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Take a ride on the trolley

In Everyday Living, Government, History and Heritage, In Columbia, Opinions, Opportunities, Treasures on July 23, 2017 at 2:47 pm

If the nearly 8,000 adults living in Columbia took a ride on the trolley, the borough could knock off $24,000 from the purchase price. And that’s what we decided to do today – take a ride on the trolley for $3.00.

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elite-trolleyElite Coach of Ephrata initiated a contact with Kathy Hohenadel at the Susquehanna Chamber of Commerce to let her know that the company had a trolley for sale. Following the call Hohenadel informed the borough’s Community Development committee chairperson about the offer. Several councillors and borough staff made the trip to Ephrata to see, inspect and drive the outfitted trolley (with a 1993 Cummins engine). The trolley is a “classic” with only 53,000 miles. The borough will pay $39,900 for the trolley. – From a Columbia news, views & reviews article in December 2016.

For three bucks we took a full-route ride that lasted about 45 minutes. Columbia Borough lists trolley information at its Website – And Columbia news, views & reviews included that information in a July 12 post.

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Columbia Spy, too, included that news item here.

But we cannot find any information about the trolley schedule or rates at the Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce Website. What we were able to find is this apparent out-of-date trolley ride:

2015 trolley trip

We caught the trolley by the Columbia Market House on South Third Street. There’s a “trolley stop” sign just outside the market house’s doors. But because cars were parked in the space designated as a “trolley stop” the trolley driver driver pulled over in a space 20 or so feet beyond the “trolley stop.”trolley stopCitizens and visitors to Columbia can download a phone app that shows where the trolley is at the moment. What’s missing is an estimated time of arrival at the point at which you may want to know.

There was a family, two adults and four children, on the trolley when we boarded. A driver and guide/narrator/docent completed the roster for this ride. The guide/narrator/docent was exceedingly well spoken; the children, for the most part showed little interest listening to the narrative. It was thought, insightful, deliberate and quite well-presented.

At the Chamber of Commerce the family alighted and only the three of us rode the rest of the route.

The interior of the trolley is quite nice – beautiful wood, brass and leather adorn the area where people sit.

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The trolley stop at the Turkey Hill Experience has disappointing signage. We get it, the THE was quite crowded today, but there has to be a better way to communicate.the sign 3


And what does the trolley’s ridership, revenues and expenses look like? Columbia news, views & reviews asked the Borough and the Chamber of Commerce for that information and here’s what we gleaned from the right-to-know request responses.

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To download the above graphic as a .pdf for enlarging, sharing and / or printing, click on the graphic or here.

We don’t know how much the “trolley stop” signage cost? Nor fuel costs? Nor the promised “promotion” costs?
And we received conflicting data about the banner revenues. In one communiqué, the revenue was shown as $1,200; in another, $1,500.


Mary Loreto – a life of giving

In In Columbia, People, Treasures on July 21, 2017 at 3:37 am

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Mary Loreto’s obituary Lancaster Online

Some “scenes seen” strolling in two towns on sultry Sunday afternoon

In Everyday Living, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities, Treasures, Uncategorized on July 2, 2017 at 7:16 pm

The parking lot at the Turkey Hill Experience was crowded; no doubt, visitors succumbed to the air-conditioned home of ice-cream making magic. Meanwhile street traffic in Columbia and Marietta in the sweltering heat of the high temperature hours, not many people were in the streets or the sidewalks. Those who we did see were riding bicycles along Marietta’s Front Street. Today’s sojourn did not take in the River Park in either town.

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SOURCE: AZQuotes.com

Probably a bit of both, we ambled the main streets and several side streets and spied these scenes.

20170702_164759In Columbia, trolley stop signs have sprung up around town. This one is in the 400 block of Locust Street.

20170702_164835The result a loss of at least three metered parking spots here.


20170702_152317But right in front of a condemned property – visitors love to see this.

20170702_153039And next to a gallery venue.

And right across the street from an establishment with one of many “border town-like” flashing signs. The same signs that are forbidden by the town’s codes.

And then, the trolley came by …20170702_153322 (1)with only a couple of riders on it.

tomatoesA favorite sign of summer!

flowers beeBusy bee on flowers.


20170702_165205Marietta, as Wrightsville, uses the signage that says it is the state law to yield to pedestrians in designated crosswalks. “When traffic-control signals are not in place or not in operation, the driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection.” – Pennsylvania statute

churchColumbia’s got seriously gorgeous skyline properties.

hotelsAnother and …

house on Locusta house on a lower numbered Locust Street block.

BLIGHT20170702_160538And this eyesore and impediment to economic development is in the heart of Columbia.

The Mayfly is another story, though.20170702_154453

20170702_162724 (1)Shopped at The Mayfly, 8 South Third Street, Columbia to look about and cool off. Bought a few gifts – Columbia-emblazoned goblets.

On the topic of mayflies … 20170702_155611A mayfly happy hunting ground.

20170702_144533A number of homes in Marietta display this sign.

 – more scenes seen to come in a day or two –






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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“Congress Just Made It Officially Legal To Kill Hibernating Bears” – Huffington Post

In Everyday Living, Government, Opinions, People, Treasures on April 15, 2017 at 10:59 am


Yep, our illustrious elected public servants (protectors of all things fair) recently passed another great piece of legislation – yeah, our guy voted it’s OK to kill sleeping bears.

Here’s the Huffington Post article.

And POTUS signed the bill that allows sportsmen (really?) essentially to have a free-fire zone in Alaska, “home to 16 U.S. national wildlife refuges and a vast variety of iconic animals — wolf cubs and hibernating bears are now fair game for hunters.

Bring on those helicopters and high-impact weaponry for fair hunting, sportsmen! Kill ’em when they’re sleeping and babies.

Nice that Lancaster’s getting a historical marker and the recognition for Columbia’s “underground railroad” entrepreneurs: Smith and Whipper

In Everyday Living, History and Heritage, People, Treasures on April 9, 2017 at 6:03 pm

undergroundSource: Lancaster Online article

Read more at Lancaster Online: “Underground Railroad marker among 3 going up in Lancaster city park.”

Some may recall in December 2013, “Randolph Harris, an independent consulting historian, presented a Power Point presentation about the Underground Railroad and Columbia’s connection to its importance in American History. He won council’s endorsement to submit a letter to the National Parks Service committing the Borough’s support to keep alive the historical relevance. His LinkedIn profile says he is ‘Currently engaged in several efforts on behalf of individuals and non-profit organizations to protect and preserve historic sites and natural resources through citizen engagement at the local government level. Recent work as a consultant for research and documentation projects for historic sites associated with the Underground Railroad in Pennsylvania, with the orgs./agencies such as LancasterHistory.org., Lancaster County Convention Center, Pennsylvania Dutch Convention & Visitors Bureau, Franklin County (PA) Visitors Bureau and the Office of Tourism/Commonwealth of PA. Applications are reviewed by National Park Service’s Underground Railroad Network to Freedom program.’” – Columbia news, views & reviews

WOW! Over $6 million contributed in Extraordinary Give!

In Everyday Living, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities, People, Treasures on November 21, 2015 at 8:46 am

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The generosity of thousands of Lancaster Countians resulted in an astounding $6,134,244.78 raised in the 2015 Extraordinary Give, the 24 hour period that ended at midnight last night.

Columbia’s participating nonprofits benefited as well; one wonders why the other nonprofits, registered with the Internal Revenue Service, with Columbia addresses do not participate in this matching funds initiative.

According to the Extraordinary Give Website, these Columbia nonprofits were listed as participating organizations: Read the rest of this entry »

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.”




Film making in Columbia soon to be a reality

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opportunities, People, Treasures on July 14, 2015 at 11:36 am

Beth Troxell made a presentation to the council last night.

Troxell, a Columbia resident, is also a teacher at the Milton Hershey School. According to a bio at zoomInfo, she “has dedicated her professional life to turning children on to theatre. Teaching full time at The Milton Hershey School since 1996, she previously founded CHAOS Camp Hill Actors on Stage, an after school program dedicated to young children performing the classics. Beth has a Masters in Theatre Arts from The Pennsylvania State University, has directed numerous productions with children including Julius Caesar, Moby Dick, Cyrano de Bergerac, A Thousand Paper Cranes, Beauty and the Beast, and Taming of the Shrew.”

Last night, she raved about the potential that Columbia as a creative incubator; she cited the current phenomenon of creative and artistic resurgence that’s happening in Detroit.

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She pointed to a current initiative, her husband’s film project, Sushi Cop,  at kickstarter.com.

She asked the council to consider allowing the Susquehanna Center for the Creative Arts to place signage in downtown Columbia pointing visitors to its location at 224 Locust Street.

The Bridge

In Everyday Living, Treasures on July 11, 2015 at 7:12 am

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