Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Vehicle accident on Purples Lane
Brazen theft at Musser's Market
Local effects of Wolf's partial budget veto still uncertain
In Lancaster County, School District of Lancaster and Columbia Borough School District said in recent months they were looking at loans and considering other options.
Columbia school board president Tom Strickler said Tuesday he did not yet have enough information to say whether the district would hold off on using a loan they already applied for.
Two vehicle accidents minutes apart
A second accident was reported just after 6:30 a.m., in which a white Volkswagen Jetta TDI traveling east on Route 30, just beyond the Route 441 overpass, broke through the end of a guard rail near the Columbia exit. The vehicle then slid down an embankment and came to rest on its side near the Columbia Visitors Center parking lot. The occupant, who was initially trapped, was freed from the vehicle and found to be uninjured.
Monday, December 28, 2015
Tonight's meeting is cancelled
Tonight's Meeting of the Whole scheduled for 6 p.m. at the borough hall has been cancelled.
A re-organizational meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on January 4.
Sunday, December 27, 2015
But actually it may be going to the arts. These paintings were being unloaded at The Arts @ Hinkle's along Locust Street this afternoon . . .
Meanwhile, at Front and Walnut . . .
Seen in a local store window
Injury reported in two-car collision in Columbia
Friday, December 25, 2015
$4.4M in transit grants will boost trails, pedestrian-friendly projects, except in Columbia
Thursday, December 24, 2015
More bugs on 441
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
The disappearing stop sign mystery solved - sort of
Currently, drivers stopped at the bottom of Locust Street are having trouble seeing traffic on 441 South due to the setback of the stop sign; the building beside the sign obscures the view. Borough officials are aware of the problem.
According to a borough representative, PennDOT will meet with the borough next week to hammer out a solution for this troublesome intersection.
ADA to nowhere now goes somewhere
PA House Republican Caucus - Budget Heads to Governor’s Desk: Includes Record School Funding, Fully Supports Human Service Agencies and Keeps Government Operating
Ring in the New Year at NAWCC
Children will learn about the passage of time using traditional adult activities presented in a child-friendly manner. As part of the traditional celebration, the Museum will host a countdown with Father Time, complete with a balloon drop at the strike of noon. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Father Time will lead guests in a dance party full of fun and swinging music.
Activities include time to:
Make New Year’s hats out of recycled materials with the Lancaster Creative Reuse center booth
Pose in the Museum’s New Year’s photo booth while you show off your party hat
Play a New Year’s trivia game testing your knowledge of New Year’s traditions and history
Participate in family challenges like Minute to Win It as you race against the clock
Meet and greet with Dutch Wonderland’s Princess Brooke during story time
Create a time capsule to remember 2015
Write your resolutions for 2015 on Resolution Wall
Decorate a cookie like a clock face with Rivertownes PA, USA and enjoy it as a snack afterward
Accessorize with glitter tattoos and face painting by Mimzy’s Face Painting
Advanced registration is not necessary and all activities are included with regular paid admission of adults $9, senior citizens $8, children age 5-16 $5, children younger than 5 free, and a family rate of $23. For additional information, contact 717.684.8261, ext. 237.
The National Watch and Clock Museum is operated by the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)(3) association with more than14,000 members, representing 52 countries. April through November the Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. December through March hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. From Memorial Day through Labor Day the Museum is also open on Mondays. Discounts are available to seniors, students, AAA members, and groups of 10 or more. Groups of 10 or more are encouraged to call ahead. For more program information, directions, or general Museum information, call 717.684.8261 or visit our website at www.museumoftime.org
How high could school property taxes go in 2016-17?
Columbia Borough School District has the most flexibility in raising taxes: up to 3.6 percent.
Schools begin 2016-17 planning even as this year's funding is six months late
From a financial standpoint, Columbia Borough School District would be better off staying closed after the holiday break.
"If it wasn't for the kids, we wouldn't come back," board president Tom Strickler said in a phone interview Tuesday.
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
School board accepts superintendent's resignation
Powell has accepted a position with the School District of Lancaster as Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction at a salary of $135,000 (to be pro-rated). There was no public discussion of the particulars of Dr. Powell's contract which was to run until 2017.
The board also approved the appointment of Dr. Kenneth Klawitter as acting superintendent, effective Tuesday December 22, 2015 at 6:30 p.m., at a salary of $115,000 for the 2015-2016 school year. His salary will be prorated beginning on December 23rd. Dr. Klawitter will receive the full complement of sick, personal, and vacation days given to administrators.
Christmas lights set to music at 15th & Manor
THE STOP SIGN IS GONE AGAIN!
This photo was taken just before 4 o'clock this afternoon.
Columbia Superintendent Carol Powell to leave in middle of contract; Plans to take job in city district
Monday, December 21, 2015
ONE STOP SIGN IS BACK!
Please note: There is no stop sign on Route 441 North at Locust Street, but the one at the bottom of Locust is still there.
So, to be clear: There are two stop signs at the intersection of Route 441 and Locust - one on 441 South and one at the bottom of Locust.
A few other issues: The "new" stop sign on 441 South is merely sand-bagged in place. Also, there's no Stop Ahead sign on the road to alert drivers of the stop sign itself. There's no flasher on the sign. In short, there's nothing to warn drivers that a stop sign has been placed there.
As we said previously, proceed with caution at this intersection. If this re-appearing stop sign is any indication, there's no telling what might pop up - or disappear - next.
Sunday, December 20, 2015
Is Columbia's superintendent jumping ship?
Is Carol Powell leaving Columbia? Signs point to "yes." Currently, she is the superintendent of Columbia Borough School District, having assumed that position on July 1, 2014 for a three-year term at a starting salary of $115,000.
Shown below is a screen shot of Personnel Recommendations from the December 15, 2015 school board meeting agenda of the School District of Lancaster:
As shown above, a Carol Powell is slated to fill the position of Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction for SDL at a salary of $135,000 (to be pro-rated). Hire date and effective date are to be determined.
No mention of her resignation from Columbia Borough School District could be found on its website.