Sunday, July 15, 2018

About Town

This week's photos from around Columbia...

(Tap/click on each photo to see a larger, clearer image.)

He was walking around on the 200 block of Locust Street the other day.

Apparently, he was checking for lead paint with a radioactive zap gun, also known as an LPA-1 XRF Lead Paint Spectrum Analyzer. Is he a member of the codes department or an outside interventionist?

 We all have to start somewhere.

 Charred vehicles from the Cloverton Drive fire 

Another view


Roofers roofing on a roof

Is there a budding Matisse in our midst?

Yes, do it.

On the lookout 

A really nice scene 

Glittery rock

Burned out bottle rocket
Council will consider passing a fireworks ordinance at its August meeting. 

Lincoln Highway marker

An engine just hanging around

Oriental religious statue

A plow that's probably too big for that small area

A park ranger at Columbia River Park...
Seems fitting 

Here's his vehicle.

Speaking of vehicles, the following three reader-submitted photos show illegally parked vehicles used by borough officials...


Grinding the joints on the backside of 301 Locust 

Cleaning up a few days later
A mural is planned for here.

208-210 Locust, primed

Adding a first coat

Was he broken up about something?

It's not supposed to work this way.
This mess at the Columbia Plaza, along with the collection box, was cleaned up and taken away a day or two later.

Workers on the roof of the former Vigies building 

When on a roof,  it's good to be tethered. 

A day or two later: under roof

He thinks he's hiding.

Hard at work 


Chinook overhead

Up close look at that nasty grin

Two killdeers down at the tracks

Suddenly, there were three.

And then just one, crying all by his lonesome.

Graffiti on the Rotary Park picnic tables

Restocking skid row

Catbird with a mayfly 
There's plenty for everyone. 

Sometimes a door is a gate.

Where the sidewalk ends...
Not every property has a sidewalk, but what happens when hedges are planted right on the required three-foot setback? These hedges near Fourth and Poplar also block the line of sight for drivers.

Borough officials and others checked out the entrance to River Park last Wednesday to observe traffic issues.

Here's an example.

Rowhouses on 6th

Fenced in.

Him too

A different use for a bicycle 

Ready to ride

 Shawnee 3

 Bell tower at the former Shawnee Fire Company building

 Security office?

 Yes it is.

 The once-again broken backboard at Makle has been taken down.

 This is where dumpsters are born.

 Super-compact train car

 Broken ridge vent

 Either fix it, or hope it doesn't rain.

Who's supposed to cut these down?

 What happened to that section of fence along Heritage Drive?
(It wasn't the section that was broken.)

 Here's a close-up

 Unattended gas pump.
It clicked off just before this photo was taken.

 The "water wheel" at the high school football field

 Rock salt on a tree stump

 Above it all

 Ornate old gate

 Here's a close-up

 Shadow fence along Mount Bethel Cemetery

 Stirring up dust on the 600 block of Locust

 Finishing up Friday morning at the library

Keeping level

Biting the dust?

More progress at Andy's auxiliary 

Parking lot paving along Commerce Street

X Mark's the spot. 

Ready to roll

Almost done 

The almost-finished product 

At the library 

Around back

New deck furniture 


 There was a Saturday morning baseball game at the high school.


 The gallery banner blew up onto the rooftop click, click, click.

 Artist at work

 Enjoying the day

Volunteers turned out on Saturday to move boxes of books back into the library.


 On the 400 block of Locust

Later, something else was added.

 Sticker shock


Will the last person to leave Columbia, please turn out the lights.