Sunday, January 31, 2016

Painting Parties at SCCA

The Susquehanna Center for the Creative Arts is hosting Painting Parties Feb. 9, 13, 16, 20, 23 and 27, 6-8 p.m. with Ange Bentivegna. Ange earned her Master of Fine Arts degree from Syracuse University. She does an excellent job! Please pass this along to anyone who might be interested. We can host groups up to 12.

or mail a check to the SCCA, PO Box 385, Columbia, PA 17512. Be sure to include the date and event name.
224 Locust Street
PO Box 385
Columbia, PA 17512

Here is a description for the parties:

The Month of February brings in the color red. Red is representational of love, passion, boldness, sensitivity, romance, joy, strength, leadership, courage, willpower, action, vibrance, radiance and determination.

All month long we are recreating the vibrance and boldness of Vincent Van Gogh's and Claude Monet's joyful paintings. The strength and sensitivity of each of these paintings make them an exciting exercise to recreate.
Through the guidance of your art instructor you will be taught how to see a painting in a new way. She will simplify the creative process to give you the confidence to paint like a master artist.

Join in on the most Creative Fun-filled evening, where you can socialize with your friends and learn to paint a master piece. No prior Art Training needed. Just bring your self, your friends and be prepared to discover your artist within.

Cost: $40
Party Includes  
ART Instructions and all materials to paint  16"x 20" acrylic painting
instructor:   Master Artist Ange Bentivegna

Ice Capades at River Park

These two were treading on river ice near the Veterans Memorial Bridge today, similar to what two girls did last year, as shown HERE.

About Town

Some recent pics from around town . . .

 I-105 at Advance Auto Parts on Saturday


 Yep, it's a boat.

 The secret staging area of the nefarious phone books
(Invasion is imminent.)

Jack Skellingtons on a pajama person

Little red chair, why are you there?

 We have a snow removal ordinance, but it appears that not all sidewalks are required to be cleared - like this one at Commerce and Walnut . . .

. . . and this Columbia Plaza sidewalk along Barber Street.

 Resident of Lloyd Mifflin House at Second and Walnut, extending a proprietary paw.

Other critters around town seemed none the worse for wear a week after the big snowstorm . . .

Speaking of critters, this sign recently appeared on the first block of South Third Street.

Down by the river . . .

 On reflection . . .

 The short and winding road

 Tracks in the snow

 River of snow

                A shadow of her present self

 The snowman cometh



The weather was unseasonably warm today (Sunday), and skies were mostly clear, a fact that didn't escape pilots, judging by the inordinate amount of air traffic . . .

 Stitch in the sky

 Two jets . . . racing?

 A "closer-up" view

Cue the ominous music, because the plane shown above is from Qatar Airways, the state-owned flag carrier of the State of Qatar, an Arab country that has reportedly funded such terrorist groups as Al-Qaeda and ISIS. So why is it allowed in our airspace?

Thanks Alan!

Seen this morning at Columbia River Park:

Snow removal schedule for Monday, February 1

Friday, January 29, 2016


JANUARY 29, 2016

The Public Works crew is slated to remove snow on Walnut St. from 5th St. to 9th St. on 01-30-16 starting at noon. Residents are asked to remove their vehicles from the streets during this time.


Columbia Borough Police Department

Forecast: Climbing temps, dwindling snowpack

Greg Sahd, Columbia borough manager, said clearing up storm drains was part of the overall clean-up strategy. Officials are working on getting assistance from PennDOT to help clear the roads. "It's a slow slog," Sahd said.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Michael Oberdorff, Sr. obituary


Columbia digs out

Columbia continues to dig out from a  Sahara of Snow.

This afternoon, a crew removed snow from the backlot of the Columbia Plaza to facilitate truck deliveries.  A backhoe loaded snow onto a couple of dump trucks which then dumped it at the lower end of the front parking lot . . .

Further down the block:  Looks like someone finally flipped at all the snow and dove in headfirst to wait for the spring thaw.

Although these guys seemed to be enjoying it.

Meanwhile on South Fourth . . .
Borough workers continued the cleanup, with several dump trucks continuously hauling snow away from the scene. Some residents are understandably growing impatient, but there's a lot of snow to be moved, and the crew is working as fast as possible.  Instead of complaints, borough workers deserve a round of applause.

 The inevitable furniture has begun to germinate from the snow . . .

. . . as has this snowman.

 St. Paul's Episcopal under the weather

 Whoever did this did the right thing.

Even the Grinch is snow-covered.

 The weight of the snow forced this spout down.

 Much snow at North Second

 Most residents shoveled their sidewalks, with a few exceptions . . . 

 30 North Second

 It's been winterized if winterizing means closing it up and forgetting about it.

 Digging out at River Park

And what's a snowstorm without the obligatory bridge pics . . .

Last but not least, Columbia Crossing, blanketed . . .