This week's photos from around town...
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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.
Wrangling the heavy beast
Cardinal without a crest
Official Pace Car
Visitors at the Turkey Hill Experience
Yup, stuff's still goin' on out there.
A van full of cell phone chargers?
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.
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]
(Does that portend Christmas in July?)
This is just wrong somehow.
August 4th . . .
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?
Burlap-covered barrel with a handle in the middle
Collectibles at Tollbooth Antiques
Free plant - already planted
As Grouch Marx would say, "Whatever it is, I'm against it"