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November 3, 2007


Filed under: RESIDENT PROFILES — laurelmountainboro @ 3:42 am
12 Hemlock Road

Monte Holland, Republican, is running for a four-year Boro council seat. Last August he was sworn in as an appointed council member.
Born at home in DeKalb Junction, N. Y., he spent his early childhood on his family farm. Later he moved into Gouverneur, N.Y., a small town.
In 1959 he graduated from Union College (N.Y.) with a bachelor degree in physics. He is a 1963 alumni of Northwestern University (Ill.), where he earned a Ph.D. in physics. He taught physics at the State University of New York at Buffalo for six years and Slippery Rock (PA) State college for 13 years. He retired from teaching to study theology at Candler School of Theology (Emory University), in Atlanta (GA), completing his masters in theology (M.Div.) in 1985. He is a member of the Western Pa. Conference of the United Methodist Church.
He’s served at Emmanuel UMC in New Castle (five years); Jamestown and State Line UMCs in Jamestown (five years) and Wesley UMC in Connellsville (eight years). He retired in July 2003 and moved to LMB. Currently he is interim chaplain at Bethlen Communities in Ligonier.
Monte has dealt with the administration of an academic department and has administered churches with budgets well in excess of the boro’s budget.
He’s attended many boro council meetings since moving to LMB.
His learned about building construction by helping build his parent’s retirement home, and then designing and building a hexagon shaped dwelling and a four-apartment building in Slippery Rock.
Although new to politics, he said “I bring a willingness to learn about the issues and help find solutions to the problems we face.
“I’m running because I care about LMB and want to be a part of dealing with the major issues ahead for us—including road maintenance (especially surface water control), our potable water supply and the sewage system.
“I’m especially interested in the roads. I’m currently assigned to dealing with them, along with Daneen Kinsey and John Miller.
“I also support efforts to open lines of communication to all members of the borough.”
He notes that LMB is special because of its small size and the variety of people who live here. He appreciates the Laurel Mountain Park Association, which helps us get to know one another.
In the next few years he envisions LMB gradually improving the road situation.
“The council has already undertaken some significant repairs on Laurel Road, and will be doing improvements along White Oak this year,” he said. “We will be dealing with experts who will help us alleviate water problems that keep undermining road repairs.
“Sometime in the next few years a sewage system will be put in—with the headaches involved. But it will decrease the surface contamination from our current septic systems.”
In his “free” time he enjoys working on the computer, doing a website, following sports teams, helping his wife with genealogy, doing carpentry work and making repairs here and in Slippery Rock.
Monte is married to Carolyn Cornell Holland. They have a daughter Sandra (Sandy) Smith and granddaughter, Jordan Smith, who live on Walnut Road. Their son Nolan and his wife Tammy Owings and their sons, Vince and Marcus, live in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.


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