Friday, December 13, 2019

Bleed Blue Law Enforcement Blood Drive to be held January 13

The blood drive will be held January 13 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Columbia Borough Fire Department on Manor Street.

Central Penn’s Marqel Wansley named USCAA Player of the Week -

Congratulations to Marqel Wansley for being named the USCAA men's Division II Basketball Player of the Week.

The junior guard from Columbia, Pa., played two phenomenal games last week, as he helped Central Penn College defeat Bucks County Community College and Villa Maria. Against the Bucks County Centurions, he scored a triple-double––16 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds—in an 84–52 road victory for Central Penn.


Fundraiser by Steve Lenox : Memorial Fund for Detective Joseph Seals

We are heartbroken at the loss of yet another police officer killed in the line of duty.

This week it hits us again right here at home in Jersey City.

The officers involved came to work Tuesday, December 10, like they did every day, seeking to make our city safer.

They were ambushed by criminals, one was assassinated.

Despite the warlike situation they were placed in these men and women saved countless lives through their heroic efforts. We are proud of them all.

Detective Joe Seals won’t be returning to his family, his wife and five children are in mourning.

The JCPOBA has set up this GoFundMe page to accommodate all of the generous offers of support we have received in the hours since this incident.

All of the dollars raised will go directly to the Seals family, helping them cover education, housing, and other expenses for the five children that Joe loved so dearly. 

Author Visit and Book Signing at the Library December 16

Wansley leads Central Penn College to victory with 39 points -

Marqel Wansley's hot shooting powered the Central Penn men's basketball team to an 85–69 victory over visiting Villa Maria Saturday. The junior guard from Columbia, Pa., exploded for 39 points, hitting 6/6 (!!) from beyond the arc. In the first half, he scored 23 of the team's 40 points.


Wreaths Across America at Mount Bethel Cemetery - Saturday, December 14, at noon

The Wreaths Across America program will go on as scheduled Saturday, December 14, rain or shine, at Mount Bethel Cemetery - starting at noon.

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 JOHN HINKLE will acknowledge seven branches of military service and a resolution to Ed Wickenheiser. 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

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


Columbia Borough Meetings - Week of December 16, 2019

40% off everything at Jonal Gallery December 13 & 14

Thursday, December 12, 2019

CCCA Public Meeting Sunday, Dec.15, to look at 2020 Borough Budget overspending, Rezoning, other issues

Everyone's invited!

The Columbia Concerned Citizens Association is holding a public meeting this coming Sunday, December 15, to inform Columbia Borough residents and taxpayers about proposed overspending in the 2020 Columbia Borough budget just passed by Borough Council.

The planned borough-wide rezoning will also be discussed. Borough Council plans to vote on this issue at its special meeting on Monday, December 16.

Bring your questions to the Columbia Animal Shelter, 265 South 10th Street, at 2 p.m. this coming Sunday.


Seen Today - Thursday, December 12, 2019

 The excavation site on the first block of Locust Street, commonly known as "The Hole in the Ground" by residents, was being filled in this morning.  Loads of dirt were delivered by dump truck, and a front end loader pushed the fill into place. The site was excavated as an initial stage in the construction of a planned four-story apartment building. Finding funds for the project has been a problem for the developers.

 A little over a week ago, the notice shown here and below was posted at the site, requiring the owners to take remedial steps, one of which was filling in the excavated area.

In 2017, Council approved an application for demolition of this building to make way for the project. Columbia Spy reported on the story HERE.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Phone Scam: Don't Fall for Fake Callers

[Submitted by Nick Williams]

Sparrow Websites Hosts 2nd Annual Free Website Giveaway for Nonprofits

Columbia, Pa. – Sparrow Websites announced its second annual Ugly Website Makeover Giveaway, now open for nonprofit nominations through noon on December 23, 2019. The winning nonprofit will receive a free website redesign valued at $6,500.

Last year, Sparrow Websites gave the gift of a website makeover to two nonprofits who were in need of updated websites. This year, you can nominate your favorite nonprofits again – and get extra votes for ugly sweater photos! It’s a simple process of nominating a nonprofit, and then boosting your “tickets in the hat” by posting an ugly sweater image, tagging @SparrowWebsites on IG or FB, and they get 5 extra votes!

On December 23 at 4 p.m., Sparrow will be pulling the winner of the website giveaway out of a Santa hat during a Facebook Live. Follow along as they announce the winner of their Facebook page @SparrowWebsites.

To nominate a nonprofit, visit Each form submission counts as one entry and individuals can only nominate a particular nonprofit one time. Participants are welcome to nominate as many nonprofit organizations as they would like. For five additional entries, take a photo of yourself or your team in an ugly sweater and tag @SparrowWebsites.

For any additional questions, you can email Sparrow Websites at or visit

[Source: Press release]

Monday, December 9, 2019

Video: House fire on 100 block of South 4th Street - 12/9/19

[Submitted video]

Columbia Market House Project: Next financial boondoggle or economic engine?

The document shown below, which raises several major questions about the Columbia Market House project, was submitted to Columbia Spy and is published here with permission. The author is a taxpaying Columbia Borough resident, whose name is being withheld by request.

Agenda - Columbia Borough Council Meeting - December 10, 2019

Download the council packet HERE.

Download the November 2019 Finance Reports HERE.

Sunday, December 8, 2019

About Town 12/8/19

This week's photos of Columbia

 Santa's sneaking around already.

 There's a lot happening here on the 300 block of Cherry Street.

 The Hole . . .
Just make it into a tourist attraction and be done with it.

And what is this contraption again?
(200 block of Cherry)

 Coming . . . when?

 Li'l lost grocery cart
(Commerce Street)

This one was put into a cage, and there weren't even any children in it.

 15 miles per hour
Or is it 5?
Could be 5.

 Li'l lost scooter

 What looks like a gift wrapped for Christmas is really an air conditioner wrapped for winter.

 Time for a new flag - whenever this one gets unstuck.

 These poor immigrants seem to be expecting.

 You must stop here, especially if you're a mail carrier.
 When they get this big, it's time to call TES Exterminating on 4th Street.


 Deck the roof rack.

 This local business seems to be doing well.

 Liquid concrete was pumped upstairs at 4th & Locust this past week.
(Shown above and below)

 Some guys were looking around at 14 Lancaster Avenue the other day.

 Blowin' in the wind at the bridge plaza

O say, can you see...?

 The felling of trees at the former Colonial Metals Property, now CMX.

 And there were a lot of dumpsters lined up out there, too.

 Seen "flying" in the 600 block of Avenue H

 Emergency call?

 The water company is digging up the town square.

 Christmas wreaths on South 5th

 Mallards hiding out in Shawnee Run

 Patch job at Florence and Mill

 This appears to be a forgotten alleyway, but it runs at least from Florence Street to 9th Street.

 Vulture on the cross

 Leaf blowing in progress

 It wasn't that long ago that this branch of the Union Community Bank moved out of Columbia.

 Last December, in fact

 Fortunately, we still have the Columbia Organ Works.

 Their pipes are on display.

 Road work on Bridge Street

 This conveyance was seen on the Veterans Memorial Bridge on Saturday.

 Is it street legal?

 Who knows, but the driver/rider was pedaling mightily.

 He wasn't able to keep up with traffic, however.

 A line of seagulls was waiting up ahead.

 Looks like Santa is getting set up at the Columbia bridge plaza, as he does every year.

 This guy seemed to be in the holiday spirit as he waved to passing motorists.

 Manor Street Apartments

 Half & half

 Choose your ride:
Taxi: $20
Police: $1800

 Possible conditions

Office of the District Attorney of Lancaster County

More crosses of Columbia:

Salem United Church of Christ

 Saint Paul Evangelical Lutheran

Saint John's Evangelical Lutheran

Holy Trinity Church

 Saint Paul's Baptist Church

Victory Church

The last four are at Saint James Lutheran Church: