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Summer, 2005

A bigger and better weekend of fun is planned for Jackson Townships SECOND Annual Heritage Festival which is scheduled for Saturday, July 16th and Sunday, July 17th, 2005. Admission is FREE and the weekend promises to be FUN for the entire family! Festival hours are Saturday from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm. Following the regular festival hours there will be a benefit dance featuring The Fabulous Flashbacks from 7 - 11 pm. Last year the Flashbacks were a huge hit and this year the Flashbacks are back courtesy of the Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Company. Admission is free and any proceeds from refreshments will go towards the Aaron Rusin Scholarship Fund. Festival hours for Sunday are from 12:00 Noon to 6:00 pm. A dance will follow featuring The Polka Family Band from 6 - 9 pm. The Polka Family Band plays of course "polkas" and a variety of other music and have played throughout the United States. The festival will be held at Veterans Memorial Park in Vinco as well as the Senior Center & Fire Hall along Adams Avenue just off of Route 271 in Vinco.

The festival has a full schedule of entertainment beginning on Saturday with the Classic Clowns from 11-2 who will be there with face painting, animal balloons and just entertaining the kids on the park grounds. At 12:00 Noon the Jackson Senior Center Line Dancers will hit the stage with their precision, quick-stepping dances. At 1:00 pm the Fire Company will host a "Battle of the Barrel" behind the Fire Hall building where Fire Company teams from throughout the area will compete. Proceeds from this event will also go towards the Aaron Rusin Scholarship Fund. At 1:30 John Robertson will perform an unbelievable magic & illusion show that will entertain and amaze young and old alike. You can expect to see anything from making animals appear and disappear to sawing someone in half to raising someone off of the stage. From 3-5:30 you can enjoy the music of Clay Bowser who can play and sing hundreds of tunes and often takes requests from the audience and of course at 7:00 the Fabulous Flashbacks take the stage. On Sunday from Noon to 1:30 you can enjoy the harmonic gospel sounds of The Masters who are led by Jackson Townshipís own John Lythgoe. From 2-5 pm, Beaver Creek, a widely popular bluegrass band from last year will return to the stage to showcase their instrumental and vocal talents and from 6-9 the nationally known crowd-pleasing Polka Family Band will entertain festival-goers. 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 include childrenís crafts, clowns, free balloons, games and face painting. Those providing activities are Classic Clowns, First National Bank of PA, Jackson Township Boy Scouts Troop 204, Pike Grace Brethren Church and St. Pauls Community Nursery School. Some of the featured games will include Suction Darts, Birthday Game, Basketball Game and the Fish Pond. As an added attraction, Big Bouncy Bunch of Fun, a place where little ones can test their jumping skills, will be there. This year Big Bouncy will have a huge tiger lying on itís back. Everyone will enjoy the elaborate miniature train display at the Jackson Sr. Center and for you bingo lovers, there will be bingo at the Senior Center at 2:00 both Saturday & Sunday and in addition, 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 American fries, bbq hamburgers, chicken tenders, chippers, cole slaw, cotton candy, desserts, enchiladas, fresh cut fries, fresh fruit cups, fried chicken, funnel cakes, gobs, hamburgers, halushki, hot dogs, hot sausage sandwiches, ice cream, kettle korn, keilbassi & kraut, nachos & cheese, Philly steak & cheese sandwiches, pierogies, potato salad, pulled pork sandwiches, rosette waffles, shaved ice sno kones, strawberry shortcake, strawberry smoothies, stuffed cabbage, tacos, taco potatoes, tossed salad and wings.  For those who enjoy crafts the line-up includes: baby blankets, beading, bears, bibs, coasters, decorative crates, dog leashes, doilies, dolls, earrings, fabric crafts, floral arrangements and other items, gingerbread, hair and neck wear items, hand-painted ceramics, hats, holiday items, jewelry, lamp shades, macrame, ornaments, painted items, pictures & frames, plastic canvas, quilted items, scarves, scented wax-dipped candles, sewn items, sterling silver, stuffed animals, swags, towels, wooden lawn ornaments and wreaths.

Other booths on hand will feature beauty products, gourmet food items, sports trading cards and memorabilia, temporary body art & tattoos, Yankee candles, gift items, home decor, travel information, massage therapy and home remodeling. Baltimore Life will be taking free childrenís photo idís and fingerprints. The Nant-Y-Glo Tri-Area Historical Society will feature a historical display in the Senior Center which will include various photos and artifacts from the area.  Some of the local organizations and businesses participating include A to Z Travel, Avon, Ebensburg Womenís Aglow, First National Bank of PA, Hagerich Auto, Home Interiors, Jackson Twp. Boy Scouts Troop 204, Jackson Township Lions Club, Jackson Twp. Senior Center, Jackson Twp. Vol. Fire Company, Laurel Highlands Historic Village, Laurel Mountain Bible Church, Mercikís Ideal Market, Nant-Y-Glo Tri-Area Historical Society, Nay Spa, Neighbors Who Care, Orange Blossom Restaurant, Pike Grace Brethren Church, St. Pauls Community Nursery School, St. Pauls Lutheran Church, Vinco Pharmacy and Watkins Products.

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 sponsors include Atlantic Broadband, Dolans Welding & Steel, Dominion Peoples, Martin Oil and Mercikís Vinco Ideal Market. Others donating towards this event include Ameriserv Bank, Barnes, Saly & Company, the Cambria County Commissioners, Congressman John P. Murtha, Cooper Signs, First National Bank of Pennsylvania, Hagerich Auto, P. Joseph Lehman Engineers, Paulette Baker and Vantage Physical Therapy. Without the support of these generous businesses, organizations and individuals, this festival would not be possible. There are many expenses including entertainment, tent rental, port-a-johns, electric, advertising, security, activities, advertising and more.

At this years festival you may notice that the festival grounds (Veterans Memorial Park) will look a lot better with recent landscaping done and trees planted. A new decorative bridge now connects the Senior Center & Fire Company parking lots and a sound system was installed on the pavilion to make announcements. Jackson Township also received a grant to install lighting and electrical facilities at the park but that wonít be in place until sometime later this year. Last year the Heritage Festival was very successful and the first question everyone asked is if we would hold one again and the answer was. . YES! It is hoped that this will be an annual event as long as everyone comes out and supports it with their attendance. This is a great opportunity to invite not only local but out-of-town friends, family, co-workers and guests to have a great time and showcase your community in a "positive light".

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.

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. Volunteers can help in a number of ways including setting up before the festival, trash & litter clean-up, helping with childrenís games, distributing programs, delivering soda and ice and tearing down after the festival. One area where there is a special need is to have individuals with electrician skills. 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.

State Representative Tom Yewcic was successful in helping Jackson Township secure two grants recently. The first grant is for $45,000 which will be used for lighting and electrical facilities to be installed at Veterans Memorial Park. Included in the project will be decorative lighting to light the walking path as well as lighting in the pavilion, park grounds and the Senior Center parking lot. Electrical facilities will also be installed for special events such as the Heritage Festival & Firemans Convention but they will also be able to accommodate things such as concerts, bingos, craft shows, childrens activities, etc. According to Rep. Yewcic a third additional grant may be possible for this project.  A second grant for $8,500 will be used to purchase new computers at the Senior Center. The Senior Center recently had a network installed with high-speed internet and printing capability. Frank Singel, President of the Senior Center was instrumental in applying for this grant. Our thanks go out to Representative Yewcic for his efforts in helping to secure the grants.

Jackson Township was recently awarded a matching grant for $25,000 to help develop a Master Recreation & Land Use Study for Jackson Township. The Board of Supervisors recently hired Pashek Associates of Greenville, PA to help develop the plan while working with the Jackson Township Recreation Commission as well as soliciting public input. Pashek Associates is one of the few Recreational Planners in Western / Central Pennsylvania and are considered to be highly qualified and respected in this area. Pashek is currently working on several other projects in Cambria County including a proposed ATV park in Northern Cambria County. By having a Master Recreation & Land Use Study in place, Jackson Township may qualify for much larger recreational development grants in the future.

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 bid was awarded to Grannas Brothers of Hollidaysburg while the low seal coating bid received was from New Enterprise Stone & Lime. 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 have been paved this year:
Leidy Lane from Bracken St. to Adams Ave. / Lorain Rd. from Turkey Path Rd. to the Nanty Glo Borough line.

The following roads are scheduled to be seal coated (tar & chipped) in 2005:
Bald Eagle St
. from Pike Rd. To end. / Broadwing St. from Smith Ave. To Snably Ave. / Chaser St. from Snably Ave. to Smith Ave. / Cherrywood Drive from Zurenda Lane to end. / Eagle Drive from Raymond Drive to Raymond Drive / Finntown Rd. from Fords Corner Rd. to the Nanty Glo Borough line. / Fords Corner Rd. from Rt. 22 to Plank Rd. / Kline Avenue from Venture St. to Bald Eagle St. / Lyle Street from Adams Ave. to end. / Raymond Drive from Rt. 271 to Eagle Drive / Smith Ave. from Chaser St. to Braodwing St. / Snably Ave. from Pike Road to end. / Venture Street from Pike Road to end. / Zurenda Lane from Adams Ave. to end.

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 Cambria County Solid Waste Authorityís Vinco Recycling Center is now located at 513 Pike Road, Mundys Corner near the Municipal Building. The bins had to be moved in order to accommodate the new Veterans Monument at Veterans Memorial Park near the Senior Center. The Solid Waste Authority also has a Recycling Center in Conemaugh as well. The Recycling Centers accept aluminum cans, metal cans, glass, magazines, newspapers and plastic. Other locations were looked at in the Vinco area but didnít work out, so the move was necessary. Hopefully the new location will be a permanent home for the Recycling Center and people will find it convenient and can drop off items on their way to Route 22 or Ebensburg.

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.

A Stream Clean-Up will be scheduled in the near future to clean up the streams that are part of the Hinckston Run Watershed. The streams are mainly in Vinco and the surround area. The Clean-Up will be reported as part of Jackson Townshipís MS-4 Permit to the PaDEP. Ryan Hirko & Matt Ocipa will be organizing the Clean-Up as part of a Senior High School Project. If you are interested in helping, please contact the Jackson Township Municipal Building at 749-0725. Also if anyone is aware of any Illicit Discharge into any of these streams, please report this to the Township Office at 749-0725. Basic information of where the discharge is occurring will be needed.

The Cambria County Courts and Judge Gerald Long are holding a Youth Fair at Mitchell Park in Vinco on Tuesday, July 19th from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. The purpose of the Fair is to make young people aware of the dangers and harmful effects of using drugs & alcohol. Students from Elementary through High School are invited to attend and it promises to be a fun time for all! Admission is FREE and there will be FREE refreshments, T-Shirts, Games and lots of other Prizes including FREE drawings for sweatshirts and bicycle helmets. The program has been a success for the past nine years with the help of local police, fire and ambulance departments. A previous Youth Fair was already held at Leidy Park in Mundys Corner on June 8th and was an overwhelming success with 45 kids attending and 20 adults! Be sure to get your children who are students to this event as well as their friends. For additional information, please feel free to contact Carol Lacey, Youth Fair Coordinator at 472-1494 or call the Jackson Twp. Municipal Bldg. at 749-0725.

Jackson Township welcomes anyone interested in serving on a Authority, Board or Commission to submit a letter of interest in the event that any openings should occur. 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. Authorities include the Sewer Authority and Water Authority. Commissions include Planning & Recreation. There is also the Zoning Hearing Board. All letters should be mailed to Jackson Township Supervisors, 513 Pike Road, Johnstown, PA 15909.

Wyse Memorials of Mundys Corner was the low bidder and awarded the bid for a Veterans Monument to be built in Veterans Park in Vinco. The monument will be five-sided to maximize the space available to engrave names. The monument will be on a base shaped like a star with a flag on each point of the star representing the various branches of service (Air Force, Army, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard). There will also be an American flag centrally located near the monument. Wyse has already begun work on the monument and the footer has been poured preparing the way for the base and monument to take shape. The Jackson Township Recreation Commission has put countless hours of work into the design and shape of this monument. When completed, it will be something we can all be proud of as we honor all of the Veterans of Jackson Township. There are currently over 500 names submitted that have been verified for Military Status & Residency in order that they can be engraved on the monument. If you wish to see the Veterans that have submitted applications so far, you can go to the Township Website at www.jacksontwppa.com and see the complete list of names. If you know of a Veterans name you would like to submit, you can mail in the form in this newsletter. You may also obtain forms at the Municipal Building, Senior Center, Sewer Authority or Water Authority Building or the form can easily be printed out from the Township website. The only criteria to qualify to have a name on the monument is that you must be a Veteran and that you must have resided in Jackson Township at some time in your life. Mr. Bill Kish, a local Jackson Township resident who works for the Veterans Affairs Outreach Administration is helping to verify the Veterans status and members of the Jackson Senior Center are helping verify the residency of the applicant. If you would like more information on the monument feel free to contact Joe Baxter, Chairman of the recreation Commission at 322-3291 or Al Slippy, Vice Chairman at 322-1983.

We need your help in providing information on the following Veterans. These are names that were on the Jackson Township Website or the Mundys Corner & Vinco Honor Rolls but NO FORM HAS YET BEEN SUBMITTED FOR THE VETERANS MONUMENT. If you can help provide information on any of the following people, please submit a Monument Form (included in this Newsletter) for that person providing the information necessary. All names to go on the Veterans Monument must have a completed Veterans Monument form and then go through a process that includes verifying Veterans Status & Residency. Thanks for your help in order that we may HONOR as many Jackson Township Veterans as possible.


Adams, Robert M.
Adams, Russel
Allbaugh, Richard L.
Allbaugh, Thomas J.
Altimus, Frederick
Altimus, Glen L.
Altimus, N. Von
Anderson, J. Gay
Anderson, John M.
Angus, George
Angus, Walter G.
Antol, John

Barr, Donald L.
Barr, Robert
Beatty, William R
Berge, Frederick
Boring, Arthur L.
Boring, Charles F.
Boring, Lester
Boring, Walter L.
Boring, Walter T.
Bracken, John J.
Broad, Edgar
Brown, Harry A.
Brown, Jack
Brown, Walter
Burkhart, Floyd Kent
Burkhart, Kenneth
Burkhart, H. Wade Jr.

Caldwell, Robert
Campbell, George
Carney, Samuel
Ceneski, John
Champion, Rene
Churilla, Andrew
Churilla, John J.
Claycomb, Lester
Cramer, Charles
Cramer, Theodore
Croyle, Paul B.
Croyle, Robert G.
Croyle, Thomas G.
Cullen, Vincent
Culp, Robert
Custer, Virginia R.

Daughenbaugh, Art
Daughenbaugh, Dyle
Daugherty, Wm. G.
Davis, Charles
Davis, Stanley Jr.
DeArmen, John
Deetscreek, David A.
Deetscreek, William L.
Deetscreek, Wm. R.
Demko, Robert J.
Devlin, Patrick, H.
Dom, Merle
Donaldson, John Jr.
Donley, Joseph
Douglas, Loy A.
Dudak, Michael D.
Dudak, Stephen
Dulashaw, Edward L.

Erhart, David

Findley, Rolley N.
Findley, Russel M.
Findley, Wayne E.
Fochtman, Harry
Fry, Robert

Gaboda, John
Gillen, David
Gillen, Stanton
Gillin, Carlyle
Gillin, Jay
Given, Albon E.
Golada, John
Goldie, Edward James
Goughnour, Don
Grata, Joseph J.
Gresh, Michael
Gresh, Walter
Grove, Elmer

Hagerich, Paul
Hessler, Robert
Hill, Clemence
Hill, Walter C.
Homan, Steve
Hoover, Carl F.
Hoover, James W.
Horn, Alton E.

James, Jessie L.
James, Milan R.
Johnson, Malton
Johnson, Raymond
Johnson, Walter
Johnson, Walter L.

Karlinsey, Donald
Keller, Donald M.
Keller, Gail P.
Kelly, Hal D.
Kelly, Merel
Kelly, Peter
Keppler, Edmund
Keppler, Richard
Keppler, Robert
Keppler, Roy
Kerr, Daniel
Kerr, William G.
Kivisto, Ina S.
Knauer, Donald
Kondor, George Jr.
Kondor, Francis|
Kondor, Joseph N.
Kowalczyk, Andy

Lalich, Peter
Lauffer, James H.
Lauffer, Raymond C.
Leatherman, James
Leatherman, Jay C.
Leck, Walter F.
Lee, Merriman H.
Lehman, Mary E.
Leidy, Blaine I.
Leidy, Emerson P.
Leidy, Harold
Lesko, Andrew
Lewis, Harold
Lewis, Leonard
Little, Robert
Long, Edward
Long, Steve
Lutman, Kenneth

McFeaters, Glenn
McHugh, John B.
McKeel, Carl
McQuinn, Patrick L.
Mellott, Carl
Mellott, Donald
Mellott, Lorenzo
Michaels, Carl J.
Michaels, Lester B.
Michaels, Raymond
Michaels, Roy
Mintmier, Robert I.
Mitchell, George P.
Mitchell, William H.
Morgan, James L.
Morgan, Larry
Myers, Wade

Olie, Frank

Packard, Jack
Parloskey, Carl S.
Patterson, Dan R.
Patterson, Sam B. Jr.
Patterson, William A.
Pearson, Tom V. Jr.
Pringle, H. Stanley

Quinn, Allen

Rager, Alfred I.
Rager, John Michael
Rodkey, George
Rodkey, Ralph
Rorabaugh, Larry L.
Rose, Duane
Rose, Harry
Rose, Max Lynn
Royer, Alfred L.
Rummell, Floyd W.
Rummell, Ralph H.

Sabo, Charles
Sabo, Joseph
Sabol, John C.
Scott, Harry A.
Sekerak, Ernest J.
Senski, Charles
Serski, John
Shawley, Ronald
Shuagis, John
Shuagis, Julius
Shuman, Logan A.
Shuman, Paul
Shuman, Warden Jr.
Simmers, David
Simmons, Alton H.
Simmons, Elmer Jr.
Simmons, Leroy T.
Simmons, Owen W.
Singer, Dale M.
Singer, Everett B.
Spontak, John
Stager, Elmer M.
Szekeresh, Albert
Szekeresh, Mike
Szekeresh, Steve A.
Szekeresh, Thomas

Taylor, Adam
Thompson, Chester
Thompson, Glenn

Voyzey, Walter

Wakefield, Wm. Jr.
Weaver, Alonza
Wenklar, Bob
White, Russell B.
White, Wallace J.
Whyt, Stanley H.
Wilkinson, Ray Y.
Wilson, Marlin
Wissinger, Merritt
Withers, Emmett

Yost, James F.

Zanoviak, Pete

The 2nd annual Memorial Day Ceremony was held at the Jackson Township Senior Center on May 30th. The ceremony was once again well attended with over 125 people present. At the event, fourteen names of service men and women were read who were killed in the various wars. The Special Guest Speaker was Marine Major Randy Parker, Site Commander of the Joint Marine Corps. Reserve Training Center in Johnstown. Groups participating were the Johnstown VFW Post 155 Honor Rifle Team, Jackson Township Troop 204 Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. Also participating was Rev. Paul Robine, Pastor of St. John Vianney Catholic Church. Betty Lybarger led those present in several patriotic songs. A special thanks goes out to Frank Singel, President of the Jackson Senior Center for organizing the event.

Submitted by Police Chief, Bob Fatula
February, 2005 - May, 2005
911 Calls Dispatched to Police: 1,544
Reportable incidents: 189
Criminal Mischief-33
Underage Drinking-14
DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-13
Receiving Stolen Property-11
Disorderly Conduct-6
Corruption Of Minors-4
Fleeing Police-4
Identity Theft-3
Phone Scams-3
Vehicle Theft-3
Attempted Burglary-2
Dog Law-2
Furnishing Alcohol to Minors-2
Reckless Endangerment-2
False ID to Police-1
Resisting Arrest-1
Tampering With Evidence-1
Terroristic Threats-1
Unsworn False Information-1
Total Accidents Handled: 33
Non-Traffic Citations issued: 83
Traffic Citations Issued: 107
Criminal Charges Filed: 127
Underage Drinking-14
DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-13
Receiving Stolen Property-12
Criminal Mischief-7
Criminal Conspiracy-6
Disorderly Conduct-5
Fleeing Police-4
Dog Law-2
Furnishing Alcohol to Minors-2
Reckless Endangerment-2
False Identification to Police-1
Resisting Arrest-1
Tampering With Evidence-1
Unsworn False Information-1

Several projects were recently completed or are underway by the Jackson Township Recreation Commission. Just completed was the installation of two new backstops at Mitchell Park by Laurel Highlands Fence. Concrete dugouts were also poured at Mitchell as well. Another project done by Ryan Davis was the rebuilding and refurbishing of a set of bleachers at Leidy Park. This was done as part of Ryan earning his Eagle Scout badge. New park entrance signs are to be installed by Cooper Signs. The signs will give an inviting look to the entrance of each park and display the Township logo. On the Veterans Park sign, an American flag will also be featured. Other projects underway include the development of a Master Recreation & Land Use Plan with Pashek Associates as well as the Jackson Township Veterans Monument / Memorial Project.

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.

The Water Authority has been busy with many projects. Some of the projects are completed, some are in progress and others are proposed. The Solar Street Extension has been completed and officially turned over to JTWA in June. The Salt Lick - Ebensburg Line which runs along Adams Avenue and Ogden Street is in and residents along this line will be customers of the Ebensburg Municipal Authority. Customers along this line may want to contact their insurance carriers regarding fire protection discounts.  Pike Road Extension from Kingdom Hall to Ogden Street is 95% complete. This line has created a second source of water for JTWA, should anything happen that we could not receive water from Nanty Glo. Again, these customers should also contact their insurance companies concerning fire protection discounts.  On the Wagner Road Water Project (proposed), JTWA had a meeting in June with Larry Custer from the Cambria County Redevelopment Authority, Rizzo Engineering and JTWAís Engineer, Gwin, Dobson & Foreman. This project is now in the preliminary design stage. The Mundyís Corner Tank will be off line for around the week of August 8th for inspection. This tank was refurbished last September and the warranty is good for up to one year after completion.  With the Summer months upon us, JTWA would like to remind their customers to please use water wisely and conserve. They also would request that you report any wet spots during dry times, pool installations, and "topping off" of pools. This reflects in their daily pumping charts which bring concern of a possible leak. Due to JTWAís constant delinquents, the Board has decided to make changes to their billing procedures. Within the next month or two, JTWA will notify all customers by mail of these changes. They ask that you please read over the notice and note the changes made.

The Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Company and EMS Service wishes everyone a very relaxing Summer. Thanks go out to the residents for supporting their Fund Drive. Members were around the Township during the first week of June and got to chat with many residents. Any and all comments are welcome from the questionnaire that was included in your Fund Drive envelope as the Fire Company is always trying to serve the Community better.  Also at the Heritage Festival this year, the Fire Company will hold itís "First Annual Aaron Rusin Battle of the Barrel" competition on Saturday, July 16th. The Captainís Meeting for the battle is at 12:00 Noon followed by the Battle which starts at 1:00 pm. All proceeds from this annual competition will be donated to the Aaron Rusin Scholarship Fund at Central Cambria High School. The School gave two $500.00 scholarships this year, one to a female student and on to a male student. For the residents who may not know, Aaron was a member of the Fire Company and was serving his country in Iraq when he was killed in the line of duty on October 10, 2004 at the age of 19. Aaron is now an Honorary Lifetime Member of the Fire Company. Each year after, the Fire Company plans to hold this "Battle of the Barrel" competition to keep Aaronís memory alive. If you need more information, call the Fire Hall at 322-3155. After the competition, the Fire Company wishes to invite everyone to stay and enjoy the festival as well as the musical entertainment of the Fabulous Flashbacks which will be appearing on stage under the tent in the Fire Company parking lot from 7 to 11 pm. Refreshments will be served.  Other events to keep in mind are the Auxiliaryís regular Sunday Night Bingo and an Archery Raffle that is scheduled for Saturday, August 27, 2005. Doors open at 5:00 pm and the Raffle follows at 6:30. Price of a ticket is $20.00. For more information call 322-3155. After the Heritage Festival ends, Jackson Fire Company will be busy getting ready to host the Cambria County & Vicinity Volunteer Firemenís Association Convention once again. The Convention will be held from July 23rd through July 30, 2005. There will be lots of entertainment and food and everyone is welcome to attend and support our Firemen. The Festival & Convention promise to be a fun time for all!

The Center is looking forward to participating in this yearís Jackson Heritage Festival. They will be serving Pigs In A Blanket, Halushki, Cake and Salad. Last year was so successful that they ran out of food and had to make more so this year theyíre planning for more to accommodate as many people as possible. They will also have ceramics and crafts for sale as well as running their Miniature Train Display and hosting Bingo each day of the Festival at 2:00 pm. Many bus trips are scheduled from the Jackson Center including one on June 21st to the Mountaineer Race Track & Casino, one on August 23rd to the Rainbow Dinner Theater near Lancaster to see the comedy "Plaza Suite", another one on October 20th to see the Pennsylvania Opry near Mercersburg and one on November 10th which will be a Veterans Tour of Washington DC where they will visit the various war memorials and monuments. If you are interested in any of the bus trips, please inquire to Bobbie at Repine Travel by calling 1-866-473-7463. The Senior Center has many events scheduled for the upcoming months. A Calendar Party Fundraiser will be held on Sunday, September 25th. If you are interested in hosting a table, please contact the Center at 322-3327. The Center also wants to thank those who participated in the Cookbook Fundraiser as they are now all sold out. Another upcoming event will be a Blood Screening to be held on Saturday, October 29 from 7-9 am at the Center. The event will be hosted by the Senior Center & Priority Care from Conemaugh Health Systems. Some of the events held the past quarter included the following. The Center was host to the Cambria County Senior Horseshoe Tournament and Conemaugh School of Nursing came in to take blood pressures as well as host a class on Osteoporosis and Exercise. The also Center assisted in a Child ID Program at Jackson Elementary School. A Tax Assistance Program was held as well as 55 Alive Drivers Training for Seniors. In addition the Center spearheaded a drive to help wounded soldiers at Walter Reed Hospital by supplying phone cards. The wounded soldiers have to pay for their own long distance and the number one request from them is for phone cards.  The Center is also proud that itís Silver Sneakers Exercise Classes have been so well received. Four classes are offered each week, two on Tuesday and two on Thursday that last about 45 minutes. Silver Sneakers is offered to Medicare-eligible members of Highmark and Blue-Cross-Blue Shield. The Jackson Senior Center is the only one in Cambria County to offer this program. The new exercise room is also open with state-of-the-art machines members can use for just $1.00 per visit. There are currently about 8 machines that offer 16 different exercise options. The Center has many weekly and special events for members. Some of the activities offered to members include lunch three times a week, parties, bingo, knitting, line dancing, weekly pinochle, special speakers, events on health issues, weekly movies shown on a 60 inch large screen television, ceramics, computer use with high-speed internet access and beginners computer classes. Anyone interested in visiting or taking a quick tour of the Center is invited to stop in. Center hours are Monday from 7-9 pm, Tuesday & Wednesday from 9 am to 3 pm and Thursday from 9 am to 4 pm and again at 7-9 pm. The Center offers a computer room, pool table, exercise room, crafts room and a community room with a 60" television. Membership offered to those age 50 and older is constantly growing and is only $10.00 a year.

It has been brought to our attention that a Jackson Township resident needs your help! Esther (Leidy) Albright, 63 has been diagnosed with Myleoproliferative Disorder, a rare blood disease. This is a life threatening disorder and the only hope for a cure is a bone marrow transplant. The experts at West Penn Hospital in Pittsburgh have evaluated Esther and have determined that she is a candidate for a bone marrow transplant. Through testing, it was discovered that Estherís brother is a full match and will be her donor. This treatment requires that she and her husband Dan relocate for up to two months.  Esther and her family have lived in the Jackson Township their entire lives. She has been an active member of Singer Hill Grace Brethren Church for over 30 years, until she became ill late in 2004. Estherís hope is to return to her duties at the church that she truly loves after her transplant and recovery.  Because of the extraordinary expense of the bone marrow transplantation and chemotherapy, her family is asking for your help! Without health insurance, there are numerous uncovered expenses in addition to the transplant itself, including medication and travel / relocation expenses. Fundraising is vital to the overall success of Estherís struggle to survive.  To help defray such uninsured expenses, a fundraising campaign in Estherís honor has been established with the National Transplant Assistance Fund (NTAF). NTAF is a non-profit organization that has been helping the transplant community for over 20 years. All donations are tax-deductible and are administered for transplant-related expenses only. Her family is asking that you please consider making a donation.

Make Checks payable to:
NTAF Mid-Atlantic Bone Marrow Transplant Fund

Note in Memo Section of Check:
In Honor of Esther Albright

Mail to:
National Transplant Assistance Fund
3475 West Chester Pike, Suite 230
Newtown Square, PA 18073

For credit card contributions, call 1-800-642-8399 or visit www.transplantfund.org 

This request came from Estherís family and feel free to contact them for additional details:
Darla & Todd Sell (814) 472-9213
Dan & Wendy Albright (814) 749-1974
Dean & Sonya Albright (814) 322-1992

~New Police Officer Hired
Matt Hirko was recently hired as a new part-time Police Officer for Jackson Township. Several vacancies were created as the result of part-time officers leaving to take full time positions elsewhere including Officer David Pilot and Officer Scott Eger. Full-Time Officer Melanie Kline is deployed to serve in the National Guard in the Middle East.

~Crouse & Company Landfill Gas Project Update
The landfill gas conversion project proposed by Crouse & Company / Keystone Renewable Energies is still "on track" and hoping for a Fall start-up date. The financing is in place and they are working on getting the necessary permits to transport the landfill gas to local pipelines where it can be used by consumers.

~Three New Streets Named for 911
The area behind Adams Avenue in Vinco and off of Gillin Street & Stoneridge Lane behind the Fire Hall has been marked with street signs for Cambria County 911. Three streets were given names. One is Deerfield Lane which goes off of Gillin Lane where the Township road ends and the private street begins. Another street which was never given a name is now Cyrus Lane which connects from the new Deerfield Lane & Stoneridge Extension. Yet another new street will be Stoneridge Extension. This was previously labeled Stoneridge Street but being that the other side of Stoneridge Street near the Fire Hall doesnít connect, it was recommended by 9-1-1 that it be given a new name. Other signs installed are Mary Avenue and Pompano Lane. According to Cambria County 9-1-1, properly marked streets and signs are critical and could even mean life or death if an emergency should occur.

~Two Hazardous Poles Removed
Two hazardous poles were recently removed from the right-of-way on Leidy Lane. The poles were so close to the road that there was actually pavement around them and over the years, there have been several accidents. The Supervisors decided that marking them with florescent paint or tape was not enough and that the poles should actually be moved to prevent a critical accident from occurring in the future. There are also two poles on Adams Avenue that need to be moved as well.

~Baker Passes State Building Code Exam
Congratulations to Harry Baker, Jackson Township Zoning Officer on passing the State Building Code Exam. By passing the exam, Harry is now qualified to make decisions at a local level concerning the State Building Code.

~New Businesses & Names in Jackson
The Cross Roads Restaurant opened at the end of May under new ownership after extensive remodeling. Brad Kane who previously worked as a chef for the Holiday Inn and Windber Country Club is the owner of the new restaurant. The Cross Roads was the former Mundys Corner Restaurant located at Rt. 271 and Pike Road. In another change, the Vinco Bi-Lo Supermarket has now become an Mercikís Ideal Market as of June 5, 2005. According to Dave Mercik, the move was made to offer shoppers the lowest prices possible by being able to buy from multiple low-cost suppliers. A grand opening was held. There are three other Ideal Markets in the Johnstown area and shoppers can view sale ads in the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat every Sunday. We wish both businesses the best on their new ventures.

~Need to Sign Up For New Garbage Service?
Jackson Township negotiated a new quarterly garbage service earlier this year. The cost is $36.00 per quarter and provides for those subscribing to unlimited 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 wish to sign up for the new service you can do so by calling 1-800-677-4884.

~Route 22 Update
Route 22 work is progressing as scheduled. Work has begun on what will be the future Dishong Mountain Road interchange. Mile Hill Road and White Tail Road will be closed until sometime towards the end of this year as major excavation takes place in that area. When completed Pike Road West will join Whitetail Road to form one road and be extended to Mile Hill Road. On the northern side of 22, Turkey Path Road will be extended to Fords Corner Road. Access from both roads will be at one intersection near Fords Corner Road. The $35 million project is scheduled for completion in Summer of 2007.

~Traffic Light Converted To LED Signals
The traffic light at Route 271 near the Sheetz store has been converted from regular traffic light bulbs to LED signals. According to TelPower who maintains the light, most municipalities are converting from the old bulbs to the new modern LED Signals. The LED Signals are guaranteed to operate a minimum of 5 years before needing replaced. In many cases the Signals could last 7 to 8 years. As of this time, only the Red & Green signals were converted to LED as the yellow light does not stay on very long.  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 Meetings and check out the updated Calendar of Events to find out whatís going on in Jackson Township. Other newly updated pages include Jackson Heritage Festival, Kidslinks, Links and Veterans. 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

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 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 new Pennsylvania State Uniform Construction 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.