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Castle Shannon mayor honored by statewide association

Jason Bridge | Valley News Dispatch
Castle Shannon Mayor Don Baumgarten points to where a proposed development will be next to the Castle Shannon T station on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 10:21 a.m.

His leadership and dedication as mayor of Castle Shannon has won Donald Baumgarten the respect of his peers.

The Pennsylvania State Mayors' Association said on Tuesday that it named Baumgarten the 2014 Mayor of the Year at its annual conference during the weekend.

“There's nothing better than getting honored by your peers, because they understand and appreciate what you do,” Baumgarten said, recalling meetings he had with county, state and federal officials to get money and build support for projects such as bridge replacements or an apartment complex.

“All the stuff that goes on behind the scenes ... not everyone is aware of all that.”

Mayor of the borough of 8,300 since 2001, Baumgarten was nominated by Castle Shannon Manager Tom Hartswick for his leadership and dedication. A panel of mayors with the association then chose him to receive the award.

Hartswick's nomination cited Baumgarten's work for more than a decade in meetings, letters and applications for funding to advance the Shannon Transit Village, a $42 million apartment and retail complex proposed at the Castle Shannon light-rail station parking lot. Construction is expected to start by the end of the year.

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