Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Sunday, April 27, 2014

What I saw recently

Caught a big 'un - a carp, that is.

 Scooping the chicken dung at McGinness's field on Friday afternoon . . . 

and placing it in the hopper.

 Back to the pile for another scoop

 At the Earth Day celebration at Sahd's, a young bag lady shows how many plastic bags the average American uses in a year.

Here, she's talking to the bottle guy who's showing - well, you guessed it.

 A male cardinal, one of the abundant variety of birds around town.

 A tunnel at Shawnee Creek, near Mill Street

 The Laurel Hill Cemetery regulations have been reposted after going missing for a while.

 Hey, where's Jr?

 This dachsund caused a minor traffic jam on South Fourth Street on Saturday afternoon.

 Oblivious to the commotion he caused, he soon sauntered off.

Old-timey gas pump 

Here's another one, from when gas was 41 cents a gallon.

 The Lake Meade Fire & Rescue crew practiced aquatic maneuvers Sunday morning.

 Here's their truck.

Two in a row.
Why oh why do they ride their wheelchairs in the street where they can get hit, 
instead of on the sidewalk where they'll be safe?
(The sidewalk curbs are handicapped accessible.)

The building that will house Little Caesar's continues to rise.

Friday, April 25, 2014

These 5 images explore Wrightsville’s bridgehead, upstream and down

Something smells

Recently, large piles of what appear to be chicken feces and feathers have been accumulating on the grounds of McGinness's airfield near Manor and South 9th.
The recent high winds are probably capable of spreading the particulates from these piles.
Here's a link to information about the potential health hazards of chicken feces:
And do we even want to talk about the smell?

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Celebrate Earth

The community is invited to the annual Earth Day event, taking place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, at the Sahd Metal Recylcling salvage yard, located at 1045 Lancaster Ave., Columbia. Numerous businesses and organizations will set up displays and interactive exhibits for children and adults to explore. Admission and activities are free; however, interested attendees may register and complete a safety waiver by visiting
The event will be held rain or shine.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Mystery solved!

Little Caesars will be going in at the former Pizza Hut site along Route 462 (Lancaster Avenue), next to Mountville Motors.
It seems fitting that a pizza place will replace a pizza place.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Columbia police give, and receive, awards for dedication

Members of the Columbia Borough Police Department both gave, and received, awards at the Monday, April 14, council meeting.

14-mile Northwest Lancaster County River Trail nears finish line

It's been 20 years since farsighted officials and individuals dared to dream of a 14-mile, multiuse paved trail along the Susquehanna River that would celebrate its beauty, rich transportation and industrial history, and draw visitors to its river towns.
Now, with a flurry of spring construction underway and the missing links falling into place, the reality of the Northwest Lancaster County River Trail is finally within sight.
By this fall, the public should be able to walk or bike 9 contiguous miles from the old Point Rock railroad tunnel on the northern edge of Columbia to Bainbridge's American Legion Park in Conoy Township.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Free lunch for kids this summer

Columbia Borough Bike Auction Coming Saturday May 3

Easter Egg Hunt and Silent Auction This Saturday

Beadfest - Part of Fourth Fridays Celebration on April 25

What I Saw - April 16, 2014

New lights being installed on Locust Street

Activity at the former Pizza Hut site on Route 462

Still leaking at Columbia Plaza

Blood moon revisited

Due to cloud cover, observers in this area were unable to view Tuesday morning's lunar eclipse, but here's a replay from another vantage point . . .

Arbor Day celebration scheduled for April 25

Columbia has earned the national Tree City USA award for 22 consecutive years. The notable achievement is due in large part to the efforts of the Columbia Borough Shade Tree Commission (CBSTC) and the Columbia Tree Society.
The two organizations will sponsor the 23rd annual Arbor Day event at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 25. Participants will gather at Rotary Park, located at Second and Chestnut streets in Columbia.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Black Angus steer creates havoc on Route 30 bridge

A black Angus steer that got loose from a Lancaster County farm had to be put down after it led emergency responders on a chase along the Susquehanna River Saturday afternoon, said Chad Livelsberger, fire chief with Wrightsville Fire and Rescue Company.

The River Park Focus Group meets

On Saturday morning, April 12, the River Park Focus Group held a public meeting at the Columbia River Park pavilion to invite discussion of future improvements of the park area, river front, and Northwest River trail Services Building.  Mayor Leo Lutz conducted a tour of the area with the two dozen or so citizens who attended.  At the subsequent discussion and brainstorming session, several proposals were offered, among those: clearing the brush and trees from the Civil War era bridge abutment and piers to create an observation area, extending and improving walking trails, and creating a camping area.

Mayor Lutz led a tour of the grounds.

 Mary Wickenheiser offered her thoughts as Councilwoman Stephanie Weisser listened.

 Several of the group members

 Mayor Lutz explained his vision for the area.

 Other group members proposed ideas.

 Illustrated plans

 A discussion group

Borough Manager Sam Sukolsky discussed possibilities.