Thursday, December 2, 2021

Family of young woman and toddler who died in Columbia house fire settle wrongful death and survival claims for $42.5K

LANCASTER – The family of both a young woman and toddler who died in a residential structure fire in Columbia Borough in January 2020 have settled claims for survival and wrongful death against both the owner and property manager, for $42,500.

Michelle L. Hoffman (administratrix of the Estate of Cami Jo Combs) of Columbia and Austin Michael Flowers (administrator of the Estate of Callie Jo Flowers) of Marietta first filed suit in the Lancaster County Court of Common Pleas on Sept. 10 versus Ray M. Kreider of Columbia and Raymond J. Shade (a.k.a. Raymond Joseph Shade Jr.) of Manheim.

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Lancaster County Delinquent Tax List - December 2021

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(Amounts are NOT certified. Total due is subject to change. Interest accrues monthly on the first day of a new month.)

Sunday, November 28, 2021

PHOTOS: This Week in Columbia

Recent photos of Columbia

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Tis the season.

Even this guy's in town.

Jesse the Computer Guy (aka Santa) has some great deals at his shop at 23 N. 4th Street.

Parking was free downtown this weekend.

Looks like Mary is saying a much-needed prayer for Columbia.

Streetlight in the daytime

The post office is occasionally using rentals now.

Fall sunset

Deer crossing at Laurel Hill 



Fiery cloud

The American Legion installed its new LED sign.

The storm trackers were in town.

The goats are back at the former McGinness airport.

God only knows what they've been eating 
out there.

Our sleepy little hamlet as seen from Wrightsville

Ghost sign at 254 Locust
It says something about "FURNITURE."

When you really need to retrieve your cell phone

Can you count the rings?
Probably not, because they've been obscured by grooves and ruts from a chainsaw.
This is a cross-section of the old sycamore that was cut last week to make way for a Majik appliance store at 921 Lancaster Avenue.  
As the mayor said, "That's progress."
Here are some other scenes from the demo site:






This is a rendition of the new building.

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Meanwhile, the Eberly Myers project continues on the 100 block of Locust.






Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Overturned truck shuts down westbound lanes of Route 30 near Columbia

A tractor-trailer overturned and came to rest in the median of Route 30 near Columbia, snarling mid-day traffic in the area Wednesday.

The westbound lanes of Route 30 were shut down for the accident which was reported at 12:03 p.m. just west of the Malleable Road overpass.

The truck, which was pulling an empty trailer, was initially on its side and the driver was trapped inside, according to emergency dispatches. The driver was freed about 20 minutes after the crash was reported. 


https://lancasteronline.com/news/local/overturned-truck-shuts-down-westbound-lanes-of-route-30-near-columbia/article_923cc644-4d4a-11ec-b968-8b3b93e63bf2.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=email&utm_campaign=user-share 

Traffic back-up on Linden Street Wednesday afternoon (11/24/21) due to truck accident on Route 30 near Columbia
[Video by Howard Stevens]

Sunday, November 21, 2021

PHOTOS: This Week in Columbia

Recent photos of Columbia 

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Musicians jammed again this past Thursday at 4th & Locust (Columbia Presbyterian).

Unfortunately, this was the last such outdoor concert this season but not necessarily due to weather. The borough is shutting them down due to noise complaints. A source tells Columbia Spy that they will move indoors at the church.





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Tree cutters attacked the old sycamore again this week.

It's being removed to make room for a Majik Appliance store at 921 Lancaster Avenue.

At the October 26, 2021 Columbia Borough Council meeting, Councilman Todd Burgard said the tree has historical significance to the borough and that he wanted it to be protected. Unfortunately, the tree was already slated to be cut down to make space for the new appliance store building. Mayor Leo Lutz said it's a grand, old tree and he'd love to see it stay, but that it could present problems in the future. "That's progress," he said.

[Photo by Bob Smith]





Here's how it looked at the end of the week. A source close to the project said building demolition will begin this coming week.

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Speaking of tree-cutting, the Columbia Chainsaw Massacre took place this week when workers from Pittman seemed to attack every tree in town. They even cut over cars and private property to clear limbs away from electrical wires.




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Meanwhile on the 100 block of Locust, the Eberly Myers apartment building project was moving forward.

Apparently, the Amish don't wear hard hats, not even on a construction site.

On Thursday, this huge crane plopped down in the middle of Locust Street near Bank Avenue. Traffic was blocked for several hours. There were no flagmen or ROAD CLOSED signs indicating the closure. The pickup truck shown in this photo was unable to fit past the equipment and the driver had to drive it back it up the street in reverse.



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Workers installed holiday lights on the Locust Street Park tree this week . . .



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This praying mantis was out and about during last Thursday's warm weather - maybe its last gasp for the season.



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This US Army Medivac helicopter flew over many times this past week.

Many residents saw this dazzling sunset Saturday night.

Here's one of the last few historic brick sidewalks in town, complete with moss. It's on the 600 block of Cherry Street, right next to Mount Bethel Cemetery.

Here's the COLA building on a foggy morning.

And here's the Statue of Hope in the fog at Mount Bethel.

Last but certainly not least, Columbia Borough Councilman Howard Stevens (at the red arrow on the far left) sent this photo, along with the following caption:

"Went on a Veteran's trip Yesterday to Washington DC, they gave us Breakfast at the school. When we got down there, we visited the Vietnam Memorial and the WW2 Memorial, Applebee's supplied lunch. We went to see the changing of the guard at 2 PM. Drive by the USMC memorial. When we got back to the school, they had a banquet for us. Very nice day, also a Motorcycle club of 60 escorted us to the Maryland line. Even received gifts. All Free, this was their 17th trip with Vets to DC."