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Sunday – 8/6/17

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities, People on August 6, 2017 at 8:29 am

injusticeThis begins a long string at the “What’s Happening in Columbia,Pa. and Area – Part 1” facebook page.

Broad brushing tenants as an issue is inaccurate | broad brushing slumlords is accurate, though.

libertarian“How a libertarian experiment in city government fell apart over taxes, debt and some very angry people.”TexasObserver.org –

While in Michigan, a town wants to disincorporate to “eliminate all village taxes.”Mlive.com

net neutralNew court ruling gives municipalities “a wide berth to regulate cable companies operating in their jurisdictions.”RouteFifty

vol openingsStep up – volunteer to serve in one of these important roles.


Lancaster County’s Inspections at Lancaster Online. May want to steer clear of Beanie’s until the “person in charge does have adequate knowledge of food safety.”

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.

7 libraryTomorrow evening at the Columbia Public Library

millensAn “essay … about what it’s like to be a fiftysomething woman in “a daycare for hyperactive young adults.” – Twelve Thirty Six

weak mayorA Maine city is in turbulence because the mayor tries to overstep his boundaries.Portland Press-Herald

California Tax Payers Rush To Meet Tax Filing DeadlineWar & Donald Duck | “How tax withholding became the norm for American workers.”MarketPlace

drugs“Rich teens, drug abuse and the importance of involved parents.” JournalistsResource

no debit.jpgThis Michelle Singletary column warns about using debit cards. The Washington Post

Your checklist for “Lost or Stolen Credit, ATM, and Debit Cards”Federal Trade Commission

HiroshimaRuinsLargeOn August 6, 1945, an American bomber drops atomic bomb on Hiroshima.History.com


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“Columbia Historic Market House is celebrating the end of summer and the beginning of the school year with an ‘End of Summer Bash’. On Saturday, August 19th 11am to 1pm. Games will be held and prizes given out will be school supplies that were donated by the stand holders.

“On Fourth Friday this month, Friday, August 25th 5pm to 8pm, we are welcoming United Artists Behind Bars. Sheri Williams is bringing a large assortment of watercolors and pen & ink drawings. The U.A.B.B. was founded by Sheri Williams President/C.E.O., and its co-founders in 2013. While her son was incarcerated, she has seen him and other inmates have artistic talents in which there was no outlets to share with others on the outside world. Sheri wanted to make a change to show others from the inside out what talents prisoners do have to offer through art. Their Motto is that ‘We Promote Change Through Art’, which means change within one’s self with wanting to become a productive member of society while still in prison, making a financial gain for yourself through the sales of art, and helping others to succeed through your artistic talents. As Founder, President/C.E.O. of the U.A.B.B., Sheri welcomes all and other talented prisoners alike to join with us [U.A.B.B.], show the world your creative abilities, and through you a difference can be made by promoting a change through art.

“The Columbia Historic Market House will also become their home to display the vast array of artistic work. – submitted news release



Saturday’s news items – 8/5/17

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities, People, The Susquehanna, Uncategorized on August 5, 2017 at 9:33 am

river park eventAt River Park today.

3rd and locustAmong the facebook speculation posts, there’s hope! And the new occupants at the renovated Third and Locust structure will be … ?

vacaA vacation for him and the rest of the US.

property seized“First property for Atlantic Sunrise pipeline seized in Lancaster County” Lancaster Online

The US is changing and it’s not going to be the way in used to be.

“Whenever lands in a State are needed for a public purpose, Congress may authorize that they be taken, either by proceedings in the courts of the State, with its consent, or by proceedings in the courts of the United States, with or without any consent or concurrent act of the State.

“It should be borne in mind that while the power of eminent domain, though it is inherent in organized governments, may only be exercised through legislation or through legislative delegation, usually to another governmental body, the power may be delegated as well to private corporations, such as public utilities, railroad and bridge companies, when they are promoting a valid public purpose. Such delegation has long been approved.” – Constitution. find law.com

stem“A ‘1-stop STEM shop’: Lancaster County STEM Alliance reveals new website at annual IU13 event” Lancaster Online

fake-newsIf we can believe the news from the US Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, “the (July) unemployment rate was little changed at 4.3 percent.” An upturned economy is good news for everyone. Certainly, the bulge in traffic on the roads, increases in employment advertising and the prevalence of job fairs are indicators that the economy is humming. The Wall Street Journal reports, “U.S. employers added a better-than-expected 209,000 jobs in July. The unemployment rate fell to 4.3%, tying the lowest level of unemployment in 16 years.”

“An unexpected rebound in U.S. consumer confidence reflects a buoyant labor market and improved business conditions, though Americans are slightly less optimistic about where things will be in six months … ” – Bloomberg

stinkin laws

“Trump’s jobs tweet might have broken federal rules” MarketPlace

community cause.jpgNice article in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster: “Columbia UMC’s day camp has fed youths’ spiritual side for the past 17 years.”



Thursday – 8/3/17

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities, Uncategorized on August 3, 2017 at 5:21 am

joining“The time for action is now!.”Lancaster Online

both of them

Well, have you? You could do some serious economic development.


committee minutesMost, but not all, council committee minutes for July are posted at the Borough Website. The monthly borough council meeting is scheduled for next Monday evening (August 14)  at 7:00 pm. That agenda ought to contain details surfaced at separate council committee meetings.

agendaSchool Board Committee of the Whole will meet on Thursday evening” – Click here to see that agenda

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recessUncle Jay explains (tongue in cheek) Congressional Recess in this 10 year ago Youtube video.

And here’s an NPR report: “It’s August, Do You Know Where Your Lawmakers Are?”




School Board Committee of the Whole will meet on Thursday evening

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opportunities on August 1, 2017 at 4:33 am

A day (and evening) of activities in Columbia

In Everyday Living, In Columbia, Opportunities, Uncategorized on August 1, 2017 at 4:28 am

NNO fireworksfireworksTonight!



U.S. Vietnam War Veterans Special Recognition event on October 21

In Everyday Living, Government, Opportunities on July 30, 2017 at 6:32 pm

vietnam war event

Sunday’s news items – 7/30/17

In Everyday Living, Government, History and Heritage, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities, People on July 30, 2017 at 6:49 am

no responseAtop page 3 in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster is an article about the continuing problems at Susquehanna Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Columbia news, views & reviews pointed to just one last Monday:

failure-to-communicateSo several media sources reported the water leak and subsequent evacuation of residents at the Susquehanna Valley Nursing facility. Columbia Spy reported it. Lancaster Online reported it. The reports stated that (depending on the source) between 50 and 70 residents were moved to a Harrisburg facility.

What’s disturbing is that no notice about the “critical incident” appears at the Susquehanna Valley Nursing & Rehabilitation Center’s Website. What’s dismaying, is that the facility evidently is unaware of the Guidance for Surveyors, Providers and Suppliers Regarding the New Emergency Preparedness (EP) Rule issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services last year. Facilities have to have emergency plans and they have to exercise them.

“The Pennsylvania Department of Health has fined nursing homes more in the first four months of this year than in the previous three years combined, as regulators started using a more rigorous penalty system after coming under fire for going too lightly on substandard care.” – The Morning Call

NOTICE how the borough of Steelton notifies residents, guests, visitors and everyone about its recent critical incident.

safety firstThe primary focus has to be on public safety! Just look at what Dare County posted at its website. The Outer Banks in North Carolina have a significant critical incident – caused by human error. In spite of it being a major tourist site, the county alerted everyone (residents, guests and visitors) to evacuate. In spite of losing money, they did the right thing. The nursing and rehabilitation center did not.

col spyThree excellent local-interest articles are captured at Columbia Spy.

Trolley tale asks why Columbia’s owned trolley wasn’t in operation – but last year’s contracted trolley was in town.

Condemnation points perhaps a positive direction that may be being embraced by Columbia’s codes department. There’s a string of “local knowledge” comments about this property at “What’s Happening in Columbia,Pa. and Area – Part 1.”

Promise is the latest project of Cimarron Investments, LLC – Don and Becky Murphy, Columbia’s leading “make it happen” team.

“Cimarron Investments, LLC is a commercial/residential real estate firm specializing in development, renovation, and leasing.” – Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce Website

a-2yr-oldThe short sentiment to this question, How are my fellow veterans feeling about Trump by now?”, posed at Quora.com.


“Trump threat: End health payments unless there’s an overhaul”The York Dispatch

Duh, ya’ think? “GOP fears political fallout after health care ‘epic fail’”The York Dispatch


Lancaster County’s Inspections at Lancaster Online.

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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NNO fireworksfireworksTuesday night!

Soggy Saturday news items – 7/29/17

In Everyday Living, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities on July 29, 2017 at 8:36 am

aug calendar.jpgA month-long events calendar at Columbia’s Public Library.



music for everyoneMusic For Everyone is very excited to announce that today we sent all of the instruments from Park & Taylor schools in Columbia, PA that needed to be repaired to be fixed. We are thrilled to be partnering with Columbia Borough School District and Music Land in this exciting new endeavor. Once these repairs are complete, MFE will have repaired ALL of the instruments needing attention in Columbia school district, just in time for the start of the school year!”

new tattoo“What’s up Columbia! I will be opening a new tattoo shop on Locust street early Aug or beginning of Sept.” – A facebook post here.

jcp“All the Kmarts in the area closed; all the Sears are closing; and now all the JCPenneys are closing. I’m running out of places to shop.” – A comment from this Philly.com article about three more JCPenney store closings in the Philadelphia area.

tesla 3Affordable Tesla Model 3 now in production – “Tesla Delivers First Lower-Cost Model 3 Cars”The New York Times

Politically charged: do you know where your batteries come from?” – The Conversation

one star bankPretty sad statement – ConsumerAffairs.com gives Wells Fargo Bank a one-star rating for auto loans. Here’s one reason why: “Wells Fargo Forced Unwanted Auto Insurance on Borrowers”The New York Times


dui boardGreat idea – this “police taxi” billboard in Mountville warns drivers. – Lancaster Online

www.duicouncil.org Website

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TGIF II – 7/28/17

In Everyday Living, Government, History and Heritage, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities, People on July 28, 2017 at 7:41 am

makle trashThe loss of pride permeates!

This begins a string at the What’s Happening in Columbia,Pa. and Area – Part 1 facebook page.

SCHOOLBOARDMEETINGAfter a month’s hiatus, the Columbia Borough School District Board of Directors will have a committee of the whole meeting on Thursday, August 3 at 6:00 pm at the District Administration Center, 200 North Fifth Street, Columbia, PA 17512.

This reminder is posted at the School District’s Website:

School Vaccination Information for Parents/Guardians

Beginning with the 2017-18 school year, the Department of Health is requiring all students to be fully immunized by the first day of school. There is no longer an 8-month provisional enrollment period. In addition, all students entering grade 12 will be required to have their second meningococcal vaccine booster by the first day of school. For more information click on the following hyperlink:  Immunization School Brochure

7-28 lteIn today’s LNP – Always Lancaster

immigrantsOld versus new immigrants uneasy in a borough where a river runs by it.

“”Maybe we should all sit on our porches and hang out. What they do is not all that removed from what our immigrant families did 50 years ago.” – Penn Live

no good deedThis good deed gone bad begins a string at the “You know you’re from Columbia PA if…” facebook page.


TGIF – 7/28/17

In Everyday Living, Government, History and Heritage, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities, People on July 28, 2017 at 6:28 am

nsaty weatherClick on the graphic above for details.

scca winner Please come to the Susquehanna Center for the Creative Arts (SCCA) tomorrow evening, July 28 for its Second Reception, featuring a Juried Art Exhibition at the SCCA. “We have an excellent show and will be open 5-9 pm.” Above is a photo the First Prize Winner, by Susan Gottlieb.

4th fridaysYep! According to the Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce Website: “Fourth Friday is a monthly happening inviting the public to enjoy an evening visiting galleries, antique, restaurants, specialty shops & various venues in Columbia, Marietta, and Wrightsville. The evening provides opportunities to view exhibits from local and regional artists, to enjoy refreshments, special events and promotions, while discovering the distinct charm of the Susquehanna River communities.  Check back for July’s details!”

Honestly, that’s what the Website says. But then the Website still lists the former executive director as the executive director.


SCARY TRIOScary photo | Three of the scariest people around. Good thing the the folks in Alaska aren’t scared of them!

kintuckian chief flunkyCOMMENTARY | The other scary one has decided to “move on” after his contrived and failed effort of repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act. He and his ilk of out-of-touch “elected public servants now move on to who knows what. Let them scallywags (Toomey and Smucker) know now and at the next election their shenanigans on behalf of their masters are done. Tell them “We will vote you out!”

silent paradeAlways leading, Google recognizes The Silent Parade today. One hundred years ago, the organizers of The Silent Parade held the event and said “We march because by the Grace of God and the force of truth, the dangerous, hampering walls of prejudice and inhuman injustices must fall. We march because we want to make impossible a repetition of Waco, Memphis and East St. Louis, by rousing the conscience of the country and bring the murderers of our brothers, sisters, and innocent children to justice.

“We march because we deem it a crime to be silent in the face of such barbaric acts.”

Another flyer claimed: “We march in memory of our butchered dead, the massacre of honest toilers who were removing the reproach of laziness and thriftlessness hurled at the entire race. They died to prove our worthiness to live. We live in spite of death shadowing us and ours.” 

100 years later, little has changed.

lancaster-spca-logoReprehensible, despicable and unacceptable lousy communication.

Despite many media stories about the Lancaster County SPCA’s closing, there is NOTHING AT THE AGENCY’S WEBSITE.

Its facebook page notes: “Due to the recent announcement of the Lancaster SPCA closing, we have been overwhelmed with phone calls and emails. We are unable to respond to each individual request.”

“Lancaster County SPCA to close as animal lovers rush to adopt pets” FOX43-TV

What ever happened to the planned Columbia family foundation that was going to “support a pet rescue organization?