Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Weekend activities in Columbia

Here are a list of weekend activities in Columbia.

The Columbia Borough Shade Tree Commission and the Columbia Tree Society will hold their 19th annual Arbor Day celebration on Friday, April 30 at Locust Street Park, located at Fifth and Locust Streets, starting at 6 p..m.
Andy Ohrel, president of the Old Columbia Public Grounds Company, which maintains and oversees the park, will serve as master of ceremonies.
Columbia High School Senior Hillary Marie Glenn will recite Joyce Kilmer’s poem Trees. Hillary is the daughter of Kerry D. Glenn and the late Melissa A. Glenn.

The Susquehanna Valley Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame will hold its 2010 induction banquet will take place on Saturday, May 1, at the Susquehanna Fire Company.
Tickets for the banquet are available by contacting Rich Gerfin at 684-4772 after 6 p.m.
The inductees are:
Ron Caulwell, former athletic director at Columbia High School.
Gayne Deshler, former football coach and athletic director at Donegal High School.
Glenn Robinson, basketball coach at F&M.
John Thomas, former Columbia wrestler.
Leslie Bair Vink, former gymnast at Hempfield.
Mike Wolfgang, former Columbia football player will be honored as the deceased inductee.

Columbia High School's annual May Day celebration will be held this year on Saturday, May 1 at the Park Elementary School.

It starts at 6 p.m.
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.

Tide swept by Catholic

In a make-up Section 3 track meet, Columbia was swept by Lancaster Catholic.
Catholic won the boys' meet, 120-29, with sophomore Derek Zercher winning the 1,600 and 3,200.
Catholic also won the girls' meet, 127-18 with Nicole Bowman winning the high jump and Kelsey Ulrich winning the discus.
The Tide is scheduled to compete in the Stan Morgan Invitational on Saturday in Carlisle.

Tide girls are no hit

A wind-swept field was the least of Columbia's problems as Tide hitter after hitter faced Donegal ace Kelsey Hannold Wednesday afternoon in Mount Joy.
The Indians' junior pitcher hurled a 10 strikeout no-hitter against Columbia and went 3-4 from the plate, including two RBI as Section 3 frontrunner Donegal shutout Columbia 7-0.
One bright spot on the afternoon was freshman Valessa Carollo, who entered the game in fourth relieving Emily Detz in the pitching circle. Carollo struck out 3 and did not yield an earned run in relief.

Columbia concludes its Section 3 / 4 crossover schedule on Thursday when the Tide hosts Northern Lebanon at 4:15 pm.

Football Boosters receive donation

The Columbia High School Football Booster Club received a generous donation from the Columbia-Middletown Elks Lodge 1074. The support of the Elks will allow the Columbia High School football team to start the year under new coach Michael Burke on a positive note.  Pictured,  left to right, Ed Colon, booster club and lodge member; Ken Shuman, Exalted Ruler; Laurie Burke, booster club treasurer; Ed Broome, lodge trustee.

Tide falls to Donegal in baseball

In five of their previous six games, the Columbia baseball team had given up double figures in runs.

The lone game during that stretch was a 6-2 loss yesterday at the hands of Northern Lebanon.

The Tide was back on the home field today for a windy afternoon of baseball against Donegal.

And despite giving up three runs in the first inning, the Tide ‘9' battled the Indians tough before dropping a 6-3 decision.

Coach Bob Peterson’s team will be back in action Thursday afternoon with a non-league game at Reading Central Catholic, before returning home Friday for a Section 4 game with Pequea Valley at the Glat.

In that first inning, the Indians scored all three of their runs with two outs, on two singles, a double and a walk. After that, Tide starter Tyler Aruda settled down.

Columbia got its offense going in the second inning. With one out, Johnny Vasquez and Jimmy Lee ripped back-to-back doubles to make it a 3-1 game.

Donegal, who is famous for “small ball,” did just that in the third. Coach Chris Miller’s team used an infield hit, stolen base, infield out and a fly ball to score their fourth run and take a 4-1 lead.

Columbia tried to answer in their half of the third. With two outs, Seth Lefever singled and Michael Burke walked, but the Tide was kept off the board when Brandon Aukamp grounded out.

In the fifth, the Tide pulled within 4-2 on bases hits by Tyler Harrison and Lefever.

In the sixth, it got interesting.

Aukamp led the inning off with a single and Lee and Josh Elliot followed with walks. With one out, Seth Aruda, pinch-hitting, hit a sac fly to center and it was 4-3. But that would be as close as the Tide would get.

In the top of the seventh, Tyler Aruda was running out of gas on the mound and walked two hitters with one out. Donegal ended Aruda’s day on the mound with a screaming double down the left field line to plate the two runners who walked to get some insurance runs.

In their half of the seventh, Lefever reached third after Donegal’s right fielder dropped a fly ball and moved up on a stolen base and wild pitch but cold not dent the plate.

Bill could change government

In reading a new newspaper web pages today, I found this story where a Harrisburg legislator has introduced a bill concerning the elimination of borough and township governments.
Here is the link:

Keep an eye out

Several weeks ago, COLUMBIA TALK posted information about a violent sexual predator that moved into the 400 block of Locust Street, or more directly in an apartment at 469 Locust St.
There has been some discussion on Facebook concerning this issue and others, who might be living in our town. The best advice I can given you, is check out the Megan's Law web site and keep an eye on these individuals.
One might also want to attend the next borough council meeting on Monday, May 10, to again voice concerns about these individuals.
But please remember, these individuals are peope also and let's not go on a witch hunt to cause unwanted problems for these people, yourself and police.
Here is the link to the afore mentioned person.

District 3 to vote on power rating changes

Potential changes are coming to how Disrtict 3 figures its power ratings. Here are a couple of links for everyone to read.

Tide 9 falls at NL

The Columbia baseball team began a stretch of four games in four days with a 6-2 loss at Northern Lebanon on Tuesday.
The Vikings scored two runs in the first, third and fifth innings.
Brandon Arnold and Jake Sentz pitched for the Tide.
Columbia will host Donegal this afternoon, travel to Reading Central Catholic tomorrow and then host Pequea Valley on Friday.

Riiver Park project is honored

Left to Right: Jackie Parker, Deputy Sec, DCED; Mike Schober, Buchart Horn; Karla Farrell, Buchart Horn; Mary Wickenheiser, Borough Council President; Charles Hershey, River Park Steering Committee; Mayor Lutz; Fred Reddig, Executive Director, Governor's Center for Local Government Services

Columbia Borough has been awarded the 2010 Governor’s Award for Local Government Excellence in Promoting Community and Economic Revitalization. The award was for the Columbia Borough River Park Revitalization and Expansion Project.

The award was presented to representatives from Columbia Borough, the River Park Steering Committee and Buchart Horn, Inc. at a luncheon Thursday, April 15, at the Harrisburg Farm Show Building.

The award is the result of seven years work by the River Park Steering Committee. The River Park Steering Committee started discussions on revitalizing the River Park in 2003 and has been meeting monthly since. Construction on the project started in late fall 2009 and is expected to be completed by May 1st, 2010 intime for the boating season.

The revitalized River Park will feature a three lane motorized boat ramp, new canoe/kayak ramp, increased parking, lights, a fishing pier and docks. The grass area will be off-limits this year to allow the grass to grow and take root. The River Park Steering Committee is exploring the possibility of adding a pavilion this year until a permanent building can be constructed as part of phase 1A at a later date.