Monday, March 29, 2010

Columbia opens track season

With some drizzle falling and cloudy skies over head, Columbia opened its track season today with a Section 3 meet at home with Northern Lebanon.
The visiting Vikings swept the meet  (108-26) in girls and 129-21 in boys.
The numbers are up in track, but it appeared today that the numbers from Thursday's non-league meet with Lebanon were down a little bit.
Here are the Columbia finishers in the girls' meet vs. Northern Lebanon:
100 -- Shaday Fraizer, second and Becca Kuhn, third.
1,600 -- Rachael Knighton, second.
800 -- Knighton, second.
200 -- Fraizer, first and Kuhn, second.
Shot Put -- Ulrich, third.
Discus -- Ulrich, second.
Javelin -- Ulrich, third.
Boys vs. Northern Lebanon
100 -- Jeremy Daise  second.
1,600  -- Derek Zercher, third.
300 Hurdles -- DJ Wells, second.
3,200 -- Tony Barton, second a nd Zercher, third.
Shot put -- Brandon Felus, second.
Discus -- Johnay, second and Felus, third.
Javelin -- Felus, second.

Police charge one

West Hempfield Township Police have charged Jason S. Beaner, 27, of Landisville, with theft of leased property as the result of an incident at Rent-A Center, March 26.
Police said Beaner rented an X-Box system and failed to make payments.

Police probe burglary

West Hempfield Township Police saud Mandy Sowder of the 200 block of Indian Head Road reported at 9:32 a.m., March 26, someone entered her home by use of force and took several hundred dollars in electronics.

Police report vandalism

West Hempfield Township Police are investigating several incidents in the 600 and 700 block of South 16th Street where locks were cut off sheds and the sheds were entered between March 22 and 24.
During the evening hours, one victim reported the theft of a Stihl chain saw and another had several gallons of gas taken.
Police said most were just rummaged through.
Anyone with any information is asked to call Township Police at 285-5191.

Jazz Ensemble to perform

The Columbia High School Jazz Ensemble will be performing at 7 p.m., Friday, April 9 at Cocalico High School’s Jazz Festival.
Selections from the 18 member group will include ‘Double Play’ by Carl Strommen, ‘Satin Doll’ by Duke Ellington and ‘Living in America’ by James Brown – the ‘Godfather of Soul’. Tickets can be purchased the night of the festival.

The group will also be performing at the annual Spring Band Concert to be held at Columbia High School on Thursday, May 6 alongside the Junior and Senior High Concert Bands.

Rivertownes PA USA newletter


For anyone who travels the Veterans’ Memorial Bridge on a regular basis, it is very apparent that the present lighting system is failing. These failures could be detrimental to the safety of both pedestrians and vehicular traffic alike. The cobra lights have been on the bridge since a 1970’s modernization project. Originally, cast iron lanterns adorned the bridge and were complementary to the historic nature of the structure.
In 2006 a feasibility study, sponsored by Rivertownes, was completed and indicated that it was indeed possible to restore historic lights on the Veterans’ Memorial Bridge. Since that time we have been working with Brinjac Engineering developing the design phase of the project. Progress, although painstakingly slow, has been made towards this goal, but we still have several hurdles to clear before the project can move ahead. The design phase and construction documents are about 80 percent complete. We are working closely with PennDOT to meet their lighting requirements. Additionally, we will need the cooperation of the local municipalities to move ahead with construction.

Fourth Friday in Columbia
Experience Columbia's art galleries, antique shops, participating specialty shops and local eateries from 5-9.m. on the fourth Friday of the month. This at-your-own pace tour provides the opportunity to view exhibits from local & visiting artists, enjoy refreshments and discover the uniqueness of Columbia. More info: Chris Davis of Modest Gallery 717-405-0604

Celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, April 24, 2010, sponsored by Sahd's Salvage Center, Lancaster Avenue in Columbia. Earth Day stories by Columbia Library.

The annual Arbor Day Ceremony will be held on April 30, 2010, in the Locust Street Park, Columbia, beginning at 6 p.m..

If you haven’t had an opportunity to visit the John Wright Store & Restaurant lately, venture in and see the new glass-enclosed patio area. The view is breathtaking! Sit inside where it is toasty warm and enjoy some delicious food with a view of the Susquehanna River. Restaurant hours are: Monday-Wednesday 8 a.m.-3 p.m,, Thurs-Sat 8 a.m.-9.m., Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m..

In preparation for the Blue Rock Heritage Center Open House on June 13, 2010, the Washington Boro Society for Susquehanna River Heritage is sponsoring a spring clean. Bring your rake and gloves on Saturday, April 3, from 8:30 a.m. until noon and lend a hand sprucing up the grounds and the interior of the mill that is located on River Road just south of Washington Boro. Rain date is April 10, 2010.

Don’t miss Marietta Day on Saturday, May 15! Market Street will be filled with food and craft stands from 9 a,m.-3 p.m. Please enjoy the best French fries in Lancaster County in front of the Marietta Restoration Bank and Gift Shop. Profits from the stand are used for the restoration of the Musselman/Vesta Iron Furnace Office Building.

Due to the overwhelming response from our Fall walking tour, a waiting list was generated for the spring tours. Due to that fact, the spring walking tours are SOLD OUT! Dr. June Evans, retired Millersville University Professor, is an expert on the iron furnaces and has conducted the tours for the last several years. They have grown in popularity, and since we limit the tour to 25 persons, they fill up quickly. So, watch for the fall date, and if you are interested, make your reservation without delay.

The monthly meetings of Rivertownes PA USA are held on the first Wednesday of the month at the Wrightsville House, Front and Locust Streets, Wrightsville, beginning at 7 p.m. All meetings are open to the public.