Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Davy Jones - 1945-2012

         Photo: Ann Johansson

Rainy Day Observations

Where does the sky go
Out in the endless rain?
Even the geese are confused,
Seeking solace amid the air.

It's leap day and the geese are confused. They're heading north, chasing the sky, oblivious to the rain. Flocks of them, quarter-mile vees. Maybe they're going to Middle Creek to sort it all out, but they're too late for winter and too early for spring.

Above a farmer's field, swarms of stragglers swirl in ordered chaos, searching for resolution. Instinct will eventually drive them to their destination, but as the rain intensifies, they're forced to descend and huddle.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Occupy Borough Hall

A few dozen people (vendors, customers, and other concerned citizens) assembled peacefully in front of the municipal building tonight to protest Carmen Swinehart's termination as Columbia Market House manager, while borough officials met inside in a closed-door executive session. 


Protest at Borough Hall tonight @ 6 p.m.

There will be a protest held tonight in front of Borough Hall at 6PM in support for Carmen, and to disband the Trust. We are encouraging all citizens and supporters of the Columbia Market House to be there!
(Reposted - with permission - from ColumbiaPaOnline)

More on the Market House Controversy

Lancaster Newspapers has picked up the story about Carmen Swinehart's termination from the Columbia Market House.
Click HERE for the article.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Rivertowne Botanical - The Photography of Dan Walczyk

The date on Daniel Walczyk "A Night At The Gallery" was listed in error as Thursday, March 9. The CORRECT date is Thursday, March 8.
Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused. Hope to see you here at the gallery for his opening Friday, February 24 and for his artist talk on Thursday, March 8. Details below...

Their website is HERE.

What I Saw - 2-17-12

Outside the Market House on Friday. . .

More on this story HERE.

Friday, February 17, 2012

What's Happening at the Market House?

I received the following e-mail last night from Jesse at

It's official, Columbia residents. What was a thriving Market House up to last week may be a thing of the past. The Columbia Historic Market House Trust officially fired Carmen Swinehart today in an act of cowardice. 
It all started a few days ago. You see, the Market House, which is Borough-owned, and managed by a group of misfits in my opinion, fired the only Market House manager that actually started to pull it out of the red, and it all started over an email incident. 

According to former Market House Manager Carmen Swinehart, the Market's email account was hacked into by a Market House committee member and another non member a few days ago. Due to the sensitive nature I cannot name names, nor will I at this point in time, but when learning about the hack, it was admitted to Dave Rupp by the person that hacked the account. Sensitive information was compromised, and when Carmen confronted Dave Rupp about the issue, her contract was terminated. Right before her termination Mr. Rupp offered Carmen two options, with two different letters. Option one was to resign, and option two was to be fired. Carmen asked why, and they would not give any comment. She took the firing, and then she left. Three members of the committee were not informed until after the firing. 

Going down to the Market House today you could see banners on trucks and cars asking to reinstate Mrs. Swinehart. The Market House committee also is rumored to have asked all non food vendors to leave. According to Mr. Rupp they fired Carmen for financial reasons thinking they could run it themselves and save money. I don't know about everyone else, but currently no one on the committee has the proper credentials to run the Market House in its current form, and the vendors are currently passing a petition around asking to reinstate Carmen. 2/3 of the vendors are threatening to pull their stands out now. 

Carmen has put her heart into the Market House only to have her head served on a platter for others' personal agendas. I was able to go down and film today, and what I saw and heard first hand was horrible.

I am calling on all concerned citizens to disband and terminate The Columbia Historic Market House Trust's contract with the Borough and reinstate Carmen Swinehart. What was done to her regarding the email account is a crime. What certain members did was also unethical. 

As Dave Rupp said, according to Lancaster Newspapers. "The goal is clear: Try and figure out how we can make more money. Last year, the market generated $44,865.15 in revenue but expended nearly $49,434.69."

Newsflash Dave... How can you make money if you can't pay a manager to run it?! No one's going to do it for free! Shame on you guys...., among other people, is calling for a formal investigation into the email hacking, since accessing government emails is illegal by non government citizens. More to come on this story as it progresses. It has also came to my attention that a certain someone is targeting vendors telling them that if they don't take down Facebook comments that they will never have a business in our town. Stay tuned for updates, and copies of these letters.

It was all planned out and cowardly carried out by a bunch of spineless jellyfish!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

What I Saw - 2-9-12

A little after 3 p.m., I saw a bus stopped at 
13th and Manor.  It was leaking . . . something. 

 Just then, Mr. Fritz happened by 
and called it in to the Hambones.

 After the passengers had been moved onto 
another bus, this RRTA employee, who may 
have been the bus driver, started shoveling 
absorbent sweeping compound onto the spill.

 The Hambones soon arrived, inspected the 
scene, and began aiding in the cleanup.

 Not long after, an RRTA tow truck arrived 
and so did a fire policeman, who can be seen 
on the extreme right.

 Even though traffic had been flowing normally
and safely, he took it upon himself to begin directing.

 Or not.  

On his way back to his truck to get his gloves, 
he stopped to chat.
(What about the traffic?)

He got his gloves but needed 
something else from the truck.
(Um . . . dude . . . the traffic . . . ?)

 In a few minutes, he walked back, even 
as traffic flowed by normally and safely. . . 

until he almost directed a truck into a car, 
because no one was watching for traffic 
coming across 13th Street.

 Soon, the bus was ready for towing.

 And there it goes.

 So that's how it's done.

The End

Sunday, February 5, 2012

What I Saw - 2-5-12

 Still no step, still no chain
(100 block of Locust)

 Faded glory (100 block of Locust)

 Glowing cones

 Giant whatchamacallit at Burning Bridge
(Reminds me of what Hellboy threw down 
on the cyborg thingie in the first movie.)

 I goofed on this pic, but it shows a length 
of garden hose extending from an air conditioner 
along a roof with no spout at the edge.
(Across from the old Keystone Fire Company)

 Margo has turned away. 
Was it something I said?

 Double cross

 Whoever did this might even be a match 
for the great Tom Hermansader.

 Stolen(?) Weis Markets cart right across the 
alley from the police station.

 Oh well, it's a living.
(Or maybe just a hobby)

And the Locust Street renovations continue.

What I Saw - 2-3-12

 Almost two years ago, I placed this toy 
cowboy in a tree somewhere in Columbia. 
He's still there.

Cars but no cops.  
Actually, they were in the Minit Market 
(near Royer's).  Yes, they're entitled to a break, too.

Friday, February 3, 2012

A Look Back - Part 4: Around Town

So what does it mean?
(2nd & Walnut)

More chem trails at Thanksgiving
(2nd Street)

Don't SIAM the gate.  THAILAND 
it instead.  But seriously, this person 
doesn't want you to trespass, 
but if you do, just do it quietly.
(Walnut Street)

For mice AND men:
(Avenue I)

(4th Street)

(That's what I call getting your money's worth.)

And you fill the oil tank . . . how?
(Shawnee Run near 4th)

(5th Street)

This is just wrong on so many levels.
(Walnut Street)

That's no way to hide an attractive nuisance - 
I mean -  train car.
(Near Florence Street)

Lowering the cone at the Turkey Hill
(Well, it was worth a try.)

Holy Trinity Cemetery

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