Construction on the railroad crossing on Route 441 between Locust and Union Streets and adjacent areas along the railroad tracks got underway today. Detours have been set up to reroute traffic around the area.
At Locust Street Park today, Puerto Rican Americans rallied to promote the addition of Puerto Rico as 51st state of the United States. The rally coincided with various rallies around the country, including those in New York, New Jersey, and Washington DC.
Island residents were granted U.S. citizenship in 1917, yet they cannot vote in presidential elections, though Puerto Ricans living in the continental United States can.
This past Friday, Ron Mable, volunteer superintendent of Mount Bethel Cemetery, gave an informative tour of the cemetery grounds. The tour was sponsored by the Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce. The 300-year-old cemetery holds the remains of veterans from all our country's major wars, as well as local personages from the past, including Columbia poet and painter, Lloyd Mifflin, and his father, John Houston Mifflin.
Currently, the cemetery is struggling financially. If it "goes under," Columbia Borough will take over ownership and be responsible for the maintenance of the grounds.
Here, Ron Mable shows the grave marker of Joseph S. Hagman, a Union Civil War veteran who was a prisoner at Andersonville, a Confederate prison in Georgia.