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JOIN THE FUN AT HERITAGE FESTIVAL 2009
The Jackson Township Heritage Festival
continues to draw more and more people each year. This year will be the
6th 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. The Heritage Festival will be held this year on
Friday, July 17, Saturday, July 18 & Sunday, July 19 and promoted as a 3
day event based on the huge success of the Car Cruise-In / Concert held on
Friday evening last year. This year the Festival kicks off with the 2nd
Annual Car Cruise-In beginning at 6 pm and last throughout
the evening. The first 75 vehicles will receive free "dash plaques"
for their participation and all car show participants will receive other free
goodies plus chances to win door prizes. 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 on Friday evening will be a concert from 7 to 10 pm 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 be open so you can start enjoying the Festival food early
years past, there will be continuous entertainment alternating on two
stages both Saturday & Sunday. Thanks to the help of our generous
sponsors, the entertainment is top quality and you wonít want to miss a single
performance! Entertainment on Saturday will begin from noon to 1:30 with
Tree, an Irish folk music group. The Johnstown Button Box Club,
a group of local musicians specializing in polka music will take the stage from
1:30 to 3:30. An 18 piece Jazz Orchestra called Jazz In Your Face
featuring outstanding musicians from throughout the Johnstown area will grace
the stage from 3:30 to 5:30. Jane Goshey & Hank from Jackson
Township will host a ventriloquist show for children & adults alike from 4:30 to
5:00 in the Senior Center TV Room. John Robertson will be
returning to do a brand new magic & illusion show from 5:30 to 6:30. 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 Singer Hill Grace Brethren Church
holding their regular morning church service at 10:30 am. Everyone is welcome!
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.
Jane Goshey & Hank from Jackson Township will host a ventriloquist
show for children & adults alike from 4:30 to 5:00 in the Senior Center TV Room.
Clay Bowser takes the stage to entertain from 4:30 to 6:00. Clay
plays a wide variety of music and even takes requests from the audience. Back by
popular demand will be NoMAD (North of Mason & Dixon) who are
considered Pittsburgh's hottest country band. NoMAD was a huge hit last year and
crowd pleaser and you wonít want to miss their show / concert. NoMAD has opened
up for many of the most popular country entertainers including Brooks & Dunn,
Toby Keith and Rascal Flatts and won first place in a band competition sponsored
by Kenny Chesney last year and this year are in the running to win a national
band competition sponsored by Briggs & Strattan.. They released their debut CD
called "Born and Raised" and their first two singles have charted nationally in
the top 100. They will soon have a second CD released. In addition, they have
appeared on several nationally syndicated radio shows and are destined for
future fame in the country music business. NoMAD will play from 6:30 to 9:30 and
are sure to entertain the crowd.
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 Childrenís 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 an Upside Down
Tiger 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. Another popular attraction is the elaborate
model train display which will be operating in the Senior Center
Building. Returning this year is the Living Treasures Animal Park
who will bring in their petting zoo this year which will feature
llamas, goats, sheep, ducks, turtles and a miniature horse or donkey. This year
they are even bringing in a baby alligator! 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. New this year will be a Rock
Climbing Wall sponsored by the Army National Guard. Anyone wishing to
try their skill at climbing will be able to do so free of charge. 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 third Photo Exhibit and Contest on
Saturday and Sunday of the Festival. Also this year the Jackson Historical
Preservation Committee will have several photos and information unique
to Jackson Township. Also returning this year is the 3rd Annual Cutest
Baby Contest. This contest is highly popular and Festival-goers have a
chance to vote for their choice of the cutest baby in Jackson Township. 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. A display of
antique tractors will also be held at Veterans Park. Any local tractor
enthusiasts are invited to participate. If interested contact the Township
office at 749-0725.
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, BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Cactus Chippers, Cake, Cheese
Sticks, Cheese & Pepperoni Sticks, Chicken Fingers, Cinnamon Rolls, Cookies,
Corn Dogs, Cotton Candy, Freeze Pops, Fresh Cut American Fries, Fresh Fruit
Cups, Fresh Squeezed Lemonade, Fried Chicken, Fried Shrimp, Fried Fresh Veggie
Platter, Fried Veggies, Frozen Smoothies, Fudge, Funnel Cakes, Gobs, Halushki,
Hamburgers, Homemade Rootbeer, Hot Dogs, Hot Wings, Ice Cream, Ice Cream
Novelties, Ice Cream Sundaes, Italian Hot Sausage Sandwiches, Kettle Korn,
Kielbasa Sandwiches, Onion Rings, Orangeade, Pepperoni Rolls, Philly Cheese
Steak Sandwiches, Pierogies, Pies, Pigs In A Blanket, Pizza, Potato Pancakes,
Potato Salad, Pumpkin Rolls, Roasted Bavarian Almonds & Cashews, Root Beer
Floats, Shaved Ice Sno-Kones, Sloppy Joes, Snails, Strawberry Shortcake and
Crafts this year will feature
Angels, Aprons, Benches, Bibs, Bird Houses, Blankets, Brooms, Ceramic Crafts,
Christmas Ornaments, Custom Made Saddles, Dishcloths, Dog Coats & Accessories,
Dog Collar Covers, Fabric Items, Floral Arrangements, Framed Quilling Designs,
Hair & Neckware Accessories, Handcrafted Jewelry, Hand-Tied Macreme, Hats,
Historical Reproductions, Holsters, Lamps, Leather, Leather Bags, Magnets,
Medical Covers, Painted Patio Pavers, Penn State Items, Pitt Items, Pillows,
Placemats & Runners, Potholders, Quilled Jewelry, Raggedy Anns, Rugs, Scripture
Quilts, Seasonal Items, Shirts, Sleigh Bells, Solar Light Decor, Steeler Items,
Table Accessories, Towels, Tree Skirts, Tree Toppers, Welcome Stones, Wood Decor
Items and Woodworking. Other exhibitors will feature Bathroom
Remodeling, Brooms, Childrens Games, Fitness & Health, Free Health Screenings,
Historical Displays, Homemade Jams & Salsas, Small Games of Chance, Specialty
Food Items, Sports Cards & Collectibles, Tupperware and Voter Registration.
Area businesses and
organizations have been extremely supportive of the festival effort and
without them, this event would not be possible. Five major sponsors that deserve
special recognition are Waste Management, Amfire Mining,
Direct Value Outlet, Jackson Township Senior Center and Naugle
Insurance whom have made sizeable contributions towards the Festival.
Other sponsors include Ameriserv, Atlantic Broadband, Castle Pub,
Construction Equipment Services, Dolan's Welding & Steel, Jerry Gilkey Pools,
Martin Marine, Mercik's Ideal Market and Sheetz. Others
donating towards this event include Cooper Signs, Damin Printing, First
National Bank of PA, Neighbors Who Care, Opthalmic Associates, Rose Excavating,
Vantage Physical Therapy and Warren Oil. 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!
WANT A BOOTH AT THE
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.
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 childrenís 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.
STATE REP. FRANK BURNS
HELPS SECURE $500,000 GRANT FOR PROPOSED BUSINESS PARK
the help of Pennsylvania State Rep. Frank Burns of the 72nd
District, Jackson Township was awarded a grant of $500,000 to be used
towards the proposed Jackson Township Business Park. The Business Park initial
phase will encompass approx. 125 acres and has the potential to create 1,000
jobs. The Project has been in the preliminary development stages for several
years and the acquired grant will be used for design and engineering. An RFP
(Request for Proposal) has been advertised for the solicitation of design and
engineering services. The Business Park is proposed along the Chickaree Hill
area of Route 22 which is the busiest road in Cambria County and a highly
desirable place to attract business once infrastructure is developed. Besides
job creation, some of the benefits of the park will be expanding the tax base
for Jackson Township to help keep everyoneís taxes lower, home development and
spin-off benefits for local businesses, services and suppliers. According to
State Rep. Burns, this Project is a solid investment in our community and will
be here to benefit future generations and provide real growth opportunity for
the area. Richard Sutter & Associates, Planning Consultant for the
Park estimated the first phase could cost between $4 and $6 million dollars to
develop. The initial phase would consist of 7 parcels of 13 to 15 acres each.
Smaller parcels could be developed based on each prospective tenants needs.
Although this is a huge undertaking by the Jackson Township Supervisors, there
is no better investment than providing family sustaining jobs that will benefit
the children and grandchildren of Jackson Township for years to come.
SWIGLE MT. WATER PROJECT
RECEIVES $390,000 GRANT
Mountain Water Project became one step closer to reality when the news was
received that a grant for $390,000 was received with the help of the
Pennsylvania Bureau of Abandoned Mines. The actual funding is coming
from the Federal Office of Surface Mining. The Project will
include a 22,000 foot service line that will provide much needed water service
to 42 homes. Currently, many households have to haul water or use water
sparingly. The water line project will also include a pumping station and a new
tank. The Jackson Township Water Authority will be the owner of
the new line. Hegemann & Wray Engineering has been working on the
new line for the Supervisors and permits have been applied for. The last
estimated cost of the project is 1.7 million. According to Rich Wray, a
$450,000. Grant should be on the way by mid-July from the Pennsylvania
Infrastructure Investment Authority known as PennVEST and
$850,000 from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic
Development. Once all funding is in place, the Project can be put out
for bid and construction should soon follow.
MITCHELL PARK PHASE I
Mitchell Park Phase I expansion is now underway with new sewer and water lines
being installed. The Jackson Township Water Authority has
installed the new water line extensions while JETSA has put in new
sewer lines. Quotes have been received for underground electrical work and bids
were opened for the main part of the project which will include 2 new
large pavilions that can accommodate large groups, public
restrooms, excavating work and other amenities. Bids for the Mitchell
expansion were opened at the Supervisors May 28th meeting. The
results of the bids were as follows:
PHASE I - BID RESULTS
B C S Construction
S R & G Construction
The low bidder was B C S
Construction of Altoona, PA. A pre-construction conference will be held
by P. Joseph Lehman Engineers who have been handling the design
and engineering as well as the bidding process. The project is being partially
funded with the help of a $125,000 grant from the DCNR (Dept. Of
Conservation & Natural Resources). Mitchell Park has become one of the jewels of
Jackson Township and the expansion will only enhance the park even more.
Residents and visitors alike praise the location, beauty and wilderness like
setting of the Park.
4th ANNUAL FISHING DERBY
DRAWS 211 CHILDREN
4th Annual Jackson Township Fishing Derby was held on Saturday, May 9th 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. This year the weather
cooperated and a record 211 children came out to participate which was a
dramatic increase over last yearís 118 kids. The Derby now in itís 4th
year is gaining a reputation of being a fun and well organized event and seems
to grow each year. The Derby this year was once again 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:
Emily Green for the first fish caught and first child to catch their
limit of 5 trout, Jordan Kish for catching the fish with the
longest total length, John Jones for the biggest fish caught - 21
inches and Chloe Craft for the 2nd biggest fish caught
- 17 inches. A huge amount of prizes were awarded throughout the Fishing Derby
which began at 9 and went until 3 pm. All prizes were worth at least $15 or
greater. In addition. Every child attending went home with something and a great
time was had by all! Businesses, organizations and individuals that
contributed towards the Fishing Derby included:Adamís Country Market,
Alís Pizza, Ameriserv, Aurandt Motors, Best Way Pizza, Betty Jean McKinstry, Big
Stone Inn, C & R Motors, Commons Hardware, D. Fisher, Dan McQuay, Direct Value
Outlet, Dolanís Welding & Steel, Dorothy Ford, Dr. Donald Leckey OD, Ebensburg
ACE Hardware, Ebensburg Fishing & Hunting, First Commonwealth Bank, First Summit
Bank, Fords Corner Beverage, Gilkey Pools, G. P. Porta-Johns, Greater Jackson
Township Sportsmans Club, Guitars N Stuff, Harv Rawlins, Jackson Township
Supervisors, Jeff Gore Allstate Insurance, Jannaís Hair & Tanning, Larry & Sue
Gresh, Matt Gresh, Mainline Bank, Martin Marine, Masters Ministries, Mercikís
Ideal Market, Nanty Glo Auto, Nanty Glo Foodland, Nick Gresh, Nickles Bakery,
Niner Diner, Orange Blossom Restaurant, Park Hill Dairy Queen, Pat Shuman &
Janet Reese, Pit Stop 271, Randy Wike Heating, Right Cut, Rose Bud Inn, Royal
Auto Body & Refinishing, Somogyiís Route 22 West Supply, Tire Outlet, Tom &
Nancy Morrison, T & P Trains, Twin Rocks - Cardiff Sportsmans Club, Valewood
Farms Dairy, Valley Beverage, Vantage Physical Therapy, Vinco Pizza, Virginia
Sidor Beauty Salon, Wal-Mart, Waste Management, Wise Trailer Sales, Wonder
Hostess Thrift Store and Woodland Park Campground. In addition to the all of the
generous donations received, the Jackson Township Community Rod & Gun Club also
raised money by selling 50-50's and chances at the Club. 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!
Central Cambria Coalition continues to work on various items of common interest.
The Coalition comprised of Cambria Township, Ebensburg
Borough and Jackson Township recently went together to
purchase two new pieces of equipment. The first piece of equipment was a
Crafco Crack Sealing Machine which was made possible with the help of a
DCED Shared Municipal Services Matching Grant of $22,100.
The machine was ordered from Air-Vac of Derry. The cost to each
municipality was $9,014. each. The second piece of machinery ordered was a
Concord Asphalt Hauler or "Hot Box" from Cambria Tractor
for a total cost of $18,000 which means the cost per each municipality was
$6,000. Both pieces of equipment were on the State Contract. By sharing
equipment, costs can greatly be reduced for everyone. The Coalition
Steering Committee is working on Phase II Planning after
successfully adopting a Multi-Municipal Comprehensive Plan. Phase II Planning
involves looking at each municipalityís zoning, subdivision, stormwater and
other ordinances and looking for areas where the 3 municipalities can be
coordinated or complimentary where it makes sense to do so. Phase II Planning is
being made possible with the help of a $30,250 DCED Shared Municipal
Services Matching Grant. A Route 22 Sewage Study completed
earlier for the Coalition has been submitted in hopes that there might be
Economic Stimulus Funds available to pursue the Project. Other items
discussed by the Coalition in recent months include a Multi-Municipal Police
Force and a Regional Skate Park.
Drug & Awareness Program
For Elementary, Middle & High School Students
11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Wednesday, July 29th, 2009
Veterans Park, Vinco, PA
FREE GAMES & PRIZES
FREE DRAWINGS FOR SWEATSHIRTS & BICYCLE HELMETS
Sponsored by: Cambria County Courts & Judge Gerald Long
YOUTH FAIR SCHEDULED FOR
Cambria County Courts and Judge Gerald Long will be hosting a Youth Fair at
Veterans Park in Vinco on Wednesday, July 29th from 11:00 am to
1:00 pm. The Veterans Park location was chosen being it will be more
convenient for children to walk or ride a bike to the park as opposed to
Mitchell Park. 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 program has been a success for the past 13
years with the help of local police, fire and ambulance departments. The Youth
Fair held at Leidy Park on June 12th had a great turnout with over 50 children
and 20 adults attending. 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.
below are some of the upcoming events and activities scheduled in Jackson
Township over the upcoming months:
New York City Bus Trip
Now is the time to plan for a fun-filled
weekend in the "Big Apple", NYC on September 26-27 (Saturday-Sunday). . Buses
will leave Jackson Elementary at 5 am and head off for New York where you'll
have lots of time on Saturday & Sunday for sightseeing, attending a play,
shopping or many of the other countless fun things there are to do in one of the
world's most famous cities. Shuttles will run from Manhattan back to your hotel
in New Jersey several times Saturday evening. You'll be able to head back into
Manhattan on Sunday and then depart NYC for home at 3 pm and arrive back in
Mundys Corner approx. 9 pm. Many reservations have already been received so It's
not too early to get your name on the sign-up list as this trip is very popular!
For additional information,
contact the Jackson Township Municipal Building at 749-0725.
FIRE COMPANY NEWS &
Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Company wishes to thank everyone for their
generous support during their Annual Fund Drive held in June. If
you havenít mailed in or given a donation yet, you can still do so by dropping
it off at the Fire Hall or mailing it to 176 Adams Avenue, Mineral Point, PA
15942. Just a reminder 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 that supports the Fire Company.
Thanks go out to everyone who supported the Jackson Firemanís Festival
Weekend. One of the highlights was the 5th 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. An Archery Raffle will be held on
Saturday, September 19th and a Fall Gun Raffle will be
held on Sunday, October 18th at the Fire Hall. Once again there will
be a booth set up at the Cambria County Fair where volunteers will sell tickets
for their Annual Turkey Raffle which will be held on Saturday,
November 21st. 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.
An Open House will be held on Wednesday, October 7th
from 6 to 9 pm.at the Fire Hall to help celebrate National Fire Prevention
Week. The Open House will include Fire Department tours, a chance to
meet the Firemen and check out the fire trucks, tours of the Smoke Trailer, free
fire truck rides, free 911 House ID Numbers, free refreshments and educational
information on fire fighting. Chris Fedora, Emergency
Management Coordinator for Jackson Township is asking that if there are
any residents in the Township that have special needs in the event of an
emergency, they should notify him by calling 749-7647 or 421-5159. Special needs
could include being on an Oxygen Tank or needing special care to be removed from
your home. If the power were to be out for 2 days or more, would you need
assistance? This information will be used for Emergency Management purposes
WATER AUTHORITY UPDATE
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
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
Set sprinklers to water the lawn or garden only. Do not water the street or
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
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.
In other news, the process continues
on the installation of new radio read meters throughout the
Jackson Township Water Authority System. The project was made possible with a 2%
interest loan to the Authority from Jackson Township. The Water Authority has
also applied for a Safe Water Appropriation Grant which they
expect to hear the outcome in July. When completed, meters will be able to be
read almost instantaneously from a vehicle or a hand-held reader. In addition,
the new meters should eliminate almost all estimated readings. The Water
Authority has also completed the extension of lines in Mitchell Park that will
serve the new restrooms and pavilions to be built in the Mitchell Park Phase I
SEWER AUTHORITY UPDATE
Cherrywood / Brazil Lane Project is almost complete. D. J. Wisor
and Sons, the contractor for Contract # 2 in the Brazil Lane / Mitchell
Field area requested Substantial Completion and a walk thru was completed on
June 11th. The walk-thru went very well and there were only a few punch list
items that Wisor has to complete. JETSA has accepted the main sewer lines for
Contract # 2 and letters were sent out to 71 residents stating that they will
have sixty (60) days to tap-in to the system. Specifications for connecting to
the System are available at JETSA's office during regular business hours.
Guyer Brothers Inc., the contractor for Contract # 1 in the Adams
Avenue / Cherrywood area has also asked for Substantial Completion and a
walk-thru was scheduled for the end of June. If all goes well with the
walk-thru, JETSA will be able to accept the main lines at the July 9th Board
Meeting and then notify the additional 134 residents to tap-in to the Sanitary
Sewer System. The Lyle Street and Adams Avenue Pump Stations were started up on
June 15th. JETSA is very pleased with the work that both Guyer Brothers and D.
J. Wisor have done. There were very few complaints and both contractors seemed
to handle the resident's needs as they went through their properties. Both
contractors were very thorough and addressed each complaint in a timely and
respectful manner. This new project will bring on an additional 205 homes to the
system, provide for future development and most importantly, clean up the
watershed in our area. JETSA received a $632,253. grant along with a loan of
$3,447,747. from Pennvest. Since the Cherrywood / Brazil Lane
Project came under budget, Pennvest has allowed JETSA to use the remaining funds
along with the Tap Fee money to rehab the ten existing Pump Stations. The Pump
Station rehab work was put out for bids and on June 1st, the low bidder,
BCS Construction of Altoona, was awarded the project. JETSA has also
applied for an H2O grant from Pennvest to help with the cost of the Pump
Stations Rehab Work and also an AARA Grant for station dialers,
camera and smoke testing equipment. However, with so many applications and so
little money to be awarded, it is hard to say what our chances are to get any
grant money. JETSA is hopeful that there will be only a minimal rate increase,
if any, to the monthly sewer bill. JETSA and the Jackson Township Water
Authority Maintenance Crew installed new water and sewer lines at Mitchell Park
to accommodate the concession stand and the new restrooms
that will be constructed at the Park. Many thanks to both entities for
their hard work and giving of their time to install the water and sewer lines
for Jackson Township and all those who use and enjoy beautiful Mitchell Park.
Again this year, JETSA has hired three Summer Interns to work with
GIS mapping of the JETSA Sewer System, check for leaks in manholes
and service lateral leaks. The Interns are currently working in the Vinco area
and will start to work their way to the Wesley Chapel area. JETSA Rules &
Regulations state that all viewports are to be made accessible for the
Authority's use. If the JETSA crew cannot locate your clean-out or viewport, a
letter will be sent to you and you will have 30 days to locate your viewport. If
an owner would like for the JETSA crew to assist in locating their cleanout or
viewport with the JETSA camera, a charge of $50.00 an hour will be added to your
monthly sewer bill. Due to the Johnstown Redevelopment Authority /
Johnstown Regional Sewage being mandated by PaDEP to clean
up their system, it affects all of the outlying municipalities that convey
wastewater to the Dornick Point Treatment Plan. Since JETSA collects and conveys
the wastewater to the Dornick Point Treatment Plant, this mandate affects JETSA.
JACKSON TWP. SCHOLARSHIP
FUND AWARDS RECORD AMOUNTS
Only in itís 3rd year, the Jackson Township
Scholarship Committee Fund has grown to record levels. Just formed in 2006, the
Committee was able to award two $500.00 scholarships to two deserving Central
Cambria Seniors from Jackson Township in itís first year. Last year the amount
grew to $1,275.00 per student and was the largest scholarship awarded in the
history of Central Cambria. This year the amount awarded was a record $ 1,362.00
per student. The two highest ranking students (1 boy and 1 girl) from Jackson
Township were Sasha Kania and Garrett Santichen.
Sasha is the
daughter of June & Ron Kania of Fords Corner Road. She ranked 2nd
in the Class of 2009 with a 4.3582 GPA and plans to attend St. Francis
University where she will major in Physical Therapy. Sasha has been active in
the Interact Club, National Honor Society, Students Against Drunk Driving and
was a Peer Mentor. In addition she taught Bible School at her church. Garrett is
the son of Venetia & Mike Santichen of Dishong Mountain Road. He
ranked fourth in the 2009 graduating class of 166 with a 4.3238 GPA. He plans on
attending Penn State University and major in Aeronautical Engineering. Garrett
was active in Track, Swimming, National Honor Society, Forensics, Student
Congress, President of the Ski Club, Secretary of the Computer Club and Outdoor
Odyssey. These scholarships are made possible through the generosity of local
organizations, businesses and individuals. Thanks go out to all of those
contributing this year to the Scholarship Fund. They are: Espe
Chiropractic, Gilkey, Pools, Jackson Elementary P.T.O., Laurel Medical Supply,
Angela & John Letizia Jr. , MEC Chemicals, Mercik's Ideal Market, Neighbors Who
Care and Stacey & Doug Weigel. The
Scholarship Committee is comprised of Dave Cobaugh, Deana Deetscreek,
John Letizia Jr. and Doug Weigel 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
Dave Cobaugh 322-4512, Deana Deetscreek
322-3503, John Letizia Jr. 535-2278 or Doug Weigel 472-6386
JACKSON STUDENTS EXCEL
AT CEN. CAM. AWARDS ASSEMBLY
An Awards Assembly in May 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:
Aaron Rusin Memorial Scholarship
American Red Cross Scholarship
Army Scholar Athlete Award
Central Cambria High School Faculty
Central Cambria Math Dept. Award
Central Cambria Computer Science
Central Cambria Physical Education
Central Cambria Foreign Language
Central Cambria Art Dept. Award
Central Cambria Principals Award
Central Cambria 4 Years of Perfect
Candace Buksa, Sally
Central Cambria Academic Top Ten
Sasha Kania, Erica
Gray, Garrett Santichen, Eric Savering
Challenge Program Community Service
Challenge Program Most Improved Award
District 6 Sportsmanship Award
Ebensburg Womenís Club Scholarship
In-Shore Technologies Scholarship|
Jackson Township Academic
Sasha Kania / Garrett
Marine Scholastic Excellence Award
Patricia Martin Memorial Scholarship
Pennsylvania Highlands Community
College Board Scholarship
Rotary Essay Scholarship
If you see one of these individuals,
be sure to congratulate them on their achievements.
AARON RUSIN SCHOLARSHIP
FUND IN 4th YEAR
to believe that the Aaron Rusin Scholarship Fund is now in it's
4th year. The Fund was established by the family of Private First Class,
Aaron Rusin, a 2003 graduate of Central Cambria who was killed in the
line of duty in Iraq on October 10, 2004. Central Cambria School District,
Jackson Township and the entire area will be eternally grateful for Aaron's
sacrifice in service of his Country while preserving our freedom. The
Scholarship Fund is financed through an annual event called the Aaron
Rusin Battle of the Barrel which is held at the Jackson Twp. Vol. Fire
Company where Aaron served as an active member.
The criteria for earning the
1. Completing a Scholarship
2. Senior male and Senior female
3. Minimum 3.0 GPA
4. Accepted to an institution of higher education.
5. Had a positive impact on the quality of life at the High School and in
the Community through involvement and participation in activities.
6. Personifies "true spirit" of volunteerism and community service.
7. Financial need may be considered, but is not the driving force.
This year the $500 awards
went to Cailyn Parkin of 209 S. Sugar Street, Ebensburg and
Anthony Chiappini of 1904 White Street, Nanty Glo (Jackson Twp.).
Cailyn plans to attend Slippery Rock University and major in Secondary Education
Social Studies. She is a Mentor in the Outdoor Odyssey Program and a Junior
Mentor in the Junior Mentoring Program. She is involved in Marching Band,
Soccer, National Honor Society, Girls Scouts and has maintained a 3.78 GPA.
Anthony plans on attending Indiana University of PA where he will major if
Safety Science. Anthony was involved in various class opportunities, Track &
Field and Weight Training. He completed his Senior year with a 3.1261 GPA.
Congratulations to both of these well deserving individuals
ORDINANCE PASSED TO
ENFORCE PARKS & SR. CENTER RULES
The Board of Supervisors adopted
Ordinance # 160 which not only adopted rules for Jackson Township
Parks and the Senior Center but allows for enforcement and
fines for those who violate the adopted rules. Over the past years, there has
been countless complaints from residents ranging from dogs using the parks for
"doing their business" on a regular basis to profanity. Other complaints
included, tobacco and alcohol use, damage of property, parking violations and on
and on. The Ordinance finally gives "teeth" to enforce rules that were
recommended by the Recreation Commission and Senior Center. If you or someone in
your family is guilty of any of the below rules, please keep in mind that you
could be fined for a violation. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated for the
enjoyment of all at Township owned facilities. Below are the rules that were
adopted along with the Ordinance:
JACKSON TWP. SENIOR
No Smoking or Tobacco use is
permitted on Senior Center premises.
2. No Alcohol use is permitted at the Center.
3. No Profanity will be tolerated.
4. Individuals are to treat each other in a civil and courteous manner
5. No one is to steal, damage or altar any property of the Center
including any computer equipment, software programs or other electronic
6. No one is to harass another person, employee or volunteer.
7. No one is permitted to bring a weapon or possess a weapon in the
8. No one is permitted to post material without the approval of a Center
employee or Officer.
9. Individuals are not permitted to park their vehicles in unauthorized
10. No one is permitted to carry, lead or bring an animal into the
Center, or cause an animal to enter the Center, with the exception of properly
identified service animals for persons with disabilities under the control of
JACKSON TWP. RECREATION
& PARKS RULES
Park and facilities are only open from dawn to dusk.
2. No motor vehicles are permitted beyond parking areas.
3. Teams are responsible for keeping dugouts and field areas clean.
4. No bikes are permitted beyond parking areas.
5. No pets are permitted in the park.
6. No Alcohol use permitted in the park except for designated areas.
7. No littering is permitted.
8. Vandalism of any kind will not be tolerated.
9. No open fires or burning is permitted.
10. No overnight parking is permitted without permission.
11. No smoking permitted except in parking lot areas.
12. No Profanity will be tolerated.
JACKSON LIONS SEEK NEW MEMBERS
Have you ever wanted to make a difference in your Community or even the world?
The Jackson Township Lions Club is looking for a few good men and
women to join them at 7 PM on the second Monday of the month at the Jackson
Township Senior Center. Lions Club International is the largest service club in
the world. It's members have the reputation of being doers in their communities.
Join the Jackson Lions at a meeting and find out what the Lions Club is all
about. For more information, please call Dave Perry (President)
or Betty Perry (Secretary) at 322-0938 or Betty Lou Shoup
(Treasurer) at 322-1678.
CAMBRIA CO. LIBRARY BOOK
MOBILE RETURNS TO JACKSON
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 23rd
2:00 - 3:00 pm
Thursday Aug. 6th 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Thursday Aug. 20th 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Thursday Sept. 3rd 2:00 - 3:00 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.
JUNK VEHICLE REMOVAL
have a junked vehicle that needs removed from your property and youíre not sure
how to go about it, perhaps the following information will help. Al Gillin who
operates a licensed junkyard along Adams Avenue has agreed to tow any junked
vehicles that you would like to have removed from your property. According
to Mr. Gillin, in most cases there will be no charge to any Township resident
for this service unless there is great difficulty getting to the vehicle
to pick it up. If you wish to have junked vehicles removed from your
property, you may contact Mr. Gillin at 322-4366 to see if you qualify for this
Residents Cashing In On Scrap Metal
Many residents are
getting top dollar on scrap metal. This includes automobiles that may be sitting
on your property. EMF Industries of Franklin Borough accepts old
vehicles and pays for the scrap metal value which has been up dramatically this
year. The phone number for EMF is 536-5047.
VEHICLE BATTERY DROP-OFF
Every wonder how to dispose of any old
batteries from cars, trucks, lawn mowers, tractors, etc. that you may have
laying around your property? They are considered hazardous so you cannot put
them out with your garbage. You can however drop them off at Naugles Auto
& Truck Sales free of charge where they will see that they are properly
processed for disposal or recycling. Naugles Auto & Truck Sales is
located at 3309 William Penn Avenue near Mundys Corner.
If you have any questions concerning
battery disposal, please contact Eric Naugle at 659-7429.
INTERESTED IN SERVING
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
email@example.com By volunteering you can make a difference in
your community. Any and all inquiries would be greatly appreciated!
CURRENT OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE
Jackson Historical Preservation
If you are interested in helping the
Historic Preservation Committee, feel free to attend any of their meetings. If
you have any knowledge of the history of the Township, you are welcome to share.
The Committee meets the 3rd Thursday of each month at the Township Municipal
Building at 1:00 pm.
Jackson Heritage Festival
Help plan and organize
the 6th Annual Jackson Heritage Festival. Planning is underway for this year's
big event and monthly meetings are being held to help iron out all of the
details. If you are interested in helping out, please phone, write or email your
name to the Jackson Township Office.
SENIOR CENTER NEWS
The Center is buzzing with many activities and
events. The Senior Center will be serving up their highly popular food items at
the 6th Annual Jackson Heritage Festival including Pigs
In A Blanket, Halushki, Assorted Home Made Cakes and other goodies! The annual
Calendar Party will be held on Sunday, Sept. 27th at 2 pm. Anyone
wishing to donate a new gift or craft or host a table for this fundraising event
should contact the Center at 322-3327. A tour will be offered to the
Senior Life facility in Johnstown on Monday, July 27th. The Senior Life
bus will pick up those who wish to tour at the Jackson Senior Center at 11:00 am
and return at 2:00 pm. The tour includes transportation and lunch.
Pre-registration is required. On Wednesday, July 29th, Cambria County
Apprise Insurance Coordinators, Jim & Barb Crissey will be at the Center
to help Seniors with health insurance questions or problems. Those interested
must contact the Center to schedule an appointment. Flu Shots are
scheduled for Tuesday, October 27th and will be administered by Conemaugh
Home Health to anyone over the age of 60 or those 18 and older who are
considered high risk with conditions such as chronic illness, diabetes, cancer,
lung disease, etc. The Center and Conemaugh Health Priority Care
will be sponsoring a Community Blood Screening on Saturday,
October 31st from 7 to 9 am. Cost is $25 and if you want a PSA it's an
additional $35. This event is held twice a year at the Center as a fundraiser.
It's once again time to play horseshoes! Times are on Tuesdays at
6:00 pm and Thursdays at 10:00 am. The Center now has Telehealth Equipment
where individuals can take their own blood pressure, heart rate, oxygen
or weight. Betty Lybarger, Frank Singel or anyone at the Center who is familiar
with the unit can offer assistance or a demonstration as to how it works during
regular Senior Center hours. For more
information on any of the above events, contact the Senior Center at 322-3327.
The Center Knitting Club
meets every Tuesday at 10:00 am to knit / crochet hats, mittens & scarves to be
given to the needy children and adults. Last year they did another superb job by
donating 167 items to Head Start and 202 items which were distributed among
Family Services, Women's Help Center, Victim Services and the Cambria County
Children's Shelter Care. If anyone is interested in helping with the yearly
project, you are welcome to start now so that the much needed items can be
donated before Christmas. Anyone is welcome to drop off the items during the
year and yarn donations are also greatly appreciated. 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.
The Center would like to thank
Faye Kuhne and John Adams who assisted in the preparation
of 158 tax returns for 2008. They did a superb job with 106 of the returns
completed over the computer to speed up the tax filing process. They have
offered this service for 4 years and we look forward to them returning next tax
season. Just a reminder that 2008 Property Tax / Rent Rebate Applications
must be filed by December 31, 2009. This program benefits eligible
Pennsylvanians age 65 and older, widows & widowers age 50 and older and people
with disabilities age 18 and older. The income limit for participation has
increased to $35,000 which excludes half of Social Security Income and raises
the maximum rebate for both homeowners and renters from $500 to $650. If you
think you are eligible and haven't filed yet, you should do so. Applications are
available at the Center. 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 776th 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.
BETTY LYBARGER HONORED
FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE
was honored at a dinner held at the
Senior Center on Friday, June 12th for receiving "The President's
Volunteer Service Award". The award is given from the President's
Council on Service & Civic Participation and recognizes an individual's
dedication to volunteer service. Accompanying the award was a letter from the
White House signed by President Barack Obama
recognizing the importance of volunteer service to one's Community and Country.
Betty Lybarger has served as a volunteer nearly all her life and has put in
countless hours at the Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Company as
well as the Jackson Township Senior Center. The award is well
deserved and Jackson Township as well as it's citizens can be grateful for her
past and present volunteering and dedication. Congratulations Betty!
(Submitted by Chief Bob Fatula)
The figures for March were as follows:
911 Calls dispatched to Police: 342 Reportable Part I Crimes: 6 broken
down as follows: Burglaries-3, Larceny-3. Reportable Part 44 Crimes:
DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-8, Disorderly Conduct-5, Stolen
Property-5, Vandalism-3, Drugs-2, Family Offenses-1, Fraud-1 and all others-19.
Calls Resulting in Cases: 27,
Total Arrestees: 22, Total Suspects: 0, Total Victims: 13, DUI Arrests: 8,
Traffic Citations: 27, Non-Traffic Citations: 1, Total Warnings: 0.
The figures for April
were as follows: 911 Calls dispatched to Police: 227 Reportable Part I
Crimes: 4 broken down as follows: Larceny-3 and Burglaries-1. Reportable
Part 13 Crimes: Disorderly Conduct-2, Public Drunkenness-2, DUI (Driving
While Under the Influence)-1, Stolen Property-1, Vandalism-1 and all others-6.
Calls Resulting in Cases: 10,
Total Arrestees: 7, Total Suspects: 2, Total Victims: 8, DUI Arrests: 1, Traffic
Citations: 10, Non-Traffic Citations: 7, Total Warnings: 0.
The figures for April
were as follows: 911 Calls dispatched to Police: 268 Reportable Part I
Crimes: 8 broken down as follows: Larceny-5, Arson-2 and Burglaries-1.
Reportable Part 15 Crimes: DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-6, Stolen
Property-3, Vandalism-2, Drugs-1 and all others-3.
Calls Resulting in Cases: 23, Total
Arrestees: 12, Total Suspects: 2, Total Victims: 11, DUI Arrests: 5, Traffic
Citations: 39, Non-Traffic Citations: 4, Total Warnings: 1.
LOOSE OR STRAY DOG
Jackson Township Police Department is now handling stray or loose dog
complaints. Anyone who sees a stray dog or has a dog that got loose should
call the Jackson Township Police at 749-0051 or the Cambria County Non-Emergency
Number at 472-2100 or 1-800-281-1680. The Police Department is getting
dogs that slip their collar and if they donít know who the dog belongs to, they
must take them to the Cambria County Humane Society in Johnstown. The Police
would prefer to return the dog to itís rightful owner.
OTHER JACKSON TWP. NEWS
~Whoís New Around
No one has been hired or appointed this
quarter but Jackson Township did have one retirement. Gary "Ralph" Mayer,
Assistant Shop Foreman retired in July of this year after working for the
Township for 36 years. Best wishes go out to Gary "Ralph" on his retirement!
Dan Schrader, Part-Time Police Officer, also resigned due to
scheduling conflicts and personal reasons.
~Many Turn Out To Honor Vets
weather cooperated with a nice turnout for the annual Memorial Day Ceremony held
at Veterans Park in Vinco. Pennsylvania State Rep. Frank Burns of
the 72nd District was the speaker. Other participants in the ceremony
included the Johnstown VFW Post 155 Honor Rifle Team,
Jackson Township Troop 204 Boy Scouts & Cub Scouts, Pastor John
Weaver of Summit Chapel United Methodist Church and
Corey Shirk, a Junior at Central Cambria High School who provided
special music selections. Special thanks go out to Frank Singel
who spent much time organizing the event and also acted as Master of Ceremonies.
~Seal Coat Bid Awarded
Enterprise Stone & Lime
had the low bid submitted for 2009 Seal Coating or "tar & chip" Projects
scheduled for Jackson Township. The bid was awarded at the Supervisors May 28th
Meeting. New Enterpriseís bid came in at $ 60,972.45 beating out Grannas
Brothers, HRI, Quaker Sales and Russell Standard. This year nine streets are
scheduled for seal coating this year including Brazil Lane, Cherrywood Drive,
Hunts Road, Kissell Lane, Lyle Street, Pinelock Street, Stagers Road, Wagner
Road and Zurenda Lane.
~Miscellaneous Materials Bids
of Supervisors awarded a contract for miscellaneous stone and antiskid for the
coming year at their May 28th Meeting. New Enterprise Stone & Lime
came in as the low bidder on each individual item beating out Grannas Brothers &
HRI. For three types of miscellaneous paving materials, Quaker Sales
was the low bidder surpassing HRI & New Enterprise Stone & Lime.
~Primary Election Results for Jackson
heated race for County Judge, turnout was low in the Primary Election in Jackson
Township with only a 32% turnout compared to the 70% plus turnout in last year's
General Election in November. Republican incumbent Dave Bracken
defeated Frank "Buck" Alexander while Mark Westrick
ran unopposed on the Democratic side in the race for Jackson Township
Supervisor. For Tax Collector, Paulette Baker earned the most
votes on both the Democratic & Republican side despite a write-in campaign by
April Renzi. Running un-opposed were Marcia Shaheen for
re-election to the Central Cambria School Board and Barry Rouzer
for Constable. The position of Township Auditor received only write-in votes.
The General Election is scheduled for Tuesday, November 3rd.
~Eagle Scouts Honored at Banquet
often that 7 (count em) young men from one municipality achieve the highest rank
of Eagle Scout but that's exactly what happened this year in
Jackson Township! The Eagle Banquet was held at the Jackson Township Fire Hall
on Friday, April 17th. Scouts who achieved Eagle rank included Frank Brown,
Aaron Dreikorn, Ben Grove, Cory Henry,
Keith Henry, A. J. Pagano and Brad Vermileon.
Those speaking at the banquet included Rodell Snyder, Boy Scout
Troop 204 leader, State Rep. Frank Burns, State Senator John
Wozniak, Attorney Tim Burns and Jackson Township
Supervisors Bruce Baker and John Wallet. Township Manager,
Dave Hirko acted as Master of Ceremonies for the special event. At
the banquet the Eagle Scouts were presented many awards and recognitions for
their achievement. On behalf of Jackson Township, the Supervisors presented each
Scout with a Certificate of Achievement and Troop 204 was presented with a
plaque declaring the following week after the banquet as Jackson Township
Boy Scouts Troop 204 Week by way of proclamation. Six of the Eagle
Scouts did projects for Jackson Township while Ben Vermileon did his for
St. John Vianney Catholic Church. All of the Scouts are to be commended
for their efforts. In addition to Rodell Snyder, Karen Whited and
Ben Brown assist with Troop 204 and they can all be proud of their
~What Are Those Purple Boxes?
If you see
a purple box hanging from a tree along various roads in the Township, it's not
some kind of psychedelic bird house or box kite. The boxes which are actually
"sticky traps" were put up by the Penn State Cooperative Extension
to capture any Emerald Ash Borers which are basically small
beetles that threaten the destruction of Ash trees in Pennsylvania. There are
currently five infested counties including Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Lawrence
and Mercer. Cambria County is part of a study area comprised of 15 additional
counties to determine if the Emerald Ash Borer is spreading. The remaining
counties in Pennsylvania will be covered by similar testing conducted by various
~ETJ Makes Mitchell Improvements
out to East Taylor-Jackson Little League for making several
improvements at Mitchell Park. Improvements include installing new lights on the
Concession Stand and lights and electric in the existing Pavilion. In addition,
ETJ has agreed to repair some of the ball field fencing that was damaged.
~Cable Franchise Agreement Approved
agreement was approved at the March 26th Board of Supervisors Meeting
between Atlantic Broadband and Jackson Township to continue
providing cable services to a large portion of Jackson Township. The Contract
was negotiated by the Cambria-Somerset Council of Governments with
nearly 20 municipalities represented.
~Planning Commission Looks at
Jackson Township Planning Commission is discussing various items that should be
in a Nuisance Ordinance which would address countless complaints
to the Township Office. Some of the items that could be addressed in such an
Ordinance are abandoned or dilapidated structures, unlicensed and unregistered
vehicles, noise, obstruction of right-of-ways, unmaintained properties and
accumulation of garbage and junk. Complaints are received on a daily basis about
various properties in the Township and a Nuisance Ordinance could address these
complaints with enforcement and fines for violators. Once the Planning
Commission makes recommendations, the Supervisors will address the possibility
of adopting such an Ordinance. Another current project of the Planning
Commission involves looking at the Zoning Map and making
recommendations for changes. Since the Cambria County has completed itís GIS
mapping system complete with individual parcel lines, it will be easier to make
any changes where it makes sense to do so.
~Penelec Fights Outdoor Lighting
Penelec had sent all customers who have private outdoor lighting notices that
their lights would be removed by the year 2012. Private Outdoor Lights are any
lights serviced by Penelec but not paid for by the municipality. There are
30,000 of these type of lights in Penelec's territory. This would have included
lights at Jackson Elementary, Jackson Township Water Authority, Jackson Senior
Center, various churches and businesses as well as lights along streets and
roads in the Township. Formal complaints were filed to the Public Utility
Commission by various residents, churches and organizations, but it was
the phone testimony of two residents, Janet Fochtman and
Betty Lou Shoup who won the case that overturned Penelec's ability to
remove the lighting. Penelec has since filed an appeal and lost. Since then,
Penelec has requested that an extension of time be granted to address the
matter. An extension of time has been granted to Penelec until the entry of a
Final Order disposing of Penelec's Petition for Reconsideration is made.
~New Street Signs Coming Soon
larger lettering, street signs have arrived and will soon be installed
throughout the Township. The signs are 9" and although easier to read, will
require sturdier brackets to firmly secure them to the sign posts. The signs
were ordered with the help of a DCED Grant for $7,300. from State Senator,
John Wozniak. Chemung Supply had the lowest quoted
price for the more than 300 signs. The new larger lettering signs will comply
with new regulations mandating the larger, easy to read signs by the year 2012.
~Jackson Police Receive Grant
Jackson Township Police Department received a $17,000. grant from
Congressman Jack Murtha administered through Mountaintop
Technologies of Johnstown. The grant monies was used to purchase new
lights for police vehicles, bullet proof vests, new laptop computers, cameras,
uniforms, intoximeter and other upgraded equipment..
~Wagner - Chickaree Water Update
work on the Wagner Road & Chickaree Hill Water Lines are nearly
complete but there is concern on the Chickaree Hill line brought up by the
Jackson Twp. Water Authority Engineer, Gwin, Dobson & Foreman. The
concern involves water pressure at the bottom of the Chickaree Hill Line being
230 pounds per inch which was entirely too much going into homes in that area
and that this concern was made known in a letter sent to Larry Custer
of the Cambria County Redevelopment Authority. Authority
members felt that a Pressure Reducing Station would eliminate this problem. The
Water Authority has decided that they would not take over the line until the
water pressure problem is resolved to insure the safety of new customers tapping
into the line.
~Agreement for Water Service Approved
agreement to allow East Taylor Municipal Authority to provide
water service to a building lot along Brazil Lane in Jackson Township was
approved at the April 9th Supervisors Meeting. The agreement included
signatures from the East Taylor Municipal Authority, Jackson Twp. Water
Authority and Jackson Twp. Supervisors.
~Barnes Saly Completes 2008 Twp.
Saly & Company presented the 2008 Jackson Township Audit to the Board of
Supervisors at their April 30th meeting. Corina Long, CPA said it
was a "clean" audit meaning there were no findings, problems or unusual
transactions to report. Total finances were down from the previous year due to
two factors, a decrease in Landfill Revenues and the investments made by the
Supervisors in projects such as the Brazil-Cherrywood Sewer Line and the Jackson
Township Business Park. This was the 7th consecutive year that Barnes Saly &
Company have performed the Township Audit.
~Mitchell Parking Lot Expansion
the Mitchell Park Phase I Expansion, park goers can expect to see some other
improvements this year at Mitchell. New guiderail is being
installed behind Mitchell Field # 1 as a safeguard to prevent any cars from
accidentally drifting towards the field from the parking area. In addition, the
parking lot is going to be expanded from the existing lot all the
way over to the road going back to the Snowmobile Club. Another safety feature
installed for Little League Season only are two speed bumps going
back Shepard Street. Several people had expressed concern about vehicles
traveling too fast back to the park and the possibility of a child getting
injured as a result. This led to the purchase and installation of two speed
bumps to slow traffic down coming into the park.
~NAPA Building Comes Down
Building demolition was finally completed in June. The building once housed a
restaurant before it became an auto parts store. A contract was drawn up with
the Tri-Area Historical Society to do the demolition work with the
help of individuals on a work program with the Cambria County Courts.
Those individuals had an option to work off their fines rather than pay them or
not pay them and go to jail. According to Jim Toth, of Tri-Area,
all of the building was disassembled piece by piece. Many of the materials were
used in the Liberty Museum Renovation Project in Nanty Glo which
will eventually display the history and heritage of the entire area which
includes Blacklick Township, Jackson Township, Nanty Glo Borough and Vintondale
Borough. Other materials not used in the renovation were sold for cash which
will also be used towards the Museum. It was truly a win-win situation for
~State Mandatory Contractor
Pennsylvania recently passed a law that went into effect on July 1st requiring
all contractors doing home remodeling type work to register with the State. The
cost is $50 to register but will actually save contractors money from not having
to register in individual communities that would charge up to $100 annually. The
purpose of the new legislation coming from the Pennsylvania Attorney Generals
Office was to crack down on fraud and unethical practices by some contractors.
The elderly citizens were particularly vulnerable against those posing to be
legitimate home remodelers and then charging exorbitant fees for poor,
sub-standard or often no work done at all.
~Loraine Road Sewer Project
Loraine Sewage Project Phase I is nearing completion with a line
installed to provide service to 16 homes. Cost of the first phase done by
Lumadue Excavating is approximately $145,000. In addition Jackson
Township was awarded an additional $33,470. in Community Development Block
Grant funds which has also been applied to the Loraine Project to run
the line an additional 400 feet towards Fords Corner Road to service 4-5 more
homes. The additional funds were part of the Economic Stimulus Plan.
Phase II will take an additional 2 years of funds and will
complete the extension of the Loraine sewer line all the way to Fords Corner
Road providing service to an additional 20 homes. Construction on Phase II
should take place in 2011. The total cost of the Loraine Road Sewer Project is
~Jackson Supports E. Wheatfield
Township has joined East Wheatfield in supporting the installation of high-speed
cable services in the area that borders the two municipalities. According to
Roger Brown, resident of East Wheatfield, most residents in the area
between Gas Center to Chickaree Mountain do not have this vital service that the
rest of the world takes for granted. Benefits gained by residents would include
ability to work from home, improved emergency services, home schooling, on-line
bill paying, phone and television service competition to name a few. Mr. Brown
has taken petitions to residents of East Wheatfield and Jackson Townships and
gathered signatures from about 58 homeowners. Both municipalities have written
letters of support and also have asked their congressmen to support Mr. Brown's
efforts. In the past, cable companies have said that it would be too expensive
to provide this service but funding for broadband services is one of the items
mentioned in the recently passed Economic Stimulus Funds by Congress.
~Earned Income Tax Consolidation
32 passed by the
Pennsylvania House & Senate will consolidate Earned Income Tax Collection on a
County-wide basis rather than each municipality collecting their own. Each
municipality will be appointing an individual by September 15tth to serve on a
newly formed Tax Collection Committee for Cambria County. The
Committee will hold their first meeting at the Cambria County Courthouse on
October 15th. Each County in the State of Pennsylvania will be going
through the exact same process. 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.
~US Census Hiring For Positions
Census Bureau is now recruiting for the following positions: Office Clerk,
Administrative Assistant, Recruiting Assistant, Crew Leader, Assistant Crew
Leader and Enumerator. If you are interested in Full Time or Part Time Work:
Call 1-866-861-2010 to be scheduled for a basic skills test. The US Census
Bureau is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
~Crime and Vandalism
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
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
~Recycling Bins a Hit!
Last year over 150 free heavy duty
recycling bins were distributed to Jackson Township households as part of a
student Senior Project at Central Cambria High School. The
recycling bins came from the PaDEP as part of a public outreach
program. This year we had put in a request with Central Cambria for 200 bins and
once again, all were reserved (2 per household) and distributed. Being the
recycling bins have proved so popular, we have talked to Central Cambria and
they will be putting in another request for an additional 200 bins for next
year. If you are interested
in receiving 2 free bins, please contact the Township Office at 749-0725. The
bins will not be available until August of 2009.
~Jackson Township Volunteer Fire
Company Earns Silver Status
Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Company has been awarded Silver Status
by the Pennsylvania State Fire Academy. This special status is
given to those companies where 80% of the active Firemen are certified as
Firefighter 1. Congratulations to the Fire Company on earning this achievement!
~Want to Schedule An Event At A
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
~Police Urge Residents To Use Caution
Jackson Township Police are urging residents to use caution when answering the
door to anyone they don't know. In the last month there was a forced entry into
a residents home on Rose Branch Street. The resident fought off the intruder but
the outcome could have been different. Please lock your doors and be careful
when answering the door to strangers.
~Tire Recycling Available
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
Jackson Townshipís garbage contract provides for unlimited curbside garbage
pick-up as well as any large items you have to dispose of with a few exceptions
(i.e. - hazardous items, Freon, tires, etc.) If you are interested in
signing up for garbage service you need to call 1-800-677-4884. The cost
for 2009 is $39.74 per quarter.
Jackson Township has a valuable source of
information to help keep you informed. If you havenít checked out the Township
Website, please feel free to visit
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
PLANNING A BUILDING
If you are planning on a building
project be sure to visit or call either the Jackson Township Office at 749-0725
or Harry Baker, Zoning Officer at 322-1425. Your project could involve zoning,
stormwater or planning. Also with the Pennsylvania State Building Code,
inspections may be required as well. Be sure to allow plenty of time to
get any necessary permits prior to building. By doing this, your project can be
addressed in plenty of time before you actually begin construction. Also if you
are planning to pave or alter your driveway, a driveway permit is
required. Roadmasters Bruce Baker & Dave Bracken said that driveway permits are
not to inconvenience residents but are necessary to make sure there is a swale
or pipe to direct stormwater. They also make sure that driveways are not higher
than the road so snow plows donít catch the edge of the driveway. When a
driveway enters onto a Township road, a safe sight distance is also very
important. PennDOT requires permits for driveways entering onto State roads
within the Township.
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
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
firstname.lastname@example.org or call
us at the Township office at 749-0725 and you can be added manually.