Individuals announce candidacies for borough councilman, township supervisor

March 19, 2019 GMT

Grote to run for Jennerstown Borough Council

Thomas Grote, 75, is seeking a Republican nomination for Jennerstown Borough Council.

He graduated from Latrobe High School in 1961 and Catawba College in 1965. He completed his graduate studies at Penn State University. His background includes working as an environmental science educator in the Greater Latrobe High School from 1968 to 1998, executive director of the Pennsylvania State Conservation Leadership School — a program of Penn State University and the Pennsylvania Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs — from 1970 to 1978, executive director of Pine Springs Presbyterian Church Camp, Jennerstown, from 1978 to 1983, program director for Sequanota Lutheran Conference Center and Camp in Jennerstown 1986 to 1993, executive director for Loyalhanna Watershed Association from 1998 to 2000, and executive director of Kiski Basin Initiatives from 2000 to 2006. He is also a private consultant for various watersheds.

In 2017 he received the Pennsylvania Abandoned Mine Reclamation Conference’s Mayfly Award, which recognizes individuals who have dedicated a lifetime of knowledge and expertise to the reclamation of abandoned mines in Pennsylvania. The mayfly was selected as the symbol for this award because its presence in a stream signifies clean water.

“I have lived and worked in Jennerstown since 1978,” Grote said. “I believe the skills, knowledge and experience acquired through a lifetime working with people, organizations and communities will enable me to help Jennerstown continue to grow and prosper.”

Stonycreek Township supervisor seeks re-election

Republican Jason Snyder is seeking another term as a Stonycreek Township supervisor.

Snyder, 41, is a 1995 graduate of Shanksville-Stonycreek High School and lifelong member of the community. He has been serving as a supervisor since 2008 and currently holds the position of board chairman. While in office, Snyder has increased infrastructure by completing a public sewage project, which put the township in compliance with Act 537. On several occasions he also helped the township acquire grant funding from the Somerset Conservation District dirt and gravel program for repairs of township roadways. Snyder is proud of the fact that while he has been in office the township has been able to maintain township roads, update equipment and oversee the recreational park, which has become self-sustainable, all without increasing taxes.

Snyder owns and operates Clear View Memorials and Monument Co. as well as Snida’s Corner Store and Roxbury Rentals. He serves as Stonycreek Township’s emergency management coordinator and has a Class A CDL driver’s license.

He is an active member of Unity United Church of Christ, vice president of the Glade Cemetery Committee, a lifetime member of the Shanksville fire department and a member of the Mountain Field and Stream and New Baltimore Sportsmen’s clubs. He also serves on the Shanksville Youth League board. He and his wife, Heather, have been married for 18 years and reside in Roxbury with their two children, Rylee, 14, and Noah, 12. If re-elected, Snyder said he hopes to ensure that Stonycreek Township remains a fiscally responsible, thriving community.