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Winter, 2008

As we start out a new year with new opportunities and challenges, it is a good time to reflect over the progress, accomplishments and challenges of Jackson Township over the past year. It’s also a time when we must look at the coming year and develop a course that will lead Jackson Township into a bright future for generations to come.

Economic Development

The long-awaited Route 22 Reconstruction Project has been completed with the exception of some finishing touches along the roadway. The 35 million dollar project took 3 years to complete but the benefits to Jackson Township will be felt for decades to come. The Jackson Township Economic Development Committee continues to look at what possibilities exist in bringing new businesses and jobs to the area. The possibilities range from expansion of existing businesses to developing an industrial / business park. In addition, the Economic Development Committee is also looking at other items such as commercial development, new housing, developing infrastructure and even a Farmers Market. Work continues with Babcox & Wilcox cleaning up a large "boney pile" located near Route 271 and Loraine Road. The boney is being transported to a co-gen plant in Ebensburg and used as fuel. The site will eventually be completely reclaimed. Several companies have expressed an interest in locating windmills in Jackson Township. Spanish based company, Iberdrola Renewable Energies took over CPV (Competitive Power Ventures) who applied to erect a test tower off of Dishong Mountain Road. The test tower was erected to collect and gather data on wind speed for an entire year. The results of the study aren’t known at this time.

Planning For The Future
With a new Comprehensive Plan adopted in 2006, the Jackson Township Planning Commission has turned its efforts to other projects including a new updated Subdivision Ordinance. With the help of Richard Sutter & Associates of Hollidaysburg, the new Subdivision Ordinance was developed and then adopted by the Board of Supervisors. In addition Jackson Township is working with Cambria Township and Ebensburg Borough on a Multi-Municipal Comprehensive Plan which will be completed in 2008. The three municipalities form the Central Cambria Coalition. Future projects of the Planning Commission include updating the Zoning Ordinance and map and developing a concept for a Town Center in Jackson Township. In addition the Recreation Commission has completed a Master Recreation, Parks & Open Space Plan by working Pashek & Associates of Pittsburgh. The plan was made possible through a $25,000 matching grant from the Dept. of Conservation & Natural Resources. The plan was officially adopted by the Supervisors. In addition Pashek helped create a Master Site Plan for Mitchell Park in order that Jackson Township could apply for a grant from the DCNR. The Zoning Hearing Board continues to serve the Township by presiding over various hearings and matters throughout the year concerning land use issues. These matters cover everything from windmills to additional oil storage tanks. Harry Baker addresses Zoning Permits as applications are submitted as well as other problems and complaints as they arise. A great effort has been made by Harry and the Township to continue working with property owners to clean up their properties. Some progress has been made with property owners cleaning up abandoned trailers, vehicles, tires and rubbish. While some property owners make an effort to clean up their properties, others do not and require additional letters or action with the help of the Township Solicitor. An ongoing concern is Leisure Village Mobile Home Park. In the past the Township has made some progress in helping get the park cleaned up but since then additional problems have arose that are currently being addressed by Township officials. It is the hope of the Supervisors that property owners in Jackson Township will step up to the plate and take pride in beautifying their properties. Every improvement made in the removal of junk vehicles, rubbish or abandoned structures helps to beautify Jackson Township. Building Permits topped 1.7 million for 2007 and many people are inquiring about building and subdividing next year. With the Brazil-Cherrywood Sewer Project ready to construct and the Wagner Road / Chickaree Hill Road Water Project and Dishong Mountain Road Sewer Line completed, it opens up more possibilities for development and construction of new homes. With proper planning, zoning and land use, Jackson Township can have controlled growth while protecting the residents, businesses and industry that already call Jackson Township home as well as the environment.

Inter-Municipal Cooperation
The Central Cambria Coalition celebrated it's one year anniversary in March of 2007. The Coalition was formed from the three municipalities who comprise Central Cambria School District including Cambria Township, Ebensburg Borough and Jackson Township. The groups meets once a month rotating meeting locations among the three municipalities. During the first year in existence much has been accomplished.
Topics that have been discussed include equipment sharing, oil and gas drilling, inter-municipal planning, regional police services, recreation, sewage and water, windmills and zoning. Projects of the Coalition include the completion of a study for expanding sewage lines along the Route 22 Corridor. This study was completed by Keller Engineers. A study was also completed on the possibility of forming a multi-municipal police force. Although the study was completed, it was determined not to be feasible at this time due to details that were not agreeable to all three municipalities. A Recreation Map & Guide is being printed by Municipal Publications and will be available to the public early this year. This publication is made possible by 26 businesses who placed ads and will show all recreational facilities available in the Central Cambria Coalition area. Currently underway is the development of a Multi-Municipal Comprehensive Plan with the help of Richard Sutter & Associates and a matching grant of $45,000 from the Dept. of Community & Economic Development. A steering committee has been formed comprised of three members of each municipality who meet monthly. In 2008 there will be several opportunities for obtaining public input through meetings, surveys and interviews. The plan should be completed in fall of this year. Perhaps the biggest benefit of the Coalition is the cost savings achieved by through the sharing of equipment. Ebensburg Borough & Cambria Township had secured a $25,000 grant for the joint purchase of a Street Sweeper. Jackson Township & Cambria Township obtained a $25,000 grant for the joint purchase of a Road Paving Machine. The three municipalities are getting ready to apply for another $25,000 grant which will go towards the purchase of a Road Repair Kettle and a Crack Sealing Machine. All three grant efforts fall under the Shared Municipal Services Grant Program. The Coalition continues to explore other areas of joint cooperation where the three municipalities are able to save money by joining forces. Another example of inter-municipal cooperation is the recent adoption of Pudliner Lane with East Taylor Township. The Jackson Township portion only has four homes on it while the East Taylor has over 20. Both townships worked together and separately adopted ordinances while jointly signing a maintenance agreement. In the agreement, East Taylor will perform the maintenance on Pudliner Lane while Jackson will reimburse them in the amount of Liquid fuels monies received from the State.

Roads and Related Improvements
Many local road projects were completed last year to continue a concentrated effort to maintain local streets and roads on a regular maintenance program to keep them safe and in top condition for residents to use and enjoy. Several major paving projects were completed last year including Rose Branch Street and Pennzoil Drive. Pennzoil Drive was paved with the help of a $50,000 grant secured through the efforts of JARI and State Senator John Wozniak. Roads that were seal coated entirely or in part were Adams Avenue, Blackburn Road, Bracken Street, Brazil Lane, Courter Avenue, Dry Run Street, Fir Street, Harmony Drive, Kissell Lane, Pike Road East, Pine Lock Street, Shepard Street, Thomas Street, Trout Street and Warrior Street. The road crew worked endlessly on patching, improving and maintaining drainage and line striping on various Township roads as well as overall maintenance. In addition they have taken over the task of park maintenance as well. Other safety improvements included erecting signs on various roads to improve safety, reducing the speed limit on Hunt Road and Turkey Path Road and making the area by the Cambria County Christian School an official "School Zone". Signs were erected by Tel Power of Hollidaysburg and in operation at the beginning of the school year last fall. Another much needed safety improvement was the relocation of two poles along Adams Avenue from the street onto a private easement area. Several years back, 2 poles were moved off of Leidy Lane.  Jackson Township approved another year in their 5 year contract with PennDOT to be reimbursed for performing winter maintenance on Benshoff Hill Road. During 2007 several additional street lights were erected and have made a great difference in making Township intersections and streets safer for vehicles and pedestrians. Additional lights are scheduled to be installed by Penelec - Ebensburg District in the near future including lighting at the Municipal Building parking lots and recycling bins. PennDOT also installed lighting at the Route 271 Interchange, Dishong Mountain Road Interchange and two "jug handle" or turn around areas along Route 22. In addition Jackson Township had street lights installed by REA at Fords Corner Road and Mile Hill Road.

Township Remains Financially Solid
Jackson Township remains in sound financial condition with the Capital Reserve Fund finishing the year with about 1.8 million dollars, up from 1.6 million last year. Local taxes will remain the same for the new year with no increase needed continuing the trend of having no local tax increase for over 20 years. In addition to revenues from the Laurel Highlands Landfill, additional revenue averaging about $1800 per month have come in from the Landfill Gas Conversion Project. With the construction of the Dishong Mountain Sewer Project and Wagner Road Water Project more homes and businesses can be built in Jackson adding to the Township’s tax base and insuring that our local taxes continue to be one of the lowest in the County. In addition the Brazil Lane - Cherrywood Sewer Project is set to get underway in 2008. In addition several proposed projects are in various stages of development. One such project involves constructing public sewer lines in the Fords Corner Road area, which also includes Finntown Road, Loraine Road, Pike Road West and Whitetail Road. In addition, the installation of public water lines is being explored for the Swigle Mountain Road area. All Township audits conducted by Certified Public Accounts, Federal, State & Local Agencies had no findings and the detailed record keeping was praised.

Emergency Services
The Jackson Township Police Department continues to provide 24 hour police protection. More emphasis has been put on patrolling neighborhoods to help make Township residents feel as safe as possible. Other services provided by the Police are making regular security checks to Township businesses as well providing traffic control during major events in the Community. The Jackson Police Department has a good team of officers. Chief Fatula directs the Department comprised of 1 full-time officer, Melanie Kline and 5 part-time officers. Improvements made to the Department included the purchase of two tasers. Officer Melanie Kline attended a training seminar in Philadelphia in order to train the part-time officers in proper use and procedures. A Taser Policy was also adopted by the Township Supervisors. In addition the Police Department received a $10,000 Technology Grant from Congressman John Murtha in cooperation with Mountain Technologies Inc. The grant was used to purchase 2 laptop computers for use in police vehicles plus a barcode scanner for logging and tracking evidence. Two Youth Drug & Alcohol Fairs were held during the summer. The program is sponsored by Judge Gerard Long and the Cambria County Courts. Both events were well attended. Leidy had attendance of 60 while over 50 attended the Mitchell Fair.  The Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Department provided another outstanding year of service to the residents. There were many activities and events scheduled including the annual Halloween Parade and a Safety Day at the Jackson Township Elementary School. Many fundraising events were held as well which were well supported by the Community.

Recreation Plans for Growth
The Jackson Township Recreation Commission has taken on many projects this year and is planning for many more. Pashek Associates was hired and a Master Recreation, Parks & Open Space Plan for Jackson Township was completed. The plan was financed with the help of a $25,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Dept. of Conservation & Natural Resources. The plan addresses the current and future needs of Jackson Township. The Plan was approved by the DCNR and adopted by the Recreation Commission and Township Supervisors. In addition the DCNR used the Jackson plan as a "Model Project" and featured it in their training materials which are used throughout Pennsylvania. The Jackson Township Veterans Monument continues to serve as a way to honor all veterans from the Township. When the idea of a monument / memorial was first conceived it was thought that accommodation for 500 names would be sufficient. After an expansion which added two additional granite stones, there are currently 1066 names listed.  With the help of State Rep. Tom Yewic there are currently two additional grants that will be put towards the Veterans Park Lighting & Electrical Project. Each grant is for $25,000 and the money should be available soon. One grant has been approved entirely and another is pending approval after a preliminary audit is done. Prior to that a grant was received for $45,000 from the DCED. The project completed in early 2007 involved the construction of decorative park lighting along walkways as well as parking lot lighting between the Senior Center & Fire Hall. In addition, lighting was added to the Fire Hall, Senior Center and Veterans Park signs. Additional outlets and electrical facilities were also installed for events such as Light-Up Night and Heritage Festival.  Plans are underway for the 2008 Heritage Festival. In it’s 4th year, the 2007 Festival attracted large crowds as the weather cooperated. New additions included a Childrens Game Program and Cutest Baby Contest. The installation of additional playground equipment was completed at Leidy Park. This $30,000 project included adding a playground activity zone as well as putting down new safety mulch and adding concrete under the pavilion. Future projects that have been discussed include adding lighting at Mitchell # 1 Ballfield, pavilions that can accommodate large groups, additional parking and public restrooms at both Leidy & Mitchell Parks. Other improvements at Leidy Park included a Bio-Diversity area, additional benches, bleachers, player benches, new shingles on the pavilion and fence crown or protective covering installed. Fence crown was also added at Mitchell Park. Good news was announced by the DCNR that a matching grant of $123,600 was awarded to Jackson Township by the DCNR for improvements to Mitchell Park. The grant will be used to build two large pavilions that can accommodate large groups for reunions or family get-togethers, public restrooms and expanded parking and infrastructure. No word has been given on the pending grant application yet. The Township also made progress in attracting more activities and events to the parks. Leidy Park was used by East Taylor-Jackson Little League as an additional location, Central Cambria Midget Football League, Central Cambria Soccer and Boy Scouts for camping out. Mitchell Park hosted the Easter Egg Hunt and is already the busiest park with a full schedule of East Taylor-Jackson Little League games and tournaments. Another key focus of the Recreation Commission has been the addition of several events and activities that can involve the Community. In the spring, their second annual Fishing Derby was held in cooperation with the Jackson Township Community Rod & Gun Club. Over 130 children turned out for the event held at Woodland Park just off of Rt. 22. Kelly Lundgren successfully completed a year with Americorps in August. Her position was awarded to initiate, plan and organize recreational activities working jointly with the Recreation Commission and community groups and organizations. Some of the events included Jackson Township Night at the Johnstown Chiefs, Snow Tubing at Seven Springs, Easter Egg Hunt at Mitchell Park in cooperation with the Jackson Township Lions Club, Altoona Curve baseball game jointly sponsored by the East Taylor-Jackson Little League and Bus Trips to the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington DC, Baltimore Inner-Harbor and the National Zoo in Washington DC. Last year also saw the return of the Cambria County Bookmobile to Jackson Township. The bookmobile started out as a summer fill-in but was supported enough that a fall schedule was also established. One unexpected opportunity came up when the Tour deToona, the world famous international bicycle race began in Jackson Township last year. Carrying on many of the activities that Kelly had helped work on continued past August with a 2nd Annual Light Up Night at Veterans Park, Holiday Lighting & Decorating Contest and a Bus trip to the Pittsburgh Strip District, Waterfront and Hartwood Acres. For 2008 the Recreation Commission is planning on organizing a Summer Concert Series at Veterans Park showcasing various types of music including polka music, a military band, gospel, bluegrass and possibly others. In addition, other events scheduled to be held include a Fishing Derby, Easter Egg Hunt and a bus trip to Atlantic City.

Preserving Our Past
The Jackson Township Historical Committee has been in existence for over a year and continues to actively collect and preserve any old photos or artifacts contributed from residents. They have also talked about writing a book on the history of the Township. Many of the items collected have been donated to the Tri-Area Historical & Museum Society which is in the process of preserving the old Liberty Theatre in Nanty Glo for a permanent museum which will house historical artifacts from Blacklick Township, Jackson Township, Nanty Glo Borough and Vintondale Borough. The museum will be appropriately named "The Liberty Museum".

Sewer & Water Projects Will Help Spur Growth
Sewer & Water are seen as key components to the future growth and development of Jackson Township.  The Brazil Lane and Cherrywood Estates sewer line is nearing reality as the Jackson East-Taylor Sewer Authority (JETSA) has completed all the necessary paperwork and submitted to the DEP for approval. Currently JETSA is awaiting word from Pennvest on funding for the project. A $250,000 grant was approved by the Board of Supervisors to help spur the Sewer Project forward. When completed the new line will serve approx. 200 homes, Mitchell Park and create the potential for new residential development. The Fords Corner area is also being pursued for sewage as well. This area would include Fords Corner Road, Finntown Road, Loraine Road, Pike Road West and Whitetail Road. As part of this effort, Rich Wray of Hegemann & Wray Engineers is working with the Township to move this project ahead. In addition the Supervisors have committed 2007 CDBG (Community Block Grant Funds) towards the installation of public sewer lines on Loraine Road. Completed in 2007 was the Dishong Mountain Sewer Line. This line was developed by the Johnstown Redevelopment Authority as a component of the new Landfill Gas Project. The new line travels along Dishong Mountain Road and transports sewage / leachate from the Laurel Highlands Landfill to the Dornick Point Treatment Plant. The line also offers public sewage to those residents who live along the line who wish to tap in. Tap-ins to this line are not mandatory as the line was privately funded. Anyone wishing to tap-in can do so by contact the Johnstown Redevelopment Authority. The Jackson Township Water Authority recently completed the construction of a water line along Wagner Road. An additional line will be constructed along Chickaree Hill Road towards Vintondale as soon as design and engineering work is complete. Community Block Grant Funds designated by the Supervisors for four years helped to complete this project along with a $500,000 competitive block grant which was awarded to Jackson Township in January of 2007. The Wagner Road and Chickaree Hill Road water project will cost approximately 1 million dollars and serve approximately 37 homes, many of whom have experienced water problems in the past. Another water line along Ogden Street moved forward with 18 homes tapping into the line owned by the Jackson Township Water Authority. In addition, the Supervisors are looking at getting water to the area along Swigle Mountain Road where many residents have experienced water problems in the past.

Senior Center
The Senior Center continues to grow with well over 450 members. The Senior Center held special ceremonies on Memorial Day and Veterans Day and the adjoining Veterans Park serves as a host for special events including the Heritage Festival and Light-Up Night. The Center played host to a wide variety of activities including the Cambria County Senior Games Horseshoe Tournament as well as a wide variety of seminars and classes during 2007 covering issues that concern Senior Citizens and the Community in general. Improvements included adding sensors to entrance doors, the re-paving of the parking lot and new soffit and fascia as well as painting around the top of the entire building. A new aluminum handicapped ramp was recently constructed by METCO and new carpeting is scheduled for the District Magistrates office which leases space in the building.

Township Faces Challenging Role
Running a Township the size of Jackson is like running a large business. There are numerous challenges and administrative tasks which seem to grow more each year.  The Board of Supervisors get involved in all aspects of the Township and work to insure that Federal and State laws and policies are being followed. Some of the continuing matters being addressed by the Board are sewage regulations, sewer & water line projects, stormwater management, emergency services, building code, developing ordinances and policies, planning and zoning, recreation, economic development, historic preservation and too many others to mention. Several ordinances were passed covering dye tests, zoning, adopting streets and inter-governmental cooperation and purchasing. The Township is always looking at improving the quality of life whether it be major park improvements or offering recreational activities, free house numbers, recycling bins or landfill passes. The Supervisors are always looking into what benefits can be offered to residents.

Residents Get Involved
Obviously, it takes a host of employees to keep everything running but we are also dependent upon residents and volunteers as well. There are countless residents that are involved in serving on various commissions, boards, authorities, the Fire Company, Senior Center, churches, schools and volunteer & civic organizations. The Township greatly appreciates all of those who serve in various capacities to help make Jackson Township a better place to live. If you are interested in volunteering on an Authority, Commission, Board or Committee, please send a note to the Jackson Township Supervisors at 513 Pike Road, Johnstown, PA 15909. Your name will be considered in the event an opening would occur.  Many groups have contributed to the community. Some examples are Troop 204 Boy Scouts who have participated in Veterans Day & Memorial Day Ceremonies, Bio-Diversity planting day, Light Up Night, litter clean ups and much more. Also individual scouts going for Eagle Projects have chosen to improve the community by doing stream clean-ups, drain stenciling, adding park benches and landscaping, painting fire hydrants and others. Other groups, churches, organizations and schools have done litter clean ups, dinners for Senior Citizens, contributed to the food pantry or towards the purchase of a new fire truck, started or contributed to scholarship funds or even sent care packages to soldiers overseas. All of these efforts help to make Jackson Township a great community to live in!

Township Alive with Activity
Jackson Township is alive with activity and considering our prime location along the new Route 22, low taxes, good school district and a family-friendly community, we are poised for growth now and into the future. A key component to keeping everyone informed on what is happening is communications. This includes holding public meetings, maintaining a website, emailing online newsletters and publishing newsletters which are mailed out quarterly to all residents. Jackson residents can be proud that the Township newsletter and website took second place honors in the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors 39th Annual Citizens Communications Contest. This is quite an honor considering Jackson Township is competing on a State-wide basis. Jackson Township was also awarded a 2006 Sedimentation & Erosion Award for the completion of the Vinco Streambank & Stabilization Project. The award was presented to the Supervisors by the Cambria County Conservation District at their annual banquet held in May. 2008 should be another busy year of growth and development in the Township. The Supervisors welcome you to be a contributing part of Jackson Township's future.

Jackson Township began the new year with a surplus over 1.8 million dollars. The Jackson Township Supervisors passed an approved a budget for 2008 of $3,418,618.00. The breakdown is as follows: General Fund-$1,517,400.00, State Fund-$148,875.00, Fire Hydrant Fund-$11,000.00, Rescue Fund -$8,750.00, Capital Reserve Fund-$1,676,693.00 and Senior Center Fund-$55,900.00. The Township Capital Reserve Fund is over 1.8 million, up over $200,000 from the end of 2007. The Capital Fund increased despite many substantial improvements and projects being carried out over the past year. Jackson Township will once again not have to increase taxes as financial growth is balanced with helping the Township move and progress forward.

The Supervisors approved Resolution 10-07 setting the tax structure for 2008 as follows: Real Estate Tax-3½ Mills, Fire Hydrant Tax-½ Mill, Rescue Service Tax-1/4 Mill, Earned Income Tax-½ %, Real Estate Transfer Tax-½ %, Per Capita Tax-$5.00 and Local Municipal Services Tax-$5.00. No changes were made in local taxes from 2007. While school and county taxes have risen, Jackson Township has not increased local taxes for more than 20 years.

If you received this newsletter and your name or address information is incorrect, or if you know of any resident of Jackson Township who didn’t receive it, please call the Township Office at 749-0725.

The DCNR announced that Jackson Township would receive a grant for $123,600 to make improvements and expand facilities at Mitchell Park. This announcement is the result of much planning and hard work by the Jackson Township Recreation Commission and Jackson Township Supervisors. The successful award of this grant didn’t just happen. In 2006, Jackson Township hired Pashek Associates of Pittsburgh to develop a Master Recreation, Parks & Open Space Plan. At that time a matching planning grant was applied for and awarded for $25,000. This involved a great deal of research, public meetings, public input surveys, interviews and actual field work. The Plan was adopted in 2007 by the Recreation Commission and the Township Supervisors. By having a Master Plan in place, Jackson Township would be looked upon more favorably when filing for future grants for actual park development. Jackson Township while consulting with Pashek applied for a grant for expansion of facilities at Mitchell Park. In order to apply for the grant, Pashek suggested that we need a Master Plan for Mitchell Park. This work was completed also in 2007 and the "wish list" was too extensive to develop all at one time so it was suggested that it be divided into 2 phases.  Phase 1 includes 2 large 40 x 60 pavilions, public restrooms, earthwork, extension of public utilities including water, electric and sewer, concrete pads for the pavilions, parking lot expansion, charcoal grills, trash receptacles, seeding, erosion and sedimentation control and design and engineering work. Phase I was what the grant has been awarded for. Work should begin in spring of 2008.  Looking to the future, Phase 2 includes another 40 x 60 pavilion, a 24 x 20 pavilion, concrete pads for pavilions, paved parking lot, installation of a trail, aluminum bleachers, lighting for Mitchell Ball Field # 1, sand volleyball court, horseshoe courts, parking lot lighting, landscaping and associated professional, design and engineering services.  This is just another example of the Jackson Township Supervisor’s commitment to provide recreational facilities and activities for residents. Recreation is one of the major factors that people look at when making a decision to move into a community.

The Jackson Township Heritage Festival has grown quite popular during the last four years and planning is underway for the 5th Annual Jackson Heritage Festival. Last year, from start to finish, the festival brought people together from Jackson Township and surrounding communities for a weekend of food, fun and entertainment. The business community supported the event and without their help it would not have been possible. The Heritage Festival will be held this year on Saturday, July 19 & Sunday, July 20. Although many details need to be worked out, some can be shared at this time. Festival hours will be Noon-9 on Saturday and 12-6:00 on Sunday. Entertainment on Saturday that can be confirmed is Tree, an Irish folk music group, Jerry Intihar Band who will play polka music and has appeared with such greats as Frank Yankovic, the Polka King. John Robertson will be performing his magic and illusion show which is popular with young and old alike! Also the Fabulous Flashbacks will be returning to pack the house with their famous oldies show. Back by popular demand, a fireworks display is planned that evening as well. Sunday will begin with a Gospel or Bluegrass Concert from 10:30 to 12:00. Performers are yet to be announced. The Masters who are based in Jackson Township will return to perform their awesome style of gospel music. Also returning is Beavercreek, a real crowd pleaser who put on an excellent show with their own brand of Bluegrass Music. Clay Bowser will be back to entertain as he plays a wide variety of music and even requests from the audience. Rounding out the evening will be Pittsburgh's hottest country band NoMAD which stands for North of Mason and Dixon. They have opened up for many famous country artists when tours come to the greater Pittsburgh area. Additional entertainment is not yet confirmed. Usual favorites for the kids will include clowns, face painting, hay rides, games and Big Bouncy jumping area. Also a Concert will be held on Friday, July 18th for the youth of the area. Bands will be announced as they are confirmed. Wade James of Jackson Township has agreed to line up the bands and once again, act as concert promoter for the event. Last year’s event featured six bands including 1 from Virginia and another from New York. Admission for all entertainment is free to all those attending. For those of you who would wish to have a booth at the Heritage Festival this year, contact Dave Hirko at 749-0725 or Betty Perry at 322-0938 to receive an application. There are many expenses to hosting the festival and the budget is approximately $17,000 for 2008. In order to put on a successful festival this year we are once again counting on local support. If you or your business would like to be a sponsor, please call Dave Hirko at 749-0725 to receive an application. By being a sponsor you will be recognized in advertisements in the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat & all five Mainline Newspapers as well as flyers and posters displayed throughout Cambria County. In addition a program distributed to everyone attending will also recognize those helping to sponsor this event. We hope you’ll consider being a part of the Jackson Township Heritage Festival in 2008.

Jackson Township's 2nd Annual Light Up Night was once again a "hit" with those attending. The event was held at Veterans Park in Vinco on Saturday, November 24th. This year additional lighting was added throughout the park featuring over 15,000 lights which were put up by Tim Davis, Terri Davis, Eric Reitler, Al Slippy, Jackson Township Road Department and others. In addition to the fantastic lighting display, 22 Christmas Trees, almost double the amount from last year, were erected by Supervisor Bruce Baker and then various businesses, organizations and churches sponsored a tree for $10 and then decorated it with lights and ornaments. Groups who sponsored trees were divided into two categories. The business and commercial category included Espe Chiropractic, Final Touch Hair & Nail Salon, First National Bank, KFC (Ebensburg), Mercik's Ideal Market, Tribune-Democrat, Vantage Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation, Vinco Pizza and Vinco Service Station. The top five winners in this category earned a recognition plaque to display at their place of business. Winners were as follows:

    First Place - Vinco Pizza (Pictured Above)
    Second Place - Final Touch Hair & Nail Salon
    Third Place
- Mercik's Ideal Market
    Fourth Place - KFC (Ebensburg)
    Honorable Mention - Vinco Service Station

The groups and organizations category has 12 entries including Jackson Elementary PTO, Jackson Township Boy Scouts Troop # 204, Jackson Township Community Rod & Gun Club, Jackson Township Junior Girl Scout Troop # 937, Jackson Township Lions Club, Jackson Township Police Department, Jackson Township Senior Center, Rep. Tom Yewcic & Staff - 72nd District, Singer Hill Grace Brethren Church, St. John Vianney Catholic Church CCD, St. Paul's Lutheran Church and the Tri-Area Museum & Historical Society. The top five winners in this category earned a recognition plaque to display plus a cash prize. First place received $50, 2nd-$40, 3rd-$30, 4th-$20 and Honorable Mention-$10. Winners were as follows:

    First Place - Jackson Twp. Police Dept. (Above)
    Second Place - Jackson Twp.Boy Scout Troop # 204
    Third Place - Jackson Elementary P.T.O.   
    Fourth Place
- St. John Vianney Church CCD
    Honorable Mention - Jackson Twp. Lions Club

Refreshments were available form Jackson Township Troop # 204 Boy Scouts and Merciks' Ideal Market. Carolers filled the evening with song from Pike Grace Brethren Church and St. John Vianney Catholic Church. An elaborate model train display was in high gear throughout the evening. The guest of honor for the evening was definitely Santa Claus himself! Children had little wait and were excited as they gave their Christmas wish list to Santa himself! Charlie Rametta, photographer took photos of the children with Santa. The children also enjoyed coloring Christmas pictures and watching Christmas videos on the large screen television. It was a great evening and a good time was had by all. The Recreation Commission is already making plans for next year and to add additional lights and displays as the light display grows larger each year.

In an effort to get Community residents involved in recreational activities and events, several events have been scheduled and there is literally something for everyone. Events scheduled include an Easter Egg Hunt scheduled for Saturday, March 15th at Mitchell Park. The Easter Egg Hunt is sponsored by the Jackson Township Lions Club in cooperation with the Recreation Commission. A Fishing Derby will be held in May in another joint-effort with the Jackson Township Community Rod & Gun Club. The event will once again be held at Woodland Park on Saturday, May 3rd. A bus trip to Atlantic City is scheduled for Saturday, May 3rd. The bus leaves Jackson Elementary at 6:00 am and returns back at 1:30 am. Cost is $40.00 and a cash back amount will be given to all passengers over 21 years of age. The amount will not be known until April. Three Lodestar tour buses have been reserved and Atlantic City offers a wide variety of activities including casinos, shopping, dining, amusements, the Boardwalk and last but not least, the Atlantic Ocean and beach for all to enjoy! Reserve your seats now for an inexpensive day trip where you don't have to drive : ) Once the buses are filled up, a waiting list will be established.  Details for all of the above events and more are include in this newsletter in the Recreation Events pages. All trips and events are planned at a minimal cost to residents and their invited guests. For additional information or to make reservations for the Atlantic City Bus Trip, call the Jackson Township Municipal Office at 749-0725 or email to recreation@jacksontwppa.com

~Be sure to check your mail box and post making sure it’s secure and can withstand the weight of the heavy snow being plowed off the roads.
~Plow or shovel the snow to the right of your driveway. This will avoid the snow from being re-deposited in your driveway when being plowed by Township Road Workers.
~Use caution and slow down when driving on snowy or icy roads and be sure to leave a little earlier to arrive at your destination safely and on time.

The Board of Supervisors met on January 7th to reorganize for the New Year. Bruce Baker was appointed to the position as Chairman and Dave Bracken as Vice-Chairman of the 2008 Board. Dave Hirko was re-appointed as Secretary-Treasurer and Bill Barbin Solicitor. Lehman Engineers was retained as Township Engineer. Harry Baker was re-appointed as Zoning Officer and Barry Rouzer as Vacancy Board Chairman.  There were several re-appointments to various Township boards and commissions. Barry Gehosky was re-appointed to a three year term on the Zoning Hearing Board. Also re-appointed to the Zoning Hearing Board with a three year term as an Alternate Member was Janet Hagerich. Al Gailey and Laird Rager were both re-appointed to four year terms on the Planning Commission. Alfred George and John Lythgoe were re-appointed to five year terms on the Recreation Commission. Returning to the Water Authority with a five year term is Robb Piper Jr. Re-appointed to a five year on the Jackson-East Taylor Sewer Authority Board is George BurkeyDave Bracken, Bruce Baker and John Wallet were appointed as Roadmasters. Bruce Baker was re-appointed as Representative to the Cambria County Sewage Enforcement Agency & the Cambria County Building Codes Agency while Dave Hirko was re-appointed Alternate Member. Dave Bracken was appointed as Voting Member at the State Township Convention while Dave Hirko was appointed as Alternate. Dave Hirko was re-appointed as Driveway Encroachment Officer. The Supervisors set meetings dates for the second Thursday of every month for 2008 at 8:00 am and the last Thursday of every month for 2008 at 7:00 pm except in November and December when it will be the next to the last Thursday. The Board also approved the 2008 list of Fire Company Activities.

Jackson Township is proud to offer residents and visitors alike a new 2008 Municipal Map & Guide. Municipal Publications of Home, PA published the map and guide with information and photos supplied by Jackson Township. The map is published every four years and there have been quite a few changes and updates since the 2004 edition. New additions to the 2008 Map & Guide include local roads, churches, updated road information, new State Forest areas, photos, an expanded phone and contact directory, park and special event information as well as information on newly formed groups including the Historical Preservation Committee, Economic Development Committee and Central Cambria Coalition. A great deal of updates on previous information was done as well. Perhaps the most noticeable change is that this map folds up compactly like a road map and will fit handily in a glove compartment of a vehicle or just about anywhere else you wish to keep one handy. We hope you enjoy this user-friendly Map & Guide of our community.  The Guide was made possible with the generosity of 37 local businesses and churches who placed ads to pay for the publication. Those who placed ads were Ameriserv, BCI Floor Specialists, Berkheimer, Big Stone Inn, Conemaugh Health Systems, Dairy Queen, Direct Value Outlet, Dolan’s Welding & Steel, Gleason-McQuillan-Barbin & Markovitz, Gold Crown Foodland, Gilkey Pools, Hagerich Auto, Janna’s Cut Above the Rest, Kamzik Septic Cleaning, Leisure Village, Martin Marine, MEC Chemicals, Mercik’s Ideal Market, Naugle Insurance, Opthalmic Associates, Pike Grace Brethren Church, P. Joseph Lehman Engineers, Quaker Sales, Richard Sutter & Associates, Sheetz, Singer Hill Grace Brethren Church, Smorto-Persio-Webb & McGill, Somogyi’s Route 22 Supply, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Thomas Kaschalk & Sons Construction, Tire Outlet, Tops-It-Off, Vantage Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation, Vinco Pharmacy, Vinco Pizza, Waste Management and Wyse Cemetery Memorials. A big THANK YOU to all of these businesses and churches for helping to make this publication possible. We hope you will support them as they serve the community of Jackson Township.

Early this year, Cambria will have a wireless network in place which will cover 700 square miles and a population of 175,000. Conxx is the contractor for the project. Towers for the new network are located at Pendleton Mountain, Chickaree Mountain, Lower Yoder Township, Cover Hill, Johnstown Industrial Park, Blue Knob, New Germany, Ebensburg, Cresson State Prison, Whopsey, Lost Mountain, St. Lawrence, Carrolltown.  A multi-service communication network will provide voice, video and high-speed data communications to all participating public safety agencies. The network will provide businesses, education and all levels of government with these services. The network has the potential to provide large cost savings for all parties involved regardless of their communication needs. In most cases it will bring technologically-advanced communication capabilities to all of Cambria County, even in areas that have been unable to receive services. Cambria Connected will provide exciting opportunities for existing and new businesses, education, medical services and most importantly the residents of Cambria County. The County has been working to fulfill an FCC mandate that requires the changing and replacement of the communication infrastructure for all public safety organizations within the County. While complying with the mandate, it inspired a vision not only to improve public safety communications but also to increase economic development opportunities for the County. Taking an "out of the box" approach, the Commissioners developed their vision into an action plan. This plan addresses the FCC mandate, economic development and gives the County an opportunity to strengthen the partnership between the government, business, and the people.

Benefits to Cambria County
~Provide new communication services for government, public safety, businesses, education & residences
~Improve the coverage and service for police, fire and other first responders by replacing the majority of the existing public safety infrastructure
~Consolidate and replace the County's existing communication infrastructure
~Provide advanced broadband internet connectivity throughout the county
~Provide advanced internet services for the County

Benefits to the Future
~Open opportunities for economic development
~Create greater opportunities for employment
~Strengthen the tax base by offering advanced connectivity for businesses
~Provide opportunities for families to stay connected and be able to do business anywhere in the world right from their homes or work
~Cambria Connected - A partnership for government, business and the people

Benefits to Families
~Make available high-speed internet service at an affordable price
~Provide IP Telephone
~Offer mobile data communications
~Supply remote classrooms for education
~Monitor dams and waterways
~Provide remote video surveillance for schools

According to President Commissioner, P. J. Stevens, It became obvious to facilitate a project of this magnitude and importance was the responsibility of County government. This initiative will touch the lives of every citizen, business and institution within the County. The alternative is a fragmented and costly service that will not meet our public safety or economic development goals. Residents and businesses will be offered various packages for the new Wi-Fi Internet access. Residential use is estimated at approximately $29 - $39 per month, less than what most people pay with current broadband providers. There will be at least three suppliers of the high-speed internet / communications for residents and businesses to purchase services from. Additional information will be announced by the County when it is available.

Every wonder how to dispose of any old batteries from cars, trucks, lawn mowers, tractors, etc. that you may have laying around your property? They are considered hazardous so you cannot put them out with your garbage. You can however drop them off at Naugles Auto & Truck Sales free of charge where they will see that they are properly processed for disposal or recycling. Naugles Auto & Truck Sales is located at 3309 William Penn Avenue near Mundys Corner. If you have any questions concerning battery disposal, please contact Eric Naugle at 659-7429.

Have you ever wondered how you can serve the community you live in? Jackson Township welcomes anyone interested in serving on a Authority, Board or Commission to submit a letter, note or email saying you are interested in serving on a Board or Authority in the event that there are openings. If you are interested, your letter would be kept on file at the Township office where you would be contacted if an opening would occur at which time you could accept or decline. Authorities include the Sewer Authority and Water Authority. Commissions include Planning & Recreation. There is also the Zoning Hearing Board. Another group where participation is encouraged is the Historical Preservation Committee. All letters and notes should be mailed to Jackson Township Supervisors, 513 Pike Road, Johnstown, PA 15909. You may also drop it off in person at the Municipal Building or you can send an email to office@jacksontwppa.com By volunteering you can make a difference in your community. Any and all inquiries would be greatly appreciated!

If you have a junked vehicle that needs removed from your property and you’re not sure how to go about it, perhaps the following information will help. Al Gillin who operates a licensed junkyard along Adams Avenue has agreed to tow any junked vehicles that you would like to have removed from your property. According to Mr. Gillin, in most cases there will be no charge to any Township resident for this service unless there is great difficulty getting to the vehicle to pick it up. If you wish to have junked vehicles removed from your property, you may contact Mr. Gillin at 322-4366 to see if you qualify for this free service.

Residents Cashing In On Scrap Metal
Many residents are getting top dollar on scrap metal. This includes automobiles that may be sitting on your property. EMF Industries of Franklin Borough accepts old vehicles and pays for the scrap metal value which has been up dramatically this year. The phone number for EMF is 536-5047.

POLICE REPORTS (Submitted by Chief Bob Fatula)

September, 2007
The figures for September were as follows: 911 Calls dispatched to Police: 211 Reportable Part I Crimes: 14 broken down as follows: Larceny-10, Burglaries-3 and Assaults-1. Reportable Part II Crimes: 24 broken down as follows: Stolen Property-10, Vandalism-4, DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-3, Drugs-2, Disorderly Conduct-1 and all others-4. Calls Resulting in Cases: 24, Total Arrestees: 10, Total Suspects: 3, Total Victims: 21, DUI Arrests: 3, Traffic Citations: 8, Non-Traffic Citations: 1, Total Warnings: 0.

October, 2007
The figures for October were as follows: 911 Calls dispatched to Police: 213 Reportable Part I Crimes: 11 broken down as follows: Larceny-9, Assaults-1 and Burglaries-1. Reportable Part II Crimes: 19 broken down as follows: Stolen Property-7, Vandalism-4, DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-2, Disorderly Conduct-1, Embezzlement-1, Fraud-1and all others-3.  Calls Resulting in Cases: 19, Total Arrestees: 10, Total Suspects: 3, Total Victims: 17, DUI Arrests: 2, Traffic Citations: 10, Non-Traffic Citations: 11, Total Warnings: 0.

November, 2007
The figures for October were as follows: 911 Calls dispatched to Police: 182 Reportable Part I Crimes: 5 broken down as follows: Assaults-2, Larceny-2 and Burglaries-1. Reportable Part II Crimes: 25 broken down as follows: Stolen Property-8, DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-3, Vandalism-3, Public Drunkenness-2, Disorderly Conduct-1, Embezzlement-1, Fraud-1 and all others-6. Calls Resulting in Cases: 21, Total Arrestees: 9, Total Suspects: 3, Total Victims: 12, DUI Arrests: 3, Traffic Citations: 11, Non-Traffic Citations: 1, Total Warnings: 1.

The Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Company finished another great year full of activity. Perhaps the biggest excitement came when the new Fire Engine # 42-2 arrived at the Fire Company just before Christmas. The new truck purchased from Four Guys cost about $425,000 and was purchased to replace one involved in an accident several years ago. The Fire Company will be hosting an Open House when the truck is completed and fully equipped ready for service. They would like to extend a gracious thank you to the Township, everyone in the community and all of the members of the Fire Company and Auxiliary for their hard work and dedication! The Fire Company was also pleased to receive a grant of $79,915. from the Department of Homeland Security which was used for new bunker gear to outfit every fire member from head to toe. In addition new radios were purchased for all units and the Fire Company to comply with the new upgrade of the Cambria County 911 System as part of the new Cambria County Wireless Network. New officers were elected for 2008 at their December meeting. They are: President-Tim Hofecker, Vice-President-Scott Emerson, Secretary-Angela Shoemaker, Assistant Secretary-Stella Fedora, Treasurer-Mark Sloan, Financial Secretary-Dave Smith, Assistant Financial Secretary-George Straub, Trustee-Steve Yarina, Fire Chief-Tim Hofecker and Fire Police Captain-Mick Bezek.  Several fundraising events are scheduled for the upcoming months. They include a Casino Night on Saturday, February 2nd, Fish Frys every Friday from February 8th through March 21st, a Golf Raffle in March (date to be announced), Jewelry Raffle on Saturday, April 12th and a Gun Raffle on Saturday, April 19th. For tickets or additional information on all of these events, contact the Fire Company at 322-3155. Just a reminder that during the winter months to please make sure that if you have a hydrant near your property that all snow and debris are cleared away. This is very important in the event that an emergency should occur. The Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Company is looking forward to serving the community and residents for another year.

The Senior Center has several upcoming events they would like to announce. In February & March, a trained Tax Assistance individual will be at the Center to assist individuals in preparing their 2007 returns. This includes Federal, State and Rent or Property Tax Rebate filing. Appointments will be scheduled every Monday evening from 6:30 to 8:00 pm and every Wednesday from 9 to 11:30 am beginning in February.  On Saturday, February 12th Conemaugh Health will hold a Community Blood Screening from 7 to 9 am. This is a complete Multiphasic Blood Screen with Lipid Profile. After July 31, you can call 322-3327 to schedule an appointment. Cost is $25.00 and refreshments will be served. If you wish to have a PSA, the cost is an additional $35.00. The Center hosts screenings twice a year as a fundraiser. Rex Davis, Apprise Coordinator will be at the Center on Tuesday, February 5th, Thursday, February 28th and Wednesday, Wednesday, March 26th, 2008 to discuss the Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Program.  Penny Tronzo, Program Manager with the UMWA Health & Retirement Funds will be offering a Strong Women Program, a 12 week exercise program for middle-aged and older women. The program will consist of 1 hour a day for two days each week beginning January 21st at 11 am and will continue Monday and Wednesday for 12 weeks. For more information or to schedule an appointment for any of the above events, contact the Senior Center at 322-3327.  Every Thursday at 1:00 pm, the Center is showing an afternoon movie donated by All the Right Movies. Members are welcome to take time to relax and enjoy a current movie in the Community Room on the Center's large screen TV. If you are in need of work, age 55 or over and qualify within the set income levels, you may be eligible for the Senior Community Employment Program Service. For more information on the program, contact the local National Council on Aging Senior Employment Program in Johnstown at 536-0691.  The Silver Sneakers Program is still going strong with over 50 individuals taking advantage of the program. Anyone who is a Medicare-eligible member of Highmark or Blue Cross-Blue Shield can participate. A new class will be held once a week called Yoga Stretch. For more information, contact the Senior Center at 322-3327. The Center has many special weekly events for the membership including lunch 3 times a week, parties, Bible study, bingo, knitting, line dancing, weekly Pinochle Party, speakers and events on health issues concerning the aged population, monthly blood pressure screenings, weekly movies, ceramics, computer use with high-speed internet access, beginners computer classes and a exercise room with 11 machines available. In addition there are monthly CamTram bus trips to different shopping areas in Westmoreland, Indiana, Blair, Somerset and Cambria Counties. Anyone interested in visiting or taking a quick tour of the Center is invited to stop in. Membership offered to those age 50 and older is constantly growing and is only $10.00 a year. The Center opened on May 10, 1998 and have just recently issued their 975th membership card. The Center relies on volunteers to operate and stay open. It's a great place to meet and socialize. If you are interested in being a member or volunteering, please contact the Center at 322-3327.

The Jackson / East Taylor Sewer Authority did not receive any funding from Pennvest at their October, 2007 meeting for the Brazil Lane / Cherrywood Sewage Project. The next round of funding will be announced on January 22, 2008. The Authority is on the Pennvest list for funding; however there is no guarantee that the Authority will receive any money at any given time being Pennvest prioritizes projects across the State. JETSA also would like to notify it’s users that effective January 1, 2008, the Authority had to increase the monthly user charge by $3.00 per EDU (Equivalent Dwelling Unit) to balance the 2008 Budget. This is the first time in 10 years that JETSA has had to have a rate increase.

The Cambria County Redevelopment Authority’s project of installing water lines along Wagner Road is well underway. The installation of the actual water lines is complete and pressure reducing stations will be installed this spring. In addition engineering work continues on water lines for Chickaree Hill Road. This project is being done through 1 million dollars in CDBG (Community Development Block Grant) funds. The Jackson Township Board of Supervisors have allotted 5 years of entitlement funds and good news came when Larry Custer, Executive Director of the Redevelopment Authority announced that Jackson Township was awarded an additional $500,000 in competitive funds making the entire project feasible.  The Jackson Township Water Authority has sent applications for tap fee assistance to residents along Wagner Road. Please send completed forms to the Cambria County Redevelopment Authority and not the Jackson Township Water Authority whose address appears at the bottom of the form. The Redevelopment Authority’s address is: Cambria County Redevelopment Authority, 401 Candlelight Drive, Suite 209, Ebensburg, PA 15931. The Jackson Township side of Ogden Road Water Line is now complete. All the taps have been installed and residents are using water. The Water Authority would like to remind new customers to contact their homeowner’s insurance regarding a fire protection discount they may be eligible for. JTWA is in the process of setting up for direct debit payment. If you would like to use this form of payment, please stop by their office and fill out the necessary forms. This method has many benefits including no postage, no checks, no late fees, and in today’s fast paced world, a real time saver.

~Who’s New Around the Township
We would like to welcome those who have been recently appointed or hired by Jackson Township. John Wallet was elected to serve a six year term as Jackson Township Supervisor in the November General Election. Congratulations and welcome to John! Jeremy Scislowicz returned to Jackson Township as a Part-Time Police Officer.

~General Election Results
Jackson Township had a 38% turnout of registered voters in the General Election. Precinct # 2 (Vinco Fire Hall) had the highest turnout of 41% followed by # 1 (Pike Grace Family Life Center) with 39% with Precinct # 3 (St. John Vianney Church) having 34%. John Wallet won the Supervisor race by an 8% margin. The race was decided in Precinct # 3 with the other two precincts as close two to three votes. Bill Headrick, even though not on the ballot, received enough write-in votes to earn another four year term as Township Auditor. Patty Allbaugh and Frank Singel were both re-elected to the Central Cambria School Board and ran unopposed. Also unopposed, Mary Ann Zanghi was re-elected to the position of District Justice. The high profile race in Cambria County was the Commissioners Race where all three incumbents were re-elected to serve another full term.

~Reminder To Residents - Be Safe!
Just a reminder to residents of Jackson Township to keep your doors locked on your home and vehicles at all times. 2007 saw a rash of robberies of homes and vehicles. In almost every case, the home or vehicle was unlocked. Some vehicles were left unattended with the keys in them. Most of the robberies were solved with suspects caught, but that is no reason not to take some simple precautions. Overall Jackson Township is a safe place to live but it's always a good idea to lock your home and vehicle and not make yourself an easy target for a potential criminal.

~Jackson Fire Company Receives Homeland Security Grant
The Jackson Township Fire Company received some very good news from the Department of Homeland Security in October that they were awarded a grant in the amount of $75,915. which could be used for operations or vehicle acquisition. The Fire Company had already ordered a new truck to replace the one involved in an accident several years ago so the grant will be applied towards that purchase. Seven other fire companies in Cambria & Somerset counties were also awarded similar grants in varying amounts.

~Dishong Sewer Line Now Available for Residential Customer Tap-Ins
The Dishong Mountain Sewer Line which was privately financed by Waste Management in cooperation with Keystone Renewable Energies and the Johnstown Redevelopment Authority is now available for residential customer tap-ins according to Greg Shaffer of Keystone Renewable Energies. Anyone wishing to tap into the new sewer line can contact the Johnstown Redevelopment Authority at 535-6564.

~Neighbors Send Care Packages To Soldiers
A local Community group, Neighbors Who Care once again sent care packages to those in the United States military who were serving overseas and weren't able to come home for Christmas. The packages were sent early in order that they would reach the soldiers by Christmas. Boxes contained such items as snacks and goodies, stationery, personal-care items and magazines. The group felt this was an excellent way to show a small token of appreciation to those men and women who are making a sacrifice for our country.

~Supervisors Support Liberty Museum Project
The Jackson Township Supervisors gave the Liberty Museum Project a big boost when they approved an immediate contribution of $10,000 towards their building renovation project which will be home to a permanent museum where Jackson Township historic artifacts, photos, etc. can be enjoyed by all. In addition the Supervisors offered an additional $10,000 to be used as "matching grant money" when that opportunity arises for the Tri-Area Historical & Museum Society. The Museum now has a website where you can read about their progress and view photos. The website is: www.thelibertymuseum.com

~Police Dept. Donate Prize Money
In the recent Light-Up Night Festival of Trees, the Jackson Township Police Department earned first place in the groups and organizations category earning a $50 cash prize. Chief Fatula contributed the money to the Tribune-Democrat's Newspapers in Education Fund which distributes newspapers for study purposes to area school classrooms.

~Sewer & Water Tap Assistance Program
The Cambria County Redevelopment Authority administers a Sewer & Water Tap Assistance Program. Qualification for the program depends on numerous factors and is geared for low to moderate income households. If you are interested in obtaining an application, they are available at the Jackson - East Taylor Sewer Authority, the Jackson Township Water Authority, the Jackson Township Municipal Building or you can print one at www.jacksontwppa.com and click on the "Sewage Link".

~Free 911 House Numbers Available
The Jackson Township Supervisors in a cooperative effort of the Police Department & Fire Company want every home and business in the Township to have their 911 address number prominently displayed. In times of emergency, every minute is critical and it is important that emergency personnel be able to find you. If your house is not numbered, please stop at the Township Building at 513 Pike Road and we have free reflective numbers we can give you. The Township also has mounting plates available if you need one. Numbers are available in black or white. If you are not able to stop by the Township Building between 8 AM & 4 PM, leave a phone message at 749-0725 with your name, address and telephone number where you can be reached in order that we can get the numbers to you.

~Planning & Consulting Contract ApprovedThe Board approved a contract with Richard Sutter & Associates to perform Planning & Consulting Services for the calender year 2008 not to exceed the amount of $25,500.00. The current projects underway include work on the Zoning Ordinance and new Zoning Map, the concept of creating a Town Center as recommended by the Comprehensive Plan and the exploration of a possible business / industrial park..

~Barnes, Saly & Company Appointed
The Board of Supervisors voted at their November 29th meeting to appoint Barnes, Saly & Company, Certified Public Accountants to perform the audit of 2007 Township records. This is the 6th consecutive year that Barnes, Saly has performed the annual audit.

~Board Awards Handicapped Ramp to METCO
METCO, Inc. of Johnstown was awarded the bid to construct a new aluminum handicapped ramp at the Jackson Township Senior Center by the Jackson Township Supervisors at their November 29th meeting. to construct a new aluminum handicapped ramp at the Senior Center. The existing ramp located on the upper side of the District Magistrates Office has badly deteriorating concrete. Repairing the ramp was first examined in 2006 but bids came in high and several contractors wouldn't even place a bid saying that Jackson should consider a new ramp rather than pouring money into the existing one. Advertisement for bids to construct a new ramp took place in November and the following bids were received. METCO-$24,000, BCS Construction-35,032, Oppy Construction-$33,135 and Capitol Construction-$28,846. METCO was the lower bidder. The ramp is now completed and should last for generations to come.

~Holiday Lighting Contest Winners
The Jackson Twp. Recreation Commission held it’s second annual Holiday Lighting Contest ever with 24 homes registering. Four judges from outside of Jackson who were unfamiliar with the names and locations within the Township agreed to volunteer to judge the outdoor lighting and decoration displays. Prizes were awarded as follows: Greg & Kathy Kupchella of Benshoff Hill Road took 1st place honors winning a $100 cash prize. Earning the 2nd place prize of $75 were Robert & Nina Hildebrand of Brenton Drive. A 3rd place prize of $50 went to Rick & Penny Tronzo of Stager Road. 4th place honors earning a $25 prize went to Joel & Bev Gillin along Adams Avenue. Three honorable mentions were made. They were Al & Karen Pagano of Old Nanty Glo Road, Dave & Janet Hagerich of Courter Avenue and Brad & Arlene Gorsuch of William Penn Avenue. In addition to the cash prizes, all winners and honorable mentions received a congratulatory plaque complete with a photo of their display. Congratulations to all the winners! The Recreation Commission hopes more people will join in the fun for the 2008 Contest! If you wish to participate, now is the time to start planning your strategy to take home 2008 honors for this friendly decorating competition.

~Bus Trippers Get In The Christmas Spirit
Three bus loads of Jackson Township residents and guests went on a holiday bus trip to the Pittsburgh on Saturday, December 8th. The bus trip began at the Strip District where a wide variety of food, holiday goodies and gift items were available. The tour continued at The Waterfront, one of Pittsburgh’s newest shopping areas and then off to Hartwood Acres, one of the largest lighting displays in the US featuring over 2 million lights. A good time was had by all!

~Waste Management & Neighbors Spread Good Will for Christmas - Waste Management who operates the Laurel Highlands Landfill once again distributed turkeys for Christmas to those families in need. Churches in Jackson Twp. submitted a number of turkeys needed for families they considered to be needy. Approx. 72 turkeys were distributed to representatives of the Jackson churches. Brad Minemyer of Waste Management said "We are happy with the relationship we have with Jackson and we were more than happy to contribute the turkeys during the holiday season". In addition the Neighbors Who Care added a $10.00 Gift Certificate to Ideal Market to go with each turkey.

~Municipal Garage Gets Face Lift
The Jackson Township Municipal Garage got a much needed face lift in October. The building was spray painted by the Township Road Dept. gray to match the other Municipal Buildings. In addition, building trim was done in white, garage door repairs made and energy-efficient replacement windows were ordered and installed. The new look was done at a minimal cost.

~Bruce Baker Appointed To Cambria County Solid Waste Authority
Bruce Baker, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors was recently appointed by the Cambria County Commissioners to serve on the Board of Directors of the Cambria County Solid Waste Authority. Congratulations go out to Bruce Baker.

~Jackson Township Honors Vets
The Jackson Township Senior Center hosted their5th annual Veterans Day Ceremony on Nov. 12th. The Ceremony was held at Veterans Park in Vinco with approximately 100 in attendance. Participating was a guest speaker from the military, Menoher VFW Post 155 Honor Rifle Team, Jackson Township Troop 204 Boy Scouts, Frank Singel, Rev. Drew Walther of Singer Hill Grace Brethren Church and Corey Shirk, vocalist from Central Cambria High School.

~Dubovecky Helps Community
Congratulations go out to Matt Dubovecky, son of Marianne & John Dubovecky who was inducted into the National Honor Society of Civil Engineering at Penn State University. In order to qualify, Matt was required to perform at least 5 hours of community service. Matt chose to do weed trimming at Leidy, Mitchell & Veterans Park. Thanks go out to Matt for lending a hand in the community..

~Want to See a Birds-Eye View of Jackson Township?
Ever wonder what Jackson Township looks like from the air? You can now view up-to-date ariel photography of Jackson Township as close as your computer. To view the photography, just go to www.msn.com and then click on maps. On the next screen type in your address or zip code in the search bar. When the map comes up, click on "hybrid" where it will display street names on the photography. You can zoom in and out of the map by clicking on the plus or minus at the left of the map. You can maneuver around the map by just moving your mouse. It’s very easy to do and interesting to see what Jackson looks like from up above.

~Want to Schedule An Event At A Jackson Park?
If you are interested in reserving a pavilion for a family get-together, party or event, please contact the Jackson Township Municipal Building at 749-0725 to make a reservation. A pavilion is available at Mitchell, Leidy & Veterans Park. Other recreation facilities that can be reserved depending upon availability include baseball fields at Mitchell & Leidy and Volleyball Courts at Leidy.

~Tire Recycling Available
The Laurel Highlands Landfill offers recycling. Tires can also be put in a recycling bin for a minimal cost of $1.00 per normal-sized vehicle tire. This does not apply to any commercial establishments

~Need to Sign Up For New Garbage Service? - Jackson Township’s garbage contract provides for unlimited curbside garbage pick-up as well as any large items you have to dispose of with a few exceptions (i.e. - hazardous items, Freon, tires, etc.) If  you are interested in signing up for garbage service you need to call 1-800-677-4884. The cost for 2007 is $37.82 per quarter.

Jackson Township has a valuable source of information to help keep you informed. If you haven’t checked out the Township Website, please feel free to visit www.jacksontwppa.com The website is constantly updated with new information. As always, you can read the monthly approved minutes of the Board of Supervisors and Planning Commission Meetings. Check out the Calendar of Events to find out what’s going on in Jackson Township. Check out the updated pages including the Links page where there are hundreds of resources for you to use. The kids have their own links section. . just click on the Jackson Township Kids Page and check out Kidslinks. To see some of the pages that have been updated recently , click on "Whats New" on the home page. If you have any suggestions of what you would like to see on the Jackson Twp. Website, please call Dave Hirko at 749-0725 or email to office@jacksontwppa.com

If you are planning on a building project be sure to visit or call either the Jackson Township Office at 749-0725 or Harry Baker, Zoning Officer at 322-1425. Your project could involve zoning, stormwater or planning. Also with the Pennsylvania State Building Code, inspections may be required as well. Be sure to allow plenty of time to get any necessary permits prior to building. By doing this, your project can be addressed in plenty of time before you actually begin construction. Also if you are planning to pave or alter your driveway, a driveway permit is required. Roadmasters Bruce Baker & Dave Bracken said that driveway permits are not to inconvenience residents but are necessary to make sure there is a swale or pipe to direct stormwater. They also make sure that driveways are not higher than the road so snow plows don’t catch the edge of the driveway. When a driveway enters onto a Township road, a safe sight distance is also very important. PennDOT requires permits for driveways entering onto State roads within the Township.

Township residents who have access to the internet can now join our new email group to receive up-to-date Township news by email. To subscribe just go to the Jackson Township website at www.jacksontwppa.com and subscribe to the Jackson Township Online News by entering your email address in the space provided. You will then be sent a confirmation verifying that you wish to subscribe to the online news. You must return the confirmation via email to be added to the newsletter list. We also encourage you to invite others to join. If you encounter any problem signing up, just email us at office@jacksontwppa.com or call us at the Township office at 749-0725 and you can be added manually.

On behalf of the Township Supervisors, staff and volunteers serving on various Boards & Authorities of Jackson Township, we extend our warmest wishes for every family to have a healthy and happy New Year!

~ Thanks! ~
We would also like to take this opportunity to recognize those who willingly served Jackson Township in 2007 and especially those who volunteer their time and talents to help make Jackson Township a great place to live.

Frank "Buck" Alexander - Road Crew
John Bahorik - Economic Development Committee
Bruce Baker - Board of Supervisors Chairman, Roadmaster, Planning Commission Secretary, Cambria County Assoc. Of Township Officials Vice-President, Cambria County Sewage Enforcement Agency, Cambria County Building Codes Enforcement Agency, Cambria County Solid Waste Authority, Historic Preservation Committee, Economic Development Committee
Harry Baker - Zoning Officer
Paulette Baker - Tax Collector
Alex Ballow - Tax Assessor
William Barbin - Solicitor
Joe Baxter -Sewer Authority Vice-Chairman
Mick Bezek - Fire Police Captain
Bob Bombach - Fire Police
Phil Boyer - Senior Center Treasurer
David Bracken - Board of Supervisors Vice-Chairman, Roadmaster
Delores Bracken - Historical Preservation Committee

Darrin Brown - Recreation Commission Treasurer
Debra Buksa - Water Authority Secretary
George Burkey - Auditor, Sewer Authority Chairman, Fire Police
Tim Burkey - Sewer Authority Foreman
George Cooper - Water Authority
Mark Croft - Assistant Emergency Management Coordinator, Fire Company Trustee
Donna Davis - Historical Preservation Committee

Tim Davis - Recreation Commission Vice-Chairman
Brian Daughenbaugh
- Sewer Authority
Renee Dickert - Historical Preservation Committee
Dan Ditchcreek
- Road Crew
Walt Ditchcreek - Water Authority Board Chairman
Ray Dodson - Water Authority Board Treasurer
Tom Dolan Sr. - Economic Development Committee
Zelda Dugan - Historical Preservation Committee

Guy Ellenberger - Board of Supervisors, Economic Development Committee
Bob Fatula - Chief of Police
Chris Fedora - Emergency Management Coordinator
Stella Fedora - Fire Company Assistant Secretary
Connie Fetzer
- Administrative Assistant, Planning Commission Recording Secretary
Rick Fetzer
- Zoning Hearing Board Chairman
Tim Ford
- Road Crew & Assistant Road Foreman
Georgia Frombach - Water Authority Secretary
Al Gailey
- Planning Commission
Alice Gary - Senior Center Vice-President
Barry Gehosky - Zoning Hearing Board Vice-Chairman
Alfred George - Recreation Commission
Walt George
- Recreation Commission
Wendell Gillen
- Sewer Authority Board
Gary Gongloff - Fire Company Assistant Treasurer
Mary Govekar - Senior Center Secretary
Shaun Gregory - Police Officer
Kevin Grove - Fire Company vice-President
Janet Hagerich - Zoning Hearing Board Alternate
Bill Headrick
- Auditors Chairman
William Hines - Police Officer
Dave Hirko - Manager, Secretary, Treasurer, Sewage Enforcement Agency, Building Code Agency, Road Encroachment Officer, Historic Preservation Committee, Economic Development Committee
Tim Hofecker - Fire Company President, Fire Chief
Don Hrapchak - Water Authority Board Asst. Secretary-Treasurer
Jackson Township Adopt-A-Highway Volunteer
Jackson Township Election Poll Workers
Jackson Township Heritage Festival Committee & Volunteers
Jackson Township Senior & Handicapped Center Volunteers & Helpers
Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Company Members
Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Company Auxiliary Members
Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Police
Mike Jacobs
- Police Officer
Melanie Kline - Police Officer
Don Knopsnyder - Planning Commission Chairman
Jim Lauffer - Historical Preservation Committee
Linda Lesko - Historical Preservation Committee

John Letizzia Jr. - Economic Development Committee
Kelly Lundgren - Recreation Events Coordinator (Americorps)
Betty Lybarger
- Senior Center
John Lythgoe
- Recreation Commission
Sam Marchu - Zoning Hearing Board
Regina Markovich - Recreation Commission Secretary
Ralph Mayer - Road Crew/Asst. Shop Foreman
Dick McDowell - Historical Preservation Committee

Brad Minemyer - Economic Development Committee
Charles Nagle Jr. - Police Officer
Nancy Oleksa - Sewer Authority Administrative Assistant
Al Pagano - Recreation Commission
Ellen Pentrack-Ocilka - Zoning Hearing Board Secretary
Rob Piper Jr.
- Water Authority Board Vice-Chairman
Ed Porada
- Auditors Secretary
Laird Rager - Planning Commission
Eric Reitler - Recreation Commission, Fire Police
Tom Romeo - Economic Development Committee
Barry Rouzer - Vacancy Board Chairman, Constable
Jeremy Scislowicz - Police Officer
Angela Shoemaker - Fire Company Secretary
Betty Lou Shoup - Historical Preservation Committee

Frank Singel - Senior Center President
John Sirko Jr. - Road Crew
Mark Sloan
- Fire Company Treasurer
David Smith - Water Authority & Fire Company Financial Secretary
Karl Smith
- Water Authority Foreman, Recreation Commission Chairman
Ken Smith Jr. - Police Officer
Alex Svirsko Sewer Authority Solicitor
Barb Teeter - Historical Preservation Committee
John Wallet - Water Authority Board Secretary, Board of Supervisors
Calvin Webb
- Zoning Hearing Board Solicitor, Water Authority Solicitor
Amy Willett - Economic Development Committee
Tom Wray - Economic Development Committee
Paul Wyrwas - Planning Commission Vice-Chairman
Mary Ann Zanghi - District Justice

There are hundreds of volunteers in Jackson Township too numerous to mention who serve in some capacity for many great organizations such as the Fire Company, Senior Center, Historical Society, Schools, Churches, Food Pantry, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, 4-H, Little League, Recreation & Sports, Nanty Glo Library, Civic Organizations, Election Boards, etc.  Thanks for all the work you do and know that it is very much appreciated!