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Tiny Pennsylvania Borough Reeling After 2 Top Officials Pass Away

NORTH APOLLO, Pa. (AP) - A tiny borough in western Pennsylvania is reeling - and looking for two replacements - after its mayor and council president died within two weeks of one another.

The Valley News Dispatch reports North Apollo Mayor Edward Artman died Dec. 18.

That position was filled by 51-year-old Council President Ed Barclay, until he, too, died on New Year's Eve. Both men died of natural causes, from ongoing health issues.

The state's boroughs code requires council to replace Artman by Jan. 17 and Barclay by Jan. 30. Failing that, an Armstrong County judge must fill either seat if it remains vacant 15 days beyond those deadlines.

Council Vice President Debbie Stankus says, "We're all just at a loss. It doesn't even seem real."

The borough of roughly 1,300 residents is about 35 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

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