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Friday – 11/17/17 – EXTRAordinaryGIVEday!

In Education, Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities, People on November 17, 2017 at 6:31 am

DID YOU

Click here to support the agencies and organizations that are important to you.

While Columbia Borough and Lancaster County have modified property tax millage rates to account for reassessment, there was no mention of the topic at last night’s Columbia Borough School District board of directors’ meeting.

“Here’s how to check if your county property tax bill is changing under reassessment”Lancaster Online

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This Thanksgiving, free holiday meals will be served at 18 locations around Lancaster County. Some locations will offer transportation and/or home delivery. Meals are available throughout the county, from Elizabethtown to New Holland.

Click here, courtesy of United Way of Lancaster County’s 2-1-1 service, for a list of locations, dates and times people can celebrate Thanksgiving with a hot meal and warm fellowship. Please note that some locations require advance reservations.

school board meeting photosSeen at last night’s school board of directors’ meeting: clockwise from top – November Students of the Month recognized for their achievements. Vickie Anspach, board of director was recognized and thanked for her service on the school board. Her term is completed. A PowerPoint slide from Dr. McGough’s presentation about his views and direction concerning the District’s Curriculum Plan. There was some contentious discussion among some of the board members about “this curriculum stuff” (according to one director).

“‘Intentional’ teaching has big impact on preschoolers”Futurity

Bon-Ton will shutter stores –  WFMZ-TV

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Ah, those trusted staffers at the social club | “Former midstate police chief pleads guilty to theft from social club”WITF

Tusks and guns (or let’s let rich guys kill ’em into extinction) | Trump sons’ hunting in focus as US lifts import ban on African elephant trophiesThe Guardian

beeDr. Einstein, we are on that path!

Do pipelines leak? | “Keystone pipeline shut down after spilling 5,000 barrels of oil in South Dakota”TheHill

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good point len.jpgWhat’s “visioning” you ask | ‘Instead of having a picture in your mind of what you want to see manifest in your life, you get internally still and quiet so that you are able to see the vision that comes to you.” – Huffington Post

LEGAL NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE BOROUGH COUNCIL OF THE BOROUGH OF COLUMBIA AT ITS SCHEDULED REGULAR MEETING ON DECEMBER 11 2017 AT 7 00PM IN COUNCIL CHAMBERS OF THE BOROUGH MUNICIPAL BUILDING LOCATED AT 308 LOCUST STREET COLUMBIA WILL CONSIDER FOR ADOPTION RESOLUTION NO 17-20 ADOPTING THE BUDGET FOR THE BOROUGH OF COLUMBIA FOR THE YEAR 2018 ..  ” – Lancaster Online

Thursday – 11/16/17 – Part II

In Education, Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, People on November 16, 2017 at 6:55 am

Congratulations to the Columbia folks who participated in the Semper Fi 5K last Saturday – Here’s the list of the finishers’ times.

  • Jordan Haberstroh – First in group
  • Charles Leader – First in group
  • Jay Rhoads – First in group
  • Emily Gambler – First in group

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Columbia’s got another LNP – Always Lancaster page one news item. With quotes from the usual suspects.

The County’s commissioners “voted to lower the rate from 3.735 mills to 2.911 mills” and not to increase taxes for 2018, according to an article in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster. The reduction in millage is in response to the countywide recent property reassessment.

At the same time, the hospital formerly known as Saint Joseph’s and Lancaster Regional Medical Center is now owned by UPMC (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center) and it’s proposing to pay less “in lieu of taxes” money to the city of Lancaster.

hands acrossLook for this Columbia agency ad in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster.

POLICE LOG: Manheim Township: Gregory R. Butzer, 36, of Columbia, was charged with the theft of $29.98 worth of items Nov. 5 from Walmart, 2030 Fruitville Pike, police said.

Those smarmy overpaid “elected public servants” | “Audit shows the PA legislature has a $95 million surplus” WITF

“Change in Parking Tickets and Quick Tickets payment” Columbia Borough Website

From a letter-to-the editor in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster, “By a vote of 54 percent for and 46 percent against, Pennsylvania voters approved a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would allow the General Assembly to pass a law to authorize school boards to decide whether to exempt residents from property taxes. Greedy, moneyhungry school boards?”

The Great American Smokeout – Thursday – You can do this!

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Every year, on the third Thursday of November, smokers across the nation take part in the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout event. Encourage someone you know to use the date to make a plan to quit, or plan in advance and then quit smoking that day. By quitting – even for 1 day – smokers will be taking an important step toward a healthier life and reducing their cancer risk.

“About 36.5 million Americans still smoke cigarettes, and tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the world. While cigarette smoking rates have dropped (from 42% in 1965 to 15.1% in 2015), cigar, pipe, and hookah – other dangerous and addictive ways to smoke tobacco – are very much on the rise. Smoking kills people – there’s no ‘safe’ way to smoke tobacco.

“Quitting smoking has immediate and long-term benefits at any age. Quitting is hard, but you can increase your chances of success with help. Getting help through counseling or medications can double or triple the chances of quitting successfully.” –

“Almost 70 percent of adult smokers want to quit smoking, according to a U.S. national survey. Conventional quit-smoking treatments, including counseling and medication, can double or triple the chances that a smoker will quit successfully. Some people also try complementary health approaches to help them kick the smoking habit. In one survey of people who visited a tobacco cessation clinic, two-thirds said that they were interested in trying complementary approaches.” – Learn more about QUITTING NOW here.

 

 

“chickenhawk” talk

In Everyday Living, Opinions, Opportunities, People, Uncategorized on November 12, 2017 at 9:57 am

no chickenhawkNOTE: The above quote is from a column in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster; not a letter-to-the-editor. We apologize for this error.

There’s lots of “chickenhawk” talk spewed by the RWNJ radio radicals – Hannity, Limbaugh, O’Reilly, Savage, Beck et al – none of whom ever wore any uniform of any of the military branches of the United States.

Chickenhawk talkers spout jingoistic rhetoric and fake patriotism yet they actively avoided military service when they had the chance to enlist.

Former US Senator (and a US Army veteran) Frank Lautenberg said, “They talk tough on national defense and military issues and cast aspersions on others. When it was their turn to serve where were they? AWOL, that’s where they were … ”

This column from this column: “retired US Army officer reflects on anthem protests”LNP – Always Lancaster

sanity argumentAn argument for sanity and civil discourse in this column: “The Flag, the Military, and Patriotism.”

 

Sunday – 11/12/17

In Everyday Living, Government, History and Heritage, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities, People on November 12, 2017 at 6:57 am

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EMPLOY A VETERAN | Here are “a few sobering statistics from the Labor Department and some reasons for hope. The unemployment rate for veterans is at an all-time low of 2.7 percent. But the data behind the numbers tells a slightly different story. The labor force participation for U.S. veterans is 49.7 percent, which means that more than 10 million veterans are currently not working or actively looking for work. Some of these veterans may be in school or on disability, but others have given up on job prospects. Nearly a third of veterans are underemployed, meaning they are working low-wage jobs that they are overqualified for.” –  MarketPlace

who are the veterans

Increasingly, there’s a deeping divide between the American population and it’s shrinking military – because “Americans know fewer veterans than ever before.  After World War II, just about all Americans knew veterans, but today many don’t. The misunderstanding and distrust of America’s modern day legionaires has concerns.

“This disconnect between civilians and the military weakens our democracy,” says the author of this article, “It’s lonely being a veteran.”

What America Looks Like After Military Service | Veterans reflect on shootings and ever-changing definitions of patriotism.”The Atlantic [NOTE: This is a website with a pay gate. The article states that veterans demonstrate hypervigilance – sense of being on alert, always!

More than a few Vietnam veterans were told by “multiple recruiters that it was a shame that I had wasted three years in the service because it made me a less desirable candidate for jobs.” It is a shameful world that rewards those who don’s serve with employment advantage.

Another veteran theme recurs: ” If I was to fight for a right, I’d fight to make sure we had our opinions heard, especially opinions that are different from our own.”

Another is: “My own version of patriotism, which is more about civic duty and shared American values of civil liberty is often discounted as un-American.”

FEEL THE LOVE

“Americans agree about what makes them feel loved” Futurity

Where the Small-Town American Dream Lives On | Home should not be idolized — only loved.”The New Yorker

the spotJust over a week ago, Yvette Whitfield cut the ribbon opening her new business, The Spot, a new dining opportunity in Columbia at 438 Locust Street. It’s open for business 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. A facebook fan says, “The SPOT on LOCUST ST. Best deli this side of the river. They even DELIVER! Food is bangin.”

Were you on Second Life? Way back when we were; “Looking back, the future didn’t last long.” “The Digital Ruins of a Forgotten Future”The Atlantic

food-safety-inspections

Lancaster County’s Inspections at Lancaster Online. Tobias S. Frogg’s parking is always overflowing. It must be the booze, because if people are going there to eat, they should be liquored up first. Check out the food preparation violations. And Mount Joy’s Sonic’s is equally bad. Both their inspections included this tip off phrase: “The person in charge does not have adequate knowledge of food safety in this food facility as evidenced by this noncompliant inspection.”

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.

Friday – 11/10/17

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities, People on November 10, 2017 at 5:29 am

“Texas shooting a reminder to some that churches should be more secure”CatholicPhilly.com

“In Lancaster County, 43 percent of renters are shelling out more than 35 percent of their income to cover rent, the highest share in Central Pennsylvania. The median gross rent is $908 in Lancaster County.” – Central Penn Business Journal

Several properties in the Borough remain on the Sheriff’s Sale Listing for the November 29 sale.

OK – lay that pipeline | Appeals court now says pipeline construction can continue and “In a statement, Williams said it was pleased by the court’s action.” – Lancaster Online

electric vehicles“Inside BYD: the Chinese carmaker sells more electric vehicles than any other brand in the world © Bloomberg”

China leads the world in electric vehicle production – meanwhile the US POTUS and the courts are enamored with fossil fuels. Ford and others will make electric vehicles in China. Which nation is on the right track?

Bring on the beer | “Beer sales begin at Rutter’s convenience store in Mountville”Lancaster Online

dbd

The October Community Development committee minutes are posted at the Borough Website. Included in the minutes is the above map of the proposed Downtown Business District and discussion of several other topics including the trolley, the Bid Process for Borough Owned Properties (Market House and 137 S. Front Street), the Veterans Memorial Bridge Island Gateway Project Update, the borough newsletter and more.

Not yet posted are the minutes for October for the Property Committee – though the Property Committee is an agenda item on the Preliminary Borough Council Meeting agenda for the Monday night meeting. (note this link has been corrected.)

 

 

Wednesday – 11/8/17

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, People on November 8, 2017 at 5:16 am

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“2 teen boys charged with gunpoint robbery in Columbia”Lancaster Online [Can’t find that info on the CrimeWatch page  … h-m-m-m! Wonder why?]

“Pa. ballot question on property taxes passed. Here’s what it means”Philly.com

Manheim Township will get its new school – in a GOP dominant area, they lose.Lancaster Online

Yesterday’s (unofficial) election returns point to a new face on the Columbia Borough Council in January: Todd Burgard garnered 469 votes.

Love it! | “Communicreation fosters loyalty.”

Wrightsville fires its police chief The York Daily Record

docSOURCE: Philly.com

Good bye, Doc. Phillies’ fans and baseball is stunned and saddened by Roy Halladay’s death. – Philly.com

corporate tax

Not everyone agrees with the GOP stance that corporate taxes are too high. In a column in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster, a retired engineer from Armstrong World Industries tells what many already know: too many large American corporations pay very little in taxes.

The GOP tax boondoggle is just that. A murky plan to add more to the piles of cash of the “uber wealthy.” This Fortune Magazine article is on target: “Why 70% Of Companies Paid Zero In Corporate Taxes: They Had Zero Profits.”

Columbia’s median household income is $41,799 according to the United States Census Bureau – half of Columbia’s households are below that number and half are above. Want to see how the new tax bill will apply to you, have at it read the 429 page bill here?

 

 

Yesterday’s election results [without write-in tabulations]

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, People on November 8, 2017 at 4:43 am

So, Election Day 2017 is over. Here are the results according to the Lancaster County Board of Elections. With this posted caveat:

“The County Board of Elections will begin to reconcile write-in votes at the official Count and Canvass which reconvenes at 9:00 a.m. on the Monday after the election. We will post each day’s work after 3:30 p.m. each business day. Usually the process of reconciling write-in votes is completed in 4-5 business days.

“Any/all results are unofficial until certified by the Lancaster County Board of Elections.

“The members of the Lancaster County Board of Elections and the employees of the Registration and Elections Office waive all responsibility for the accuracy of the election results posted until certification is made.”

Columbia Borough Government

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Columbia Borough School District Board of Directors

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Here’s the a slice of the best map of Columbia’s wards we could locate in a quick search.

columbia's wards

Tuesday – 11/7/17 | Election Day

In Everyday Living, Government, History and Heritage, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities, People on November 7, 2017 at 6:08 am

VOTE QUOTE FDR

VOTING HOURS ARE 7:00 AM TO 8:00 PM – MORE ELECTION INFORMATION IS HERE.

A facebook post: “This is my last post about November 7 2017 I am running for mayor of Columbia Borough, Borough Council and School Board . If you want a change in office do a write in vote for Joe Waid. I will work with the people not against them.Thank You and God Bless” – Joe Waid

[NOTE: In another post, “Joe Waid If you vote do a write in for me i also running for Borough Council and School Board as a write in vote. If you can get the word out for me. Thanks”

At another facebook site, another candidate for mayor, Riley Kilhefner wants your vote to toughen codes and hold landlords and homeowners accountable.

What? Again? In Wonderland, it’s the threat every year – “Must-do bills in a divided Congress could lead to shutdown”Lancaster Online

PIPELINE STOPPED FOR NOW! | Appeals Court Grants Temporary Stay on Fracked Gas Pipelinenews release

“The annual Columbia Veterans Day Banquet will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the VFW Post, 401 Manor St., Columbia. Guest speaker will be Lt. Gen. Dennis L. Benchoff. Cost of the dinner is $18/person. For more information or to make reservations, contact Kevin Kraft, 717-684-2370; or Bob Herman, 717-672-1525.” – news release

fingersWhich finger? | “Woman fired after photo of her giving Trump motorcade the finger goes viral” Penn Live

Robbery and Simple Assault – Columbia Police Department facebook and CrimeWatch pages.

Simple assault is an attempt to do a serious bodily harm to another person, or actually committing an act to put another in fear of serious bodily injury. Here is Pennsylvania’s definition.

“Veterans Day 2017: Restaurants thank veterans with free meals, deals” Penn Live

cambria “‘There’s not many white Americans left. They’re a dying breed …’ a confederate flag on a Trump poster in North Carolina. Photograph: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters”

It starts in Johnstown | “My travels in white America – a land of anxiety, division and pockets of pain” The Guardian

 

 

Saturday – 11/4/17

In Education, Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, People on November 4, 2017 at 1:56 pm

“There is no education like adversity.”Benjamin Disraeli

Kudos to the players on the Columbia football team – “The thing about the kids was that they never quit. We dealt with different situations and the young guys stepped up and the seniors led.” – Columbia head coach Bud Kyle – Lancaster Online

page onePage one news again for Columbia – LNP – Always Lancaster

The article states, “ … Strickler served on the school board for 15 years, with 10 as president.” According to an insert in the article, here’s the listing of Columbia’s superintendents since 2000: Kenneth Klawitter (1999- 2006); Barry Clippinger (2006-12); Kenneth Klawitter (interim, 2013-14); Carol Powell (2014-15); Kenneth Klawitter (acting, 2015-16); Bob Hollister (2016-present) and Tom Strickler (2018-?)

And who hires and oversees the superintendent? Scary, isn’t it?

Sunrise and sunset will be about 1 hour earlier tomorrow, November 5, 2017 than today. There will be more light in the morning. Turn your clocks BACK before turning in tonight.

Bogus Health News Is All Over Pinterest | Pins making unsubstantiated claims — like that cinnamon cures arthritis and alkaline water kills cancer — have been pinned thousands of times.” BuzzNewsFeed

“If you want easy health care access and good quality care, you probably want traditional Medicare”Just-Care

“Wish you didn’t have to pay taxes on your home? Pa. ballot question could lead to change” The Inquirer, Philadelphia

Election day is Tuesday! If you are happy with the way things are – don’t vote or vote for those who are incumbents.

vote them out

If you’re not, vote differently.

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“Some PPL customer bills heading down, others up”The Morning Call

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monday preschooltimetalkTo print, share and enlarge the above graphic, click on the image or here to download as a .pdf file.

Friday – 11/3/17

In Education, Everyday Living, Government, History and Heritage, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities, People on November 3, 2017 at 5:51 am

Schopf,+AArt Schoff – longtime educator, Columbia historian and horse aficionado dies.

In the case of Manheim Township’s School District’s board of directors’ attempts to flummox its citizens there’s considerable open debate NOW AFTER THE FACT. Manheim Township’s citizens have been bamboozled by a school board that has acted in the shadows and appears not to know the meaning of the word “transparency.” A majority of the letters-to-the-editors in LNP – Always Lancaster the past several days attest to that.

Last night citizens in Columbia learned what many suspected: in the rush to install a new superintendent at the Columbia School District Board of Directors’ Committee of the Whole meeting, no position vacancy had been posted or announced and no search for candidates with the requisite Knowledge, Skills and Abilities.

  • Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) – The attributes required to perform a job and are generally demonstrated through qualifying service, education, or training.
  • Knowledge – Is a body of information applied directly to the performance of a function.
  • Skill – Is an observable competence to perform a learned psychomotor act.
  • Ability – Is competence to perform an observable behavior or a behavior that results in an observable product. – WikiPedia

From an article at Lancaster Online: “When the agenda item to hire Strickler was first addressed, Hohenadel, in a surprise move, made a motion to table the agenda item until the December school board meeting. She then read a seven-minute litany of her concerns for hiring Strickler that appeared to span more than five years.”

 

 

sheriff salesThe listing for the Lancaster County Sale listing for November 29 is fairly large and includes several Columbia properties.

seeing red

Click here to see a sample ballot of next Tuesday’s election – know who and what are on the ballot to make your informed selections.

Posted at the Borough Website: Please note the Borough Office will be closed Tuesday, November 7, 2017, in observance of General Election Day.

From the Columbia Borough Council Legislation Committee meeting minutes for October (now posted at the Borough Website): “Amendment to Chapter 40 authorizing appointment of an Assistant Borough Manager:  The current Columbia Borough Code does not mention this position.  Motion made by Wickenheiser, second by Murphy to request Council at the November 13 meeting to authorize the advertising of this ordinance.”