Thursday, December 14, 2017

2 with Columbia addresses cited in separate incidents in Lancaster Township


LANCASTER TWP.: Francisco Damaso, 36, of Columbia, was charged with disorderly conduct and harassment after he grabbed a woman by the hair anssesd neck and pushed her to the ground during a domestic incident Dec. 9 in the 100 block of Jennings Drive, police said.

LANCASTER TWP.: Jasmin Melendez, 34, of Columbia, was charged after she provided a false name during a traffic stop Nov. 25 at Wabank Road and Judie Lane, police said.

Draft Agenda - School Board Meeting December 14, 2017



Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Missing 25-year-old Columbia man has been found

A missing 25-year-old Columbia man reported as missing Tuesday has been found, according to police.
MORE:
http://lancasteronline.com/news/local/missing--year-old-columbia-man-has-been-found/article_654adcda-dfa7-11e7-ae44-23114129f36c.html

Susquehanna Valley EMS & Hellam Township Police Dept. to hold STOP THE BLEED Training


Public encouraged to attend tonight's safety meeting which will include Columbia Crime Watch, borough officials, and police


Tonight's meeting of the borough's safety committee will include members of Columbia PA Crime Watch, borough officials, and police. Rick Fisher, founder of the Crime Watch group, will also give a presentation.

The meeting will start immediately after the 6 o'clock legislation committee meeting at Borough Hall, 308 Locust Street.

 The public is encouraged to attend.

Biggie the Cat at the Library today, 12-13-17


Flagpoles installed, more to come

Six of the planned eight flagpoles have been installed at the bridge plaza at the Veterans Memorial Bridge.



The project was originally conceived by Philip Glatfelter in 2016 and will eventually include flags to honor those who served in the military. (Glatfelter, a veteran, died in October 2016.) The project will also include a brick memorial to honor veterans.

The project will feature eight flags, including two American flags and five service flags: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard; and a POW flag. There will be four flagpoles on each of the two islands adjacent to Route 462. All flags will be visible behind the two cannons at the site and will be uplit at night.

Brick sidewalks will be installed in front of the flag area with bricks containing veterans' names.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Waiwada, Mary Elizabeth - (1) count of Retail Theft (F-3) | Columbia Borough Police Department

On December 5, 2017 at approximately 1:57 pm Columbia Borough Police Officers responded to CVS Pharmacy located at 615 Locust Street Columbia, PA 17512 for a report of shoplifting.  Officers learned that a female suspect had fled the store after being confronted by employees.  Officers located a female matching the description in the 400 Blk of Locust Street and she was detained.  As a result, Mary Waiwada, 35, no known address was arrested.  Waiwada was positively identified by employees and surveillance.  She was found in possession of merchandise from the store that she did not pay for.  She was charged with one count of Retail Theft a Felony 3rd degree.  She was arraigned by MDJ Bixler and committed to Lancaster County Prison in lieu of $5,000 bail.  All parties are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Case Number: 
5075-12-05-17
Arrest Date: 
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Source: 

Columbia Borough Police Department

https://lancaster.crimewatchpa.com/columbiapd/10552/arrests/waiwada-mary-elizabeth-1-count-retail-theft-f-3

CITATIONS | Columbia Borough Police Department

PATRICK ONEAL FOUST, AGE 35, OF BROGUE, WAS CITED FOR HARASSMENT FOR AN INCIDENT THAT HAPPENED ON SOUTH 5TH. STREET, 01 DECEMBER 2017.

THE FOLLOWING PERSONS WERE CITED FOR OPERATION OF VEHICLE WITHOUT OFFICIAL CERTIFICATE OF INSPECTION:  TROY MICHAEL WELSH, AGE 25, OF MOUNTVILLE, WAS CITED AT 41 WALNUT STREET, 1452 HRS., 09 DECEMBER 2017;  ALEXANDER RAMON EXIA, AGE 21, OF LANCASTER, CITED IN THE 500 BLOCK OF NORTH 3RD. STREET, 1603 HRS., 10 DECEMBER 2017;  SAMARA JENAE MONTANO, AGE 26, OF LANCASTER, CITED IN THE 1100 BLOCK OF LANCASTER AVENUE, 1451 HRS., 10 DECEMBER 2017.

BENJAMIN F. GILLETTE, AGE 47, OF COLUMBIA, WAS CITED FOR REGISTRATION & CERTIFICATION OF TITLE REQUIRED, 1940 HRS., 09 DECEMBER 2017, AT UNION & 6TH, STREET.

SHAWN MICHAEL ZIEGLER, AGE 28, OF READING, WAS CITED FOR OBEDIENCE TO TRAFFIC CONTROL DEVICES, ON NORTH 3RD. AND LINDEN STREETS, 1319 HRS., 09 DECEMBER 2017.

SAFAA ABD EL SHAHID, AGE 44, OF COLUMBIA, WAS CITED FOR RIGHT OF WAY OF PEDESTRIANS IN CROSSWALK, AT 9TH. AND CHESTNUT STREETS, 1641 HRS., 08 DECEEMBER 2017. 



https://lancaster.crimewatchpa.com/columbiapd/10552/post/citations-14

Crossing Guards needed | Columbia Borough Police Department

The Columbia Borough Police Department is seeking applicants for the position of Crossing Guard.  Crossing Guards work mornings and afternoons when School is in session.  The current rate of pay is $12.71 per hour.  All applicants should possess a clean background and a PA Driver's license.  For more information, contact Chief Jack Brommer at 717/684-7735 or pick up an application at the Borough Office. 


https://lancaster.crimewatchpa.com/columbiapd/10552/post/crossing-guards-needed

Draft Agenda - Borough Council Meeting December 11, 2017




Leaf Collection Ends 12/15/17 | Columbia Borough Police Department

Leaf Collection will end in Columbia Borough on December 15, 2017.   The Columbia Borough Yard Waste Facility will continue to be open on the second Saturday of each month (year round) from 8am-12pm for Borough Residents to drop off yard waste. 




https://lancaster.crimewatchpa.com/columbiapd/10552/post/leaf-collection-ends-121517

Friday, December 8, 2017

New animal shelter in Columbia seeks executive director


A new animal shelter is coming to Columbia. The Harold and Judy McKonly Family Foundation was established by the late Judy McKonly, who passed away in August of this year. Judy’s vision was to open the best cat shelter (with some dogs) in the country, and hopefully this dream will be fulfilled in 2018. Her son Mike McKonly and business partner, Keith Lutz, purchased the 8,000 square foot Vigilant Fire Hall on 10th St. in Columbia (known as the Viggie’s to Columbians) in 2016 with that repurpose use in mind.

Zoning has been approved, architectural drawings have been rendered, and the next thing needed is a qualified, charismatic executive director with a heart for animals, who can participate in this project from the beginning.

Qualified applicants should have strong management experience (preferably in pet rescue), excellent organizational skills, past success with dealing with boards, with strong marketing, public relations, fundraising and grant writing skills. They will be responsible for developing and maintaining sound financial practices seeing that the organization operates within budget guidelines. Most importantly, they must be mission-driven and self-directed, with a positive attitude and a passion and heart for helping animals.


Qualified applicants can send theirresume and cover letters to

patty@kleen-ritecorp.com


Thursday, December 7, 2017

Cub Scout Pack 35 providing wreaths to honor vets


Columbia Cub Scout Pack 35 is providing wreaths to honor military veterans in a Wreaths Across America fundraiser. Wreaths can be sponsored for a $15 donation by contacting Matt Sliger at 717-419-1635 or matt3584@yahoo.com

A National Remembrance Ceremony will be held at noon on December 16, 2017 at the Mount Bethel Cemetery in Columbia

Consider the Library in your giving


Hello Friends of the Columbia Public Library,

As the year draws to a close, we would like ask you to consider the Columbia Public Library in your annual giving. A gift to the Library will help us renovate, expand and redefine the library into a vibrant community hub for all who have a passion for lifelong learning, creativity and the sharing of knowledge. Our project will expand the library by 60%, provide greater online connectivity, new handicap accessibility, and enhance our space for our book and artwork collections.

As a valued champion of the Library, we thank you for past and future support. If you know of someone else who would be interested, please feel free to share the attached appeal letter with them. There are many ways to help the Library! To discuss how you can help, feel free to reach out to us atrgamby@columbia.lib.pa.us


ARRESTS | Columbia Borough Police Department

DECEMBER 7, 2017

MARIE EDITH AURELE, AGE 36, OF NEWARK, DELAWARE, WAS CHARGED WITH HARASSMENT BY COMMUNICATION, AFTER CONTINUING TO SEND MESSAGES TO A PERSON IN COLUMBIA, VIA PHONE TEXTS, AFTER BEING TOLD OR ADVISED BY A COURT, NOT TO DO SO. 

VICTOR DODSON, JR., AGE 52, OF EAST PROSPECT, WAS CITED FOR REGISTRATION & CERTIFICATE OF TITLE REQUIRED, AT 3RD. & CHESTNUT STREETS, 02 DECEMBER 2017.

AMANDA MARIE YOUNG, AGE 27, OF MARIETTA, WAS CITED FOR STEADY RED SIGNAL AND FOR DRIVING WHILE OPERATING PRIVILEGE IS SUSPENDED OR REVOKED, AT LOCUST AND FOURTH STREETS, 04 DECEMBER 2017.

STEVEN DAVID JOHNS, AGE 50, OF LEWES, DELAWARE, WAS CITED FOR OPERATION OF VEHICLE WITHOUT OFFICIAL CERTIFICATE OF INSPECTION, ON ROUTE 30 EAST, 05 DECEMBER 2017.

LAWRENCE H. WISE, JR., AGE 42, OF COLUMBIA, WAS CITED FOR OPERATION OF VEHICLE WITHOUT OFFICIAL CERTIFICATE  INSPECTION AND FOR REGISTRATION & CERTIFICATE OF TITLE REQUIRED, AT 3RD. AND WALNUT STREETS, 05 DECEMBER 2017.


https://lancaster.crimewatchpa.com/columbiapd/10552/post/arrests-1

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

More on those ugly gas meters


City officials, such as Columbia Borough Manager Greg Sahd, said the phraseology they hear most often from residents is they're "ugly."
"What homeowner would want to see their home's value decrease as a result of something the homeowner has no control over?" said Sahd.
MORE:
http://fox43.com/2017/12/05/several-municipalities-planning-lawsuit-over-gas-meters/

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Columbia Borough might join lawsuit over gas meter placement


Property owners and critics have said the meters are a “desecration” and are being installed without any input from property owners.

"If you have a historic property, you should have some say … as to what someone puts on your property," said Columbia Mayor Leo Lutz, who is supporting an ordinance for the borough to join the "intergovernmental agreement."
MORE:
http://lancasteronline.com/news/pennsylvania/lancaster-takes-step-toward-lawsuit-over-gas-meter-placement-columbia/article_253a50b0-d937-11e7-9b64-cf103fc5838e.html

Monday, December 4, 2017

Columbia School Board Re-Organization/Committee of the Whole Meeting Thursday, December 7




Donate a gift for the mitten tree at the library


Free college planning workshop at the library Thursday, December 7


New Pa. law makes leaving dogs outside in freezing weather illegal


Dog owners could face fines and even jail time for tethering their pets for longer than half an hour in temperatures below 32 degrees (or above 90 degrees in the summer), according to a law that went into effect in August.
MORE:
http://www.ydr.com/story/news/2017/12/04/new-pa-law-makes-illegal-leave-dogs-outside-freezing-weather/919136001/

COLUMBIA LIBRARY UPDATE


This is the post that's hard to write.  Due to our construction, the library must CLOSE altogether between January 2 and May 19.  We will have Bookmobile service twice per month:  on the second Tuesday (11 AM to 1 PM) in front of St. John's Church and the fourth Saturday (9 AM to noon).  Lisa and Ed Miller will man the Bookmobile.  Computers will not be available but wi-fi is always available at McDonalds and Burger King.  We are looking for another source of public PCs and I'll let you know if one is available.  If you have specific questions regarding holds, etc. please PRIVATE MESSAGE me your email and I will send you detailed directions.  If the Bookmobile doesn't work for you, the closest libraries are Mount Joy and Mountville.  You may also stop by any time in December to get more info.  Please do not ask questions via Facebook; call 717-684-2255 or email me (my email is on our website)  I know this is a major inconvenience; but our payoff is a beautiful new library come June 2018!!


Columbia Borough Police Issue 38 Citations


DECEMBER 4, 2017

During the week of Thanksgiving, Officers with the Columbia Borough Police Department conducted multiple enforcement details in conjunction with the "Click It or Ticket" mobilization effort. The enforcement efforts resulted in Officers issuing 38 citations. Citations were written for the following violations: 16 Speeding violations, 10 Adult Seat Belt violations, 4 Suspended License violations, 1 Insurance coverage violation, 7 other violations.

Drivers are reminded that seat belt use is required under Pennsylvania law.

Source:

Columbia Borough Police Department

Sunday, December 3, 2017

About Town

Recent pics around the town...


A property owner on North 9th is protesting the lack of a police dog on the force. The truth behind why we don't have one is different from the official version given at a recent public meeting. In fact, the truth behind other issues in town differs from the official versions.

 But right now, we're not about to stir up those hornet's nests, like this one on the 300 block of Walnut. Someone might get mad at the truth and call us negative.

 However, there's no denying the fact that we have a major drug problem in town, as evidenced by the recent spate of ODs, and discarded syringes - like this one near the bridge plaza.

 So, is Columbia rising from the ashes or fading into the dust? 

We'll leave those controversies for now and rise above it all, like this plane over River Park last week.

Speaking of River Park, here's a guy sealing the concrete at Columbia Crossing for about $8,000.

And here's an artist at work down along the tracks.

There's a lion on South 2nd attired for the upcoming winter weather.

Seen from the 200 block of Avenue I - a novel way to board up your windows.

There's a watcher on South 4th.
Speaking of watchers, surveillance cameras are keeping an eye on us.
(Sorry - we couldn't avoid controversy after all.)
At a recent meeting, the mayor said there are "exactly 50" such cameras in the borough. On our leisurely strolls through town, we spotted about 18 in plain sight. A former borough official believes there are about 20. So what about the other 30? Are they "covert"? Who monitors them? Or is this another case of the truth not agreeing with the "official version"?

But here's a positive: Work continues at 301 Locust.

The unseasonably warm weather has brought many folks out and about.

Is there a new business on the 300 block of Locust?

The new old bridge lights installed a few years ago are holding up nicely.

Near miss or near hit?

A castle of silver and gold? No, it's just that place on the hill across the river, reflecting in the afternoon sun.

Master butcher

A painting of the Grinch takes shape on South 4th.

But here's the real one in the window of Tacos To Go.
We understand the Grinch heartily supports the "tax reform" bill just passed by Republicans.

And here's Rudolph, whose nose will be turned off next year to pay for tax cuts for the wealthy. Sorry, Rudolph!

Artist John Morrow crafted this mayfly-themed bike rack based on a winning drawing by third-grader Bella Gentile. The rack will eventually find its way in front of Columbia Crossing at Columbia River Park.

Winterish sky over Chestnut Street.
Temps are supposed to plunge by next weekend.

Atmospheric histrionics at sunset

The sun looks just like a ball of glowing gas, which, in fact, it is.

Rudeness at Rotary

These arrows at the top of the high school hill are now barely discernible.

And here's the result: downhill the wrong way

Tribute to a fallen vet at Laurel Hill Cemetery