Sunday, September 20, 2020

About Town 9/20/20

This week's photos of Columbia

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Faces about town:

Laurel Hill Cemetery . . .

Jesus #1

Jesus #2

Holy Trinity Cemetery . . .

Jesus #3 and father

And mother

Mount Bethel Cemetery . . .

John Houston Mifflin, father of Columbia poet and artist Lloyd Mifflin

Tiny angel

This is apparently a Statue of Hope, which is explained HERE.

Here's the full Statue of Hope at Mount Bethel.
(From a previous post)

The Weeping Angel
(From a previous post)

Locust Street Park . . .

The Returned Soldier
(The backstory of this statue is HERE.)


The neighborhood vagabond

The Columbia Market House project continues.

Bridge (south side)

Bridge (North side)

Another "proper" boat ramp could be installed here at the bottom of Union Street. 

Andy's Market at 4th & Cherry is closing at the end of October, but the Ironville Pike location (shown above) will stay open.

A new sign in town (400 block of Locust)

Another new sign

Hambones bell tower

Gate at Holy Trinity Cemetery


Trees are being removed along Shawnee Run in preparation for an upcoming project.

Some sort of humongous cargo plane

Reflection of York County

The sign was recently placed at Columbia Presbyterian due to loiterers and trespassers.

An Air Force One-looking plane up in the fog

The 800 block of Locust is almost back to normal.

Due to ongoing dumping, this collection box on the 600 block of Poplar has been removed.

Evening meeting

The 441 bypass was constructed to keep big trucks like this out of the center of town.
Looks like they're still coming through.

On Tuesday, a short stretch of Front Street was closed due to pieces of the bridge falling off.
(Note the debris on the far right in the second photo.)

This sign still appears at River Park . . .

but so does this one.

A live spotted lanternfly

And a dead one.

Traps like this one are being used in the hope of reducing the infestation.

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Agenda - Columbia Borough School Board Meeting - September 17, 2020


Bail modification hearings underway for Lancaster protesters arrested following Sunday police shooting

Thursday morning, Taylor Enterline and Kathryn Patterson had their bail modified to $50,000, placed under "geographical restrictions." Enterline and Patterson can not be within one block of the Lancaster City police station per the restrictions.

- Jamal Shariff Newman - $1 million

- Barry Jones - $1 million

- Frank Gaston – probation detainer

- Yoshua Dwayne Montague - $1 million

- Matthew Modderman - $1 million 

- Talia Gessner - $1 million

- Kathryn Patterson - $1 million

- Taylor Enterline - $1 million

- T-Jay Fry - $1 million

- Dylan Davis - $1 million

- Alexa Wise - $100,000

- Jessica Marie Lopez - $250,000

- Juvenile Male – Unknown (juvenile court)

- Timothy Garcia - $100,000

- Seth Gardner - $100,000

- Pedro Velasquez - $50,000 combined bail from two dockets


Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Judge sets bail to $1 million for Lancaster protesters; Lt. Gov. Fetterman calls it 'unconstitutional'

A Lancaster County judge set bail at $1 million for some of the protesters arrested for arson and riot-related charges early Monday morning following the police shooting of 27-year-old Ricardo Munoz.

The protesters are each charged with felony arson, riot and vandalism charges, among other protest-related charges. At least six of the eight people arrested Monday morning had bail set at $1 million by Magisterial District Judge Bruce Roth on Monday night, according to court documents. One of the protesters was not eligible for bail, and another person’s docket had not yet been updated.

An additional five people - four adults and one juvenile - were arrested on Monday after further investigation, police announced Tuesday. They are still waiting for a judge to set their bail.

The $1 million bail quickly came under fire from Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania and a local advocacy group, with Fetterman calling it “blatantly unconstitutional” and an infringement on the protesters’ Eighth Amendment right against excessive bail.

Fetterman noted that the officer charged with killing George Floyd was held on $1 million bail.

He was alerted to the issue after Lancaster Stands Up called on Fetterman and other elected officials to intervene, sharing the picture and story of one of the arrested -- Taylor Enterline, 20, a West Chester University student who has been leading protests and advocacy in Manheim for the last several months.

“It’s self-evidently unconstitutional,” Fetterman said. “Whatever the merit of the underlying charges, what is absolutely indefensible is a million dollar bail for those charges.”

Roth should reconsider this bail amount, Fetterman said.

Roth said he could not comment on these cases, but that he considered Lancaster city police’s input when setting bail. Affidavits for the protesters’ arrests were not immediately made available.

City police did not request the bail amount, said Lt. Bill Hickey, the public information officer for the bureau. The District Attorney's office did not provide any input regarding bail, spokesperson Brett Hambright said in an email.

The protesters are charged with several felony offenses, which are considered in the judge's equation when deciding bail, as well as the input of police.

"The crimes that these defendants are facing include serious felony offenses," Hickey said in an email. "This is not a new or unheard of practice and falls within the rules of criminal procedure."

Four of the people arrested Monday morning were from outside Lancaster County. Two of the people are experiencing homelessness, according to city police. Matthew Modderman, one of the people arrested, is employed by LNP | LancasterOnline as a client services representatives in the Client Solutions department.

The suspects allegedly piled wood, metal street signs and trash bags to light on fire at the intersection of Chestnut and Prince streets, according to city police.

Reggie Shuford, the executive director of the ACLU of Pennsylvania, in a statement called the bail orders “unacceptable,” and said the state ACLU wants answers from Lancaster County District Attorney Heather Adams and Roth. Adams’ office said it did not add any input about bail for these cases.

“The one million dollar cash bail orders for several young Black Lives Matter protesters last night is an egregious and unacceptable abuse of the bail system,” Shuford said. “Cash bail should never be used to deter demonstrators and chill speech.”

The ACLU of Pennsylvania is advising local counsel to file emergency motions in response to these bail orders, its director of communications Andy Hoover said in an email.

Whether the charges are merited, Fetterman said he believes this high bail is going to “further inflame and escalate what needs to be a peaceful protest and a resolution of the tragedy.”

Andy's Market Cherry Street store to close in October, Ironville Pike store will stay open


Wolf’s COVID-19 business closures, limit on gatherings unconstitutional, federal court rules · Spotlight PA

Lancaster, Pennsylvania: Protests erupt after a police officer shot and killed a 27-year-old man - CNN


The estate of Susan J. Vera conveyed property on Maple St. to Jason P. Gill for $149,900.

Benjamin L. Gerlach and Susannah M. Gerlach conveyed 220 Pheasant Drive to Kelsey E. Winters for $175,000.

Richard E. Sacks and Cathy H. Sacks conveyed 116 N. Fourth St. to Jonathan Colon Fernandez and Jonathan Colon Fernandez for $174,000.

420 Restorations LLC and Dawn Smith conveyed 703 Chestnut St. to Evan M. Himes and Sarah Lanphier for $248,000.

Mount Joy Borough Council fires Samuel Sulkosky as borough manager - (Sulkosky is a former Columbia Borough manager)

When: Mount Joy Borough Council virtual meeting, Sept. 14.

What happened: Council terminated Samuel Sulkosky as borough manager and appointed Charles "Casey" Krause as interim manager, secretary and open records officer — positions formerly held by Sulkosky.

Council statement: No explanation was given for this action. When queried by email after the meeting, Council President William Hall replied, "On Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, Mount Joy Borough Council voted to terminate the employment of Samuel F. Sulkosky as Borough Manager effective immediately and authorize the appropriate Borough officials to make legally required payments to Mr. Sulkosky for unused vacation time and other required items. Because this is a personnel issue, Mount Joy Borough will have no further statements on this matter."

Interim manager background: A resident of Mount Joy Borough and a graduate of Donegal High School, Krause is well known in the Mount Joy region where he served for 36 years in various municipal posts. He was a police officer in both Mount Joy Borough and Mount Joy Township, chief of both Mount Joy Township and the Northwest Regional police departments, and Mount Joy Township manager before retiring in 2016. Council decided to compensate Krause at $1,565 per week, the same level as Sulkosky. Council member Brian Youngerman thanked Sulkosky, who was not present, for his four years of service as borough manager citing several achievements such as his funds investment program. Prior to coming to Mount Joy, Sulkosky held positions as borough manager in Columbia, California and Nanty Glo boroughs.

Sunday, September 13, 2020

About Town 9/13/2020

This week's photos of Columbia
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Chess in the park on a Sunday afternoon
(Sounds like a song title.)

 Reaching for the sky

 Black Lives Matter at Park Elementary

 Borough truck down along Riverfront Drive

 The highway department was hard at work along the shoreline.

 Painting at the municipal building by L. Weber

Prep work

 No, he's not one of the "Hole in the Wall" gang.

 He's working at the former Northwest Bank building. The hole is where the ATM used to be.

The project apparently even has full approval.

 Halloween is coming, but there's no need to rush it.

 Avenue G parking lot was blacktopped. Now it's been lined for parking spaces.

 Flag down at the bridge plaza

 The grass is coming back at the 4th & Locust lot.

 On the 400 block of Cherry Street.
How was this ever allowed?

On street sweeping days, residents on the other side of the street 
have to leave the block to park their cars.

 Free books at Mullen Books

 Cat in the window

 Apple thief caught creeping

 Ultraman at Cooper Comics at 5th & Locust

 The eel truck down at the boat ramp

 Several eels were released into the Susquehanna.

 Unfortunately, they were so small and few and far between that they couldn't be seen easily.

 Political flags on South 2nd

 The flag deposit box on the 400 block of Chestnut is full.

 Trying for altitude

 A stab of sunlight on the channel

 Flags in support of firefighters

 Clock(s) at the watch & clock museum

 Never forget 9/11

 POW flag

 Back the Blue

 Engine No. 67 one lane over

 A realtor's sign at the bridge plaza next to the commemorative bricks. No advertisements or other signs are to be put in this place of honor.

 A non-controversial pink teddy bear

 Here's a pumpkin in a diaper.
(Or is it a hammock?)

 It's among others at the Park Elementary garden.

Here's a wider view.

And here are some lady legs in a window at 5th & Cherry