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February 1, 2014

Stonycreek hails longtime commissioner

JOHNSTOWN — The Stonycreek Township commissioners will remember their longtime president commissioner who died last year by dedicating their new boardroom in his memory.

The ceremony in honor of William M. Knipple, who served as a commissioner of the Cambria County municipality from 1964 until his death in January 2013, is scheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 11.

Knipple was president of the commissioners for the final

45 years of his tenure.

A plaque honoring Knipple will be installed in the room. The community will get a chance to see all that the room has to offer during an open house.

“He was a super boss,” said Tamra Ramos, township secretary, about Knipple.

“He was a very community-minded person,” Ramos said.

“He was always looking out for the best interests of the township and its residents.

“He was very willing to listen to people’s problems. He always gave people an opportunity to express their concerns, and he did his best to resolve any problems that people might have had.”

Knipple served as the township’s emergency management coordinator during the 1977 Flood and oversaw flood-recovery work, Ramos said.

The new Stonycreek boardroom is housed in the area where the Central Tax Bureau had been.

The board gave up its longtime meeting room to the police department, which needed more space.

Robert Bantly had been appointed to fill Knipple’s seat before being elected to a two-year term in November, Ramos said.

Frank Sojak is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter at FrankNews10.

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