Friday, April 29, 2022

15 best things to do in Columbia

Trips aren't just about beautiful destinations, but it's also about the journey, the memories you make along the way, and the people you meet on your travels.

Columbia in Pennsylvania is one of those places where your journey can be magical and meaningful.

If you want to witness this kind of beauty and wonder on your travels, choose this city.


Drug Task Force arrests Columbia man who was dealing meth, fentanyl: DA's office

Police arrested a Columbia man they say was dealing fentanyl and methamphetamine, according to the Lancaster County District Attorney's Office.

Sadi A. Corretger, 31, was charged with two counts of possession with intent to deliver fentanyl, one count of possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. The arrest came following an investigation by the Lancaster County Drug Task Force and Attorney General Bureau of Narcotics Investigation unit.


Anthony "Big A" Sherrod to return to Columbia to record new studio album

Right on Time (Remastered) scheduled for June 17, 2022 release

Apr. 28, 2022 / PRZen / LANCASTER, Pa. — Nola Blue Records is proud to announce the signing of Anthony "Big A" Sherrod, with plans for his return to Right Coast Recording Studio, Columbia, PA, to record a new studio album.  His debut release, Right on Time, was named "Best Debut Blues Album – 2016" by Living Blues magazine, and also appeared on the Living Blues "Thirty of the Very Best Blues Albums of the 2010s" list compiled by Jim DeKoester. Produced and recorded to analog tape by Bobby Gentilo at Right Coast Recording, Sherrod demonstrates his musical prowess along with The Cornlickers, band of the late Big Jack Johnson, providing the rhythm section. Now remastered by Gentilo, Right on Time (Remastered) will be available worldwide beginning June 17, 2022.

A lifelong resident of Clarksdale, Mississippi, Sherrod continues the proud legacy and tradition of the Delta Blues of his birthplace as a recording artist and international touring musician. First introduced to music in the church as a very young boy, his father, E.J. Johnson, was a gospel singer. Godson of Big Jack Johnson, Sherrod learned all facets of his craft at the feet of a master. He wrote the title track and appeared in the 2012 documentary, We Juke Up In Here, an inside look at the historic juke joint culture of the south. Sherrod is also featured on the Red's Juke Joint Sessions 2 album, released in 2014.

"It was a powerful reaffirmation of the core values of Nola Blue to be on hallowed ground in Clarksdale with Big A for his signing," says Sallie Bengtson, label president. "We look forward to working with him on the continued development and expansion of his rightful place in living blues history."

"The deep traditions of Mississippi Blues can only continue and grow through contemporary artists when they are valued and supported. Having worked with Big A for the past 20 years, I am very excited for him to have this well-deserved opportunity," says Bobby Gentilo, producer. "We've got some exciting new music on the horizon, and we can't wait to record it!"

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Kerry Glover steps down from Columbia boys basketball coaching post after 6 highly-successful seasons

Columbia coach Kerry Glover recently announced his resignation through an email to the school administration and a couple media outlets. It brings an end to what has been a highly-successful six-year run that put a history-laden program back on the map.

"I'd like to thank the Columbia School District for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to be a varsity head coach," Glover said in an email. "And thank the town of Columbia and the local businesses who made donations, gave support and packed the stands every game."


16 states that want to electrify USPS fleet file lawsuits

Three separate lawsuits, filed by the states and environmental groups Thursday in New York and California, ask judges to order a more thorough environmental review before the Postal Service moves forward with the next-generation delivery vehicle program.

Plaintiffs contend that purchases of fossil fuel-powered delivery vehicles will cause environmental harm for decades to come.

"Louis DeJoy's gas-guzzling fleet guarantees decades of pollution with every postcard and package," said Scott Hochberg, an attorney with the Center for Biological Diversity, referring to the postmaster general.


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Thursday, April 28, 2022

Pistol pointed during a road rage incident; police repeatedly dispatched for false reports: Lancaster County police log, April 28, 2022

MANHEIM TWP.: Robert B. Thompson, 44, of Columbia, was charged with firearms not to be carried without a license and simple assault after pointing a pistol at a driver during a road rage incident at Route 30 and New Holland Pike at 10:25 a.m. on Feb. 19, police said. Thompson cut off a commercial vehicle traveling along Route 30, then pointed the pistol at the driver after he "perceived a threat" when they both stopped, police said. Thompson does not possess a license to carry firearms in Pennsylvania, police said. 

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

The origin of Columbia's shifter sandwich

What is a shifter, exactly? Here in the Susquehanna National Heritage Area, it's a railroad locomotive and a sandwich! But, it's not just any sandwich, it's a sandwich with local roots that is almost exclusively served along the Susquehanna River in the river towns of Columbia and Marietta.

Local accounts trace the origins of this sandwich back to the 1910's in Columbia.


Rescue a book at the library this Saturday, April 30


[LNP | LancasterOnline] Columbia man convicted of uploading, sharing child pornography: DA's office

A Lancaster County jury convicted a Columbia man of uploading and distributing child pornography.

Scott Strausbaugh, 36, was found guilty of disseminating child pornography, two charges of possession of child pornography and two counts of criminal use of a communication device, according to a release from the Lancaster County District Attorney's Office. The jury reached a verdict on April 21 following a four-day trial and about three hours of deliberations.

Evidence during the trial that showed Strausbaugh uploaded and shared "multiple digital image and video files of children under the age of 18 engaged in a prohibited sexual act or the simulation of such act" on March 5 and March 6 in 2020, according to the release.

Lancaster County Judge Jeffrey Wright presided over the trial and will sentence Strausbaugh at a later date. 

Monday, April 25, 2022

Deeds Recorded - Columbia Borough - April 25, 2022

Susan E. Garner conveyed property on a public road to Susan E. Garner, Trevor D. Garner and Laura R. Garner for $1.

E&A Holdings Group LLC and Jeremy R. Debord conveyed property on Union Street to JW Management LLC and KSW Construction LLC for $470,000.

Lancaster County Redevelopment Authority to consider agreement with Columbia Borough for rental inspections

The Lancaster County Redevelopment Authority will consider a resolution authorizing the executive director to enter into a professional services agreement with the Borough of Columbia for rental inspections, according to the April 26, 2022 meeting agenda.

The Lancaster County Redevelopment Authority will meet at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, immediately following Lancaster County Housing Authority meeting at their offices at 28 Penn Square, second floor, Suite 200. For remote access, email

Sunday, April 24, 2022

About Town - April 24, 2022

 Recent photos of Columbia

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

You know it's truly spring when the artists start to bloom . . .
They appeared to be Susquehanna Valley Plein Air Painters.


Trees were planted last weekend around the Columbia Crossing building to replace the arborvitae that had outgrown their welcome and were removed last month.


Tulips at the Buddhist temple on South 2nd

O say does that star-spangled banner still wave?
(Whatever the case, it should be prevented from touching the ground - or sidewalk.)

Meanwhile, at the Kleen Acres Farm on Blue Lane . . .

Malachi the camel


When you're ready for your next crusade
(Seen at Jesse the Computer Guy's shop on North 4th)

New growth among the old

Ornament on an "obelisk" at the Veterans Memorial Bridge

Brunch was going fine . . .

. . . until someone just couldn't behave himself.

"Refresh Lancaster" brought showers for the homeless this week.
Details HERE

331 Cherry Street and another property will be discussed at this week's Zoning Hearing Board meeting.


This apparition . . .

. . . is really just one of several workers "dunging out" a property on South 5th.

Construction/renovation at Living Stones at Front & Locust is proceeding apace.

Living Stones recently received approval for these alterations:
"The existing interior will be completely renovated with the addition of a second floor on the remaining concrete masonry unit structure. With the addition of the second floor, a new deck will be constructed over the new front entrance. The exterior of the building will include stone that will be manufactured in house by Living Stones. The color will be a white ledgestone pattern with black trim to match the Coffee and Cream Café. The exterior of the building will include a light grey color, with black gutters and downspouts. The interior remodel will include all new drywall, insulation, carpet, bathroom tile and light fixtures." [HARB Agenda, March 9, 2022]

This week's haul at Columbia River Park

Middle School Campus

It's on the 200 block of Union Street.

Demolition of houses continues on South 5th. Lancaster County Habitat for Humanity will construct new single-family homeowner occupied units there, beginning spring 2023.


WGAL's Joe Calhoun reported on the weather from Columbia River Park on Friday afternoon.

Several trees were removed at the historic Wright's Ferry Mansion this week.


A shackles-bearing sheriff was in town about a week ago.

But the chains didn't seem to be needed for the arrestee.

The beauty of decay on Blue Lane

Even the horseshoe can't promise such good luck forever.