God­shall, Loux named to Soud­er­ton board

Souderton Independent - - FRONT PAGE - By Bob Keeler

Richard God­shall and Tris­ton Loux may be new faces to Soud­er­ton Bor­ough Coun­cil, but nei­ther one is new to the town.

God­shall, who was ap­pointed to the board Aug. 6, is a life­long res­i­dent, and Loux, who was cho­sen to be ju­nior coun­cilor, is part of a fam­ily of long­time res­i­dents.

God­shall was cho­sen to com­plete the un­ex­pired term of John Young, who has moved out the bor­ough. That term runs through Dec. 31, 2013.

Loux, whose term runs through June 30, 2013, was ap­pointed to re­place Brian Barr, who has grad­u­ated from high school. The ju­nior coun- cilor po­si­tion is open to high school se­niors or ju­niors who live in the bor­ough. The po­si­tion does not have a vote, but the ju­nior coun­cilor at­tends coun­cil meet­ings and can take part in dis­cus­sions.

Both ap­point­ments were made with­out dis­cus­sion at the Aug. 6 meet­ing. At a July 16 meet­ing, dur­ing which God­shall was in­ter­viewed by coun­cil mem­bers, he was de­scribed as knowl­edge­able about the bor­ough, a long­time mem­ber of the zon­ing hear­ing board, a life­long res­i­dent, hav­ing had more than 30 years ex­pe­ri­ence in the waste dis­posal busi­ness and hav­ing been a leader in this year’s spruce up of Soud­er­ton Community Park.

In an ap­pli­ca­tion let­ter writ­ten by Loux, he de­scribed his fam­ily as long­time res­i­dents and listed community in­volve­ments in­clud­ing Grace Community Church, Soud­er­ton Sum­mer Swim Team, Soud­er­ton Area Community Aquatic Club, Soud­er­ton Area High School swim and wa­ter polo teams and his cur­rent po­si­tion as a life­guard at Soud­er­ton Community Pool. He is go­ing into his ju­nior year in Com­mon­wealth Con­nec­tions Academy, a vir­tual char­ter school. His par­ents are Randy and Amy Loux.

Fol­low­ing the Aug. 6 vote to ap­point the two, each was sworn in by Mayor John Reynolds. Karen God­shall, Richard’s wife, held the Bi­ble for his swear­ing in. Randy Loux, Tris­tan’s fa­ther, held the Bi­ble for his swear­ing in.

In a sep­a­rate mat­ter, the win­ners list and pho­tos from a gar­den­ing con­test held as part of this year’s 125th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions in Soud­er­ton are posted on the bor­ough’s web­site at www.soud­er­ton­bor­ough.org.

In the Pa­tri­otic Gar­den cat­e­gory, first place went to Bev­erly Holzer, sec­ond to Gen­er­a­tions of In­dian Val­ley and third to Joyce Smeltz.

In the Multi-Cul­tural Gar­den cat­e­gory, Don and Kathy Ze­brauskas got first, Elaine Der­s­tine sec­ond and Paula Oerth third.

First-place win­ners re­ceived $100 gift cards to County Line Nurs­ery, sec­ond place a com­mem­o­ra­tive wreath and third place a com­mem­o­ra­tive wind­sock. Each of the 12 en­tries re­ceived a framed Gar­den Con­test plaque.

Soud­er­ton In­de­pen­dent pho­tos — SU­SAN KEEN

Soud­er­ton po­lice Chief James Leary, left, and Telford po­lice Chief Ran­dall Floyd race to the fin­ish line with chil­dren’s bikes dur­ing Fran­co­nia’s Na­tional Night Out Tues­day evening.

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