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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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more on those oil “bomb trains”

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opinions, Opportunities, The Susquehanna, Treasures on May 10, 2015 at 11:25 am

Do they pass through Columbia? Yep!

“It was a busy week for crude-by-rail news. Once again we saw images of fires and massive clouds of black smoke ballooning into the air after another train derailed in a small North Dakota town. That’s at least six crude oil trains that have derailed in North America this year.” – PublicSource

“Top 10 Questions about oil trains: Industry lobbies for weak rules while derailment fire rages”Huffington Post

“In the first three months of 2015 four oil train accidents sent emergency responders scrambling, crude oil spilling into drinking water supplies, and fireballs blasting into the sky.” – Huffington Post

Bomb Trains … a facebook page

LHOP: “Columbia is one of our gems in Lancaster County towns.”

In Everyday Living, In Columbia, Opportunities, Treasures on April 26, 2015 at 10:00 am

Columbia is one of our gems in Lancaster County towns. With such a rich history, determined and hard working people and unique architecture to draw from, Columbia has its best days ahead of it. When people come together with a common vision and purpose anything is possible. We at LHOP are humbled to be working with Borough officials, residents, the Columbia Housing Steering Committee and our partners such as Community Life Network and Impact Missions to improve housing, neighborhoods and quality of life.”



New owner?

In Everyday Living, History and Heritage, In Columbia, Lists, Opportunities, Treasures on March 7, 2015 at 1:17 pm


Perhaps … the glorious property at 360 Chestnut Street may become a home again.

Zillow.com values the property at $410,000, the bank probably let it go substantially less. Berkshire-Hathaway had it listed at $229,000 at its Website.

“This 5,474 square foot single family home has 8 bedrooms and 9.0 bathrooms. It is located at 360 Chestnut St Columbia, Pennsylvania. This home is in the Columbia Boro School District.”

Trulio.com says, “360 Chestnut St This is a Multi-Family Home located at 360 Chestnut Street, Columbia PA. 360 Chestnut St has approximately 1,776 square feet. The property was built in 1900. 360 Chestnut St is in the 17512 ZIP code in Columbia, PA. The average list price for ZIP code 17512 is $140,881.” It also lists the 2014 property tax as $7,510 based on an assessed value of $266,300.

Take a video tour of the property:

today’s news – part 2 … Saturday, February 28, 2015

In Everyday Living, In Columbia, Opinions, People, Treasures, Uncategorized on February 28, 2015 at 7:44 am

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

Quote for today… “March is a month of considerable frustration – it is so near spring and yet across a great deal of the country the weather is still so violent and changeable that outdoor activity in our yards seems light years away.” Thalassa Cruso – but can it be worse than February?

Columbia aglow!

open houseLast night was the grand opening of the Creative Center for the Creative Arts building at 224 Locust Street. The event drew a huge crowd of well-wishers on this FIRST FRIDAY in Columbia.

  • An acquaintance at the event introduced us to the one of the folks responsible for some of the “behind the scenes” work of the structure. Dave Boyd, is the owner of DB HVAC – the company that was contracted to do the heating, ventilation and air conditioning work on the structure.


  • Mr. Spock is gone – People magazine
  • Good pictures of last night’s game in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster and Lancaster OnLine

central pa rest inspectClick on the graphic above multiple county food serving establishments inspections (including Lancaster, except Columbia, of course)PennLive


The splendor of The River in February

In Everyday Living, In Columbia, Opinions, Opportunities, The Susquehanna, Treasures on February 23, 2015 at 6:05 am


6The allure of The River’s winterscape: a compelling attraction for painters too.

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riv 1In addition to these two, another set up canvas on the Trail Services Building portico – all rendering the Siberian-like barrenness of a Fellini-like February day.

spy polesSpeaking of Siberian-like, the apparatus atop one of the ominous spy cameras help “uglify” the Park. But the bent lamppost’s been straightened.


On a brighter note, a dining experience at Marietta’s Railroad House is anything but a black and white Fellini-like experience.

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end of an era – no more A-TREAT

In Everyday Living, Opinions, Opportunities, Treasures on January 24, 2015 at 11:05 am



This is another end of an era. The announcement in today’s Allentown Morning Call, “A-Treat closing after nearly a century in Allentown,” will send tremors across a host of people and carnival organizers. What will a ring toss be without A-TREAT bottles as targets and prizes? We are grieving this news.

“Goodbye, A-Treat. Birthday parties and barbecues, field trips and family picnics won’t be the same without you.

“Those are the events where generations of Lehigh Valley residents learned to love the many varieties of soda produced in A-Treat’s east Allentown factory: the cola and cream soda, the birch beer and ginger ale, the grapefruit and black cherry and sarsaparilla and Big Blue — the blue raspberry variety that was colored like nothing in nature but was catnip to sweet-toothed kids.”

Click here to read this A-TREAT obituary in the Morning Call.

By the way, the bottle in the above photo collage is on E-Bay starting at $50.