Shirley Masuo, 58, has lived in Shohola for the past ten years. Moving from Western Pennsylvania, she has jumped into the thick of things and has now quite an impressive roster of community service action committees where she serves diligently. Taking time out to relax for coffee at the Cocoon with the News Eagle, she explained her accomplishments and why she is so interested in serving her community.


Her Background: From Corvallis, Oregon. Attended Oregon State University. At17,  visited Tokyo with her father. Learned Japanese and worked professionally as a Japanese Intrepreter in New York City.

Current Community Activities: Member of the Pike County Library Board, President of the Watershed Conservancy in Shohola, Running for election on the Republican Ticket for Township Supervisor in Shohola. Interested in Pros and Cons of Gas Drilling controversy.

Activities and hobbies: Shares a love of music with her husband who is a guitar jazz musician and tours nationally. They own a record label called Sunshine Records. Lover of animals with three cats.

Shirley Masuo, 58, has lived in Shohola for the past ten years. Moving from Western Pennsylvania, she has jumped into the thick of things and has now quite an impressive roster of community service action committees where she serves diligently. Taking time out to relax for coffee at the Cocoon with the News Eagle, she explained her accomplishments and why she is so interested in serving her community.
Originally she came from Corvallis, Oregon where her father was a professor at Oregon State University. He was assigned to set up a Japanese program in Tokyo and Shirley went along for the trip. While there, she met her future husband who is a successful Jazz Musician.
They moved  to NewYork City where Shirley worked as a Japanese Interpreter and lived in the Soho area.
However, country life suits her and before long they relocated to Shohola “which reminds me of Corvallis,” she said recently.
“I like to listen,” she said as to how and why she became interested in some  local affairs. She attends many public meetings and can be seen at the Pike Commissioners Meeting as well as many of the controversial gas drilling issues.  Also, her interest was piqued at the battling Pike County library board which had previously served and met in Milford.  She turned up as a concerned member of the public so many times asking educated questions  that when the board was made over with different people, she was asked to serve.
She also asks a lot of questions and educates herself in the area’s history and problems. Upon traveling to Philadelphia to attend a viewing of “Gasland”, she was so impressed she went up to Josh Fox afterwards and asked him if he would come up to our area to show his movie.
This documentary has had such an impact on many rural areas where drilling for gas is of primary environmental concern that it is  now nominated for an Oscar.
She has also been appointed to be President of the Watershed Conservancy in the Walker and Twin Lakes Area. “I want to keep our water clean,” she explained.
She also went to many library board meetings listening and learning when the last board was presiding. She asked  many questions. The current library board noticed and acknowledged her intensified interest and she has now been made a member of the board.
With all of her interests, she barely has time for outside interests but shares a love of music with her husband.
And, to top off all of her community activities,  she is now running for Township Supervisor in Shohola on the Republican ticket. She states she is an “independent thinker” and  votes for the person, rather than the party.