Thursday, April 26, 2018

Missing Person (Endangered) | Columbia Borough Police Department

William Richard Auliz
On 04-25-18 at approx. 6:23PM the Columbia Borough Police were notified of a missing, endangered person. It was reported to the police that William Richard Auliz left his house on Devonshire Place to take a walk around 11:30AM and has not returned. The missing person was described to police as a Hispanic male, 5'09", 160lbs. with black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a black in color hooded sweatshirt with diamonds and stars on it. He was also wearing dark colored, stone wash jeans that were described as baggy. He possibly has a set a headphones on him and was wearing black colored Nike shoes.
If anyone knows the whereabouts of William Richard Auliz, they are asked to submit a tip below or contact the police department.
Wednesday, April 25, 2018

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Police find 17-year-old hiding in attic after he entered property illegally

On 04-22-18 at approx. 5:27PM the Columbia Borough Police were called to an address in the 200 blk. of S. 8th St. for a report of a possible Burglary In Progress complaint. It was reported to police that the victim was receiving phone calls from her apartment phone number and that no one is supposed to be in her apartment. Police arrived and saw signs that the apartment may have been entered and contacted the landlord. The landlord responded and police made entry. Officers on scene located a 17 year old male hiding in an attic crawlspace during the search. The juvenile male was taken into custody and turned over to York County youth services. The juvenile was charged with Criminal Trespass, a felony of the 2nd degree.

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200 blk. S 8th St.
Columbia, PA 17512

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

4th Friday at Mount Bethel

The “Visions of Mt. Bethel” artwork created during the Sesquicentennial Celebration of the incorporation of the cemetery will be on display on Friday, April 27th, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. and again on Sunday, April 29th, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. in the caretaker’s cottage, 700 Locust Street, Columbia. 

Epitaphs, poetry, historic research, rubbings, pen and ink drawings, paintings and photography will be exhibited. Refreshments will be served and the event is free and open to the public.

April Fourth Friday Planned In the Riverlands

Shake off your winter blues and join numerous establishments in Columbia, Wrightsville, and Marietta to celebrate Fourth Friday 5 to 8 p.m.  on April 27. 

Columbia Happenings:
Smokers Marina, 256 Locust Street, will be featuring hemp jewelry, soaps & lotions, Nepalese backpacks and more!

Bootleg Antiques, 135 Bridge Street, will be offering a 10% store-wide discount. The Bootleggers will also be playing old country, blue grass and gospel music.

Geltz Gotz Goodeze, 430 Locust, will be giving away one raffle ticket per purchase to be entered into their giveaway. Also, they will be having Margaritas and tortilla chips & salsa. Come on by to get a head start on Cinco de Mayo!

Union Station Grill, 173 S. 4th Street, will have their outdoor seating open!

The Spot 438 at 438-1/2 Locust will be offering $1 off a meal if you mention this article!

Wrightsville Happenings:
"Fourth Friday Fun on Front"- Held at Half Nuts Popcorn, LLC

· -Live entertainment from Keil Holland (Singer/Guitarist)

· -2 Food Trucks (Taco Bus and Aloha Snow)

· -Wrightsville Elementary students will be there earlier in the day for "Poem in Your Pocket Day", a balloon artist will also be available

John Wright Restaurant is featuring their $5 Bar Menu which includes: Blue Catfish Nuggets,GnawJaw Bacon Skewers, Pork Spring Rolls, Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus, Lamb Meatballs, and Bruschetta

Marietta Happenings:
Come see the blooming Kwanzaa cherry trees, which are planted along Front Street. The trees begin blooming around mid-April. Some Marietta restaurants will be featuring cherry enhanced dinners, drinks and desserts. To see who is participating, please visit

Old home on Blunston gets a new life thanks to the Land Bank and others

Council President Kelly Murphy and School Board President Keith Combs cut the ribbon at 839 Blunston Street on Tuesday afternoon.

The first completed Land Bank property in Columbia is headed for home ownership this Friday. That milestone was celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday, April 24. Borough councillors, school board members, Land Bank officials and others attended.

The property at 839 Blunston Street was sold to Brookline Builders last fall under a strict "Developers Agreement" listing stipulations for its renovation. Brookline completely rehabilitated/renovated the property, which was recently sold to a private owner for $145,000. Prior to the Land Bank's intervention, the property sat in quiet decay for years after all utilities were turned off in 2006.

Brookline's Jonathan Owens and Kari Eshleman led a team of workers, including independent contractor Fabian Gonzalez, on the project, which began just before last Thanksgiving and took about four months to complete. Eshleman estimated the age of the home at 130 years. She said some of the woodwork she painted is original to the structure. Among many upgrades, the home boasts a couple of exposed brick areas, granite countertops, new appliances, ceiling fans, and central air.

Matthew Sternberg, executive director of Lancaster County Housing & Redevelopment, described the Land Bank concept as a collaboration of the borough, the school district, and the Land Bank, providing a means for remediation of troubled properties. For the first five years after redevelopment, tax revenue will be split 50/50 between the land bank - and the borough and school board. After five years, all tax revenue will go to the borough and board. Columbia Borough is the first municipality in Lancaster County to join the Land Bank.

839 Blunston Street

 Matthew Sternberg of the Lancaster County Land Bank Authority addressed those present, including borough councillors, school board members, and others.

Jon Owens (second from left) and Kari Eshleman spearheaded the renovation, along with Jeff Mohler (far left), Alex Reedy, and Fabian Gonzalez (far right). Mohler helped with financing, Reedy was the listing agent, and Gonzalez helped with the finish work. Local realtor Jeff Seibert (not pictured) was the buyer's agent.

 First floor, renovated

First floor during renovation

Other Land Bank properties in Columbia 

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Former potato chip factory to become 60-room Clarion Hotel

Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH), one of the world's largest hotel companies, signed an agreement with Cimarron Investments, LLC to develop a unique, new Clarion Hotel in downtown Columbia, Pa. The multi-story, 60-room property is an adaptive reuse of the town’s historic potato chip factory, preserving much of its original structure.

Located at 12 North 2nd Street, the property was built in 1876 as a hardware store prior to becoming an umbrella factory and then the Becker Pretzel Bakeries – Potato Chip Division in 1940. Whether traveling for business or leisure, the Clarion Hotel at The Chip Factory is designed to offer guests a well-appointed, affordable accommodation, and rooms with breathtaking views of the Susquehanna River. The hotel will offer a full-service restaurant and bar with local craft beers, liquor and wine, and will also feature a rooftop bar area.

The property also will have flexible meeting and event space, catering services, fitness facilities, a business center, and an on-site parking garage.

The new Clarion hotel is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Columbia, near the Susquehanna River, and is easily accessible to U.S. Routes 30, 83 and 283, making it an ideal destination for guests traveling to the area for conferences, events and tourist attractions. The property is also a short distance from popular leisure attractions, such as the American Music Theater, the National Watch and Clock Museum, the Turkey Hill Experience, as well as numerous art and antique destinations. Several large area-employers include GlaxoSmithKline, Donegal Insurance, The Hershey Company and Turkey Hill Dairies.

Choice Hotels teamed with Cimarron Investments, a Columbia-based real estate firm specializing in development, renovation and leasing, to develop the Clarion Hotel at The Chip Factory. Murphy Hospitality Management, which is owned by the same group as Cimarron Investments, will own and operate the hotel.

Clarion®: Get Together Here

We believe that life is better when you get together. Business travel, special events, meetings, vacations or a weekend getaway—we have the convenient and affordable accommodations that make all of your business and social gatherings possible. Our hotels offer meeting space and rooms for events, along with catering, restaurants and bars in a social atmosphere that can help you make the most of your time together with friends, family and colleagues. In addition to comfortable rooms with premium bedding, Clarion properties offer free Wi-Fi, 24-hour business centers, and fitness centers or pools. There are more than 300 Clarion brand hotels currently open or under development worldwide. For more information visit

About Choice Hotels

Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH) is one of the world's largest hotel companies. With over 6,800 hotels franchised in more than 40 countries and territories, Choice Hotels International represents more than 500,000 rooms around the globe, and as of February 1, 2018, more than 1,000 hotels were in its development pipeline. Our company's Ascend Hotel Collection®, Cambria®, Comfort®, Sleep Inn®, Quality®, Clarion®, MainStay Suites®, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel®, WoodSpring Suites®, Econo Lodge®, Rodeway Inn®, and Vacation Rentals by Choice Hotels® brands provide a spectrum of lodging choices to meet guests' needs. With more than 35 million members, our Choice Privileges® rewards program enhances every trip a guest takes, with benefits ranging from every day rewards to exceptional experiences, starting right when they join. All hotels and vacation rentals are independently owned and operated. Visit us at for more information.

About Cimarron Investments and Murphy Hospitality

Cimarron Investments, LLC and Murphy Hospitality Management, LLC are both privately held entities owned by Don and Becky Murphy. The portfolio of holdings include 401 Locust Street, home to CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health Dental Center, 369 Locust Street which is occupied by 8 luxury apartments on two upper levels and the first floor occupying Family First Health medical center. The Murphy’s recently purchased the iconic Hinkle’s Restaurant at 261 Locust Street, which is currently being expanded and renovated into a larger restaurant with banquet space and will include Murphy’s Mercantile & Company - a 2,000 square foot first class gift shoppe. Additionally, 301 Locust Street - the former Jack Horner Shoe Store Building is nearing completion of a total renovation which includes 6 apartments on the upper two levels and Cafe 301 which is planning a summer opening. Cimarron announced in early April that they secured a lease with Starview Brews to open a craft brewery in their property at 224 Locust Street. Our passion is breathing new life back into historic properties to create a more progressive thriving downtown for future generations to appreciate as much as we appreciate the privilege to be stewards of these magnificent structures.

Source: Press release