Monday, October 31, 2011

Honor Society inductions held on the hill


Members of the National and National Junior Honor Societies at Columbia High School.
Columbia High School held its inductions for the National Honor Society and National Junior Honor Society in the cafeteria at the high school, Tuesday, Oct. 25.

John Hinkle Jr., owner of Hinkle's Pharmacy, was the featured speaker.

Inducted into the National Junior Honor Society were: Emily Anderson and Ileen Smith, freshmen; Nevin Khalil, Madison Misel, Jailyn Phiel, Ayanna Vazquez and Kylee Weber, eighth grade.

Inducted into the National Honor Society were: Alexis Eckman and Jennifer Marcello, seniors; Ashlyn Phillips, Adam Mowrer and Alex Mutzabaugh, juniors; Jeffery Carroll, Taylor Conroy, Megan Seibert and Alex Slick, sophomores.

Elizabeth Lee is the present member of the National Junior Honor Society.

Present members of the National Honor Society are Nicole Bowman, Benjamin Hank, Emily Hooper, Zachary Jones, Mikayla Kemmerly, Rachael Knighton, Marissa Loreto, William Meyers, Kamal Narouz and Marilyn Ngo, seniors; Jeremy Beckley, Andrew Combs, Mairym Cruz-Bernard, Emily Groft, Nicholas Nobile, Jackie Manley and Jenna Plastino, juniors.

Advisors are Jodie Eck, Linda Eckman and James Clark.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Still in first

Despite back to back losses, Columbia still holds Class A lead: http://tripletdad33.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/fb-1a-wk9.pdf

Weather delayed Hall of Fame inductions are Friday

Columbia High School will finally hold its fourth annual Athletic Hall of Fame inductions on Friday, when the Crimson Tide hosts Donegal in the final game of the regular season.
A reception will be held in the cafeteria prior to the game, starting at 5 o'lock and the inductees willl be official enshrined at halftime of the game.
The lone team to be inducted is the 1970 football team, which went 10-0 and was known as the Big Red Machine.
Only two teams came within a touchdown of defeating the Tide,
Jack Yohe was the coach of the team, who scored 369 points, while giving up 69.
Eighteen different played from the team received either first team, second team or honorable mention All-County status. Co-captain Steve Ward and Jessel Hollingsworth were also awarded All-State honors.
Aaron Anspach was six time letter winner in football and wrestling.
During his three years as a starter, the football team compiled a record of 19-4. The team was 11-1 in his senior year (he was team co-captain) and won the Section Three Championship and were District runners-up.He was named to the All-League team in 2000 and 2001. He was second team All-State as a defensive end in 2001.Aaron spent five years wrestling for the Tide. As a Junior he had a record of 35-9 and he won the Sectional and League Championships as a heavyweight. He finished eighth in the State Tournament that year. As a Senior, Aaron was 39-1and won Sectional, League and Regional Championships. He was second in the State meet, losing in overtime in his final match. His wrestling prowess won him a scholarship to Penn State.
Lamar Kauffman won seven varsity letters at CHS for football, basketball and track.
In football, he was quarterback and safety on the 1954 and ’55 Conference of Roses championship teams. The team was 18-2 during those seasons. He was named to the all-county team in 1955.
He was a three-year starter for the basketball team. The team was 45-11 during those years. The ’54 team captured Section I and Lancaster County Championships. He wasteam captain in 1955 and was named first team all-county.
His 1954 and ’55 track squads won District titles. He threw javelin and competed in the pole vault.
After college, he returned to CHS as a teacher and coach of both football and basketball.
Donald Schoelkopf won eight varsity letters (2 basketball, 3 football, 3 track)
He was the Single season passing yardage record holder – 1803 yards – 1985. 1856 yards in 1986. and Single season TD record – 20 in 1986 and was first team all-section quarterback in 1986.
He is the current school record holder for javelin – 200’2” and in 1984 – 5th place District 3 AA javelin and in 1985 – first place District 3 AA javelin; fifth place in states and in 1986 – Lancaster-Lebanon League champ, \first place District 3 AA javelin; third place states
Glenn Von Stetten won three varsity letters in each of three sports – football, basketball and track.
He co-captained the 1943 and ’44 football teams. The team was the Lancaster County Champs in 1943. Glenn was All-County first team in 1942, ’43 and ’44. The 1941 team, of which he was a member, was undefeated.
His 1945 basketball team won the Lancaster County championship. He was named to the All-County team and was named to the 2nd team All-State that year.

A letter from PPL

Dear Customer,
The heavy, wet snow that fell all day long Saturday weighed down trees and power lines throughout our service area, causing widespread damage to our delivery system. It resulted in more than 300,000 power outages.
With the numerous outages, you may have lost power temporarily, may still be without power, or may have neighbors, family and friends coping without electricity.
We appreciate your patience and understanding. We know how trying it is, and we want to assure you that we are doing everything we can to restore power as quickly and as safely as possible.
We have assembled all available PPL Electric personnel. Additionally, nearly 300 crews are joining us from other utilities to assist with the cleanup and restoration effort. More utility workers from as far away as Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee are on their way.
As of Sunday afternoon, we had restored power to more than 140,000 customers. Still, we have nearly 3,000 cases of damaged equipment that must be repaired. Damage is particularly severe in the Lehigh Valley region and has affected nearly a dozen transmission lines that supply power to large numbers of customers.  Downed trees and limbs have made it extremely difficult for crews to even access our lines in some cases.
With a storm of this magnitude, it could take days before we can restore service to the final affected customers. We are assessing damage by foot, by vehicle and by helicopter patrols. We're working to develop estimates of when power may be restored for each individual case. We're prioritizing work and focusing first on repairs that can restore power to the largest numbers of customers. As we do, please keep yourself and your family safe by staying clear of downed power lines.
The unprecedented string of severe weather the last two months has caused repeated inconvenience and frustration. We can't say enough how much we appreciate your patience and perseverance through these trying times.
Sincerely,

Bernie Molchany
Director, Customer Operations
PPL Electric Utilities

Thursday, October 27, 2011

District Three volleyball pairings are set

Here is a link to the 2011 District 3 Class A volleyball playoffs. It's the first time since 20003 that the Tide has been in the post-season: http://tripletdad33.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/2011-2012-district-3-a-girls-volleyball-bracket.pdf

Be alert

Police in Columbia and West Hempfield Township are lookig for a WHITE VAN, who has been seen between Oct. 24 and 26 around school bus stops or approaching students walking to school.
The two males in the truck attempt to stike up a conversation with the students.
Anyone who may have witnessed these events is asked to call police at either 684-7735 or 285-5191.

Live chat at the Market

Leading up to the grand reopening of the Columbia Market, let's chat. I'm located at stand 8, right up from the lunch meat stand and across from the dog treat stand:

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Columbia Police reports

KENNETH R. MILLER, 37, OF YORK, WAS CITED FOR REGISTRATION & CERTIFICATION OF TITLE REQUIRED, AT SECOND AND CHESTNUT STREETS, OCT. 5.

JERE NORMAN TRIMBLE, III, AGE 30, OF COLUMBIA, WAS CITED FOR PUBLIC DRUNKENNESS, IN THE 300 BLOCK OF WALNUT STREET, SEPT.24.

THEODORE L. BEST, AGE 22, OF COLUMBIA, WAS CITED FOR OPERATION OF VEHICLE WITHOUT OFFICIAL CERTIFICATE OF INSPECTION AT POPLAR AND SIXTH STREETS, OCT. 7.

CHRISTINE N. RHOADS, AGE 23, OF EPHRATA, WAS CITED FOR DRIVING WHILE OPERATING PRIVILEGE IS SUSPENDED OR REVOKED IN THE 200 BLOCK OF NORTH THIRD STREET, OCT. 10.

KYLE NICHOLAS BROOME, AGE 21, OF COLUMBIA, WAS
CITED FOR OPERATION OF VEHICLE WITH OFFICIAL CERTIFICATE OF
INSPECTION; REQUIRED FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY; AND FOR
OPERATION FOLLOWING SUSPENSION OF REGISTRATION, IN THE
FIRST BLOCK OF NORTH FIFTH STREET, OCT. 22.

ENSIEH STAUDE, AGE 64, OF MARIETTA, WAS CITED FOR
OBEDIENCE TO TRAFFIC CONTROL DEVICES AT LINDEN AND THIRD
STREET, OCT. 18.

JOSEPH JOHN GIANDALIA, AGE 51, OF WRIGHTSVILLE,
WAS CITED FOR REGISTRATION & CERTIFICATION OF TITLE REQUIRED,
AT SECOND. AND CHESTNUT STREETS, OCT. 24.

ERIKA MARIE CLINTON, AGE 27, OF WRIGHTSVILLE, WAS
CITED FOR DRIVING WHILE OPERATING PRIVILEGE IS SUSPENDED OR
REVOKED, AT ROUTE 30 AND 441, OCT. 25.

BLAIR D. MYERS, AGE 25, OF LANCASTER, WAS CITED
FOR DRIVING WHILE OPERATING PRIVILEGE IS SUSPENDED OR
REVOKED AND FOR REGISTRATION AND CERTIFICATION OF TITLE
REQUIRED, IN THE 300 BLOCK OF PERRY STREET, OCT. 16.

MARCY SOPKO, AGE 36, OF KULPMONT, WAS CITED FOR
REQUIRED FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY IN THE 800 BLOCK OF RIDGE
AVENUE, OCT. 16.

STEVEN M. SHARP, AGE 23, OF MARIETTA, AND STEVEN
MICHAEL CARMEN, AGE 21, OF WASHINGTON BORO, WAS CITED
FOR MAXIMUM SPEED LIMITS AT FRONT AND PERRY STREETS, OCT. 17.

NIKI L. HAVERLE, AGE 30, OF COLUMBIA, WAS CITED FOR
DRIVING WHILE OPERATING PRIVILEGE IS SUSPENDED OR REVOKED,
AT SECOND AND LOCUST STREETS,OCT. 20.

JERRY K. ROOT, AGE 50, OF COLUMBIA WAS CITED FOR
PUBLIC DRUNKENNESS IN THE 400 BLOCK OF WALNUT STREET, OCT. 18.
ROOT WAS A PASSENGER IN A VEHICLE AND THE
DRIVER WAS BEING INSTRUCTED ON FIELD SOBRIETY TESTS, ROOT
KEPT INTERRUPTING THE OFFICERS, EVEN THOUGH HE WAS GIVEN A
CHANCE TO ENTER HIS RESIDENCE AND STAY THERE.

COTY STEPHEN RUTTER, AGE 24, OF COLUMBIA, WAS
CITED FOR PUBLIC DRUNKENNESS, TWICE, WITHIN A 24 HOUR PERIOD,
OCT. 24 AND 25.
.
CHRISTOPHER JOHN CHANEY, AGE 40, OF COLUMBIA, WAS
CITED FOR PUBLIC DRUNKENNESS IN THE 200 BLOCK OF CHERRY
STREET, OCT. 7.

Monday, October 24, 2011

West Hempfield Police reports

Police charged two Maryland men with theft as the result of an incident in the parking lot of Field of Screams in the 100 block of College Avenue, Mountville, Oct. 22.
Charged with theft were John E. McDevitt, 25, and Jason B. Nichols, 28, forthe theft of hubcaps on vehicles.
The two were caught after fleeing the scene on Route 30, West.

On Oct. 22, police charged Ramel Campbell, 21, of Maryland, with public drunkenness, after he was found passed out in the parking lot of Fields of Screams.

Police are investigating the theft of $1,200 from a work truck parked in the 700 block of Ferndale Road.

CEDC to hold breakfast

The Columbia Economic Development Corporation will hold its first annual supporter breakfast on Thursday, Nov. 10 at Golden Stories, 237 Locust St., starting at 8 a.m.
John Cox, executive vice president of Turkey Hill Dairy, will be the featured speaker.
The cost is $20 a person or $160 for a table of eight.
For more information, contact Daisy Pagan, at 684-4455.

Let's chat again tonight

It's Monday and that means it is time to chat abour our great town. Join me and a cast of thousands (LOL) tonight at 7 p.m. for our weekly chat fest.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Police seek help



West Hempfield Township Police are looking for suspects in two robberies of Weis Markets in the township, Oct. 14.
The first robbery of a shopping cart full of baby formula at the Weis Markets on Stony Batery Road at 7:20 p.m.
At 9 p.m., a similar robbery of baby formula and diapers happened at the Weis Markets on Columbia Avenie/
Police are looking for two Hispanic or Black males in connecction with these pictured robberies, who may have been driving a silver or gray colored car, possibly a Honda.
Anyone with any information is asked to call police at 285-5191.

Who is it?

Someone won some big bucks at the Chestnut Street Turkey Hill: http://www.wgal.com/money/29530704/detail.html

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Home School event

The National Watch and Clock Museum has declared Tuesday, November 8, Homeschool Day. Families who homeschool are especially invited to spend time at the Museum and participate from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the following crafts and activities:

  • Make a clock from a CD (really works) to take home
  • Go on a scavenger hunt through the Museum exhibits
  • Discover how one person’s trash can be another person’s junk
  • Learn how clocks are used in toys

Registration for the Homeschool Day is required; cost per student is $10 with no charge for one accompanying adult. For each additional adult attending there is a $6 charge with no charge for children under 6 years of age.  Please contact the Education Department at 717-684-8261, ext. 237 or email education@nawcc.org  to register or for more information.

“Along with other events and workshops, the Museum enjoys planning a Homeschool Day each year because it’s another opportunity for  families to see that the Museum is not only educational, but a whole lot of fun too – for all ages,” stated Director of Education Katie Knaub.



The National Watch and Clock Museum is operated by the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)(3) association with 18,000 members, representing 52 countries. April through November the Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.  December through March hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. From Memorial Day through Labor Day the Museum is also open on Mondays. Discounts are available to seniors, students, AAA members, and groups of 10 or  more. Groups of 10 or more are encouraged to call ahead.  For more program information, directions, or general Museum information, call 717-684-8261 or visit our website at www.nawcc.org.         

Night at the Museum

What happens after the National Watch and Clock Museum locks its doors each night?  Does the mouse run up the clock, does the grandfather clock begin to talk, or does time really fly?


It’s easy to take the watches and clocks in your home or office for granted.  With a quick glance, there’s the time telling you whether it’s time to head to work, get lunch, pick up the kids, or go to bed. 


The Museum, located in Columbia, is truly the center of time and is home to close to 12,000 watches and clocks. Why not bring your family and go on an exploration of time?! After a stroll through the Museum’s time tunnel, you will find yourself transported to the time of Stonehenge and water clocks, where timekeeping first got its start. From there, you begin your journey through time where thousands of years later (or an hour and a half in museum time) your family will stand speechless before the Mars Clock wondering, “Where did the time go?”


The Family Overnight is a unique opportunity for children ages 6 to 12 to spend the night at the Museum and enjoy activities including decorating a clock to take home, munching on a snack, and exploring the many Museum’s exhibits. November 4 is the next sleepover. Cost is $20 for children and $12 for adults, with payment due prior to the sleepover.  The adult chaperone must be at least 21 years old and is required for every five children participating.


Admission includes:

  • Scavenger hunt activity through the Museum
  • Museum exploration
  • Make-a-clock program for children
  • Snack and light breakfast
  • Souvenir patch for children
Register by  for the Family Overnight by calling 717-684-8261, ext. 237 or email education@nawcc.org to reserve a space and receive an information packet.  Space in this program is limited to 80 participants.



The National Watch and Clock Museum is operated by the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)(3) association with close to 19,000 members, representing 52 countries. April through November the Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.  December through March hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. From Memorial Day through Labor Day the Museum is also open on Mondays. Discounts are available to seniors, students, AAA members, and groups of 10 or more. Groups of 10 or more are encouraged to call ahead.  For more program information, directions, or general Museum information, call 717-684-8261 or visit our website at www.museumoftime.org.










Wine and Chimes at museum

Sip on some wine and check out the chimes!  With the overwhelming success of last year, the National Watch and Clock Museum, Library & Research Center is holding its third annual wine-tasting event, “Wine & Chimes,” on Friday, October 21, from 6 to 9 p.m.


Eight area wineries/suppliers, including Reid Orchard Winery, Tamanend Winery, Twin Brook Winery, Nissley Vineyards & Winery Estate, Waltz Winery, Moon Dancer Vineyards & Winery, Brandywine Valley Wine Trail, and Steve’s Home Brew Supplies will offer samples of their finest wines.  And what’s wine without something tasty to go with it?!  These ten local restaurants and food shops will provide an array of delicious food to complement the wine: Loxley’s, Symposium, Bully’s, Dishes by Diane Catering/The Flying Dish Cafe, Flinchbaugh Orchards, Prudhomme’s Lost Cajun Kitchen, Golden Stories, CafĂ© Chocolate, Flour Child, and Town Clock Cheese Shoppe. For the designated drivers in attendance or those just looking for an alternative, Turkey Hill also will be providing plenty of nonalcoholic drinks.


Amy Ash and The Volcanoes will set the mood for the evening. The four-piece band will rock the Museum with their unique sound as they play a blend of rock, R & B, adult alternative, and soul. Amy enjoys bringing new life to old favorites.  Her love of sharing her heart through song has allowed her to be free and flexible in the choices she makes: singing for the love of music … and it shows in every song.


Guests will have the opportunity to meet with artist Randall Cleaver, the creator of the Museum’s newest special exhibit, Found Time, a collection of 30 very unusual timepieces using discarded items to create one-of-a-kind time-telling works of art. Randall Cleaver was inspired as a child to make his own toys or adapt existing toys with the raw materials that his father brought home from an auction, flea market, or junk pile. As a sculpture student it was a natural thing to scour salvage yards and rubbish piles for art supplies instead of buying new. His mindset of reuse and adapt existing parts still plays a major role in his clocks today.


With his ceaseless creativity and a huge dose of humor, he has created the Flying Toaster Time, Talltail Time, A Pig in the Polk, Space Time, Waffle Time, and over 25 other timepieces. The Tank Time clock, created with an iron water tank, a speaker horn, bar stools, an outdoor light case, an aluminum baking sheet, and drip coffee pot parts, is a perfect example of the use of found objects in Cleaver’s work!


In addition to the evening’s activities, media sponsors 101 The Rose and 92.7 WKZF Classic Rock will provide some additional music and offer fun giveaways throughout the evening.


Wine & Chimes is an event exclusively for those 21 and over. A limited number of tickets are available.  Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 the day of, and $15 for designated drivers. Ticket price also includes a commemorative wine glass and Museum admission. To order tickets or for more information, visit www.nawccstore.org or call 717-684-8261, ext. 211.


The National Watch and Clock Museum is operated by the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)(3) association with close to 18,000 members, representing 52 countries. April through November the Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.  December through March hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Discounts are available to seniors, students, AAA members, and groups of 10 or more. Groups of 10 or more are encouraged to call ahead.  For more program information, directions, or general Museum information, call 717-684-8261 or visit our website at www.museumoftime.org.

Invitation to open house at Market


YOU ARE INVITED
TO JOIN COLUMBIA BOROUGH
IN CELEBRATING THE GRAND RE-OPENING


OF THE
COLUMBIA HISTORIC MARKET HOUSE
THURSDAY OCTOBER 27, 2011 FROM 10AM-3PM

Light refreshments

Guest Speaker : Mayor Leo Lutz, Presentation at 1:00 P.M.

Tradition is back

Thanks to Columbia artist Tom Hermansader, a  former tradition in town returned last weekend, when various businesses had their windows painted for Halloween. Many, many years ago, art studentd at Columbia High School did the window painting as a project, but it was stopped. The students who painted the windows were part of the artist's summer classes.

Thursday live chat

Sorry for the late posting, but let's share Columbia items tomorrow night from 7:30-9:30. There is always plenty to talk about, so pull up your computer, a comfy chair and let's chat.

District news and views

With just three weeks left in the regular seasonm the Tide remains on track to get one of four District 3 Class A playoff spots and most likely the top seed.
After closing the regular season, the Tide will next play in the semi-finals of the Class A playoffs, Nov. 18, most likely at home.
At 5-2, the Tide holds a huge lead over second ranked Millersburg, who is 4-3 with games against Upper Dauphin (1-5), Halifax (2-4) and North Schuylkill (7-0),.
Third ranked is Canmp Hill, who is 3-4 with games left against Steel-High (1-6), Middletowb (2-5) and East Pennsboro (4-3).
Ranked fourth is York Catholic, who is 2-5 with remaining games against Eastern (3-4) (Vo-Tech (2-5) and York Suburban (5-2).
There is a good chance that only two teams will have .500 or better records and also the chance, even with four teams, there might not be a full field.

Columbia football notebook

Last three games
Two of the Tide's last three games of the regular season -- Lancaster Catholic (Friday) and Pequea Vslley next week are on the road. The Tide closes the regular season at home on Friday, Nov. 4 against Donegal.
That will be a special night on the hill, serving as Parent's Night for the football team, band and cheeleaders. It will also be Hall of Fame Night when the 2011 Claass of CHS Athletc Hall of Famers is inducted. That group includes the 1970 unbeaten football team, which beat Donegal that year 42-0.
Other inductees are Aaron Anspach, Glenn VonStetten, Lamar Kauiffman and Donald Schoelkopf.
Columbis has not beatern Lancaster Catholic since 2003 when they scored a 40-0 win over the Crusaders, ironcilly, at Rossmere.
Since then, Catholic has outscored the Tide, 300-65, including a 52-20 win last year on the hill, when Columbia grabbed the early lead but couldn't hold on.
The results are much better against PV, who the Tide holds a 12-1 record against. Last season, the Tude dumped the Braves, 48-13.
Against Donegal, the Tide has won 10 of the last 11 games, The only Donegal win was two years ago by a 40-0 score. In those 10 wins, the Tide has scored Donegal, 447-214.

By the numbers...
Through the first seven games, Seth Lefever and Andrew Combs are the leading rushers with 450 and 327 yards respectiely. Lefever has also completed 65 of 126 passes for 773 yards. Michael Burke and Nick Nobile are the top receivers with 46 and 13 catches.
Bryan Flory tops the tackle charts with 88 stops, 43 of them are solo tackles.
Also, the Tide has given up 1,327 on the ground and 615 through the air.

Cross Country results for Columbia

Here are the results from yesterday's L-L Leagur cross country championships involving Columbia.
Boys: Derek Zercher, 81st, 18:31; Tony Barton, 124th, 19:28; William Meyers, 160th,21:51 and Kyle Fritz, 163rd, 22:532.
Girls: Rachel Knighton, 147th, 28:47; Kristine Noel, 148th, 29:26 and Kelsey Ulrich, `155th, 32:17.



TIDE has a huge lead

Here are the updated power ratings after seven weeks: http://tripletdad33.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/fb-1a-wk7r1.pdf

Fire in Wrightsville

A number of fire companies from Lancaster County assisted: http://www.yorkdispatch.com/news/ci_19141046

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Crimson Tide sports' notes

Plenty happening this week on the hill when it comes to athletics:

The girls' volleyball team has home mkatches this week on Wednesday with McCaskey and Thursday with the Christian School of York and a road match on Tuesday at Lebanon.
The Tide was ranked fourth in last week's Class A power ratings and will open the District 3 playoffs on Tuesday, Nov. 1.

In cross country, Columbia will compete in the L-L League championships on Tuesday at Ephrata. Two runners -- Derek Zercher and Tony Barton, have qualified for next week's District 3 championships in Hershey.

In football, the Tide hosts Annville-Cleona at 6 tomorrow night and plays Lancaster Catholic for the final time ever at Rossmere, Friday.

Tide will stay number one

Even without playing in week seven, yet, the Tide is still tops in the Class A power rankings: http://tripletdad33.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/fb-1a-wk7.pdf

Friday, October 14, 2011

Please beware

Both police in Columbia and West Hempfield are investigating several home burglaries overnight between 11:30 p.m. and 1 a.m.
In Columbia, there were break-ins in the area of 13th Street and Central Avenue, 600 block of Union Street and South Fourth Street,
Police said cash was taken in the Columbia break-ins and people were in the home in two of the three break-ins.
In West Hempfield, a Samsung-Galax was taken during a break-in in the 600 block of South 16th Street, while they are also investigating a report where someone attempted to break into a home on Froelich Avenue in Mountville.
Police are asking residents to keep their doors and windows locked and if possible put on an outside light and report anyone unfamiliar in their neighborhoods to police, who feel it might be some young person looking for money to possibly purchase drugs.

Game is off

Tonight's football game at Columbia with Annville-Cleona has been postponed until Monday at 6 p.m. Third rescheduled game of the home season.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Lancaster woman dies in crash

Here's abn update on this morning's accident on Route across the river: http://www.ydr.com/crime/ci_19103872

West Hempfield Township police reports

A Lancaster resident reported the theft of her purse, while her vehicle was parked in the 3600 block of Marietta Ave., Oct. 11.

A Mount Joy resident reported the theft of money and medications, while her vehicle was parked in the first block of East Main Street, Mountville, Oct. 10.

Police are investigating a one vehicle accident in the 4400 block of Marietta Ave., Oct 8, where a vehicle struck a hosuse.

Isaac J. Vohta, 28, of Lancaster, was charged with DUI and driving under suspension, as the result of a traffic stop at Route 30 and Donnerville Road.

David Thomas, 20, of Columbia, was charged with retail theft for taking a small amount of cold medicine at Musser's Market, 3900 block of Columbia Avenue, Oct. 12.

Police qare looking for a white male with gray hair in his 50s or 60s, who broke out a window of a car parked in the parking lot of Musser's Market, Oct. 12.
Anyone with any information is asked to call police at 285-5191.

Steven C. Radtke, 47, of Mount Joy, was charged with retail theft and driving under suspension as the result of a gas drive off at the Turkey Hill store, Route 462 and Prospect Road, Oct. 5.

Urgent Care to open in December

There's a new occupant ready to move into the former M&T Bank building: http://lancasteronline.com/article/local/478256_Urgent-care-center--apartments--coffee-shop-planned-at-site-of-former-Columbia-bank.html

Rainy Thursday chat

Hey folks, can't think of a better thing to do (ok note to self to get more of a life) than to have a live chat about Columbia on COLUMBIA TALK tonight around 7 o'clock. Sorry for the late notice.

Fatal crash closes Route 30

One person was killed in an accident this morning in Wrightsville: http://www.wgal.com/news/29473338/detail.html

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

This week's foe is A-C

Scouting report on this week's opponent, the Annville-Cleona Little Dutchmen: http://lancasteronline.com/pages/specialsections/llfootballpreview/

K-9 Campaign makes generous donation


The Cruisin Columbia Car Show is the biggest fund-raiser for the Columbia K-9 Campaign
There's no doubt that the K-9 program within the Columbia Borough Police Department has become an important part of its operation.

At Monday's borough council meeting, a gift was given to ensure the program's success for the future.

The Columbia K-9 Campaign, a community organization formed to assist with the funding for the program, announced they would fund the purchase of a 2011 Crown Victoria car for the program, to replace the current vehicle, which is constantly being repaired. The Campaign will pay $3,400 over the next four years as part of a municipal lease, which will cover half the cost of a vehicle. In addition, once current K-9 Officer Max retires in about two years, the Campaign will also fund the officer's replacement.

Councilmen Mike Beury, a member of the K-9 Campaign, made the announcement, which was met with deep appreciation.

“The work you (K-9 Campaign) do is incredible and we appreciate it,” said Jim Smith, councilmen.

“This is a generous offer,” said Mayor Leo Lutz.

The Crown Vics will no longer be made. Interim Police Chief Jack Brommer was able to find a model that could have all the current equipment transferred.

“Officer Ed Mann (Max' handler) is a big part of this and deserves a lot of thanks,” said Connie Beury, a key member of the K-9 Campaign.

“This is a huge plus for the borough,” said Mary Barninger, council woman.


Monday, October 10, 2011

Construction reduces eastbound Wrights Ferry Bridge on Route 30 to one lane

Construction reduces eastbound Wrights Ferry Bridge on Route 30 to one lane

After tonight's council meeting

join me for a live chat after tonight's borough council meeting, probably somewhere in the neighborhood of between 9:30 10 p.m. Find out first what happened tonight and we'll discuss other activities in the borough.

Tide girls fall to fourth

The Columbia girls' volleyball team is now fourth in the Class A power ratings: http://tripletdad33.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/d3-g-volleyball-a-week-6.pdf

Sunday, October 9, 2011

My angle on Friday's game

Through six games of the 2011 football season, there have been a lot of interesting things happen to the Columbia Crimson Tide football team Prior to Friday's Homecoming game with Northern Lebanon, the Tide had not played a home game on Friday night.

They had not had their starting quarterback since the first half of the season opener.

And they were really only not in one game this season, their first loss of the season three weeks ago against Class AAAA power Daniel Boone. There was the dramatic comeback against Boiling Springs two weeks ago and a dominating performance last week against Elco.

Those were the team highlights. The individual highlights have been many as well. Far too many to list.

Friday night in the second Section 3 game of the season, there were the first 23 minutes, 59 seconds and the final 24 minutes and one second. It all added up to a 42-26 by the visiting Vikings.

The Tide, who won their league opener a week ago over Elco, was one of three unbeaten teams (standings-wise) in Section 3. Northern Lebanon was the other and the team, which will take a huge effort to beat, Lancaster Catholic, is the other.

Columbia dominated most of the first half.

It was senior leadership and the stellar play of two of their big guns that got the Tide off to a big start. Those two big guns are seniors Seth Lefever and Michael Burke. On the Tide's first 11 plays, which was a 70-yard scoring drive, the two had their hands in all 11 plays. Lefever (11-13-0, 145), completed three passes to Burke and one to Will Kreiser and ran six plays. Burke also ran the ball once for 16 yards and a score that put the Tide ahead 6-0 as the PAT was blocked with 5:59 left in the opening period.

And on the Vikings' first series as they were most of the first half, the Tide defense did its job and NL punted. Three plays later, Lefever and Burke combined for a 54-yard catch and throw and then Burke caught a two-point conversion from former starting QB Tyler Harrison, who was seeing his first action since the Eastern opener. With 3:21 left in the first quarter, the Tide was rolling, 14-0.

On the kickoff, Nick Nobile recovered a Viking fumble, but the Tide couldn't convert and punted. Again, the Tide defense came up big and on their next possession, the Tide fumbled, their first turnover of the night.

Northern Lebanon again had trouble moving the ball, thanks to a couple of major penalties. It looked like the Tide had another scoring opportunity wiped out by a series of penalties. Columbia's next score was set up by a Lefever interception of Tanner Dresch, which began a Harrison to Lefever score covering 26 yards to give the Tide a 20-0 lead with just under three minutes left in the first half. And for the second time in the first half, Columbia had its PAT blocked.

That's when Northern Lebanon got a little momentum. Behind the running of Dresch, Ryan Daub and Colton Ryan, the Vikings got on the scoreboard when Dresch fired the first of his two touchdown passes to Oscar Maysonet, this one covering 27 yards and at the break, it was a 20-7 score.

The second half was a much different story. The Vikings scored on their first possession of the half on a second throw and catch from Dresch to Maysonet. The big play on the drive was a 15-yard roughing the passer penalty against the Tide on a third down incomplete pass, which allowed the Viking drive to continue.

Now a 20-14 game with a little more than eight minutes left in the third quarter, things were getting a little tight. After being forced to punt, the Tide's defense came up big again. Burke picked up a fumble and scampered 35 yards for a score. After missing their third PAT of the game, the Tide again was up two scores.

But on the ensuing kickoff, Daub sprinted 87 yards with the football for a score and all the sudden, the Tide's lead was down to 26-20 with five minutes still left in the third quarter.

Still no problem as the Tide, back on offense moved right down field. They were faced with a third and two at the Viking 25 and got one yard. On fourth down with 11.3 seconds left in the quarter,. Lefever was stopped just short of the first down, giving the ball back to the Vikings.

Fifty-four seconds into the fourth quarter, Daub broke off a 69-yard run, up the middle and for the first time in the game, the Vikings led, 27-26.

It still wasn't much of a problem, until the Tide coughed up the football on a pass completion, giving the ball back to NL near midfield. And, with every play on the ground, the Vikings went up nine points Another second half turning point was on the ensuing kickoff. The Vikings opted for a pooch kick, which caught the Tide flat-footed and they recover. Three plays later, Ryan busted one 39 yards for the final score of the game with 3:46 left.

Columbia tried again to score, but had a pass picked off with two minutes left.




Tide still leads power ratings

Despite its loss Friday, the Tide still has a big lead in the Class A power ratings: http://tripletdad33.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/fb-1a-wk6.pdf

Guiles honored by MAC

Columbia grad Ben Guiles receives another honor at the Valley: http://godutchmen.com/news/2011/10/9/FB_1009115236.aspx

Friday, October 7, 2011

Welcome Football Friday

WGAL's Football Friday will feature Columbia TONIGHT and broadcast from the Turkey Hill Experience beginning at 11:35 p.m.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Fire Prevention Night

Please join the Columbia Borough Risk Watch Coalition,
for a fun filled and exciting learning experience
focusing on Fire Prevention & Safety
 Apparatus & Equipment Displays
Fire Truck Rides
STOP, DROP & ROLL
Columbia Police K-9 Unit
Search & Rescue Unit
Susquehanna Valley EMS & QRS
Fire Extinguisher Demonstrations
Free Prizes & Give-aways
Free Food & Refreshments
Fire Safety
OPEN HOUSE
“Learn Not
To Burn”
Susquehanna Fire & Rescue Company #4.
Columbia Borough Police Department
TIME: 6:00 PM—8:30 PM
10 & Manor Streets
Columbia, PA 17512
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
JAY BARNINGER: 717.684.3959
JERRY WASCHE: 717.285.7999
Susquehanna Fire & Rescue Company
Phone: 717.684.5844
Fax: 717-684-6456
www.susquehannafire.org
Susquehanna Valley EMS
DATE: 10/12/2011

Coffee, chat and some football

It was suggested earlier on one of my chats to do one Saturday morning, when folks have off work. So this Saturday, let's chat around 10 a.m.

Get there early

For those venturing to the hill for the game tomorrow -- there are three class reunions going to be at the game, its also Homecoming and Football Friday will also be in attendance. so what I am saying without drawing a picture -- don't wait till the last minute to get there -- you might find parking tough and in the ticket line to get in. Plus. you'll miss a pretty good football game and perhaps Homecoming!

Top county official visits

Former West Hempfield Township manager Charlie Douts, now a top official with Lancaster County, was among the many visitors to the Columbia Market House this morning.

Lebanon Daily News preview of week six

They are calling it a can't miss game tomorrow: http://www.gametimepa.com/lebanon/ci_19050271

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Northern Lebanon previrw from Lebanon Daily News

HS FOOTBALL: Northern Lebanon: Loaded with options - GameTimePA.com

Columbia Police reports

REGINA ROMAINE SANTIAGO, AGE 50, OF
COLUMBIA, WAS CITED FOR DRIVING WHILE OPERATING PRIVILEGE IS FOR DRIVING WHILE OPERATING PRIVILEGE IS
SUSPENDED OR REVOKED, AT SECOND AND WALNUT STREETS, SEPT. 27.

ALBA IVELISSE MOLINA, AGE 27, OF MOUNTVILLE,
WAS CITED FOR DRIVING WHILE OPERATING PRIVILEGE IS SUSPENED
OR REVOKED, D.U.I. RELATED, ON LANCASTER AVENUE, SEPT. 27.

KEITH A. FAUTH, AGE 37, OF BAINBRIDGE, WAS
CITED FOR DRIVING WHILE OPERATING PRIVILEGE IS SUSPENDED OR
REVOKED AND FOR RESTRAINT SYSTEM, AT 15TH AND LANCASTER
AVENUE, SEPT. 27.

JOANNE FAYE HERSHEY, AGE 66, OF WILLOW
STREET, WAS CITED FOR OBEDIENCE TO TRAFFIC CONTROL DEVICES
ON SOUTH FRONT STREET, SEPT. 27.

THE FOLLOWING PERSONS WERE CITED FOR DRIVING
WHILE OPERATING PRIVILEGE IS SUSPENDED OR REVOKED SEPT. 29: ELIZABETH R. AULT, AGE 24, OF COLUMBIA, ON
HOUSTON STREET; BENNIE R. JOHNSON, AGE 41, OF READING, AT
ROUTE 441 AND ROUTE 30; MATTHEW F. MOTTER, AGE 39, OF COLUMBIA,
IN THE 600 BLOCK OF WALNUT STREET. MOTTER WAS ALSO CITED
FOR OPERATION OF VEHICLE WITHOUT OFFICIAL CERTIFICATE OF
EMISSIONS AND FOR OPERATION OF VEHICLE WITHOUT OFFICIAL
CERTIFICATE OF INSPECTION.

MICHELE KNAPPENBERGER, AGE 32, OF LITITZ,
WAS CITED FOR OBEDIENCE TO TRAFFIC CONTROL DEVICES AT
LINDEN AND THIRD STREETS, SEPT. 29 .

THEODORE R. ORTMAN, III, AGE 29, OF COLUMBIA,
WAS CITED IN THE 400 BLOCK OF LOCUST STREET, FOR PUBLIC
DRUNKENNESS,OCT. 2.

MICHAEL JAMES LESCHKE, III, AGE 19, OF COLUMBIA, WAS
CITED FOR DISORDERLY CONDUCT; PUBLIC DRUNKENNESS; AND
FOR PURCHASE, CONSUMPTION, POSSESSION OR TRANSPORTATION
OF LIQUOR OR MALT OR BREWED BEVERAGES, IN THE 200 BLOCK OF
WALNUT STREET,SEPT. 27.

ROBERT LEE GARBER, II, AGE 34, OF MOUNT JOY,
WAS CITED FOR PUBLIC DRUNKENNESS IN THE 400 BLOCK OF UNION
STREET, SEPT. 30
.
KEVIN ANDREW DISHART, JR., AGE 24, OF MIDDLETOWN,
WAS CITED FOR OPERATION OF VEHICLE WITHOUT OFFICIAL
CERTIFICATE OF INSPECTION, IN THE 300 BLOCK OF LINDEN STREET,
OCT. 1.

DONALD L. MICHAEL, III, AGE 46, OF COLUMBIA,
WAS CITED FOR DRIVING WHILE OPERATING PRIVILEGE IS
SUSPENDED OR REVOKED, IN THE 200 BLOCK OF SOUTH FIFTH. STREET,
SEPT. 29.

Tide's Flory is honored

SECTION 3
BACK OF THE WEEK – Donegal RB-DB Johnnie Martin had 16 carries for 258 yards and 3 touchdown runs and 2 catches for 40 yards and a score on offense, and on defense he had 5 tackles and an interception in the Indians’ 28-21 win at Pequea Valley.

LINEMAN OF THE WEEK – Columbia OG-LB Bryan Flory had a high blocking grad on film on offense, and on defense he had 16 total tackles – 3 for losses – in the Crimson Tide’s 34-7 victory at Elco.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

21 and counting

Don't know if you have been following the real estate settlements in the Sunday News each week, other than the numerous sheriff sales, one constant has been BHI Properties out of Mifflintown.

The property management firm, according to county records, owns up to 21 properties in the borough, if not more.

BHI is buying up properties in town that are single family dwellings and converting them into Section 8 or multiple family units. I was told last week by a member of borough council, a local broker is involved in this and at least one property was sold to BHI and the deal was negated after the seller found out what was going on. In addition, they are asking for appeals of their tax assessments as

BHI is located at 366 Empire Dr., Mifflintown.

Here is a list of their recent purchases and I think you might add another one, I saw for sale in the 200 block of South Fifth St. today.

  • 1007 Cloverton
  • 127 Bethel
  • 212 N. Second
  • 137 S. Fifth
  • 557 Avenue H
  • 443 Cherry
  • 333 Perry
  • 317 N. Second
  • 316 Perry
  • 486 Manor
  • 309 Mill
  • 105 Bethel
  • 225 N. 3rd
  • 443 N. 3rd
  • 1047 Cloverton
  • 477 Manor
  • 243 Perry
  • 240 N. 2nd
  • 806 Plane
  • 128 Perry
  • 314 S. 2nd
  • 245 N. 2nd
  • 543 N. 2nd
  • 529 Concord
  • 234 Walnut
  • 310 Avenue D
  • 124 Perry
  • 126 Perry

Vote for 4

Michael Burke will be representing Columbia in the 2011 edition of Mr. Touchdown.  WHP-580 is inviting listeners and fans to vote for their favorite high school football player as often as they can at WHP580.com. Fans can vote as often as they like until the polls close at11:59 p.m. on November 6th.  With the voting being done online, the fans do not even need to be in the local area to vote.Michael Burke will be representing Columbia in the 2011 edition of Mr. Touchdown.  WHP-580 is inviting listeners and fans to vote for their favorite high school football player as often as they can at WHP580.com. Fans can vote as often as they like until the polls close at11:59 p.m. on November 6th.  With the voting being done online, the fans do not even need to be in the local area to vote.

From Monday's LIVE CHAT

Last night during the LIVE CHAT, there were questions about vehicles break-ins. Here is advice from the Columbia Police Department.
"Keep their car doors locked and valuables out of sight. Also people that have GPS units need to clean of the round suction cup marks off the window. People can see that they have one and alot of people jsut don't take them out of their vehicle. Loose change is also something they look for. The less people see the better."

Monday, October 3, 2011

Update power ratings, Tide extends lead

Here are the week five Class A power ratings, the Tide has extended its lead: http://tripletdad33.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/fb-1a-w5.pdf

New Monday October chat

Join me tonight at 7 p.m., on COLUMBIA TALK, to discuss issues involving our great town. Here is the link: