Wednesday, August 30, 2017

State police offer tips on what to do if you spot a creepy clown

If see a menacing figure in grease paint and oversized shoes, state police suggest you use their toll-free Terrorism Tipline (888) 292-1919, or email them at You could also use the state police's "See Something, Say Something" app, which allows suspicious activity to be captured as a photo or written note and sent directly to the Pennsylvania Criminal Intelligence Center. The app is free to iPhone or Android users.

Police investigate shooting reported in West Hempfield Township

Police are responding to a shooting in West Hempfield Township, according to dispatch reports.

The incident happened in the area of Hempfield Hill and Vista roads around 1:30 p.m., according to Lancaster County-Wide Communications. 


Lancaster County districts will spend nearly $44M to take students to school this year

When Columbia School District students climbed the hill to their school to start the year, there were hardly any buses in sight.

The majority of its students walk, with a few carpoolers and student drivers, according to director of operations Tom Strickler. Buses run only to take students to career schools or to bring special education students to the school, Strickler said.


Monday, August 28, 2017

Columbia to host home compost workshop September 9

The Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority (LCSWMA) is partnering with municipalities, institutions, community organizations and Penn State Master Gardeners of Lancaster County to conduct home compost workshops where residents will learn how to recycle organic waste from their kitchens and gardens instead of putting it in the trash. Composting is an excellent way to recycle vegetable scraps, grass clippings, leaves, and other organic materials and turn them into a useful and valuable soil amendment.
Workshop attendees will also learn how to build effective, yet inexpensive home compost bins to meet their needs. Each household in attendance will receive a free kitchen scrap collection bucket and enter a raffle for a home compost bin courtesy of LCSWMA.
Lancaster County residents are invited to attend either of the home compost workshops scheduled. If required, residents should pre-register by no later than Friday at noon prior to the workshop they'll be attending.
  • September 9 at the Borough of Columbia Yard Wast Facility located at 254 Blue Lane accessible from Route 441 (River Road), Columbia. In case of rain, the workshop will be held at the Columbia Borough Public Works Building located at 431 South Front Street, Columbia. The workshop is from 10:00 am to 11:30 am. No fee is required, but pre-registration is recommended. To pre-register or for more information, please contact Columbia Borough at (717) 684-2467 Ext. 7317 or email
  • October 14 at the Millport Conservancy located at 737 East Millport Road, Lititz. The workshop is from 10:00 am to 11:30 am. No fee is required, but pre-registration is recommended. To pre-register or for more information, please contact the Warwick Township Recycling Coordinator at (717) 626-8900 or email

Borough Offices: 308 Locust Street, Columbia PA 17512 | Phone: 717-684-2467

Citations | Columbia Borough Police Department

Sunday, August 27, 2017

About Town

Recent sights around Columbia...

 The first two legs of the journey?

 A contrail . . . and a shadow?

 Oil trail on North 5th, extending from Maple to the Columbia Plaza

 Another ghost sign:

 They're still here.

 Let's pray for our bicyclist friends as they cross at the intersection of Bridge Street, Front Street, and the Route 441 bypass.

 And pray for them here, too...

as they cross the tracks to River Park.
In both locations, they're competing with vehicle traffic.

 Three ladders, one step at a time.

 To prevent extinction, walk your triceratops at least once a day.

 Fly by day

 Sweeping up


 Bootleg night shot

 Could this be the new location of the borough offices?
Plenty of room, but we'll need a feasibility study first.

Well, that didn't pan out.

Unidentified Floating Object

 Clock lion at 5th & Chestnut

 Weeds be gone!

 Probably not street-legal

 Heritage Drive is looking wider and flatter these days.

 Pokemon people on public and private property

 That's a mighty big moose down at the Moose.

 That's one way to haul a ladder.

 A name that many of us readily embrace.

Morning glories in all their morning glory.

"Hi" from the JLG

 Brown bunny

 Zoning permit

 Hidden signs...



There's trouble down below:

 A red-tailed hawk!

 So, what's the plan?


 Blue buggy


 Feeling superior?

 Picture yourself in a boat on a river...

and then you catch a fish.

 Goldfinch on the fence.
Moderates always think they're right, but they're just afraid to pick a side.

 Nodding off

PennDOT just chopped down one of its Columbia habitats.

 Mallard in "cloudy" water

 Read and heed.
Clean that crap up!

 Big boat back from checking the bridge

 Who says dogs and cats don't get along?

 Bike basket passenger

Till next time . . . arrivederci!