JACKSON TOWNSHIP NEWS

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Summer, 2007

COME JOIN THE FUN AT HERITAGE FESTIVAL 2007
The Jackson Township Heritage Festival continues to draw more and more people each year. This year will be the 4th year for the Heritage Festival and while the big "draw" continues to be the great entertainment and food, the Festival has plenty more to offer those attending. New this year will be new decorative lighting and electrical facilities throughout Veterans Park allowing activities to continue into the evening hours. In addition there will be continuous entertainment alternating on two stages both Saturday & Sunday. The quality of the entertainment this year is better than ever and is made possible by having a very supportive sponsor base. The Heritage Festival will be held this year on Saturday, July 21 & Sunday, July 22. Kicking off the Festival in a big way this year will be a 18 piece jazz orchestra called Jazz In Your Face who are quite popular around the region so come early for a good seat. They will be playing from noon until 2 pm. From 2 to 3:30 the Irish folk group, Tree will take the stage. Following Tree from 3:30 to 5 will be the Rhinelanders who will entertain the crowd with German traditional music and polkas. From 4 to 8 the Classic Clowns will be on the Festival grounds doing face painting, making balloon animals and just clowning around. Magician & Illusionist John Robertson will take the stage from 5 to 6:30 to entertain young and old alike. Back by popular demand are the Fabulous Flashbacks who will perform from 7 to 11. They were a big hit last year with their Oldies Show and this year will be extra special as they celebrate their 20th anniversary! They have many special surprises planned and those attending are encouraged to dress in the fashions of the 50's to add to the fun! A spectacular Fireworks display will be held at 9:30 as the Flashbacks take a much deserved break. Sunday will begin with a Community Church Service from 10:30 to 11:30 featuring Rev. Tom Smith, evangelist and gospel recording artist who performs throughout the northeastern United States. The Masters who perform gospel music and are based out of Jackson Township will put on a concert from 12-1:30. Beavercreek, a real crowd pleaser will put on an excellent show with Bluegrass Music as they once again take the stage from 2-5. One of their members even won a State Fiddling Championship! Clay Bowser will be returning to the Festival to perform from 5-6:30. Clay plays a wide variety of music and even takes requests. Appearing for the first time will be the polka band, Crusade from Toledo, Ohio. They will be playing from 6:30-9:30 and are led by Eddie Biegaj . The band who are known as the "Bad Boys of Polka" have won many national awards and have made numerous recordings. Come early to get a good seat! Seating will be provided at the Festival but come early. You may even want to bring your own favorite lawn chairs for comfort and to guarantee your seats. There will be plenty of activities for children of all ages. The Cambria County Community Arts Center will be hosting a Children’s Craft Tent on Saturday from 2 to 6 and on Sunday from 2 to 5. This will be for ages 5 through 12. Children will enjoy making their own crafts under the guidance of the Community Arts Center staff. Always a big hit is Big Bouncy Bunch of Fun which will feature a new Atlantis theme this year with an "under the sea" type of atmosphere. A.J. Devlin will be giving hayrides on Saturday from 5 to 8 and on Sunday from 3:30 to 6:30. Jackson Township Boy Scouts Troop 204 will provide a wide variety of games for the young and young-at-heart. Another popular attraction is the elaborate model train display which will be operating in the Senior Center Building. As a new special added attraction, there will be children's games and contests on Saturday & Sunday broken down into 3 age groups, ages 5 to 6, ages 7 to 9 and ages 10 to 12. The games will include Duck-Duck Spray, Tunnel Race, Big Foot, Ice Fishing, Water Balloon Toss, Cats In The Corner, Cream Whistle, Spoon Water Relay, Apple Bobbing, Mirror Throw, Ping Pong Relay, Pasta Trail, Jelly Bean Relay, Clothes Basket Relay, William Tell Race, 3 Legged Race, Wheel Barrow Race, Potato Picker, Pinkie Link and 3 Way String. Saturday's games will go from 2 to 4 and again from 6 to 8. Sunday will feature the most popular games from Saturday from 2 to 5 pm. Kelly Lundren & Kathy Bortz are the game coordinators. For bingo lovers, there will be bingo at the Senior Center each day from 2 to 4. In addition the Jackson Twp. Vol. Fire Company will host their big bingo beginning at 7 pm on Sunday at the Fire Hall. The Nant-Y-Glo Tri Area Historical & Museum Society will have a large display of historical items of local interest in the Senior Center Building. In addition they will be holding their second Photo Exhibit and Contest on Saturday and Sunday of the Festival. An Under 21 Concert will be held on Friday, July 20th with 5 bands performing. The event was very popular last year and this year huge crowds are expected through promotion by word-of-mouth and internet. A MySpace website has been set up for the concert. It is: www.myspace.com/concertatthepark  Wade James, a local youth who has played in numerous bands over the years is organizing the event. . . in fact his band, Migrations will be the headlining group. Two out-of-state bands are also scheduled to perform. They are Urgency from Rochester, New York and Love & Reverie from Richmond, Virginia. Also playing is The Composure from Pittsburgh. There is no concert admission and refreshments will be available. Food will be plentiful this year and no one should go away hungry as there is something for everyone! A sampling of some of the food items this year will include: Apple Dumplings, Bavarian Almonds & Nuts, BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Breakfast Sandwiches, Cake, Chicken Tenders, Chippers, Fresh Brewed Iced Tea, Fresh Cut American Fries, Fresh Fruit Cups, Fresh Squeezed Lemonade, Fried Chicken, Frozen Daiquiris, Funnel Cakes, Gobs, Halushki, Hot Dogs, Hot Sausage Sandwiches, Ice Cream Cones, Ice Cream Sundaes, Italian Ham Spataro Wrap, Kettle Korn, Kielbasa Sandwiches, Loaded Idaho Baked Potatoes, Meatball Sandwiches, Mini-Doughnuts, Nachos & Cheese, Pierogies, Pigs In A Blanket, Pit Smoked Beef Sub, Pit Smoked Ham Sub, Potato Salad, Root Beer Floats, Shaved Ice Sno-Kones, Sloppy Joes and Strawberry Short Cake. Crafts this year will feature bunnies, candles, ceramic crafts, crochet items, dog collar covers, dolls, dried silk flowers, fabric items, fleece blankets, flower arrangements & baskets, framed art, gingerbread dolls, glow necklaces & bracelets, hair & neckware, hand sewn items, homemade dog treats, jewelry, lamps, loom woven rugs, hose holders, magnets, painted wood items, pillows, placemats, pillows, plastic canvas, quilts, scroll saw items, snowmen, steeler items, stoneware, stuffed animals, wall & door swags, wind spinners, wood crafts and yard signs. Other exhibitors will feature a basket raffle, brooms, informational displays, scrapbooking, sports cards and collectibles and sports memorabilia. 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 Waste Management, Amfire Mining and L. Robert Kimball and Associates whom have made sizeable contributions towards the Festival. Other sponsors include Highmark Blue Cross & Blue Shield, Dolan's Welding & Steele, Ameriserv, Askew-Houser Funeral Homes, Conemaugh Health Systems, Martin Marine, Mercik's Ideal Market and Naugle Insurance Agency. Others donating towards this event include Barnes, Saly & Company, C & G Savings Bank, Committee to Re-elect John Wozniak, Cooper Signs, Donald Lecky, First Commonwealth Bank, C & R Service Center, Friends of PJ Stevens & Milan Gjurich, Martin Oil Company, P. Joseph Lehman Engineers, Rose Excavating, Warren Oil, William G. Barbin and Wix Pix Productions. Without the support of these generous businesses, organizations and individuals, this festival would not be possible. There are many expenses including entertainment, tent and chair rental, port-a-johns, electric, advertising, security, activities and more. 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". Come and enjoy the fun, food, free entertainment and fireworks and have a GREAT TIME at the Jackson Heritage Festival!

WANT A BOOTH AT THE FESTIVAL?
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 & Dave Perry at 322-0938.

FESTIVAL VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
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 set up, trash & litter clean-up, helping with children’s games, distributing programs, delivering ice, parking, information booth and 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). 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.

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INFORMATION NEED UPDATED?
If you received this newsletter and your name or address information is incorrect, or if you know of any resident of Jackson Township who didn’t receive it, please call the Township Office at 749-0725.
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YOUTH FAIR SET FOR MITCHELL PARK
The Cambria County Courts and Judge Gerald Long will be sponsoring a Youth Fair at Mitchell Park in Vinco on Tuesday, July 24th 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. A Youth Fair was already held at Leidy Park on June 20th.  The program has been a success for the past eleven years with the help of local police, fire and ambulance departments. 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.

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

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

OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE
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. Another group where participation is encouraged is the Historical Preservation Committee. All letters should be mailed to Jackson Township Supervisors, 513 Pike Road, Johnstown, PA 15909.

POLICE REPORTS
(Submitted by Chief Bob Fatula)
March, 2007
The figures for March were as follows: 911 Calls dispatched to Police: 361. Reportable Part I Crimes: 6 broken down as follows: Larceny-4 and Assaults-2. Reportable Part II Crimes: 28 broken down as follows: DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-10, Vandalism-7, Disorderly Conduct-2, Liquor Violations-2, Public Drunkenness-1, Stolen Property-1 and all others-5. Calls Resulting in Cases: 28, Total Arrestees: 14, Total Victims: 12, DUI Arrests: 10, Traffic Citations: 15, Non-Traffic Citations: 2, Total Warnings: 9.

April, 2007
The figures for April were as follows: 911 Calls dispatched to Police: 366. Reportable Part I Crimes: 8 broken down as follows: Larceny-6 and Assaults-2. Reportable Part II Crimes: 37 broken down as follows: Disorderly Conduct-7, DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-7, Stolen Property-4, Fraud-3, Public Drunkenness-3, Liquor Violations-2, Vandalism-2, Forgery-1 and all others-8. Calls Resulting in Cases: 30, Total Arrestees: 19, Total Victims: 6, DUI Arrests: 7, Traffic Citations: 16, Non-Traffic Citations: 2, Total Warnings: 5.

May, 2007
The figures for May were as follows: 911 Calls dispatched to Police: 280. Reportable Part I Crimes: 11 broken down as follows: Burglaries-7, Larceny-3 and Assaults-1. Reportable Part II Crimes: 11 broken down as follows: DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-2, Vandalism-2, Fraud-1, Stolen Property-1 and all others-5. Calls Resulting in Cases: 27, Total Arrestees: 3, Total Suspects: 5, Total Victims: 11, DUI Arrests: 2, Traffic Citations: 6, Non-Traffic Citations: 2, Total Warnings: 0.

ELLENBERGER APPOINTED TO BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
The Board of Supervisors unanimously appointed Guy Ellenberger of Swigle Mountain Road to complete the remaining term of former Supervisor Bob Stephens who died after fighting a long battle with cancer. Stephens submitted his resignation effective March 31, 2007 after serving over 5 years of a 6 year term which ends in December of this year. Ellenberger is self-employed as a Networking Consultant / Engineer and has helped Jackson Township with computer problems over the past several years as well as serving as a member of the Economic Development Committee. We thank Guy for helping out until the end of the year. After December 31st, the winner of the Primary Election will begin serving a 6 year term beginning in 2008.

2nd ANNUAL FISHING DERBY ATTRACTS LARGE CROWD
The 2nd Annual Jackson Township Fishing Derby was held on Saturday, May 5th and was an overwhelming success according to Ed Westrick, President of the Jackson Township Community Rod & Gun Club who co-sponsored the event with the Jackson Township Recreation Commission. The weather cooperated and 137 children under the age of 12 registered which was nearly 3 times the amount last year. The Derby this year was held at Woodland Park Campground just off of Route 22 across the Jackson Township line. Special trophies and accompanying prizes were given out to Kassandra Henry for the first fish caught and the 2nd biggest fish caught. Nick Pagano was honored for the biggest fish caught. Pollyanna Schilling was awarded for the 1st gold trout while Madison Green won for the first child to catch their limit of 3 trout. Prizes were awarded every 15 minutes during the Derby which began at 9 and went until 3 pm. All prizes were worth at least $15 or greater. In addition a $50.00 savings bond was given away and that prize went to Tanner Gaunt. Businesses, organizations and individuals that contributed towards the Fishing Derby included: Amfire Mining, Aurandt Motors, Best Way Pizza, Big Stone Inn, Chickaree Ridgerunners Snowmobile Club, Conrad Auto, Crossroads Restaurant, David Somogyi, Dolan’s Welding & Steel Fabrication, Dorothy Ford, Dr. Don Leckey, Ebensburg Hunting & Fishing, Espe Chiropractic, First Commonwealth Bank, Gilkey’s Pools, Jackson Township Supervisors, Mercik’s Ideal Market, Michael Globin, PBF Online Billing, Sheetz, The Right Cut, The Tire Outlet, Valewood Dairy, Virginia Sidor Beauty Shop, Waste Management and Wyse Cemetery Memorials.  The Jackson Township Community Rod & Gun Club along with the Township would like to thank all of the businesses and individuals who donated to the Fishing Derby. A special thank you goes out to Wally Vorhauer, owner of Woodland Park Campground for agreeing to host the event. In addition, the Jackson Township Supervisors would like to commend the Jackson Township Community Rod & Gun Club for a job well done!

ROAD PROJECTS SCHEDULED
Jackson Township completed a road inspection of Jackson Township Roads this Spring and several road projects are scheduled for completion this Summer. The low seal coating bid received was from New Enterprise Stone & Lime. Paving this year will be done by the Jackson Township Road Crew as doing our own paving has become more cost effective due to the rising price of oil. Jackson in a joint effort with Cambria Township was awarded a Shared Municipal Services Grant of $25,000 towards the purchase of a new paving machine for the amount of $107,786 with Jackson’s portion after the grant being $28,893. The Jackson Township Road Crew are busy doing preparation work for the paving and chipping projects as well as other needed maintenance work including drainage, berm and shoulder work. Paving projects are being considered but nothing definite has been determined in that area at this time. In addition, JARI has requested bids for the paving for Pennzoil Drive through a $50,000. grant from State Senator John Wozniaks office. Roads scheduled to be seal coated (tar & chipped) are: Adams Avenue from Rt. 271 to Harmony Drive, Blackburn Road from Harmony Drive to Kepple Road, Bracken Street from Rt. 271 to Rt. 271, Brazil Lane from Rosebranch Street to Jude Drive, Courter Avenue from Rt. 271 to Harmony Drive, Dry Run Street from Leidy Lane to Warrior Street, Fir Street from Balsam Street to Balsam Street, Harmony Drive from Route 271 to Route 271, Kissell Lane from Rosebranch Street to Brazil Lane, Pike Road East from Swigle Mountain Road to Route 22, Pine Lock Street from Ogden Street to Stagers Road, Shepard Street from Rosebranch Street to Mitchell Park, Thomas Street from Adams Avenue to end, Trout Street from Leidy Lane to Warrior Street and  Warrior Street from Coyote Street 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.

CAMBRIA COUNTY CONSERVATION DISTRICT PRESENTS AWARD TO
Jackson Township was pleased to learn that the Cambria County Conservation District selected Jackson Township as the recipient of a 2006 Erosion & Sedimentation Pollution Control Award. The award was presented to the Supervisors at the Conservation District’s Annual Banquet held on May 16th at the Carrolltown Fire Hall. Mr. Rob Piper, District Manager presented the award to Jackson which recognized the successful completion of the Vinco Stream Bank Stabilization Project.  Work was completed on the Project by Earth Shapers, low bidder, at a cost of $54,260.in 2006. The Project was designed to alleviate flooding problems which have occurred along the stream for many years during heavy rains. The stream takes a lot of water run off not only from the immediate area but also from the entire village of Vinco. The Cambria County Conservation District designed the Project and several easements had to be obtained from local property owners for the Project to happen. This is a great example of everyone working together for the common good of the Community.

CENTRAL CAMBRIA COALITION
Members of the Central Cambria Coalition continue to work together for the betterment of the entire Region as well as sharing equipment and services to reduce costs. In a little over a year’s time, the Coalition communities have received nearly $100,000. in grants. These include a $25,000. Grant to Jackson & Cambria Townships for a Paving Machine, another $25,000. Grant to Cambria Township & Ebensburg Borough for a Street Sweeper and a $42,500. Grant to Jackson, Cambria & Ebensburg for the development of a Regional Comprehensive Plan. The Coalition is currently looking at purchasing a heated asphalt hauler to assist in making repairs to paved surfaces. All three municipalities are interested in the new equipment and the Coalition would apply for a Shared Municipal Services Grant.  The Regional Comprehensive Planning process has begun under the direction of Richard Sutter & Associates of Hollidaysburg. The Regional Plan will serve as a guide to the future for the three communities who share the Route 22 Corridor which is projected to have more growth than any other area in Cambria County. The study will examine many areas including transportation, economy and job creation, housing, land development, sewage and water, environment, population, emergency services, education, recreation and more. A Multi-Municipal Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee has been formed comprised of 9 members, 3 from each municipality. Members of the Committee are: Paul Balough (Cambria Township), Richard Barber (Ebensburg Borough), Dave Bracken (Jackson Township), Dave Hoover (Cambria Township), Gerald Hoover (Cambria Township), Don Knopsnyder (Jackson Township), Charlie Moyer (Ebensburg Borough), Doug Tusing (Ebensburg Borough) and Paul Wyrwas (Jackson Township). The total cost of the project is $85,000. but Jackson’s portion will only be $7,500. being that Jackson’s Comprehensive Plan was just completed and adopted in September of 2006. The development of sewer lines along Route 22 and surrounding areas continues to move forward. Keller Engineers, who recently completed a study for the Coalition, recommended that the Coalition communities work with the PaDEP to make sure all environmental regulations are met and once that is done, then explore funding possibilities. In the area of recreation, the Coalition should soon have a Recreation Map of the Central Cambria area showing all the recreational facilities in the area as well as featuring recreation contact information. The map is being produced by Municipal Publications of Home, PA and is paid for entirely by ads placed by 26 businesses. As soon as the map is proofed, it will be published and made available at various public buildings, businesses and facilities that make up the Coalition area. After much discussion and a feasibility study completed, the idea of a Regional Police Force is tabled at this time with Cambria Township deciding not to participate. The study will still prove to be a valuable resource for the future should the need arise to consolidate services. Other areas of discussion involve windmills, methane and gas drilling, traffic studies, Ebensburg Airport, County Communications System and additional sharing of equipment and services where it economically makes sense to do so.

CAMBRIA CO. LIBRARY BOOK MOBILE RETURNS TO JACKSON
The Johnstown Cambria County Library Book Mobile will once again be returning to Jackson Township. According to Trudy Myers representing the Library, the Jackson stop will be only through the summer but if successful, a year-round stop will be considered. The Book Mobile will be at the Jackson Township Senior Center on the following dates:

Thursday July 12 1:45 - 2:45 pm
Thursday August 2 1:45 - 2:45 pm
Thursday August 16 1:45 - 2:45 pm
Thursday August 30 1:45 - 2:45 pm

According to Frank Singel, the Book Mobile used to stop at the Center and was very well received. This is a great convenience for residents with the Library literally coming to their front door. It is hoped that the Book Mobile will be used by residents of all ages.

CAMBRIA COUNTY DEVELOPING COMMUNICATIONS NETWORK
The Cambria County Commissioners unveiled a $10 million Wireless Telecommunications System that will provide high-speed voice, video and data capabilities countywide. The new system will not only upgrade Cambria’s 911 system and police, ambulance and fire communications but will also be made available for a fee to businesses, industry, schools, universities and residents. The Commissioners agreed to borrow $10 million for the Project through the County’s General Financing Authority, with the money to be repaid over 15 years. The money is being borrowed from M & T Bank at a fixed 4.244 percent interest rate with the first payment of $911,216. Being due January 1, 2008. About half of the money will be spent to upgrade the Cambria 911 Center with the balance being used to implement the wireless information highway reaching every corner of the County. After 3 years of implementation, the County expects to be generating about $225,000. In revenue a month or $2.3 million a year from user fees. Residents who wish to use the service when it’s up and running would have to go through service providers to get into the network. The new system means that there will no longer be any "dead spots" in communications in any area of Cambria County. Another benefit will be in the area of economic development and job creation. To many companies looking at sites, the appeal of the hi-tech wireless system is very attractive. According to P. J. Stevens, Commissioner, "Communications infrastructure is critical to growth and prosperity". Cambria County is the first County in the Pennsylvania to inaugurate such a system. This was made possible after Verizon, which by State law had the right to operate a system in Cambria, decided not to launch a wireless network. By the end of 2007, the network should be operational and made available to the public.

YOUTHS EARN SCHOLARSHIP FROM NEWLY FORMED COMMITTEE
The newly formed Jackson Township Scholarship Committee awarded two $500.00 scholarships to two deserving Central Cambria Seniors from Jackson Township. Congratulations go out to Anna Bernat and Logan Gray on being the recipients of the first ever scholarships to be awarded by the newly formed Committee. The Committee is comprised of Kathy Bortz, Dave Cobaugh, Deana Deetscreek and John Letizia and was formed after the community-oriented group, Neighbors Who Care, came up with the idea. The Committee is already planning for next year and will be soliciting donations from the business community, organizations and from successful graduates from Central Cambria who wish to give something back to the School District and Jackson Township students. It is hoped that citizens of Jackson Township will come forward to offer a scholarship in their name or as a legacy in their parents name. The donating party can choose the criteria for the scholarship awarded. Smaller donations will be pooled and the Jackson Township Scholarship Committee in cooperation with the Central Cambria Scholarship Committee will choose the criteria. Donations are tax deductible. Ms. Susan Dixon, Chairperson of the CC Scholarship Committee and a guidance counselor at the High School encourages any interested Jackson Township Seniors / Students to apply for the scholarships by requesting a form from the guidance office. Any additional information needed can be obtained from the Scholarship Committee members by calling: 

Kathy Bortz 322-3154
Dave Cobaugh 322-4512
Deana Deetscreek 322-3503
John Letizia 535-2278

JACKSON STUDENTS EXCEL AT CEN. CAM. AWARDS ASSEMBLY
An Awards Assembly was held on May 24th at Central Cambria High School and many students from Jackson Township took home awards, honors and scholarships. Here are some of the achievers from Jackson Township:

Allen Averi - Nate Morris Outstanding Wrestling Scholarship, Red Devil Wrestling Scholarship
Danielle Baker - Ann C. Buffoni Kovaleskie Community Service Scholarship, 4 Year Perfect Attendance Award
Anna Bernat - Jackson Twp. Female Academic Scholarship, Math Award, Spanish Award, Air Force Math & Science Award
Lauren DiBacco - Challenge Program Class Community Service Award
Amanda Brown  - Social Studies Award
Dana Cooper - Music Award, Marine Semper Fidelis for Musical Excellence Award
Richard Evans - Air Force Technology Education Award
Chelsea Fris - President’s Student Service Moose Lodge 681 Scholarship, DAR Good Citizens Award, 4 Year Perfect Attendance Award
Rosemary Gallo - 4 Year Perfect Attendance Award
Kayla Gilkey - Challenge Program Class Community Service Award
Logan Gray - Jackson Twp. Male Academic Scholarship, Tribune-Democrat Award
Lindsey James - Challenge Program Class Most Improved Awards, Air Force Technology Education Award
Mandie Jenkins - Jackson Twp. Lions Club Award
Mike Laskowski - Physical Education Award - Male
Kaitlyn Marhefka - Aaron Rusin Memorial Female Scholarship
Marya Markovich - Army Scholar Athlete Award
Courtney Revesz - Red Cross MS Blood Drive Scholarship
Earl Springer - Air Force Technology Education Award
Kenneth Wagner - Challenge Program Class Attendance Award, 4 Year Perfect Attendance Award

If you see one of these individuals, be sure to congratulate them on their achievements.

FIRE COMPANY NEWS & EVENTS
The Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Company is well on their way towards the purchase of a new Fire Engine ordered from 4 Guys Stainless Steel Fire Trucks of Meyersdale. With a combination of a insurance settlement from a previously damaged truck in an accident, fundraisers and donations they now have $270,000 towards the total cost of the $425,000. needed for the new vehicle. The Fire company would like to thank all of the individuals, groups and businesses that contributed to the Fire Engine Fund. If anyone would like to make a contribution you can do so by stopping at the Fire Hall in Vinco or by calling 322-3155.  Thanks go out to everyone who supported the Jackson Fireman’s Festival Weekend. One of the highlights was the 3rd Annual Aaron Rusin Battle of the Barrel. Aaron was a firefighter who was killed in action while serving in Iraq. Funds raised from this charitable event go towards the Aaron Rusin Scholarship Fund. The Fire Company would like to remind everyone that Ambulance Memberships will be mailed out in late July or early August and are due in September. This is unrelated to the Annual Fund Drive that took place in June. They also greatly appreciate all of the residents for their continued support. This year the Fund Drive took three days to complete. During the Fund Drive this year, there were lanes and roads that the fire trucks had a hard time getting through. Please take a look at your driveway or lane and see if you need to cut limbs and trees away or down. It is important that fire trucks are able to get through to your home in the case of an emergency. An Archery Raffle will be held at the Fire Hall on Saturday, Sept. 15th. For tickets, call 322-3155 and leave a message. Once again this year a booth will be set up at the Cambria Fair where volunteers will sell tickets for their Annual Turkey Raffle which will be held in November. Many people look forward to purchasing the tickets with multiple prizes on it donated from area businesses and residents. If you are interested in donating a prize to have your business or name listed on the ticket, please contact the Fire Company at 322-3155. 911 Address Numbers are available at the Fire Hall if you need them for your home or business. They are reflective and available in black and white. Mounting plates are also available. All items are free of charge. It is important that your home or business be numbered. In the event of an emergency, every second counts.

SENIOR CENTER NEWS
The Senior Center has several upcoming events they would like to announce. Lisa McMurray, RN from Community Nursing & Home Health will be at the Center on July 12th at 11 am to speak on a variety of topics related to home health services. In addition, someone from the agency will be at the Center every third Tuesday of the month to give blood pressure screenings prior to lunch. A 55 Alive Drivers Training for seniors age 55 or older will be held on August 2nd & 3rd. Cost is $10.00 and you must register by July 19th. In most cases you will receive a discount on your insurance for having attended the program. On Saturday, October 27th Conemaugh Health will hold a Community Blood Screening from 7 to 9 am. This is a complete Multiphasic Blood Screen with Lipid Profile. After July 31, you can call 322-3327 to schedule an appointment. Cost is $25.00. For more information or to schedule an appointment for any of the above events, contact the Senior Center at 322-3327.  Every Thursday at 1:00 pm, the Center is showing an afternoon movie donated by All the Right Movies. Members are welcome to take time to relax and enjoy a current movie in the Community Room on the Center's large screen TV. If you are in need of work, age 55 or over and qualify within the set income levels, you may be eligible for the Senior Community Employment Program Service. For more information on the program, contact the local National Council on Aging Senior Employment Program in Johnstown at 536-0691. The Silver Sneakers Program is still going strong with over 50 individuals taking advantage of the program. Anyone who is a Medicare-eligible member of Highmark or Blue Cross-Blue Shield can participate. A new class will be held once a week called Yoga Stretch. For more information, contact the Senior Center at 322-3327. This year, the Center will once again host the Cambria County Senior Games Horseshoe Tournament. This is part of the 2007 Cambria County Senior Games. Last year over 75 people came to participate or observe the Horseshoe Tournament. If you are interested in registering for the Senior Games, you may contact the Center at 322-3327. The Center has many special weekly events for the membership including lunch 3 times a week, parties, bingo, knitting, line dancing, weekly Pinochle Party, speakers and events on health issues concerning the aged population, monthly blood pressure screenings, weekly movies, ceramics, computer use with high-speed internet access, beginners computer classes and a exercise room with 11 machines available. In addition there are monthly CamTram bus trips to different shopping areas in Westmoreland, Indiana, Blair, Somerset and Cambria Counties.  Anyone interested in visiting or taking a quick tour of the Center is invited to stop in. Membership offered to those age 50 and older is constantly growing and is only $10.00 a year. The Center opened on May 10, 1998 and have just recently issued their 670th 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
Along with the Jackson Township Water Authority, the Jackson - East Taylor Sewer Authority has purchased a new billing software from Fineline called UBPro. Since the old billing software was a DOS operating system and ten years old, the Authority decided it was time to purchase a Windows based compatible billing software. The Authority is hoping to have the new bills ready to be mailed out for the August 1, 2007 billing cycle. Since both Authorities will have the same billing software, if the need would ever arise, they would be able to help each other out. The PaDEP has notified the Authority that Brian Daughenbaugh and Nancy Oleksa have been certified as Wastewater System Operators. Congratulations to both Brian & Nancy. JETSA is still working on the right-of-way easements for the Cherrywood / Brazil Lane Sewer Project. The following is a schedule of the Project assuming that PaDEP approves the Act 537 Plan Amendment by the end of June, 2007.

Milestone Date
Act 537 approved June, 2007
PaDEP Permits approved July, 2007
Pennvest Application Revision submitted July, 2007
Pennvest funding cut-off August 28, 2007
Pennvest Board Meeting Oct. 23, 2007
File Condemnation Notices Nov.-Dec., 2007
Project Bidding Nov. 5, 2007
Project Bid Opening Dec. 13, 2007
Pennvest Loan Closing
(All Right-Of-Ways must be in hand) Feb, 2008
Begin Construction March, 2008
Complete Construction Oct., 2008

WATER AUTHORITY NEWS
The Jackson Township Water Authority along with the Jackson - East Taylor Sewer Authority have both purchased new billing programs from Fineline Services. Through the joint purchasing effort, both Authorities were able to receive a major discount on the program. Also by both Authorities using the same software, each could help the other out if there would ever be a need to do so. Within the next month or so, the Water Authority should have the new system up and running. Customer billing cards will be shaded blue and with more detailed information than before. The new program will allow the Water Authority far more flexibility than the old DOS system. Concerning the Ogden Road Water Line, the Water Authority is currently in the process of purchasing the meter and meter pit required by the Ebensburg Municipal Authority to tap into their Salt Lick Water Line at the Ogden Road Extension. Once more information is available, JTWA will notify all concerned. With the summer season upon us, the Jackson Twp. Water Authority would like to stress the issue of water conservation. Here are some great water saving tips for outside the home:

Water Saving Tips Outside the Home
Use a broom, not a hose, to clean driveways, steps and sidewalks.
Wash the car with water from a bucket. If a hose is used, control the flow with an automatic shut off nozzle.
Water the lawn only when needed. If grass does not spring back after walking on it, it probably needs water.
Water the lawn or garden during the coolest part of the day. Do not water on windy days.
Set sprinklers to water the lawn or garden only. Do not water the street or sidewalk.
Use soaker hoses and trickle irrigation systems to reduce the amount of water used for irrigation by 20 to 50 percent.
Use mulch around shrubs and garden plants to reduce evaporation from the soil surface and cut down on weed growth.
In landscaping, use native plants that require less care and water than ornamental varieties.
Cover the swimming pool to prevent evaporation.
Adjust the lawn mower to a higher setting to provide natural ground shade and to promote water retention by the soil.

FARMERS MARKET??
The Jackson Township Economic Development Committee is interested in knowing if anyone would be interested in participating in a Farmers Market during the summer-fall months. This could be anything from produce to baked goods to jellies or even hand made crafts. If enough people are interested, the Township would provide free space and promotion. Starting time for the Market would be at 10 am on Saturdays. If you are interested in participating in such an event, please contact the Township at 749-0725.

OTHER JACKSON TWP. NEWS
~Who’s New Around the Township
We would like to welcome those who have been recently appointed or hired by Jackson Township. Guy Ellenberger has been appointed to the position of Township Supervisor to fulfill the remaining term of Bob Stephens who recently passed away. Mark Croft was appointed to serve as Assistant Emergency Management Coordinator for Jackson Township. Mark will assist Chris Fedora as well as act as Emergency Management Coordinator in the event of Chris’s Absence. Two new Part-Time Police Officers were hired. They are Shaun Gregory and Michael Jacobs. During the last three months, several Part-Time Police Officers resigned due to a wide variety of personal reasons. They are Jeremy Scislowicz, Josh Smail, Devon Tarner, Mark Westrick and Scott Zelek..

~Primary Election Results for Twp. Supervisor
This year, residents from Jackson Township had a wide array of candidates to choose from in the Primary Election for the next Township Supervisor. The position begins January 1, 2008 and is a six year term. The 5 qualified candidates included 2 former Township Supervisors, a Township Manager, a road worker and a member of the Water Authority. Results from the Primary Election show George Cooper winning on the Democratic ticket with 62% of the vote and John A. Wallet on the Republican ticket with 53.7%. The two candidates will face each other in the General Election to be held in November. Congratulations to both winners and be sure to vote in the General Election on November 6th.

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

~Glass Recycling Update
The Cambria County Solid Waste Authority no longer collects clear glass for recycling at their blue collection bins located at the Municipal Building in Mundys Corner. The reason for the change is that the clear glass recycling bin often gets contaminated by other non-clear glass items thrown into the bin. Also they say that there is less demand for clear glass recycling these days as more and more consumable goods come in plastic containers. The clear glass bin was replaced with an additional plastic bin to accommodate the growing amount of plastic containers being used. If you still wish to recycle clear glass, the green bin which is owned by Jackson Township in the Municipal Building parking lot has a bin available for you to use.

~Many Turn Out To Honor Vets
The weather cooperated in attracting a nice turnout of over 125 to the annual Memorial Day Ceremony held at Veterans Park in Vinco. Captain Blaze McCombie of the Pennsylvania National Guard gave the address. Capt. McCombie served in Iraq and is a teacher for Central Cambria. Other participants in the ceremony included the Johnstown VFW Post 155 Honor Rifle Team, Jackson Township Troop 204 Boy Scouts & Cub Scouts, Father Paul Robine of St. John Vianney's Church and Corey Shirk, a freshman at Central Cambria High School who sang the National Anthem and "There You'll Be" from the movie Pearl Harbor. Special thanks go out to Frank Singel who spent much time organizing the event and also acted as Master of Ceremonies.

~New Bleachers Purchased for Leidy
Two new sets of galvanized aluminum bleachers have been purchased for Leidy Park now that several sports teams and leagues are using the facilities. The new bleachers will be placed at the ball field with the old wooden ones currently there being moved down to the multi-purpose field which is currently being used by the Central Cambria High School Soccer Team and the Central Cambria McMidget Football League. The new bleachers were purchased at a cost of $3,033.70 on the COSTARS State Purchasing Program from Playground Concepts of Pittsburgh.

~Senior Center Parking Lot Project
A contract was signed with LTM Paving of Hollsopple to seal-coat the Senior Center parking lot at a cost of $3,586. The agreement includes crack sealing on approximately 520 feet of the severest pavement cracks. After the cracks are sealed, a double treatment of sealer will be applied.

~CDBG Funds Designated For Loraine Road
The Board of Supervisors voted to designate this year’s Community Development Block Grant Funds totaling $108,622. towards the construction of a sanitary sewer line along Loraine Road. Larry Custer, Executive Director of the Cambria County Redevelopment Authority who administers the CDBG Funds estimated that such a line would involve about 3 years of designating CDBG monies. The proposed new line would pick up about 20 homes, many with malfunctioning septic systems. This year’s allocation will be used for design work and initiating some of the exploration activities that need to be done.

~Penelec Area Outdoor Lighting Concerns
If you have a Dusk-to-Dawn light in your yard, you probably have received a letter from Penelec stating that Penelec may elect to offer ownership of the pole and fixture (purchase) and if you do not accept the offer, the light and pole will be removed. Keep in mind that the letter states this will happen in 2012 which is several years away so there is no need to have immediate concern. Also the Federal Energy Act of 2005 eliminates the manufacturing of Mercury Vapor Fixtures (white lights) so the letter goes on to say Penelec will no longer repair or replace those fixtures and in the event of a failure, they will remove the faulty fixture and stop billing for the light. Sodium Vapor Fixtures (yellow lights) will be replaced if necessary only until the year 2012. If you have concerns over the letter, they should be addressed to Penelec or the Public Utility Commission. If you are an REA customer, you are not affected.

~Recreation On The Move
The Jackson Township Recreation Commission just completed it's third sponsored bus trip this year to Baltimore Inner Harbor. The trips were very well received. In April a trip was held with one bus going to the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington DC. In May, two buses attended a trip to the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington DC.and recently two buses to Baltimore Inner-Harbor. The trips were coordinated and planned by Kelly Lundgren, an Americorps worker assistant the Recreation Commission. All trips were only $25. which is a real bargain considering the price of gas these days. If you would be interested in future trips, we would welcome your suggestions on locations, events or places you'd like to go. If you have any ideas, please jot them down and mail them to: Jackson Township Recreation Commission, 513 Pike Road, Johnstown, PA. 15909.

~Wagner / Chickaree Hill Water Project Update
Jackson Township was notified at the end of 2006 that the Wagner Road Water Project was awarded $500,000. in Competitive Community Development Block Grant Funds. Work will begin on the Wagner Road portion first as engineering work has been completed. The Project has been put out for bid and construction should begin in September. Engineering work will also begin on the Chickaree Hill Road portion of the Project which involves about 12 homes.

~Tri-Area Historical Society Building Update
The Historical Society is continuing to make improvements to a building they recently purchased for a permanent museum where historical artifacts and documents can be displayed that represent the history of Nanty Glo, Jackson Twp, Blacklick Twp. and Vintondale Borough. Bids were received for acid cleaning the historic Liberty Theater Building, removing tar and paint from the outside and pressure cleaning the building. Bids ranged from $4,000. to $21,000. In addition, tuckpoint or repointing of the mortar may be done by Community Service Workers to save money. The Nanty Glo Fire Company also volunteered to hose down the building after the cleaning solutions are applied for a small donation. In addition to exterior work, much cleaning and work has been done on the inside of the building as well.

~Several Groups To Use Leidy Fields
Several groups plan on using Leidy Parks mutli-purpose field. The Central Cambria McMidget Football League plans on having practice there Monday through Friday from August 1st through October. In addition the Central Cambria High School Soccer Team will be practicing there from June through August 10th. Both teams have many participants who reside in Jackson Township. In addition, East-Taylor Jackson Little League has been using Leidy as a backup facility for some practices and games if necessary. ETJ has also started maintaining Leidy field this year in addition to the ones they already maintain at Mitchell Park.

~Supervisors Approve Contribution
The Board of Supervisors approved a contribution of $500 towards the purchase of safety equipment to be used by the Central Cambria McMidget Football League. As in the past, the Board supports those groups who are using Township Parks for games and practices.

~Fence Crown Protection Added At Parks
The Jackson Township Recreation Commission recommended that "Fence Crown" be installed at both Mitchell & Leidy Ball Fields and Playgrounds. The fence crown installed looks like yellow plastic tubing and it covers the sharp edges of the chain link fences. The Recreation Commission along with East Taylor-Jackson Little League volunteers installed the fence crown with a special tool and ties that keep it securely fastened to the fence.

~DCNR Recognizes Master Recreation Plan
The Department of Conservation & Natural Resources chose Jackson Township’s Master Recreation, Parks & Open Space Plan as one of three "model projects" which will be recognized in DCNR Training Material handed out at workshops throughout the State of Pennsylvania this year. The Board of Supervisors officially adopted the Master Recreation, Parks & Open Space Plan as the official document and recreation plan for Jackson Township. The Plan was created by Pashek Associates of Pittsburgh with much public input. This allowed the closing out of a grant Jackson had previously received for $25,000. from the DCNR. Jackson has now applied for the remainder of the grant money and will be receiving the final payment.

~Route 22 Reconstruction Project Update
The Route 22 Reconstruction Project is winding down to a close although there is some remaining work to be done. The major item of course is the final paving. Other items are mostly finishing work and include re-seeding, drainage, line painting, signs, reflective markers and addressing concerns of some property owners along the new route. Lighting has been installed by Dixon Electric on three jug-handles (turn arounds) as well as the Route 271 Interchange.

~Jackson Recommended for $25,000 Grant
Through the efforts of Pennsylvania State Representative Tom Yewcic, Jackson Township's Veteran Park Lighting & Electrical Project is recommended for a $25,000. Grant. Notification came from the PA Department of Community & Economic Development and official funding is likely after a preliminary review is completed. Veterans Park was previously awarded a grant for $45,000. also through the efforts of Representative Yewcic.

~Luther P. Miller Awarded Fuel Bid
Luther P. Miller was the lone bidder for this year’s Heating Oil, Regular No Lead Gas and Diesel Fuel. Six bid packages were sent out but only Luther P. Miller replied. The price was .12 cents above the OPIS average. OPIS stands for "Oil Price Information Service"

~Board Approves Emergency Services Mutual Aid Agreement
The Board of Supervisors approved an agreement proposed by Cambria County Emergency Management. Each municipality in the County was asked to pass such an agreement which allows for municipalities to assist one another in times of emergency as directed by Cambria County. The agreement applies to the occurrence or threat of a manmade, natural or war-caused disaster. It covers distribution of materials, staffing, equipment and many other pertinent items that are critical in the event of such an emergency.

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

~Ordinances Amended
Several Jackson Township Ordinances were recently amended. Ordinance 148 amended Ordinance 131 and expands the circumstances under which sewage holding tanks may be allowed for temporary camping facilities. The basic change was to expand the number of days of usage to 5 days in a one month period from the previously 2 consecutive 24 hour days in a 1 month time period. In addition, Ordinance # 149 amended Zoning Ordinance # 118 to cover various miscellaneous items. One item is providing new definitions of campgrounds, campsite, camping structure and no-impact home business. Another item includes permitting no-impact home businesses in all Residential Districts. Other items being addressed includes Permitting campgrounds as a Special Exception in the Agricultural & Conservancy Districts, Permitting crematoriums with commercially manufactured incinerators in the Industrial District, Permitting private game preserves as a Special Exception in the Agricultural District and providing special provisions for signs along the Route 22 Corridor.

~Cambria County Christian School Signals
Some of you may be wondering why the flashing school zone signals on Pike Road have not yet been installed. There was a delay by the contractor Tel-Power out of Hollidaysburg, but a one call has been placed and they are scheduled to be installed and will be in working operation for the start of the 2007-2008 school year.

~Leidy Playground Improvements
Through the efforts of Larry Custer and the Cambria County Redevelopment Authority, about $30,000. of improvements will be made to the Leidy Park Playground. This will include site preparation, excavation, grading, installation of a Play Activity Zone with wood edging, crushed aggregate and geotextile fabric as well as a concrete paved walkway and other various amenities. This is made possible through Community Development Block Grants. Five other communities will get similar playgrounds as part of the Multi-Municipal Grant. They include Ashville Borough, Daisytown Borough, Lorain Borough, Blacklick Township and West Carroll Township. Snyder Excavating of Jackson Township was the low bidder for installation of the new area.

~Safety Improvements On The Way
Several projects are either completed or underway to improve safety at various Township facilities and locations. Penelec has been authorized by the Board of Supervisors to begin the process of moving 2 utility poles off of Adams Avenue onto private property where an easement has been obtained. The poles are located between Vinco and Devlin's Hill. The cost of moving the two poles was $7,899.63 which Jackson agreed to pay Penelec before any work could begin. Sensors were recently installed on the automatic doors at the entrance to the Senior Center. Eastern Door Controls of North Huntingdon did the installation at a cost of $2,150. The sensors will provide an extra level of safety. Bids will be solicited on a new Steel Handicapped Ramp to replace the crumbling concrete one located on the upper end of the Senior Center Building. Although the current ramp is still structurally safe, it is deteriorated to the point where it will need replaced. A steel ramp should last well into the future.

~Miscellaneous Materials Bids
The Board of Supervisors awarded Grannas Brothers a contract for miscellaneous stone and antiskid for the coming year. Grannas Brothers came in as the low bidder on each individual item. Concerning paving materials, the Board opted to go with the Pennsylvania State Contract rather than accepting any bids on those items.

~Tour de Toona Coming to Jackson!
The Tour de Toona International Bicycle Race will be coming to Jackson Township this year! Sometime during the week of July 23 through July 29 a race will be scheduled beginning at the Waste Management's Laurel Highlands Site. The route will be as follows:

Chickaree Hill Road (SR 3045)
US 22 East
Route 271 South
Mineral Point Road (SR 3030)
Beech Hill Road (SR 3035)
Clapboard Run Road (SR 3026)
Solomon Run Road (SR 3033)
Mt. Airy Drive
Naugle Drive
Fifty Acre Road
Graham Avenue
Main Street (SR 3015)
Locust Street (SR 3015)
Eisenhower Boulevard (SR 3006)
State Route 4041
PA Route 403 South
State Route 4039
PA Route 601 North
State Route 1031
PA Route 160 South
Waste Management Road

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

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

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

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

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 don’t catch the edge of the driveway. When a driveway enters onto a Township road, a safe sight distance is also very important. PennDOT requires permits for driveways entering onto State roads within the Township.

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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