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In Cranberry supervisor role, Newpol looks ahead

Karen Newpol of Cranberry Township has been named president of Cranberry Sunrise Rotary.

Karen Newpol is no stranger to volunteer work.

Since 1997, Newpol has spent much of her time as a volunteer and leader across a multitude of Cranberry Township community organizations.

She’s served as a board member of the Cranberry Township Community Chest since 2011, as well as in the role of communications coordinator. She has worked as a past officer and current chaplain for the Cranberry Elks, and she is the president of the Sunrise Rotary Club of Cranberry Township.

Newpol will add another, larger-scale community leadership title to her belt Thursday, when she joins the Cranberry Township board of supervisors. She will be sworn in to fill the vacant seat on the board, left open by the passing of Richard “Dick” Hadley in August.

“I’m excited about getting started,” Newpol said. “I’m really looking forward to learning the ropes and understanding the process, and being part of the process.”

Newpol was one of 22 applicants and 12 interviewees reviewed by the township’s vacancy board over the past month. Supervisors cited her community service experience, positive attitude and work ethic as reasons why they chose her for the role at a Sept. 29 board meeting.

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