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The Jackson Township Heritage Festival continues to draw more and more people each year. This year will be the 7th 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 16, Saturday, July 17 and Sunday, July 18. The big weekend will kick off on Friday with the 3rd 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 some great 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 and some of the other crafts and vendors will be open early as well. Everything will be open during regular Festival hours on Saturday and Sunday as the Festival kicks into high gear. As in 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 won’t want to miss a single performance! Entertainment on Saturday will begin from noon to 2:00 with Tree, an Irish folk music group. New this year making their first appearance at the Heritage Festival will be the Bayou Bandits from the Harrisburg area. They are one of the premier Cajun / Zydeco bands in the Northeast US and are working hard to bring this energetic Louisiana music to this area of the country. The Bandits have created their own sound by taking traditional Cajun music and stamping it with their influences in Blues, Rock, Country and Zydeco. Cajun / Zydeco has become very popular in this area and one of the biggest draws at the Johnstown Folk Festival. You won't want to miss their energetic concert / show! John Robertson will be returning to do a brand new magic & illusion show from 5:30 to 6:30 geared for all ages! 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 once again holding their regular morning church service at 10:30 am. Last year there were over 270 attending and Pastor Drew Walther and the Singer Hill congregation are looking forward hosting this service again. 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. Returning with Beaver Creek this year are original members of the group, Mary & Randy Ord. 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 has drawn quite a following in this area since their first appearance and last year drew a standing ovation at the end of their action packed concert & show! 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. Their debut CD called "Born and Raised" and their first two singles have charted nationally in the top 100 and they will soon be releasing their second CD. 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 provide an exciting evening of great entertainment for everyone! 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 4 - 7 pm. They will have a whole crew of clowns who will create balloon animals, do face painting and mingle with the Festival crowds. Always a big hit is Big Bouncy Bunch of Fun which will feature a new Atlantis theme this year with an "under the sea" type of atmosphere 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. They will also be bringing in some other unusual critters so you never know what you'll see there. Last year the big hit of the zoo was 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 and will feature a military theme. They will also have a booth outside where they will sell various items supporting the organization and their Liberty Museum Project. Also returning this year is the 4th 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 (or close to that size) 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 returning event will be the display of antique tractors 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, Apple or Blueberry Shortcake, BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Cactus Chippers, Cake, Chicken Fingers, Chicken Salad, Chicken Teriyaki Kabobs with Fried Rice, Chicken Wraps, Cinnamon Rolls, Cookies, Cotton Candy, Curly Fries, Egg Rolls, Freeze Pops, Fresh Cut American Fries, Fresh Fruit Cups, Fresh Squeezed Lemonade, Fried Chicken, Frozen Smoothies, Fudge, Gobs, Hamburgers, Halushki, Homemade Rootbeer, Hot Dogs, Hot Sausage Sandwiches, Italian Hot Dogs, Kettle Korn, Kielbasa Sandwiches, Loaded Fries, Macaroni Salad, Nacho Grande, Pepperoni Rolls, Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches, Pierogies, Pies, Pigs In a Blanket, Pit Beef or Ham Sandwiches, Pittsburgh Sandwich, Potato Salad, Pumpkin Rolls, Punky’s Soft Shell Tacos, Quessadillas, Roasted Almonds & Cashews, Root Beer Floats, Shaved Ice Sno-Kones, Sloppy Joes, Snails, Strawberry Shortcake, Stromboli, Walkin Tacos and Wings. Crafts this year will feature Alabaster Stone Items, Angels, Aprons, Baby Items, Bag Dispensers, Bears, Bird Baths, Blankets, Brooms, Ceramic Crafts, Clothes Pin Bags, Coasters, Crystal Jewelry, Dog Collar Covers, Doggie Coats & Accessories, Fabric Items, Hair & Neckware Items, Beaded Jewelry, Hand Painted Items, Hand Sewn Items, Homemade Jams & Jellies, Hot Pads, Jewelry Mannequins, Kitchen Items, Lamps, Marshmallow Shooters, Night Lights, Ornaments, Penn State Items, Pillows, Pitt Items, Quilts, Raggedy Anns & Andys, Seasonal Items, Seatbelt Covers, Seat Covers, Semi-Precious Stone Jewelry, Shirts, Steeler Items, Steering Wheel Covers, Stethoscope, Sugar Keelers, Sun Catchers, Table Runners, Therapeutic Jewelry, Toilet Seat Covers, Towels, Tree Toppers, T-Shirts and Wood Crafts. Other exhibitors will feature Animal Rescue, Balloon Twisting, Bathroom Remodeling, Books, Childrens Games, Children's Novelty Items, Face Painting, Fitness & Health, Free Health Screenings, Glow & Light Up Items, Hats, Historical Displays, Kitchen & Pocket Knives, Kitchen Tools, License Plate Holders, Pennsylvania Information, Photo Albums, Puzzles, Small Games of Chance, Specialty Food Items, 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 Amfire Mining, Somerset Trust and Waste Management whom have made sizeable contributions towards the Festival. Other sponsors include Askew-Houser Funeral Homes, Atlantic Broadband, Dolan's Welding & Steel, Jackson Township Senior Center, Jane's Signs & Designs, Jerry Gilkey Pools, Mercik's Ideal Market, Neighbors Who Care and Sheetz. Others donating towards this event include C & R Motors, Damin Printing, Dr. Donald M. Leckey-Optometrist, Hagerich Auto Sales, Highmark Blue Cross / Blue Shield, Jane's Signs & Designs, Laurel Sand & Stone, Luther P. Miller Inc., Martin Oil Company, P. Joseph Lehman Engineers, Rose Excavating, Vantage Physical Therapy, Warren Oil and Wyse Memorials. 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, porta-johns, electric, advertising, security, activities and more. This is a great opportunity to invite not only local but out-of-town friends, family, co-workers and guests to have a great time and showcase your community in a "positive light". Come and enjoy the fun, food, free entertainment and fireworks and have a GREAT TIME at the Jackson Heritage Festival!
WANT A BOOTH AT THE FESTIVAL?
FESTIVAL VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
MITCHELL PARK PROJECT NEARING COMPLETION
5th ANNUAL FISHING DERBY DRAWS OVER 200 CHILDREN
ETJ PLAYING UNDER THE
SUPERVISORS APPROVE CDBG
FUNDS FOR CHICKAREE
JACKSON TWP. SCHOLARSHIP
FUND GIVES AWARDS TO 2 STUDENTS
AARON RUSIN SCHOLARSHIP
FUND IN 5th YEAR
The criteria for earning the
1. Completing a Scholarship Application
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 Megan Lee of Winterset Road, Ebensburg and Chad Colopy of N. Center Street, Ebensburg. Megan is President of the Interact Club, a Junior Mentor and involved in the National Honor Society and Volleyball. She has been a volunteer for the Special Olympics Program. She plans on attending Mount Aloysius this fall where she plans on majoring in Medical Imaging (Ultrasonography). Chad Colopy has been involved in the Outdoor Odyssey and Upward Bound programs as well as being a member of the National Honor Society. While involved in the Outdoor Odyssey Program, Chad accumulated over 900 hours of community service time. Chad plans on attending Penn State University main campus this fall where he will major in Pre-Medicine. Congratulations to both of these well deserving individuals
JACKSON STUDENTS EXCEL
AT CEN. CAM. AWARDS ASSEMBLY
Air Force Math & Science Award
Air Force Technology Award
American Red Cross Scholarship
Ann Bufoni Visual Arts Award
Art Department Award
Business / Technology Department
CBW Credit Union Scholarship
Central Cambria HS Alumni Scholarship
Central Cambria HS Faculty Award
A. J. Pagano
Challenge Program Attendance Award
Challenge Program Community Service
Corey Shirk, Joshua Duman
Computer Science Department Award
District 6 Sportsmanship Award
Ebensburg Moose Lodge # 681
Ebensburg Rotary Club Scholarship
Ebensburg Women’s Club Scholarship
English Department Award
Greg Ricketts Memorial Scholarship
In-Shore Technologies Scholarship
Jackson Township Academic Scholarship
Cory Henry, Kathryn Sanner
John Lainsky Memorial Scholarship
Letizia Family Scholarship
Marine Corps. Distinguished Athlete
Marine Corps. Scholastic Excellence
Music Theatre Recognition
A. J. Pagano, Kathryn Sanner
Nant-Y-Glo Tri-Area Essay Contest
Paul E. Seymour Memorial Scholarship
Prudential Spirit Of Community
Science Department Award
Susan W. Makosy Scholarship
Voice of Democracy Recognition
If you see one of these individuals, be sure to congratulate them on their achievements.
Jackson Township Mun. Bldg. 749-0725
Jackson Township Fire Company 322-3155
Jackson Township Police Dept. 749-0051
Jackson Township Senior Center 322-3237
Jackson - East Taylor Sewer Auth. 322-3444
Jackson Township Water Authority 322-1262
Paulette Baker, Tax Collector 322-1863
Harry Baker, Zoning Officer 322-1425
JACKSON TOWNSHIP NEEDS
YOUR VOTES FOR PEPSI REFRESH GRANT
Since the voting began for Jackson, residents, non-residents, students, those out of state, other groups, ETJ Little League and many others have been faithfully voting each and every day. Thanks go out to Bob Sekerak for getting the ball rolling for a possible 50K grant for Jackson!
CAMBRIA CO. LIBRARY BOOK
MOBILE RETURNS TO JACKSON
Thursday July 22nd 1:30 - 3:00
Thursday Aug. 5th 1:30 - 3:00 pm
Thursday Aug. 19th 1:30 - 3:00 pm
Thursday Sept. 2nd 1:30 - 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
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
INTERESTED IN SERVING
CURRENT OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE
Jackson Historical Preservation Committee
Jackson Heritage Festival
Help plan and organize the 8th Annual Jackson Heritage Festival. Planning will soon be underway for next year's big event. If you are interested in helping out, please phone, write or email your name to the Jackson Township Office.
The figures for April were as follows: 911 Calls dispatched to Police: 380 Reportable Part I Crimes: 9 broken down as follows: Larceny-7 and Assaults-2. Reportable Part II Crimes: 30 broken down as follows: DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-8, Receiving Stolen Property-6, Disorderly Conduct-3, Fraud-3, Drunkenness-1, Embezzlement-1 and all others-8. Calls Resulting in Cases: 23, Total Arrestees: 18, Total Suspects: 3, Total Victims: 10, DUI Arrests: 6, Traffic Citations: 41, Non-Traffic Citations: 1, Total Warnings: 0
FIRE COMPANY NEWS &
SUMMER WATER SAVING TIPS
Water Saving Tips
Outside the Home
1. Use a broom, not a hose, to clean driveways, steps and sidewalks.
2. Wash the car with water from a bucket. If a hose is used, control the flow with an automatic shut off nozzle.
3. Water the lawn only when needed. If grass does not spring back after walking on it, it probably needs water.
4. Water the lawn or garden during the coolest part of the day. Do not water on windy days.
5. Set sprinklers to water the lawn or garden only. Do not water the street or sidewalk.
6. Use soaker hoses and trickle irrigation systems to reduce the amount of water used for irrigation by 20 to 50 percent.
7. Use mulch around shrubs and garden plants to reduce evaporation from the soil surface and cut down on weed growth.
8. In landscaping, use native plants that require less care and water than ornamental varieties.
9. Cover the swimming pool to prevent evaporation.
10. Adjust the lawn mower to a higher setting to provide natural ground shade and to promote water retention by the soil.
SENIOR CENTER NEWS
JACKSON LIONS SEEK NEW MEMBERS
Members wanted!!! 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. Its 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.
MOTORISTS URGED TO USE CAUTION
OTHER JACKSON TWP. NEWS
~Many Turn Out To Honor Vets
The weather cooperated with a nice turnout of about 125 people for the annual Memorial Day Ceremony held at Veterans Park in Vinco. Bill Kish, retired Director of Governor's Outreach & Assistance Program for Veterans was the guest speaker. Kish has been instrumental in verifying the military records of nearly all of the names on the Veterans Monument. Other participants in the ceremony included the Giestown 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 Senior at Central Cambria High School who provided special music selections. Special thanks go out to Dale Wicks of Wix Pix Productions for providing and operating the sound system and especially to Frank Singel who spent much time organizing the event and also acted as Master of Ceremonies. Frank has been instrumental in planning and organizing every Memorial Day & Veterans Day ceremony since the very beginning and for that we commend him for his efforts.
~Construction Activity Up In Jackson
Jackson Township construction activity has been dramatically up this year. Total construction is at 3.6 million through June 15th. Last year's total for the entire year was 1.4 million. Included in this year's total is an addition to Jackson Elementary School, a business expansion, several new homes, additions and accessory buildings.
~Seal Coat Bid Awarded
~Miscellaneous Materials Bids
The Board of Supervisors awarded a contract for miscellaneous stone and antiskid for the coming year at their May 27th Meeting. New Enterprise Stone & Lime came in as the low bidder on each individual item. For the three types of miscellaneous paving materials, Quaker Sales was the low bidder.
~Primary Election Results for Jackson
Although the turnout was less than 50% in Jackson Township it was considered good for a Primary Election. Vinco (Precinct # 2) had the highest turnout with 49% followed by Pike Family Life Center (Precinct # 2) with 45% followed by St. John Vianney (Precinct # 3) with 42%. The race that drew the most attention in this year’s Primary Election was a Special Election Race to fill the position left vacant by Congressman John P. Murtha of the 12th Congressional District through the end of 2010. Mark Critz won over Tim Burns by 51% to 43% in Jackson Township. Critz & Burns will be facing off in the General Election. Another hot race was the Democratic Primary between Sen. Arlen Spector and Joe Sestak. Sestak defeated Spector with 60% of the vote in Jackson. There were no major local races. The General Election is scheduled for Tuesday, November 2nd.
~Somerset Trust Holds No Snow Grand
Somerset Trust's new Vinco branch held it's original grand opening after one of the worst snowstorms of the season so they had decided that a No Snow Grand Opening would be in order. The event took place on Saturday, April 28th. Attending the event was Steamer, the mascot of the Altoona Curve, the WKYE Tookey Bird and Ty the Tiger, the official bank mascot. Lots of prizes were given away including ball game tickets to the Curve and Pirates. Ballpark refreshments were served including hot dogs, popcorn and Crackerjacks!
~Jackson Police Receive Grant
The Jackson Township Police Department received a $1,700. grant from the office of Congressman Jack Murtha administered through Mountaintop Technologies of Johnstown. The grant monies was used to purchase radios and a scanner.
~Wagner - Chickaree Water Update
The Chickaree Water Line and Wagner Road Water Line extension still have many maintenance issues to be resolved by Lumadue Excavating, the contractor on the project. Retainage money not paid to the contractor may be used to pay another contractor to do the work if necessary. In addition, it was determined that a Pressure Reducing Station would be needed on Chickaree Hill Road before the Jackson Township Water Authority would consider taking over the line. The Cambria County Redevelopment Authority approved putting in the new Pressure Reducing Station at an approx. cost of $50-60 thousand dollars. Once all issues have been resolved and the line is taken over by the Jackson Township Water Authority, residents along the water lines would be notified with information on tapping into the system.
~Barnes Saly Completes 2009 Twp.
Barnes, Saly & Company presented the 2009 Jackson Township Audit to the Board of Supervisors at their April 29th meeting. Terry Shook, CPA said the Audit resulted in a clean opinion on the financial statements with no major findings. This was the 8th consecutive year that Barnes Saly as performed the Audit for Jackson Township.
~Phase II Planning Nearing Completion
Jackson Township in cooperation with Cambria Township and Ebensburg Borough as part of the Central Cambria Coalition is nearing the completion of the Phase II Planning Project. This project was made possible with a grant from the DCED (Dept. of Community & Economic Development). Richard C. Sutter and Associates of Hollidaysburg was hired as the planning consultant. The project included updating each municipalities Zoning Ordinance and Map, Subdivision Ordinance and becoming more coordinated with neighboring communities. The updating of the zoning map will make it parcel specific. This task was made possible since Cambria County has computerized mapping (GIS) available. In addition, all ordinances will be up-to-date with the Municipal Planning Code. A final step of amending the Multi-Municipal Comprehensive Plan will take place as well.
~Large Screen TV Donated to Senior
Somerset Trust donated a new 52 inch Samsung flat screen television for the Jackson Township Senior Center. Roberta Lohr, spokeswoman for Somerset Trust said the idea was initiated by President and CEO, Henry Cook after the Jackson Township Senior Center allowed the bank to use their facilities to set up new accounts for new customers before the February grand opening of the new branch in the Vinco Plaza. Cook said "We were impressed with the efforts of the residents of the area to have a local bank continue to provide them with banking services." "The response we received from our survey was overwhelmingly positive," said Cook. Frank Singel said the Senior Center was thrilled to receive the new television which was mounted in the Media / Bingo Room. He said members are enjoying movies, watching the news and that the Center would like to buy a Nintendo WII so they can play bowling and other games on the system.
~Josh Bednar Completes Eagle Scout
Once again Jackson Township has benefitted from the efforts of Jackson Township Boy Scout Troop 204 members completing an Eagle Scout Project. Josh recently received the Eagle Scout Award, the highest award in scouting after completing a community service project at Mitchell Park. The project included completing landscaping around the Concession Stand and constructing two picnic tables that will be used in one of the new pavilions being built at the park. This project is one of many that have been completed by Troop 204 for Jackson Township. Other past projects included a veterans landscaped area and Biodiversity area both at Leidy Park, landscaping around the flagpole and sign at Mitchell Park, street sign inventory of the Township and stormwater drain stenciling and stream clean ups.
~Swigle Mountain Water Update
The Swigle Mountain Water Line moves closer to completion according to Richard Wray, Project Engineer. The status as of June 15th is as follows: General Contractor is 55% complete, 13,798 feet of 8 inch main has been installed and 9 fire hydrants have been installed. The water storage tank contractor has installed the concrete foundation and first ring of the steel tank structure. Construction of the tank structure will begin on or about June 23rd and is scheduled to be completed on or about July 15th. The General Contractor is awaiting clearing and grubbing (tree removal) operations to be completed before completing line installation between Swigle Mountain Road and Ogden Street. According to Wray the project should be completed as early as Labor Day pending delivery of the pumping station. Once the project is completed and lines tested, the Jackson Township Water Authority will be notifying residents along the line with information on tapping into the system.
~Jackson Elementary Breaks Ground
Jackson Elementary broke ground on June 2nd at 1:30 pm for a 1.8 million Multi-Purpose Room Addition to be built. The new room will be used for gym classes and assemblies. The project includes an elevator in order to meet Americans with Disabilities Act requirements, the moving of two oil tanks and a new playground area. Additional storage space will also be added. Currently the cafeteria was being used for an auditorium and gym and this required maintenance and cafeteria workers to tear down and set up the cafeteria twice a day for breakfast and then lunch. Construction has already begun on the much needed project to upgrade Jackson's Elementary School, a valuable asset to the community.
~Petroleum Development 2nd Gas Well
Approved for Jackson Township
Petroleum Development Corporation has had a site plan approved by the Planning Commission and approval from the Jackson Township Zoning Hearing Board to construct a 2nd gas well which will be located on a large tract of land just off Leidy Lane. The first well was constructed near the intersection of Benshoff Hill Road and Kepple Road.
~Loraine Road Sewer Project Update
The Loraine Road Sewer Project is now considered substantially complete but there are numerous maintenance issues that have not been resolved. The Nanty Glo Sewer Authority will not take over the line until these issues have been resolved. Lumadue Excavating, the contractor of the original line has not been able to resolve the issues as required by the Cambria County Redevelopment Authority and Project Engineer, Richard Wray. Retainage money not paid to the original contractor has been used to hire Claycomb Excavating of Claysburg to resolve. Claycomb was already hired to do an extension to the original Loraine Road Sewer Line. Nearly all issues have been resolved by the new contractor and the Nanty Glo Sewer Authority is pleased with the results. A final inspection will be scheduled before the line can be taken over and residents can begin tapping into the new system.
~FEMA Approves Winter Storm
Jackson Township was notified Cambria County Emergency Management that expenses incurred by the Township for any two day period between February 5th and 11th would be reimbursable through funds made available by FEMA. The reimbursement was made possible when Cambria County was declared in a state of emergency by the US Government. By declaring a state of emergency, communities in Cambria County now qualified for Federal Disaster Assistance. Lots of paperwork, applications and even a meeting with FEMA representatives was required. Jackson's expenses incurred totaled about $4,500.
Just a friendly reminder that if your dog is missing, please check with the Jackson Township Police Department by stopping in or calling 749-0051 first. Jackson Police are in charge of dog complaints and if a loose dog is reported and there is no way of identifying its owner, the dog will be brought back to the Township and housed temporarily. If noone contacts the Police about a missing dog, it will then be taken to the Humane Society in Johnstown by one of the Officers.
~Jackson Twp. on Facebook
Jackson Township is now on Facebook! One group that was formed last fall has over 450 members with more joining every week. The Group is for those who live or have lived in Jackson Township and is open to anyone who fits that description. Many have joined from all over the United States who grew up here or at one time or another have called Jackson Township "home". There are lots of photos posted on the site and many people are writing nostalgic memories of their time living or growing up in Jackson Township. To find or join the group go to www.facebook.com and then search for the group name "Those Who Live or Have Lived in Jackson Township, Cambria County, PA". In addition, there is now a Facebook Fan Page for Jackson Township. This page is being used to promote important news or events and activities in Jackson Township and in a short time has over 350 fans and is attracting hundreds of online visitors each week. Anyone is welcome to join this page whether they reside in Jackson Township or not, so feel free to invite your family, friends and co-workers. Other fan pages have also been developed for many local schools, fire companies, churches, organizations and businesses.
~Somerset Trust Photo Contest Winners
Somerset Trust's Annual Photo Contest winners were recently displayed at the newly opened Vinco office from April 12th through May 15th. Categories included Family Pets, Children, Still Life and Salon. Entries were received from all 15 branch offices and Jackson Township had 3 local winners. They are Ed Schenk-1st Place in the Family Pets Category, Paulette Baker-3rd Place in the Children Category and Ron Burkey-1st Place in the Salon Category. Congratulations to all the winners!
~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 agencies.
~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
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 $2.00 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 2010 is $39.74 per quarter.www.jacksontwppa.com
PLANNING A BUILDING