Saturday, December 31, 2016

About Town - 67 photos from 2016

Go HERE to see all the photos.

Christmas tree drop-off at Columbia Fire Company Jan. 14

Father Time at the Watch & Clock Museum Event Today!

Ring in the New Year with Father Time and Baby New Year at the place that is the center of time—The National Watch and Clock Museum. The Museum’s New Year’s Eve at Noon event on December 31 is the only local New Year’s Eve party designed specifically for children during daylight hours. 

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 to wear as you celebrate the new year
  • 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 
  • Enjoy a special New Year’s Eve story time 
  • Create a time capsule to remember 2016 
  • Write your resolutions for 2017 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 
Joining in the celebration will also be a mob of mascots including Turkey Hill’s “Hilda”, Herr’s “Chipper”, and Columbia Fire Co.’s “Sparky” with his fire truck!

Media sponsor for New Year’s Eve at Noon is WJTL FM 90.3.

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 close to 14,000 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

Friday, December 30, 2016

Anglers angry over yet another fish kill at Brunner Island power plant on Susquehanna

An angler told LNP that water temperatures in the discharge channel had risen to 70 degrees on Dec. 18, while the river only a few hundred yards away was 35 degrees — a condition ripe for a fish kills, according to the angler.


Thursday, December 29, 2016

About Town

Gargoyles in Avenue G . . .


The sidewalk is sinking. Two transformers were installed under the sidewalks on both sides of the 100 block of Locust Street on November 23. Columbia Spy reported on the installation HERE. Shortly afterward, however, these areas began to sink, particularly on the north side, shown below. Currently, the sidewalk is not passable via wheelchair, pipes are exposed, and the area presents a tripping hazard . . .



 Piano B-flat and broken


Buddha has arrived at Second and Cherry . . .


 Wait . . . what?


Trash and weeds that never go away on the 300 block of Avenue G . . .


Horse with no name? At least he has his head on straight now. The backstory of how he lost his head and how it was re-attached is HERE and HERE.

The grave of Edward C. Shannon, Columbia's greatest general.

Q&A: Why couldn't the Columbia hunter keep the 12-point buck antlers?

The hunter could have applied for a special permit, which is accompanied by a fee of $10 per point for deer antlers. The fee is $20 per point for elk antlers.


Friday, December 23, 2016

Night lights - Out of town

Over the river and through the woods on the way to grandmother's house, we came upon these spectacular night lights:

Vehicle accident at the bridge - one totaled

A two-vehicle accident occurred Thursday shortly before 3 p.m. near the entrance to the Veterans Memorial Bridge. According to witnesses, the driver of a Nissan Murano traveling south on North Second Street failed to stop at a stop sign and was hit by a Chevy Silverado heading west on Route 462. Both vehicles sustained front end damage, and an air bag deployed in the Nissan. The Nissan driver told Columbia Spy that his vehicle was worth about $7,000. He believed it to be totaled. The intersection was closed for over an hour as personnel investigated.

The best candidate is ignored - again!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Vandal punctures tires on 20 vehicles in Columbia in 2nd crime spree this week

An "edged object" was used to slash about 35 tires, causing $3,000 to $4,000 damage, to vehicles in the Wagon Werks Apartments parking lot in the 900 block of Plane Street, borough Detective Matt Leddy said. No other damage was reported in the 10 p.m. incident.

Jewish family flees Lancaster County after FOX, Breitbart blames them for canceled Hempfield elementary Christmas play

After seeing reader comments like "It would be nice if we had the addresses of those concerned citizens and, I bet, this info is known to people living in the area" on the Breitbart story, the parents pulled their child out of school and headed out of the area for a bit.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

50 tires slashed at Wagon Werks Tuesday night

50 tires on 20 vehicles were slashed in the parking lot of Wagon Werks Apartments, a source tells Columbia Spy. The incident occurred Tuesday night shortly after 10 p.m. Surveillance footage from cameras on one of the apartment buildings shows a man apparently leaving the building, then randomly vandalizing vehicle tires.

Submitted photos from the scene are shown below.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

About town - A few questions

From around town:

147 Walnut Street:  
One 15-foot deep hole in the ground, six feet in diameter, with no barricades, fencing, or caution tape . . .

 plus an unsecured gate, equals...


  320 North Third Street

What commodities or services are provided here?

Special Council Meeting Tuesday, December 20, 2016

LEGAL NOTICE Notice is hereby given that a Special Meeting of Columbia Borough Council will be held in conjunction with the monthly Public Works Committee Meeting on Tuesday, December 20, 2016, at 6:00pm in the Borough Hall, 308 Locust Street, Columbia, PA, to discuss the 2017 meeting schedule and any other Borough business. If you are a person with a disability wishing to attend and require an accommodation to participate in the meeting, please contact the Borough Office at 684-2467. Gregory Sahd Borough Manager

[This notice was published HERE on Lancaster Online, but at the time of this posting does not appear on the borough's website.  No meeting agenda available.]

Monday, December 19, 2016

Criminal mischief, thefts in town

The Columbia Borough Police Department is handling a large number of criminal mischief and theft cases that occurred sometime between Sunday 12-18-16 and Monday 12-19-16. It is believed that all the events occurred during the overnight hours. A large number of vehicle mirrors have been removed from vehicles anywhere from the intersection of 4th St. and Walnut St. to 2nd St. and Mill St. areas. There was also damage done to a soda machine and to a building as well. With the large number of calls being received we are behind in getting to some of you. If you haven't received a message or heard from an officer in over 2 hours please call into the police station.

If you had damage or something missing from your vehicle or property, you are encouraged to report it to the police if not already done so. We are asking residents in the areas affected to check their home surveillance systems if you have one to see if anyone can be seen that may have done this. If you have information on who may have done this you are asked to call the police station at 717-684-7735 or submit a tip below.

Thanks and have a safe holiday season!

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Sunday, December 18, 2016