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January 7, 2014

Cambria supervisor steps down as chairman

EBENSBURG — A mainstay in a Cambria County community said he’s had enough of leadership and responsibility and is stepping aside to let others take over.

Robert “Buzzy” Shook, a supervisor in Cambria Township for more than 30 years, including nearly two decades as roadmaster and chairman, was planning Tuesday for a vacation to points south.

“It’s been 19 years that I’ve been chairman. I think that’s a long time, and it’s time for someone else to take over,” Shook said.

His retirement announcement opens the door for Supervisor David Hoover, who has been on the board for 22 years, to take over as chairman.

Shook, 69, who was re-elec­t-ed in November to a four-year term, said he will remain as a supervisor, attending the meetings twice a month and working, if needed, in the summer on township road projects.

For three decades, he was employed full time by the township.

“I’ve pondered on it and I’m going to miss it,” Shook said. “I think I’m going to need to learn how to retire.”

With children in California and Mechanicsburg and friends who regularly travel to Florida, Shook said he plans to spend plenty of his free time on the road making up for the many years he was tied down by the job.

Hoover has spent 43 years as a township road worker.

The other supervisor, Tim Bracken, is a full-time township employee.

Kathy Mellott is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow her on Twitter at

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