Saturday, September 28, 2013

Christian graffiti?

On a picnic table at River Park. Fortunately, the "artists" used chalk.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Public Encouraged to Participate in First-Ever Online Public Meeting for Pa. Transportation | WPMT FOX43

The public is invited to register for the first-ever online public meeting to be held this Thursday, Sept. 26, as part of the update to the commonwealth's 12-Year Transportation Program.

Those interested in participating in the webcast, which will be held from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., can register at


PennDOT to host first online public meeting

Blast of fall color on the way


653 Locust Street
Columbia, Pennsylvania 17512

This exhibit has a twist and will be held as a benefit exhibit for the local food bank. The Columbia Food Bank located at Saint Paul Episcopal Church - in the Mary Elizabeth Bair Parish Center at 340 Locust Street, Columbia.
"The Columbia Food Bank has been providing food and other relevant assistance to clients as !an outreach of the church for approximately twenty five years. The food banks success is due to donations of food and finance from the community as well as support from it's dedicated volunteers." states the Director Danielle Peters. In 2012 the Columbia Food Bank provided 51,489 meals to approximately 1,052 households in the Columbia/Mountville area. The statistics speak
for themselves - it indicates that this food bank is needed now, more than ever before. Peters states "No man, woman or child should have to go to bed hungry; no stranger nor neighbor Yet, these figures prove that many would, if not for the assistance provided by us..." Now the twist... Starting on Friday (5-9pm) and continuing through October 19, we will transform our Labyrinth Gallery into a full fledged "artist studio" complete with blank canvases, acrylic paints, artist's palettes and brushes. The perfect setting for the creations of U.B. Artist's work.
The next twist is the artist, "U.B. Artist." You see, U.B. Artist is not an individual artist but an acronym (you be the artist) for everyone that visits us during this benefit "exhibit" and places their brush stroke to canvas. Each individual brush stroke will culminate in a completed "U.B. Artist masterpiece" by close of business on October 19th. We encourage you to visit the Gallery often during normal business hours to add a brush stroke or see "U.B.'s" progress!
The Final twist... The Gallery is donating all supplies (canvases, paints, palettes and brushes) to help U.B. Artist complete the "masterpieces". On our Fourth Friday event in October (October 25) all of U.B. Artist's canvases will be on display and offered up for sale during a Silent Auction held between 5-9pm (minimum bids will be applied to each piece). ALL proceeds from the Silent Auction will go directly to the benefit of the Columbia Food Bank.


Taylor Elementary School in Columbia gets new playground equipment

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Fire, explosion hits Colonial Metals in Columbia

No one was injured when spilled molten metal triggered a fire and an explosion at a Columbia plant on Sept. 17, an official said.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Vehicle crashes through block wall

Late Saturday night or early this morning, a vehicle ran off Route 462 and crashed though a concrete block support wall next to Royer's Flowers & Gifts.  The vehicle also demolished a real estate sign for the recently closed Turkey Hill Minit Market.  Columbia Borough police charged the driver with DUI.
(The former Minit Market building was just purchased, and the owner plans to open it as a convenience store.)

What I Saw Recently

Pics from the past week or so . . .

 Fetching water

A few pics from the Buddhist temple.  Interesting iconography . . .

 The watcher.
Compare this photo with the one right above it.

 Just hitched

 Big green gift for the bride and groom


 "Maintainance"?  Is that anything like "Maintenance"?  I agree that the word on the sign is probably how it should be spelled if our language made any sense, but "should-bes" don't make it so.
And what's that phone number again?

 Lost boutonniere, apparently screaming

 The ghost of Elvis at the State Theater (actually a reflection).
Aptly enough, quite a few of his movies played there back in the day.

Speaking of ghosts . . . a ghost sign

Despicable Me

Despicable Me did a flyover last week . . .

What I Saw

On my quest, I sought the Buddha but found only the final resting place of the Yellow Submarine.
(2nd & Cherry)

Wednesday, September 11, 2013


This posting showed up on several telephone poles around town over the weekend.  I don't know if these people are still missing.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Columbia earns last-second win over Northeastern

Columbia rallied in the final two minutes of the game to beat Northeastern 8-7 in a nonleague game on Friday night at Columbia.


Columbia school district to post comprehensive plan online

The Columbia Borough School District Board of School Directors has announced that the district's comprehensive plan will be placed on public display on its website beginning Sept. 9.

Columbia is a Phase 2 district. The Pennsylvania Department of Education requires that all Phase 2 districts post their comprehensive plans for a 30-day public inspection period.

The plan must then be approved by the board and submitted to the department by Nov. 30.

The comprehensive plan serves as the framework to guide various district operations. After reviewing the plan, persons having comments should direct them to the superintendent's office.

Monday, September 2, 2013


The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission will hold a public hearing in Columbia on Tuesday, Sept. 3, on the Columbia Water Company's proposal to raise water rates by 21 percent.
The PUC hearing to receive public comment on the proposed rate increase will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Columbia Fire Department Station 801, 137 S. Front St.
On June 13, the PUC voted to investigate the proposed rate increase. The total annual bill for a typical metered residential customer using 48,000 gallons of water a year would increase a total of $77.64, from $367.92 to $445.56.
Columbia Water Co. provides water service to approximately 8,700 customers within Columbia and Mountville boroughs and West Hempfield, Manor and Donegal townships.
Members of the public are welcome to attend the hearings and provide comments. 

Customer testimony will become part of the record on which the PUC will issue its final decision.


What I saw recently

Some pics from around town over the last week or so . . .

 Visitors to the THE

 The signs say NO PARKING.  Yeah, right, as if anyone could.
Welcome to the jungle,
It gets worse here every day.

 Steps to nowhere

 Even QRS needs help sometimes.

 And so does RRTA

 Sittin' down by the river
(Actually, part of a photo shoot I infiltrated.)

 Flag on the fence


 "Ladies in waiting" or just "Ladies waiting"?

 Debra's new do
Keeping a watchful eye on things