SHAMOKIN - Barbara S. Moyer, of 130 E. Sunbury St., is a candidate for Shamokin City Council.

She is a member of the last graduating class of Coal Township High School and holds a Bachelor of Science in language arts from Bloomsburg University with graduate work in communication. She spent her career teaching English, communication and media at Shamokin Area High School. Following retirement, she taught adult learning classes for the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit.

She is married to Jeffrey Fromm, who recently retired from FCC Allenwood, and is a daughter of Norma Moyer and the late William M. Moyer. Her daughter, Jill, is married to Joel Mayer and they have three children.

Moyer and her husband attend First United Methodist Church.

While a faculty member of Shamokin Area, she served in many student advisory capacities. She was mentor and supervisor to new teachers and student teachers. She was the Language Arts Department Curriculum Coordinator and served as Shamokin Area's first publicity director. She and her family have sponsored the William M. Moyer Memorial Award for 31 years.

Her community interests have included volunteering as an adult literacy tutor including ESL (English as a Second Language) and she has taught adult literacy classes at Family Center in Stonington. Presently, Moyer volunteers with Therapy Dog International, visiting residents and patients at Life Geisinger, Geisinger-Shamokin Area Community Hospital and Mountain View: A Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility. She sings with Choraliers and is a member of the Cecilian Club. She serves on Shamokin's planning commission.

"Every candidate is asked why he or she is running for public office, and for me, it is about the opportunity to give back to Shamokin in a different way. I am the daughter and granddaughter of coal miners and small business owners and have seen the problems facing local businesses. My parents owned a gas station and my grandparents a barbershop and grocery store. It has been my privilege to grow up and live in the anthracite coal region and celebrate the honest, hard working tradition that has been an example from my family and fellow citizens," Moyer said.

"Shamokin has a rich heritage and though we have been experiencing difficult challenges, with hard work and a positive approach, we can lift up our community. I applaud the efforts of so many who pursue opportunity for our city and recognize the endeavors of law enforcement and firefighters to keep our city safe. As a member of city council, my lifelong commitment to our young people and community would bring a new perspective to the tremendous task and privilege of steering our city and addressing our shared concerns of blight and limited job prospects and developing a thriving downtown.

"Most of us value our small-town quality of life. At the same time, we need to seek opportunities for growth, embrace positive change, and preserve our city's legacy. I would be honored to help Shamokin move forward in the pursuit of transforming pride into prosperity.

"It is my hope that with commitment to Shamokin's well being, a desire for respectful civility, as an ally of the dedicated efforts of volunteers, community organizations and local businesses that I can earn the support of my fellow citizens."