the admonition to the Manheim Township School Board’s hiding information?

And how come, the School Board has the temerity to lay so many rules including “announcement of their name, address and group affiliation if appropriate?” transparency rules on citizens? Who determines the appropriateness?

And why can’t citizens find the April 18 memo written by Acting Superintendent Klawitter, “Exploration of District Partnership between Columbia Borough School District and Eastern Lancaster County School District”at the Borough Website?

Not to worry, citizens may find out the specifics at the May Board meeting; the memo states:

“We intend to provide more detailed analysis and information at the May 2016 Board Meeting so that a decision can be made in a timely manner leading into the summer months and new fiscal year.”

Floodplain Management Ordinance: topic for the council meeting on March 14

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opportunities, Uncategorized on March 5, 2016 at 5:42 am

Among the issues for discussion and intended action for the Columbia Borough Council meeting slated for Monday, March 14 is the “Floodplain Management Ordinance requiring all persons, partnerships, businesses, and incorporations to obtain a permit … ” – Lancaster Online

randomality | notes on stuff we read about

In Everyday Living, Government, History and Heritage, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities, People, Uncategorized on February 17, 2016 at 8:18 am

treeNotice all the chatter about the razing of the trees at River Park? And the comments about new ones being planted in the spring. How long does it take for a tree to get to be the size of the downed ones? Depends, but lots of folks may not be around to see the growth. Here are the “fastest growing trees.”

Supreme Court of the United StatesKind of disturbing to know there are some “elected public servants” who would rather blindly follow party tripe than follow the intent of the Constitution. Among the beautiful, lasting tributes to our form of government is that positions in the branches of government can be filled in an orderly manner. The appointment process has precedent.

See here.

Or here.

Or here.

Or here.


“Nobody listens to us!”

The divisiveness in politics is at the root of the current malaise in government. This column in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster kind of “nails it” we think, as the author plainly speaks out: ““Nobody listens to us!”

Politicians, increasingly career politicians, march to the dogma spewed by party leadership rather than than those they’re elected to represent. Ergo, the “elected public servants” are serving the wrong masters. Stop them – vote them out!


Why does it seem that Columbia never appears in the Municipal Briefs or the School Briefs?


In some cultures, when there’s a major screw-up impacting public safety or ethics, the perpetrator “falls on his sword” or resigns or is arrested. Why is it that we don’t get the same from the folks who screw up in this country?

For instance, when the folks at the helm of the protected monoply, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, “left more than 500 vehicles stranded on the turnpike in Somerset County, some for more than 24 hours” recently, the highly paid leader, turnpike commission Chairman Sean F. Logan said, “We want to learn from this. Our team recognizes that we need to be held accountable for our management of this emergency.”

More than 75 people with the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission get paid more than $100,000 plus generous benefits – the chief executive officer made nearly $195,000 in 2014. Ah, again, the beauty of being on the career political merry-go-round.

Wouldn’t you think if you were paid that much you’d get weather reports right; particularly if you were handed  the instruction manual that included many of the things that were identified in the Valentine’s Day Massacre?

Classic films in York start later this month

In Everyday Living, Lists, Opportunities on January 14, 2016 at 7:32 am


A Columbia news, views & reviews reader shared this news!

York’s “Capitol Theatre is bringing film back to downtown York starting on January 23. The exciting new series features a film every Saturday at 7 p.m. for 10 weeks and every First Friday at 9 p.m. through June. From independent films to classics, documentaries to silent films, there is something for every film enthusiast.

“Come early to hear The Mighty Wurlitzer organ starting 30 minutes prior to each film. The organ is played by members of the Susquehanna Valley Theatre Organ Society and delivers a truly unique theatre-going experience.

“Tickets are only $7 per person. NOTE: Tickets for the 2016 Oscar Nominated Short Films are $8 per person

Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the Box Office one hour before the film starts.

INTO THE WILD: Jan. 23 at 7 p.m.

MARLEY: Jan. 30 at 7 p.m.





GOOD MORNING VIETNAM: Feb. 20 at 7 p.m.

GREASE: Feb. 27 at 7 p.m.

DONNY DARKO: March 4 at 9 p.m.

AMY: March 5 at 7 p.m.

CASABLANCA: March 12 at 7 p.m.

HE NAMED ME MALALA: March 19 at 7 p.m.

SILENT FILM (accompanied by the Wurlitzer organ): March 26 at 7 p.m.


DAZED AND CONFUSED: May 6 at 9 p.m.

KILL BILL: June 3 at 9 p.m.

Monday night’s council meeting – January 11, 2016

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opportunities, People on January 11, 2016 at 9:22 pm

The first regularly scheduled council meeting of the new year was called to order by newly elected council president, Kelly Murphy at 7:07 pm at the borough hall council chambers before an assembly of fewer than 10 citizens and two students from Our Lady of the Angels School.

Here is the agenda for the meeting.

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Council president Murphy verbally added an agenda item, Item 14.  b. “Consider acceptance of Route 441 turnback upon receipt from PennDOT pending the solicitor’s review and approval.”

olaMayor Leo Lutz recognized Catholic Schools Week by presenting a proclamation to representatives from Our Lady of the Angels School; shown above (from left) are Michele Detz, faculty member and the president and vice president of the Student Council.



The councillors glided through the agenda items and the council president announced that the council meetings-of-the-whole would be discontinued and the separate committee meetings would be reinstated. The committee chairpersons and the dates and meeting times for the separate committees will be posted on the Borough Website.

The announcement for a Columbia Crossing Building Manager is posted at the Borough Website:

The Susquehanna Heritage is accepting applications for Manager at Columbia Crossing Building – Full time position

Job Description: Columbia Crossing Manager

The announcement is also posted at the Susquehanna Gateway Heritage Website.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:52 pm.

“No money, no police force” – Public Source

In Everyday Living, Government, Opinions, Opportunities on January 10, 2016 at 8:54 am

Small towns are dissolving their police departments in greater numbers, and the borough of Wilkinsburg is the latest to consider it.”

police-disbandment-officer-005“Officer Brad Kaiser of the Ohio Township Police Department patrols on Neville Road in Neville Township. The Ohio Township Police Department is contracted to police seven neighboring communities, including Neville Township.” (Photo by Connor Mulvaney/PublicSource)

By Christing Managnas | Public Source | January 10, 2016

“Decades ago, businesses and residents flocked to Wilkinsburg. It was an upscale area with little trouble. Today, the main streets of the downtrodden borough still wear the remnants of the boom; crime is steady and money is harder to come by for not only the residents, but also local government.

“Lined with many vacant storefronts, most people use the borough’s stretch of Penn Avenue only as a thoroughfare. Wood Street is checkered with boarded windows, and the names of former businesses linger — Mel’s Shoe Repair, the African Store, an old sweet shop.

“In this financially distressed town, consolidation has become a common term.

“Wilkinsburg has relied on the City of Pittsburgh for fire coverage since 2011 and, beginning next school year, Pittsburgh schools also will host Wilkinsburg’s middle and high school students.

“Next, the police force for this 2.3-square-mile town could be defunded and consolidated.”

Read this article in its entirety at PublicSource.


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