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Today’s news – Saturday, March 25, 2017

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opinions, Opportunities, People on March 25, 2017 at 7:26 am

Today’s news and information gleanings from here and there.

Quote for today … “We have three Wegmans here in the Lehigh Valley, and I’d much rather have a Stauffers.” – Tracy Campbell Roeder, of Bethlehem/ Facebook in an LNP – Always Lancaster “Other opinions: Wegman’s arrival.”


  • Institutional trust? “Over the past five years, Penn State has taken aggressive steps to strengthen accountability and focus on the fight against child maltreatment.”  – Penn Live. (NOTE: Could be, but would any of the steps been taken in the absence of national attention and the NCAA’s sanctions?)
  • Follow up | “At the November 28, 2016 Borough Council meeting, David Nikoloff made a presentation to the Borough Council representing AIM Advisors. “The pitch resulted in Columbia’s councillors, in a 6-0 vote, (councillor Stephanie Weisser was absent from the meeting) approving an agreement to contract AIM Advisors to conduct a feasibility study about ‘adaptive reuse of the current Columbia Borough Wastewater Treatment Facility into a natural gas production facility and user endpoint facility for vehicles.’ The Borough will pay $75,800 for the conduct of the study and the delivery of a report. The report may be ready as early as March 2017.”
  • Because of the excellent and timely reporting of transactions in Borough Council committee minutes (with the exception of the Community Development committee), Nikoloff’s report is summarized in the March Public Works Committee March 21 minutes.

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John Oliver on the Affordable Care Act

In Opinions, People, Uncategorized on March 5, 2017 at 12:06 pm

John Oliver’s take on the embroilment about the Affordable Care Act has got all the ingredients of a top Hollywood movie script. It’s got AFFORDABLE CARE ACT – JOE PITTS II (yep, Lancaster County’s own newly elected Legislator is in this video) – DUMASSES – ELECTED PUBLIC SERVANTS – INCREDIBLY STUPID – BOLD FACE LIES – OUT OF TOUCH – CONDESCENDING – “THE WEASEL” – INACCURATE – DUMASSES – LYING BASTARDS – DECEIT – IGNORANCE – UNPROFESSIONAL CONGRESSIONAL SCUMBAGS and more.

Click on the graphic below to watch the video. CAUTION: Oliver, as does the current POTUS and some of those before him, uses the Anglo-Saxon cuss word while narrating the insanity in Wonderland.


Today’s news – Saturday, March 4, 2017

In Education, Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opinions, Opportunities, People, Uncategorized on March 4, 2017 at 6:10 am

Today’s news and information gleanings from here and there.


Today’s quote … “Coward.” – Crowd chants as “the weasel” made a visit to Rhode Island on Thursday. – The Hill

  • Thursday night’s School District’s Board of Directors’ “committee of the whole” meeting included a contingent of Columbia Borough’s elected public servants, the borough manager and the borough’s consultant, Rebecca Denlinger. They came to encourage the school board directors on the newly enhanced L.E.R.T.A. proposal  approved by the borough earlier at the February borough council meeting.
  • Following the February meeting, Columbia news, views & reviews posted this: “During last night’s meeting borough consultant Rebecca Denlinger presented a renewed and more aggressive L.E.R.T.A. (tax abatement) scale.  The proposed scale would be for three years at 100% and two years of 50% abatement on property improvements. Adoption of the proposal requires the joint approval of the Columbia Borough School District and the Borough. This is critical because the school taxes represent the significantly higher tax burden. The borough is seeking a date for a joint borough / school district meeting.”
  • Denlinger, the mayor and Columbia Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) Executive Director, Janice Nikoloff, stressed that this beefed up by 33% LE.R.T.A. is needed to attract interested developers to invest in Columbia property. Though there’ve been on takers of the existent L.E.R.T.A., each felt that the “new L.E.R.T.A.” will generate enough interest to sway interest – particularly the interest of two properties now in discussion.
  • From the CEDC Website: “We encourage investors to review our FINANCING section for information on Columbia’s Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance (LERTA) Commercial and Residential Programs, Historic Tax Credits, and other state and local financial assistance programs.”
  • It was stated that there’s a very interested developer for the long-time vacant Hotel Columbia site in downtown’s main traffic area.
  • Citizen Frank Doutrich extolled the board of directors to get rid of the “per capita tax.” The Per Capita Tax rate for 2016-2017 is $15.00 for every resident age 18 or over. Per capita tax name and/or address corrections must be made through the Columbia Borough School District Tax Office, 200 North Fifth Street, Columbia, PA 17512.”

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  • One school district in the northeastern part of the state claimed in 2013, “One reason continuing this (the per capita tax) is the perception that the per-capita tax is at least one levy that every adult resident must pay.”

congressional-speech-ratingsAudience ratings declined for this speech to Congress. News Corpse

“Exploiting black labor after the abolition of slavery” – The Conversation

In History and Heritage, People on February 7, 2017 at 8:35 am

prisonersConvicts leased to harvest timber in Florida around 1915.

“The U.S. criminal justice system is riven by racial disparity.

“The Obama administration pursued a plan to reform it. An entire news organization, The Marshall Project, was launched in late 2014 to cover it. Organizations like Black Lives Matter and The Sentencing Project are dedicated to unmaking a system that unjustly targets people of color.

“But how did we get this system in the first place? Our ongoing historical research project investigates the relationship between the press and convict labor. While that story is still unfolding, we have learned what few Americans, especially white Americans, know: the dark history that produced our current criminal justice system.

“If anything is to change – if we are ever to ‘end this racial nightmare, and achieve our country,’ as James Baldwin put it – we must confront this system and the blighted history that created it.”

Click here to continue reading this article at The Conversation.

Council meeting to fill a vacant council position

In Lists, People on February 2, 2017 at 8:32 pm

02-12-2017-council-meeting-agendaAll the councillors, the mayor and the borough manager we present for the special meeting of the Columbia Borough Council to interview and select a councillor to fill a vacancy created by a resignation.

The meeting was convened at 6:00 pm and adjourned at 7:17 pm. Only one citizen was in attendance.

Two persons, Frank Doutrich and Mary Wickenheiser, applied for the open position that has a term that expires at the end of December, 2017.

Both candidates have served on council before.

Following the interview process of both candidates, the councillors selected Wickenheiser.

dejaFormer council president, Mary Wickenheiser assumed her seat on the Borough Council following her selection at the meeting.

Wickenheiser noted she’d have to resign from the position of tax collector to assume the position. Council will have to appoint a replacement within 30 days. There was discussion about the educational requirements of property tax collectors; here are the training requirements according to the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic

Doutrich used his “interview” time to point out codes inconsistencies, road irregularities and other problem areas. He said he really came to provide testimony for another citizen whom he thought was a candidate. When informed the only candidates were in the room, he chastised the borough for its lack of communication.

In another agenda item, the council voted to authorize a $100,000 payment to the Lancaster County Land Bank. The money is earmarked for Columbia’s projects. Council will introduce a new budget line item to reflect the allocation of funds.

Columbia, at this point, is the only borough partner in the Land Bank.In one of the few meeting minutes shown at the Land Bank’s Website, Columbia is mentioned. A citizen made a point that the Land Bank cannot claim any property by “eminent domain.”

Other discussion topics included:

  • the reason for inspections of properties being sold before a certificate of occupancy can be issued.
  • the chatter that exists on some social media sites. One councillor suggested that people should come to meetings rather than rely on social media for definitive answers.
  • the borough is constructing a mayor’s office in the borough hall.

The meeting was adjourned and the councillors remained for a closed meeting to discuss personnel matters.

NOTE: We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. To fully understand what happens at borough council meetings or school board meetings or any public meeting, you have to attend. Citizens and interested parties, otherwise, rely on secondary source reports – media articles, waiting for a period of time for the “official minutes” or catching the recollections and recounting of someone who may have attended the meeting.


Weaselnomics | “Social Security is in Grave Danger”

In Government, Opinions, Opportunities, People, Uncategorized on December 3, 2016 at 1:09 pm

The news release below warns of scary stuff – scary stuff from the head of weaselnomics.head-of-weaselnomics

(Washington, DC) — The following is a statement from Nancy Altman, founding co-director of Social Security Works:

“With Republicans soon to be in full control of Congress and the White House, Social Security and Medicare are at greater risk than they have been for a long time. Speaker Paul Ryan has spent decades working to cut, privatize, and dismantle these vital programs. We fully expect him to redouble these efforts during Donald Trump’s administration.

During the presidential campaign, Trump promised that he would not cut Social Security or Medicare. While we were skeptical of this pledge, it showed that he understands the politics of Social Security very well – Americans of all ages, races, genders, and political affiliations are overwhelmingly opposed to cuts.

We hope that the President-Elect’s pledge is one he will honor. In standing up to Ryan and other powerful Republicans, he would be standing up for the American people. Our job will be to hold Trump accountable to his “no cuts” pledge, and convince him to work with Democrats to expand Social Security. If he violates his pledge, we will make sure the American people know it.”

“Grandfather tries to help teens after granddaughter committed suicide” – FOX43-TV

In Education, Opportunities, People on November 21, 2016 at 6:29 am

This important article and video becomes more meaningful – bullying and depression often lead to surreal and painful consequences.

Click here to read this grandfather’s story.


The Lancaster County Suicide Prevention Coalition‘s “mission is partnering to create a responsive, compassionate community and to eliminate suicide through education, advocacy and support. Together, we envision a community free of the stigma associated with suicide and mental illness that is supportive of all those affected by suicide.”

Therapeutic Thymes launches magazine

In Everyday Living, People on November 12, 2016 at 1:02 pm

Lancaster, PATherapeutic Thymes, LLC announced today that the premiere issue of Therapeutic Thymes will be released the first week of December.


The magazine will promote a more nature and therapeutic way of life. Topics will include aromatherapy, essential oils, crystals, spiritual healing, energy healing, reiki, gardening, and more. It will be released quarterly.

“The articles in Therapeutic Thymes are high quality articles written by experts in their related fields,” said Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, Editor of Therapeutic Thymes.

Local columnists are Emma Cate, Stephanie Jack, and Helene Williams.

Emma Cate is a metaphysical healer and has been working with different types of healing for over eight years. She works with crystals closely in her daily practice and has found a deep love and passion for them. Emma lives in Lancaster, PA, where she practices her healing. She writes the Crystal Visions column.

Stephanie Jack, Ph.D is a Holistic Nutrition educator, whose specialty is to tailor clients nutritional needs into their lifestyle for optimum health. Stephanie is a member of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals and author of the book, FOOD FOR THOUGHT Energizing Busy Professionals.

Helene Williams, BSN, RN, is a Reiki practitioner and teacher. She is also the president of the Lancaster Community Reiki Clinic. Her website is www.helenewiliamsreiki.com.

In addition, Essential Sisters will provide a relevant essential oil based recipe. Sisters Giovanni and Gabi Grumelli own Essential Sisters. They handcraft all of their products: bath & body, soothing salves, Relax Sacks, outdoor skin care & more! They sell through their Etsy ship, website, a variety of vendors in Southern Lancaster County and Northern Maryland, as well as relevant area shows.

Other regular columnists include Katie Dubow, the Creative Director at Garden Media Group, and Pam Ruane, Assistant Professor for Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate Physician Assistant Program.

“In addition to our incredible columnists, our feature authors for this premiere issue are also experts in their respective fields,” said Ruczhak-Eckman.

Feature authors are naturalist and geologist Adam M Davis, energy healer Jackie Page, and art therapist Lee Ann Thill.

We are still looking for a few experts in their fields. If you are interested in writing for Therapeutic Thymes, please contact info@thetherapeuticthymes.com. Therapeutic Thymes will be available by subscription or single issue purchase. It will be carried locally at Terram Olei, located at the Columbia Market House.

For more information about the magazine and its staff, visit http://therapeuticthymes.com.

SOURCE: news release

The promise | “I’m reaching out to you for your guidance and your help so that we can work together and unify our great country.”

In Everyday Living, Government, History and Heritage, People, Uncategorized on November 9, 2016 at 9:28 am

trump-speechDonald Trump’s Victory SpeechThe New York Times

Click on the above link to watch the speech and to read the transcript.

Last night’s school district board meeting

In Education, People, Uncategorized on October 21, 2016 at 6:41 am

Another school district has grabbed the headlines with it’s “You inspire me to come to work every day” video that shows teachers getting and giving hugs. Well done, Lancaster School District.

That happens in Columbia, too.


Last night’s school district board meeting has a filled house and there were “teacher hugs” for the Students of the Month. And verbal hugs for the students’ parents and family members who attended.

CHS Students of the Month: 

  • Paige Schmitt – Grade 12
  • Marcus Falcon – Grade 11
  • Rosalie Gilbert – Grade 10
  • Courtney McClair – Grade 9

MS Taylor/Hill Campus  Students of the Month:

  • Emma Grove – Grade 8
  • Kailey Floyd – Grade 7
  • Anya Abercrombie – Grade 6
  • Rory Bender – Grade 5

Park Elementary School Students Of The Month:

  • Chloe Shipley – Mrs. Strickler
  • Morgan Gamber – Ms. Irwin
  • Hayden Quinn – Mrs. Green
  • Chase Marley – Mrs. Moyer
  • Warner (Ricky) – Mrs. Moritz

At the meeting, Dr. Robert Hollister, superintedent, introduced Dr. Michael Smith and announced Dr. Smith will be a new principal with the Columbia School District. Dr. Smith comes from a similar position at Warwick School District.

A meeting participant wanted to make a comment near the close of the meeting, however the school board agenda has changed. Public comment on agenda and education items is now an “earlier agenda item.”

Public Comment on Agenda and Education Items

The Board recognizes the value of public comment by residents of the district on agenda items. Each resident of Columbia Borough wishing to address the Board will be limited to five (5) minutes to make their comments. After being recognized by the presiding officer, the speaker must preface their comments by an announcement of their name, address and group affiliation if appropriate. All comments shall be directed to the presiding officer. The presiding officer may interrupt or terminate a participant’s statement when the statement is too lengthy, personally directed, abusive, obscene or irrelevant.