Monday, November 18, 2019

Mission Accomplished: Clocks are re-installed in old church tower [Pictorial]

Columbia's Dr. Larry Laird and a few helpers re-installed four 19-century clocks in an 1855 Philadelphia church over the weekend. Laird spent seven months refurbishing the clocks. The backstory is HERE.

A worker inspects a completed dial.

Each of the four dials is 48" in diameter. 

The dials are loaded into a van.

Dials ready to travel

The old church, aka The Loft

Looking up inside the clock tower

A look out through the dial window

Laird inspects the interior of the tower.

A clock is hoisted inside the tower.

Laird restores a wooden beam.

A view of the Philadelphia skyline through a dial window

[Photos submitted by Dr. Larry Laird]

Columbia Borough Meetings - Week of November 18, 2019

Unattended Deaths | Columbia Borough Police Department

On 11-18-19 at approx. 12:40 PM the Columbia Borough Police were asked to do a welfare check in the 400 blk. of Union St. Officers arrived and made entry into the house with permission from the family. Officers found a smoke condition in the house and two deceased patients on the first floor. The Columbia Borough Fire Department was called to assist with controlling utilities and ventilation. It was determined that the deceased were husband and wife and that foul play is not suspected. The Columbia Borough Police and the Lancaster County Coroner's Office continues to investigate this incident. Source:  Columbia Borough Police Department

Sourced via CRIMEWATCH®

Two people found dead inside home on 400 block of Union Street

Two people were found dead Monday in a Lancaster County home, police say.

Columbia police said the bodies were discovered during a welfare check at a house on the 400 block of Union Street.

Their names haven't been released.

Police are investigating the deaths but said the case isn't suspicious and foul play is not suspected.

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Mount Bethel Cemetery Announced as an Official Location for the 2019 National Wreaths Across America Day

The cemetery will join more than 1600 participating locations across the country on Saturday, December 14, 2019 to proclaim “Everyone plays a part”.

Columbia Falls, MAINE, and Columbia, PENNSYLVANIA—December 14, 2019 —National nonprofit Wreaths Across America [WAA] announced today that Mount Bethel Cemetery in Columbia, PA will be joining in the effort to support the mission to REMEMBER, HONOR, TEACH, as an official location for 2019. This is the THIRD year that the cemetery will participate in this national event.

In 2018, nearly 1.8 million veteran wreaths were placed on headstones at 1,640 participating cemeteries around the country in honor of the service and sacrifices made for our freedoms, with each name said out loud.

This year, the ceremony, held simultaneously across the country at more than 1,600 locations, will be on Saturday, December 14, 2019. Beginning at 12 noon, at 700 Locust Street, Columbia, PA, master of ceremonies Kevin Kraft Sr. will acknowledge seven branches of military service. Included will be the Catholic War Vet color guard, a bugler to play taps and a 21-gun salute.

The Friends of Mount Bethel Cemetery plans to raise enough funds to place 690 remembrance wreaths on the headstones of all the local heroes laid to rest at Mount Bethel Cemetery. Our goal is to place a live balsam fir wreath at the headstone of every veteran buried there spreading patriotism and commemoration for the ultimate sacrifices they made for our country. Mount Bethel Cemetery has veterans from the Revolutionary War and every US conflict up to and including Vietnam.

“Every donation and wreath sponsorship is a meaningful gift from an appreciative supporter who knows what it means to serve and sacrifice for the freedoms we all enjoy,” said Karen Worcester, executive director of Wreaths Across America. “We are so grateful to the community of Columbia, PA for participating in our mission to Remember, Honor and Teach.”

National Wreaths Across America Day is a free event, open to all. For more information, to donate or to sign up to volunteer, please visit

Deadline for 2019 donations is November 30th Location ID: PMBCC GroupID: PA0358P

About Wreaths Across America

Wreaths Across America is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded to continue and expand the annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery begun by Maine businessman Morrill Worcester in 1992. The organization’s mission – Remember, Honor, Teach – is carried out in part each year by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies in December at Arlington, as well as at hundreds of veterans’ cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states and beyond.

Location Coordinator MBC:
Jane Moore

About Town 11/17/19

This week's photos of Columbia

Superman in jail? The bars must be made of kryptonite.

 This will happen soon enough.

 Here's a cozy little home shrouded by snow on the first block of South 3rd.

 Last of the season, most likely

 Not necessarily good advice

 But this probably is good advice.

 The many steps to pumpkinhood

 Starling convention near the railroad tracks

 Speaking of the railroad tracks, here's a couple of fancy train cars.

 And there they go.

 Assuming the snacking stance

 When nuts aren't available, he'll settle for maple tree seeds, as shown here.

 The Keeley stoves are still inside the Market House.

 Here's the third one.

 Differing views on religion

 The Railroad Administration Office of Safety - mobile, no less


 Pick yourself up afterwards

 Yes, please patrol.

 Busted windows

At the Mount Zion A.M.E Church on South 5th:
There are several unique stained glass windows, each with a memorial tribute, as shown below.


 Contrail-riddled sky. (No, the government isn't trying to kill us - at least not like this.)

 Makes for an interesting sunset, though.

 Building for sale on Bridge Street

 There's the sign.

 The building comes complete with a ghost sign and keystone/datestone.

 Those Warthogs get lower all the time.

 There were visitors at the Elks on Saturday.

 Here's the "backstory."

 Rust-colored sign all aglow

 Yes, we did get some foliage.

Giant ice cream cone at Coffee & Cream