A busy day for fire fighters today in Columbia.

IMG_20141120_110043     It was a busy day today for fire fighters today. Around lunch time there were two active fire incidents in Columbia. One was at the Old State Theater, where an outlet started to smoke. Fire fighters quickly responded to turned off the power to the building until the faulty outlet was replaced. Mikey a worker there said it was smoldering when they got there, and the second one was a garage on Ave G, that was fully engulfed when fire trucks got there on scene.  I saw Mountville, Blue Rock, Columbia, and a few others on scene! Good job firefighters…


A hidden secret…

Gramma's Home Accents

Gramma’s Home Accents

When walking through town the other day I stumbled on this store in Columbia on Locust Street. The name if the store is called Gramma’s Home Accents. Owner Rich Sabatino, opened the store January 7th, 2014. This place is beautiful on the inside and out, and Rich has many things for purchase, focusing on furnishings for your home, so whether you need a customized table, shelves, or decorations this is the place to go, and did I mention his prices are right on target, and he delivers anywhere! The store address is 417 Locust Street, Columbia, Pa. 17512. Rich’s phone number is 717-342-2548. They are open from Tuesday-Saturday 10AM-5PM. See pictures for a sneak peak into this beautiful store!


Clean Air… Rumors vs. The facts…

Picture submitted by Cole

Picture submitted by Cole Umber from Columbia-17512.

Today I had the pleasure of talking with Sgt. Jacobs from the Columbia Borough Police Department, and I was able to clarify a few facts about the accident that claimed the life of Sis. First all both occupants in the car passed a sobriety test. They both voluntarily offered the officer the test. Both occupants had clean driving records, the car does not look like it was speeding at a high rate of speed either according to Jacobs. The question still remains though at press time on who was driving the car. Witnesses claim the woman was, and some claim the man was. At this point we do not know, but this looks like a honest accident, and not something that was done out of carelessness. The Columbia Borough Police once again would like to talk to anyone that has pictures of the accident or have witnessed the accident to come forward. They can be reached at 717-684-7735, Sgt. Jacobs is leading the investigation.

One another note regarding Cole Umber, and the camera issue. Mr. Jacobs also responded that he never had the intention of taking away Cole’s camera. Another officer from West Hempfield name Mullen’s pointed Cole out as they were still trying to clear the accident scene. So Kudos to Jacobs for clearing this up, and being transparent where others in the past have failed! I hope this post can give the Brown family some closure knowing that it was an accident, and to the ignorant people that were there taking photos of the victim shame on you all. You should have more respect, and morals. Thank you.


Clearing the air of rumors…

     It has come to my attention that there are some very bad rumors going around about Cole from Columbia17512. A few days ago Jody Gable, a council woman on Columbia Boroughs council posted a message on Facebook accusing Cole of taking pictures of a certain crime scene. After doing a thorough investigation, talking to witnesses, and police I’ve learned Gable-1that Ms. Brown was whisked away in the ambulance way before Cole even arrived on the scene, and therefor he did not take those pictures as some people alleged. I also personally looked at Cole’s camera today, and saw that the photos he took in no way were disrespectful of the Brown family or the late Ms. Brown. Someone spread a horrible rumor, and once again everyone involved on Jody’s Facebook page jumped on the wagon with her. Cole did not arrive on the scene until 7:20PM, the first recorded time on his camera, and was there on the scene approximately a half hour until a certain police officer violated his first amendment rights, and threatened to take his camera for evidence. Through out this whole situation and terrible tragedy’s past and present I have never known Cole to do the things that you accused him of Jody Gable, and I think you owe him a personal apology for your ignorance. Also to make it clear to the Columbia Borough Police officers, you can not legally stop people from taking pictures on public streets. I agree that some things could be considered immoral, and disrespectful but you guys should of been focused on the teenagers with the cell phones that were there way before Cole was on scene. These were the people being disrespectful by snapping pictures of Sis at the accident scene, maybe you guys could of sealed off the area immediately, and while your at it maybe you should ask those teenagers to come forward as my son did and tell the officers what really happened, and who was really driving that car. Maybe their pictures will shed some light on this. The only thing Cole is guilty of is being the target of someone that clearly should not be on the borough council in my opinion.  Thank you.

A Columbia icon lost to a terrible accident.

mildredsisMildred “Sis” Brown, 89, of 123 N. 3rd St., Columbia, PA died on Saturday at Lancaster General Hospital as a result of injuries sustained in an accident. She was the wife of the late Alexander Brown.

Born in Columbia, she was the daughter of the late George and Gertrude McPeak. Sis did domestic cleaning for various clients. She was a member of Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church and was a former church sexton. She was well known throughout the community of Columbia and could be seen walking around the community every day. She was a history buff, especially about the history of Columbia. She was an avid reader and writer and spent many hours with her Great-Great Grandson, Teagan. Sis was an Icon in Columbia and will be missed by the entire community.

Surviving is a Son: Timothy Brown of Columbia, PA and Grandchildren: Brian Brown of Columbia, PA, Kim wife of Paul Storm of Hellam, PA and Jennifer Brown of Columbia, PA, 3 Grandchildren, 3 Great-Grandchildren and 1 Great-Great Grandson. She was predeceased by a Daughter-In-Law: Donna Brown and 9 Siblings.

A Coming Home Life Celebration will be held for Sis on Friday, November 14, 2014 at 11:00 AM (VIEWING: 9:00AM-11:00AM) from the Columbia United Methodist Church, 5th & Walnut Streets, Columbia, PA. Interment will be in Habecker’s Cemetery. The family requests that flowers be omitted. Memorial Contributions in Sis’s memory may be made to the Columbia Crimson Tide Education Foundation, P.O. Box 548, Columbia, PA 17512. Arrangements by the Clyde W. Kraft Funeral Home, Inc., Columbia/Landisville.

A friend.. A mother.. A grandmother… A great grandmother… Columbia Icon ran down by careless driver..

mildredsis     Sadly on 11-8-2014, a icon that has been in Columbia for 89 years old was ran down by a careless driver. At approximately 6:45pm Mildred ‘SIS’ McPeat Brown, was crossing Third street in a cross walk when a small red car was speeding through the intersection of Third, and Walnut, striking Mildred at a high rate of speed. As soon as she was struck the woman driver of the car slammed on her brakes and slid approximately 15 feet before her vehicle stopped. After the accident Mildred was lying in the street unresponsive. Everyone that saw the accident including my son was shocked. The car that slammed into her so hard threw all her belongings across the intersection, and in an instant a life was gone. Mildred, known as “Sis” was a kind hearted soul from Columbia that never had anything bad to say, and loved her town. She could be seen almost everyday talking with someone, or trying to lend a helping hand. She was one of the last good icons from this wonderful river town and will be missed. ColumbiaPaOnline.com sends our condolences to Tim Brown, Jen Brown, and Kayla Cruz, and everyone else that knew her. To most people in Columbia whether related or not, she was family, and will never ever be forgotten. This is a strong reminder that when driving through our town, the speed limit clearly says 25mph, not 50… So please drive safe out there so there are no more tragedies such as this one. Sis did not deserve this, and personally I hope the driver is held accountable. The Columbia Borough Police are looking for witnesses. If you saw the accident you are encouraged to call the police department at 717-684-7735. Thank you.



Elderly woman hit by car…

SisBREAKING NEWS!!! Approximately 6:45 a elderly woman known as Sis was walking across third street and got struck by a red sports car. People on the scene said they saw it happen quickly. The woman was not breathing, and people on the scene are calling her “Sis”. Please pray for her .

8 Dollars and they will make you Holla!

drugneedleHas anyone taken notice that Downtown Columbia has a very bad drug problem? For the last week I have had countless crackheads come into my store and ask me to buy things for $8? Turns out according to a drug addict I asked today that there is a dealer in the vicinity of my shop that is selling hits of heroin for $8 a hit? That would explain why I’ve been finding needles, and knives and other things in the alley beside the store. Please Columbia police put a cap on this dealer, as he is making it a horrible place to do business in Columbia, especially when I have the same druggie coming into my store every day trying to sell me stolen items for $8! People need to be more vigilant and report suspected drug activities to the Columbia Borough Police department. Their number is 717-684-7735. Please… Before someone dies in our alley.


Eric Frein captured!

ericfrienAfter about 10 million dollars of our hard earned tax money spent. Suspect Eric Frein has finally been cornered and captured. Frien is the one accused of killing a state police trooper, and injuring another one back in September. The state police made sure to place him in their fallen comrades handcuffs too. Although the media portrays him as a cop killer, other media sources allege that the state trooper was having an affair with his wife. ( AOL SOURCE )  ( Price Law Offices ). You be the judge, but something smells a little fishy here, and when is the last time the police sent out 1000 men to find someone local??? It doesn’t happen, at least not in Columbia…Also did I mention how Hannibal Lector and Frein look alike??? Maybe distant cousins??? Have a nice day!