Friday, March 19, 2010

For more information

For Eastern basketball fans, who are not getting ready to play the biggest basketball game in school history since 1988, may I recommend a website to you for information on Neumann-Gorretti, your opponent in Tuesday's Class AAA Eastern final:

He's a writer with the Philadelphia Daily News and has covered the Public League and Catholic League in the city for decades. Site is a little busy with content, but one should find out everything you need to know about N-G and the teams that they played.

You can also check

TMI generator update

In an earlier post on COLUMBIA TALK, it was reported the generators from the inactive Unit Two reactor at Three Mile Island would be passing through the area on Route 441 and over Route 30 in the next two weeks.

The move of the generators through the area will take place next Saturday, causing traffic delays and temporary closings of Route 441.

The convoy will most likely pass through the Columbia area during the evening hours.

Eastern advances to Eastern finals

The Eastern Golden Knights remained unbeaten tonight with a 57-43 win over Abington Heights in a game played at the mecca of high school basketball, Martz Hall.
The Knights will now play Neuman-Gorretti in the Eastern finals on Tuesday at a site and time to be announced.

For more on that game, check out

For mre on games involving Lebanon Catholic boys and Lancaster Mennonite girls, check out,,

Hempfield boys play tomorrow at 1 p.m. For a live blog from that game check out

May Day will be held

For those worried that a longstanding Columbia High School tradition would end or take a year off because of construction at the school, relax.

The school’s annual May Day celebration will be held this year on Saturday, May 1 at the Park Elementary School.

The senior court will be Katrina Russell, Sarah Leader, Emily Nobile, Sara Burke, Julia Melbert, Cami Kronenwetter, Allison Michener and Victoria Kuhn.

The event is sponsored by Student Council.

The Student Council will also be holding a Spring King Contest next week. The candidates for that honor are Alex Beckley, Brandon Felus and Joey Charles.

Construction moves forward

Construction is moving forward at the Columbia Junior-Senior High School campus.

At Thursday’s school board meeting, Superintendent Dr. Barry Clippinger reported the renovations are on schedule.

“We are not anticipating any hiccups,” Clippinger said. “So, we are pleased.”

If you travel Route 30, evidence of the construction progress is visible. The roof of the large group instruction area is now visible. The windows need to be installed and when complete, it will offer an outstanding view of the Susquehanna River.

Clippinger said that renovations to the gym lobby area have begun, along with extensions onto the cafeteria and improvements to the main lobby area.

“The new floor is being completed in the media center and that should be ready to occupancy inlate April or by May 1.

This week, the eighth grade wing at the middle school will be relocated to rooms 105 through 109.

Also at its meeting Thursday night, the board awarded a contract for asbestos removal at the high school complex to Plymouth Environmental for $29,800.

Small amounts of asbestos that were never removed during previous renovations were found in some classrooms being renovated around bulletin boards and blackboards.