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CHARLESTON City Councilman Mike

Stajduhar announced he is resigning his seat from council and he and his wife Sally will move to Indiana to be closer to Sally's 86-year-old mother.

Those who know him are not surprised that he'd put the needs of others first. Since coming to Charleston in 1974 and having a distinguished banking career, Stajduhar has long made community service a priority.

He has served on the West Side Main Street board, was president of the West Side Neighborhood Association, volunteered with the United Way of Central West Virginia, has served as ballot commissioner for the county and chairman of the Kanawha Republican Executive Committee and was involved with his church, St. Anthony Catholic Parish.

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THE Kanawha Valley lost another distinguished community leader this week with the death of Michael Pleska of Charleston.

A city native, Pleska graduated from Charleston High School, obtained undergraduate and law degrees from Marquette University, and worked a successful law career with Bowles Rice, retiring in 2011.

Pleska served 22 years as chairman of the Charleston Board of Zoning Appeals and as campaign and finance chairman for multiple municipal and county political candidates. His most endearing community involvement was with the United Way of Central West Virginia, where he served as board chairman in 1995 and 1996, but stayed active continuously. His family asked that contributions be made to that United Way in lieu of flowers for the funeral.

The Charleston area is a better place thanks to the contributions of Mike Stajduhar and Michael Pleska.


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