Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Columbia Borough School District would see the highest per-student increase in Wolf's plan

Columbia Borough School District would see the highest per-student increase in Wolf's plan: $331.
 It would receive the second highest per-student increase under the GOP plan, but less than half of what Wolf proposed: $112.
Business Manager Amy Light said Columbia didn't count on Wolf's increase in the 2015-16 district budget. School boards must pass their budgets by June 30, before state funding is solidified.
"We can't submit on what we hope. We have to submit on what we are relatively certain of," said Light. Columbia's budget included a 2 percent tax increase.

FBI — New Jersey Man Federally Charged with Robbing 14 Banks and Two Businesses in Central Pennsylvania and elsewhere - including Columbia

According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, Francis Simmons, age 41, is alleged to have robbed banks and businesses located in Lewisburg, Fogelsville, Dillsburg, Allentown, Wyomissing, Tannersville, Lancaster, Columbia, Hellertown, Hanover, Pennsylvania and Marathon, New York, Swedesboro, New Jersey, Hagerstown, Maryland and Asheboro, North Carolina. The wave of robberies occurred between November 6, 2013 and November 29, 2014. Simmons was allegedly identified by witnesses and surveillance video.

The investigation involved close coordination and cooperation of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Pennsylvania State Police, the Cortland County, New York Sheriff Department, and the Police Departments of Upper Macungie Township, Carroll Township, Logan Township, New Jersey, Spring Township, Hagerstown, Maryland, Pocono Township, Lancaster City Bureau of Police, Asheboro, North Carolina, Columbia Borough, Hellertown and Hanover Borough. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daryl F. Bloom.


Monday, June 29, 2015

Synthetic marijuana plague taxes police, emergency responders in Columbia and elsewhere

"Our patrolmen encounter it at least once a shift now," said Columbia Borough Det. Matt Leddy. "There's been a  sharp spike in the amount of people using it."
Sometimes users are hallucinating and it's affecting people very differently, said Leddy.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Fill the Bus with school supplies

Starting this coming week and throughout July, donations of school supplies will be accepted at Musser's Market parking lot (in the Columbia Plaza) on Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m. and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to noon. The donations help Columbia Borough School District.

About town

Seen around town today . . .

These cats are not feral.  They are well taken care of by an owner on Walnut Street . . .

Fallout from the mayfly invasion . . .

Great bargain - newly ventilated, too!
(Maybe someone couldn't find their keys.)

Looks like Union Station Grill is getting a facelift . . .

Sunfish left in the sun

or should we say under the clouds,
on the ramp,
at River Park this morning . . .

Digging up Rotary Park one hole at a time

That's what this man was doing again this morning . . .

A few weeks ago he was doing the same thing in another area of the park, as shown HERE.

Problem is, he uses a spade shovel instead of a trowel to dig for his "treasure" . . . 

and leaves mounds (tripping hazards) when placing the sod back into the freshly dug holes.

Apparently, he hasn't been caught on the park's video surveillance system yet.  
(There is a video surveillance system, isn't there?)

Friday, June 26, 2015

Art and Craft Show canceled

Columbia Crossing restrooms in working order

Both restrooms at Columbia Crossing were open and in working order this morning. The green light (pictured above) apparently means "unlocked." 

- Your friendly neighborhood restroom inspector

Daffy ducks

Waking up at River Park this morning . . .

Fish and Boat Commission to be looking for drunken boaters on Susquehanna this weekend

The upcoming weekend would be a particularly bad time to be drinking in a boat on the Susquehanna River.
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission announced its waterways conservation officers around the state will be on “heightened alert for those violating boating under the influence laws” Friday through Sunday.

And there they are now (today at River Park):


Columbia School District wants to serve a free breakfast to all students


Thursday, June 25, 2015

Falcon dies after striking vehicle

The young peregrine falcon that had three times been plucked from the Susquehanna River at Columbia has died, after being struck by a vehicle on the Route 462 bridge between Columbia and Wrightsville.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Take a good look - you're paying for it!

Take a good look at the painting being done on Tuesday at the Columbia Water Company. 
You're paying for the paint and the painter.

River Park - Is anyone paying attention at all?

Columbia Spy was surprised to learn that the women's room at Columbia Crossing was once again locked today - at about 5:45 p.m., even though the men's room was unlocked (as shown in the video above).  A woman present (from out of town) had to use the men's room, much the same as yesterday morning when the women's room was locked but the men's was not. It is our understanding that the restrooms are to be unlocked from dawn until dusk. (Yesterday morning, the Spy found an unattended handgun in the men's room and contacted police.)  

 Also yesterday morning, two self-tapping screws, like the one shown above, were found outside the restrooms, as were numerous metal shavings (among the dead mayflies).

 Evidently, card/fob readers were recently installed on the exterior of the restrooms. Shoddy workmanship is apparent, as with the abandoned screw hole and scratches in the paint shown in the photo above.

 This door latch was also found outside the restrooms.

Columbia Borough needs to take a more proactive stance in addressing such problems at the Columbia Crossing building.  Pick a plan for the restrooms, post a schedule, and stick with it. The discarded hardware was removed but should not have been left lying around in the first place. Finally, leaving the handgun lying around was irresponsible and unforgivable. It could quite easily have become an instrument of tragedy.

Mayfly-bridge issue on cracked.com

The mayfly issue on the Veterans Memorual Bridge has apparently made it to cracked.com:

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

'Little Bigfoot' known for stealing apples in Columbia: Monsters of Pennsylvania

A creature that seems more myth than mystery, and sounds like a miniature Bigfoot, will be the centerpiece of the Albatwitch Festival from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, in Columbia, Lancaster County.

Sightings of the albatwitch - reportedly a very slender, 4- to 5-foot-tall, ape-like creature covered in reddish-brown hair - date back 400 or 500 years to the Susquehannock Indians.


Service Wednesday night at Mt Zion AME Church

Is it slumping?

Columbia Spy hopes someone is keeping an eye on the structure at 208-210 Locust Street.  In our humble, non-scientific, subjective opinion, the building appears to have slumped a bit on the left side, near the second-story window (even allowing for lens distortion).  

This photograph was taken today:

INVASION! Mayflies swarm by the thousands at Columbia Plaza

At last night's meeting of the whole it was discussed how turning off the lights on the Veterans Memorial Bridge lured swarms of mayflies to lights "further inland." The following video, taken at about 10 o'clock last night, shows thousands of mayflies swarming around lights in the Columbia Plaza parking lot and falling to the asphalt below.

Who says you can't walk cats?

Two cat owners took their pets for a walk around town today.
Bravo to these animal lovers who took their cats out and about for a bit of fresh air!

Former Long's Funeral Home for sale on Craigslist . . . ?

855 Chestnut Street

Found on Craigslist:
Large home for sale in Columbia Boro 4 bedroom nice corner lot. under renovations. Near the high school. VICTORIAN.... huge trim/mouldings approx 4700 sq.ft. may also rent home..... has a large kitchen. nice hardwood floors downstairs.

Loaded handgun found in Columbia Crossing restroom

Columbia Spy discovered this apparently loaded - and unattended - 9 mm handgun in the men's room of Columbia Crossing shortly after 8 o'clock this morning. The Spy contacted the Columbia Borough Police Department, and Officer Miller responded promptly to investigate and handle the incident.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Lights out

Huge bottled water recall for Eastern PA

Consumer Notice
Out of an abundance of caution and in the interests of maintaining the highest possible standards for product quality, Niagara® is issuing a voluntary recall for all Spring Water products produced from its Pennsylvania manufacturing facilities during the June 10th – June 18th time frame.
Niagara was notified that the source was potentially compromised. There have been no reports of any illness or injury related to the above mentioned products to date and finished product testing detected no contaminants or issues of any kind. This voluntary withdrawal is being implemented in cooperation with State and Federal Agencies.
If you have questions about which products are affected,please contact us.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Thursday, June 18, 2015

This property is condemned

208-210 Locust Street has been officially deemed unsafe by the codes department.