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The unattended Columbia Borough School District splash page though remains out-of-date as it proclaims: “SCHOOL CLOSED September 1 and September 4, 2017″ (Fixed; thanks!)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

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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






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.

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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

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“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.

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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.

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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

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.





Hard knock life’s a comin’!

In Everyday Living, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, People, The Susquehanna on June 30, 2017 at 6:09 pm

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Click here to listen to Annie while you read the rest of this post about living in Columbia.

The Sheriff’s Sale notice  show’s it’s a hard knock life for citizens trying to live in Columbia and people trying to do business in Columbia.

And then the Columbia Water Company wants to jack double-digit water rates. The claim is for “improving its system and providing service.” Forgot to mention for the elaborate digs down by The River.

Copper downspouts just like yours. Think the Columbia Water Company would have the courage to put the RATE INCREASE NOTICE on its Website.

Nah! NO cajones!

Hate to be living on a fixed income in Columbia!

Glad the borough property taxes are not going up. And the School taxes. What’s that you say? Oh, yeah, the school taxes are going up.


Today’s news – Tuesday, June 27, 2017

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities, People, The Susquehanna, Treasures on June 27, 2017 at 7:18 am

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

Quote for the day … “It seems like the AG is trying to find a way to punish us, the board or the students.” – Current Manheim Township School Board of Directors president crying about the possible loss of school funding as a result of the recent auditor general’s report about duplicitous, non-transparent actions on the Board’s part. [NOTE: B-w-a-a-h, the Board’s crying now because they got caught! Why was it OK when they were screwing taxpayers?!] – This is from a page one article in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster.


  • It’ll likely get worse before it gets better. Nationally, the death toll for the opioid addiction epidemic could top 650,000 in the next decade. – STATNews
  • No wonder E-town’s Chamber made a decision to cut the executive director’s compensation! | Pay cuts are needed when the Chamber of Commerce’s executive director’s compensation was “$68,391, and the organization’s overall revenue as nearly $181,000.” If it’s a one-person private entity, one thing; but totally something different when it’s a not-for-profit. – From an article in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster.

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  • Want to get sickened or pissed off? Read this piece from today’s LNP – Always Lancaster. The writer, a former Armstrong president writes: “We acknowledge that there are crooks in the business world, along with top-level executives who don’t give a hoot about the people who make their companies run. Some executives are paid outrageous salaries and bonuses just for showing up without making big mistakes.”

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Today’s news … Sunday, June 25, 2017

In Education, Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities, People, The Susquehanna, Uncategorized on June 25, 2017 at 7:36 am

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

Quote for today … Pennsylvania, which educates more students than any of those three states, is the largest state in the nation in which local property taxes pay for such a large portion of the school costs.”Extracted from this LNP – Always Lancaster page one article entitled, Money at the root of school problems.

A second quote … Why can’t all the people in the U.S. get the same insurance that the Congress in Washington, D.C., and the state legislators have? I’d still like to know why we the people are treated like we are not as good as the people we put in Washington, D.C., and the legislatures we have in every state. – A good point from a letter-to-the-editor in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster. [NOTE: Reckon it’s because these “elected public servants” think they’re something special – better than everyone else?]

less talkYou can listen to Toby Keith (click here).  while reading today’s news.


Wrightsville’s approach to the pedestrian crossing issues that are frequently brought up at Columbia Borough Council meetings. Painted cross-walks identified and signage.yield in wrightsvilleIn a 2013 Columbia news, views & reviews piece, we wrote: “Notice the pedestrian friendly signage in the town across the river. There are five of those ‘Yield to Pedestrian – IT’S THE STATE LAW’ signs dotting the main drag in town. And they’ve been there for at least the last month or so. Council ought to give consideration to having signs like this at some of Columbia’s crosswalks.”

  • Of the largest borough’s in Lancaster County, Columbia is the only one with no July Fourth fireworks. BUT … in Mountville, there will be fireworks according to an article in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster:”The borough’s 4th of July Fireworks will take place at dusk at Froelich Park, 350 W. Main St., Mountville. Rain date is July 2. For details, call 717-285-5547.”
  • Congratulations to these Crimson Tide athletes being named to the LNP – Always Lancaster L-L Spring Season All-Star List in today’s newspaper: Joeleen WakefieldTiffany Hoffmaster – Kylee Lachapelle – Kamron Andrews – Serenity Faus.

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river access an issue in Marietta, too

In Everyday Living, Government, The Susquehanna on December 2, 2015 at 6:28 am

susquehanna“Susquehanna River looking north from Chickies Rock County Park” by Dough4872 – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Susquehanna_River_looking_north_from_Chickies_Rock_County_Park.jpg#/media/File:Susquehanna_River_looking_north_from_Chickies_Rock_County_Park.jpg

The rights of citizens to river access is being issued in Marietta, too.

Read more here.

Two of the Q&A questions about Riparian Rights at the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Website are:

What rights does the public have in public waters?
The rights of the public in public waters are quite broad and extend to fishing, boating, wading, floating, swimming and otherwise recreating.

Do the rights of the public include being able to cross private property to gain access to the public waters?
No. The public does not have a right to cross on private property to gain access to public waters. However, if you enter a public waterway lawfully (e.g., through a public access point), you can wade, boat, float or otherwise be in the waterway where it passes through private property.

Recently, this Columbia Spy article identified the public roadway to a public access point to the River … for many the roadway was not clearly defined as “public.”

The Susquehanna River is a naviagable waterway and “Riparian rights for navigable waterways are more complicated, since the public has more rights to use the waters.”