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Barlup honored as Outstanding Mayor of the Year

April 21, 2005|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

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WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Waynesboro Mayor Louis J. Barlup Jr. has been named Outstanding Mayor of the Year for 2005 by the 600-plus member Association of Mayors of the Boroughs of Pennsylvania.

Barlup shares the honor with Paul H. Spickerman, mayor of New Brighton, a borough in western Pennsylvania. The association announced the honor for both men in its April newsletter.

Barlup served for 10 years on the association's executive committee and three years as its president. He last served as president in 2003.

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Pennsylvania has more than 900 boroughs, Barlup said. The mayors of more than 600 of them belong to the association.

They meet three times a year, in western, central and eastern Pennsylvania, he said. The association is headquartered in Aliquippa, Pa.

Barlup, a retired Waynesboro Area Senior High School principal, has been a member of the Waynesboro Borough Council for more than 22 years, the last 17 as mayor.

He steps down in December when his term expires.

"I am truly honored to receive this recognition from my fellow Pennsylvania mayors," Barlup said. "Their esteem is greatly appreciated as I end my mayoral service at the close of this calendar year."

Barlup was nominated for the award in February by Charles "Chip" McCammon, president of the Waynesboro Borough Council.

In his letter to the association's executive committee, McCammon said Barlup has been a "highly dedicated and sincere individual who is available to serve the community at all times.''

McCammon called Barlup a "respected leader who contributes his full time and energy to the betterment of the community, from the student in kindergarten to the senior citizens. His personality, positive attitude and people skills make him a true community ambassador."

State Rep. Patrick Fleagle, R-Franklin, and state Sen. Terry Punt, R-Franklin, both of Waynesboro, also recommended Barlup for the award.

Punt, in his letter to the association, said, "I can attest that Mac's tireless work and dedication have made our community strong and a desirable place to reside. His hands-on management style and his accessibility have brought positive and effective changes in many places in local government."

Fleagle said Barlup's "selfless dedication to helping others has been an inspiration not only to myself but countless members of my generation. As he ends his tenure as mayor of Waynesboro, our community can look with pride to his service and commitment to others."

Barlup served in the Navy in World War II and worked in the local school district for 39 years, the last 26 as senior high principal.

He and his wife, Jackie, live on Myrtle Avenue.

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