Your Community News Source
Summer, 2004

A weekend of fun is planned for Jackson Townships first ever Heritage Festival which is scheduled for Saturday, July 17th and Sunday, July 18th, 2004. Admission is FREE and the weekend promises to be FUN for the entire family! Festival hours are Saturday from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm and Sunday 12:00 Noon to 8:00 pm. The festival will be held on the grounds between the Jackson Twp. Vol. Fire Company and the Jackson Twp. Senior Center along Adams Avenue just off of Route 271 in Vinco. The festival has a full schedule of entertainment beginning on Saturday with the Jackson Senior Center Line Dancers at 10 am. At 11:00 the Classic Clowns will be there with face painting, animal balloons and just entertaining the kids. At 12:30, Ron Jurke will perform in the Fire Hall with a Magic & Illusion Show. Other childrens activities and entertainment will also be taking place. From 2-5 will be Rosie & The Jammers who will play a wide variety of music for all ages followed by the Fabulous Flashbacks from 6-9 which is one of the regions most popular "oldies" band. On Sunday from 12-2 the Riverfish will perform a gospel music concert. From 2:00 to 4:30 the Laurel Highlands Historical Village Jugglers will be performing around the festival area. They were recently featured at the Cambria County Courthouse Bicentennial Event and perform throughout the US. At 2:30 Clay Bowser will take the stage to perform a variety of music followed by Beaver Creek, a well known bluegrass band that will play from 5-8. Seating for the free scheduled concerts is limited so bring your own lawn chairs so you can enjoy the music in comfort. Some of the childrens activities will be crafts, a petting zoo, and Personal Ponies, a group which matches up miniature ponies with disabled children. Pike Grace Brethren Church & the Cambria County Christian School will sponsor booths for kids and First National Bank of PA will have free helium balloons. The Jackson Township Boy Scouts Troop 204 will have many kids games on hand including Suction Darts, Baseball Game, Birthday Game, Basketball Game, Balloon Darts, Fish Pond as well as a dunking booth while the Jackson Township Girl Scouts will be doing face painting. As an added attraction, Big Bouncy Bunch of Fun, a place where little ones can test their jumping skills, will be there. Everyone will enjoy the elaborate miniature train display at the Jackson Sr. Center. For you bingo lovers, there will be bingo at the Senior Center at 2:00 both Saturday & Sunday and the Jackson Vol. Fire company will hold their regular scheduled "Big Bingo" at 7:00 on Sunday. Everyone loves to eat and there will be a wide variety of food on hand to suit every taste. The menu includes: bbq hamburgers, hot dogs, hot sausage, keilbassi & kraut, pizza, pigs in a blanket, Philly cheese steaks, fries, , Mexican food, fried chicken, potato salad, baked potatoes, pierogies, fruit cups and tossed salad. Snacks offered are popcorn, hot pretzels, nachos & cheese, kettle korn and cotton candy. Letís not forget dessert where there will be strawberry shortcake, apple dumplings, rosette waffles, funnel cakes, cake, baked goods, gobs and ice cream. For those who enjoy crafts there will be everything from wood crafts, crocheted items, hair and neck wear, fishing lures, spinners & jigs, beading, jewelry, scarves, pillows, angels, candles, custom embroidery, outdoor wood crafts, indoor wood crafts, towels, material items, loom woven rugs, table runners, dolls, fabric items, floral crafts, home decor items, plastic canvas items, home decor, gourmet food, scrapbook supplies, sterling silver baskets, to air brush tattoos and much more. Vinco Pharmacy will be on hand to do blood pressure checks and sugar screenings as well as showcase their new line of Yankee Candles. A to Z Travel will offer travel information and MAM enterprises will feature satellite dishes. Baltimore Life will be taking free childrenís photo idís. Tomís Boutique will offer an assortment of perfumes, oils, colognes and aromatherapy items. The Nant-Y-Glo Tri-Area Historical Society will feature a historical display in the Senior Center which will include a mural, photos and artifacts from the area. Two artists will also be on hand to draw portraits. They are Duane Webb who is a comic characture artist and Ken Dees who is a realist artist. Some of the local organizations and businesses participating include A to Z Travel, Cambria County Christian School, First National Bank of PA, Jackson Twp. Boy Scouts Troop 204, Jackson Twp. Girl Scouts, Jackson Twp. Senior Center, Jackson Twp. Vol. Fire Company, Justice For Jackson, Laurel Highlands Historic Village, Laurel Mountain Bible Church, M.A.M. Enterprises, Mercikís Bi-Lo, Nant-Y-Glo Tri-Area Historical Society, Nanty Glo Library, Neighbors Who Care, Orange Blossom Restaurant, Pike Grace Brethren Church, St. Pauls Lutheran Church, Vinco Brethren Church, Vinco Pharmacy and Vinco Pizza. Area businesses and organizations have been extremely supportive of the festival effort and without them, this event would not be possible. Three major sponsors that deserve special recognition are The Jackson Twp. Vol. Fire Company, Waste Management and Amfire Mining. They have made sizeable contributions in a show of support for bringing the community and residents of Jackson Township together for this special event. Other major sponsors include Dolans Welding & Steel, Direct Value Outlet and First National Bank of PA. Others who contributed are Merciks Bi-Lo Supermarket, Vinco Pharmacy, Hagerich Auto Sales and Ameriserv Bank. Without the support of these generous businesses and organizations, this festival would not be possible. There are many expenses including entertainment, tent rental, port-a-johns, electric, advertising, security, activities and more. If this event proves successful, itís possible it could become an annual event. Hopefully the residents of Jackson Township and beyond will support this festival which should put our community in a positive "light" not only in our own community but in the local newspapers and television stations as well.

We would like to invite those in the community who are interested in helping out with the festival to volunteer. This would also be an excellent opportunity for organizations to volunteer such as church youth groups, community groups or organizations, school groups, etc. One area where there is a special need is to have individuals with electrician skills. Other areas where volunteers are needed include setting up before the festival, trash clean-up, helping with childrenís games, distributing programs or tearing down after the festival. We welcome all volunteers. If you are interested in helping, please contact Dave Hirko at 749-0725 (day) or 322-3433 (evening) or Paulette Baker at 322-1863. Also if you still wish to set up a booth for the festival or as a business contribute towards the festival, feel free to call as well.

If you received this newsletter and your name or address information is incorrect, or if you know of any resident of Jackson Township who didnít receive it, please call the Township Office at 749-0725.

Township Roadmasters Dave Bracken & Bruce Baker completed a road inspection of Jackson Township Roads this Spring and several road projects are scheduled for completion this Summer. The paving and seal coating will be put out for bid similar to last year. The Jackson Township Road Crew will be busy doing preparation work for paving and chipping projects as well as other needed maintenance work including drainage, berm and shoulder work. The following roads are entirely or in part scheduled to be paved in 2004: Kagey Street, Loraine Road and Woodland Street The following roads are entirely or in part scheduled to be seal coated (tar & chipped) in 2004: Adams Avenue, Blackburn Road, Bracken Street, Price Street, Glenn Street, Hunts Road, Kepple Road, Loraine Road, Mackall Street, Maple Leaf Street, Marhefka Drive, Mile Hill Road, Price Street, Sharkey Road, Simmons Lane, Wagner Road The above road projects are part of an ongoing plan to maintain all Township roads and insure that they are in the best condition possible for residents to safely use and enjoy.

The Jackson Township Board of Supervisors made the decision to opt-in to the State Uniform Building Code at their April 29th meeting with the Code actually taking effect on July 1st within Jackson Township. Supervisor Stephens voted against opting in the State Building Code. The Code will be law throughout the State of Pennsylvania for all residents on July 9th. The Supervisors voted to join the Cambria County Building Codes Enforcement Agency which will have offices located at the Cambria County Human Services Building in Ebensburg. The local agency is starting up with 29 townships and boroughs participating and will provide building inspections initially through an agreement with MDIA (Middle Department Inspection Agency). By having a local agency, any inspections needed on building projects within Jackson Township should be timely and cost efficient. For municipalities who opt out of the Building Code, the law still remains in effect for residents but they would have to deal directly with Harrisburg instead of having a local contact. A section has been added to the Jackson Township Website (www.jacksontwppa.com) for the Building Code. There you find a link to the entire Code as was adopted by Pennsylvania lawmakers. For the most part, repairs will not require inspections. The key word is "replacement". A good example is windows. . .if you are replacing a window the same size, no permit is needed but if you are installing a larger or smaller sized window, it may require a permit and inspection. Some of the items that will not require inspections are fences less than six feet high, painting, papering, carpeting, cabinet or counter top installation or similar finishing work, replacement of glass in windrows or doors, replacement of a furnace or water heater providing the size of equipment or source of energy doesnít change, replacement of existing siding or sheds less than 500 square feet.  Pennsylvania is only one of only three States that did not have a Statewide Building Code in place. The Building Code will force contractors to meet minimum safety and building requirements for building projects and protect citizens from "fly by night" contractors who take shortcuts at the expense of the homeowner.

The Board of Supervisors voted at their April 29th meeting to accept the low bid of $13,333.00 from Capitol Construction Company to install a walking track around Leidy Park. The park development started last year with the laying our of a ball field and just this Spring, a backstop was installed along with fencing around the park perimeter. Prior to that new playground equipment was installed as well. The walking track will be a welcome addition as more and more people are trying to lead a healthy lifestyle and walking is one of the recommended exercises for all ages. The Board also unanimously passed a motion to have the Recreation Commission gather facts and figures on the cost of new pavilions, walking trails and related recreational activities at Mitchell, Leidy and Loraine Parks. The Commission will present their findings to the Supervisors for planning future development of recreation within Jackson Township. Mitchell Park is a long-established park in Vinco and the most developed of the three parks. Leidy Park is now taking shape and Loraine Park will be developed in the future after a plan is formulated. Before anything can be done at Loraine Park a plan must be in place. This is especially important in applying for grants and funding. It is hoped that the Cambria County Redevelopment Authority can assist the Recreation Commission in coming up with a plan for the Loraine Park area. This was done with their help for Leidy Park for which we are now seeing the results of the plan become reality. Funding sources for improved recreation include not only grants but also from select timbering. Timbering was done at Mitchell Park in 2002 which netted over $30,000. Jackson Township is currently applying for a matching grant of $5,000 from the Cambria County Commissioners who introduced their "Community Initiative Program". Recreation is one of the top priorities for residents and businesses locating into an area. By developing the Township recreation facilities and parks, Jackson Township will become a more desirable place to live and raise a family. By investing in our parks we are also investing in our children and their children. There is currently a vacant position on the Jackson Township Recreation Commission. If you are interested in serving on the Commission, please contact the Jackson Township Supervisors or call 749-0725.

At the April 29th meeting Supervisor Bruce Baker made a motion to authorize the Jackson Township Planning Commission to create and mail a survey to all Township residents to gather their thoughts and ideas for future growth, recreation and development of Jackson Township. By having the survey, it is hoped that residents of the Township will be able to give their input on what they would like to see in Jackson Township. In a recent Community Development Block Grant meeting, several Jackson residents expressed a desire to have housing for Senior Citizens. Another expressed a need for sewage and still others for water. Another important area is recreation and to see what types of recreation facilities people desire to have. This is a good chance to get feedback from the younger school age residents of Jackson Township as well. The questions for the survey will be created by the Planning Commission members and are yet to be determined. Many municipalities use a survey to find out what people truly want in their community and it is hoped that this will be a "key" tool in planning for Jackson Townshipís future. For additional information, contact Bruce Baker, Chairman of the Planning Commission at 749-0725.

Last year the Board of Supervisors voted to have 35 street lights installed at various Township intersections as a result of recommendations received from the Planning Commission. Most of the lights have been installed and the reaction from residents has been highly favorable. The lights definitely make driving in Jackson Township safer as well as improving safety for pedestrians as well.  After reviewing the installation of 35 street lights in Phase I, the Planning Commission surveyed the remaining intersections and recommended another 35 lights be installed in Phase II. The Supervisors voted at their May 27, 2004 meeting to approve Phase II of the Street Lighting Program which will light up additional intersections within Jackson Township. The following intersections have been approved to have a street light installed:
Adams Avenue & Gillin Lane
Adams Avenue & Kagey Street
Adams Avenue & Lyle Street
Adams Avenue & Thomas Street
Adams Avenue & Zurenda Lane
Benshoff Hill Road & Allbaugh Park Road
Brazil Lane & Kissell Lane South
Brazil Lane & Pudliner Lane
Broadwing Street & Smith Avenue
Chaser Street & Smith Avenue
Griffith Avenue & Poplar Street
Kagey Street & Griffith Avenue
Leidy Lane & Maywood Street
Marhefka Drive & Maywood Street
Ogden Street & Newcomer Road
Ogden Street & Stager Road
Pike Road & Johndora Road
Pike Road & Mallory Lane
Pike Road & Meander Lane
Pine Lock Street & Stagers Road
Poplar Street & Mackall Street
Rose Branch Street & Price Street
Route 271 (Wm. Penn Avenue) & Adams Avenue
Route 271 (Wm. Penn Avenue) & Raymond Drive
Route 271 (Wm. Penn Avenue) & Ranch Road
Route 271 (Wm. Penn Avenue) & Harmony Drive S.
Route 271 (Wm. Penn Avenue) & Mockingbird Lane
Route 271 (Wm. Penn Avenue) & Swan Drive
Snably Avenue & Broadwing Street
Snably Avenue & Chaser Street
Swigle Mountain Road & Country Spring Drive
Swigle Mountain Road & Meiers Road
Venture Street & Kline Avenue
Wagner Road & Chickaree Hill Road
Woodland Street & Griffith Avenue
If there is an intersection you feel needs a street light, please contact Bruce Baker, Chairman of the Jackson Township Planning commission at 749-0725.

As many of you know, PennDOT has an Adopt-A-Highway Program in which groups volunteer to clean up a two mile segment of a State Highway. Jackson Township currently has 9 groups involved in cleaning up various sections of State Roads within Jackson Township. There are also three groups who clean up various Township roads through the Pennsylvania Cleanways Program. The Jackson Township Supervisors recently voted to approve this program that will allow groups to adopt a section of a Township road or street. If your group of friends, neighbors, organization or business would be interested in adopting a Township Road or a portion thereof, please feel free to contact the Township Office at 749-0725. Any Township road is eligible through this new program. Jackson Township will supply signs with your group name on and gloves, safety vests & signs and garbage bags at the time you choose to do your group clean-up. This program should compliment the other clean-up programs in place such as PennDOTís Adopt-A-Highway Program. According to Don Godish of PennDOT in Ebensburg, Pennsylvania has more volunteers in this type of program than any other State in the US. These programs encourage community pride and will help make Jackson Township a cleaner place to live.

Groups in Adopt-A-Highway Program:
Benshoff Hill Road West Jackson Homemakers
Chickaree Hill Road Waste Management - Laurel Highlands Landfill
Dishong Mt. Road Committee to Preserve Rager Mountain
Route 271 Nanty-Glo Moose
Route 271 Pike Grace Brethren Church
Swigle Mt. Road Swigle Mountain Neighbors
US Route 22 Appalachian Chiropractic
US Route 22 Cambria Co. Christian School
US Route 22 Chickaree Ridge Runners Snowmobile Club
US Route 22 St. Pauls Lutheran Church

Groups in Pennsylvania Cleanways Program:
Adams Avenue Jackson Twp. Troop 204 Cub Scouts
Fords Corner Road Residents of Fords Corner Rd.
Pike Road Jackson Twp. Troop 204 Boy Scouts

Groups in Adopt-A-Township-Road Program:
Brazil Lane Brazil Lane Neighbors
Ogden Road Jackson Lions Club
(Are you interested in this program? Call the Township Office at 749-0725)

The Cambria County Solid Waste Authority in conjunction with Jackson Township carried out a successful illegal dump clean-up on April 28, 2004 cleaning up the old Lynx Lane which is not used for traffic but was obviously used as a dumping site. Also a gas pipeline area just off of Dishong Mountain Road was also cleaned up. The pipeline area was by far one of the worst dumping site in Jackson Township and there were many large piles of everything from appliances to carpeting to tires all along the pipeline area. Matt Riley, Illegal Dumping Enforcement Officer, of the Solid Waste Authority arranged to have prison labor from the Cambria County Prison perform the clean-up. Jackson Township Road Workers hauled the items to the Laurel Highlands Landfill and the tires to a tire recycling company in Hollidaysburg. The sites cleaned up are now posted alerting potential dumpers that the area has been cleaned and is being monitored. Since the program was so successful in Jackson Township, it is hoped that future clean-ups of illegal dumps can be arranged with similar successful results. Three townships initially utilized this program including Adams, Cambria and Jackson. According to Matt Riley, Jackson had by far the most trash, litter and tires at the sites cleaned up. At the Jackson dump sites, nearly 14 tons of trash and 100 tires were collected. Also cleaned up were shingles, scrap metal, appliances, microwaves, construction and demolition waste and miscellaneous junk. If you are aware of any dump sites that need cleaned up, please feel free to call the municipal office at 749-0725 or Mr. Riley at the Cambria County Solid Waste Authority at 472-2109.

Submitted by Police Chief, Bob Fatula
March, 2004 through April, 2004
911 Calls Dispatched to Police: 602
Reportable incidents: 41
Disorderly Conduct-9
Theft-8 }
DUI (Driving while under the influence)-7
Criminal Mischief-3
Endangering Welfare of Children-1
Vehicle Theft-1
Total Accidents Handled: 22
Non-Traffic Citations issued: 9
Traffic Citations Issued: 119
Criminal Charges Filed: 23
Disorderly Conduct-9
DUI (Driving while under the influence) -7
Endangering the Welfare of Children-1

Even though weíre only half way through 2004, 85 building permits have been issued for construction in Jackson Township wish a total estimated value of $2,741,952.37. This amount compared to last years total for the entire year which was $2,592,385.00 shows that Jackson is on pace for a record setting year of new construction. There are constant inquiries about building new homes in Jackson Township reinforcing that Jackson is a desirable place to live and raise a family. Some of the primary reasons are location to Route 22, a well-respected school district and low taxes. According to Harry Baker, Zoning Officer, a big part of the building permits value is for new homes. A few are for commercial projects and the remainder are for additions or accessory buildings to existing properties.

Residents may have noticed the "black drape" on the front of the Fire Hall. The "black drape" was hung due to the Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Company losing one of their life-time members. Mr. Abe Amigh passed away on Sunday, June 6, 2004. He had fifty years of service with the Fire Company and was always there to help. Abe will be greatly missed by all! The Fire Company would like to thank all of the residents for their continued support to their FUND DRIVE. This year the Fund Drive was postponed for one week out of respect for Abe Amigh and members wanting to attend the services held for Abe. Just a reminder that every Sunday evening, the Ladies Auxiliary sponsors a Bingo held at the Fire Hall at 7:00 pm. Also there will be an ARCHERY RAFFLE held on August 28, 2004 at the Fire Company. Tickets will be available at the Fire Hall. For additional information on either of these events, please call 322-3155.

The Jackson Township Senior Center has been alive and bustling with activity over the past several months. One of the highlights was a Memorial Day Ceremony held at the Center. Over 125 individuals attended the ceremony that honored the service men and women from Jackson Township that were killed in past wars. Ten names were read by Pastor Lynn Sanner from St. Paulís Evangelical Lutheran Church and special speaker, Lt. Col. Bill Hunt, Operations Officer for the Johnstown Flight Facility did an excellent job speaking about the service men and women who gave their life for the freedom we cherish today. Other participants were the Giestown VFW Post 155 Honor Rifle Team, Jackson Twp. Pack 204 Cub Scouts & Troop 204 Boy Scouts, Ms. Betty Lybarger and Mr. Frank Singel of the Senior Center. Frank Singel, President of the Center wishes to thank all those who made this ceremony a success! The Center recently received all updated computers as a donation from Memorial Medical Center. By having the newer computers the Center is able to upgrade them to have internet capability. A Health Fair was held on Saturday, June 5th and was an overwhelming success with over 150 individuals attending. The Fair was sponsored by the Center and the UMWA Health & Retirement Funds and had eleven health service organizations set up to do free testing and provide helpful information. The long awaited exercise (walking) track has been paved and now all that needs done is for the area around the track to be cleaned up and grass planted. The track will be a big asset to the community and people are already using the track for walking, etc. The community is welcome to use and enjoy the new facility for their exercise or recreational needs. Some upcoming events include a Calendar Party which will be held in September. This event will be a major fundraiser for the Center and volunteers are welcome to help and participate. Each table will have a host who will invite 10 guests. The host or hosts will decorate and provide small gifts for each table and a lunch will be provided by the Center. A seminar on Osteoporosis will be conducted by Sharon Lehman, RN of the John P. Murtha Neuro Science Center on Thursday, July 15th at 11:00 am. To talk about Osteoporosis and the HOPE Program. Another event entitled "Who Gets Grandmaís Yellow Pie Plate" will be held on Thursday, August 12th and conducted by Ms. Dorothy Bromley, Extension Educator for Penn State Cooperative Extension of Somerset. The program will look at what is fair, the special meaning of objects, plus distribution options and their consequences. A Seminar on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction will be held on Thursday, August 19th at 11:00 am with Monica Updyke as the guest speaker from the Murtha Neuro Science Center and Pain Institute. All of these special events and seminars are open to the public. The Exercise Room is up and running and the new machines have arrived and are located on the 3rd floor of the Center. Currently the room is only open to members who pay a minimum fee for use. The Center paid for the machines from money earned from fundraising, etc. since the Center opened in 1998. In addition to the machines, the Center also is currently installing air conditioning which was desperately needed in the exercise & computer rooms. The Senior Center will be participating in the Jackson Township Heritage Festival and will be holding Bingo on Saturday, July 17th from 2-4 and Sunday July 18th from 2-4. They will also be serving Pigs In A Blanket, Tossed Salad and Cake at the Center. The Center will also feature a Model Train Display as well as having ceramic crafts available for purchase. The Senior Line Dancers will also be featured on Saturday from 10-11 am on the Entertainment Stage. For additional information on the Jackson Township Senior Center or any of the programs or special events scheduled, please call 322-3327.

James Humbert was hired in March as a Meter Reader for the Vinco area to fill the vacant position left open by Dan Wisniewski. Jim is working hard to learn the system and while performing his duties, he will be wearing a Jackson Township Water Authority uniform and should have identification at all times. With this in mind, the Water Authority would like to remind their customers to NEVER let anyone into your home without proper identification. If you should have any questions, please donít hesitate to call the Authority Office at 322-1262. The Solar Street Water Line Extension Project is now 100% completed. A final inspection must be done before Jackson Township Water Authority takes over control of this line. This project was solely funded by the Cambria County Redevelopment Authority. PennDOT is in the process of relocating water lines for the new Route 22 Project and awarded a bid to Plum Construction. Plum Construction started the relocation on May 17th of this year. The 6 inch line being relocated will be upgraded to an 8 inch line and several new fire hydrants will be added. Homes located by these hydrants can qualify for a discount on their Home Owners Insurance. The Mundyís Corner Water Tank was inspected by Conrady Consultant Services out of Vero Beach, Florida in March. Their recommendation was to have the tank refurbished inside and out. This tank will be taken off line for approximately 6 weeks this summer. Some turbidity and low pressure may occur during this time. The overall cost of this project is in the range of $200,000 with no rate adjustment. Refurbishing the tank will extend the life span of the tank for another 20 years.

Pike Grace Brethren Church is hoping to adopt a two mile section of State highway in Jackson Township. The two mile section will go from Mundys Corner South along Route 271. If adopted, Pike will join nine other groups who already have a section of highway in PennDOTís Adopt-A-Highway Program. Each group participating volunteers to clean up that section of highway 2-3 times yearly by picking up litter, junk, tires or anything else that shouldnít be along the road. This is a great program to help keep our roads clean. Pennsylvania is the leading State in the entire US for groups volunteering for highway clean-up programs. There are also 3 groups who clean up segments of Twp. roads in the Pennsylvania Cleanways Program. If you are interested in adopting a section highway or road within Jackson Township, contact the Township Office at 749-0725.

~COMMISSIONERS RAISE LIQUID FUELS FUNDS The Cambria County Commissioners have re-evaluated the amount of Liquids Fuels Funds awarded from Cambria County to municipalities and found that amounts previously given were inadequate. The County will now be using a formula which is based on population, miles of road and per capita income. This year we have been notified that we will be receiving $10,000 towards road projects instead of the previous $7,200. In addition, based on the new formula, calculations for liquid fuels funds for 2005 are projected to be $13,800. This is good news as the cost of maintaining roads is ever increasing and any funds received from the State of Pennsylvania or Cambria County will be put to good use.

The Jackson Township Supervisors approved a donation of $1,000.00 to help support the 2004 season of the East-Taylor / Jackson Little League which is plays their games at Mitchell Park in Vinco. The Supervisors feel that recreation plays an important part in Jackson Township and especially any activity that benefits the children of the community.

The Route 22 Plans have been revised to include a Lynx Lane extension going from the current Lynx Lane to Dishong Mountain Road. Residents of Lynx Lane will no longer have access to Route 22 directly. This improvement will greatly improve safety for motorists and prevent school buses from having to stop on busy Route 22.

The Jackson Township Map & Municipal Guide is finished and being distributed to each residence and business in Jackson Township. The new guide is updated with many changes since the last one was done in 2000. The guide is a useful reference to have on hand in every Jackson Township home. Others find the guide useful as well including Realtors, government agencies, local organizations, fire department, sewer and water authorities, PennDOT and anyone inquiring about properties or doing business in Jackson Township. New residents are impressed when moving into the Township to have such a guide available with a wealth of information at their fingertips. Municipal Publications of Home, PA created the guide. We would like to especially thank all of the businesses and organizations who placed ads for the guide to make it possible at no cost to Township residents. They include:
Ameriserv Financial
Barnes Saly & Company
BCI Floor Specialists
Berkheimer Associates
Big Stone Inn
C & G Savings Bank
Carolís Grooming Salon
Charles J. Merlo General Contractors
Conemaugh Health Systems
Dairy Queen - Park Hill
Deetscreek Construction
Direct Value Outlet
Dolanís Welding & Steel Fabricating, Inc.
Elias Chiropractic Clinic
Family Dental Care (Gerald L. Fisher, DMD)
Freedom Ford
Gleason, DiFrancesco, Shahade, Barbin, McQuillan & Markovitz Law Firm
Gold Crown Foodland
Hagerich Auto Sales
Harper & Gallo, Inc.
Jackson Township Water Authority
Leisure Village Mobile Home Park
Martin Marine Sales, Inc.
Naugle Insurance Agency
Neighbors Who Care
Orange Blossom Restaurant
Ophthalomic Associates, Inc. (Dr. Don Leckey)
P. Joseph Lehman Consulting Engineers
Pike Grace Brethren Church
Quaker Sales Corp.
Singer hill Grace Brethren Church
Somogyiís Route 22 Supply
Valley Beverage
Vantage Physical Therapy
Vinco Pharmacy
Vinco Pizza
Thomas D. Kaschalk & Sons Construction
Waste Management

WHATíS NEW ON THE WEBSITE 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 at www.jacksontwppa.com The website is constantly updated with new information. Here is some of whatís new:
~Site reorganized making it easier to find what youíre looking for.
~Route 22 Project Website on Home & Road Pages
~New link added for the State Building Code including links showing new Ordinances adopted.
~New link added for Stormwater Management with resources and helpful information.
~Information on the Jackson Township Heritage Festival showing details on who will be there and entertainment schedule.
~A new link showing street light locations.
~Links & Kidslinks sections updated.
~Read the history of the Water Authority and an essay written by Adam Yesenosky on the history of Jackson Township on the history page.
~Seatbelt safety, domestic violence and aggressive driver information added to police link.
~New link added for Emergency Management. Also the Police & Fire Departments each have their own link now.
~Recreation updated with new pages for each Township park.
~Recycling link now shows recycling information and growth for Cambria County.
~Changes in Zoning Ordinance adopted.
~Illegal Dump Clean-Up Program page added which can be linked from the garbage section. Pictures are also there which show results of recent dump clean-ups within Jackson Township.
As always, you can read the monthly approved minutes of the Board of Supervisors Meetings and check out the updated Calendar of Events to find out whatís going on in Jackson Township. If you have any ideas of what you would like to see on the website, please feel free to contact Dave Hirko at 749-0725.

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. We would like to invite you to join Jackson Township Online News where you can receive online newsletters, announcements, and important information concerning Jackson Township. 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.

If you are planning on building project be sure to apply for a building permit.. This is now State Law with the passing of the Pennsylvania State Uniform Construction Code. Be sure to allow plenty of time to get your permit prior to building. By doing this, your permit 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.