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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.”


signs seen at River Park

In Everyday Living, In Columbia, The Susquehanna on November 16, 2015 at 12:51 pm

seen sos signs

Seen the signs at River Park?

Wonder what SOSPennsylvania.org is?

Wonder whether the group received permission to post the signage there?

Wonder if it’s OK for anyone to post signs at River Park?

Any kind of signs?

It’s time for the Columbia event | Bridge Bust happens on October 3!

In Everyday Living, History and Heritage, In Columbia, Opportunities, The Susquehanna on September 20, 2015 at 4:55 am

The Route 462 Veterans Memorial Bridge spanning the Susquehanna River between Columbia and Wrightsville will be the site of the 27th annual Bridge Bust on Saturday, October 3, 2015. This event, coordinated by the Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce, is sponsored by Clyde W. Kraft Funeral Home, Columbia Fraternal Association, and the Columbia-Middletown Elks Lodge #1074. Hours are 8 AM to 4 PM rain or shine.


Over 300 vendors, including over 75 vendors new to this show, are scheduled to participate in this year’s event. Commercial food vendors will offer crowd-pleasing fare such as butterfly fries, blooming onions, wraps, paninis, crab cakes, pit beef and pulled pork, egg rolls … and plenty of other food and drink items that await your taste buds. Individual vendors will offer items such as crafts, artwork, and antiques. Look for goods ranging from home or country décor to garden or specialty food items, with a wide variety of products available beyond that. Local nonprofit organizations will be on hand to raise awareness of their organizations and to raise money for their causes. Other sponsors of this event include Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority, Engle Printing and Publishing Company, and St. John’s Herr Estate.

Live entertainment by Sneakers the Clown, Tux Trio, and The Banjo Man will be featured on the bridge throughout the day. This entertainment is brought to you through the sponsorship of Workman Funeral Homes and Sahd Metal Recycling.   Local sister radio stations ESPN 92.7 and FUN 101.3 are exclusive radio sponsors for this event. Look (and listen) for the stations which will be located on the Columbia side of the bridge.

The Bridge Bust features free parking and shuttle service from Glatfelter Field (located at Rt. 462 and 12th Street) in Columbia and Eastern High School (Cool Creek Road) in Wrightsville.  Patrons who wish to cross the bridge in only one direction may do so by pre-planning use of the various shuttles. For details, visit the SVCC website www.PaRivertowns.com. Donations will be accepted for this service.

Admission to the Bridge Bust is $2 for adults and $1 for children ages 6-12 while children under 6 years of age enter free of charge. Please remember that absolutely no pets, bicycles, skateboards, rollerblades, or scooters are permitted on the bridge. The Bridge Bust will be held rain or shine. All proceeds will benefit the Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center.

scenes seen today: September 9, 2015

In Everyday Living, In Columbia, Opinions, Opportunities, The Susquehanna on September 9, 2015 at 7:47 pm

Looks as the Columbia Water Company can do no wrong.

Unless you call staging all that heavy construction equipment on a borough street – wrong?


Maybe it’s a construction zone and maybe the benign monopoly will bring the roadways back to standard?

Besides isn’t this where visitors to River Park are supposed to be able to park and stroll?


All that space “inside the wire” and the dump trucks and other equipment are staged on borough property at the newly opened Columbia Crossing. Don’t try this at your home, kids … you’ll probably get a visit from the codes officer.


Let’s see: there are newly posted “NO” signs at the park at Locust and Fifth.

NO dogs, gee, imagine parks with no dogs allowed. Goofy, huh?

But not as goofy as a park, with a brand-new kazillion dollar trail services building enveloped by a mangango-sized ashtray for cigarette butts.

There are signs, to be sure, but there’s no enforcement. What’s worse: dogs in a park or hundreds and hundreds of cigarette butts that eventually find a path into the beloved River?


and a visitor.

master pos grasshopper

along the trail

In Everyday Living, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities, The Susquehanna on August 24, 2015 at 7:19 am

Northwest Lancaster County River Trail Reviews

along the trail

as the councillor said … part two

In Everyday Living, Government, Opinions, The Susquehanna, Treasures on July 15, 2015 at 12:27 pm

A week or so ago, Columbia news, views & reviews acknowledged a councillor’s ominous warnings about “maintenance-free” claims at Columbia’s River Park and the new Columbia Crossings trail services building.

It’s a good thing that the council may soon decide to hand off “management services” of the Columbia Crossings building. An agenda item at Monday’s council meeting indicated the Borough is considering management proposals from the Susquehanna Gateway Heritage Area or Chris Vera and Daisy Pagan. Or some other interested and capable entity?

Hopefully, part of any of agreement entered into, issues of maintenance will be included.

Funding for the Columbia Crossroads train services building came from agencies funded by Pennsylvanians and others paying taxes.

“Funding of this project is moving forward through the generous grant funding awarded to the Borough by Lancaster County (Urban Enhancement Funding $425,000), Department of Conservation & Natural Resources $650,000, PA Fish & Boat Commission $250,000 and Department of Environmental Protection $325,000. Additional funding and “in kind services” are being provided by Columbia Borough.”




just as the councillor said it would be

In Everyday Living, Government, History and Heritage, In Columbia, Opportunities, The Susquehanna on July 5, 2015 at 9:50 pm

One of the councillors has been railing against the unseen maintenance expenses that would be coming at the River Park. Appears the councillor’s sometime tirades may have some accuracy. Or maybe not.

The beautiful new Columbia Crossings building is loaded with unattractive spider webs loaded with victims. Visitors to the structure will not be impressed with the lack of attention and maintenance.



So if the borough doesn’t maintain the building and allows visitors to see the lack of attention to periodic eradication of spider webs in the structure and on the light and spy camera standards, the borough will will not spend money. If the borough does decide to keep up the building, it will add to labor costs, so the councillor will have been on target.


The flotsam that’s accumulated by one of the floating docks, too, presents the same issue. Clean it or let it go. It depends on the message that the borough wants to present to park visitors.

Noticed these visitors at the Park on Sunday afternoon. But they did not use any of the very scarce parking spaces in the park.


Nice to see the pavilion being used; but a pressing issue turns up when Columbia Crossing visitors, pavilion guests and others look for parking.


Parking on the grassy area is for overflow parking vehicles with trailers. The reality of having your cake and eating it too is that the majority of parking spaces at the River Park, aka boat launch or marina, are for vehicles with trailers. Visitors to the park, well, you’re on your own.


Visitors may have to exercise their creative expertise and park along the access road to the grassy area behind the gated access point to the huge grassy area just beyond the kayak rental place. But once they find a parking space, the majesty of the River or the breathtaking splendor of the Bridge provides truly awesome photo opportunities.


Way to go, Turkey Hill and your partners!

In Everyday Living, History and Heritage, In Columbia, Opportunities, The Susquehanna on June 30, 2015 at 5:27 am

A big round of applause for Turkey Hill and its partners in this initiative.

Last week a newspaper article stated, “Lancaster County is on the front line of a campaign to recycle cigarette butts, the most common source of litter in the United States. An experimental effort involving Turkey Hill Minit Markets, the Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company and national recycling company TerraCycle is trying to turn cigarette butts into plastic pallets and compost, rather than unsightly waste.”

Numerous posts, articles and photos about this water-polution hazard and unsightly trash have appeared at Columbia news, views & reviews in the past including this one. “Cigarette butts are, by some counts, the world’s number one litter problem,” according to this National Geographic article.

do not kill the fish

A Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority (LCSWMA) Waste Matters Webpage from 2013 states, “Did you know that cigarette smoking in America has decreased over the years, yet cigarette butts remain one of the most littered items in the United States? Every day, cigarette butts pollute our sidewalks, nature trails, gardens, parks, streets and other public places. Littering of cigarette butts is unsightly, costly to clean up and harmful to waterways and wildlife.

“Keep America Beautiful (KAB) has established a cigarette litter prevention program designed to support local communities in their efforts to reduce cigar tips and cigarette butt litter. KAB’s program offers information, strategies, tools and resources to empower citizens in the fight against litter. For more detailed information on the program, visit: www.preventcigarettelitter.org

the serene majesty of a rainy day from Columbia Crossings’ deck

In The Susquehanna on June 27, 2015 at 1:26 pm

rp from the deck

Trails Day Celebration today at East Donegal Township’s Riverfront Park

In Everyday Living, Opportunities, The Susquehanna, Uncategorized on June 6, 2015 at 6:13 am

on the trail