Sunday, July 3, 2022

About Town - July 3, 2022

Recent photos of Columbia

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Saturday's storm damaged trees around town. Several at Laurel Hill snapped off and fell onto the fence between the cemetery and the high school, breaking the fence.


Tree limbs were also damaged at the Watch & Clock Museum.

A tree near 6th & Chestnut was damaged.

The new downtown buntings were also ravaged by the storm.


These two kittens are from a litter of five that were caught last week during the borough's "trap, neuter and return" program.

They are currently being fostered.

Mantis about to assume a fighting stance

Columbia Borough spent $1.5 million on this old airfield and all we got was this lousy deer.
(That's a joke - kind of.)

Trolley stop

New realtor in town

Goin' fishin'

Now hiring

Fixed stare

The water intake project continues . . . 


Heron with damaged wing

A welcome addition to the downtown
(It's at the former Andy's Market location.)



Columbia council approves hiring Market House manager

The Columbia Market House has a new full-time manager after council members voted to hire local resident Chris Vera to reimagine the space.

Vera, who directs The Columbia Historical Preservation Society, started work July 1 and will earn $79,803 in salary and benefits annually. He told council members that he plans to attract visitors to the building, built in 1869, by adding the borough's historical highlights in interpretive panels on market house walls. He also wants to rent out the now-vacant Gypsy Kitchen restaurant space as a community kitchen fir area businesses. 


Agnes, love & loss: Storm brought marriage for Columbia couple, mourning for Ephrata family

Bob and Sylvia Herman still live in Columbia. Bob is a retired senior district judge, and Sylvia retired from working at Lancaster Orthopedic Group.

When asked if they had a secret to staying married, they both said it requires work.


Saturday, July 2, 2022

Smucker tells voters in phone call Jan. 6 testimony was 'very credible'

In a telephone "town hall" with constituents earlier this week, U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker said he found the testimony of Cassidy Hutchinson "very credible," and agreed with the mission of the House Select Committee to investigate the January 6 attack, though he also suggested the hearings were partisan.


Columbia council decides to keep Saturday parking fees in borough

Downtown shoppers will continue to pay for Saturday parking after council members voted 6-1 against a motion that would have made parking that day permanently free. Sharon Lintner was the only council member who voted for the idea.

The Columbia Merchants Association recently asked council to waive parking fees on Saturdays to encourage more people to shop downtown and prevent the borough from getting a bad reputation from visitors who get parking tickets. The group said shoppers, who sometimes fail to see the parking meter screen showing how much time is left, get tickets and then complain that they will never visit Columbia again.


Friday, July 1, 2022

Agenda - Columbia Borough Council Work Session - July 5, 2022


Download the meeting packet HERE.

The story behind Lady Liberty on the Susquehanna

 We've all seen the iconic Lady Liberty statue on the Susquehanna River. Did you know she has been there for 36 years now! On July 1, 1986, a group of self-described “knuckleheads” decided to sneak to the middle of the river and raise a statue in honor of the 100th anniversary of the original grand lady, the Statue of Liberty. Click the link to read the full story.

Update on Columbia's Veterans Banners

Recently, Columbia resident Bob Smith contacted Columbia Spy with an update on the "Veterans Banners."

Smith is spearheading a committee of volunteers who are working to implement the plans. The committee held its first meeting on June 23rd at the VFW. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 5th. Plans for the program are progressing well and further information will be posted as it becomes available.

On June 28th, council voted unanimously to allow "Hometown Hero" banners to be placed in the public right-of-way by borough staff.

July Take & Make at the Library


Monday, June 27, 2022

Deeds Recorded - Columbia Borough - June 27, 2022

Kelvin Javier Velez and Myrna Luz Rios Hernandez conveyed 448 Chestnut St. to Rafael A Gomez Santiago for $192,500.

Justin T. McLaughlin, Alexa H. McLaughlin and Alexa H. Uras conveyed 202 Poplar St. to Duane M. Reese and Christina L. Reese for $221,000.

Robert K. Emel and Michelle B. Emel conveyed property on Chestnut Street to Deborah Forsythe for $346,000.

Valerie R. Foehlinger conveyed 315 N. Fifth St. to Jeffery J. Seibert for $15,000.

Kenneth W. Kramer Jr. and Becky Paules Kramer conveyed 265 N. Seventh St. to Janmichael P. Kramer for $80,000.

James M. Preston, Mary Elaine Haldeman and Christine M. Hostler conveyed 1014 Walnut St. to Breahna N. Booth and Brandy R. Whited for $185,000.

Alfonso Hernandez conveyed 1261 Ridge Ave. to Samuel Jacob Noto and Diane Moser Noto for $280,000.

Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, Gerald Allen Craig Jr. and Gerald A. Craig conveyed 1283 Staman Lane to Wesley Funk for $137,000.

Elizabeth L. Wood conveyed property on Cloverton Drive to Dallin Poulson and Abby Garmendia for $175,900.

Kevin Shaffer and Julie Shaffer conveyed property on Locust Street to In Dust Homes LLC for $238,000.

Sunday, June 26, 2022

About Town - June 26, 2022

Cats, Clydesdales, Diversion, etc.

Recent photos of Columbia (and elsewhere)

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Cats . . .

This (former?) feral may have been adopted. He's looking better these days.

But there's still more on the loose. The Columbia Animal Shelter estimates 1,000 in Columbia alone.

How many will there be next year?

Ferals make more ferals, but people who let their unfixed pets run free are part of the problem, too.

This obviously "unfixed" male could be the progenitor of many feral offspring.

A close-up of one still hanging about.

Clydesdales . . .

The Budweiser Clydesdales were at Flinchbaugh's Orchard and Farm Market this past week and paraded through Wrightsville on Friday.

Diversion . . .
Not Jason Momoa but an "aquaman" of sorts, nonetheless. He was part of a crew installing a "diversion" near Columbia River Park as part of a water intake project for the Columbia Water Company.

Here's the plan.

[Video by Robyn Schmidt Porter]

Etc . . .

This NO SKATEBOARDING sign even has an image of a skateboarding killer nun.

"The Returned Soldier" at Locust Street Park.
(His backstory is HERE.)

Modes of transport at Tollbooth Antiques (here and below)


Still no drones at the airfield, but there was a herd of deer eating the crops. Here's one.

Bon appetit!

Making way for a window at 4th & Cherry

Work continues at Lancaster Avenue & Hill Street

The river was low on Tuesday.

The bin is supposed to be for clothing and shoes.

Many old structures contain lead paint.

This one's at 525 Locust Street.

New bench at Columbia River Park

Here's a front view.

On the wing(s) of an angel
(Mount Bethel Cemetery)

Shadows loomed this week.

These two were just along for the ride.

Abel's is now Trone's.

Several photos of Riverfest/Burning Bridge Challenge (and elsewhere) submitted by Todd Stahl: