Saturday, July 31, 2010

July - The Month in Review

And so farewell and good riddance to July 2010, a month that should have been outlawed and expunged, weatherwise.  The heat and humidity were worse than they had a right to be.
Anyway, here are a few pics from July that didn't make it to the blog previously:
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On a roll . . . 
This roving gang of marauding youths
had fun rolling a trash can at River Park.

In memory of Young E-Z


Turkey vulture

Tide pride

The construction continues at CHS.

Chair under the tree of knowledge

The table has turned.

Lazy K


RR crossing


The End of a Long Hot Month

Orchid Mania at Modest Gallery

An art exhibit showcasing the works of Joyce Durkin, Wendy Bare Kimmel, and the jewelry collections of Heather Marston and Lisa Mercer will be held on Friday, August 6, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. will be held at Modest Gallery, 427 Locust Street, Columbia.
CLICK HERE for more information.

What I Saw Today (July 31, 2010)

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What were those lines from Pleasant Valley Sunday:

Rows of houses that are all the same,
And no one seems to care.

Well maybe not completely the same, 
but close enough.

Cell phone antennas . . on an elementary school?
(Park Elementary, to be exact.)
The jury is still out on this, but it doesn't seem like a good idea 
to have a radiation source near children's developing brains.

More info HERE.

Even a moose knows which way
the wind blows in this town.

This is just wrong on so many levels.

Difference of opinion

So, does this mean you can get
into the water as long as you don't move your arms, that is, when being baptized?
Or does it mean you shouldn't swim but drown instead?
Does the NO SWIMMING rule apply only
to the boat ramp and kayak launching areas (where such signs are posted), 
or does it mean you can't swim in the river at all?
I hope the latter isn't true.
How ludicrous it would be if a person can't SWIM in a RIVER.

Someone's really not getting the idea.
The container clearly says SCRAP FISHING LINE.
Nowhere does it say empty soda bottles and other trash.
There is a trash can several steps away from where this container is located.
Anyone walking would pass said trash receptacle on their way up the steps.  
It's the height (or depth) of laziness not to
carry a few pieces of trash to their rightful place.  

Same basic idea as stated above

Partied out

This notice was taped to a door on Second Street.

Interestingly, though, the air conditioner
was running, and the second floor
windows were open.

Doctor Who must be around here somewhere.
Or maybe Doc Emmett Brown.

I hate to admit it, but there's something
about these types of windows
that makes you WANT to break them.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Race and Ancestry in Columbia

CLICK HERE for some interesting data on race and ancestry in Columbia.

Notes from a Former Columbian

I recently received the following e-mail from a former Columbian.  (Reprinted with the permission of the author.  Name withheld.)

Hi Cole,
I would like to send a note of appreciation to you for your Columbia blog website and encourage you to keep up the good work.
Like you, I grew up in the town and maintain an enduring attachment even though I live far away, having moved away in 1965. Your website is like a window back in time and place for me and I enjoy keeping up with your latest news and photos. Especially because I live on the other side of the world now.
I was born there in the late 40's and grew up taking in all the great features of the town, an era that I think is now lost to so many young folks. The times have certainly changed. I moved away for school and then the world just drew me away to so many other places and experiences.
 I grew up near Janson's playground and had the luxury of a playground, a town park and a cemetery to play in when younger and Cherry Street hill to sled on in winter.  That was when the school teachers ran the Janson's Park playground for the summer activities.
 In hindsight, life was good for us thanks to the generations of Columbians who built and developed the town before we got there. Let's hope the present generation can appreciate the value of the town and preserve it. Your blog is a great step in that direction. I guess you're picking up where the old "Columbia News" newspaper left off. That 'find' in the bank basement looks to be very interesting. I hope someone can digitize some of it for research.
Anyway, thanks again for your blog and your efforts to help others appreciate Columbia.
Well done
An "old" friend of the town

What I Saw Today (July 30, 2010)

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New parking meter reader

Broken window - 300 block of Locust
(Actually, it looks like two are broken out.  I'm not sure which one caused today's shards on the sidewalk, but there was a broken window at this same building a few months ago.)

The resulting shards
(This area of the sidewalk was taped off.)

Someone really didn't like these meters.
(Fourth Street)

State Theater
I saw a lot of good movies here as a kid.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

What I Saw Today (July 29, 2010)

Responding to the call

Returning from the call


Leaving the Nest - A Notice

Notices have been posted at the River Park regarding the falcons who have nested under the Veterans' Memorial Bridge.  Click on the photo of the notice for full details.

Even More Info on the Turkey Hill Experience Project


Wednesday, July 28, 2010

What I Saw Today (July 28, 2010)

Coming up at River park

Medical emergency at 7:45 p.m.
at the American Legion . . .

Turkey Hill Experience

Officials from Turkey Hill and Columbia Borough unveiled a banner at the site of the former silk mill on 3rd Street to signify that the site is ready for construction.  More info is here:

Additional info here:

Oil Spill in Susquehanna River

A tanker truck overturned yesterday in Dauphin County, spilling 7300 gallons of oil into the Susquehanna River.  Here's the link:

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

What I Saw Today (July 27, 2010)

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Several Views

I give credit where credit is due, and someone removed the weeds behind Wagon Werks Apartments.

Monday, July 26, 2010

What I Saw Today (July 26, 2010)

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The weed situation at Manor School Apartments is atrocious. I don't know why the property was left to fall into such a state and why no one is doing anything about it.

I did see some other sights, however . . .

It's a clean machine. 
(Hambones at 10th & Manor)

Street artist

Takin' 'er easy
(River Park)

Crimson Tide

After practicing in the CHS lot

Biding time

Waiting for the light

And here's why we desperately need that
truck bypass to keep the tractor-trailers out of the middle of town.  The truck pictured was the second in a series that almost took out the Toyota . . .

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