Last updated: March 13. 2014 11:41PM - 2394 Views
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EDWARDSVILLE — A new borough manager was appointed and a local police officer honored for saving the life of a child during Thursday’s council meeting.

Council members unanimously approved the appointment of Cathy Soprano, who previously served six years on the council, as the new borough manager. Soprano had to resign from her seat on council to accept the new position. That will leave one seat open on the seven-member council.

Previously, she worked as controller with Bartikowsky Jewelers in Wilkes-Barre and with the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue. Soprano has been an Edwardsville resident for the past 29 years.

“I am honored to serve the borough,” she said.

Charles Szalkowski has served as the borough manager for the past 11 years. Szalkowski has announced plans to retire.

David Stochla, council president, thanked Szalkowski for his “level headedness and trust” throughout the years.

Also, Mayor Bernard Dubaskas honored the life-saving skills of Police Officer Michael Lehman with a proclamation.

Lehman saved the life of a 2-year-old boy who was choking. The report noted that on Jan. 22 a call reported a 2-year old was choking on Beech Street. Lehman was the first on the scene and began administering a thrusting technique on the child.

The quick thinking under pressure saved the child’s life, Dubaskas said.

In other news:

• Michelle Lynn Dugan was appointed as a crossing guard at a rate of $9 per hour.

• Samantha Weiss, of Edwardsville, was appointed junior council member.

Council will meet next at 7 p.m. on April 10 in the municipal building.

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