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Saturday – 9/23/17

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities, People on September 23, 2017 at 7:05 am

cpd postCheck it out: Columbia Police Department facebook page.

Those roving throngs of hooligans are the topics of numerous facebook page strings and at Thursday evening’s School Board meeting, the District’s Director of Operations, Tom Strickler, said that there are non-students who are waiting for students at the bottom of the hill at the end of each day’s classes.

This facebook page (What’s Happening in Columbia,Pa. and Area – Part 1) has posts from an ad hoc citizens’ group claiming “The Mayor and Chief are willing to meet with about a dozen of us in a week or two to discuss this further.”

posted at borough websiteLooking for employment? Look at the Columbia Borough Website. Ditto, LEGAL ADS now appear there, too.

sticks and stonesIsn’t is something to see the leaders of two nations calling each other names – heck of role-modeling for kids. What is a “dotard” anyway?


McCain knows what it is; of the 54 in the US Senate, only McCain, Susan Collins and a few others know the meaning of the word. Surely ours doesn’t – his drone-like subservience to party and the cash kings override courage.

And Lancaster County is “blessed” with its own subservient representative who spoke at “non-town hall” assemblies of “friendly faces.” – Lancaster Online

comcast letterIsn’t that special! Another “comcastic” complaint in a letter-to-the-editor in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster.

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On Sunday – 9/17/17

In Everyday Living, Government, History and Heritage, In Columbia, Lists, People on September 17, 2017 at 6:37 am

“1020 Cloverton Drive residents read statement at last Monday’s council meeting (audio files)”

quotesThe School Briefs in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster tells the story of the two-school-dristrict shared services experiment from the other school board of directors’ meeting.

vietnammemorialLNP – Always Lancaster devoted the first nine pages of today’s Living section to vignettes from the Vietnam War. Included is a page entitled “County Residents Who Gave All” and lists Lancaster County young men who died or were killed in the War.

This source lists others but includes Columbians, Thomas Baily, Frank Douglas, Richard Engroff, John Evans, William Shultz and Raymond Thomas.


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and three of our high school acquaintances, Ray Lynn Good, from Terre Hill; Gerald Mentzer, from Bowmansville and Harold Zook, from New Holland.The above images are from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund Wall of Faces page.


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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.


Monday morning – 9/11/17

In Everyday Living, Government, History and Heritage, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities, People on September 11, 2017 at 5:40 am

9-11 remembranceSOURCE: Brindle Media

WATER HIKECome to the meeting to find out the justification for the huge rate increase requests – PUC schedules Sept. 27 hearings on Columbia Water Co. rate increase request Lancaster Online

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Look for “a formal ‘Officer Introduction’ to the community at the September 11 Council Meeting” is an item at the meeting minutes for the 8-9-17 Safety Committee Meeting Minutes.

The borough’s recycling revenues have “steadily declined (2014: $15,000, 2015: $8,000) from the expected amount ($20,000+)” according to the Public Works Committee Minutes 8-15-17.

From the Finance_Committee’s August meeting minutes:

  • Request to approve allocating $50,000 per year for the years 2017, 2018, and 2019, for a total commitment of $150,000, to the Columbia Public Library for their building expansion Capital campaign will be forwarded to Council for consideration of approval at the September 11, 2017 Council meeting.
  • Request to approve a request from Our Home of Hope to waive the $45 permit fee for repairs to their personal care facility at 223-225 Cherry St. will be forwarded to Council for consideration of approval at the September 11, 2017.
  • Request to approve authorizing the borough solicitor to engage an agreement of sale with JayDesh Properties, LLC for purchase of 400 Locust St. at a price of $75,000 will be forwarded to Council for consideration of approval at the September 11, 2017 Council meeting. 
  • Motion to approve the write-off of 8 Open Invoices with a total amount relieved of $1,276.37 will be forwarded to Council for consideration of approval at the September 11, 2017 Council meeting.

NO MINUTES.jpgNothing? No meeting minutes are posted at the borough website.

well well wellJust look and prayers are answered. The Community Development Committee Minutes finally have made it to the borough Website … just in time for tonight’s council meeting.

rooseveltThere’s an intriguing quote in an obituary in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster. 67 year-old Michael Brown, a Vietnam veteran, died of of “Agent Orange related cancer.” The obituary notice also states, “As a returning combat veteran, Michael struggled with PTSD, but found relief in following Teddy Roosevelt’s advice that ‘black care rarely stays with a rider whose pace is fast enough.’

Many dispute the attribution of quotes to famous personalities; we don’t know, but President Theodore Roosevelt has so many reasonable quotes attributed to him at Brainy Quote – take a few minutes  to read them.

We do, however, like this quote from his speech to veterans in Springfield, IL on July 4, 1903: “A man who is good enough to shed his blood for his country is good enough to be given a square deal afterwards. More than that no man is entitled, and less than that no man shall have.”

altoona blightA blighted house was taken down in Altoona. – KATE LAO SHAFFNER / WPSU File Image

“Altoona Forms Task Force To Fight City’s Blight Problems”WPSV




Sunday – 9/10/17 – part 2.

In Education, Everyday Living, In Columbia, Opinions, Opportunities, People, Uncategorized on September 10, 2017 at 7:26 am

black teachers.pngThink white Americans and black Americans have the same outlook? The same experiences? How many black teachers did you have during your elementary, middle and high school years? “Teaching topic of race is its own topic” is a page one article in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster.

World Suicide Prevention Day Observed In KashmirToday is “World Suicide Prevention Day: How to ‘Take a Minute, Change a Life’”Metro

take backfrom a facebook post at “You know you’re from Columbia PA if” facebook page.

NOTE: Appears this planned meeting venue has been changed according to facebook posts: “Sorry about my last post and after some thought decided to continue the meeting for those seeking to help solve some of the problems in Columbia. This is just a preliminary meeting to see how many are interested, bring your thoughts and ideas. From there we will take it a step further. Many expressed changing the location, it will now be in the park by Park Elementary school at 6 pm. Hope to see many people there”

This elegy starts a string at the same facebook page:

I am sad to see “Our beloved little town” being broken down piece by piece.

I am sad that our children cannot walk home from school without seeing a fight every week.

I am sad that our neighbors are afraid to sit on their front porch.

I am sad that we “The People” feel like they need to matters into their own hands.

I am sad that no one volunteers to help make the children of our community better people.

I am sad that my children may not have the memories that I have of “Our Beloved Little Town” but only of violence.

But I AM PROUD to say that I am from Columbia, “Our Beloved Little Town.” And this town has made me the person that I am today. COLUMBIA PROUD!!!


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Grave Concern will be holding a quarterly public meeting and program on Wednesday  September 20,  7:00 PM at the Lancaster County Mennonite Historical Society, 2215 Millstream Road – Route 30 East Lancaster, PA 17602-1499 – (717) 393-9745.

“I’ve Finished My Race” – Cemeteries and Funeral Traditions at the Ephrata Cloister

presented by Michael S. Showalter, Museum Educator at the historic Ephrata Cloister.  

This meeting is free and open to the public. Grave Concern is an organization dedicated to the history, preservation and restoration of historical burial places. – news release


Family First Health’s Center of Excellence provides patients with substance use disorders the support they need to reach, and maintain recovery. The team links patients to community resources and support services, and then walks alongside each patient to ensure that critical needs are met and that the patient remains in care for as long as needed. The goal – to give each patient the supports needed to get, and stay healthy.

The program began in 2016, with Family First Health’s Hanover Center and George Street Center offices. On September 12, 2017, Family First Health will begin offering these services to patients in our Columbia Center office. Services at these three locations include:

  • Support and medical care coordinated with the primary care provider.
  • Access to a comprehensive care management team comprised of case managers, recovery support specialists, and a licensed clinical social worker.
  • Customized support to navigate the care system and get to/maintain recovery.
  • Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) to support sustained recovery.

For more information regarding the Center of Excellence, substance use treatment program, please call the program manager, Erin Cosgrove-Findley at 717-801-4864. – news release

TH pumpkinTurkey Hill’s Pumpkin Pie Premium Ice Cream Pumps Up the Fall Flavor

LANCASTER, PA, September, 2017—Delicious seasonal flavor reminiscent of homemade pumpkin pie will soon return to a nationally known Lancaster County favorite—Turkey Hill Ice Cream—but only for a limited time.

Turkey Hill Pumpkin Pie Premium Ice Cream, a limited-edition recipe from Turkey Hill Dairy, starts with a rich, creamy base flavored with pumpkin puree and spices you would expect to find in a homemade pumpkin pie—like cinnamon, ginger and cloves. A cinnamon graham cracker swirl adds a crusty touch to complete the taste sensation of a slice of pie in one delicious scoop of ice cream.

“In many families, it’s a tradition to pair a scoop of ice cream with a slice of pumpkin pie—so why not put it all together in one delicious dessert?” said Kim Hertzog, Public Relations Manager, Turkey Hill Minit Markets. “It’s a fast and easy way to enjoy the taste of a classic treat any time, without all the effort of baking a pie. Just scoop and enjoy. But remember: Turkey Hill Pumpkin Pie Premium Ice Cream will be available for a limited time only.” – news release

Don Williams dies at 78The New York Times



Sunday – 9/10/17 | part 1.

In Education, Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities, People on September 10, 2017 at 6:13 am


An article in yesterday’s LNP – Always Lancaster stated: “Superintendent Bob Hollister will return to Elanco full-time beginning in January, officials in the Columbia School District announced at a school board meeting Thursday night.”

That’s curious, because folks who attended the meeting have contacted us to say  that no open discussion about that topic was discussed at the meeting. That poses questions about open public transparency, extracurricular activities, media “leaks” and more.

And other questions such as:

  1. What will be the status of the director of operations position?
  2. That position’s salary is being paid by Eastern Lancaster County School District; which district will pay it after January 1, 2018?
  3. When will the terms of the agreements for “technology, business, and human resources services with Columbia at an annual cost of about $280,000” be released to ALL media for Columbia’s tax payers see?
  4. What happens if Elanco’s board does not vote to accept the “shared services agreements proposed Monday?”

(Due to a work commitment, Columbia news, views& reviews was unable to attend the Columbia Borough School District committee of the whole meeting last Thursday night.)

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Took the above photo of the “REALLY GOOD IDEA” posted on the community bulletin board at the Lebanon Farmer’s Market. Chief Todd Breiner told us the response has been “really good.” He said it’s a really positive way to build community connection with the Lebanon Police Department.

Lebanon’s facebook page is a diary of positive communications with its citizens, businesses, partners and visitors.

transparencySeems to be happening not only here | Equifax breach sows chaos among 143M Americans. | “A day after credit-reporting company Equifax disclosed that “criminals” had stolen vital data about 143 million Americans, it had somehow managed to leave much of the public in the dark (FOR MORE THAN TWO MONTHS) about their exposure, how they should protect themselves and what Equifax planned to do for those affected.”

The bastards at Equifax not only let bad guys steal our identity information – they don’t sound the alarm for months! Why do our elected public servants think there’s nothing wrong about this?

“If you want to know if you were one of the 143 million people whose data was breached in a hack of Equifax’s data, the company has a website you can use to find out — but there appears to be a catch: To check, you have to agree to give up your legal right to sue the company for damages. The outrage that clause has now generated could complicate the company’s efforts — backed by Republican lawmakers — to block an imminent rule that would ban companies from forcing customers to agree to such provisions.” – International Business Times


Lancaster County’s Inspections at Lancaster Online. – GOOD POINT – law makers work hard to pass new dog laws but wont do anything to force these places to comply or shut down !!– a comment following the article. 

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.

SPEWERDumass spewer of trash “not-news” | “Rush Limbaugh is Fleeing Florida, Two Days After Ranting That Hurricane Irma Was a Liberal Hoax” News Corpse

Dastardly deed denizen – one down

In Government, In Columbia, People on September 7, 2017 at 10:18 pm


CBPD report

SOURCE: Columbia Borough Police Department facebook page

A Lancaster Online report: “2 charged with violent assault of 62-year-old man in Columbia; 1 suspect at large”

WGAL-TV8‘s report: “Columbia Police search for man wanted for violent attack”

WHTM Channel 27‘s report: “One arrested, one wanted for assault of man who complained about noise”

WHP Channel 21‘s report: “Police: Man wanted in regards to assault of 62-year-old Columbia resident”

PennLive‘s report: “Suspect sought in ‘violent’ assault that left victim with facial fractures, injured spleen”



Friday – 9/1/917

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, People on September 1, 2017 at 6:26 am

PALTRYSports and Hollywood celebrities stepped up to make contributions to help the folks in Houston and Southeast Texas. But the billionaires are skimpy by comparison. Looking at estimated income comparison, we estimate our own contributions are 20 greater (by percentage) than some billionaires.

But then, a dozen or so years ago, a fire chief friend in Chicago told me that on Fill the Boot day, folks who drive Chevys and Fords are far more likely to stop and donate than those driving the so-called luxury brands.

dung“You’re _ _ _ _ _ ing me! “Group points finger at Lancaster County for ‘disproportionate’ manure pollution of Chesapeake Bay”Lancaster Online

Wells Fargo branch is seen in the Chicago suburb of Evanston Illinois

Exactly how bad is Wells Fargo? | Wells Fargo Boosts Fake-Account Estimate 67% to 3.5 Million”Bloomberg


The Pennsylvania Dutch are known to mutter their version of “that wonders me” when they’re ferhoodled (confused or perplexed) about something. We’re ferhoodled as to why LEGAL NOTICES ARE NOT LISTED AT THE BOROUGH WEBSITE. The legal notice is posted ”””””””””””””””””’

Thursday, the last day of August! – 8-31-17

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, People on August 31, 2017 at 5:27 am

virusSchool is in session and … “What’s Going Around: The stomach bug is spreading, virus causing sore throat for weeks.ABC27-TV


The Lancaster County Office of Aging is offering a free ongoing strength training program for individuals 60 and older. Geri-Fit is an evidence-based health promotion program for older adults that helps rebuild strength that has been lost through the aging process. This is a progressive resistance exercise program that will allow participants to advance from using lighter to heavier dumbbells. In addition to gaining strength,
participants will also see an improvement in balance and functional capacity.

Participants will perform exercises using dumbbells, weights and resistance bands (which will be provided). Bring water. The Geri-Fit program will be held Wednesday at  the Columbia Senior Center, 510 Walnut St., Columbia. Information or to enroll: contact Derek Bendetti at Lancaster County Office of Aging, 717-299-7979.

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“Why this Philly-produced documentary may be the most important film you see this year”Philly.com [NOTE: You can see the film for FREE tonight in Lancaster.

see the lightHarrisburg “sees the light!” | “No more ‘mayors for life’? Harrisburg mulls term limits”Penn Live

LeadPaint_iStock-thumb-508xauto-24093“Lead-based paint is one of the leading causes of lead exposure among children. (Photo by AP)”

“Wolf admin calls for universal lead testing of children”WITF

laborUnhappy Labor Day | “Labor Leader Sees A White House Of ‘Racists’ and ‘Wall Streeters'”NPR

Everything’s for sale for POTUS | It’s all about the money!NPR

reallyReally? … POTUS speak: “huge tax cuts — “the biggest ever,” he said — to corporations and their shareholders.” But what’s that mean for citizens? Not much! – The New York Times

eye of needleThere’s a special place for these folks. | “And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.” | “The Cheap Prosperity Gospel of Trump and Osteen” – Opinion column,  The New York Times


Tuesday – 8/29/17

In Everyday Living, Government, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities, People on August 29, 2017 at 5:40 am

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applauseTrump Cabinet member’s daughter rips transgender ban | Jennifer Detlefsen, U.S. Navy veteran, posted: ‘This man is a disgrace. I’ve tried to keep politics out of my social media feed as much as possible, but this is inexcusable. This veteran says sit down and shut the f–k up, you know-nothing, never-served piece of s–t.’” – The Hill

fugateFormer Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and former emergency responder, Craig Fugate, said “When you step back and look at most disasters, you talk about first responders—lights and sirens—that’s bullshit. The first responders are the neighbors, bystanders, the people that are willing to act.”

Why Ordinary Citizens Are Acting as First Responders in Houston |It’s not necessarily a sign that government has failed—in a disaster as large as Harvey, authorities turn to volunteers like the Cajun Navy by design.” – The Atlantic

“Hurricane Harvey, and Public and Private Disaster in Houston”The New Yorker


“Here’s how you can help Texas residents affected by Harvey”The Washington Post

drainBeen there – done that. Read this 2016 article, “How a ‘Monster’ Hurricane Could Swamp Houston and Sink America.”RouteFifty

Hell and High Water – Houston is the fourth-largest city in the country. It’s home to the nation’s largest refining and petrochemical complex, where billions of gallons of oil and dangerous chemicals are stored. And it’s a sitting duck for the next big hurricane. Learn why Texas isn’t ready.” – Another 2016 report,  ProPublica in collaboration with The Texas Tribune

millennials like librariesUnironically appreciating the library: Here is something millennials can’t be blamed for killing: libraries. In fact, millennials are more likely to visit their local branch than baby boomers or Gen Xers, according to a Pew study. We took a look at what libraries are doing to get the biggest living generation through their doors. Ends up libraries have been changing with the times, offering a range of services, like free beer-brewing classes, the chance to borrow the “Hamilton” soundtrack, and live music concerts and art events.” – MarketPlace

hispanic-school“More Than 77 Million People Enrolled in U.S. Schools, Census Bureau Reports”news release

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GRATE AGAIN“Trump Reinstates Program to Turn Police into the Standing Army Our Forefathers Warned Us About”The Free Thought Project

irrelevent” … they do not grasp their essential irrelevance. They think they are special.”Vanity Fair

adolf-hitler-390796_960_720The Worst People | The POTUS promised he’d surround himself with only ‘the best people,’ but instead he’s helping Joe Arpaio and neo-Nazis.” The American Prospect



Public Forum: Alternative Funding Solutions to the Existing School Property Tax System

In Everyday Living, Government, Opportunities, People on August 26, 2017 at 8:54 am

Senators Scott Martin and Ryan Aument will take a closer look at the property tax system in Lancaster County during a public forum next week. The meeting will offer a look at some of the potential changes, including the statewide elimination of property taxes, a property tax freeze for seniors, local options for school districts to either reduce or eliminate school property taxes, as well as property tax reassessment reform.

The forum is scheduled for Wednesday, August 30 at 7 p.m. at the Pequea Valley High School Auditorium, located at 4033 E. Newport Road in Kinzers. Various taxpayer advocacy groups and other stakeholders will be available to offer testimony, and members of the public are encouraged to participate in a question-and-answer period during the forum.