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Tuesday – 11/21/17

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opportunities, People, The Susquehanna on November 21, 2017 at 6:04 am

LEGAL pet center

Another LEGAL NOTICE indicates that Marietta wants to adopt a FIRE TAX.

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Think teaching is an easy job? | “Harrisburg teachers share horror stories that have prompted dozens of resignations”FOX43-TV

Bravery exemplified! | More arrested in local pipeline protestLancaster Online

Protesting to prevent this “REAL” possibility!TRANSCANADA-KEYSTONE-SPILL-0816

Here’s a real, right now pipeline leak with over 220,000 gallons tainting the landscape – if anyone’s bothering to tell the truth! Won’t this be great in our green, clean, pristine Lancaster County soil?

“Lying is not an aberration in politics.” A line from this article at The Conversation: A Robert De Niro Theory of Post-Truth: ‘Are you talking to me?’”

And here’s why those “elected public servants” in Wonderland don’t speak for us | “The 25 richest members of Congress”24/7 Wall St. [NOTE: Their tendency to invest in the areas they favor in Congress.]

Columbia “residents” are fourth highest overdose deaths reported in this OverdoseFREEPA website’s statistics.

dont you dare

“Donald J. Trump Foundation files papers to dissolve — not so fast, says NY attorney general” Penn Live

The US: Global policing | “The United States far surpasses any other country in the world when it comes to the number of military troops based overseas.” – OZY

More animals are gone from Jim Mack’s Ice Cream Shop in York County – Penn Live

river park whats nextHere’s the request for proposals.

And here’s the River Park history.

At the Columbia Police Department’s CrimeWatch page: “Columbia Borough offices will be closed on Thursday, November 23, 2017 and Friday, November 24, 2017 for the Thanksgiving holiday. There will be no street cleaning on Thursday, November 23, 2017 and Friday, November 24, 2017. We at the Borough would like to wish everyone a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving!”

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To download the above flyer as a .pdf for sharing, printing or enlarging, click here

Queen-and-PhilipHere’s one of several portraits of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip that Buckingham Palace released on the occasion of the royal couple’s 70th wedding anniversary today. Elizabeth is wearing a brooch that Philip gave her in 1966. (Matt Holyoak / CameraPress)

Finally, the Queen and her prince celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary yesterday. Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor and Philip Mountbatten tied the knot in Westminster Abbey in 1947; she was 21, he was 26. Her name could have been Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, given that her paternal great-great grandfather was German (Prince Albert, married to Queen Victoria, whose mother also was German). But having some German heritage during World War I was not cool in Britain, so in 1917, her grandfather, King George V, announced that the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha would become the House of Windsor. (When his cousin, German Emperor Wilhelm II, heard the news, he joked that he was going to see the play ‘The Merry Wives of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha.’)

“Albert and Victoria were natally prolific; they had nine kids, and Victoria married off eight of them to members of other prominent royal families across Europe. As a result, her great-great-granddaughter Elizabeth is related to just about every European royal house: Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, King Harald V of Norway, Queen Sofía of Spain, former King Constantine II of Greece, former King Juan Carlos I of Spain, and others. Even her own husband is a cousin. Hope they have enough cake at the party.” – SOURCE: Fast Forward, The Boston Globe

 

Friday – 10/20/17

In Everyday Living, History and Heritage, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities, People, The Susquehanna on October 20, 2017 at 5:12 am

cpd missing 15 yo.jpgFrom the Columbia Police Department facebook page though the most recent comment states: “Olivia is safe and has shown up at her mom’s. Don’t know any more details. Thank you for all your prayers.”

kidsscreenshot from What’s Happening in Columbia,Pa. and Area – Part 1 facebook page.

A frustrated citizen reported an encounter with “kids” at last night’s council public safety meeting. This string at a local facebook page is another about the actions and antics that Columbia’s “kids” are party to. People have been complaining about “kids” for years; remember this classic?

Another group of frustrated citizens will meet! “Good news, the library has offered us a room for Columbia PA Crime Watch to meet. The meeting will be held November 6th from 6:00 PM to 6:30 PM all are welcome to attend. Donations to the library are appreciated. Hope to see many of you. We will be discussing current arrests and ways to combat crime. Please let me know if you will be attending I will have some handouts” – SOURCE: A post at this local facebook page.

susquehanna shuttleYep, according to the lead article in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster, “Susquehanna Heritage hopes to set up a water shuttle service between Columbia, York County. Click here or on the above graphic to “take a bird’s-eye view journey along the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail from the Columbia Crossing River Trails Center downriver to the Zimmerman Center for Heritage.”

vfwWhen organizations lose track of their purpose, membership begins drop off … until the organization ceases to exist. In 2014, Columbia news, views & reviews posted this article: “VFW National commander puts posts on notice.”

We wrote a letter of support to the then-national commander and commending him for taking the stand he did. Have there been any changes. Evidently not enough as this FOX43-TV report (“VFW loses nearly 1 million members over past 25 years”) shows.

POLICE LOG

From the POLICE LOG in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster: “MOUNT JOY: Quincy V. Mancotywa, 22, of 521 Locust St., Columbia, was charged after an incident Sept. 21 in the 500 block of West Main Street, police said.” and “LANCASTER TWP.: Sandy Tejada, 25, of Columbia, has been charged as the result of a crash Sept. 17 at Manor Shopping Center, police said. Tejada drove his vehicle through the parking lot before crashing into a front pillar at Regal Cinemas, police said.”

opioidWho’s responsible for the opioid scourge? How about the drug companies, their lobbyists and our elected public servants for starters? Read this Washington Post article for more particulars.

other news

“Pa. House approves bill to license home inspectors”Central Penn Business Journal

preschoolAt the Library!

 

 

 

Friday – 10/13/17

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities, The Susquehanna on October 13, 2017 at 6:51 am

local govt awards

2018 Governor’s Awards for Local Government Excellence 

Do you have local government leaders in your community who demonstrate exceptional dedication to improving public services?

 

Each year, the Governor’s Awards for Local Government Excellence are presented to local government leaders who have demonstrated exceptional dedication to improving public services through innovative projects or initiatives in the following categories:
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Today is the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce’s Business EXPO at Spooky Nook, an article in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster states that about 2,000 people are expected to attend. At the conclusion of the event, the organizers will be able to have more exact numbers about the number of attendees.

Funny that at Monday night’s borough council meeting one of the elected public servants spoke the glittering generality when he stated that 20 – 25,000 people attended last Saturday’s Bridge Bust. Really? There should be no guessing about the number of people who trekked The Bridge. The fee to get on the Bridge was $2.00 per person.

The way prudent operators would get the number of attendees is to count the cash and divide by 2. If you ran a store and you asked your cashier how much money was take in, would you accept this answer? “Between $40,000 and $50,000.”

Doubt it; you’d want to know exactly, wouldn’t you?

By the way, “A glittering generality is a word so vague that everyone tends to agree on its appropriateness and value—but no one is really sure just what it means.”

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November 2, 2017 • 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Spooky Nook Sports, 2913 Spooky Nook Drive
Manheim

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The Unofficial Count: The official death toll from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico is 45 people. But reports on the ground show that there could be hundreds more.” – VOX

Don’t ignore the mobility scooter. It may just be the future of transport” – The Conversation

Bluster! | “Trump Declared an Opioid ‘National Emergency’ 2 Months Ago, But Where’s the Formal Declaration?”RouteFifty

Suddenly, it seems, more arrests are being posted at the Columbia Police Department facebook page. So how come this Lancaster Online article has more details? “The alleged incident occurred in October 2016 at Columbia River Park, 41 Walnut St. According to an arrest affidavit, the assault took place in the back seat of Flerx’s vehicle. Investigators said Flerx admitted to having sexual contact with the girl as the two watched a movie in his car.”

The NOTICE OF CONTINUED TAX UPSET SALE is published in the classified section of today’s LNP – Always Lancaster. Seven Columbia Borough properties are listed. The list also appears at the Lancaster County Treasurer’s Website:

(Important MUST read Conditions of Sale prior to pre-registering to bid)
November 2017 Continued Upset Tax Sale List 
(Starting bid price is approx. and subject to change)
Also shown at the Website is the October 2017 Delinquent Tax Report
(Amounts are NOT certified. Total due is subject to change. Interest
accrues monthly on the first day of a new month.)
Another RWNJ speaks out his _ _ _ _ | “Pa. congressman says Puerto Rico hurricane victims aren’t dying.”Penn Live
Here’s a thought! Let’s let Smucker, Ryan and a slew of the elected public servants on free flights, hotel rooms and food to Puerto Rico to have redundant “up close” (make that from a helicopter) look at the devastation.
Question? How many elected public servants do we need to make an assessment?
Answer! As many as possible. A US Army General at the Pentagon stated, “”there’s still plenty of work to be done” by the military troops in Puerto Rico.”
Ask almost any military person about “straphangers” – those “flies-on-poop” REMFs who just thrive on publicity. They’ve never really “been there.”

Sunday – 10/8/17

In Everyday Living, Government, History and Heritage, In Columbia, Lists, Opportunities, People, The Susquehanna, Treasures on October 8, 2017 at 6:08 am

older opioidA page one article in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster shines the addiction light on the senior populations who are addicted to opioids. The article points to chronic pain issues as the cause. “It is also the grandparents in their retirement communities, that great-aunt who lives by herself, the retiree with the painful hip.

York’s Mayor Kim Bracey’s son is addicted to opioids, she says, and that’s the reason he attacked her.

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Lancaster County’s Inspections at Lancaster Online. And this week, the printed results of the food serving facilities at the Ephrata Fair. Disturbing to read that two food serving establishments not a the Fair, but in Willow Street and KFC were cited because, “The person in charge is not performing the duties as required by the PA Food Code to actively manage food safety.” That is a scary thought.

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.

255 no third then now

Remember all the early-on fanfare about 255 North Third Street? Remember that the excitement? Remember the Coming Home to Columbia Websites: The projects of Columbia’s Housing Steering Committee & the Columbia Housing Steering Committee facebook page?

That died quickly. But now that property has been sold … for $92,500. The intention of the project has been fulfilled.

Here’s more about the LHOP announcement about the property: “The first Columbia community rehab in partnership with LHOP and Impact Missions is ready to WELCOME YOU HOME! Everything NEW! Efficient natural gas heat and hot water will keep utility costs low. 1st flr powder rm, kitchen island, gas oven/range, stunning floor coverings and covered rear patio area leading to rear yard and off street parking. $10k downpayment/closing cost assistance available for qualified buyers.”

Note, too, that the Columbia Borough School District is finally receiving its share of the Real Estate Property Transfer Tax – the tax that one school board director said it had ceded to the borough at one time in exchange for a per capita tax.

bb5Thousands sauntered, strolled, shopped and snacked their way across The Bridge yesterday on a warm sunny day. We noticed:

  • Increased law enforcement security.
  • Several elected public servants volunteering at the Columbia entrance point.
  • Fewer people on the Wrightsville side around 11:00 am.
  • A handful of chalked vendor spaces with no vendors.
  • At least one vendor displaying or offering for sale the Confederate flag; more than a few fairs and similar venues have banned the sale of that banner.

nra“Here are the members of Congress who take the most money from the gun lobby” MarketWatch

But columnist Jonah Goldberg says the amount the NRA spends to manipulate elected public servants is piddling compared to others. So it’s OK to not have any curbs on automatic weapons.

flu

Flu you! ” | Why should people get vaccinated against the flu?

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“The importance of bringing broadband to the heartland” Route Fifty

cpd instagramYah!!! Columbia’s Police Department announced it’s now on Instagram at its facebook page. Another step to social media inclusion … another way to communicate with citizens! Well done, CPD.

Can the borough be far behind?

school successFrom SCHOOL BRIEFS in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster.

wowNoticed this in the MUNICIPAL BRIEFS column in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster: “Several of the 45 residents who attended a lively (Denver Borough) Borough Council meeting Sept. 25 peppered officials with questions and comments related to a new quality-of-life ordinance.”

45 people at a council meeting in a town of 3,867 people. But the town’s leaders explained the reasons for the new ordinance that hones in on “specific violations covered by the ordinance: weeds, parking vehicles on grass, furniture outside of residences, accumulation of waste, improper location and storage of trash containers, animal waste build-up and unlicensed or uninspected vehicles on property.”

In another MUNICIPAL BRIEF from Manheim, that borough is wrestling with the costs of continuing to operate the borough-owned swimming pool. And the borough has a K-9 program abetted by a GoFundMe page.

 

Monday’s messages – 9/18/17

In Everyday Living, Government, History and Heritage, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities, The Susquehanna on September 18, 2017 at 6:29 am

exclamation-point-507768_960_720Truth in labeling! The owner of Aberrant Investments LLC is on the agenda at the Historical Architectural Review Board of the Borough of Columbia at it’s Wednesday evening meeting according to an item in the Government Calendar in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster.

Several county school districts have their board of directors meeting agendas summarized in the Government Calendar, too. Columbia’s is not one of them. That agenda for Thursday night’s board meeting should, though, be posted at the Website soon.

The unattended Columbia Borough School District splash page though remains out-of-date as it proclaims: “SCHOOL CLOSED September 1 and September 4, 2017″ (Fixed; thanks!)

Another letter writer claims: “The Washington Post titled ‘School quality has mighty influence on neighborhood choice, home values,’ the president of Homes.com, David Mele, is quoted as saying that ‘we know there’s a direct correlation between school quality and home values that’s pretty dramatic.’

market chatterThe above post from the facebook page, What’s Happening in Columbia,Pa. and Area – Part 1, begins a string that includes the above screen print. There’s nothing at the Columbia Market House Website – or its facebook page – about this, but it may be a discussion topic at the Public Works/Property Committee meeting on September 19, 2017

pollutedA letter to the editor writer in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster asks: “Also, there are a lot of public sewer treatment plants spewing into the rivers. Who knows what else is illegally dumped into our waterways?”

Great point! Who knows how much unchecked raw sewage is directed into The River?

lawsuit“New trend among government agencies: Filing lawsuits against those seeking public records.”USNews.com

dominoesBurns’ Vietnam: the first program – It was about dominoes, as the US just coming out of Korea and World War II feared the prospect of communism and wanted to stop it everywhere. Following the French colonialism, US warriors were asked to side with the puppet regimes against a foe that wanted only to have its nation.

“Ho Chi Minh asked the Americans to honor their commitment to independence, citing the Atlantic Charter and the U.N. Charter on self-determination. However, by the end of the war, the U.S. government had begun to redirect its foreign policy from the wartime goal of the liberation of all occupied countries and colonies to the postwar anti-communist crusade, which became the Cold War.” – Vietnam Veterans Against the War

Tonight on WITF at 8:00: President Kennedy and his advisors wrestle with how deeply to get involved in South Vietnam. As the increasingly autocratic Diem regime faces a growing communist insurgency and widespread Buddhist protests, a grave political crisis unfolds.”

up-downIncomes are up. Poverty is down. And job openings have hit a record high. But if the economy is so wonderful, why are so many Americans still feeling left behind?” The New York Times

“The middle class is back — or so it seems.”The Washington Post

It still hurts when filling the gas tank on a 1992 Camry costs 20 percent more than it did just two months ago.

Bay 101: Monitoring and Modeling the Chesapeake Bay | a video

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opportunities, People, The Susquehanna on August 15, 2017 at 9:30 pm

“By using science to paint a picture of the Chesapeake Bay, the Chesapeake Bay Program provides decision-makers from around the 64,000 square-mile watershed with the tools to determine what their communities can do to improve water quality locally and downstream.

Mayor Leo Lutz of Columbia, Pennsylvania, Scott Phillips of the U.S. Geological Survey, and Lee Currey of the Maryland Department of the Environment discuss how monitoring and modeling efforts complement each other in order to reveal the Chesapeake Bay watershed in fine detail.

What happens to all the cigarette butts, trash, oil spills, garbage, condoms and other pollutants that people throw into the streets, the gutters, the parks and The River.

protect the water

Finally, Friday – 8/11/17

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities, The Susquehanna on August 11, 2017 at 5:54 am

borough employmentWork for the borough

SCHOOLBOARDMEETING council meeting

 

 

 

 

A meeting week | Borough Council Meeting, August 14, 2017 7:00 pm 8:00 pm and School Board of Directors Meeting, August 17, 2017 7:00 pm.

water.jpgClick here to see the database results of the County’s second largest water supplying company?

opioidOpioid crisis | How and why – “1 in 12 U.S. doctors got payment from opioid makers” Futurity

tax upset saleColumbia properties are listed in the TAX UPSET SALE listings in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster.

At an Upset Sale, the minimum bid consists of all delinquent taxes liened with the Bureau, all delinquent taxes submitted by the taxing districts, all current year taxes submitted by the taxing districts, all municipal claims submitted by each municipality and all IRS liens. The object of the first sale is to collect everything that is due to all of the taxing districts on the property.

“In addition, all liens, judgments and mortgages become the responsibility of the  purchaser. This is extremely important to know!! If you purchase a property at the Upset Sale, you are responsible for anything owed against the property! You must
research these properties! A title search is the best method of research!”

Information, including all the listings, about the September 18, 2017 TAX UPSET SALE is here: http://co.lancaster.pa.us/162/Treasurer

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED TO BID AT TAX SALE – All Bidders must be pre-registered by Friday September 15th, 2017.

SIDEBAR: Another interesting item in today’s LEGAL NOTICES (LNP – Always Lancaster): A notice by the Lancaster County District Attorney’s NOTICE OF SEIZED PROPERTY: “$816 seized 7/14/16 at 313 N. 2nd St., Columbia.”

 

ltThere are at least two names missing in this book!

Rattlesnakes attack anything – even other rattlesnakes.

lt leaders“fire, fury and, frankly, power” – This should scare the hell out of any rational personThe Spectator

1-10“10-digit dialing in Lancaster County set to begin Aug. 26” Lancaster Online

 

nasa eclipseKeep up to date about the eclipse here.

makle saturdayTomorrow

 

th5050 is the New… Turkey Hill? Central-PA-Based Convenience Store Chain, Now Expanded into Indiana and Ohio,  Begins 50th Anniversary Celebration with Exciting Sweepstakes and Deals to Thank CustomersClick here to read more. And click here (turkeyhillstores.com/50years) for a complete listing of scheduled festivities related to Turkey Hill’s 50th Birthday Party. – SOURCE: 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.”

 

 

Tuesday’s tidbits | 7/25/17

In Everyday Living, Government, History and Heritage, In Columbia, Opinions, People, The Susquehanna on July 25, 2017 at 5:38 am

canningThought about saving up some of the Lancaster County summer bounty? How about canning? You can start with this Penn State Extension program: “Home Food Preservation: Canning Tomatoes & Fruits.”

“Tomatoes and fruits can be safely processed in a boiling water bath. Join us to learn the basic principles of canning. This workshop is presented as a demonstration and lecture.” The cost for the session is $15.

Learn more about Basics of Home Canning here.

quotesExtracts from letters-to-the-editor and columns in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster. Reading letters-to-the-editor is somewhat akin to taking the temperature of the people – orally or anally.

25 - safariAt the Library!

smucker suckupSeated party suck-up! The above comment follows an LNP – Always Lancaster article entitled “Lawmakers try again to boost national profile of Susquehanna River region” from Susquehanna Heritage, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization connecting people to the Susquehanna River and its history as it flows through Lancaster and York Counties in Central Pennsylvania.

In the article, this sentence “… the idea was first offered by (Senator Robert)Casey a decade ago in the Senate. And while he has introduced it, without success, in every session since, the proposal may be gaining some momentum.”

repugnantEasy to know why! “GOP lawmaker calls reluctance of ‘female senators’ on health care ‘repugnant’”The Boston Globe [That is a totally sexist statement, that’s why,  Representative from Texas bozo.]

sneakers on power linesGangs? “All across the United States, you’ll encounter discarded shoes hanging from wires, poles, and trees. Theories as to what these shoes signify abound, but, contrary to what one hears, there’s no one right answer. Who put the shoes there and why? The list of explanations goes on.” – Snopes.com

yeah right“I did not have sexual relations with that woman.” – that guy in 1998

“I did not collude with Russians, nor do I know of anyone in the campaign who did.” – this guy in 2017

[NOTE: Slick Harvard grad, it’s either unique or it’s not. It’s never very unique!]

what“Psychiatry group tells members they can defy ‘Goldwater rule’ and comment on Trump’s mental health”STATNews

 

Monday news/views items – 7/24/2017

In Everyday Living, Government, History and Heritage, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities, People, The Susquehanna on July 24, 2017 at 6:02 am

weed warsSaturday, though quite hot, was weeding day for us; we decided to weed along the sidewalk, the flower beds and the little garden area. This is one of those years that is a weed’s paradise. Hot or not, the appearance of weeds sends messages of resignation and not caring about the appearance of a property. As do the commenters to this news source and Columbia Spy‘s, we wonder why Columbia’s codes department cannot see what we see: the prevalence of weeds all over the town. High grass and weeds and accumulation of trash are automatic QuickTicket $25.00 ticket immediately is what the Borough Code says.

In March of 2015, in this LNP – Always Lancaster article, the mayor stated Columbia’s police would partner with codes enforcement to tackle codes violations. “Later this month, the borough hopes to roll out a community policing program paired with codes enforcement to address problems head-on. By dividing the borough into three zones, officers will be assigned to patrol one of those zones each day that they work, Lutz said. In addition, the three part-time code enforcement officers that the borough employs will be assigned a zone. Lutz said officers have been asked to get out of their vehicles while on patrol and walk the neighborhoods. This way, he said, residents can get to know the officers and know that they can report any problems directly to that person. Lutz said the program is not expected to cost the borough any additional money; it’s simply better organizing of police and code enforcement officer time.”

keep water clean“Anomalies abound. Seems ironic to have all the blue painted signage extolling someone to ‘KEEP OUR RIVER CLEAN’ and ‘PROTECT OUR WATER’ when there’s organic matter, cigarette butts and trash serving as flotsam at nearly every grate. – From a Columbia news, views & reveiws, April 2014 news post.

protect the water

dont go backWhile looking at old Columbia news, views & reviews files, happened across this from three years ago.

There is no military solution in Iraq—so end the threats of U.S. airstrikes, bring home the Special Forces, and turn the aircraft carrier around. (Photo: Jayel Aheram / Flickr) – SOURCE: ForeignPolicyInFocus.org

outside the lines 2We seem to see lots of evidence of “coloring outside the lines” in town. Wonder, for example, why the car above couldn’t see the white “wide turn” line at the corner of 3rd & Hinkle’s? We did. Wonder, too, why, “law enforcement officers” feel they’re outside the laws of parking within the designated parking lines.

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

other newsThe Lancaster County Land Grant Authority still hasn’t posted a meeting agenda nor minutes since September of last year.

This LEGAL NOTICE appears at Lancaster Online: A special meeting of the borough council will be held on Monday, July 24, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. to “determining whether to move forward with acquiring real estate” of the property known as the McGinnis Airport.

Today’s LNP – Always Lancaster is filled with Government Calendar information from numerous municipalities across the county … and nothing about Columbia. Why does the Borough not have someone assigned as the Public Information Officer? Someone who would be assigned to communicate with the outside media and citizens in an ongoing manner?

Any Columbia dogs on the Pennsylvania Dangerous Dog Registry?

“Strong thunderstorms with gusty winds and hail are possible Monday
afternoon.”

This make the county look bad | “There are more than 300 tier 3 sex offenders in Lancaster County”Penn Live [NOTE: “Tier 3 offenders, which account for about 12,000 people in the state database, carry a lifetime registry and they must have their photo taken every 90 days. Tier 3 offenses include rape, kidnapping, aggravated indecent assault and incest.”] – The Sentinel, Carlisle

school takeoverFar more commenters at this facebook string than persons attending School Board meetings.