Monday, September 20, 2021

Friday's Columbia vs. Ephrata football game is off; Mountaineers quickly add new opponent

Out of an abundance of caution and because of COVID-19 issues in its school district, Columbia has canceled Friday's crossover clash at Ephrata, Crimson Tide coach Bud Kyle confirmed.


This week at the Columbia Public Library


Biologists use trucks to help shad reach spawning ground

Shad are released into the Susquehanna at Columbia, May 2021.

Biologists are hoping the trucked fish released near Columbia, PA, this spring produce young of their own to make up for this year's lost hatchery production.


An organization says they're fighting for better healthcare in south central Pennsylvania

Put People First Pa. says Columbia has the highest percentage of poor and low-income people in the county after Lancaster City at 44.6%. Recently, they undertook research on poverty and inequality in Lancaster County partnering with Franklin and Marshall College. 

Organizers say health care should be a basic human right. 



Brookline Builders Inc. conveyed property on Locust St. to Stonewood Homes LLC for $70,000.

Michael Mikhail conveyed 212 South Second St. to Jarred M. Ebert and Heidi M. Ebert for $239,900.

Mark A. Eisenberger, M. Dyan Eisenberger and Dyan M. Eisenberger conveyed 1331 Manor St. to David C. Luther and Debra Luther for $182,000.

Redevelopment Auth County Lancaster conveyed 521 Locust St. to WGMC Properties LLC for $39,750.

Agenda - Columbia Borough Ad Hoc Committee Meeting - September 20, 2021


Sunday, September 19, 2021

Weekend Wrap-Up - Sunday, September 19, 2021

Recent photos of Columbia

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Shown above and in several photos below:
Work continues at the bottom of Locust Street. 
The plan is to construct a 33-unit apartment building there.
The plan was launched in 2017.

But all good things come at a price. In this case, dirt and debris on the road.


This porch (and another right next to it) was damaged when a driver hit it on May 19 of this year, as Columbia Spy reported HERE. It's been getting rebuilt and looked like this a few days ago.

A week ago, it looked like this.

This is part of an intake update project for the Columbia Water Company, which was installed in August, as Columbia Spy reported HERE

However, the project was virtually destroyed in early September (shown HEREwhen sludge and debris washed down the river after Hurricane Ida. Shown above is what remained this week.

Ready for the season at Bootleg Antiques

The Veterans Memorial Bridge - a no man's land of weeds . . .

. . . and lanternflies.

And it continues to crumble.

Heading on in

Coexist Gallery - 
The Columbia location closed August 30.

Items at Planet Antiques (the State Theater)
The owner passed away recently.

The "beaver dam" down at the bridge keeps growing. 
It's actually debris that's been accumulating there over the past couple of weeks.

All lined up on Front Street

You know Halloween's right around the corner when the pumpkin trees start to bear fruit.

Columbia Spy is on Instagram HERE.

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Accordionist plays impromptu concert Saturday morning


Onlookers were treated to an impromptu concert Saturday morning at the 5th & Chestnut Street clock plaza, thanks to Nick Sieber and his accordion. Sieber, from Elizabethtown, said he doesn't read music but learned from Brunnerville's Elva Hurst who learned to play "by ear." She instructed Nick which keys and buttons to push in order to create music and he was off and running - or rather, playing.

Nick Sieber plays at the clock plaza.

Sieber explains how he learned to play.

Friday, September 17, 2021

Lancaster County restaurant inspections: Sept. 17, 2021

Columbia Family Restaurant at Prospect, 3985 Columbia Ave., Columbia, Sept. 7. Pass. Food facility has an employee who held a certified food manager certificate; however, the certificate has expired and is no longer valid. Facility has 90 days to enroll an employee in a state-recognized food safety manager's course.

Columbia Middletown BPOE No. 1074, 445 Chestnut St., Columbia, Sept. 7. Pass. Old food residue inside the french fry slicer and inside the meat slicer. The pizza cutter and spatula was greasy and not clean to sight and touch. Grease buildup on the floor between the wall and the stove. Old food debris and grease on the stove drip tray. A bag of onions, and potatoes stored directly on the floor in the storage room, rather than 6 inches off the floor as required. Boxes of waffles and bags of ice stored directly on the floor of the walk-in freezer, rather than 6 inches off the floor as required. Sliced ham, tuna salad and sliced turkey breast — refrigerated, ready-to-eat time-temperature control-for-safety foods — in the triple-door cooling unit was date-marked by the facility, but was beyond the seven-day use- or sell-by date and requires discarding.

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Agenda - HARB Meeting - Sept. 15, 2021


Download the meeting packet HERE.

The Nonviolent Medicaid Army is coming to Janson Park this Sunday, Sept. 19


Join us this Sunday September 19th from 12-2pm at Janson Park in Columbia PA! Come share your Plight, Fight and Insight about our for profit Healthcare system! I'm excited to say we will be joined by some of our partners from Maryland and New York! 

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Buried barrels rumor causes tension at Columbia Borough Council meeting

When: Columbia Borough Council meeting, Sept. 7.

What happened: What started as a discussion about how to develop almost 57 acres at the McGinness Airport property turned into raised voices and accusations about who knew about the possibility of buried barrels containing hazardous waste at the site, and when they knew it. The meeting ended with Borough Council President Heather Zink asking fellow members to move for a reorganization if they were unhappy with her leadership.

Reorganization: Any council member may call for a reorganization of officers during a meeting. If the motion passes, council members would elect a president and vice president. Columbia calls for a reorganization every January of even-numbered years.

McGinness background: A Columbia resident sent a message via social media to Council Vice President Sharon Lintner that he hid in the woods and witnessed men burying barrels supposedly containing hazardous waste in the ground at McGinness in the 1970s. Lintner announced the information at the Aug. 24 council meeting, four days after Zink and Borough Manager Mark Stivers closed on the $1.495 million property. Lintner and Howard Stevens voted against the purchase. Zink, Peter Stahl, Fran Fitzgerald, Eric Kauffman and Todd Burgard voted in favor of the purchase.

At issue: The borough resident later told Stivers that he notified Lintner about his claim a year ago. Lintner said she didn't remember receiving or reading an email or Facebook Messenger chat and suggested that the resident may have stated an incorrect time frame. In addition, the resident said he posted about the barrels in an online discussion recently hosted by Zink, who said she wasn't aware of the post.

Quotable: If hazardous waste is found, it "most likely will not be a problem for occupancy" at McGinness, Stivers said after the meeting. The borough will clean up the area if contaminants are found, and plans for an innovation and technology campus will continue.


Monday, September 13, 2021

Deeds Recorded - COLUMBIA BOROUGH - Sept. 13, 2021

Craig A. Myers conveyed 335 North Sixth St. to Adam P. Witman for $240,000.

Samuel L. Bigler and Cynthia L. Bigler conveyed 176 Fifth St. to George A. Leschke Jr. for $220,000.

The estate of F. Michael Buggy and The estate of Francis Michael Buggy conveyed property on North Third St. to Quarterphase Investments LLC for $80,000.

Susan L. Dissinger, Susan L. Getz, Phyllis J. Miller and Susan L. Kreiser conveyed 130 North Seventh St. to Christiaan E. Shultz and Hannah K. Eisenberger for $175,000.

Changes to Sunshine Law: Effective August 29, 2021


This Week at the Columbia Public Library


Motorcyclist dies Sunday evening after crash in Columbia

A 34-year-old man died after a crash Sunday evening in Columbia, according to Columbia Police.

The crash happened around 7:28 p.m. on Malleable Road near the intersection of Pheasant Drive, according to police.

The motorcyclist was passing two cars on Malleable Road when the second car turned left onto Pheasant Drive, police said. The motorcyclist struck the driver's side of the car.

He died at the scene, police said. His name was not released.

The car was driven by a 67-year-old Columbia man.

Anyone who may have witnessed the crash is asked to call Columbia Borough Police at 717-684-7735.

Agenda - Columbia Borough Council Meeting - September 14, 2021


Download the meeting packet HERE.

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Weekend Wrap-Up - Sunday, September 12, 2021

Recent photos of Columbia

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Columbia Borough Police Officer Juan Guadalupe-Baez directs traffic at the scene of a vehicle accident at 3rd & Linden.

The project continues on the 300 block of Locust.

Bodied by Bunny on the first block of North 4th offers an array of services.

Here are some of the services.
(First seen on the Columbia Borough Clown Enforcement Facebook page.)

A lone cormorant


Dog on a hot tin roof?

Or at least a warm rubber one.

The ADA ramp wasn't designed for this.

It really wasn't.

Money man on the move

Here's a competitor.

Strange lights in the clock face?

That time of evening

Gray clouds with a few touches of scarlet, please

Experience Trump and that blue line Punisher dude.
Seems contradictory.

Riding and having a good time doing it

Posted at the former airport property

Something happening here, and what it is ain't exactly clear.

Mobile laundry basket

Sheriff in town again

Porch replacement begins on one of two porches wiped out by a vehicle on the 1100 block of Lancaster Avenue in May, as Columbia Spy reported HERE.

Happening next week at Janson Park

More motion at the Eberly Myers project along Bank Avenue (shown above and below)

Hey, is that a lamppost?

Sure looks like.

The elephant on the block

Columbia Spy is on Instagram HERE.