Sunday, September 27, 2020

About Town 9/27/2020

This week's photos of Columbia

(Click or tap on photos to see larger, sharper images.) 

More faces about town . . .

(Continued from last week)

8th & Walnut

Here's a slightly longer view.

At the Buddhist temple on South 2nd
(Shown above and below)


It's at 125 Walnut Street.

Apparently, there's an open-door policy.

Line painting along Route 462 . . .

Work continues on the Shawnee Run restoration project
(Between Mill Street and 4th Street)

This squirrel seems unimpressed.

Maybe he didn't read the sign.


You matter.

Light in shade

New paint job at borough hall

"The corn is as high as an elephant's eye . . ."
(Avenue X)

Another open-door policy


Workers inspect the front of Hotel Columbia

Fancy tree well on the 400 block of Locust

Electric flag

Front end passenger

Albatwitch Day - Saturday, October 17, 2020

There's an albatwitch now.

Blue lights to back the blue

Dusk on the river

Night flight

They're still doing it.

Right through the center of town.

Someone damaged the hornets nest at Laurel Hill Cemetery, apparently by throwing stones at it.
(Note the stones in front of the gravestone.)

Hopefully, the marks on the gravestone aren't permanent.


Ribbed sky

Spotted lanternfly

Bird in the bush

The family invited itself over.
(The one in the middle must be the mother-in-law.)

Aspiring heavenward

Out in the fog

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

[LNP | LancasterOnline] Columbia Council approves historic marker for Market House

When: Columbia Borough Council virtual meeting, Sept. 22.
What Happened: Borough Council approved the placement of a historic bronze plaque on the Columbia Market House by the Columbia Economic Development Corporation.

Why it's important: The Columbia Market House at 15 South Third St. was built in 1869. It is a focal point of a project recognizing Columbia's historic sites, co-sponsored by the Columbia Economic Development Corporation, Columbia Historic Preservation Society and Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce. Selected buildings are located primarily in the 100-400 blocks of Cherry, Locust and Walnut streets plus the first block of South Second Street. The project includes research on the borough's historic structures, placement of historic markers, a brochure, a walking tour and a digital virtual map.

Union Street properties: Council approved the demolition of structures at 422 and 424 Union Street to make room for a parking lot for residents of Columbia Catholic Housing for the Elderly's Saint Peter Apartments at 400 Union St. Several residents expressed concern, citing the borough's loss of taxable properties.
Permit database: Council approved a purchase of a subscription to a municipal database system called Permit Manager for $16,000 plus an $1,850 annual fee. This will allow digital storage and access to data on the borough's zoning/building, historic architectural, outdoor fire and stormwater permits. 

Fresh Express is back - Friday, Sept. 25, 3:30-5:00 pm at Glatfelter's Field


Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Columbia Borough school considers options for spectators, fall sports; school board director resigns

When: Columbia Borough school board meeting, Sept. 17.

What happened: The board unanimously approved a motion to allow student-athletes districtwide to play sports this fall with or without spectators in attendance.

Background: The district, according to a statement from the school board, will proceed with fall sports while "following current guidelines from PIAA, LGH, District 3, and the L-L League." In accordance with current state regulations, this means the district would limit in-person attendance to 25 for indoor and 250 for outdoor events. The board, however, continues to discuss various measures meant to deter or bar spectators from attending athletic events hosted at its schools.

Livestreams: Superintendent Tom Strickler said plans are underway to livestream events on YouTube over the fall semester. The public would access these streams with data provided on the district website. The board also will consider an option to livestream games in classrooms with a 25-person attendance limit per room.

Resignations: The school board accepted the resignation of Cole Knighton, who abruptly resigned as a board member via letter Sept. 7. To fill this open seat, the district will announce a vacancy on its website and welcome members of the community to apply for the position by Oct. 9.

Appointments: Last month, Michael Smith resigned as principal of Columbia High School, effective Sept. 30. Robert Kedney, who served as assistant principal at both the middle and high schools, will succeed Smith as interim principal. He will serve until Jan. 31, 2021.


Sunday, September 20, 2020

About Town 9/20/20

This week's photos of Columbia

(Tap/click each photo to see a larger, sharper image.) 

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.