Sunday, July 31, 2011


(Drawing by Cole Umber  
All rights reserved)

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Two Columbia Men Charged in Assault

Two Columbia men have been charged with assaulting the brother of a man who was stabbed in the Borough last Saturday morning.  Go HERE for more info.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Columbia Police Aid in Road Rage Incident - Possible Shots Fired

Columbia Borough Police aided other local departments in response to a road rage incident that happened yesterday on Route 462.
Go HERE for more info.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

More Info on Those Cameras

For what it's worth, I was just told by a reliable eyewitness 
that the installation of the River Park surveillance cameras 
was begun Monday morning, July 18, promptly at 9 o'clock 
and completed sometime that day.
The installers were two men who arrived there in a truck with
"Video Surveillance" painted on the side.
Several readers have voiced their concerns about
the cameras in the comments section at the bottom of
Two commenters state that the 
cameras are monitored by police,
but others sound unconvinced. 


Sunday, July 24, 2011

Man Stabbed Multiple Times in Columbia

It happened early this morning on Union Street.  Go HERE and HERE for more info.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

What I Saw - July 20, 2011

As usual, I took a look at River Park . . . 

 I saw a sign for a falcon watch, 

 a sign for a life jacket zone, 

 and a sign of the times - 

these two surveillance cameras.
There's an excellent article about such cameras 

Sunday, July 17, 2011

What I Saw - July 17, 2011

This is the aftermath of a vehicle accident that occurred last night at 10:14 on 3rd Street, just north of Walnut.  According to chatter on the scanner, a young woman was trapped in the vehicle, and the Hambones crew removed part of the fence to free her.  The vehicle also took out a small tree (pictured on the left).  The woman and a male occupant of the car were taken to the hospital, treated, and released.  
There might be charges pending. 

Saturday, July 16, 2011 Reviews Bully's

They rated it "Excellent."  Go HERE.

Friday, July 15, 2011

What I Saw (Heard) - July 14, 2011

Falcon chicks squealing

Soon, they'll leave the nest and discover their extraordinary 
gift for flight (if they don't fall into the river). 
I hope they can get - and stay - airborne. 

What I Saw - July 13, 2011

K-9 training

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

What I Saw - July 12, 2011

 Fence at Abel Notary  
(I liked the lighting.) 

 New construction at the Superfund site 
along 441
(Click HERE for more info about this site.) 

 This sign hung on the fence at the above-mentioned site.  
"Violators MAY be prosecuted"?
Does that mean they MIGHT be prosecuted, 
or they're PERMITTED to be prosecuted"?  
Tricky thing, that English language.  
Whatever the case, the message still isn't as strong as
the traditional - and more threatening - "Violators WILL be prosecuted." 

 Near the Columbia Plaza 
(A sign of the times?) 
Compare with the pic below from the 
Great Depression. 

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Weekend Wrap-up - July 10, 2011

Some pics from this week. . .
(Click on 'em.)

Old fixtures from the former M&T building at 4th & Locust
(in the handicapped parking space, no less)  

Even more dungin' out at M&T 

Canoes at Chiques Rock Outfitters

More canoes . . . 
Rent one, and support a local business. 

A week later, and . . . 
yup, it's still there. 
(A tangle of wire at 2nd Street and Avenue I) 

A new business at the former United Telephone building 

Sun tea slow brewin' on the front porch 
(400 block of Locust)

In the words of John Hartford:
"Where else but a muddy old river 
would a person want to be?"  

Does it include the box? 

Or the nails?  
(Bridge Street)  

Gang graffiti?
(Bridge Street)
(Makes you long for the days of "Frodo lives!") 

(Bridge Street)

Nothing like taking Rover along on the jet ski, 
as long as he's wearing his life jacket, of course. 

Another victim of the mesh? 

An armada of geese 

A lone duck

High up on the side of the house at 
Locust and the highway

Far be it from me to knock anyone's religion, but . . . 

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Columbia K9 Unit Aids in Search

The Columbia Borough Police K9 Unit aided Manor Township Police in a search for two boys believed to have stolen items from vehicles.
Go here:

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

It appears that once again I struck a nerve - or several of them - with my observations about a duck blind I saw on the Susquehanna.  Actually, the structure might not be a duck blind after all, but rather an observation post from which to watch shore birds.  Several readers posted comments that expressed different points of view. The comments are at the bottom of the post HERE.

Summertime Blues

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

What I Saw - July 4 & 5, 2011

 Thankfully, the canoe guy at Chiques Rock Outfitters bagged 
the accumulating trash from boaters arriving from the islands, 
otherwise it would have overflowed.  
It's not his duty to do so.  He did it as a 
public service to help keep the area cleaned up.  
 Work continues at the former M & T building.  

Created in Columbia 

Monday, July 4, 2011

More Sights in the Night Sky

After the July Fourth fireworks are over, go HERE to find out
when and where to see more displays in the night sky over Columbia.  

Car Hits Fireworks Tent

Residents were almost treated to some unexpected fireworks yesterday at 7 p.m., when a gray Saturn Ion traveling west hit the edge of a fireworks tent at 12th Street and Lancaster Avenue.  No one was seriously injured.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Weekend Wrap-Up

A heron keeping watch

Trash along the shore at River Park

 A damsel, apparently not in distress

 This pile of trash (also at River Park)
included powdered foods, cough drops, antacid tablets,
empty drug vials, disposable razors, and reading glasses.
There were also large drops of coagulated blood nearby,
as well as godonlyknows 
what other kinds of bodily fluids.
The Columbia Borough Police 
cleaned up the mess. 

 Further down the river on one of the small islands across 
from the Blue Rock Road boat launch area stood this 
duck blind, which helps hunters blow away unsuspecting 
water fowl. 

 But strangely enough, this sign was attached to it, 
which stressed the area's importance to bird conservation.  

 This notification of the duck blind was posted 
a few hundred feet from shore - 
no lights, no reflectors.  
I don't know how boaters traveling at night 
avoid hitting it.  

Almost sunset

Yeah, right.

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