Saturday, September 24, 2022

Community safety officer completes training at Columbia Borough school district

What happened: Superintendent Ashley Rizzo gave board members an update on areas the district is focused on for improvement during the 2022-23 school year.

School safety: Rizzo noted that Jordan Corbin, the district's new community safety officer, has finished training and will be starting at the district soon. Corbin will work for the district during the school year and the Columbia Borough Police Department during the summer. Rizzo said the district safety team has been active and has developed a school safety checklist as well as scheduled times for first responders to tour the district's facilities.

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Columbia council waives parking fees for Discover Columbia Week promotion

When: Columbia Borough Council meeting, Sept. 13.

What happened: Council members waived downtown parking fees for four days of the nine-day Discover Columbia Week shopping promotion, which runs from Sept. 23 to Oct.1.

Details: Participants can park free of charge on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 23 and 24, and Friday and Saturday, Sept. 30 and Oct. 1. The Columbia Merchants Association originally had asked for free parking for the entire festival.

Quotable: "I have a hard time authorizing a week of free parking at the end of September when most of the stuff is happening Fridays and Saturdays," borough President Heather Zink said. "I worry that the free parking is going to be used by others and not the people you're trying to attract."

Agenda - River Park Advisory & Revitalization Committee Meeting - September 22, 2022


Today is the first day of fall


According to the Farmers Almanac, the first day of fall in 2022 arrives on Thursday, September 22, 2022, at 9:04 p.m. EDT.
[Video by Nourddine Sbaai]

Monday, September 19, 2022

Deeds Recorded - Columbia Borough - September 19, 2022

Kathy C. Shaeffer conveyed 1025 Cloverton Drive to Kathy C. Shaeffer and John Shaeffer for $1.

Bonnie L. Engle and Barry R. Engle conveyed property on Ninth Street to L. Squared Investments LLC for $110,000.

Wesley Funk and Laura Funk conveyed property on a public road to James Edward Switzenberg for $172,500.

John E. Haldeman, Claudia B. Haldeman, John Haldeman and Claudia Haldeman conveyed property on a public road to Valley View Capital LLC for $425,000.

Honest Home Solution LLC, Erik J. Latsha, Erik J. Latsh and Honest Home Solutions LLC conveyed 320 S. Second St. to Aj Homegenix LLC for $120,000.

Crafty Cards at the Library - Monday, Sept. 19


Sunday, September 18, 2022

About Town - September 18, 2022

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

Bob Smith (right) and Bob Warfel hung Hometown Hero banners downtown over the last few days. Smith spearheaded the effort to get the project going, noting that actually hanging the banners was a sticking point, until Columbia Borough offered to help. "Thank God for the borough employees," Smith said. "That was a big part of the puzzle. It's been a long time coming."

35 banners are slated to be hung in the first install, with 50 more scheduled in two weeks and 50 more after that. Smith said there have been 145 to 150 banners ordered so far. The backstory is HERE.


Smoke & Chill at 4th & Cherry

Now with Krispy Krunchy Chicken.

Morning shadows

The historic Mifflin House on the 100 block of Walnut

Low level glory

Starling in moonlight

Ex-tree at the new apartments on the 100 block of Locust

Osprey hanging out . . .

and keeping an eye on a crow

Reeling one in

More evidence of a crumbling bridge

Monarchs at Columbia River Park

Turning his back on accountability?

Work continues at 551 Avenue H. This blighted property has been the proverbial thorn in the borough's side since at least 2015. The current plan is to rehab it, as announced at the July 12, 2022 Columbia Borough Council meeting.

Meanwhile, in York County

A utility van with a trailer spilled screws from 5th & Mill to Concord Avenue, causing multiple vehicles to get flat tires Thursday, according to the Columbia Borough Police Department Facebook page. Police seek information. Borough workers removed the screws.

The fence at the Wright Mansion is being repainted. The gray color is primer. According to a worker at the mansion, a new roof won't be installed until spring, because the roof tiles need to be handmade.


According to their website, "JeffSTAT is a medical transportation service owned and operated by Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. We transport patients to any receiving hospital."

Bootleg Antiques

Datestone on one of Columbia's historic houses

Market House

Market House and town hall clock tower, with a bit of the clock showing through

There are a lot of these around town.

No radicalism, please. Columbia's a sleepy little town, and Columbians prefer it that way.

This gray cat just jumped out of the dumpster in Avenue I.

This, apparently, is his friend.

Clean it up.

A good day for fishing

Out among "the English"
[Submitted photos]

Thursday, September 15, 2022

First Hometown Hero banner goes up


The first Hometown Hero banner honoring local members of the military was installed at 3rd & Locust this morning by Columbia Borough workers. The banner features Columbia's Raymond C. Wallace Jr., who parachuted into France on D-Day.

Other banners will be hung around town over the next few days. The backstory on the banners is HERE.

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Pa. election 2022: Your complete guide to the candidates for governor

Read this from Spotlight PA

Pa. election 2022: Your complete guide to the candidates for governor
The 2022 election for governor in Pennsylvania could dramatically change the course of the state. Here's what you need to know about Democrat Josh Shapiro and Republican Doug Mastriano to make an informed vote. 

Lancaster County sets $15 minimum wage for its employees

Lancaster County's salary board on Monday set the minimum wage for county employees at $15 per hour, though a proposal to further boost the salaries over the next two years met with hesitation from the county's Republican commissioners.

The bump in pay comes amid hiring difficulties for the county, which has lost roughly 200 employees since 2019, Commissioner John Trescot said, attributing the losses to low pay.


Agenda and Revised Agenda - Columbia Borough Council Meeting - September 13, 2022


The bottom of page 2 reads "Page 2 of 3" but there was no page 3 included with the agenda. 
Download the meeting packet HERE.

Here's the revised agenda (still no page 3):

This information was included with the revised agenda: