Friday, July 28, 2017

Juried Art Exhibit at SCCA, Friday, July 28

The Susquehanna Center for the Creative Arts, 224 Locust Street, will hold a Second Reception, featuring a Juried Art Exhibition, on Friday, July 28, 5-9 p.m., with work by First Prize Winner Susan Gottlieb (shown above).

Thursday, July 27, 2017

An Eagle Scout reflects on Trump’s Jamboree speech [opinion]

"So here I offer an alternate message, one that could have been given by the president to a group that aims to embody so much of what we purport to value as a country."

Frey Farm Landfill in Lancaster County gets expansion permit from DEP

The permit allows the landfill an additional 50 feet of maximum peak elevation to its vertical expansion and nine acres of lateral expansion, the DEP said. The daily average volume will increase from 1,500 tons to 2,500 tons per day, and the maximum daily volume will increase from 2,000 tons to 3,000 tons per day.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Columbia man jailed after assaulting, threatening to kill woman during dispute

A Columbia man is behind bars after threatening to kill a woman during a domestic assault Tuesday at his home.

Police seek help in identifying theft suspects

Lancaster County SPCA to go out of business, citing 'failed business model & lack of funds'

The shelter said it will cease operations in stages over the next few weeks, with today -- Tuesday, July 25 -- the last day it will it will accept owner-surrendered pets and stray cats.

Silly Safari at Library Tuesday Morning

No more homework? Lancaster County students can keep wishing

Bob Hollister, who serves as Eastern Lancaster County and Columbia Borough superintendent, said he doesn't plan on "entertaining a 'no homework practice.' "

He said homework has two main benefits: to reinforce or preview learning, and to help parents stay involved in what their children are learning in school.


Monday, July 24, 2017


RUTTER, SHIRLEY VALERIA -  Shirley Rutter (35) of Columbia was charged with violating a Protection from Abuse (PFA) order on 07-22-17 after an incident in the 400 blk. of Locust St. Rutter was charged separately on this day also with a theft of services charge after placing an order of delivery food for $115.70 and attempting to send it to the person who had a PFA against her. Rutter admitted to police that she ordered the food as a prank.

Rutter was also recently charged with possession of marijuana on 07-18-17 after an incident in the 400 blk. of Locust St.

Rutter was arraigned at central booking on the PFA charge and committed to prison.

Arrest Date: Saturday, July 22, 2017

PFA Violation
Theft of Services
Possession of Marijuana
Source: Columbia Borough Police Department

Council nixes McGinness "Airfield" deal

In a 6-0 vote, Columbia Borough Council voided the agreement of sale with Peggy A. Knoll and James G. McGinness, trustees of the McGinness property at 1020 Manor Street. Council voided the agreement at a special meeting Monday night, because “environmental and/or subsurface conditions of the property are unacceptable to the borough.” At its April 10, 2017 meeting, council voted to consider approval of the sale, pending the outcome of an investigation of the property during a 90-day “due diligence” period.

Councillor Cleon Berntheizel was present via phone at Monday's meeting, and Councillor Fran FitzGerald was absent.

The backstory of the pending sale of the property is HERE:

Let's talk about weeds

We'd like to talk about weeds.
In view of all the discussion of the topic lately, we'd like to present Exhibits A and B below: a mailbox.

There it is! 
A relay mailbox at North 5th & Chestnut is safely shrouded among the billowing sumac. Although some folks don't consider sumac to be a weed, it's unsightly nonetheless and will quickly take over an area if not attended to - plus, some people are allergic.

Lately, weeds of all kinds have been taking over the town. If the trend persists, our theme song may very well become "Welcome to the Jungle."

Workers take down dying tree at Mount Bethel

Workers from Doug's Tree Service spent the afternoon sawing apart a rotted tree at Mount Bethel Cemetery. A few weeks ago, a large limb fell from the aging tree. Also on scene was a 120-foot crane from Bob's Crane. At $200 an hour, the crane allowed workers to reach extreme high points of the tree. A representative of the cemetery reckoned the tree's age to be about 100 years old. The bill from Doug's Tree Service is estimated at $1,900, in addition to costs of operating the crane. Several trees have been removed from the cemetery within the past year due to rot and storm damage.

Hundreds say good-bye to Mary Loreto

Cars line Union Street next to Saint Peters Catholic Church this morning.

Hundreds paid their last respects today to Mary Loreto, who passed away last Wednesday at the age of 91. A Mass of Christian Burial with five concelebrants was held at Saint Peter's Catholic Church this morning. Mrs. Loreto was buried at Saint Peters Catholic Cemetery on Old Chickies Hill Road.

River Town Hops rescheduled to next year

The Executive Committee for the Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce has conferred with local brewers and due to recent staff changes, everyone has decided that it is best to reschedule the River Town Hops event from August 5, 2017 to August 4, 2018.

Fire Safety program at Park School playground Monday, July 24

McGinness property to be discussed at special meeting

Columbia Borough Council will hold a special meeting to determine whether to move forward with acquiring real estate pursuant to an Agreement of Sale executed by and between the Borough and Peggy A. Knoll and James G. McGinness, Trustees, on Monday, July 24, 2017 at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers of the Municipal Building, 308 Locust Street, Columbia.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

About Town

Recent pics from around town . . .

 Flags waving at the Catholic War Vets

 Sunlit moon flower


 Nag, nag, nag!

 Sundial at Laurel Hill Cemetery
The quote, “Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be..." is by English poet Robert Browning.

 Another view

 Apparently, the bar that the bird is supporting is called a "gnomon."

 Someone's been sitting at the window too long.

 Nasty habit, that! 
Littering, that is.

Even when it's placed in a baggie first.

Or thrown into a tree grate.

 We're ready for our closeup, Mr. DeMille.

 These juvenile black vultures were sitting on a condemned building in the 500 block of Avenue H. 
Seems fitting.

 Weather-seasoned outdoor sofa on the 100 block of Locust


 Take a closer look.

This is what's supporting the overhang?

At Columbia River Park - parking for vehicles with trailers only.

 Strictly enforced

 Yes really

 Hornet's nest on the 300 block of Walnut.
Don't stir it up.

 Horse galloping on the wind

 New OPEN flag at the municipal building

 There are plans for this building in the 600 block of Avenue H.

The owner hopes to put in 10 storage units on the first floor.

 Vehicles will need to back in here from the alley.

 There won't be any storage units on the second floor.
The matter will be discussed further at this week's meeting of the Zoning Hearing Board on Wednesday, July 26, at 7 p.m.

 Weed City USA?

 Painting the town - or at least a small part of it.

 L. Weber & Sons painting 462 Chestnut Street

Way up in there

 The remains of the night

 Maybe the sumac leaves help catch the signal, thus strengthening it.

 The message here?

 Bee-lieve you me, he got the point!

 More middle school modernism

 Sidewalk stove at Bootleg Antiques

It's a Keeley!
The Keeley Stove factory was opened in Columbia in February of 1883. By 1888, the company was producing 20,000 stoves per year. It survived until 1948.

 How about just until 2 a.m.?

Bicycle - minus the other wheel and handle bars

Overheard bit of conversation on the 400 block of Locust Street on Friday, July 21:
"At night time when the bed bugs come out you see 'em - like roaches."