Sunday, July 3, 2022

About Town - July 3, 2022

Recent photos of Columbia

(Click/tap on photos to see larger, sharper images.) 

Saturday's storm damaged trees around town. Several at Laurel Hill snapped off and fell onto the fence between the cemetery and the high school, breaking the fence.


Tree limbs were also damaged at the Watch & Clock Museum.

A tree near 6th & Chestnut was damaged.

The new downtown buntings were also ravaged by the storm.


These two kittens are from a litter of five that were caught last week during the borough's "trap, neuter and return" program.

They are currently being fostered.

Mantis about to assume a fighting stance

Columbia Borough spent $1.5 million on this old airfield and all we got was this lousy deer.
(That's a joke - kind of.)

Trolley stop

New realtor in town

Goin' fishin'

Now hiring

Fixed stare

The water intake project continues . . . 


Heron with damaged wing

A welcome addition to the downtown
(It's at the former Andy's Market location.)



Columbia council approves hiring Market House manager

The Columbia Market House has a new full-time manager after council members voted to hire local resident Chris Vera to reimagine the space.

Vera, who directs The Columbia Historical Preservation Society, started work July 1 and will earn $79,803 in salary and benefits annually. He told council members that he plans to attract visitors to the building, built in 1869, by adding the borough's historical highlights in interpretive panels on market house walls. He also wants to rent out the now-vacant Gypsy Kitchen restaurant space as a community kitchen fir area businesses. 


Agnes, love & loss: Storm brought marriage for Columbia couple, mourning for Ephrata family

Bob and Sylvia Herman still live in Columbia. Bob is a retired senior district judge, and Sylvia retired from working at Lancaster Orthopedic Group.

When asked if they had a secret to staying married, they both said it requires work.


Saturday, July 2, 2022

Smucker tells voters in phone call Jan. 6 testimony was 'very credible'

In a telephone "town hall" with constituents earlier this week, U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker said he found the testimony of Cassidy Hutchinson "very credible," and agreed with the mission of the House Select Committee to investigate the January 6 attack, though he also suggested the hearings were partisan.


Columbia council decides to keep Saturday parking fees in borough

Downtown shoppers will continue to pay for Saturday parking after council members voted 6-1 against a motion that would have made parking that day permanently free. Sharon Lintner was the only council member who voted for the idea.

The Columbia Merchants Association recently asked council to waive parking fees on Saturdays to encourage more people to shop downtown and prevent the borough from getting a bad reputation from visitors who get parking tickets. The group said shoppers, who sometimes fail to see the parking meter screen showing how much time is left, get tickets and then complain that they will never visit Columbia again.