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Newcomer is candidate for Upper Tyrone supervisor

| Friday, April 1, 2011

Richard Beranek of Upper Tyrone is a Democratic newcomer to the political arena who has agreed to seek the nomination for a six-year term as Upper Tyrone Township supervisor.

He is a lifelong resident of the community, a 1963 graduate of Scottdale High School and has acquired many college credits in mining and engineering and fire safety pertaining to his job at Ohio Valley and U.S. Steel prior to his retirement at Maple Creek Mining in New Eagle in 2007.

Beranek is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force having served in the Philippines and in Vietnam. He is married to Jackie Beranek, who is retired from an area newspaper.

They are the proud parents of two children, Jennifer Beranek Bates Zeffiro and Richard "Richie" Beranek, and the grandparents of five grandchildren, Sarah and Alex Bates and Hannah Zeffiro and Tyler and Laurel Beranek.

Beranek is well versed in community activities having volunteered with the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania while working at Maple Creek Mining and collecting aluminum cans for the Burn Center at Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh. He has also collected funds and worked through Maple Creek Mining for women's shelters and for disadvantaged children's organizations throughout his 35-year mining career. His fire safety team won numerous awards in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. He decided to run for the office of supervisor in order to give something back to his community.

"I've lived here all my life and I have also worked for the township a number of years ago when I was laid off from Maple Creek. I was lucky that the township supervisors recognize my talents as a mechanic and gave me a job when I needed it and I appreciated that so now I would like to pay it forward and give something back," said Beranek. He said although he no longer needs a job he certainly has job experience that can be of use to the township.

"I'm retired now so I have the time to offer guidance at no expense to the township. I know some of the people who are running for this office are looking for a job but I'm not. I simply want to offer my help in any way that I can. I'm here to do the best job that I can for the township," said Beranek.

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