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Summer, 2008

The Jackson Township Heritage Festival continues to draw more and more people each year. This year will be the 5th anniversary 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 a Car Cruise-In and Petting Zoo from the Living Treasures Animal Park. One of the highlights of the Festival is the 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 19 & Sunday, July 20. Kicking off the Festival this year from noon to 1:30 will be Tree, an Irish folk music group from Johnstown. Those who seen Tree last year really enjoyed their performance which even included playing the washboard! Following Tree will be The Jerry Intihar Band who will play from 1:30 to 3. Jerry has appeared with many polka greats including Frankie Yankovic, the polka king. From 3 - 5, an 18 piece Jazz Orchestra called "Jazz In Your Face" featuring outstanding musicians from throughout the Johnstown area will grace the stage. From 5 to 6:30 John Robertson will be returning to do a brand new magic & illusion show. His show is geared for young and old alike and he has a great way of encouraging audience participation. The Fabulous Flashbacks, a regular at the Festival will be returning from 7 to 11 pm to pack the house with their famous oldies show. Back by popular demand, a spectacular fireworks display is planned at 9:30 pm. Sunday will begin with a Bluegrass Gospel Concert featuring The Dively Family from New Enterprise, PA. This will be their first appearance at the Heritage Festival. The Masters who are based in Jackson Township will return to play from noon to 1:30 pm to perform their awesome style of Southern Gospel music. Also returning from 1:30 to 4:30 is Beavercreek, a real crowd pleaser who put on an excellent show with their own brand of Bluegrass Music. Clay Bowser will be back to entertain from 5 to 6:30. Clay plays a wide variety of music and even takes requests from the audience. New this year will be NoMAD (North of Mason & Dixon) who are considered Pittsburgh's hottest country band. NoMAD will play from 6 to 9 and are sure to entertain. They have opened up for many of the most popular country entertainers including Brooks & Dunn, Toby Keith and Rascal Flatts. They released their debut CD called "Born and Raised" and their first two singles have charted nationally in the top 100. In addition, they have appeared on several nationally syndicated radio shows and are destined for future fame in the country music business. 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 3 to 7 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. The Classic Clowns will be returning on Saturday from 6 - 8 pm. They will have 6 clowns who will create balloon animals and do face painting. Always a big hit is Big Bouncy Bunch of Fun which will feature a Alligator where kids can jump the day away! A.J. Devlin will be giving hayrides on Saturday from 5 to 8 and on Sunday from 3:00 to 6:30. Jackson Township Boy Scouts Troop 204 will provide a wide variety of games for the young and young-at-heart while the Benshoff Hill 4-H Club will be hosting a coloring contest. Another popular attraction is the elaborate model train display which will be operating in the Senior Center Building. The Living Treasures Animal Park will bring in their petting zoo this year which will feature llamas, goats, sheep, ducks, turtles and a miniature horse or donkey. This attraction is free and if children wish to feed the animals, they can obtain feed for 25 cents from a machine that will be provided. Also returning this year will be a complete children's games and contests program on Saturday & Sunday broken down into age groups. The games will include Bobbing for Apples, Duck-Duck Spray, Ice Fishing, Clothes Basket Relay, Clothes Line, Pasta Trail, Ping Pong Relay, Marble Relay, Mirror Throw, Spoon Water Relay, Big Foot and the William Tell Race. 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 will be the Children's Coordinator for the games. Last year everyone had a blast so invite all the kids you know to come and join the fun! 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 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. Another feature this year will be the display of the original quilt from the Jesus Saves or Chickaree Union Church congregation. The Pennsylvania Game Commission is planning on having an exhibit trailer on hand at the Festival this year. Also returning this year is the 2nd Annual Cutest Baby Contest. This contest was wildly popular last year with 20 entries and over 1500 votes placed during the Festival! To enter the contest, you need to submit a 5 x 7 photo of the baby you'd like to enter. Any child 2 and under from Jackson Township can be eligible to win one of three prizes which are Savings Bonds in the amounts of $100, $75 and $50. Another activity new this year will be a Tractor Show coordinated by Tim Davis and local tractor enthusiasts such as A. J. Devlin & Tom Dulashaw. Tractors have been a hit in the past and people enjoy looking at them so it is hoped that a tractor show would even be a bigger hit with Festival-goers. This year, Friday evening will have a new concept for those who want to start the party early! A Car Cruise-In will be held beginning at 6 pm and last throughout the evening. The first 50 cars will receive "dash plaques" for their participation. Several local car clubs will be participating but you don't have to belong to a club to join in the fun! There is no charge so just bring in your best set of wheels to show off to the crowd.  Also a concert from 7 to 10 pm will be held featuring the Johnstown Classic Rockers, a group of musicians from some of Johnstown's most popular groups ever. The Classic Rockers play music from the 50's through the 80's. This classic night of entertainment should be a fun and entertaining way to kick-off the Festival so come and invite your friends for a great time. Most food booths will also be open so you can start enjoying the Festival food early this year. 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, Cake, Cheese Sticks, Cheese & Pepperoni Sticks, Chicken Fingers, Chippers, Cole Slaw, Cookies, Corn Dogs, Fresh Cut American Fries, Fresh Fruit Cups, Fresh Sliced Beef & Cheese Subs, Fresh Sliced Ham & Cheese Subs, Fried Chicken, Fried Shrimp, Fried Veggies, Frozen Smoothies, Fudge, Funnel Cakes, Gobs, Halushki, Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Hot Sausage Sandwiches, Ice Cream, Kettle Korn, Kielbasa Sandwiches, Macaroni Salad, Meatball Sandwiches, Muffins, Onion Rings, Pannini Sandwiches, Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches, Pizza, Popcorn Fish, Potato Pancakes, Potato Salad, Root Beer Floats, Shaved Ice Sno Cones, Sloppy Joes, Stadium Sandwiches, Strawberry Shortcake and Stuffed Cabbage. Crafts this year will feature alabaster Christmas ornaments, baskets, beaded jewelry, bibs, ceramic crafts, clothes pin bags, coffee cans, crochet items, dish cloths, dog collar covers, fabric items, flags, framed & matted photography, garden items, gourds, hair & neckware, handcrafted jewelry, hand sewn items, health related items, home decor items, night lights, painted railroad ties, painted slates, paper mache, pillows, place mats, plastic canvas, primitive dolls, primitive wood crafts, Raggedy Anns, recycled paper crafts, shepard hooks, snowmen, soy candles, Steeler items, table runners, towels, twig & berry swags and wreaths, wood items, wooden toys, wooden yard signs and yard decorations. Other exhibitors will feature Avon, basket raffle, bathroom remodeling, brooms, fitness & health, 4-H Club information and animal projects, free health screenings, gourmet food products, historical displays, informational displays, mining memorabilia, photo CD's, sports cards & collectibles and Tupperware. 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 Naugle Insurance. whom have made sizeable contributions towards the Festival. Other sponsors include Ameriserv, Askew-Houser Funeral Homes, Atlantic Broadband, Construction Equipment Services, Dolan's Welding & Steel, Highmark Blue Cross & Blue Shield, Jackson Township Senior Center, L. Robert Kimball & Associates, Martin Marine, Mercik's Ideal Market, Sheetz and Wyse Cemetery Memorials. Others donating towards this event include Barnes Saly & Company, C & G Savings Bank, Cooper Signs, Damin Printing, First Commonwealth Bank, First National Bank of PA, First Summit Bank, Landrum Auto Sales, Martin Oil & General Stores, MEC Chemicals, Neighbors Who Care, Opthalmic Associates, P. Joseph Lehman Engineers, Rose Excavating, Vantage Physical Therapy, Warren Oil and Wix-Pix Productions Inc. Without the support of these generous businesses, organizations and individuals, this festival would not be possible. There are many expenses including entertainment, fireworks, 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!

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.

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.

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.

Finally after seven years of planning, the Brazil Lane / Cherrywood Project is funded. PennVEST notified the Jackson - East Taylor Sewer authority in April that they were awarded a $3.4 million PennVEST loan and a $632,250. Grant to install more than 8 miles of sanitary sewers and force mains along with two new pump stations. An additional $250,000. Grant was given to JETSA from Jackson Township to help carry out the construction of the project. The project will eliminate the use of malfunctioning on-lot septic systems that are discharging inadequately treated waste into yards, roads and the Salt Lick & Hinckston Runs. When testing was done, there was a 70% malfunctioning system rate which is not unusual for our area. Any rate between 50 - 70% gives a project a high-priority status. Besides Brazil Lane & Cherrywood, the project area also takes in the back part of Vinco, Mitchell Park, Adams Avenue and Leidy Lane. In all, the new lines will service approximately 200 new customers. A reduced tap-in fee of $1500.00 will be available to those who pay within 60 days after the contract for the project is awarded. The project was put out for bid in two separate sections, Brazil Lane and Cherrywood. Initial results for the Brazil Lane section ranged from $1.7 to 2.7 million. Cherrywood bids ranged from $888,000 thousand to 1.2 million. Bids will be awarded pending review by Keller Engineers. The project is estimated to be completed in January of 2009.

Although no ground has been turned yet, the wheels are turning for the Mitchell Park - Phase I Expansion Project. Jackson Township was officially notified of the award of a grant in the amount of $125,000. From the DCNR. Since that time, a grant package of documents has arrived and an initial request for partial payment has been submitted. No actual ground work will be done until a formal design is submitted and approved by the DCNR. That work is being done by P. Joseph Lehman Engineers and it is hoped that actual construction can begin around September.  One of the first things you will notice is the erection of a sign at Mitchell Park announcing the project and it’s grant funding sources. When the actual design is approved, there will be much activity at Mitchell including the installation of sewer, water and electrical lines as well as land clearing and the installation of a road behind the current basketball court. Much of this work will be done by Jackson Township and it’s local sewer and water authorities. Phase I will also include the construction of public restrooms and two large pavilions that can accommodate large crowds of up to 200 people each for reunions, weddings or other group gatherings. In addition there will be BBQ pits, horseshoes and additional parking. Hopefully the pavilions will be ready for use in 2009. The total estimated cost for Phase I is around $400,000. but with much of the work being done by Township employees, will end up costing much less. After Phase I is completed, a grant application will be filed for Phase II which includes park lighting, ballfield lighting, landscaping, another large pavilion and one small pavilion, new playground equipment, volleyball courts and a walking trail around the park. When both phases are completed, Mitchell Park will be one of the premier parks in Cambria County if not the region.

For those of you who don't know, Jackson Township has a dog law in place. Ordinance # 8 prohibits dogs from running loose. The exact wording states, it shall be unlawful for the owner, custodian, or keeper of any dog bearing the current license tag to allow such a dog to run at large at any time either upon any of the streets, alleys, roads, or public grounds in the Township of Jackson, or upon the property of another, other than the owner, custodian or keeper of such dog unless accompanied by and under the immediate control of such owner, custodian, or keepers. Recently there have been several incidents where dogs running lose have bitten residents. If someone walking is bitten, they need to call the Jackson Twp. Police Department immediately at 749-0051. If an Officer isn't available, you will be referred to the Cambria County Non-Emergency phone # where the officer will be dispatched or notified of your call. The owner of a dog who bites someone will be required to have the dog in a cage for 10-14 days which is the incubation period for possible rabies. The owner will also be responsible for any medical bills incurred by the person bitten. The Pennsylvania State Dog Law covers many problems such as this one. If your dog continues to bite people, your dog could be classified as a vicious dog and this could lead to euthanizing your pet. Please be a responsible dog owner and help prevent any such incidents from happening again. If you have any questions about the Jackson Township or Pennsylvania dog laws, feel free to contact the Jackson Township Police Department.

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

~Summer Concert Series at Vets Park The Jackson Township Recreation Commission is continuing with it's first ever Summer Concert Series at Veterans Park. The first concert featuring Rosie & The Jammers was a big hit! The next scheduled concert will be one you won't want to miss. On July 5th at 4 pm, the 28th Infantry Division Concert Band will be performing. The 55 member group based out of Hollidaysburg is the US Army's oldest and one of the top performing Army National Guard Bands in the nation today. They have toured throughout the US, Canada and Europe and play a wide variety of music including patriotic, jazz, big band and even top 40. Don't miss them as they will be ending their summer tour at Veterans Park right here in Jackson Township. On Friday, August 29th from 7 to 10, the SharpTones, a popular local band will be playing music from the 50's and 60's. Feel free to just listen or get up and boogie. We hope you support the concerts and admission to all is FREE! Bring your lawn chairs or blanket for seating and ENJOY! By supporting these concerts, it is hoped to become an annual event.

~New York City Bus Trip
Two buses have been reserved for a trip to the "Big Apple". . NEW YORK! One bus is already completely full and reservations are being taken for the 2nd bus on a first come, first paid basis. The trip is scheduled for Saturday, October 11th. While in New York, you can sightsee and see world famous landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Ellis Island, the United Nations, Times Square, the World Trade Center site or more! For those interested in seeing the sights, there are tours promoted everywhere on the streets of NYC being this is a major tourist destination, so you can pick whatever type of tour you want. You can take in a Broadway play, shop on world famous Fifth Avenue, enjoy a carriage ride in Central Park or dine in world class restaurants. New York is home to many museums and points of historic interest. You can do as much or as little as you want in the city that never sleeps! Buses will leave Jackson Elementary at 6:00 am and depart NYC at 10:00 pm and arrive back at 4:00 am. Enjoy carefree and inexpensive travel on Lodestar Deluxe Motor Tour Buses with no hassles. Cost is only $45 per person.

~Oglebay Festival of Lights & Holiday Shopping Bus Trip
The most popular trip last year was the Holiday Shopping & Hartwood Acres lighting display near Pittsburgh. This year a similar trip is planned for Saturday, December 6th. Deluxe McIlwain Motor Coaches will leave Jackson Elementary at 8:30 am and stop at several shopping stops including IKEA, the trendy Scandinavian store near Pittsburgh which carries a large variety of unique items. From there we will go to The Mall at Robinson, Pittsburgh’s newest indoor shopping mall with over 120 stores and lots of restaurants to choose from. After that we will stop at Cabelas & The Highlands near Wheeling, WV. Cabelas Superstore is an outdoorsman’s paradise and even has in-store attractions such as wildlife exhibits and even a shooting gallery. The adjoining Highlands also has lots of shopping and a variety of restaurants to choose from. The final stop will be the Oglebay Festival of Lights with over 2 million lights making it one of the most elaborate displays in the US. We will arrive back at Jackson Elementary at approximately 11:30 pm. Cost for the trip is only $28.00 per person.

All trips and events are planned at a minimal cost to residents and their invited guests. For additional information or to make reservations for any of the above bus trips, call the Jackson Township Municipal Office at 749-0725 or email to recreation@jacksontwppa.com

Anti Drug & Awareness Program
For Elementary, Middle & High School Students
11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
on: Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
Leidy Park,
Mundys Corner, PA
Sponsored by: Cambria County Courts & Judge Gerald Long

The Cambria County Courts and Judge Gerald Long will be holding it's second Youth Fairs in Jackson Township at Leidy Park in Mundys Corner on Wednesday, July 30th from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. The purpose of the Fairs 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 first one was held at Mitchell Park in Vinco on June 13th and everyone attending had a great time! The program has been a success for the past 12 years with the help of local police, fire and ambulance departments. Be sure to get your children who are students out 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 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. Roads scheduled to be seal coated (tar & chipped) are: Eagle Drive, Pine Lock Street, Raymond Drive, Turkey Path Road and White Street. 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. Paving projects planned for this year include Pike Road East and Poplar Street. Pike Road has had many repairs over the last several years paid for by Amfire Mining who has a bond to use the road. The repairs have helped to strengthen the roadway and the Road Supervisors felt that it could now be paved. The pavement should help cut down on noise from the trucks who use the road as well. Pike Road East is a long road and although costly, it is felt that the paving is long over due. 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. 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 3rd Annual Jackson Township Fishing Derby was held on Saturday, May 10th 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 rainy weather and cooler than normal weather didn’t dampen the excitement of the 118 children participating. 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 the following winners: Grant Buynack for the first fish caught, Dalton Baker for the biggest fish caught, Trevor Zearing for the first Palamino (golden trout) caught, Casey Lythgoe for the first child to catch their limit of 5 trout and Keaton Furry for the longest fish caught. Prizes were awarded to all 34 children who caught their limit of 5 trout plus additional prizes were awarded throughout the Derby which began at 9 and went until 3 pm. All prizes were worth at least $15 or greater. In addition, two $50.00 savings bonds were given out to the children who caught the largest fish and the longest fish. One donated by Ameriserv went to Dalton Baker and the other donated by First National Bank of PA went to Keaton Furry. Businesses, organizations and individuals that contributed towards the Fishing Derby included: Adams Country Market, Al's Pizza, Ameriserv, Aurandt Motors, Big Stone Inn, The Blue Jay, Common's Hardware, Crossroads Restaurant, C & R Motors, Dairy Queen - Park Hill, Dan McQuay, Direct Value Outlet, Dolan's Welding & Steel Fabrication, Dorothy Ford, Doug Spade, Ebensburg Hunting & Fishing, Elias Chiropractic, Felix Construction, First Commonwealth Bank, First National Bank of PA, Foodland, Fornari Motors, Gilkey's Pools, G. P. Port-A-Johns, The Gresh Family, Guitar's N Stuff, Harper & Gallo, Jackson Township Community Rod & Gun Club Members, Jackson Township Supervisors, Jeff Gore - Allstate Insurance, Jerry Johnson, Laurel Highlands Landfill - Waste Management, Dr. Donald Leckey, Love @ First Bite, Martin Marine, Masters Ministries, MEC Chemicals, Orange Blossom Restaurant, Pit Stop 271, Portage National Bank, Randy Wike Heating, The Right Cut, Royal Auto Body, Somogyi’s Supply, Tire Outlet, Tom & Nancy Morrison, T & P Trains, Valewood Farms Dairy, Valley Beverage, Vantage Physical Therapy, Virginia Sidor Beauty Salon, Wal-Mart, Wal-Mart Vision Center and Woodland Park Campground. 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. Thanks also go out to the Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Company for having their water rescue and ambulance on site in the event of an emergency. A special thank you goes out to Wally Vorhauer and the Vorhauer Family, owners 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!

The Jackson Township Historical Committee is looking for information on businesses, past and present, from Jackson Township. They are putting any photos, articles or other items into binders and folders and cataloging them in an organized fashion. Some of the information they are looking for is when the business started, who owns it or what was it previously. In addition to information on businesses, the Committee has continued to collect many historical items and photographs. Some of the recent photos received include some of the construction of the original Route 22 (now Pike Road). If you have any information of an historical nature that you feel the Historical Committee would be interested in, please feel free to contact the Township Office at 749-0725. If you have photos worth sharing but wish to have them returned, they will be copied or scanned and returned to you promptly. A sampling of some of the photos received can be viewed on the Jackson Township Website which is www.jacksontwppa.com.

Only in it’s 2nd year, the Jackson Township Scholarship Committee Fund has grown to record levels. Just formed last year, the Committee was able to award two $500.00 scholarships to two deserving Central Cambria Seniors form Jackson Township. This year the amount grew to $1,275.00 per student. This was the largest scholarship awarded in the history of Central Cambria. The two highest ranking students (1 boy and 1 girl) from Jackson Township were Rebecca Dugan and Derek Harshaw.  Rebecca is the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Tim Dugan of Anderson Drive. She ranked 16th in the Class of 2008 and plans to attend the University of Pittsburgh where she will major in French. She also received an award for perfect attendance for all 4 years of high school and maintained an overall grade point average was 4.19.  Derek is the son of Mr. & Mrs. Shawn Harshaw of Mundys Corner. He ranked first in the 2008 graduating class of 2008 and had an overall grade point average of 4.42. Derek will be attending Mount Aloysius College in Cresson and plans to major in biology and pre-med.  Local organizations, businesses and individuals contributing this year to the Scholarship Fund include Amfire Mining Company, B. C. I. Floor Specialists, Gilkey Pools, Jackson Township Lions Club, Jackson Elementary PTO, The J. Bortz Company, Laurel Medical Supplies, Mr. & Mrs. John Letizia, Mercik’s Ideal Market and Neighbors Who Care.  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

An Awards Assembly was held on May 27th 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:
Brittany Brandt - Hazel Jones Slater Scholarship
Lauren DiBacco - Anna Bufoni Scholarship, Principal's Award
Rebecca Dugan - French Award, Jackson Township Academic Scholarship
Derek Harshaw - Challenge Program - Highest GPA Award - Senior, Jackson Township Academic Scholarship, Math Award
Cory Henry - Challenge Program Community Service Award - Sophomore
Adam James - Air Force Math & Science Award, Physical Education Award
Andrew Rickard
- Cambria CoGen Scholarship
Kathryn Sanner - Challenge Program - Highest GPA Award - Sophomore
Samantha Vivis - Challenge Program - Most Improved Award - Senior
If you see one of these individuals, be sure to congratulate them on their achievements.

The Jackson township Senior Center celebrated their 10 Year Anniversary with an Open House held on Saturday, May 17th which included guided tours of the Center as well as videos playing of past events held. The beginnings of the Senior Center started back in 1990 with the help of the Cambria County Redevelopment Authority. Three years later, IU8 was vacating the Vinco School Building and in 1994 the building went through several phases of upgrades. During that time, the District Magistrates Office also moved into the building after leaving their prior location in East Taylor. Additional upgrades took place from 1994 through 1997 including having a parking lot built. The Center opened it’s doors on May 10, 1998 and began taking memberships. Since the Center opened, additional upgrades have included a pavilion, new handicapped entrance doors, horseshoe pits, walking track, outdoor lighting and Veterans Monument. Over the 10 years, 735 memberships have been issued from not only Jackson Township residents, but those from surrounding areas according to Frank Singel, President. One of the more popular attractions at the Center is the Model Train Display. The current engineer for the elaborate train display is Phil Boyer. In addition there is a crafts room, exercise room and computer room. Some future improvements on the "wish list" include a wireless sound system and a new floor.

The Johnstown Cambria County Library Book Mobile has once again returned to Jackson Township for the summer months. According to Trudy Myers representing the Library, the Jackson stop will be only through the summer. The Book Mobile will be at the Jackson Township Senior Center on the following dates:
Thursday July 3rd 1:45 - 2:45 pm
Thursday July 17th 1:45 - 2:45 pm
Thursday July 31st 1:45 - 2:45 pm
Thursday Aug. 14th 1:45 - 2:45 pm
Thursday Aug. 28th 1:45 - 2:45 pm
This is a great convenience for residents with the Library literally coming to their front door. Last summer it was a great resource for children not in school but it is hoped that the Book Mobile will be used by residents of all ages.

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.

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

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

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

Jackson Heritage Festival
Help will be needed for the 5th Annual Jackson Heritage Festival. Areas that help is needed include parking, assisting vendors, electrical, advertising and children's activities and games. If you are interested in assisting at the Festival, please phone, write or email your name to the Jackson Township Office.

(Submitted by Chief Bob Fatula)

March, 2008
The figures for March were as follows: 911 Calls dispatched to Police: 268 Reportable Part I Crimes: 5 broken down as follows: Burglaries-3 and Assaults-2. Reportable Part II Crimes: 17 broken down as follows: Sex Offenses-3, Drugs-2, DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-2, Disorderly Conduct-1, Stolen Property-1, Vandalism-1 and all others-7. Calls Resulting in Cases: 18, Total Arrestees: 9, Total Suspects: 0, Total Victims: 9, DUI Arrests: 2, Traffic Citations: 7, Non-Traffic Citations: 3, Total Warnings: 0.

April, 2008
The figures for April were as follows: 911 Calls dispatched to Police: 302 Reportable Part I Crimes: 10 broken down as follows: Larceny-7, Arson-1, Burglaries-1 and Rape-1. Reportable Part II Crimes: 54 broken down as follows: DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-9, Disorderly Conduct-7, Stolen Property-6, Drugs-4, Sex Offenses-3, Fraud-2, Family Offenses-1, Vandalism-1, Drunkenness-1 and all others-20.
Calls Resulting in Cases: 35, Total Arrestees: 19, Total Suspects: 3, Total Victims: 27, DUI Arrests: 4, Traffic Citations: 52, Non-Traffic Citations: 5, Total Warnings: 0.

May, 2008
The figures for May were as follows: 911 Calls dispatched to Police: 306, Reportable Part I Crimes: 17 broken down as follows: Larceny-11, Assaults-3 and Burglaries-3., Reportable Part II Crimes: 50 broken down as follows: Disorderly Conduct-9, DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-6, Stolen Property-5, Vandalism-5, Public Drunkenness-4, Drugs-2, Fraud-1 and all others-18,
Calls Resulting in Cases: 35, Total Arrestees: 25, Total Suspects: 7, Total Victims: 30, DUI Arrests: 5, Traffic Citations: 18, Non-Traffic Citations: 17, Total Warnings: 1.

Thanks go out to everyone who supported the Jackson Fireman’s Festival Weekend. One of the highlights was the 4th 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. An Archery Raffle will be held on Saturday, September 13th at the Fire Hall in September. 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 on Saturday, November 22nd. 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. As always, Bingo is sponsored by the Auxiliary and is held every Sunday evening. For information on any of these events, call the Fire Hall at 322-3155. Chris Fedora, Emergency Management Coordinator and member of the Jackson Twp. Vol. Fire Company would like to offer CPR training to any interested groups, non-profit organizations, day cares or churches in Jackson Township. To have a training, you need a minimum of 5 participants from your group. By attending a training, each person would be certified in CPR. If you are interested in setting up a training for CPR, please contact Chris Fedora at 421-5159.  Congratulations go out to six members of the Jackson Twp. Vol. Fire Company Auxiliary who just became lifetime members! To become a lifetime member, one must be active for 10 years. The new lifetime members are Tim Hofecker, Sandy Llewellyn, Dave Smith, Eileen Smith, Karl Smith and George Straub.

One of the more popular programs offered during the year will be available once again to Seniors age 60 and over. The program is titled the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program and involves issuing (4) $5.00 checks worth a total of $20.00 to those eligible to purchase Pennsylvania fruits and vegetables. Checks can be used until November 30th and can be redeemed only at an approved Pennsylvania farmer / vendor market. A list of approved farmers markets is available at the time of distribution of the checks. To be eligible you must be 60 years of age or older and have income in 2007 no more than $19,240.00 for a single person or no more than $25,900.00 for a married couple. Checks will be distributed at the Senior Center on Thursday, July 10th from 10 am to 1 pm. For more information, contact the Senior Center at 322-3327.  Also on July 10th there will be an Estate Planning Seminar at 11:00 am featuring 2 speakers from the Pennsylvania Elder Estate Advocacy Services. The speakers are Linda Sekely Esq. And Dr. Gerald Zidak Jr., FICH PH.D. They will offer professional guidance to all those interested. There is no charge for the seminar and it is open to the general public. Accutone Hearing Center will be at the Center on Thursday, July 24th from 10 am to noon to conduct free hearing tests. No appointment is necessary. For more information or to schedule an appointment for any of the above events, contact the Senior Center at 322-3327.  Every Thursday at 1:00 pm, the Center is showing an afternoon movie donated by All the Right Movies. Members are welcome to take time to relax and enjoy a current movie in the Community Room on the Center's large screen TV. If you are in need of work, age 55 or over and qualify within the set income levels, you may be eligible for the Senior Community Employment Program Service. For more information on the program, contact the local National Council on Aging Senior Employment Program in Johnstown at 536-0691. The Silver Sneakers Program is still going strong with over 50 individuals taking advantage of the program. Anyone who is a Medicare-eligible member of Highmark or Blue Cross-Blue Shield can participate. A new class will be held once a week called Yoga Stretch. For more information, contact the Senior Center at 322-3327. The Center has many special weekly events for the membership including lunch 3 times a week, parties, Bible study, bingo, knitting, line dancing, weekly Pinochle party, speakers and events on health issues concerning the aged population, monthly blood pressure screenings, weekly movies, ceramics, computer use with high-speed internet access, beginners computer classes and an exercise room with 11 machines available. In addition there are monthly CamTram bus trips to different shopping areas in Westmoreland, Indiana, Blair, Somerset and Cambria Counties.  Anyone interested in visiting or taking a quick tour of the Center is invited to stop in. Membership offered to those age 50 and older is constantly growing and is only $10.00 a year. The Center opened on May 10, 1998 and have just recently issued their 746th membership card. The Center relies on volunteers to operate and stay open. It's a great place to meet and socialize. If you are interested in being a member or volunteering, please contact the Center at 322-3327.

The Brazil-Cherrywood Project finally had funding approved on April 14th. Pennvest approved the application of the Jackson-East Taylor Sewer Authority for $3.4 million dollars along with awarding a grant for $632,000. To install sewer lines in the Cherrywood / Brazil Lane areas of Jackson and East Taylor Townships. The bid specifications were advertised in the newspaper and approximately nine contractors picked up the bid specifications. On May 29th, JETSA opened the bids for the Project. After the bids were opened, a motion was made to table awarding the bids until the Engineer could review all of them. At the June 12th regular Board Meeting of JETSA, the Engineer recommended that bids be awarded as follows: Contract # 1 (Cherrywood Area) be awarded to Guyer Brothers from New Enterprise in the amount of $1,780,010. Contract # 2 (Brazil Lane Area) be awarded to D. J. Wisor & Sons from West Decatur in the amount of $843,935. JETSA expects to see the contractors ready to dig in July or August of this year and it should take approximately nine months to complete the Cherrywood area and six months for the Brazil Lane area.  Letters were sent to all residents affected by the new project regarding paying the Capital Recovery Fee (Tap Fee). Now that the contract has been awarded, the Capital Recovery Fee (Tap Fee) will be due by August 12, 2008. Low income residents needing assistance to pay their tap fee or for assistance on tap installation should contact Cindy Brant from the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development at (724) 853-5555 - Extension 278. The Solicitor will be filing eminent domain takings on the remaining residents who did not sign their right-of-way easements for the new project. In other news, within three years, the Johnstown Redevelopment Authority wants the entire JETSA Sanitary Sewer System on GIS mapping. The Authority will be hiring college students for the summer months to locate the sewer lines and manholes and download this to the computer system. If you happen to see three young energetic college students measuring and locating the sewer lines, you will understand why they are there and what they are trying to accomplish. Cambria County has devoted a separate department to GIS Mapping and you can view the GIS Project Website at the following internet address:

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.

~Who’s New Around the Township
We would like to welcome those who have been recently appointed or hired by Jackson Township. Betty Lybarger has been hired as a part-time employee by Jackson Township to continue performing her duties at the Senior Center. Betty currently works under a Senior Work Program, but her position will expire and by the Township hiring her, she can continuing serving at the local Center without any interruption of services. We welcome and congratulate all those individuals on their new appointments. Special thanks goes out to all members of Boards & Authorities who had to resign for various reasons.

~Many Turn Out To Honor Vets
The weather cooperated in attracting a nice turnout of over 100 people to the annual Memorial Day Ceremony held at Veterans Park in Vinco. Staff Sargent Melanie Kline of the Pennsylvania National Guard gave the address. Sargent Kline served in Saudi Arabia as well as Iraq and is a police officer for Jackson Township. Other participants in the ceremony included the Johnstown VFW Post 155 Honor Rifle Team, Jackson Township Troop 204 Boy Scouts & Cub Scouts, Pastor Drew Walther of Singer Hill Grace Brethren Church and Corey Shirk, a sophomore at Central Cambria High School who sang the "Star Spangled Banner", "God Bless the USA" and "There You’ll Be". Special thanks go out to Frank Singel who spent much time organizing the event and also acted as Master of Ceremonies.

~Chickaree Hill / Wagner Water Update
The Wagner Road Water Line Extension has been tested, disinfected and residents can now tap into the system. In addition, an extension on Wagner Road will be added for about 1800 feet to tie in an addition four homes. The Chickaree Hill portion of the Project will begin once engineering and design work is complete and the project is put out for bid. That water line will pick up an additional 22 customers there. There has also been some discussion with the Blacklick Valley Municipal Authority about the installation of an emergency inter-connection to provide backup water sources to communities. If one water source would be experiencing problems, water could perhaps be provided from another source or authority.

~Board Approves Applying for DCED Planning Grant
The Board of Supervisors approved at their June meeting a resolution authorizing Richard Sutter & Associates to apply for a Phase II Planning Grant from the Dept. of Community & Economic Development. This would be a joint application of the Central Cambria Coalition going in with Cambria Township and Ebensburg Borough. The application, if successful, would assure a minimum of 50% funding and would look at land and subdivision ordinances, zoning ordinances, stormwater management, well head protection and possibly others. Coordination of zoning districts where two municipalities meet would also be explored. Being that Jackson Township has the most recently updated ordinances, the cost after the 50% grant amount for Jackson would be 18% while Cambria & Ebensburg's would be 41% each.

~Loraine Road Sewer Project
From the past two years of the Supervisors committing CDBG (Community Development Block Grant) monies, a new sewer line extension will be constructed from the Village of Loraine up towards Fords Corner Road. The engineering is underway by Hegemann & Wray of Cresson. The extension will involve the installation of 2,500 linear feet of eight-inch PVC sewer line, 8 manholes and 18 service connections. The line will connect to an existing wastewater collection system owned and maintained by the Nanty Glo Sewer Authority. Total cost of the project is estimated to be $175,000. There has long been malfunctioning systems in the area, so the sewer line has been well received. This project is being carried out by the Cambria County Redevelopment Authority with Larry Custer serving as Executive Director.

~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.

~Need a Free Recycling Container?
Jackson Township once again has been contacted by the Central Cambria School District about free recycling containers. Last year a student did a community service project in which she contacted the PaDEP and was given 200 recycling containers for free for distribution to those interested within the School District. The containers were so wildly popular that Jackson quickly exhausted the supply given to us. This year Central Cambria contacted the PaDEP and 200 more containers will be on their way some time this summer for Jackson. If you are interested in a free recycling container, please call the Township Office at 749-0725 and we will add your name to the list of those interested. There is a limit of 2 containers per household and will be given out on a first-come, first-serve basis.

~Central Cambria Coalition Receives Grant
The Central Cambria Coalition comprised of Cambria Township, Ebensburg Borough and Jackson Township has once again achieved grant success! The latest grant received was for $22,100. which will be used for the purchase of an Asphalt Hauler and a Road Repair Kettle. The grant awarded by the DCED (Department of Community & Economic Development) is the 3rd such grant received in a little over two years. Previous grants were awarded for the purchase of a Paving Machine and the development of a Multi-Municipal Comprehensive Plan.

~Jackson Police Vote to Join Teamsters
A vote by Jackson Township Police Officers to join the Teamsters Union and have them represent them was approved unanimously. This includes full time and part time officers. The Teamsters Local 110 representatives will be negotiating to reach a contract settlement with the Jackson Township Board of Supervisors in the near future. The previous contract under the Jackson Township Police Association expired on December 31, 2007.

~Supervisors Negotiate New Lease for Magistrates Office
A new six year lease has been negotiated with Cambria County to continue housing the offices of District Magistrate, Mary Ann Zanghi and staff. The lease extends for a six year period from July 1, 2008 through June 30, 2014. The lease is basically the same as the prior one but the rent has increased from $2375. per month to $2614.00 per month. This is primarily due to increases in public utilities over the years. Money from the leased space is deposited directly in the Senior Center Fund Account and helps pay for the utilities and other items for the entire building. The majority of space in the building belongs to the Senior Center while 4,053 feet is leased to Cambria County.

~Leisure Village Court Hearing
A Court Hearing was held to address ongoing complaints and problems about Leisure Village Mobile Home Park. Although no ruling resulted from the hearing, certain items were set forth by the judge including having the park numbered for 911 emergency purposes, having a lighting plan drawn up for consideration and submitting petitions to have abandoned trailers removed. Over the years, there have also been ongoing complaints of abandoned vehicles, piles of garbage and rubbish and stormwater and drainage problems. In addition, Park owner, Mr. McKool has operated Leisure Village without a permit for the last several years due to some of the above mentioned issues.

~Two Old Police Vehicles Sold
After several years of unsuccessfully trying to sell two Crown Victoria police cruisers, a buyer was found who will be using them for the Altoona Fire Rescue Unit. The cars were model years 1999 and 2001 and had very high mileage on them. The 1999 vehicle was purchased for $300.00 while the 2001 vehicle sold for $1000.00. Formal advertisements and bidding previously took place, but the winning bidders, often from out of state, never came to pick up the vehicles. Being the police cars could continue to be used in the immediate area and in the emergency services field was a bonus.

~Barnes Saly Completes 2008 Twp. Audit
Barnes, Saly & Company presented the 2008 Jackson Township Audit to the Board of Supervisors at their April 24th meeting. They presented a "clean" audit meaning there were no findings, problems or unusual transactions to report. According to Terry Shook, CPA, this Audit is about as good as it gets and from an accounting standpoint, things are run very well in Jackson Township. This was the 6th consecutive year that Barnes Saly & Company have performed the Township Audit.

~Bio-Diversity Area Gets Makeover
Although the Bio-Diversity area of Leidy Park is only a little over a year old, the project was never truly completed. Natural Bio-Diversity of Johnstown held a planting day at the park last year where a dozen trees and nearly 100 plants and bushes were planted in order to make a natural habitat area. Over the winter, four of the trees died and had to be replaced. Cory Henry, member of Jackson Township Boy Scout Troop 204 did an extreme makeover of the area for his Eagle Scout Project. Part of the project included putting in landscaping fabric, replacing the dead trees, constructing a walking path and having a rest area complete with a table, general maintenance and landscaping and adding bird houses. The work done by Cory and Troop 204 made the area look 100% better. Jackson Township appreciates the efforts of not only Cory but all members of Troop 204 who have faithfully done so much for the community.

~Swigle Mountain Water Problems Explored
Jackson Township is exploring the possibility of putting public water in along Swigle Mountain Road. This area has long experienced water problems and many residents have had wells run dry or had to drill new wells. A survey of residents water quality and problems was done and those results have been submitted to the PaDEP for review. The Bureau of Abandoned Mines has also been made aware of the outstanding water issues in the Swigle Mountain area. Hegemann & Wray of Cresson has been assisting with work associated with this project.

~Eagle Project Helps Spruce Up Mitchell
Another Eagle Scout Project has recently been completed by A. J. Pagano. A. J. Is also a member of Jackson Township Boy Scouts Troop 204. The project included landscaping around the flag pole between the two Mitchell ballfields, lighting the flag pole and providing two benches for seating. The project is complete and really makes a great addition to the park. Jackson Township would like to express their sincere appreciation to A. J. for helping to "spruce up" Mitchell Park for the enjoyment of everyone.

~Earned Income Tax Going County-Wide
Pennsylvania recently passed a bill that will require that Earned Income Tax be collected on a county-wide basis. The new system will be implemented over the next 4 years and in place by the year 2012. Currently each Municipality and each School District can designate who they wish to collect Earned Income Taxes. The new system will be much simpler for employers who currently have to collect and send EIT Taxes collected from employees to dozens of EIT Tax Collectors. For a large employer with hundreds or thousands of employees, the number of tax collectors could be 100 or more. More information will be coming on the new system and will be made available as it is known.

~Supervisors Adjust Two Fees for Services
The Board of Supervisors approved the adjustment of two fees for services offered. The first fee adjusted is the Tax Certification Fee. The cost was adjusted from $5.00 to $10.00 when someone contacts Paulette Baker and wants a certification of the taxes on a particular property. Even at the new rate, many municipalities in Cambria County charge far more than Jackson Township for this type of service. The other fee adjusted was a fee for a resident to file an appeal to the Zoning Hearing Board. Previously there was no charge for a resident to file an appeal and a minimal fee of $50 was set for this service to help cover expenses for postage and required advertisements.

~Senior Center Handicapped Ramp Complete
A much needed project was completed at the Jackson Township Senior Center Building. Several years ago, the Supervisors started exploring how best to repair or replace the crumbling handicapped ramp going into the District Magistrates Office. The original idea was to have repairs made, but when bids came in well over $25,000 to put a "band-aid" on the ramp, the possibility of a new ramp was pursued. After much research, it was decided that a an aluminum handicapped ramp would be much more durable than a block / concrete one. Bids were put out for the new ramp specifications and METCO of Johnstown came in as low bidder for $24,000. Three other companies submitted bids ranging from $28,846 to $35,032. METCO completed the work and the ramp was installed on a new concrete pad which should last for generations to come. The new ramp not only looks great but it addressed the serious safety concerns of the old crumbling ramp.

~Poles Removed from Adams to Improve Safety
For several years, Jackson Township has been trying to get 2 poles removed off of Adams Avenue and into an easement area. The poles were located between Lyle Street and Devlins Hill. Before Penelec would do anything, Jackson Township had to pay a bill of $7,899.63 to have new poles erected in the easement area. Once the new poles were set, Verizon and Atlantic Broadband had to remove their wires off of the old poles. Verizon was the last utility to occupy the old poles and finally had them removed in May.

~Warren Oil Granted Variance
Warren Oil’s request for a variance to erect 11 above ground oil storage tanks was granted in April by the Zoning Hearing Board after much review and discussion over various concerns. The variance was granted with several conditions including not having anything stored that would have a flashpoint above 275 degrees, installing a dry hydrant system over the new tanks, installing a holding pond and submitting a stormwater management plan. Warren Oil is located just off Pike Road in Mundys Corner.

~Kingdom Hall Donates Guardrail to Twp.
Jackson Township had a pleasant surprise when a member of Kingdom Hall in Mundys Corner offered some guardrail at no cost to the Township. The church originally had the guardrail to use around their parking lot but instead opted for curbing. The guardrail meets PennDOT specifications and they didn’t want any compensation for it. Jackson Township would like to thank Kingdom Hall for their generosity to the community and the guardrail will be put to good use.

~Seal Coat Bid Awarded
New Enterprise Stone & Lime had the low bid submitted for 2008 Seal Coating or "tar & chip" Projects scheduled for Jackson Township. New Enterprise’s bid came in at $21,963.81 beating out Grannas Brothers, HRI and Quaker Sales. Only 5 streets are scheduled for seal coating this year including Eagle Drive, Pine Lock Street, Raymond Drive, Turkey Path Road and White Street.

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

~Atlantic City Bus Trip A Hit!
A great time was had by all on the recent bus trip to Atlantic City on May 3rd. The trip sponsored by the Jackson Township Recreation Commission had a full bus load of travelers who were thrilled to each receive $20.00 plus a $25.00 buffet coupon from the Tropicana Resort & Casino being the trip itself only cost $40.00. It was like traveling for free! There were lots of things to see and do in Atlantic City including the world famous Boardwalk, Atlantic Ocean, world class casinos and restaurants, shopping, entertainment and amusements. The 6 hour trip down and back allowed time for 2 movies each way via Lodestar deluxe motor coach. For those interested, there are two more bus trips scheduled for later this year including New York City and Ogelbay Festival of Lights. Flyers are included in this newsletter.

~Parking Lot Improvements Proposed
Jackson Township is planning on paving it’s Municipal Building parking lot this summer. Part of the process will include properly marking spaces including those for the handicapped. In addition traffic lanes will be marked as well as areas where no parking is permitted. Currently there are vehicles parking where they shouldn’t and this proposed improvement should alleviate that problem.

~Belt Loader Bid Awarded
The Jackson Township Supervisors awarded the bid for a used 1981 Athey Belt Loader and a second 1981 Athey Belt Loader to be used for parts to U. S. Municipal Supply Company of Huntingdon, PA.. The total purchase price for the 2 Belt Loaders was

~Upgrades to Veterans Park
New water installations have been installed at Veterans Park by the Jackson Township Water Authority. Water is now available near the horseshoe pits, pavilion and storage building. With more events at the park, it was felt that having water available at several locations would be a huge benefit. Another improvement has been the addition of decorative banners on the light posts in the park as well as the parking lot. The banners are red, white and blue and tie in nicely with the Veterans Park theme. From May through November you’ll see the patriotic banners personalized with the message, "Welcome to Jackson Twp.". From December through April you’ll red and blue banners with snowflakes on them also with the same welcoming message. The banners were ordered from Display Sales of Bloomington, MN and are a nice addition to not only the park but Jackson Township.

~Jackson Applies for Grant
Jackson Township has applied for a grant with the DCED (Dept. Of Community Economic Development) to purchase new larger lettering street signs that will be required by the year 2012.

~Park Garbage Cans Ordered
The Jackson Township Recreation Commission recommended that heavy concrete garbage cans be installed at park locations. In addition to the two already at Veterans Park, 3 will be ordered for Mitchell Park and 2 at Leidy Park. The garbage cans weigh in excess of 300 pounds are made of precast concrete with a decorative stone chip finish. The cans will replace the plastic barrels that have often been blown over by wind or upset by animals. The heavy duty commercial grade garbage cans should be a nice addition to the parks.

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

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

~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 2008 is $38.77 per quarter.

Jackson Township has a valuable source of information to help keep you informed. If you haven’t checked out the Township Website, please feel free to visit www.jacksontwppa.com The website is constantly updated with new information. As always, you can read the monthly approved minutes of the Board of Supervisors, Planning Commission and Recreation Meetings. New this year are minutes of the Jackson-East Taylor Sewer Authority. To see some of the pages that have been updated recently , click on "Whats New" on the home page. If you have any suggestions of what you would like to see on the Jackson Twp. Website, please call Dave Hirko at 749-0725 or email to office@jacksontwppa.com

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

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