Sunday, December 5, 2021


When: Columbia Borough school board reorganization meeting, Dec. 2.

What happened: Three of the five candidates who were elected in November were sworn in as board members.

New members: Ryan Sexton, who was elected to a four-year term, was sworn in and seated on the board. Jason Price, who was also elected to a four-year term, was unable to attend the meeting due to a military commitment. He will be sworn in before the board’s next meeting Dec. 9.

Returning members: Matthew Wardecker, who was appointed to a vacant seat on the board in June 2021, was sworn in for a two-year term. Devon Fisher, who was appointed to a vacant seat in March 2020, was sworn in for a four-year term.

Vacancy: The board announced that Katherine Miller, who won election to the board in November, is not eligible for the seat she won because she is no longer a district resident. In accordance with state law, her seat was declared vacant. Any eligible community members interested in being appointed to the vacant seat have until Dec. 7 to submit letters of interest to the district.

Board leadership and committees: The board reelected Charles Leader as board president and Lauren VonStetten as board vice president. The chairs and membership of the board’s extra-curricular, personnel, curriculum and instruction, finance, property, and policy committees will be announced at the next meeting.


Make Crafty Cards at the Library Monday, December 6



Dorothy L. Herman conveyed property on a public road to BML Rentals LLC for $60,000.

Laura A. Paetz and Hannah E. Paetz conveyed 220 Lawrence St. to Matthew J. Frederick for $145,000.

Brandon J. Miller, Heather Manns and Heather M. Miller conveyed 141 Pheasant Drive to Brandon J. Miller and Heather M. Miller for $1.

Marcus Sensenig and Jesse Hersh conveyed 142 S. Eighth St. to Brianna Pletcher for $165,000.

Katherine A. Miller conveyed 1221 Central Ave. to Addisyn Jo Dickson and Cole Franklin Dickson for $229,500.

PHOTOS: This Week in Columbia

Recent photos of Columbia

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

Many residents witnessed Saturday evening's dazzling sunset.

A few minutes earlier, it looked like this at the bridge plaza.

Here are some Christmas lights on North 6th.

And here are some on the 100 block of Walnut.

Locust Street is adorned with these illuminated snowflakes.
(Unfortunately, the street lamp isn't illuminated.)

This snowflake is hanging out at Columbia River Park.

Down at the bridge, the lights were on in the daytime the other day.

Speaking of the bridge, here's a situation that's wrong on several levels.

Also at the bridge, Santa set up shop this weekend.

It's part of Santa D's Toy Challenge on the Bridge. Go HERE for more information on the program.

These two trucks were there on Sunday afternoon.

There's Santa now, but he's not Santa D. (He's Santa Walter.)

The lights were lit on the night train at the mural.

Just for fun, here's another sunset.


Earlier in the week, demolition was almost complete at the former Union Community Bank at 921 Lancaster Avenue.

The only thing remaining was the vault, which has since been removed.

A construction trailer was set up at the site recently.

Here's a closer look.

A Majik appliance store, which is planned for the site will look something like the generic building depicted in this artist's rendition contained in the October 26, 2021 meeting packet.


The Eberly Myers apartment building project at 132 Locust continues to progress.

Here's a short clip of the construction in action.

The building will supposedly look like this when it's finished. 

According to the borough website:
"33 apartments are planned in the property, meeting the demand for rental properties in the market. Eberly Myers, LLC is an experienced developer with properties throughout Lancaster. Plans for attractive amenities such as parking and a first-floor commercial space. Monthly rents starting in the $800s for 1-bedrooms."


There was some sort of backhoe at the former McGinness airfield this week.

A large pile of dirt was visible beside the machine.

This label was visible on the machine.

The graphic shown above is from the Columbia Borough website. It shows parcels on the property, as well as borough boundaries.

This is the Option A preliminary site plan for the property. (Click or tap to enlarge.)

And this is Option B. According the borough website
"Concept 1 includes the drone company and the second plan is a build-out plan without the drone company. It may be possible that the final design may include some of both plans."

Thursday, December 2, 2021

Family of young woman and toddler who died in Columbia house fire settle wrongful death and survival claims for $42.5K

LANCASTER – The family of both a young woman and toddler who died in a residential structure fire in Columbia Borough in January 2020 have settled claims for survival and wrongful death against both the owner and property manager, for $42,500.

Michelle L. Hoffman (administratrix of the Estate of Cami Jo Combs) of Columbia and Austin Michael Flowers (administrator of the Estate of Callie Jo Flowers) of Marietta first filed suit in the Lancaster County Court of Common Pleas on Sept. 10 versus Ray M. Kreider of Columbia and Raymond J. Shade (a.k.a. Raymond Joseph Shade Jr.) of Manheim.


Lancaster County Delinquent Tax List - December 2021

 Go HERE to see the list.

(Amounts are NOT certified. Total due is subject to change. Interest accrues monthly on the first day of a new month.)