Sunday, July 29, 2018

About Town

This week's photos from around town...

(Tap/Click photos for larger, sharper images.)

Mayor Leo Lutz and Officer Brent Keyser discussed opening Columbia River Park Saturday morning after a week of flooding due to heavy rains.

The park was opened to vehicle traffic, but the boat ramp wasn't opened until Sunday morning.

Mud remained on the steps at the kayak launch, and of course someone walked in it.

Borough workers cleaned up mud and debris at the park's cul-de-sac.

Unfortunately, this shovel wasn't big enough to help.

 A few days earlier, one of several storms brought heavy rains to the area.

 Here's the view through a car windshield during one of them.

Even birds sought higher shelter as waters began to rise.

 The rising river levels even brought news crews to River Park.

 WGAL 8 surveyed the scene.

 All manner of objects washed down the river including this gas can.

 This Fox 43 reporter really got into it.

 A drone operator launched this drone to take a look around.

It stayed fairly close to shore.

During the aftermath, this green heron took the opportunity to find whatever he could find.

He strolled along near the shore, eating bugs and whatnot.

This seagull took up temporary residence on this utility pole and looked around the park as things returned to normal


These guys cut open the street at 7th & Maple.

There's been a lot of that going around lately. Here's some heavy artillery on the 700 block of Locust the other day.

Looking nonchalant

Wrangling the heavy beast


Cardinal without a crest

Crazy legs

Official Pace Car

Visitors at the Turkey Hill Experience

Yup, stuff's still goin' on out there.

A van full of cell phone chargers?

Outside toilet

Outside sinks

Somebody, please mow this sidewalk!

For a fleeting moment, Heritage DRIVE had an identity crisis and thought it was Heritage STREET.

But it finally got itself together and remembered what it is.

Speaking of Heritage Drive, is there a new marina forming there?

Here are some spray-painted lines on Riverfront Drive. (Or is it Riverfront STREET?)

And a few more

Half a beetle with a freeloader on the back

This church (one of Columbia's historic buildings) was beginning to turn blue. (See the paint on the left side.)

Thank goodness this notice appeared on the door.

Good advice

Over at 5th & Cherry: commemorative plates noting places and events in Columbia history

First National Bank at 2nd & Locust

Burning of the bridge on the Susquehanna River...
Civil War historians Shelby Foote and Bruce Catton mention this event only in passing, if at all, but it directly precipitated the Battle of Gettysburg, the turning point of the war.
(The five Columbia bridge burners are buried in Mount Bethel Cemetery.)

The Opera House, which burned in 1947

New sign at Andy's Market at Spruce Street and Ironville Pike

CBFD helped hang the sign.
The store might open this week.

Here's a photo of the work in progress.
[Photo: Shaun Jordan]

Santa sighting!
(Does that portend Christmas in July?)

This is just wrong somehow.

August 4th . . .

Decoy Show

At work at Hinkle's


Old-time brickwork in Avenue G

There's another one of those painted rocks.

Rusty old gear at Bootleg Antiques

Not a stairway to heaven...but a ladder to purgatory?

Open-air shutter

Burlap-covered barrel with a handle in the middle

Collectibles at Tollbooth Antiques

Peppermint-colored spindles

Free plant - already planted

Changing prices

As Grouch Marx would say, "Whatever it is, I'm against it"


Anonymous said...

The sidewalk also needs mowed on Cherry between S. 8th and Bethel.

Anonymous said...

Can the borough log the hours that employees spend at the river park ???

Anonymous said...

Once again, great pictures Cole! I saw some progress at the bank museum this weekend as well!

Anonymous said...

I would like to see the hours also! They are spending way to many tax hours down there!!

Anonymous said...

What's the violation for the church? Is it the blue paint?

Anonymous said...

The family home at Second and Union was sold. Wonder if Codes will harass the new owners.

Joe Lintner said...

At least partially (?):

Chapter 130-16, C(5): Painting exterior surfaces of frame structures in accordance with NPS Preservation Brief No. 10. Guidelines will be available at the Borough office.

Chapter 130-21, B(5): Distinctive features, finishes, and construction techniques or examples of craftsmanship that characterize a property shall be preserved.

Joe Lintner said...

Yes, there is progress at the bank museum.

Anonymous said...

They didn't have a permit and it only took two weeks for the borough to discover this!

Anonymous said...

You need a permit to paint now?

Anonymous said...

This thing about the permit is a bit confusing. I was told by an employee of the borough office that you do not need a permit for painting unless the sidewalk will be blocked by something like scaffolding.

Anonymous said...

It's different in the hysterical district though. Also, The guy who owns Kleen Rite used to own that building at one time. I didn't realize it was a church.

Anonymous said...

Are you sure that one sold? I know the one next to it was sold.

Anonymous said...

Oh for crying out loud already!

Anonymous said...

wait till they expand it , it is out of control.

Anonymous said...

codes should have inspected it before the sale.

Anonymous said...

No they wouldn't log hours at the pit but the mayor should have his office there.

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

Was the sign at that Church approved by HARB?

Anonymous said...

In the picture the sidewalk is blocked by the caution tape and the highlift. Hopefully that is the reason for needing the permit.

Anonymous said...

Crying out loud , look at the weeds and other things in this town , people that come to the river park(money pit) and trail don't come up into town, What the h the rest of town matters too.

Anonymous said...

Yup a river boat casino with a foot bridge to Wrighsville to bring in the gamblers from there

Anonymous said...

River boat makes sense than concert areas

Anonymous said...

Good idea. The casino is going to replace Sears in the Galleria Mall!

Anonymous said...

look at Sundays real estate section.

Anonymous said...

158 south second is listed as sold to FHG 92 LLC, any idea who that is? 156 is still on the market. Riverton Antiques was also in Sundays paper.

Anonymous said...

are you kidding me. You should be thankful the boro workers are doing that work and not calling outside contractors to spend your money.

Anonymous said...

Are you kidding me! Heritage should be paying and doing the work down there!!

Anonymous said...

you are possibly right.

Anonymous said...

What will happen with concerts at the money pit , more police , fire police , borough maintaince people , all at the cost of the tax payers, what are these people thinking ?They can't keep the name of the money pit alley (access rail road ) street or drive right for three blocks , how can they expand the park??

Anonymous said...

If s/h wanted a river boat casino ,I bet it would be on councils agenda next week. Does the money pit have a knox box???? Did they fix the cameras down there yet? AND WHY DIDN'T THEY HAVE THE BEER TASTING EVENT AT THE MONEY PIT , LOOK AT LOST SALES FOR THE BUINESS ON LOCOST ST THAT PEOPLE COULD NOT GET TO DUE TO THE STREET AND SIDE WALK CLOSER , IS THE BOROUGH GOING TO COMPENSATE THEM?????