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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

Yeah, you think? Duh?

In Government, History and Heritage, Opinions, Opportunities, Uncategorized on July 9, 2016 at 7:52 am

“serious problems in both the decisions to go to war and in the bungled occupation — planning for which, it deemed, was ‘wholly inadequate’ — that followed the ousting of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.”

That comment’s coming from some “after the fact” introspection of Great Britain’s involvement in a war that never should have been fought. This Washington Post article states how the nation “gets it now” that Saddam Hussein posed no real threat to the war-thirsty western nations.

From a Columbia news, views and reviews opinion – August, 2013

It’s just a national shame, for Great Britain and for the United States, that those in authority in the US then (and those elected public servants in Congress who cast “yes” votes) allowed the US to be suckered down the path to war.

Read the Executive summary of the Iraq inquiry.


Snippets on a Fourth Friday

In Everyday Living, In Columbia, Opportunities, Uncategorized on June 24, 2016 at 6:26 am

A sign of times to come – Great Britain leaves the EU | will try to go it alone.The New York Times

Eight reasons why it happenedBBC news

“We have to look at the things that matter in people’s everyday lives, perhaps where there have been ambiguities, where there’s been arrogance and where people have felt it’s been an elite project… ” – Swedish Minister Ann Linde in this article, “What is the rest of Europe saying as Brexit storms to victory?”The Express, London

“Presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump called the Brexit “a great thing.” – from this article – How Brexit will hit America” at The Conversation

ultra-thin-solar.0 Solar cells, wrapped around a glass panel about 1 mm thick. – AIP

“Solar panels have gotten thinner than a human hair. Soon they’ll be everywhere.”Vox.com

sheriff sales

Sheriff’s Sales Listing – July 27, 2016

“50 Million Americans live with disabilities – so why ignore their vote” 


Stars and stripes on gun

“Congressional Democrats Sit Down, Republicans Stand Up, On Gun Control” The Adobo Chronicles

So, we’re talking with a few F&M students last night at an event. When we asked them if they’d ever read or seen videos about the 1968 Democratic Convention, there were blank stares. Does history repeat?

taxes due

Your invitation …


“Please join us for our SCCA Invitational, Friday, June 24 from 5-9 p.m. at 224 Locust Street, Columbia, PA. Please see the attached poster and  original art, “Road Haus” by Richard Huck.
“The show is curated by Milt Friedly and Robert Troxell and features many local talents including Dan Burns, Jim Gallagher, Carol Galligan, Claire Giblin, Claire Lavin and Richard Huck. In addition we have included some of the area’s young emerging talent: Pottery by Rebecca Ast; Paintings by Kristy Huesken and Meghan Kreider; and sculptor Tom Yurkovic.
“We will have printmaking by Milt Friedly (Most of Milt’s work will be removed for a show at the North Museum.), Robert Troxell and Shawn Williams. Pottery by Milt Friedly, Jim Lard and Robert Troxell.
“Stamped fine art by Tennesee  artist Carl Gombert. And a special floor installation by James Fuhrman.
“Thanks and we hope to see you Friday.
“Susquehanna Center for the Creative Arts
224 Locust Street
Columbia, PA 17512
SOURCE: news release
mayfly festival

Music and movies this summer

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opportunities, Uncategorized on June 10, 2016 at 9:33 am

There’ll be music in the Park on Fourth Fridays at 5th and Locust this summer  … here’s Columbia Spy’s reporting on that.

And there’ll be Movies under the Stars at River Park beginning on June 17.

Showing the world – to the park or where to park

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opinions, Opportunities on June 1, 2016 at 7:42 pm

They really do a great job with befuddling folks. Imagine you’re a visitor and you see this “luxurious sign” near where you think the River Park, the trail head, the trail services building is.

park really

So is the Park to the left?

Or do you think that sign’s supposed to read,”PARKING?”

And is this borough really so bad off the sign’s the best it can do?

Celebrate National Trails Day on Saturday

In Everyday Living, In Columbia, Opportunities, Uncategorized on May 31, 2016 at 10:08 am

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Heroin | a community conversation

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opportunities, Uncategorized on May 22, 2016 at 8:43 am

This announcement is posted at the Columbia Police Department’s facebook page and at the Columbia Spy’s Website. It is an important community announcement that’s intended to get the attention of everyone in the community. Come to the Community Conversation on June 7 to learn about the heroin onslaught across Pennsylvania and here.

There’s an cogent comment at the Columbia Police Department’s facebook page:

Heroin doesn’t just kill, after you get in jail and take a prescription to subdue the urge, your life is still in chaos. You will be in debt for 20 years paying off your prison fees and fines and restitution. You will live with guilt and some day you must explain it to your children. Not me personally, someone I love very much.”

This Allentown Morning Call interview with Pennsylvania’s state prison system Corrections Secretary John Wetzel contains his equally telling observations about the doubly devastating outcomes when heroin users are jailed with no treatment provisions.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says:

  • Heroin use more than doubled among young adults ages 18–25 in the past decade.
  • More than 9 in 10 people who used heroin also used at least one other drug.
  • 45% of people who used heroin were also addicted to prescription opioid painkillers.


Bayer’s pre-war heroin bottle, originally containing 5 grams of Heroin substance. – SOURCE: historytoday.com
Here’s an interesting article for more background on heroin; not just a modern societal phenomenon.