Sunday, April 26, 2015


Recently, the name of this site changed from "Columbia PA 17512" to COLUMBIA SPY.  
Because . . .
  • It's shorter and easier to say "Columbia Spy" than "Columbia PA 17512" when someone asks the name of the site. It's also easier to remember.
  • Similarly, it's easier to say instead of when asked the site's URL (web address).
  • Columbia Borough is steeped in . . . HISTORY.  "Columbia Spy" has a certain archaic yet appealing ring to it, connected as it is to the original publication, "The Columbia Spy." The name of this site is a tribute to that former publication. It's much too good and evocative a name to be left sitting forgotten on the shelf of history, gathering dust (even though issues of the original can be retrieved digitally).
  • Last and probably least, this site's logo/avatar looks a lot like one of the spies in the cartoon "Spy vs Spy."

Accident near Prospect Road and Route 462 causes power outage

(Photo by Owen Shirk)

Several thousand residents are currently without power as a result of a vehicle accident with entrapment at 4040 Columbia Avenue, which occurred at about 11 this morning.

Raising the flagpole at Trail Services

Sunday at noon, Mayor Lutz (in the white cap) helped raise a flagpole with other workers at the Trail Services Building at  Columbia River Park.

Group effort

Plumb bobs at the ready

Holding on

A video of the flagpole raising

Arbor Day observance on a cold and windy day

A large crowd defied the chilly winds on Friday at the 24th annual Arbor Day observance at Locust Street Park, which included music by Stu Huggins and George Keyser, recognition of coloring contest winners and other award recipients, and an appearance by Smokey the Bear.  Emily Anderson, a Columbia High School senior, read the Joyce Kilmer poem, "Trees," and a tree was planted in memory of Jeff Fortna.

 Members of Scout Troop 35 recite the pledge

 Smokey and friends

 Coloring contest winners Zachary Detz, Bailey Finegan, and Breanna Young

Friends and family of Jeff Fortna planted a tree in his memory . . .

 Scouts braving the cold

Shade Tree Commission Chairman Bill Kloidt, Jr. and a well-known celebrity

Friday, April 24, 2015

The Litter Letter Project

Columbia Borough will launch a project next week that seeks to send a message through art. The letters PRIDE will be displayed at Columbia River Park this summer.

The project is inspired by The Litter Letter Project which began in Louisiana by Rachael Hatley, who back in 2013 used it to build a one-word message to her community. More information can be found at

The idea has since spread to other states. Columbia Borough will be the first in Lancaster County to use the concept with the hope this will inspire the PRIDE in Columbia residents and increase awareness of the need to recycle.

A special thank you to Butcher along with Chris Bongart and Chas Snyder, of Garage Boyz Powder Coating, who donated, created and constructed the 5-foot tall letters out of steel bars and chicken wire for the Borough.

On Friday, May 1, 2015, the public will get its first chance to contribute to the project at the River Park Trail Services Building Dedication and Celebration. Help fill the letters by bringing bottles and jars with lids. Make sure you bring your camera to get a picture taken with the letters. Send the picture to the Borough at . It will get posted on the Boroughs website and may get posted on the litter letter project website for all to see.

Also, for those that bring recyclables to the event  on Friday, they may enter a drawing to win a free visit to the Turkey Hill experience.

Borough Offices: 308 Locust Street, Columbia PA 17512 |Phone: 717-684-2467

Columbia Tree Society 24th Annual Arbor Day Celebration

 6 p.m. on Friday, April 24, at Locust Street Park . . .

Fourth Friday Celebration April 24, 2015

Highlights for April:

Join us for Columbia’s Shade Tree Commission will be celebrating their 24th Annual Arbor Day Ceremony.  Activities will occur at Locust Street Park beginning at 6pm. 

Art Gallery Weavings, Ink in Wrightsville is featuring "A River Runs Through Them" from April 24 – June 6, 2015. 

Garth Gallery Studio & Frame Shop is presenting its Annual Abstract Show. 

Susquehanna Center for the Creative Arts is presenting “The Figure – An Interpretation”. 

Through the Fire Artists Studio is showing works from Jerry King Musser, Janette Toth-Musser, and Mathew Jakeilski. 

The Historic Mount Bethel Cemetery is presenting artwork from students of the Columbia School District and Homeschooled students. Artwork will be in the caretaker’s cottage. 

Bootleg Antiques & Oddities is having wine tasting and moonshine samples along with musical entertainment by The Bootlegger’s Gang. 

Salem United Church of Christ on 324 Walnut Street Columbia, will be offering a way to relax in prayer and gather with others for Evening Compline. Service will begin after 9pm.

Go HERE for more information.