Friday, September 30, 2022

Columbia man sentenced 4-10 years for possession of child pornography, corruption of minors

A Lancaster County man who was convicted of possessing child pornography in April of 2022 has been sentenced to 4 to 10 years in prison, according to the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office.

Columbia resident ready to go to Florida with Red Cross; Mennonite Disaster Relief poised to help after Ian hits

Come this weekend, Columbia resident Dereda Bennett expects to head to Florida as a volunteer with the American Red Cross Greater Pennsylvania Region after Hurricane Ian moves through the state.

Her job will be to feed people, perhaps serving hot meals out of a Red Cross emergency response vehicle, or maybe feeding 1,000 people at a shelter.

"I know how to cook and know how to bake. So my thing always will be feeding people," said Bennett, 55, who spent 25 years in the food service industry.


Cremated remains of 90 unclaimed bodies at Lancaster's morgue to be buried in single grave

The coroner's office is interring the cremains it has had in storage the longest and keeps those of more recent deaths on hand in case relatives come forward. A complete list of the county's unclaimed cremains is available online here: 

The remains will be buried at 1 p.m. Oct. 12 at Millersville Mennonite Cemetery, 435 Manor Ave. The service is open to the public. The cemetery donated the burial plot; one vault was donated to the county and a second was provided at a discount. Several funeral homes provide cremation services for the county and generally do so at discounted rates, Diamantoni said.

Relatives who want to claim the cremains of a person can contact the coroner's office at 717-735-2123.


Thursday, September 29, 2022

Route 462: The torture will continue

Bad news for drivers and others tired of the UGI project along Route 462 through Columbia. According to Columbia Borough Manager Mark Stivers, the project will not be finished for at least another year, since the stretch of road from 9th Street to 18th Street will be tackled next. Stivers made the announcement at Tuesday night's borough council meeting.

UGI is currently seeking authorization from PennDOT to get as much done through the winter as possible. The borough is requesting that metal plates to cover excavated areas not be used after a certain date due to winter road maintenance. Instead, those areas will be backfilled and compacted along the way.

Resurfacing of the road from Cherry Street to 9th Street will be finished this year, according to Stivers.

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Agenda - Columbia Borough Council Meeting - September 27, 2022


Download the meeting packet HERE.

Huge transformer travels through Columbia Tuesday morning

A huge PPL transformer, accompanied by a convoy of trucks, was transported along Route 462 through Columbia this morning on its way to Penn Township. The 19.4-mile journey, which originated at the NS Railyard at 103 Bridge Street, is expected to take about six hours.Its destination is the South Manheim Substation on 375 Bucknoll Road, south of Manheim Borough.The transformer will travel along Route 462, Route 741, Route 30 and Fruitville Pike.

Monday, September 26, 2022

At the Library - Tuesday, September 27, 2022


Deeds Recorded - Columbia Borough - September 26, 2022

Deborah J. Smith and Deborah J. Weisser conveyed property on South Fifth Street to PVJ Properties LLC for $100,000.

The estate of Teresa M. Odonnell and The estate of Teri M. Odonnell conveyed 1037 Locust St. to Nicholas Stone Boitnott for $169,500.

Angela M. Kauffman conveyed property on Poplar Street to Awakened Properties LLC for $163,500.

Robert L. Ross and Elizabeth A. Ross conveyed property on a public road to Robert P. Guignet and Katelyn M. Guignet for $300,000.

Agenda - Shade Tree Commission Meeting - September 26, 2022


Sunday, September 25, 2022

About Town - September 25, 2022

Recent photos of Columbia

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

Two albatwitch sightings (here and below)

The Albatwitch Day Festival is Saturday, October 8, 2022.
Columbia Spy reported on the event in years past, including the first one in 2014:

About 10 of these black-hatted cyclists rode through town Saturday morning.

The ever-fascinating Mount Bethel Cemetery features many unique tombstones, some from back when drapery was king.

This marker features a humanoid form, most likely to memorialize an infant death.

This one's sinking fast.

Those downtown buildings have nothing on this apartment building.

Veterans' markers


Fragments of the Past: an old time wooden wheelchair with doll and ouija board

And a nifty Halloween display

Abandoned unicorn

Abandoned bike

This heron just wanted to be alone.

But these mallards kept encroaching.

Like unwanted company, they just wouldn't leave.


Meanwhile, over in Hempfield: pumpkin time!  
(Here and below)


Words of wisdom at the Boys & Girls Club

Going in deep at the intake project

A tune-up for Halloween?

This guy's ready.

For once, graffiti that took some time and effort.

New garden boxes on Bank Avenue

If you get the boot, tell the borough you want a special master to review it.
(It's worth a try.)

Now hiring

An insurrectionist flag

An lone barrel

A stepladder to nowhere

At Coffee & Cream


The wheels on this bridge plaza cannon have been removed for rehab. The backstory is HERE.


Halloween at Bootleg Antiques


Phone book - a relic of the past, in the present

JG Environmental recently signed a 29-year lease agreement with the borough for use of the old sewer plant at bargain basement prices.

Rising high at Living Stones


This week's ferals

Coming in for a landing