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Winter, 2009

2008 IN REVIEW PLUS A LOOK TO THE FUTURE
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. Itís 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
Jackson Township continues to pursue the development of a business park that hopefully will lead to hundreds of new jobs and a more solid tax base for the community. There are many hurdles that need to be overcome as this project is still in itís infancy stage but the Supervisors are committed to fulfill this goal and are working closely with the Cambria County Industrial Development Authority and the Southern Alleghenies Planning & Development Commission. Richard Sutter & Associates, consultant, has been instrumental in the initial planning stages of the project. 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. Interest continues from companies on locating windmills in Jackson Township. A test tower located just off of Dishong Mountain Road was erected by a Spanish based company, Iberdrola Renewable Energies, to gather wind data for over an entire year. Although Iberdrola didnít pursue actual windmills. There is still interest in wind energy development as another company is interested in erecting a test tower near the Dishong Mountain Road area.

Planning For The Future
The Jackson Township Planning Commission continues to lay the ground work for development that is certain to come in the future being that Jackson Township has lots of undeveloped land and much of it is along or near the new Route 22 corridor. Some of the improvements made include a new Subdivision Ordinance. In addition Jackson Township as part of the Central Cambria Coalition working with Cambria Township & Ebensburg Borough adopted a Multi-Municipal Comprehensive Plan. The Comprehensive Plan is basically a guide for the entire region for planning future growth and development. The Multi-Municipal Plan was completed with the help of a $42,500 Shared Municipal Services Planning Grant. Work on both of these projects were carried out by Richard Sutter & Associates, planning consultant. Future projects on the Planning Commission's "to do list" include updating the Zoning Ordinance and map and developing a concept for a Town Center in Jackson Township. 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. In a hearing with Judge Long earlier in 2008, Mr. McKool received a court order to have several abandoned trailers removed at Leisure Village. 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. In an effort to step-up clean-up efforts in Jackson Township, the Planning Commission is currently developing a Nuisance Ordinance that will be recommended to the Supervisors for approval. The Nuisance Ordinance will address everything from junk vehicles, rubbish and garbage to unmaintained yards and properties. Jackson Township receives many complaints on these issues and Nuisance Ordinances are quite common throughout the area. An unmaintained property next door to yours can actually decrease your property value by a considerable amount. Building Permits topped 1.6 million for 2008 and many people are inquiring about building and subdividing next year. With the Brazil-Cherrywood Sewer Project nearly completed 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. In addition work on several projects continue including providing water to Swigle Mountain Road and public sewage to Loraine Road and the entire Fords Corner Area. 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 will celebrate it's 3rd anniversary in March of 2009. 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 their three years in existence much has been accomplished. Topics that have been discussed include emergency services, equipment sharing, oil and gas drilling, inter-municipal planning, park maintenance, regional police services, recreation, sewage and water, windmills, wireless communications and zoning. Projects of the Coalition include the completion of a study for expanding sewage lines along the Route 22 Corridor 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 was completed early in 2008 and distributed to residents of the municipalities as well as being available at various public buildings, hotels and businesses. The map was designed and printed by Municipal Publications and paid for entirely by ads placed from 26 local businesses and organizations. The map displays all of the recreational facilities available in the Central Cambria Coalition area. Recently completed was the development of a Multi-Municipal Comprehensive Plan with the help of Richard Sutter & Associates and a matching grant of $42,500 from the Dept. of Community & Economic Development. A steering committee was formed with three members from each municipality participating and meeting each month. Several public meetings were held and the plan was adopted in the fall of 2008 by all three municipalities. In continuation, a Phase II Planning Grant was filed with the DCED. Phase II will look at land and subdivision ordinances, zoning ordinances, stormwater management, well head protection and possibly other areas where joint cooperation could be of benefit. Perhaps the biggest benefit of the Coalition is the cost savings achieved 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 were recently awarded a grant for $22,100. for the purchase of 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 in 2008 is working with Nanty Glo Borough for the purpose of getting a better leasing price per acre for gas drilling rights by combining land parcels owned by both municipalities. Jackson Township was approached earlier this year by a resident of neighboring East Wheatfield Township who is trying to get high speed internet service in that area as well as for residents in the western most part of Jackson Township. For Trick or Treat Night, Jackson Township coordinated their event with that of neighboring East Taylor Township. Jackson also continues to work with other inter-municipal co-ops including the Cambria County Sewage Enforcement Agency and Cambria County Building Codes Agency.

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. One major paving project for 2008 was Pike Road East from Swigle Mountain Road to US Route 22. The heavily traveled road not only gets a lot of traffic but also is used by trucks going to and from Amfire Mining. The improvements were long overdue and greatly appreciated by the residents of that area. In addition Poplar Street in Vinco was also paved. Roads that were seal coated entirely or in part were Eagle Drive, Pine Lock Street, Raymond Drive, Turkey Path Road and White Street. In additional New Enterprise re-did some roads that were seal-coated in 2007 but spots were missed on them. Those roads included Blackburn Road, Harmony Drive and Adams Avenue from Harmony Drive to Route 271. 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, two students worked part-time last year on mowing and park maintenance. Jackson Township approved another year in their 5 year contract with PennDOT to be reimbursed for performing winter maintenance on Benshoff Hill Road.  A major safety improvement was the removal of two poles which were relocated from Adams Avenue to a private easement area. It took nearly two years to get all three utilities (electric, phone and cable) to remove their lines from the old poles to the new ones. Finally, the old poles located on the street area were removed and eliminated the potential hazard. Jackson Township also received word from the DCED (Dept. of Community & Economic Development) that a grant of $7300. Has been awarded to purchase new larger lettering street signs to be installed throughout Jackson Township. The new street signs with larger lettering will be required throughout Pennsylvania by the year 2012. New lettering on the signs will be six inches with suffixes at four inches (i.e. - street, road, etc.) This grant from the DCED was made possible with the help of Sen. John Wozniakís office. During 2008 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 installed by Penelec - Ebensburg District included lighting at the Municipal Building parking lots and recycling bins as well as at several intersections.

Township Remains Financially Solid
Jackson Township remains in sound financial condition with the Capital Reserve Fund finishing the year with about 1.4 million dollars. Although this is less than the prior year, there were some major expenditures including a $250,000. grant to the Jackson-East Taylor Sewer Authority to help jump start the Brazil Lane - Cherrywood Sewer Project. In addition, funds were used for many planned projects including the Fords Corner Sewage Project, Swigle Mountain Water Project, Mitchell Park Expansion and the development of a Business Park. Other major expenditures were put towards a new handicapped ramp at the Senior Center, the purchase of a Athey Belt Loader and for road paving projects. Although revenue from the Laurel Highlands Landfill is anticipated to be down in 2009, 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 25 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 nearing completion of the Brazil Lane - Cherrywood Sewer Project and Wagner Road - Chickaree Water Project more homes and businesses can be built in Jackson adding to the Townshipís tax base and insuring that our local taxes continue to be one of the lowest in the County. In addition, sewage will soon be made available to 16 homes on the lower half of Loraine Road through the use of Community Block Grant Funds. The projectís estimated cost is $175,000. Other 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 continues to move forward 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 6 part-time officers. In 2008, the Jackson Police Officers chose to be represented by Teamsters Union Local 110 and a three year contract was successfully negotiated. One major improvement for the Department included new computers and software made possible through the help of a $10,000 Technology Grant from Congressman John Murtha in cooperation with Mountain Technologies Inc. Two Youth Drug & Alcohol Fairs were held during the summer. The program is sponsored by Judge Gerard Long and the Cambria County Courts. The Mitchell event had about 15 youth attending while the one at Leidy at 45. For 2009, the Mitchell Event will be moved to Veterans Park where it will be more accessible to neighborhood children who can easily walk or ride their bike to the event. The Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Department provided another outstanding year of service to the residents. A $75,000. grant from the Department of Homeland Security was welcome news and was utilized to outfit the firemen with all new bunker gear. There were many activities and events scheduled including the annual Halloween Parade, a Safety Day at the Jackson Township Elementary School and a highly successful Open House where several hundred residents turned out. Many fundraising events were held as well which were well supported by the Community.

Recreation Plans for Growth
The Jackson Township Recreation Commission continues to be a vital part of the community by offering various events and helping with park planning and maintenance. 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 1091 names listed. Plans are underway for the 2009 Heritage Festival. In itís 5th year, the 2008 Festival attracted large crowds and a record number of vendors, groups and organizations. Popular new additions included a Car Cruise-In held Friday evening with a fantastic turn-out and the Living Treasures Petting Zoo. 2009 promises to be an exciting year as Mitchell Park Phase I expansion will get underway with the help of a $123,600. Grant awarded to Jackson Township from the DCNR. Improvements to be made will include extending water, sewer and electric lines, new restrooms and the construction of 2 large pavilions which will each accommodate 140 people for large family gatherings, weddings, reunions, etc. After Phase I, a Phase II is planned if a grant is successfully achieved. Phase II would include a 3rd large pavilion, small pavilion, ball field lighting and other improvements. Also on the horizon is a possible expansion of Leidy Park. Park improvements made this year at Mitchell included landscaping around the park rules sign. This work was done by Aaron Driekorn as an Eagle Scout Project. In another Eagle Scout Project, A. J. Pagano completed landscaping around the flag pole, installed a light and added two benches. Another improvement was the purchase of 3 concrete garbage cans for the park. Improvements at Leidy Park included the total revamping of the Bio-Diversity area. This work was done by Cory Henry as an Eagle Scout Project and included new trees, landscaping, a table, bird houses and constructing a path. The area is definitely 100% improved with the new look. Two new concrete garbage cans were also installed at Leidy.  Veterans Park also had some improvements for 2008 including adding decorative banners to the light poles throughout the park. The banners are all red, white and blue with the winter ones featuring snowflakes and the summer ones, stars and stripes. Each banner has imprinted, "Welcome to Jackson Twp.". In addition, the Jackson Twp. Water Authority extended water lines to several areas of the park. As a result, three water pumps were installed including one at the storage barn, one near the pavilion and the other near the horseshoe pits. Decorative covers were constructed by Jim Page over the water pumps. 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, AYSO 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 providing events and activities that can involve the Community. In the spring, the 2nd Annual Easter Egg Hunt was sponsored by the Jackson Township Lions Club and drew a huge crowd of excited children. The third annual Fishing Derby was held in cooperation with the Jackson Township Community Rod & Gun Club. Over 110 children turned out for the event held at Woodland Park just off of Rt. 22. A bus trip to Atlantic City was a big hit as with those on board receiving cash bonus and free dinner coupons upon arrival. The Cambria County Bookmobile returned to Jackson Township for the summer months by making regularly scheduled stops at the Senior Center for the benefit of children and adults alike. A first time attempt at hosting a Summer Concert Series was offered this year. A concert in June with Rosie & The Jammers and one in August featuring the Sharp Tones drew small crowds. The most successful one was held on July 5 and featured the 28th Infantry Division Concert Band based out of Hollidaysburg. The concert was very patriotic and entertaining as they played a wide variety of music to the delight of over 200 people who turned out for the event. The 5th Annual Heritage Festival took place in July and has become the most popular and well attended event of the year. In October, Trick or Treat Night made a come back in Jackson Township after an absence of nearly 30 years. The event was a big hit and there were no incidents reported. . just a lot of children having fun! Also in October, two full buses went on a bus trip to New York City and had a great time. A overnight New York trip is planned for 2009. December wound up the year with a bus trip to Pittsburgh for some shopping followed by a stop at Cabelas and a tour of the Oglebay Festival of Lights in Wheeling, WV. The buses made it to Cabelas but road closures didnít permit the tour of Oglebay so an alternate stop was made at Overlyís Country Christmas near Greensburg.  The 3rd Annual Light Up Night was moved back to the Sunday time frame and had a huge crowd attend. Some of the highlights included voting for their favorite trees, a concert by the Jackson Elementary 4th & 5th Grade Chorus as well as the star attraction, Santa! Also in December was the 3rd Annual Holiday Lighting & Decorating Contest. This year there were 19 entries received, down a bit from last year, due mainly to poor weather since the beginning of November for putting up Christmas lights. For 2009 the Recreation Commission is planning a military band concert in addition to the regular events including the Fishing Derby, Easter Egg Hunt, Heritage Festival, Trick or Treat Night, Light Up Night and Christmas Decorating Contest. Bus trips for 2009 will include a trip to Sight & Sound Theatre in Lancaster in March, Washington DC in June and an overnight trip to New York City in September.

Preserving Our Past
The Jackson Township Historical Committee, formed two years ago, 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 renovating 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 is appropriately named "The Liberty Museum" and is nearing completion. The Jackson Township Historical Committee has made significant progress is making contacts with residents who have old photos, artifacts and memories to share. The Committee is compiling notebooks with each article, photo or item categorized for the benefit and enjoyment of future generations to come.

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 completion and will add 200 homes to the Jackson East-Taylor Sewer Authority system as well as provide opportunities for future growth. The project was made possible from a 3.4 Pennvest Loan, a $632,000. Pennvest Grant as well a $250,000. Grant from Jackson Township. 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. Sewage planning and testing has been completed and financing options are being explored. In addition the Supervisors have committed 2007 & 2008 CDBG (Community Block Grant Funds) towards the installation of public sewer lines on Loraine Road which should get underway in the spring and provide service to approximately 20 homes. The Jackson Township Water Authority will be completing the construction of an addition to the Wagner Road water line as well as a new line along Chickaree Hill Road towards Vintondale to serve 22 additional homes. This project is also being done with CDBG funds under the direction of Larry Custer of the Cambria County Redevelopment Authority and will provide public water to about 24 homes. In addition, the Supervisors are looking at getting water to the area along Swigle Mountain Road where many residents are experiencing water problems and some even having to haul water. Another additional line was added into the Jackson Twp. Water Authority system. The line referred to as the "Hildebrand Water Line" was formerly receiving water from the East Taylor Municipal Authority. The line had approx. 15 customers in the Raymond & Eagle Drive area and at one time an agreement stated that East Taylor Municipal Authority could provide them with water until Jackson would be able too and at that point, the customers would be that of the Jackson Twp. Water Authority. In addition to taking over the line, fire hydrants were installed giving residents added protection.

Senior Center
The Senior Center continues to grow with well over 450 members. An Open House was held in May to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Center. 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 a wide variety of seminars and classes covering issues that concern Senior Citizens and the Community in general. One major improvement was the construction of a new handicapped ramp constructed by METCO Inc. on the upper end of the Senior Center Building. Cost of the new ramp was $24,000. Scheduled in early 2009 is the removal of a asbestos with the help of a grant not to exceed $45,000. from the Greater Johnstown Redevelopment Authority. After the asbestos is removed, new flooring and carpeting will also be installed throughout the building which also houses the District Magistrates office. A new lease was also negotiated for the District Magistrates office with Cambria County which increase the monthly rent by several hundred dollars. The lease income helps to pay for the utilities and maintenance services for the entire Senior Center 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. Other responsibilities of the Supervisors include directing the police and road departments as well as the administrative staff, investigating citizen complaints and concerns, bidding out materials and services, addressing road bonds and inspections, negotiating contracts, making appointments to Boards, Commissions and Authorities as well as accepting resignations, overseeing and applying for grants and countless others. 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 smoothly 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. One example is Troop 204 Boy Scouts who have participated in Veterans Day & Memorial Day Ceremonies, the Heritage Festival, Light Up Night, litter clean ups and much more. Also individual scouts going for Eagle Projects have chosen to improve the community by adding park benches and landscaping, cleaning up the Bio-Diversity area of Leidy Park, 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 have won several awards over the year in the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors Annual Citizens Communications Contest. Jackson Township was notified in December of it's most recent honors including 2nd place for best newsletter in Township with 2,500 to 5,000 in population. Jackson also earned a 2nd place award in the Electronic Newsletter Category. This is quite an honor considering Jackson Township is competing on a State-wide basis. 2009 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 ADOPTS 2009 BUDGET
Jackson Township began the new year with a surplus of over 1.4 million dollars. The Jackson Township Supervisors passed an approved a budget for 2009 of $3,427,243.42. The breakdown is as follows: General Fund-$1,482,085.00, State Fund-$156,444.92, Fire Hydrant Fund-$11,000.00, Rescue Fund -$8,700.00, Capital Reserve Fund-$1,709,370.50 and Senior Center Fund-$59,643.00. The Township Capital Reserve Fund is over 1.4 million. The Capital Fund decreased due to several major project expenditures 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.

NO INCREASE IN TAXES FOR 2009
The Supervisors approved Resolution 11-08 setting the tax structure for 2009 as follows: Real Estate Tax-3Ĺ Mills, Fire Hydrant Tax-Ĺ Mill, Rescue Service Tax-1/4 Mill, Earned Income Tax-Ĺ %, Real Estate Transfer Tax-Ĺ %, Per Capita Tax-$5.00 and Local Municipal Services Tax-$5.00. No changes were made in local taxes from 2008. While school and county taxes have risen, Jackson Township has not increased local taxes for more than 25 years.

JUDGE RULES TO OVERTURN REMOVAL OF OUTDOOR LIGHTING
In April of 2007, Penelec customers with Private Outdoor Lighting were notified of the utilities intent on removing those lights by the year 2012. Penelec had included this in a rate tariff that was approved by the PUC and many customers lights were already taken down. In all, Penelec has about 30,000 lights that are classified as Private Outdoor Lights which are paid for by private individuals and not a municipality. In Jackson Township many lights that are Private Outdoor Lights are along main streets and roads as well as schools, churches and businesses. Some of those who have lights that would have been removed included Jackson Elementary, the Jackson Township Senior Center, Jackson Township Water Authority, St. John Vianney Catholic Church, Vinco Pharmacy, etc.  A campaign began to file formal complaints with the Public Utility Commission was successful with 19 residents filing complaints along with Jackson Township, St. John Vianneys and the Jackson Twp. Water Authority. The formal complaints led to a hearing scheduled for September 15, 2008 at 10:00 am before Administrative Law Judge, Robert P. Meehan in Pittsburgh. The weekday hearing in Pittsburgh was inconvenient for most of the residents to attend but two residents from Jackson Township were allowed to testify by telephone because of being handicapped. The residents testifying were Janet Fochtman and Betty Lou Shoup. Some of the issues brought up in testimony included animals, school bus stops but the most important one was neighborhood safety. Judge Meehan ruled that the complaints of Fochtman and Shoup be sustained and that the Pennsylvania Electric Company shall not enforce the provisions of its Outdoor Lighting Service, pages 136-138 of its Tariff Electric-Pa. P.U.C. No. 79, eliminating Outdoor Lighting Service on June 10, 2012, the same having been found to be unjust, unreasonable and, therefore, unlawful and that the Pennsylvania Electric Company shall, within 30 days of the date on which the Commissionís Order in this consolidated proceeding is entered or such additional time as may be allowed by the Commission, submit to the Commissionís Bureau of Conservation, Economics and Energy Planning a plan for the replacement of those mercury vapor bulbs currently receiving service under its Outdoor Lighting Service, with fixtures and bulbs which are permitted to be used for outdoor lighting purposes by Federal law regulations. Thanks to Mrs. Fochtman and Mrs. Shoup, the lights will keep shining in Jackson Township as well as for 30,000 other Penelec customers! Also thanks to everyone who took the time to get involved by filing a formal complaint with the PUC. This is a great example of citizen involvement making a difference.

MITCHELL PARK - PHASE I TO GET UNDERWAY IN SPRING
One of the largest park expansions in the history of Jackson Township will soon be underway this spring with the help of a $125,000. Grant from the DCNR (Dept. Of Community & Natural Resources). The project is known as "Mitchell Park - Phase I" and will make many improvements. Lehman Engineers has been working with the County and State Agencies to get all the necessary approvals and permits for construction to begin. Work to be done will include the installation of sewer, water and electrical lines as well as land clearing and the installation of a road behind the current basketball court. Perhaps one of the most needed improvements will be public restrooms. Currently two port-a-johns are at the park where there are often hundreds attending ball games and tournaments on any given evening during the summer. Another major addition will be the construction of two large pavilions that can accommodate large crowds of up to 200 people each for reunions, weddings or other group gatherings. In addition there will be BBQ pits, horseshoes and additional parking. Upon completion of Phase I, a plan for Phase II has already been developed and a grant application can be filed for additional funding. Phase II includes park lighting, ballfield lighting, landscaping, another large pavilion, additional small pavilion, new playground equipment, volleyball courts and a walking trail around the perimeter of Mitchell Park. Upon completion, Mitchell Park will be one of the premier parks in Cambria County if not the entire region. 

JACKSON EARNS 2 STATE AWARDS IN COMMUNICATIONS CONTEST
Jackson Town was honored with two awards in the 41st Annual Township Citizens Communication Contest sponsored by the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors. Jackson tied for second place in the "Newsletters - Class 3" category for Townships with population of 2,501 to 5,000. Jackson Township also won second place in the "Electronic Newsletters" Category. Awards were based on usefulness of information, how well information was communicated and overall attractiveness and readability. Judges for the contest included members of the association's Publications-Public Relations Committee, representatives from the Governor's Center for Local Government Services, and staff members of the Pennsylvania Township News, the association's official monthly magazine. The Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors represent Pennsylvania's 1,455 Townships of the second class which represent 5.4 million Pennsylvanians. Jackson Township earned several awards in the past including a 3rd Place Award for Most Improved Newsletter in 2004, 2nd Place Award for Best Website and 2nd Place Award for Best Newsletter, both in 2007.

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PLANNING UNDERWAY FOR HERITAGE FESTIVAL 2009
The Jackson Township Heritage Festival has grown quite popular during the last four years and planning is underway for the 6th 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 Friday, July 17, Saturday, July 18 & Sunday, July 19. Although many details need to be worked out, some can be shared at this time. A Car Cruise-In will be held on Friday night beginning at 6:00 pm with the Johnstown Classic Rockers performing from 7 - 10. 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, John Robertson who will be performing a brand new magic and illusion show and the Fabulous Flashbacks will be returning to pack the house with their famous oldies show from 7 to 11 pm. Back by popular demand, a fireworks display is planned that evening as well. Sunday will begin with Singer Hill Grace Brethren Church holding their morning service at 10:30 am. Everyone is welcome! 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. Additional entertainment is not yet confirmed. As in the past, there will be continuous entertainment rotating on two separate stages. The Jackson Heritage Festival has been getting a great reputation for having quality entertainment and many bands and groups have been in contact seeking to perform at the event. As usual, favorites returning for the kids will include clowns, face painting, hay rides, games, petting zoo, model train display and Big Bouncy jumping area. 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 $23,000 for 2009. 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 youíll consider being a part of the Jackson Township Heritage Festival in 2009.

LARGE CROWD TURN OUT FOR 3rd ANNUAL LIGHT UP NIGHT
Jackson Township's 3rd Annual Light Up Night attracted huge crowds despite having rainy weather conditions. The event was held at Veterans Park in Vinco on Sunday, November 30th. This year additional lighting was added throughout the park featuring over 15,000 lights which were put up by Eric Reitler, Cory Ehrhart, Brett Hoffman, Dave Hirko, A. J. Pagano, Ben Grove and the Jackson Township Road Department and Supervisors. As a special addition this year, 14 lighted snowflakes were mounted on some of the decorative light posts throughout the park. In addition to the fantastic lighting display, 24 Christmas Trees 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 had 9 entries including All The Right Movies, Final Touch Salon, First National Bank, Janna's Hair & Tanning Salon, Kamzik's Septic & Port-A-Johns, KFC (Ebensburg), Mercik's Ideal Market, Reitler Trucking and T & P's Trains & Collectibles . Over 200 ballots were cast with each ballot allowed to list a vote for their three favorite trees in each category potentially having over 1,200 total votes. The top five winners in the Business & Commercial Category earned a recognition plaque to display at their place of business. Winners were as follows: First Place - Janna's Hair & Nail Salon, Second Place -Kamzik's Septic & Port-A-Johns, Third Place - T & P's Trains & Collectibles, Fourth Place - All The Right Movies and Final Touch Salon (Tie) and Fifth Place - Mercik's Ideal Market.  The groups and organizations category had 15 entries including Jackson Elementary PTO, Jackson Township Boy Scouts Troop # 204, Jackson Township Community Rod & Gun Club, Jackson Township Cub Scouts Troop # 204, Jackson Township Girl Scouts Troops # 40737 & 40787, Jackson Township Lions Club, Jackson Township Police Department, Jackson Township Senior Center, Laurel Mountain Bible Church, Singer Hill Grace Brethren Church, St. John Vianney Catholic Church, St. John Vianney Catholic Church 4th Grade CCD, St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Tri-Area Museum & Historical Society and The Village Families (Devlins, Smiths, Kuhars). The top five winners in this category earned a recognition plaque to display plus a cash prize. First place received $100, 2nd-$75, 3rd-$50, 4th-$25 and 5th-$10. Winners were as follows: First Place - Jackson Elementary PTO, Second Place - Jackson Boy Scouts Troop 204 and Second Place - St. John Vianney Catholic Church (Tie), Third Place-Jackson Girl Scouts Troop 40737 / 40787, Fourth Place- St. John Vianney 4th Grade CCD Class and Fifth Place - Jackson Twp. Police Department.  A variety of refreshments and a bake sale were available from Jackson Township Troop # 204 Boy Scouts. Carolers filled the evening with song from Pike Grace Brethren Church, Singer Hill Grace Brethren Church and Chickaree Union Church. In addition, the Jackson Elementary 4th & 5th Grade Chorus came out in full force to perform a beautiful Christmas Concert. An elaborate model train display was operating in high gear throughout the evening. The guest of honor for the evening was definitely Santa Claus himself! Children didn't seem to mind waiting and were excited as they gave their Christmas wish list to Santa himself! Charlie Rametta, photographer took photos of the children with Santa and this year printed them out on the spot for proud parents. The children also enjoyed coloring Christmas pictures and getting in the Christmas spirit! 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.

WINTER WEATHER TIPS
~Be sure to check your mail box and post making sure itís 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.

SUPERVISORS REORGANIZE FOR 2009
The Board of Supervisors met on January 5th to reorganize for the New Year. Bruce Baker was appointed to the position as Chairman and Dave Bracken as Vice-Chairman of the 2009 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. Rick Fetzer 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 John Letizia Jr. Don Knopsnyder was re-appointed to a four year term on the Planning Commission. Al Pagano and Regina Markovich were re-appointed to five year terms on the Recreation Commission. Returning to the Water Authority with a five year term is Walter Ditchcreek. Re-appointed to a five year on the Jackson-East Taylor Sewer Authority Board is Robert Templeton Dave 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 John Wallet 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 2009 at 8:00 am and the last Thursday of every month for 2009 at 7:00 pm except in November and December when it will be the next to the last Thursday. The Board also approved the 2009 list of Fire Company Activities.

HOLIDAY DECORATING CONTEST CREATES FRIENDLY COMPETITION
The Jackson Twp. Recreation Commission held itís third annual Holiday Lighting Contest ever with 19 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: Gayle & Gary Devlin - Adams Avenue took 1st place honors winning a $100 cash prize. Earning the 2nd place prize of $75 were Nina & Bob Hildebrand - Brenton Drive. A 3rd place prize of $50 went to Debbie & Bob Sekerak - Fords Corner Road. 4th place honors earning a $25 prize went to Arlene & Brad Gorsuch - William Penn Avenue. Three honorable mentions were made. They were Christine & Bob Williamson - Pennway Drive, Laurie & Scott Roberts - County Spring Drive and Melissa & Darren Devlin - Hunt Road. 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 2009 Contest! If you wish to participate, now is the time to start planning your strategy to take home 2009 honors for this friendly decorating competition.

UPCOMING RECREATION EVENTS
Listed below are some of the upcoming events and activities scheduled in Jackson Township over the upcoming months:

~3rd Annual Easter Egg Hunt
This highly popular event will be held on Saturday, April 4th from noon to 2:00 pm at Mitchell Park. There will be over 2000 eggs hidden filled with goodies as well as some coupons redeemable for special prizes! Making an appearance will be the Easter Bunny. The Easter Egg Hunt is sponsored by the Jackson Township Lions Club in cooperation with the Recreation Commission.

~Sight & Sound Theatre Bus Trip
A bus trip to the Sight & Sound Theatre in Strasburg near Lancaster will be held on Saturday, March 21st. Luxury Lodestar tour buses will leave Jackson Elementary at 6 am and then stop at the Kitchen Kettle Shops in Lancaster followed by a delicious dinner at the Shady Maple Smorgasbord. From there, the day continues to the world famous Sight & Sound Theatre for the elaborate stage production of "Behold the Lamb" which is a dramatic presentation of the story of Easter. Tickets are $129.00 per person and includes transportation, smorgasbord dinner and theatre admission. For additional information, contact the Jackson Township Municipal Building at 749-0725.

~4th Annual Fishing Derby
The Fishing Derby will be held on Saturday, May 9th at Woodland Park just off of Route 22 towards Ebensburg. Ages 12 and under are welcome and admission is FREE. Prizes will be awarded and refreshments will be available. Registration begins at 8 am with the Fishing Derby going from 9 am to 3 pm. The event will be held rain or shine. Come and bring your friends! If you have any questions or need additional information, call John Lythgoe at 749-8223 or Jackson Township at 749-0725. The Fishing Derby is sponsored by the Jackson Township Community Rod & Gun Club in cooperation with the Recreation Commission.

~Washington DC Bus Trip
A bus trip to spend the day in Washington DC will take place on Saturday, June 27th. Luxury Lodestar tour buses will depart Jackson Elementary at 6:00 am for the Nation's Capitol. You are free to spend the day touring the many free monuments and museums including the famous Smithsonian. Cost is $35.00 per person. There will be a stop for dinner on the way home at Frederick, Maryland where there is a wide variety of dining choices to choose from. . For additional information, contact the Jackson Township Municipal Building at 749-0725.

~New York City Bus Trip
Now is the time to plan for a fun-filled weekend in the "Big Apple", NYC on September 26-27 (Saturday-Sunday). Buses will leave Jackson Elementary at 5 am and head off for New York where you'll have lots of time on Saturday & Sunday for sightseeing, attending a play, shopping or many of the other countless fun things there are to do in one of the world's most famous cities. Shuttles will run from Manhattan back to your hotel in New Jersey several times Saturday evening. You'll be able to head back into Manhattan on Sunday and then depart NYC for home at 3 pm. Price is not available at this time, but if you are interested, it's not too early to get your name on the sign-up list as this trip is very popular! For additional information, contact the Jackson Township Municipal Building at 749-0725.

GIRLS SOFTBALL SIGN-UPS
The Conemaugh Valley Youth League has extended an invitation to Jackson Township encouraging any girls interested in playing softball to participate. Last year they had several girls from Jackson Township participating just from word of mouth and one team actually came in 2nd last year in the Cambria-Somerset League which Conemaugh Valley is a part of. The home field is in Conemaugh and they have 8 teams in varying age groups as follows: Ponytails (ages 5-6-7), Ten & Under League (ages 8-9-10), Twelve & Under League (ages 11 & 12) and Fifteen & Under League (ages 13-14-15). As a member of the Cambria Somerset League, the girls will have an opportunity to play against approx. 12 teams in each age category. Sign up dates are the 1st Saturday of each month January through April and are held at the PNA located at 465 Heritage Street in Conemaugh. If you have any girls interested in playing softball, you can print off the sign up form from their website: www.cvyl.com The form can then be mailed to: Conemaugh Valley Youth League, ATTN: Tricia Byers, 200 Buriak Road, Johnstown, PA 15909 For additional information or if you have any questions, feel free to call Bob Kist at 322-1590 / 525-9200 or Missy Lint at 322-3732.

JUNK VEHICLE REMOVAL
If you have a junked vehicle that needs removed from your property and youíre 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.

VEHICLE BATTERY DROP-OFF
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.

INTERESTED IN SERVING YOUR COMMUNITY?
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!

CURRENT OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE
Jackson Historical Preservation Committee
If you are interested in helping the Historic Preservation Committee, feel free to attend any of their meetings. If you have any knowledge of the history of the Township, you are welcome to share. The Committee meets the 3rd Thursday of each month at the Township Municipal Building at 1:00 pm.

Jackson Heritage Festival
Help plan and organize the 6th Annual Jackson Heritage Festival. Planning is underway for next year's big event and monthly meetings will begin in January, 2009. If you are interested in helping out, please phone, write or email your name to the Jackson Township Office.

POLICE REPORTS
(Submitted by Chief Bob Fatula)

September, 2008
The figures for September were as follows:
911 Calls dispatched to Police: 392 Reportable Part I Crimes: 27 broken down as follows: Larceny-16, Burglaries-9, Arson-1 and Assaults-1. Reportable Part II Crimes: 74 broken down as follows: Receiving Stolen Property-17, Disorderly Conduct-10, DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-8, Vandalism-5, Fraud-4, Liquor Violations-2, Public Drunkenness-2, Embezzlement-1, Drugs-1 and all others-24. Calls Resulting in Cases: 50, Total Arrestees: 31, Total Suspects: 2, Total Victims: 29, DUI Arrests: 8, Traffic Citations: 68, Non-Traffic Citations: 6, Total Warnings: 0.

October, 2008
The figures for October were as follows: 911 Calls dispatched to Police: 288 Reportable Part I Crimes: 7 broken down as follows: Larceny-4 and Burglaries-3. Reportable Part II Crimes: 23 broken down as follows: DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-5, Vandalism-5, Fraud-3, Receiving Stolen Property-3, Drugs-1, Embezzlement-1, Family Offenses-1 and all others-4. Calls Resulting in Cases: 16, Total Arrestees: 8, Total Suspects: 1, Total Victims: 8, DUI Arrests: 5, Traffic Citations: 34, Non-Traffic Citations: 1, Total Warnings: 1.

November, 2008
The figures for November were as follows: 911 Calls dispatched to Police: 263 Reportable Part I Crimes: 4 broken down as follows: Larceny-3 and Burglaries-1. Reportable Part II Crimes: 35 broken down as follows: DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-14, Liquor Violations-7, Disorderly Conduct-2, Receiving Stolen Property-2, Family Offenses-1, Fraud-1, Public Drunkenness-1 and all others-7. Calls Resulting in Cases: 25, Total Arrestees: 18, Total Suspects: 2, Total Victims: 8, DUI Arrests: 12, Traffic Citations: 10, Non-Traffic Citations: 12, Total Warnings: 1.

1st FIRE COMPANY OPEN HOUSE PROVES A SUCCESS!
The Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Company held a very successful Open House on October 7th from 6 to 9 pm in conjunction with National Fire Prevention Week. There were at least 175 people turn out for the event including lots of children. The event featured many fun activities including free fire truck rides and smoke trailer tours. In addition, the Open House gave residents a chance to meet and talk with the firemen and learn about fire fighting in general. Tours were also given of the Fire Department and everyone attending got a chance to check out the new fire truck. Free house numbers were also made available to those interested and there was a variety of free refreshments. The event was supported so well by the public that it will more than likely become an annual event.

FIRE COMPANY NEWS & EVENTS
The Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Company has several upcoming events they would like to announce for 2009. They are as follows:

Casino Night Saturday Feb. 7th
Golf Raffle Sunday Mar. 1st
Jewelry Raffle Saturday May 9th
Spring Gun Raffle Saturday May 16th
Summer Fest Fri.-Sun. June 19th-21st
Archery Raffle Saturday Sept. 19th
Fall Gun Raffle Sunday Oct. 18th
Turkey Raffle Saturday Nov. 21st

Auxiliary sponsored "Fish Frys" will start on Friday, February 27th and continue every Friday with the last one being Good Friday. As always, Bingo is sponsored by the Auxiliary and is held every Sunday evening. For tickets or additional information on all of these events, contact the Fire Company at 322-3155. New officers were elected for 2009 at their December meeting. They are: President-Tim Hofecker, Vice-President-Terry Crouse, Secretary-Angela Shoemaker, Assistant Secretary-Stella Fedora, Treasurer-Mark Sloan, Assistant Treasurer-Gary Gongloff, Financial Secretary-Dave Smith, Assistant Financial Secretary-George Straub, Trustees-Jeremy Amigh, Mark Croft, Chris Fedora, Don Ochenrider and Steve Yarina, Fire Police Captain-Mick Bezek and Fire Chief-Tim Hofecker. In other news, the Auxiliary welcomed back President Betty Lybarger who was off due to illness. The Fire Company has also put together a Building Committee and are in the process of looking for a bigger hall or to expand. Anyone with any ideas are welcome to call or stop by. The Fire Company and Auxiliary would like to wish everyone a happy and safe new year as we start 2009.

SENIOR CENTER TO CLOSE DURING FLOORING PROJECT
The Jackson Township Senior Center will be closed until Monday, February 2nd due to a project that involves asbestos removal and the installation of new flooring.

SENIOR CENTER NEWS
The Center is buzzing with many upcoming events. Here is a sampling of upcoming events: Tax Assistance will once again be offered in February & March to assist individuals in preparing their 2008 tax returns. Appointments can be scheduled every Monday night from 6:30 to 8 pm starting February 2nd and every Wednesday from 9 to 11:30 am beginning on February 4th. There is no charge for this service for Seniors.  The Jackson Senior Center & Conemaugh Health Priority Care will be co-sponsoring a Community Blood Screening on Saturday, March 14th from 7 to 9 am. Cost for a complete multiphasic blood screen with lipid profile is $25. To include a PSA, it's an additional $35. The Center sponsors the screenings twice a year as a fundraiser. Medicare & Health Insurance Counseling will be offered by Jim & Barb Crissey, Cambria County Apprise Insurance Coordinators. Appointments may be scheduled for 15 minute time periods beginning at 10:30 am on Wednesday, January 28, Tuesday, February 17th, Tuesday, March 17th, Monday, April 20th and Wednesday, April 29th. Another event will be the 55 Alive Drivers' Training. which will be held on April 16th & April 17th for those who have never taken the class before. A refresher course will be held on May 22nd lasting 4 hours. A class is required every 3 years to receive a discount on your Automobile Insurance. David Larson of AARP will be the instructor. The cost is $12.00 for the class for AARP members and $14.00 for non-members. The Center Knitting Club meets every Tuesday at 10:00 am to knit / crochet hats, mittens & scarves to be given to the needy children and adults. Last year they did another superb job by donating 167 items to Head Start and 202 items which were distributed among Family Services, Women's Help Center, Victim Services and the Cambria County Children's Shelter Care. If anyone is interested in helping with the yearly project, you are welcome to start now so that the much needed items can be donated before next Christmas. Anyone is welcome to drop off the items during the year and yarn donations are also greatly appreciated. For more information on 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 an 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 746th 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.

SEWER AUTHORITY UPDATE
The Cherrywood / Brazill Lane Sewer Project is moving right along. Guyer Brothers will have the pipe 100% in the ground by the end of January, 2009 in the Adams Avenue area of Jackson Township and the Pump Stations are under construction. D. J. Wisor is 100% complete with the pipe installation in the ground in the Brazil / Mitchell Field area and is now waiting for spring to complete restoration work. The Authority is hoping that by the end of spring they will be able to notify customers to tap into the system. JETSA is also in the process of setting up Direct Debit for any of their customers who may be interested. This is where you may authorize the Authority to debit your checking or savings account each month for the amount of $36.00 (the amount of the sewage bill). If you are interested, please stop by the office Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and complete the Direct Debit Form. The Greater Johnstown Redevelopment Authority owns Dornick Point where sewage from JETSA is treated is mandated by the State to eliminate inflow and infiltration from their sanitary sewer system. During heavy rains, JETSAís pump stations are being over-run by surface water causing the stations to go into the high alarm levels. This causes the Authority extra expense in electricity, paying pumper tanks to pump down stations and man-power hours. Therefore; the Authority would like to remind customers that illegal sump pumps, downspouts and floor drains that take in surface water during high rain periods are not allowed to be connected to the sanitary sewer system and must be removed immediately. The Authority will be taking steps to find these illegal connects and if found will give the owner sixty days to rectify the illegal connection.

WATER AUTHORITY NEWS
The Jackson Township Water Authority would like to wish everyone a happy and prosperous New Year! The water system continues to expand with the addition of Ogden Road in 2007, the extension to Wagner Road and connection to Raymond, Brenton & Eagle Drives in 2008 and come spring 2009, the extension down Chickaree Hill Road. This is good for the Township and its residents. As with any progress, this means change and increased expense. JTWA was notified 2 years ago that their meter reading equipment is obsolete and is no longer serviceable by their supplier, L / B Water Services, Inc. This coupled with their enlarging system gave them two options: hire more help to read meters or install radio read meters that would be more cost effective. Another factor to consider was that if the existing meter reading equipment went down, replacement parts would no longer be available. L / B Water Service gave JTWA a project cost of $205,000. JTWA's Board negotiated the cost down to $179,700. for a cost reduction of $25,000. They did this by eliminating all unnecessary items, having all installation done "in-house" and agreeing to a lump sum payment for equipment. JTWA is also currently applying for a $25,000. grant. After months of discussion, options and debate, the Board, engineer and CPA narrowed it down to two options: a surcharge of $5.00 or rate increase of $2.00. At the December 23, 2008 monthly meeting, the motion was made to raise the rate $2.00. The last rate increase was back in 2001. This minimal rate increase was made possible through a Low Interest Loan of 2% from the Jackson Township Supervisors to be paid back within a five year period. JTWA strives to keep their system updated and efficient. Thanks to the cooperation of local government, they have been able to continue this trend. Karl Smith and David Smith have already started to install the radio units. If you have a new meter, there will be no need for anyone to enter your home. The radio unit is mounted on the existing readout on the outside of your home. This upgrade will benefit all involved in many ways. One benefit will be that the billing periods will be more precise and should eliminate estimating.

OTHER JACKSON TWP. NEWS
~Whoís New Around the Township
We would like to welcome those who have been recently appointed or hired by Jackson Township. Craig Gibson and John Letizzia Jr. were both appointed to the Zoning Hearing Board as Alternate Members to fill the remaining terms left vacant by Lynda Shirk and Janet Hagerich. The Supervisors wish to thank Lynda & Janet for their service to the Board and welcome Craig & John as new members. We also welcome two new Part-Time Police Officers hired in December. The two officers are Dan Schrader and Jeff Thomas.

~Neighbors Who Care Gearing Up For New Year
An active local Community group, Neighbors Who Care is gearing up for the new year. They will be conducting their annual drive in January. Current and former members will be receiving a mailing from the group, but new members are always welcome. Some of the projects scheduled for the coming year will include continued support for the Jackson Township Scholarship Fund, support of Jackson Township troops abroad by sending care packages, helping needy families at Christmas by providing grocery gift certificates and continuing litter clean-ups along several Township roads and streets. Some of the annual fundraising activities include selling a grocery raffle ticket in the spring and having a booth at the Jackson Heritage Festival. The Neighbors Who Care group continues to grow and they are able to help in small ways where needed, thanks to the community that supports them. If you would like additional information, contact Rick Fetzer, Chairman at 446-6237.

~Chickaree Hill Blinking Light
After a bad accident involving a coal truck with the bed up taking down several poles and the blinking light at the Chickaree Hill intersection, the facilities were finally restored. Work to restore the intersection was done by Tel-Power of Hollidaysburg. The damage from the incident totaled approx. $45,000. in damages which were covered by insurance.

~A Fun Day In The Big Apple
A bus trip to New York City proved very popular on October 11th when 110 people traveled via Lodestar Luxury Motor Coach to spend a day in the city that never sleeps. Being Columbus Day weekend, there seemed to be more people than normal. The buses arrived at Grand Central Station and from there people were free to do whatever they wanted such as sightseeing, taking in a play or shopping. The weather was great and there are tons of stuff to see and do in the big city. The one day trip was fun but tiring so in 2009, a overnight weekend trip is being planned for Sept. 26-27.

~Contracts for Senior Center Awarded
A contract for asbestos abatement (removal) was awarded to R. L. Asbestos, the low bidder, for the amount of $29,845. This work is being performed with the help of a grant of up to $45,000. secured with the help of the Greater Johnstown Redevelopment Authority. In addition bids were sought for new flooring and carpeting throughout the Senior Center & District Magistrates Office. B.C. I. Floor Specialists of Ebensburg was the low bidder at $ 41,921. All work is being done in January of 2009.

~Board Adopts PA Right-To-Know Policy
The Board of Supervisors adopted the Pennsylvania Right-to-Know Policy at their December 18th Meeting which makes more information accessible to the public plus makes the process uniform across the State. In addition, the Township Secretary was officially appointed as the Open Records Officer for Jackson Township. The new policy is posted on the Jackson Township Website at www.jacksontwppa.com

~Local Bear Could Qualify For World Record
A 522 pound male black bear that was hit by a vehicle on October 1st along busy Route 22 near Fords Corner road could go into the world record books for having the 3rd largest skull size for a black bear in the world according to Shawn Harshaw of the Pennsylvania Game Commission. The Jackson Township Road Crew and Water Employees helped with the removal of the bear off the highway. In all it took 8 people to load the bear onto the Game Commissionís deer rack and then transfer it to a trailer by Harper Coal Company. The bear was later sold to a taxidermy school for mounting.

~New Water Tap Ordinance & Resolution Adopted
The Board of Supervisors Ordinance # 157 at their October 30th meeting which requires all structures occupied by persons within 200 feet of a new waterline extension of a public water system in the Township to tap into that new line. Any structures built prior to January of 2006 or prior is exempt until that structure is sold and at that time, the new owner must tap in. In another matter, the Board passed Resolution # 09-08 which provides rules and regulations applying to the transition of the Hildebrand Water Line from the East Taylor township Municipal Authority to the Jackson Township Water Authority.

~Winter Swimming Available
Miss swimming in the winter? The Central Cambria High School swimming pool is open Monday through Friday in the evening up until May 1, 2009. Hours are as follows: Monday, Wednesday & Friday from 6:30 - 8:30 - Family Swim. Tuesday & Thursday from 6:30 - 9:00 there will be Lap Swimming. The pool will be closed any days where there is no school or early dismissals. All children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Admission per visit is $3.00 for adults and $2.00 for children 18 and under.

~Election Turnout High In Jackson
A high turnout for the 2008 election was spurred on by the close Presidential Race between McCain and Obama. Although Obama won Cambria County, McCain prevailed in Jackson Township. Other important races included the PA 72nd District to fill the seat left vacant by retiring Rep. Tom Yewcic (Burns won over Voccio), the 35th PA Senate Race (Wozniak defeated Veranese) and the 12th US Congressional Representative Race (Murtha won over Russell). Vinco (Jackson Precinct # 2) had the largest turnout with a 75% turnout followed by Jackson Precinct # 1 voting Pike Church with 71% and the Jackson Precinct # 3) Mundys Corner at 66%.

~Jackson Township Honors Vets
A tradition continued with the Senior Center heading up another Veterans Day Ceremony at Veterans Park. Retired Col. Marty Kuhar, a resident of Jackson Township was the speaker. Others participating were Menoher VFW Post 155 Honor Rifle Team, Jackson Township Troop 204 Boy Scouts & Cub Scouts and Pastor Drew Walther of Singer Hill Grace Brethren Church. Cory Shirk, a junior at Central Cambria High School sang several special music selections and Alicia Yesenosky provided recorded music. Senior Center President, Frank Singel, acted as Master of Ceremonies. Light refreshments were served following the event. Special thanks go out to all those participating in the ceremony as well as those who took the time out of their day to remember and honor all veterans who have served or are currently serving in the military.

~Central Cambria Coalition News
The Central Cambria Coalition has completed a Multi-Municipal Comprehensive Plan and each of the three municipalities in the group has officially adopted it by Resolution. A new grant application has been filed with the DCED for Phase II Planning which will explore various ordinances within each of the municipalities (subdivision, zoning, stormwater, etc.) and update them as well as find common areas where coordination would be beneficial, especially where municipalities border one another. Another area being discussed is a joint enforcement officer which could address and enforce the ordinances of each municipality. This could include building permits and inspections, zoning, nuisances, etc. An approved grant application had netted the Coalition $22,100. which will be used to purchase a Crack Sealing Machine. The new equipment should be available to use in the spring.

~Barnes, Saly & Company Appointed
The Board of Supervisors voted at their November 20th meeting to appoint Barnes, Saly & Company, Certified Public Accountants to perform the audit of 2008 Township records. This is the 7th consecutive year that Barnes, Saly has performed the annual audit.

~Bus Trippers Get In The Christmas Spirit
Two bus loads of Jackson Township residents and guests went on a holiday bus trip to Pittsburgh on Saturday, December 6thh. The bus trip began with some shopping at IKEA, a Swedish type department store near the Pittsburgh Airport, followed by a stop at the Robinson Town Centre Mall. From there the tour continued at Cabelas, the outdoors and sportsmens super store near Wheeling, WV. The weather took a turn for the worst and the closing of Interstate 70 west wouldn't permit going to the Oglebay Festival of Lights, the final stop of the day. An alternate plan was quickly made to stop at Overly's Country Christmas near Greensburg, a lighting display with over 2 million lights as well as shops, train display, a bonfire and horse drawn carriage rides. .

~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. 62 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.

~Supervisors Support Nanty Glo Library
The Supervisors unanimously approved at their November 20th meeting a contribution to the Nanty Glo Library for $1000. to put towards their Annual Fund Drive. The Library estimates that approximately 700 people from Jackson Township use the Library.

~Board Approves Planning Consultant Contract
A new contract was approved for the year 2009 between Jackson Township & Richard Sutter & Associates, planning consultant from Hollidaysburg, not to exceed $24,500. This Contract will allow work to continue on several important projects including the development of a business park and updating the zoning ordinance and map.

~Water Authority Loan Approved
A low interest loan was approved by the Supervisors for the Jackson Township Water Authority to purchase updated meter reading equipment, radio read meters and software. The loan is not to exceed $158,000. and must be paid back with a 2% interest rate on or before January 1, 2014.

~US Census Hiring For Positions
The U.S. Census Bureau is now recruiting for the following positions: Office Clerk, Administrative Assistant, Recruiting Assistant, Crew Leader, Assistant Crew Leader and Enumerator. If you are interested in Full Time or Part Time Work: Call 1-866-861-2010 to be scheduled for a basic skills test. The US Census Bureau is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

~Waste Management Holidays For 2009
The following holidays will delay garbage service by one day in 2009:
Memorial Day - Monday - May 25th
Labor Day - September - Monday - Sept. 7th
Thanksgiving - Thursday - November 26th
Antlered Deer Season - Monday - Nov. 30th
Christmas Day - Friday - December 25th
New Years Day - Friday - January 1, 2010
NOTE: Independence Day / 4th of July is on a Saturday in 2009 and service will not be affected.

~Recycling Bins a Hit!
Last year over 150 free heavy duty recycling bins were distributed to Jackson Township households as part of a student Senior Project at Central Cambria High School. The recycling bins came from the PaDEP as part of a public outreach program. This year we had put in a request with Central Cambria for 200 bins and once again, all were reserved (2 per household) and distributed. Being the recycling bins have proved so popular, we have talked to Central Cambria and they will be putting in another request for an additional 200 bins for next year. If you are interested in receiving 2 free bins, please contact the Township Office at 749-0725. The bins will not be available until August of 2009.

~Crime and Vandalism
Jackson Township is a relatively safe place to live but no community is immune to crime. This is a reminder to keep a watch over your neighborhood and your neighbors in general. If you see anything suspicious, be sure to contact the Jackson Township Police Department at 749-0051. If no officer is at the Police Station you will be referred to the Cambria County 911 Non Emergency Line and they can have the officer on duty contact you.

~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 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.

~John Lythgoe Achieves Induction
Congratulations go out to John Lythgoe who was inducted into the Pennsylvania Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame at a dinner held in Chambersburg on November 15, 2008. John is well known in the area as the leader of The Masters who perform each year at the Heritage Festival. John is also a member of the Jackson Township Recreation Commission. Congratulations John on your achievement!

~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 Townshipís 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 2009 is $39.74 per quarter.

www.jacksontwppa.com
Jackson Township has a valuable source of information to help keep you informed. If you havenít 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, Planning Commission and Recreation Meetings. New this year are minutes of the Jackson-East Taylor Sewer Authority. 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

PLANNING A BUILDING PROJECT
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 donít 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.

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JOIN JACKSON ONLINE NEWS
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.
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NEW YEAR GREETINGS
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 2008 and especially those who volunteer their time and talents to help make Jackson Township a great place to live.
Frank "Buck" Alexander - Road Crew
Patty Allbaugh - Central Cambria School Board
John Bahorik - Economic Development Committee
Bruce Baker - Board of Supervisors Chairman, Roadmaster, Planning Commission Vice-Chairman, 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
Tammy Baker - - Historical Preservation Committee
Alex Ballow - Tax Assessor
William Barbin - Solicitor
Regina Barr - Recreation Commission Secretary
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 - Zoning Hearing Board Secretary, Recreation Commission
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
Donna Davis - Historical Preservation Committee
Tim Davis - Recreation Commission Vice-Chairman
Brian Daughenbaugh - Sewer Authority
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
Cory Ehrhart - Recreation Commission
Guy Ellenberger - Economic Development Committee
Scott Emerson - Fire Company Vice-President
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 Secretary
Alice Gary - Senior Center Vice-President
Barry Gehosky - Zoning Hearing Board Alternate Member
Alfred George - Recreation Commission
Walt George
- Recreation Commission

Craig Gibson
- Zoning Hearing Board Alternate Member
Wendell Gillen - Sewer Authority Board Secretary
Gary Gongloff - Fire Company Assistant Treasurer
Mary Govekar - Senior Center Secretary
Shaun Gregory - Police Officer
Ben Grove - Park Maintenance
Denny Grove - Recreation Commission Treasurer
Janet Hagerich - Zoning Hearing Board Alternate Member
Bill Headrick - Auditors Chairman
Dave Hirko - Manager, Secretary, Treasurer, Sewage Enforcement Agency, Building Code Agency, Road Encroachment Officer, Historic Preservation Committee, Economic Development Committee, Open Records Officer
Tim Hofecker - Fire Company President, Fire Chief
Don Hrapchak - Water Authority Board Asst. Secretary-Treasurer
Jackson Township Adopt-A-Highway Volunteers
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
Jim Lauffer - Historical Preservation Committee
Linda Lesko - Historical Preservation Committee
John Letizia Jr. - Economic Development Committee, Zoning Hearing Board Alternate Member
Betty Lybarger
- Senior Center
John Lythgoe - Recreation Commission
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
A. J. Pagano - Park Maintenance
Ellen Pentrack-Ocilka - Zoning Hearing Board Vice-Chairman
Rob Piper Jr.
- Water Authority Board Vice-Chairman
Ed Porada
- Auditors Secretary
Laird Rager - Planning Commission
Eric Reitler - Recreation Commission Chairman, Fire Police
Tom Romeo - Economic Development Committee
Barry Rouzer - Vacancy Board Chairman, Constable
Dan Schrader - Police Officer
Jeremy Scislowicz - Police Officer
Marcia Shaheen - Central Cambria School Board
Angela Shoemaker - Fire Company Secretary
Betty Lou Shoup - Historical Preservation Committee
Frank Singel - Senior Center President, Central Cambria School Board
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
Ken Smith Jr. - Police Officer
George Straub - Fire Company Assistant Financial Secretary
Alex Svirsko - Sewer Authority Solicitor
Barb Teeter - Historical Preservation Committee
Robert Templeton - Sewer Authority Board Vice-Chairman
Jeff Thomas - Police Officer
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 Chairman
Steve Yarina - Fire Company Trustee
Mary Ann Zanghi - District Justice
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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!
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A special thank you to Al Slippy who passed away Nov. 23, 2008. Al was a true example of community spirit as he was always willing to lend a helping hand wherever needed. Al was instrumental in the design and construction of the Veterans Monument and got involved in many activities including the Heritage Festival, Light Up Night and Girls Softball to name a few. Al served on the Recreation Commission for many years and quietly and diligently went about his work never asking for anything in return. He always wanted what was best for the Township. We will truly miss our good friend and colleague Al Slippy.
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