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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.


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.

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


“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.


Tuesday – 10/3/17

In Everyday Living, Government, History and Heritage, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities, People, Treasures, Uncategorized on October 3, 2017 at 6:23 am


page one'''''''''''''''''''''''''… and everyone, except the folks at Hinkle’s (family, employees, Customers and others who patronized the business) has comments and answers.

But, in a second LNP – Always Lancaster “inside article,” the people who shopped, dined and did support Hinkle’s are quoted in a separate article.

terrorist“White American men are a bigger domestic terrorist threat than Muslim foreigners”VOX

‘1,516 mass shootings in 1,735 days: America’s gun crisis – in one chart”The Guardian

Pennsylvania’s elected public servants are high on the leader/taker board: “The NRA has donated $155,600 to Pennsylvania members of Congress who are currently in office.The Washington Post


Dozens of comments about Hinkle’s announced closing at Lancaster Online,

Over 150 at Hinkles facebook page.

The Columbia Borough School District Meeting of the Whole is Thursday night at 6:00 pm | Here’s the agenda.

Yes! No! Yes, Tom Petty is dead and it’s heartbreakingly unbearable. Variety

A letter-to-the editor in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster complains about PPL’s service in response to an 18-hour power outage. The writer claims to be a former PPL employee (in the customer service department) appears also to be a KITA; he should be living in Puerto Rico or the US Virgin Islands instead of offering senior-entitled letters.

responsible landlordsThe above quote comes from an article in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster in which Lancaster Housing Opportunity Partnership’s (LHOP) Jim Shultz talks about neighborhood development.

Ah, the quest for responsible landlords goes on – everywhere!

A wonderful aspect of the letters-to-the-editor or comments sections of any medium is that all side of an issue can be voiced in this country. The last letter-to-the-editor takes issue with Ken Burns’ Vietnam War series that was shown on PBS during the past two weeks.  The letter writer wants to make sure that “his side” of the issue is known as he points to a less centrist view. He asks readers to look at a more liberal writer’s view: “A Ball O’ Confusion Is Comin’ to Your TV: Ken Burns’ PBS Series on Vietnam Gives Its Corporate Sponsors Little to Worry About.”

housewreckersSee why at the West Hempfield Township Police Department’s facebook page.


board of health

The Columbia Borough Board of Health’s next meeting is Tuesday, October 3 at 7:00 pm – no meeting venue is shown, most likely the meeting is at the Borough Hall. Columbia news, views & reviews was unable to locate any minutes for previous Board of Health meetings at the borough website.

According to the Borough Website, there’s a Board of Health volunteer vacancy; if you are interested in volunteering please contact the Borough Manager at 717-684-2467 Ext. 7318.

According to the Borough Website: “The Board of Health is a relatively unique group in Lancaster County.  Unlike most municipalities which rely on the PA Department of Agriculture for Eating & Drinking Establishment inspections and on the PA Department of Health for sanitation issues, Columbia has chosen to perform these responsibilities to maintain rapid, coordinated, local control.”


Elizabeth Smedley Chair
Leslie Fritz Member
Dr. John Jensen Member
Dr. Bret Daniels Member
Reva Hall Member
Laurie Gerfin Alternate
Michele Hank Alternate



Monday – 10/2/17

In Everyday Living, Government, History and Heritage, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities, People, Treasures on October 2, 2017 at 5:55 am

A big part of Columbia’s history since 1893. 

From Hinkle’s facebook page: ”

“Official announcement as appearing in this morning’s Lancaster newspaper.

‘Hinkle’s Pharmacy and Restaurant, a Columbia Borough landmark for 124 years, will close on Wednesday, Oct. 25.

The shutdown of the 261 Locust St. business will idle 71 employees.

John Hinkle III, fourth-generation owner of Hinkle’s, blamed its “declining financial position over the past several years.”

In announcing the decision Monday, Hinkle said in a statement, “It has been an honor and a privilege for our family to serve this community throughout multiple generations.”

He thanked employees and customers “for their loyalty throughout the decades.”

Prescription records will be transferred to CVS Pharmacy.

Hinkle’s was founded in 1893 by Samuel Hinkle on the corner of Third and Locust streets in Columbia.

His son, John Hinkle joined his father in business in 1925 and was followed by his son, John Hinkle Jr. in 1958. John Hinkle III entered the business in 1990.”

This is posted at Lancaster Online


Stephen-C-PaddockA terrorist looks like this | The “first picture of gunman Stephen Paddock who killed at least 50 people by opening fire on Las Vegas crowds.”The Mirror, London

Another early in the incident report: “Police there told CBS News the suspect was white, in his 60s, had been living in a retirement community and hadn’t had any run-ins with law enforcement. He wasn’t a veteran, Mesquite police added.”

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s facebook site has incident updates and points to Twitter feeds too. This is the right way to tweet.

WHAT! “Nevada state law defines Las Vegas mass shooting as an act of terrorism – But police say they are ‘not at this point’ treating incident as terror”The Indepeendent

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“How you can help hurricane victims in Puerto Rico”PBS

connectedColumbia … connected!

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storefrontStorage units along the Washington Boro gateway.


“Antici-painting” the new look on these properties. Seems whenever there’s been a paint transformation on a Columbia property it’s had the L. Weber & Son sign on it. We’re eagerly awaiting this new storefront face.

Here’s a recapture of sorts.

weber paintsome of the L. Weber downtown properties

A local paint contractor, L. Weber & Son Painting, appears to be on the preferred list of the property owners at the vanguard of the “plantings, porches and paint” concepts posted here nearly four years ago.


An article in this morning’s LNP – Always Lancaster states: “UGI work upsetting residents and mayor – Homeowners say the utility is not consulting them about gas meter installations.” And this is news? UGI’s never been a municipality’s friend.


Why doesn’t government do a better job of vetting? That’s a question that’s begging for answers in Lancaster with its broadband adventure (“Residents raise concerns over LanCity Connect broadband”) and in Kentucky, too.

“KentuckyWired could be a disaster for Kentucky”The Louisville Courier-Journal

Back when it was conceived, it was billed as “KentuckyWired, also referred to as Kentucky I-Way in eastern Kentucky, is a statewide, open-access fiber optic network which will deliver robust, reliable and affordable Internet to communities across the state through broadband technology.”

Maybe because government is spending your money!

“Eight American women died in Vietnam, too”The Conversation

Yeah, sure … and I’m from the government and I’m here to help you! “Trump advisers insist tax cut proposal won’t favor rich.” The Washington Post


The Library | a most important part of all communities

In Everyday Living, History and Heritage, In Columbia, Opinions, Opportunities, People, Treasures on October 2, 2017 at 4:40 am




Yesterday was a grand day – and an exciting day – for Columbia as scores of citizens gathered by the the Locust Street Park for the groundbreaking ceremony for the expansion and renovations of the Columbia Public Library on Sunday afternoon.

There are lots more photos at the Library’s facebook page and Columbia Spy‘s got much more on the event here.

donateLibraries are a community treasure … a family gathering spot. The building and expansion project depends on the contributions and donations from everyone in the community. Students from Our Lady of the Angels were present with their coin contributions.

“You might be surprised to learn that libraries receive absolutely no funding from the federal government and only a small amount from Lancaster County. The bulk of our income comes from the State of PA (currently less than $50,000) and Columbia Borough. The rest must be made up from folks like you who know how important libraries are!”

You can make designate your contribution to the building and expansion project | click here for donation information.

Community Centered: 23 Reasons Why Your Library Is the Most Important Place in Town”


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FREE MUSEUM ADMISSION NEXT SATURDAY! Free behind-the-scenes tour, free fashion show, free beer samples …

In Everyday Living, In Columbia, Opportunities, Treasures on September 16, 2017 at 8:16 pm

COLUMBIA, PA: On Saturday, September 23, in conjunction with Smithsonian Magazine’s Free Museum Day, the National Watch and Clock Museum will hold its third annual Cloktoberfest. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. enjoy behind-the-scenes tours of the Museum, make-and-take a clock, a steampunk fashion show, book sale, silent auction, area food trucks, beer, and vendors selling horological, industrial, steampunk, and handmade items, and more!

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“The behind-the-scenes tours will include a peek into the area of the Museum that many do not get to see. Visitors can expect to see pieces that are not on display, a look into how these items are stored, and information on what goes into the National Watch and Clock Museum’s collection of nearly 13,000 objects. Three tour times will be offered: 10 a.m., noon, and 2 p.m. to allow a more personal experience,” explains Curator of Collections Kim Jovinelli.

Kids of all ages will also make their own clock to take home. Our popular Make-and-Take program will be available for participants to create a unique clock. There is a fee of $5 per clock.

Food trucks, including TriCounty BBQ, SOL Creations, and Penny’s Ice Cream, will be on hand with all sorts of tasty options to eat, and Columbia Kettleworks is even creating a special brew for the event!

The Museum thanks financial sponsor, M & T Bank, and media sponsor, 96.1 SOX, for assisting with this year’s Cloktoberfest.

SOURCE: news release

“Right of Way Photos: Pennsylvania Residents in Path of Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline Brace for Fight Over Construction” – The Intercept

In Everyday Living, Government, History and Heritage, Opinions, Opportunities, Treasures on August 21, 2017 at 5:19 pm

pipeline“A sign demarcating Williams-owned land at the southern terminus of the planned Atlantic Sunrise natural gas pipeline near Buck, Pa., on July 17, 2017.”

“If you know where to look, you can spot them along the roadsides as you drive through the hilly farmland of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Short wooden stakes stand exactly 50 feet apart, topped with orange tape. The markers seem benign, but for many Lancaster residents, the threat they represent is anything but: These poles mark the proposed path of the Atlantic Sunrise natural gas pipeline.

“The Atlantic Sunrise project is a $3 billion expansion of natural gas giant Williams’s Transco pipeline network. Building it will require burying a 42-inch pipe under miles of Amish country, below farms and rivers, in the face of opposition from many Lancaster residents.

“Many of the pipeline’s opponents are already in open rebellion.”

Continue reading this article (and take a look at the photos) at The Intercept.


Robert J. Keagy | well-liked Columbia fixture dies

In Everyday Living, In Columbia, People, Treasures on August 1, 2017 at 5:18 am

bob keagyRobert J. Keagy, 87, of Manor Township, passed away on Sunday, July 30, 2017. (Read the entire obituary notice at the Workman Funeral Homes, Inc. Website.)

Columbians have known Bob as the consummate produce guy. Mostly always smiling and jocular, Bob was the operator of a retail operation at 438 Locust Street, Columbia.

Before opening the Locust Street store, Bob was the largest stand holder at the Columbia Historic Market House for many years. Among our trove of Market House photos from the last half of 2010, we found these fond photos of Bob working at Keagy’s Produce stand at the Market House

Corn facts 006Our all time favorite, Corn Man!

Friday afternoon market 005Bob’s trusted sidekick, Victor.

Gift certificate winnerBob, presenting a gift certificate to Debra Smith.

Breads, Snacks expands again 002Santa Bob, Christmas 2010

shoppers 02The Market House in a photo from Keagy’s Produce at the holidays 2010.

Veggie Basket 003A Bob Keagy original “veggie basket.” Shoppers often saw Bob preparing fruits and vegetables for baskets while he tended market.

keagyAh, Bobby, Columbians will remember and miss ye.

Thank you for all you taught us … and everyone.




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.

trolley interior

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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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 –