The beginning of a New Year is often regarded as a time for people to wipe the slate clean and start afresh, whether it's with those diehard resolutions of losing weight, exercising, showing financial constraint, etc. etc. etc.

It's also can be a time of declaring, "out with the old, in with the new." That seems to be very evident as local government bodies start its new year this week - many of them with new faces on the boards of supervisors and/or councils.

From Parkesburg Borough to Londonderry Township, there are at least five municipalities in the Octorara region that will have a new face on its respective board/council, in most cases due to other supervisors/councilors stepping down from their positions and not seeking re-election.

All of the departing councilors and/or supervisors deserve kudos for a job well done and for having been willing to serve - and the newcomers, too, deserve that same kudos for stepping up to the plate. We're sure it won't always be easy and they should be commended for being willing to put themselves out there.

That said, we also hope these newcomers can help their towns move forward, start anew in a positive way to best benefit their respective towns. A few towns have major projects on the deck - for instance, in West Fallowfield Township, there are plans for a new township building.

Parkesburg, especially, seems to have a lot on its plate. With a proposal for a new seniors' housing development to the relocation of its police department, Parkesburg is - as several council members said during the elections - on the edge of a rebirth. So, we hope the council can stay the course and work together as a team, yet allowing for fresh ideas, for the betterment of the town.

The same should be said for the other municipalities with new, incoming members - Highland, Londonderry, Atglen, West Fallowfield. Stay the course, work as a team. It's a new year.

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