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Windows phone scam

In Opinions, Opportunities, Uncategorized on March 27, 2017 at 4:06 pm

windows phone scamCredit: FataasTV Mv via YouTube

So a couple days ago, this recording was at our voicemail. Just when we were feeling left out by the Windows scammers / spammers.

We’ve said before we don’t answer the phone unless we’re pretty certain we know who the caller is.

This article tells more about the Windows tech support scam callers.

Columbia’s football coach resigns

In Uncategorized on March 27, 2017 at 3:45 pm

Lancaster Online’s article

March 11, 2017 Columbia news, views & reviews posts

  • “We’re coaching these kids in life, not just football. We want to make an impact on their life, and not just only on the field. ” – This quote is from then-Columbia first-year coach Anthony Sottasante in this August, 2015 Penn Live article.

Today’s news – Sunday, March 26, 2017

In Uncategorized on March 26, 2017 at 6:41 am

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

Quote for today …When you go to the polls, ethics and morality should be part of the evaluation.” – John Shimkus

A second quote for today (from the 21st century) “Change is always difficult — particularly when you’re changing how an institution such as the General Assembly functions and does business. You have members that have become accustomed to operating in a certain way.” – State Senator Ryan Aument in a page one LNP – Always Lancaster article about “reform” in the state legislature.

A third quote for today (from the 16th century) “There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things. For the reformer has enemies in all those who profit by the old order, and only lukewarm defenders in all those who would profit by the new order, this lukewarmness arising partly from fear of their adversaries … and partly from the incredulity of mankind, who do not truly believe in anything new until they have had actual experience of it.” – Niccolo Machiavelli

quokkaQuokkas are the cutest and happiest animals in the world.


  • Remember the “no-choice” election last November that sent Pat Toomey to the US Senate? Well, the “elected public servant” party hack voted last week that it’s OK for “Internet service providers such as AT&T, Comcast and Verizon (to NOT) obtain customer consent before they share sensitive user information such as browsing and app activity with advertisers and other parties.” Yep, he’s totally on-board with the  Wonderland “roll-back” theme.
  • A page one article in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster is about “housing insecurity” in Lancaster County and the many vicissitudes that families who rent housing encounter. “The Lancaster County Community Foundation, the Mayor’s Commission to Combat Poverty and The Steinman Foundation have come together in a collaborative effort to welcome Matthew Desmond, the bestselling author of Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, as the featured speaker at HDC MidAtlantic’s 2017 Faces of Affordable Housing Banquet on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at the Marriott at Penn Square in Lancaster, Pa. Reception kicks off at 5 pm, followed by dinner at 6 pm.” – HDC-MidAtlantic Webpage

hdc invite

Because there’ve been questions and because information is sometimes not understood or accurate, here are several sources for veterans and veterans’ families.

american legion pre-planning guideClick on the graphic to download the pre-planning guide. 

  • The obituary notices in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster show at least a half-dozen veterans, one as young as 29. Among the veterans is a long-time colleague, Bill Cifuni, a legend at WLAN radio.

Later new today – Friday, March 24, 2017

In Uncategorized on March 24, 2017 at 6:26 pm
  • From big time university president to “up to five years jail time.”NOT LIKELY. Penn Live


  • 3,300 people killed in the US this year | A threat to homeland security? Nah, it’s the repoprted number of shooting deaths. – GunViolenceArchive.org
  • Let the sun shine; let in the sunshine | Lisa from Goodville, following this WITF article about government transparency says, “Request electronic copies.  This will prevent the entity you are requesting from charging you for copies.  Some of these charges can be quite excessive.  In the computer age, almost everything should be available electronically.  Have them email it to you.  This enabled me to point out to our local government that they should make ownership of electronic copies of things like zoning ordinances mandatory when having contractors write these documents for them.  My township did not have this requirement making it much more likely that they were obligated to use the same contractor when they wanted to make revisions to the ordinance or else retype the entire 200+ page document.”
  • What a comment following this “no justice” decision?That guy deserves to suffer also that piece of crap needs to be thrown into prison or how about get a metal bat and crush his legs we need to make a law if you hurt someone you should get the same degree of consequence that guy better hope no one sees him in public.” – comment following this Lancaster Online article.

Today’s news – Thursday, March 23, 2013

In Uncategorized on March 23, 2017 at 5:13 am

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

Quote for today … “Lancaster County’s population inched closer to the 550,000 mark in 2016, growing by more than 2,100 people over the previous year and at a pace that is among the fastest in Pennsylvania. ” –Lead sentence in an LNP – Always Lancaster article about population growth in Pennsylvania. [NOTE: Looks like community development will naturally have come to Columbia – with or without local initiatives – if anyone knew what the were.]

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  • Noticed a municipal brief in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster: “Deb Drury, executive director of the Elizabethtown Library, asked council to raise its annual contribution from $36,000 to about $57,500, or $5 per resident.According to the posted budget, Columbia allocates $10,000 to its library.
  • AND IN THE SCHOOL BRIEFS in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster, it states, Iris Garrido resigned from the school board for “health reasons.”
  • Curious because Columbia Spy reported no reason for the resignation. Some citizens believe the resignation came about as a result of a change in employment that might be considered a conflict.
  • Columbia news, views & reviews was not able to attend that meeting due to a conflict, but an inconsistently reported “fact” is one of the reasons we encourage citizens to attend meetings – to get unfiltered, first-hand observation about what happened.

Today’s news – Wednesday, March 22, 2017

In Uncategorized on March 22, 2017 at 5:32 am

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

Quote for today … “The country, states, counties and school districts are all going broke paying the pensions and benefits. Taxpayers are going broke paying higher taxes every year to pay these pensions and benefits.” –From a letter-to-the-editor in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster. [NOTE: Sorry, we’re struggling to see the logic in this line. People work, people get benefits that include pensions and benefits. The time for (and we hate application of the word) REFORMS is before the action, not after the action.]

  • Every week or so, a new post at the Columbia Police Department facebook page.
  • EMPLOYMENT NOTICE – The Borough of Columbia is accepting applications until March 31, 2017 for a Seasonal Part-time Trolley Driver. Must have high school diploma or GED, valid Class A or B CDL license with passenger endorsement, a clean driving record, experience as a school bus driver or public transit operator preferred.  The successful candidate(s) will be required to obtain a CDL Medical examination / certification every two years by a specified physician. Current pay rate is $12.00 – $15.00/hour after 90 day probation period. Applications and job descriptions are available at the Columbia Borough Municipal Building, 308 Locust St., Columbia, PA 17512, EOE. – Borough Website

IAVA fulfull the promiseUH-rahhh! Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) members from around the country have converged on D.C. to present our annual policy agenda, a landmark document.

Today’s news – Tuesday, March 21, 2017

In Uncategorized on March 21, 2017 at 5:50 am

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

Quote for today … “If your email address is with “Hotmail” the Borough Email Alerts will no longer be delivered to you.  Hotmail has blocked Borough Emails as Spam.  Please re-register for email alerts using another email address if you would like to continue receiving Borough Email Alterts.” – NOTE at the Borough Website

Another quote for today … “Ivanka into the White House? It’s like a coup, and the dictator’s family is moving into the palace as it prepares to the loot the country.” – Robert Reich Tweet.

TrustClick here or on the graphic above to see the program from last night’s “Trust, Transparency and the News” forum/panel discussion at Elizabethtown College last night.

trust pixOver 100 people attended the presentation at Gibble Auditorium to listen to panelists respond to questions submitted by people in the audience.

  • “A glimpse at tonight’s ‘Trust, Transparency & the News’ panel with WITF and Lancaster News. Media panelists from WITF and LNP discuss what they do and how they work to get it right. Tim Lambert, WITF, ‘local journalism jobs have been bleeding. There are far fewer journalists covering local news–the things that directly affect us.’ Tom Murse, LNP, ‘with online stories we witness fact checking in real time from readers.'” – Elizabethtown College’s facebook page
  • “In 2005, for every one digital-only journalist, there were 20 newspaper journalists. In 2015, for every one digital-only journalist, there were four newspaper journalists.” – Columbia Journalism Review

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  • Get to know Mitch Cooper in an LNP – Always Lancaster article in today’s paper. Cooper is the operator of Cooper’s Comics at the corner of Locust and Fifth Streets.

career fairSearch advertised openings here.

  • The Zoning Hearing Board of the Borough of Columbia will meet on Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at 7:00 P.M.” – Columbia Borough Website

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  • After a very successful program in March, given by Elisabeth Weaver of Lancaster Farmacy, (a fantastic five acre herbal and organic vegetable farm) we are now anticipating a very exciting program in April by Lisa Baughman, a tea expert and speaker, from York.  Ms. Baughman travels the world studying and sampling teas from many countries.  She is a member of the Tea Speakers Bureau, a source for Tea Industry Educators.  Once again, this program is open to the public for a $5.00 fee.  Please contact me if you are planning to attend – Barbara Ann de León  (717) 428-2210. A brown bag lunch will follow, then a short business meeting.  Membership is open so please let us know if you would like to become a member of a stimulating 21st century approach to learning all about herbal healing, culinary and decorative uses of herbs.  Our annual membership dues are only $15.00.  Please contact me – Barbara Ann de León atparoyalty639@yahoo.com or call and leave a message and phone number at (717) 428-2210.” – news release

Today’s news – Monday, March 20, 2017 | the first day of spring

In Uncategorized on March 20, 2017 at 7:48 am

daffodillToday’s the first day of spring and it’s also …

International Day of Happiness!


And here are some “Happiness quotes, memes and images for International Happiness Day 2017!”



Today’s news – Sunday, March 19, 2017

In Uncategorized on March 19, 2017 at 6:47 am

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

Quote for today … “One swallow does not make a spring. Bluebirds are a sign of spring; warm weather and gentle south breezes they bring. In spring, no one thinks of the snow that fell last year. Don’t say that spring has come until you can put your foot on nine daisies. Spring-time sweet! The whole Earth smiles, thy coming to greet.” – The First Day of Spring arrives tomorrow. We found this little verse particularly applicable, especially since we still have reminders of the snow that fell last week. The Vernal Equinox, and a lot more about spring is in this piece at The Old Farmer’s Almanac.

mermaid programWe caught the last show of Columbia Junior and Senior High School’s Theatre Department’s production of “The Little Mermaid” last night. What a wonderful rendition these enthusiastic students, musicians, boosters, Moms and Dads, teachers, friends and supporters generated! The musicians were talented! The actors and the direction; flawlessly ebullient! The stage settings were gorgeous and captivating!

The story line: Fish chick, of royalty, falls for landlubber of royalty, too. Controlling underwater Dad, and King, tries to control the young’un and drives her into the arms of the guy atop the water. There’s a Faustian turn as the delightfully wicked Ursula deals for the fish chick’s, Ariel’s, voice. There’s a better description of the plotline at WikipediA.

As so many are wont to condemn the loss of community, the wretched actions of kids in town and the minuses of the Columbia High School, the folks who pitched into bring The Little Mermaid to Columbia for a week in March dispelled all of these charges. This was a marvelous community gain and we’re certain the hundreds people who attended one of the four shows are proud of Columbia and its Theatre Department.

  • Today’s LNP – Always Lancaster has several articles about Pequea Valley’s education programs that encourage students to “reinvent” the way they look at education. Really good stuff.


150 year oldThe benefits of riding a bike at 105 years old are exaggerated – though doing it at 105 years old is amazing!

DIVIDEDThink we’re not divided? Letters-to-the-editors in area newspapers and raucous events with elected public servants clearly shows the disconnects. Some of the editorial columns show downright scary, illogical logic. Take a look at the comments following this Penn Live article of the town hall meeting in Red Lion.

Today’s news – Saturday, March 18, 2017

In Uncategorized on March 18, 2017 at 6:47 am

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

Today’s quote … After a bitter debate between representatives from north and south of the Mason-Dixon Line, the House agreed to a bill retaining New York City as the temporary residence and locating the permanent capital on the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania. Most representatives expected Wright’s Ferry, renamed Columbia in 1788, to be the specific site. Instead the Senate named Germantown, seven miles north of Philadelphia.” – from this George Washington University reference

mermaidTonite at 7:00 pm!!!



22 glory roadFor your Wednesday night planning.

  • Another day with a full page of letters-to-the-editor in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster! Great sign | the democracy lives.