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PSAB Honors More than 250 Individuals and Boroughs

Services Awards, Certified Borough Official Awards, Borough News Awards Presented

Hershey, PA – The Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs (PSAB) announced the recipients of the Association’s prestigious service awards at PSAB’s 106th Annual Conference at the Hershey Lodge on Tues., May 9. Awards were presented by PSAB President Chuck Mummert, Mayor of Elizabethtown Borough, Lancaster County, and Awards Committee Chairman Tom Oliverio, Mayor of Zelienople Borough, who is also a Past President of the Association. In total, more than 250 individuals and boroughs were honored.

To promote interest in good borough government and to recognize faithful and effective service by elected or appointed borough officials, PSAB has granted borough service awards to each borough official who is a member in good standing with the Association. These members must serve a minimum of 10 years at one or more boroughs. Officials are also recognized for completing a certificate of achievement leadership program and for distinguished service to the community and PSAB.

Other awards are given by the Borough News Magazine, the official publication of the Association, to recognize outstanding municipal websites, newsletters, special projects, and social media.

Other special awards honorees include:

Councilman David Bolton of McSherrystown Borough was honored with the Anthony J. Defilippi Award for his dedication to advancing PSAB’s legislative initiatives. The award is named in honor of Defilippi, a councilman from Leechburg Borough, Armstrong County, who is also a past president of the Association.

Mayor John Dorin of Montoursville Borough was honored with the A.C. Scales Award for his dedication and service to PSAB.

Five individuals were honored with the Distinguished Service Award which honors those who provide distinguished service to their communities. They are Councilman Edwin “Bo” Anthony, North Irwin Borough, Westmoreland County; Councilman Jon Bittner, California Borough, Washington County; Councilwoman Luanne Reed, Emporium Borough, Cameron County; Marlyn D. Stauffer, Jefferson Borough, York County; and Manager Dianna Walter, Lewistown Borough, Mifflin County.

Gregory Domian, from Sharpsburg Borough, Allegheny County, and Marlyn Stauffer, from Jefferson Borough, York County, were honored as the Council Members of the Year by the PA Borough Councils Association.

Mayor Bruno Carnovale, of Emporium Borough, Cameron County, was honored with the Mayor of the Year Award from the Association of Mayors of the Boroughs of PA.

PSAB is a statewide, non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to serving 956 borough governments. Since 1911, PSAB has represented the interests of boroughs and helped to shape the laws that laid their foundation. The Association improves and assists more than 9,000 borough government leaders through legislative advocacy, research, training and professional development, and programs.  Learn more about PSAB at www.boroughs.org.

Cecil K. Leberknight Awards

   

 

This award is named for Cecil K. Leberknight, a former PSAB President, in honor of his faithful service to PSAB for more than four decades. This award is given annually to promote interest in borough government and to recognize faithful and effective service by borough officials. This award is given to mayors, council members, secretaries, managers, and treasurers who have completed 10 or more years of borough service.

William F. Aguglia West View
Nancy Alexander Roseville
Vivian Amspacher North York
Harold R. Anderson Dillsburg
Melissa I. Baine Trumbauersville
Robert S. Baker Telford
Rhonda Balchun Renovo
Allen E. Bayer Zelienople
Joel A. Bigley Grove City
Steve Bomgardner Dauphin
David J. Boyko Macungie
Amy DuPree Brooks Avis
Karen Brown Nicholson
Tom Cara Tamaqua
Brian J. Carricato Vandergrift
Dawn Davis South Bethlehem
Ralph Dech Chapman
Georgia Depos DeWire Tamaqua
Christopher C. Dietz Millersburg
Charles A. Donello Nazareth
Randy A. Frey Emporium
Carolee Gifford Fountain Hill
Randy L. Gorske Cambridge Springs
Micah Gursky Tamaqua
Delores D. Hale Cambridge Springs
Helen M. Halleman Fountain Hill
Harry Edwin Hefty Watsontown
Clair Himes South Bethlehem
John R. Hoerner Highspire
Holly R. Kelley Dillsburg
Marc A. Mantini Ford City
Dorothy Matesevac Highspire
Andrew J. Mathew III Zelienople
Ivan Mathewson Roseville
John McHale Highspire
Ruby W. Miller Somerset
Chris Morrison Tamaqua
Larry Morrow Cambridge Springs
Merry Ann Olshefskie Renovo
Shane Pepe Emmaus
Donald C. Pepe Zelienople
Lawrence E. Rapp Fountain Hill
Marietta Reeb Zelienople
James Sanders Jefferson
Kenneth Smulligan Tamaqua
A. Kay Sutch Highspire
Mark Tarlecki North Wales
Zachary Thoman Jefferson
James Travis South Bethlehem
Douglas D. Trotter, Jr. Fountain Hill
John Trudich, Jr. Tamaqua
Linda Woshner Bellevue

Thomas F. Chrostwaite Award

Initiated in 1956, the Thomas F. Chrostwaite Award is given annually to promote interest in borough government and to recognize faithful and effective service by borough official. Named in honor of the founder and first president of the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs, this award is given to mayors, council members, secretaries, managers, and treasurers who have completed 20 or more years of borough service.

Donna Marie Baker Roseville
Norman E. Blatt, Jr. Fountain Hill
Michael J. DeFinis Hatfield
Donna Dunegan Patton
Joan L. Grenell Monroe
Sharon A. Heckman Millheim
Marie Hoch Highspire
Valorie L. Huckabee South Waverly
Patricia A. Kocek Mont Alto
Paul A. Kokolus Nazareth
Nancy J. Kovach Castle Shannon
Kenneth A. LaSota Heidelberg
Richard P. Legore Spring Grove
Vance E. Oakes Grove City
James S. Phillips East Stroudsburg
Donald G. Reed Emporium
Scott Thomas Rehrig Lehighton
Randy L. Riddle Grove City
Carolee Roman Highspire
John N. Samus Nazareth
Kevin Steigerwalt Tamaqua
James A. Travis South Bethlehem
Patrick J. Vogt Emporium
John J. Wilwert, Jr. Brookhaven

Carol Sambol Award

This award is named in honor of Carol Sambol, who admirably served Baden Borough as a council member and represented PSAB for 25 years as a distinguished leader. This award is given to mayors, council members, secretaries, managers, and treasurers who have completed 25 or more years of borough service.

Dolores J. Aumen Spring Grove
Jane C. Billings Swarthmore
Patricia Bowers Newport
Kathleen Chvala Vandergrift
Roger L. DeLarco East Stroudsburg
James Digwood Taylor
Janet L. Gliem Biglerville
J. R. Henry West View
Patricia Kittle-Nares Roseville
Arnold Mann Collegeville
Cathy Martino Roseto
Dorothy Niklos Chapman
Frederick J. Potter Trumbauersville
Jeffrey W. Raab Avis
Cheryl Smith Mount Holly Springs
Richard Starliper Waynesboro
Marlyn D. Stauffer Jefferson
Lawrence G. Stevens Hatfield
Brian S. Stover Avis

Board of Directors Award

The Board of Directors Award is given to promote interest in borough government and to recognize faithful and effective service by mayors, council members, secretaries, treasurers, and managers who have completed 30 or more years of borough service.

Curtis W. Fehnel Chapman
Vernon E. Sciullo Vandergrift
Ross Vernon Mercer
Thomas Weikel Royersford

Donald E. Carman Award

The award is named in honor of Donald E. Carman, who served Elkland Borough as a council member and represented PSAB as President. This award is given to mayors, council members, secretaries, managers, and treasurers who have completed 35 or more years of borough service.

Patricia C. Ackerman Meyersdale
Floyd Bless Richlandtown
Beverly Clark Elgin
John Dorin Montoursville
Dorothy Kline South New Castle
Michael D. Mountz Shillington
Mark E. Nickerson Blooming Valley
Thomas M. Oliverio Zelienople
Thora Resinger Blooming Valley
Randall Stahlman South Bethlehem
Larry U. Stoudt Nazareth
Stephen C. Sultzaberger New Cumberland
Mark Tortorice Port Vue
Brenda Jo Wetsell Blooming Valley

President’s Award

The President’s Award is given to recognize exceptionally long and faithful service by borough officials. This award is given to mayors, council members, managers, secretaries, and treasurers who have completed 40 or more years of public service.

Marilyn J. Becker Chalfont
Melvin Blake South Bethlehem
John J. Defassio Chapman
Stephen J. DelleDonne Vandergrift
Geoffrey L. Harris Monroe
Jerome Ogden Blossburg
James S. Perry Chalfant

Trustees’ Award

This award is named in honor of the PSAB Trustees who have represented PSAB and provide distinguished leadership. This award is given to mayors, council members, secretaries, managers, and treasurers who have completed 45 or more years of borough service.

Gail Y. Heeter Westmont
Jane M. Varcoe Waymart
Gerald C. Yob Freemansburg

Charles F. LeeDecker Award

This award was given for the first time in 1980. Named in honor of the first Executive Vice President of PSAB, this award is given to mayors, council members, secretaries, managers, and treasurers who have completed 50 or more years of boroughs service.

Bruno Carnovale        Emporium

Gerald W. Gross        West Easton

 


Certificate of Achievement

The certificate is given upon completion of the Certified Borough Officials Program a voluntary professional development leadership course.

Thomas Albanese        New Brighton

David Badger            New Britain

Deborah Bargo        Lewistown

Jim Bodine            Wellsboro

John Booher            Monaca

Linda Book            Whitehall

Michael Ciach            Upland

Clarinda Darr            Brookville

Gregory D’Angelo        North Wales

Judith Dici            Ellwood City

Ronald E. Evanko        Blairsville

Amy Evans            Briar Creek

James Fisher            Manheim

Kim Fox            Kittanning

John Guest            Royersford

Kathleen Hallman        Sellersville

Tami Halstead            Newport

Sharon Heckman        Millheim

Kenneth P. Hollenbach, Jr.    Watsontown

James Hull            Sellersville

Jolean Ishman            Youngsville

Jeffrey Landy         Mount Pleasant

Tracy Lanzafame        Bloomsburg

Jack Lawver            Brownsville

Robert Lewis II        West Easton
Cheryl Matesich        Centerville

Braden McCrillis        Union City

Beverly Morris            Coudersport

Susan Naugle            Gettysburg

David Piper            Delmont

Theresa Pogson        Cranesville

Dianne Price            Red Lion

David Rivet            Sellersville

Gregory Sahd            Columbia

Dave Sanders            Gettysburg

Dawn Scheller            Mercersburg

Gary Schul            Kane

Scott Sistek            New Stanton

Holly Spece            Plymouth

Richard Starliper        Waynesboro

Ralph Stewart            Bellefonte

Robert Stubenbort        Girard

Samuel Sulkosky        Mount Joy

Harcourt Trimble     Trumbauersville

April Trivitt            Abbottstown

Joanne Vago            Wyalusing

Lester Ward            Brownsville

Thomas R. Weikel        Royersford

Cindy Wells            Union City

John Wheeler            Wellsboro

Borough News Communication Contest

Each year, the Borough News presents awards to boroughs to highlight effective communication in their communities. This year, members will be recognized for websites, newsletters, special projects, and social media.

Newsletters

Under 2,500 Population

First Place – Schwenksville Borough (Tie)

First Place – Richlandtown Borough (Tie)

Second Place – Tatamy Borough

Third Place – Leetsdale Borough

2,501 to 5,000 Population

First Place – Zelienople Borough

Second Place – Strasburg Borough

Third Place – New Britain Borough

Honorable Mention – East Lansdowne Borough

Honorable Mention – Etna Borough

Honorable Mention – Danville Borough

5,001 to 7,500 Population

First Place – Fox Chapel Borough

7,501 Plus Population

First Place – Conshohocken Borough

Second – Wyomissing Borough

Third Place – Yeadon Borough (Tie)

Third Place – Camp Hill Borough (Tie)

Honorable Mention – Swissvale Borough

Special Recognition

Under 2,500 Population

First Place – Emsworth Borough (Borough Map and Directory)

Second Place – Royalton Borough (Commemorative Anniversary Book)

Third Place – Leetsdale Borough (Fourth of July Celebration Guide)

2,501 to 5,000 Population

First Place – Throop Borough – (Borough Calendar)

7,501 Plus Population

First Place – Swissvale Borough (Borough Welcome Guide)

Second Place – Yeadon Borough (Borough Calendar)

Third Place – Pottstown Borough (Citizen Leadership Academy)

Social Media

Under 2,500 Population

First Place – Geistown Borough

Second Place – Clarks Green Borough

Third Place – Heidelberg Borough

Honorable Mention – Spring Grove Borough

Honorable Mention – Tatamy Borough

2,501 to 5,000 Population

First Place – Millersburg Borough

5,001 to 7,500 Population

First Place – Ambridge Borough

7,501 Plus Population

First Place – Swissvale Borough

Second Place – West Mifflin Borough

Website

Under 2,500 Population

First Place – New Stanton Borough

Second Place – Red Hill Borough (Tie)

Second Place – Atglen Borough (Tie)

Third Place – Spring Grove Borough

Honorable Mention – Tatamy Borough

Honorable Mention – Clarks Green Borough

Honorable Mention – Eagles Mere Borough

2,501 to 5,000 Population

First Place – New Britain Borough

Second Place – Wellsboro Borough

Third Place – Trappe Borough

Honorable Mention – Strasburg Borough

7,501 Plus Population

First Place – Conshohocken Borough

Second Place – Elizabethtown Borough (Tie)

Second Place – Chambersburg Borough (Tie)

Third Place – Wyomissing Borough

Honorable Mention – Hanover Borough

Honorable Mention – West Mifflin Borough

Honorable Mention – Bellevue Borough

Honorable Mention – Swissvale Borough

Most Valuable Borough Award

Each year, PSAB recognizes one borough who participates in at least five programs.

Manheim Borough