Saturday, July 21, 2018
Friday, July 20, 2018
Thursday, July 19, 2018
A new mural was installed this morning on the back of the former Jack Horner building at 301 Locust Street. The 10' x 20' mural was designed by Columbia artist Jerry Musser and is based on a 1726 Columbia National Bank note. Musser's wife, Janette, and Ophelia Chambliss, painted the design on pieces of fabric at another location before bringing it to the installation site. The finished mural was then fastened to the building's surface. The undertaking, which was carried out by the artists and lift operator Flaco, took several hours to complete.
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
On numerous occasions a green SUV with an elderly male wearing a white baseball hat has been seen parked in the grass near the kayak business at River Park. Anyone with information regarding this person/vehicle please contact the Columbia Borough Police Department at 717-684-7735 or text LANCS to 847411.
The St. John Neumann School for Children and Families has been designed by Steve Funk of Lefevre Funk Architects, located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and Pyramid Construction, located in Wormleysburg, Pennsylvania, will serve as general contractor. CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health estimates that the complete project, including the purchase and renovation of the building, will cost up to $6.45 million.
The St. John Neumann School for Children and Families will have a unique family-focused approach that centers on the social-emotional development and health of the children and families served. Families whose children attend the school will benefit from having access to:
- An on-site family wellness coach to support the development of healthy family dynamics.
- A family wellness case manager who assists families in accessing support services and programs throughout the community, including but not limited to the CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health Dental Centers and Behavioral Health Center.
- Daily meals and snacks for children accessing the Center that are freshly prepared on-site from locally sourced fruits, vegetables and meats.
- A tuition discount program for residents of Columbia which makes childcare affordable through a sliding-fee discount determined by household income levels.
“Our family-focused approach to childcare revamps the traditional model of childcare to incorporate health and social-emotional development as the central focus of all of the Center’s academic activities and curriculums,” said Philip Goropoulos, president of CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health. “We believe this new approach offers children the best opportunity to be successful now and in the future – not just academically but in everything they do.”
The need for increased access to professional and affordable childcare in Columbia was initially brought to the attention of CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health from the advisory committee of Healthy Columbia – the organization’s community-driven initiative that is dedicated to providing and coordinating services and the investments necessary to create a thriving community in Columbia Borough. CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health estimates that more than 400 children and families may have a need for childcare and are unable to access the service in the Borough because of a lack of availability and additional barriers such as cost.
“While not every family may need or want childcare services, the service should be available, affordable and accessible for those families who do need or want to access a childcare program,” said Goropoulos. “The opening of the St. John Neumann School will help to meet the great need for professional childcare within Lancaster County and specifically within Columbia Borough.”
The school will be located in the same building as the existing CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health’s Columbia Dental Center, which currently is located on the first floor at 401 Locust St. Columbia, Pennsylvania. Although the Dental Center and the school will be located in the same building, each will have their unique entrances and will operate on distinct floors within the building. Renovations and construction on the building expansion are expected to begin in early 2019 and will not impact the Dental Center’s operation. The school is anticipated to open in early 2020.
“The school will feel like a home and will offer support not just to the children who will be entrusted to our care, but also to their families as we work together to create strong, happy and healthy children and families in Columbia Borough and throughout the Lancaster community,” said Goropoulos.
About CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health
A location of Catholic Health Initiatives, CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health is a community-based organization dedicated to the health and well-being of children and families in the Lancaster community. The organization works in collaboration with community partners to assure access to appropriate, quality health services and benefits for every child in the Lancaster community. This mission in children’s health includes multiple efforts, programs and services committed to improving the health of children and families throughout the Lancaster community. To learn more about CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health, visitwww.CHIstjosephchildrenshealth.org.
About Healthy Columbia
A community-driven initiative of CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health, Healthy Columbia is a public and private collaborative of individuals and organizations dedicated to providing and coordinating the services and the investments necessary to create a thriving community in Columbia Borough that values, prioritizes and improves the health and well-being of its residents. The activities and programs of Healthy Columbia address community needs negatively impacting the health and well-being of residents and the Borough. Healthy Columbia programming is designed to provide the opportunities and the supports necessary to create a healthy and thriving community.
Brian Sims to campaign for Mary Auker-Endres in Lancaster County “Taking Back the House” campaign event on July 25th
"I'm thrilled to be coming to Lancaster to support Mary," remarked Sims "And I look forward to working with her as colleagues next year as she works to put families first."
Brian Sims (D-Phila) is a vocal supporter of public education, affordable and accessible healthcare, civil rights, ecological preservation, and government reform. He represents PA's 182ndLegislative District in Center City Philadelphia, was elected to the legislature in 2012 and is the first openly gay elected state legislator in Pennsylvania history. Before assuming public office, Sims served as staff counsel for policy and planning at the Philadelphia Bar Association. During his time at the Bar Association, Sims worked with attorneys, legislators and community organizations on issues ranging from gender and pay inequity to environmental regulation.
Tickets for the July 25th event can be purchased at MaryForPA.com/july25 or by contacting email@example.com.
About Mary Auker-Endres
Mary Auker-Endres is the Democratic candidate for PA's 98th Legislative District, which includes Columbia, Elizabethtown Marietta, Mount Joy, and portions of Londonderry Township in Dauphin County. She lives in Elizabethtown with her husband John and four-year-old son Jack.