The $15 million in tax credits awarded to the Lancaster-based Community First Fund promises to spur economic development in Lancaster city and Columbia borough in the near future, and offer help throughout the county in the long term, officials said Tuesday.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Sunday, April 28, 2013
"Trees" was originally published in Trees and Other Poems. Joyce Kilmer. New York: George H. Doran Company, 1914.
Friday, April 26, 2013
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Thanks to a collaboration between the Mount Bethel Cemetery Company and the Columbia Public Library, assorted artwork by Gardiner Criswell will be on display at the cemetery during set hours on April 26 and April 28. Approximately 15 to 20 of Criswell's works, including oil paintings and sketches, will be set up inside the house located on the cemetery grounds at 700 Locust St., Columbia, from 5 to 9 p.m. on Fourth Friday, April 26, and from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 28. Refreshments will be available. There is no cost to view the exhibit, but donations will be accepted.
LANCASTER COUNTY, Pa. -
The Lancaster County District Attorney is seeking the death penalty against Mario Casanova-Lanzo, 36, who is charged in a Columbia fatal shooting.
He pleaded not guilty.
In February, Casanova-Lanzo broke into his estranged wife's home on North Third Street and shot Parrish Thaxton several times, police said.
Columbia Borough and its municipal authority will hold a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 25, to discuss a possible deal with the Lancaster Area Sewer Authority to purchase Columbia's wastewater treatment system or have LASA provide services to the borough.
The borough is required to find a solution to comply with clean water regulations mandated by the state Department of Environmental Resources.
The public meeting will be held at the borough hall, 308 Locust St.
Columbia Borough will host a town meeting on quality of life issues at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 30, at the Columbia Borough School District Administrative Building, 5th and Chestnut streets.
The meeting will be hosted by Mayor Leo Lutz and Columbia Borough Police Department Chief Jack Brommer.
Ray D'Agostino and Jim Shultz from Lancaster Housing Opportunity Partnership will be on hand to discuss programs that may benefit Columbia property owners, including rental and owner-occupied properties.
The borough says it intends to have a discussion about things it and school district are planning as well as what residents and business owners would like to see happen in Columbia.
For questions, call Mayor Lutz at 684-7841 or Chief Brommer at 684-7735.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
The Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce will host the 33rd annual Antique, Art & Craft Show on June 29 in Columbia.
Slated to coincide with the sesquicentennial commemoration of the burning of the wooden covered bridge that spanned the river during the Civil War, this outdoor event is anticipated to receive increased foot traffic over previous years' shows.
Along with antiques, the show features, artwork, photography, crafters of jewelry, pottery, primitives, furniture and textiles.
Vendor spaces are available along Locust Street or in Locust Street Park. The event, which runs from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 pm, is held rain or shine.
Free parking and shuttle service are available to shoppers. Proceeds from the show benefit the Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center, a non-profit organization representing the river towns of Columbia, Marietta and Wrightsville.
For a vendor application visit www.PaRivertowns.com or call 684-5249. Please note that no commercial food vendors are accepted; food concessions are handled by local non-profit organizations.
This year Earth Day began an entire week of green fun and spring cleaning for Columbia residents.
Mayor Leo Lutz proclaimed that Columbia borough would celebrate Earth Day, now in its 43rd year, on Monday, April 22.
But the real festivities don't get going until Friday when PPL will once again send 40 volunteers to clean up and make repairs to facilities in borough parks.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Rep. Steve Santarsiero (D-Bucks) has introduced legislation that would require universal criminal background checks for firearms purchases in Pennsylvania.
"Right now in Pennsylvania, criminals may lawfully purchase an assault rifle even though it is illegal for that same criminal to purchase a handgun," Santarsiero said.
HB 1010 would close a loophole that allows private, non-licensed sellers to sell long-barrel guns, including assault rifles, without conducting a criminal background check on the buyer. Santarsiero's legislation would close this loophole by requiring all sales and transfers, escept transfers between family members, to undergo a criminal background check.
This common sense legislation protects PA's families by preventing east access to guns by criminals.
The choice is simple--either you want to protect PA's families or you think criminals should be able to buy guns without a background check.
Our representative, David S. Hickernell, does not support the legislation.
Your tax-free days of online shopping are numbered. If S743, also known as the Marketplace Fairness Act, becomes law, the millions of Americans who have been able to avoid sales tax online will have to start paying it. Given the broad support shown by today's US Senate vote, some version of it is likely to come to fruition.
Before Hempfield School District closes two buildings for a final time in June, the public is invited to celebrate 60 years of heritage at an open house.
Officials will welcome visitors to East Petersburg Elementary from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday and to Farmdale Elementary from 1 to 3 p.m. May 11.
Monday, April 22, 2013
"LEGAL NOTICE Notice is hereby given that a Special Joint Meeting of Columbia Borough Council, Columbia Municipal Authority, and Lancaster Area Sewer Authority will be held on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. in the Borough Municipal Building, 308 Locust St., Columbia, PA to discuss possible LASA acquisition of the Columbia waste water system. If you are a person with a disability wishing to attend and require an accommodation to participate in this meeting, please contact the Borough Office at 684-2467. Norman B. Meiskey III Borough Manager"
I have never been fishing on the Susquehanna
or on any river for that matter
to be perfectly honest.
Not in July or any month
have I had the pleasure -- if it is a pleasure --
of fishing on the Susquehanna.
I am more likely to be found
in a quiet room like this one --
a painting of a woman on the wall,
a bowl of tangerines on the table --
trying to manufacture the sensation
of fishing on the Susquehanna.
There is little doubt
that others have been fishing
on the Susquehanna,
rowing upstream in a wooden boat,
sliding the oars under the water
then raising them to drip in the light.
But the nearest I have ever come to
fishing on the Susquehanna
was one afternoon in a museum in Philadelphia,
when I balanced a little egg of time
in front of a painting
in which that river curled around a bend
under a blue cloud-ruffled sky,
dense trees along the banks,
and a fellow with a red bandana
sitting in a small, green
holding the thin whip of a pole.
That is something I am unlikely
ever to do, I remember
saying to myself and the person next to me.
Then I blinked and moved on
to other American scenes
of haystacks, water whitening over rocks,
even one of a brown hare
who seemed so wired with alertness
I imagined him springing right out of the frame.
Billy Collins is an American poet, appointed as Poet Laureate of the United States from 2001 to 2003. He is a Distinguished Professor at Lehman College of the City University of New York and is the Senior Distinguished Fellow of the Winter Park Institute, Florida. Collins was recognized as a Literary Lion of the New York Public Library (1992) and selected as the New York State Poet for 2004-2006.
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Friday, April 19, 2013
A cleanup day in the Borough of Columbia, sponsored by the Columbia Board of Health, along with Columbia Borough will take place on Friday, April 26. All items to be picked up must be tagged. Item tags may be purchased at the borough office. For more information call 684-2468.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
The vehicle crashed into a parked vehicle near Route 441 and 3rd Street in Columbia, and the driver fled on foot, Trzaska said.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
(CNN) - Comedian-actor Patton Oswalt may not seem the most likely person to soothe the wounded national psyche after the deadly bombs that struck the Boston Marathon. Oswalt has no obvious ties to Boston, and he makes a living telling jokes, not comforting the afflicted.
But Oswalt's eloquent thoughts about the attacks, which he posted Monday afternoon to his Facebook page, have been widely passed around the Internet as an inspiring testament to humankind's inherent goodness in the face of evil. (Warning: he uses strong language.)
"I remember, when 9/11 went down, my reaction was, 'Well, I've had it with humanity.' But I was wrong,' " wrote Oswalt, best known as the voice of Remy the rat from "Ratatouille" and for playing Spencer on TV's "The King of Queens."
"This is a giant planet and we're lucky to live on it but there are prices and penalties incurred for the daily miracle of existence. One of them is, every once in awhile, the wiring of a tiny sliver of the species gets snarled and they're pointed towards darkness," he wrote.
"But the vast majority stands against that darkness and, like white blood cells attacking a virus, they dilute and weaken and eventually wash away the evil doers and, more importantly, the damage they wreak. This is beyond religion or creed or nation. We would not be here if humanity were inherently evil. We'd have eaten ourselves alive long ago.
"So when you spot violence, or bigotry, or intolerance or fear or just garden-variety misogyny, hatred or ignorance, just look it in the eye and think, 'The good outnumber you, and we always will.' "
Monday, April 15, 2013
Pennsylvania taxpayers have been given a one day reprieve to file their 2012 commonwealth tax returns after a computer problem prevented many from accessing the state's online tax filing resources Monday.
"Since Pennsylvanians were unexpectedly unable to access padirectfile, tax forms and our Online Customer Service Center on our website for a few hours today, in the interest of customer service, we won't penalize anyone who files a return by midnight, Tuesday, April 16," Revenue Secretary Dan Meuser said in a statement.
A series of explosions were reported near the finish line at the Boston Marathon on Monday, according to several media outlets. One report quoted "some sort of incident" on Boylston Street, near the finish line.
Competitors and race organizers were crying as they fled the chaos, The Associated Press reported. Bloody spectators were being carried to the medical tent that had been set up to care for fatigued runners.
"There are a lot of people down," said one man, according to The A.P., whose bib No. 17528 identified him as Frank Deruyter of North Carolina. He was not injured, but marathon workers were carrying one woman, who did not appear to be a runner, to the medical area as blood gushed from her leg. A Boston police officer was wheeled from the course with a leg injury that was bleeding, The A.P. said.
The Boston Police Department confirmed that they were looking into an explosion, but had no further comment.
Local television also showed ambulances at the scene.
The headquarters for the organizers of the marathon, one of the world's oldest, was reportedly locked down while authorities investigate.
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Motorists headed to York County on U.S. 30 will encounter single-lane restrictions on the Wright's Ferry Bridge Monday morning.
The lane closure, between 9 a.m. and noon, will allow state Transportation Department inspectors to examine expansion joints on the bridge which spans the Susquehanna River between Lancaster and York counties.
Gordon's Confederate troops advanced slowly on Wrightsville at about 6 p.m., June 28, 1863.
Their point men rose from fields of grain to pepper with gunshot Union regulars and militiamen defending the town from recently dug trenches.
A fighting man with a black militia unit from Columbia was one of those in the Union trenches.
Saturday, April 13, 2013
Thursday, April 11, 2013
The Columbia Historic Preservation Society will sponsor a bus trip to New York City on Saturday, May 25.
The bus will depart from Columbia at 8 a.m. and will visit Chelsea market, the 9/11 memorial and take a Statue of Liberty cruise. Cost is $85 with payment due by April 21.
Call Tiffani K. Lynn at 799-6093 for further information and to make reservations.
St. James Lutheran Church, located at 10th and Manor streets, will hold its annual spaghetti dinner on Saturday, April 13. The menu includes spaghetti, salad, roll, dessert and beverage.
Tickets are required for the dinner which is scheduled from 4 to 7 pm. Cost is $7 for adults and $3.50 for children ages 4 to 10. For tickets and additional information visit the church office or call 684-5135.
The Columbia Park Rangers will sponsor spring cleanup at 8 a.m. Saturday at River Park.
The mission will be to weed, pick up and dispose of debris and to mulch around trees and lamp posts.
Help from the public is welcome.
The Pennsylvania State Police will accept unwanted, expired and unused prescription drugs Saturday, April 27, as part of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
If you are heading west on Route 30 today, be prepared for a single lane of travel on the Wrights Ferry Bridge.
The bridge over the Susquehanna River will be restricted to one lane for a short time between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Construction crews need to examine and make repairs, if necessary, to two expansion dam joints on the bridge. The repairs should not require the full day but motorists should still be prepared to encounter traffic restriction during this time frame.
"Everyone can relate to that annoying alarm clock that wakes you up in the morning," says Katie Knaub, Museum Educator at the National Watch and Clock Museum in Columbia, "We just wanted to create something that everyone can relate to."
The museum will be opening its Wake Up exhibit later this month with an exhaustive display of various alarm clocks from ancient times,to today. They've even got some rather quirky, and frankly dangerous, variations on early alarm clocks. One used the sun to light a fuse which fired a small canon. Another struck a match to light an oil lamp and sometimes caught houses on fire.
The museum houses a thorough collection of all types of timepieces, from sundials to wall clocks and digital watches. "We have a mission which is to tell the whole story," says Noel Poirier, the Director of the museum, "So our collection includes objects from all over the world, [an] Asian incense clock...right up to modern calculator wrist watches."
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
A steel expansion joint that recently was replaced as part of a $9.4 million reconditioning of the Wrights Ferry Bridge failed Tuesday, officials said.
The expansion joint was on the westbound side of the bridge, which carries U.S. 30 over the Susquehanna River between Lancaster and York counties.
At least one westbound lane was closed between 3:20 p.m. Tuesday and 11 a.m. Wednesday as workers replaced the four six-foot segments of the expansion joint and an epoxy filler was allowed to dry, said Mike Crochunis, a spokesman for PennDOT District 8, which includes Lancaster County.
The closure resulted in westbound traffic being delayed during Wednesday morning's rush hour as far from the bridge as the Prospect Road interchange, Crochunis said.
Columbia Borough could see approval soon of a major addition to River Front Park, but officials say they need time to amend funding requests to close about a half-million dollar gap.
The lowest bid for the project came in at $2 million, but it was expected to cost $1.4 million, officials revealed Monday. Officials said they have 120 days to act on the bid.
With plans in jeopardy to build the visitor hub including bathrooms and increased parking along the Susquehanna River, half a dozen members of the River Park focus group urged borough council Monday to move forward with construction.