Monday, October 3, 2022

Deeds Recorded - Columbia Borough - October 3, 2022

The estate of Betty L. Betts conveyed property on Staman Lane to Aysia J. Allen for $1.

Patrick A. Bakes and Vicki S. Bakes conveyed 1045 Ironville Pike to Jacob S. Stoltzfus and Mary S. Stoltzfus for $240,000.

Bradley L. Haberstroh conveyed 218 Walnut St. to Adam Kendig Rohrer for $107,500.

Columbia Borough conveyed property on a public road to Columbia Borough for $1.

Edna M. Wakefield, Edna May Wakefield, Kirk J. Wakefield and James D. Wakefield conveyed property on a public road to George W. Sager and Jennifer W. Sager for $365,000.

Melanie Laura Jackson conveyed 1198 Central Ave. to Ashlyn Phillips for $265,000.

Jumping Jack O'Lantern is October's Take & Make at the Library


Using Mount Bethel model, Perpetual care planned for cemetery where Thaddeus Stevens rests

Early last month, Mr. and Mrs. Scribbler attended Fete en Noir, a fundraising event at Mount Bethel Cemetery in Columbia. Visitors paid $20 each to sit at dozens of tables amid the tombstones. We ate dinner and listened to a rock band. Some people danced. Others toured the burial ground founded by Quakers in the 1720s.

The Friends of Mount Bethel Cemetery, a nonprofit founded in 2017, are using funds from the event to rewire the cemetery caretaker's house. In this way, they help the cemetery's board of directors, who operate as a nonprofit 501(c)13 corporation, to maintain and improve the cemetery in perpetuity.

Ross Hetrick, president of the Thaddeus Stevens Society, hopes to do something similar — that is, to move beyond volunteer fundraising to provide permanent preservation — for the Shreiner-Concord Cemetery at Mulberry and Chestnut streets in Lancaster. He wants to establish a cemetery owner and provide a substantial endowment.

Sunday, October 2, 2022

About Town - October 2, 2022

 Recent photos of Columbia

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

Tis the season.

["Pirate" submitted by Howard Stevens]


A PPL transformer, accompanied by a convoy of trucks, began its 19.4-mile journey Tuesday morning, September 27, 2022. The trip originated at the NS Railyard at 103 Bridge Street, and took several hours to reach its destination at the South Manheim Substation on 375 Bucknoll Road, south of Manheim Borough. The transformer followed Route 462, then to Route 741, Route 30 and Fruitville Pike.


Another one bites the dust.
(500 block of Locust)

Not a fiddler on the roof but one on the wall

Bird's-eye view of a lion's head

Scrounging for scraps

Everyone's doing it . . .


Rehab work continues in the 500 block of Avenue H.

Did someone set off a loose nuke?

Australian shepherds? Their names are Sydney and Melbourne.
(Says so right on their harnesses.)

Many stars, many stripes

Got gold?

Never forget who did it, and never forget who's friends with them.

Sound advice?

Seemingly unimpressed

At work at River Terrace Apartments, 100 block of Locust

Almost done

At the Elks

Vultures looking for elks?



Possibly feral

Infant and Inri

Instruments of torture
(Fragments of the Past)

Sidewalk sentinels

At the DAC 
(District Administration Center)

Hawk squirrel-hunting at the DAC

No word on whether the hunt was successful

In Search of the Albatwitch - Monday, October 3, at the Library


Saturday, October 1, 2022

Columbia Public Library Calendar of Events - October 2022



October is the tenth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars and the sixth of seven months to have a length of 31 days. The eighth month in the old calendar of Romulus c. 750 BC, October retained its name (from Latin and Greek ôctō meaning "eight") after January and February were inserted into the calendar that had originally been created by the Romans.

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.