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Summer, 2011


Come one, Come ALL to a weekend of FREE top notch entertainment, great food, crafts, exhibits, games, model trains, history, bingo, clowns, petting zoo, car cruise-in, poker run, parade, 5K run/walk event and FIREWORKS!

The Jackson Township Heritage Festival continues to draw more and more people each year. This year will be the 8th 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 15, Saturday, July 16 and Sunday, July 17. The big weekend will kick off on Friday with the 4th 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.  Music for Friday evening includes 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. They are scheduled from 6:30 to 9:30. Following the Rockers will be FUSE who will play from 9:30 to 12:30. Fuse plays classic rock music from the 50's to the 80's and as a large local following.  Friday evening has fast become a well attended evening of the Heritage Festival and this year all craft and food vendors will be open from 6 to 9. Also open will be the Living Treasures Petting Zoo, Bounce Tent and other children’s games and activities. In addition, Jerry Brown, the Monkey Man from Lancaster will be on hand from 5:30 to 9:30 and will hold a special show for children at 7:00. This classic night of entertainment should be a fun and entertaining way to kick-off the Festival weekend so come and invite your friends for a great time.  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!  Saturday will feature several new events this year for the Heritage Festival. At 9:00 there will be a 5K Run / Walk Event sponsored by the Jackson Township Recreation Commission and the Central Cambria Education Foundation. The run (3.1 miles) will begin at Veterans Park and go over Rose Branch Street to the loop around Brazil and Kissell and into Mitchell Park then return down Rose Branch Street to Griffith, over Poplar and return down Adams Avenue back to Veterans Park. Registration for the event starts at 7 am. There is also a Registration Form in this newsletter you can complete. The Entry Fee is $25. There will be refreshment stations along the way and prizes will be awarded to the top 3 male and female s in each of the following age groups (18-Under, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 and 60+). Proceeds from this race will go towards the Jackson Elementary School Playground Benefit and the East-Taylor / Jackson Baseball Boosters. For additional information, contact Tracey Heeney, Event Coordinator at 322-0963.  At Noon on Saturday, the Jackson Township Vol. Fire Company will be sponsoring the Aaron Rusin Memorial Poker Run. Proceeds from the Poker Run will be donated to a charitable cause chosen by the Fire Company. Anyone who wants to be a part of this event may register from 6 to 9 on Friday, July 15th or from 10:30 to Noon on Saturday, July 16th.  Beginning at 1 on Saturday will be the 1st Annual Jackson Heritage Festival Parade. Lineup for the Parade will be at Rose Branch & Griffith Avenue beginning at 10 am. The Parade route will be Rose Branch Street to Adams Avenue and then down towards Veterans Park. Any group wishing to enter a unit in the Parade is welcome to do so. If you know of others whose group may be interested , please pass this information along to them. A Parade Entry Form is in this newsletter.  Entertainment on Saturday will begin from noon to 2:00 with Tree, an Irish folk music group from Johnstown. Following Tree 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. To top of the evening, 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. There year there were several hundred attending including a lot of visitors and Festival goers. 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 toe tappin Bluegrass Music. 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 titled "Showtime". Their first single, "American Boy" has gotten rave reviews and is receiving air play on most Pittsburgh stations. In addition, their lead singer, Dave August has been featured in a movie called "The Road" and also several national television commercials. NOMaD has 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 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. They will also be bringing in  some other unusual critters so you never know what you'll see there. Over the years there have been alligators, unique looking pigs and other critters! 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 Jerry Brown, the Monkey Man from Lancaster, PA who will be spending the entire weekend at the Heritage Festival! On Friday, Jerry will be there from 5 to 9:30 with a show at 7 pm in the Childrens area. On Saturday, Jerry will be there from 2 to 9 pm with shows at 4 & 8 pm. On Sunday, he’ll be back from noon to 5 with a show at 2. With Jerry Brown, the big attraction is a cute little monkey named Django who will shake hands, take quarters, give monkey kisses, pose for photos, play catch and do various monkey tricks! When Django is on break, you will see Jerry do other things like music, magic, juggling story-telling, fire-eating and stilt-walking.  Also returning this year will be a complete children's games and contests program on Saturday & Sunday.  Some of the games 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 pm. Sunday will feature the most popular games from Saturday from Noon to 2 and 3 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!  New this year will be the Kids Battle of the Barrel & Bucket Brigade to be held at the Jackson Twp. Fire Hall on Saturday at 2 pm. Sign-ups will be held at 1:30 that same day. On Sunday there will be a Kids Peddle Power Tractor Pull at 3:00 pm with signs-up at 2:30. All kids are welcome to join in the fun!! Both of these events are sponsored by the Jackson Township Vol. Fire Company.  For bingo lovers, there will be bingo at the Senior Center on Saturday & Sunday from 2 to 4. 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 coal mining 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 5th 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, BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches, BBQ Ribs, Cake, Beef BBQ Sandwiches, Chicken Fingers, Chicken Salad, Chicken Tenders, Chicken Teriyaki on a Stick, Chicken Wraps, Chippers, Cinnamon Rolls, Cookies, Cotton Candy, Curly Fries, Egg Rolls, Fresh Cut American Fries, Fresh Fruit Cups, Fresh Squeezed Lemonade, Fried Chicken, Fried Rice, Frozen Smoothies, Fudge, Funnel Cakes, Gobs, Halushki, Ham BBQ Sandwiches, Hamburgers, Homemade Rootbeer, Hot Dogs, Hot Sausage Sandwiches, Ice Cream, Ice Cream Sundaes, Kettle Korn, Kielbassi Sandwiches, Loaded Fries, Loaded Nachos, Macaroni Salad, Pepperoni Rolls, Pierogies, Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches, Pies, Pigs In A Blanket, Pit Beef Sandwiches, Pizza, Popcorn, Pork Kabobs, Potato Melt Sandwich, Potato Salad, Pumpkin Rolls, Punky's Soft Shell Tacos, Roasted Cashews & Bavarian Almonds, Root Beer Floats, Shaved Ice Sno-Kones, Sloppy Joes, Strawberry Shortcake, Stromboli, Walkin Tacos & Wings. In addition the Jackson Township Vol. Fire Company will be also be having 3 special dinners during the weekend. On Friday, they will be having a Chicken Biscuit Dinner from 5 to 7 pm. On Saturday, they will be hosting a Spaghetti Dinner from 5 to 7 pm and on Sunday they will hold a Pancake Breakfast from 8:00 am to ??  Crafts this year will feature Animal Puzzles, Aprons, Baby Blankets, Baby Headbands, Bag Dispensers, Barbie Clothes, Beaded Items, Bibs, Bird Houses, Blouses, Burp Cloths, Candles, Ceramics Decor, Christmas Items, Clothes, Clothes Pin Bags, Clothes Pin Furniture, Crocheted Fall Hats, Crystal Jewelry, Decorations, Dog Collar Covers, Dog Coats & Accessories, Drawstring Bags, Dresses, Fabric Items, Fall Florals, Fashion Jewelry, Fleece Throws, Floral Arrangements, Floral Centerpieces, Floral Wreaths, Fused Glass Jewelry & Dishes, Gemstone Jewelry, Glassware, Hair & Neckware Items, Hair Wraps, Handmade Jewelry, Hand Sewn Items, Hand Tooled & Sueded Leather Items, Hats, Incense, Kitchen Helpers, Lamps, Lighted Glass Blocks, Magnetic Items, Marshmallow Shooters, Outdoor Yard Displays, Painted Rocks, Painted Wood Items, Penn State Items, Personalized Organizing Totes, Pillows, Pitt Items, Plastic Items, Plug-In Warmers, Potato Bags, Pottery Decor, Primitive Home Decor, Purses, Quilt Racks, Raggedy Anns, Rag Quilts, Scent Bars-Buddies & Paks, Scent Tins, Seasonal Items, Small Tables & Chairs, Solar Light Decor, Steeler Items, Steering Wheel & Seatbelt Covers, Stethoscope Covers, Stuffed Animals, Super Hero Capes, Swarovski Crystal Jewelry, Table Displays, Table Runners, Therapeutic Magnetic Jewelry, Thermal Bags, Toilet Seat Covers, Trash Containers, TuTus, Wallets, Wedding Items, Wireworks, Wooden Benches, and Wood Crafts. Other exhibitors will feature Bathroom Remodeling, Children's Games, Cookware, Cosmetics, Face Painting, Free Drawings, Gourmet Food Items, Fundraising, Glitter Tattoos, Health Care Information, Massage, Photo Display, Penguin & Steeler Photos, Protein Shakes, Skin Care, Storage Containers, Sports Memorabilia and Sunrooms & Retractable Awnings and Vitamins.

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 the Jackson Township Senior Center, Petroleum Development, Dolan's Welding & Steel, Mercik's Ideal Market, Cambria Care Center, Charles J. Merlo Inc., Sheetz, Ameriserv, Askew-Houser Funeral Homes, Espe Chiropractic Health Center, Jerry Gilkey Pools, Keller Engineers, Laurel Sand & Stone, Luther P. Miller, Martin Marine, Neighbors Who Care & Rose Excavating.  Others donating towards this event include Cooper Signs, C & R Service Center, Chickaree Ridge Runners Snowmobile Club, Highmark Blue Cross & Blue Shield, Dr. Donald M. Leckey-Optometrist, Naugle Insurance Agency, Vantage Physical Therapy, Warren Oil, Jackson Township Lions Club and Damin Printing.  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!

For those of you who would wish to have a booth at the Heritage Festival this year, contact Dave Hirko at 749-0725.

We would like to invite those in the community who are interested in helping out with the festival to volunteer. This would also be an excellent opportunity for organizations to volunteer such as church youth groups, community groups or organizations, school groups, etc. Volunteers can help in a number of ways including set up, trash & litter clean-up, helping with children’s games and activities, 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.

The 6th Annual Jackson Township Fishing Derby was held on Saturday, May 7th and was an overwhelming success according to Ed Westrick, President of the Jackson Township Community Rod & Gun Club who co-sponsored the event with the Jackson Township Recreation Commission. The weather was great and so was the turnout of 188 kids, not to mention other family members who accompanied them. In all, forty kids caught the limit allowed and fish ranged in size from the smallest of 11 ½ inches to the largest of 18 ½ inches. The Derby now in its 6th year is gaining a reputation of being a fun and well organized event and gaining respect as one of the best Fishing Derbies in the area. 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: Trent Mock for the first fish and first limit caught, Darian Stanich for catching the longest fish of 18 ½" plus longest total inches of limit caught and Nate Wyrwas for catching the first Palamino. In addition, special tagged fish received Savings Bonds. Those fish were caught by Leah Brew, Braxton Newman and Bronson Williams. 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: Ameriserv, Amfire Mining, BCI Floors / Bruce Baker, Best Way Pizza, Big Stone Inn, C & G Savings Bank, C & R Service Center, US Rep. Mark Critz, Al / Jeff Croft, Dr. David Cronaeur, Direct Value Outlet, Dolan's Welding & Steel Fabrication, Ebensburg Ace Hardware, Ebensburg Fishing & Hunting, Espe Chiropractic, First Summit Bank, Dwyane & Carol Fisher, Foodland, Fords Corner Beverage, Freedom Ford, Gilkey's Pools, Greater Jackson Township Sportsman Club, Gresh Family, Harper & Gallo, Ideal Market, Jackson Township Community Rod & Gun Club Members, Jaggrz Lounge, Janna's Hair & Tanning, Kamzik's Septic Service, Kimmie's Kitchen, Dr. Donald Leckey, Mainline National Bank, Martin Marine, Masters Ministries, MEC Chemicals, Tom & Nancy Morrison, Nickels Bakery, Northwest Savings Bank, Park Hill Dairy Queen, Randy Wike Heating, The Right Cut, Salvage Heaven, Pat & Janet Shuman, Somerset Trust, Somogyi's Route 22 West Supply, Tammy Watt Nationwide Insurance, T & P Trains, Tire Outlet, Twin Rocks Sportsman Club, Valewood Farms Dairy, Vantage Physical Therapy, Virginia Sidor Beauty Salon, Waste Management, George & Sue Wentz, Robert & Christine Williams, Wise Trailer Sales and PA State Sen. John Wozniak. A big thank you also goes out to the Jackson Township Supervisors, Jackson Township Recreation Commission, Jackson Township Police Department and the Jackson Township Vol. Fire Company for helping to make this event a huge success. 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!

If you received this newsletter and your name or address information is incorrect, or if you know of any resident of Jackson Township who didn’t receive it, please call the Township Office at 749-0725.

One question that we get asked the most is when are we getting a senior housing complex in Jackson Township? The nearest such buildings are located in Ebensburg or Johnstown and many people said they would prefer to stay in their home area near their family, friends, church and "home".  In this Newsletter, there is a Senior Housing Interest Survey that needs completed and returned to the Township Office. Any potential developer would like to see what interest there is in a particular community and the survey would definitely help.  Please share the survey with your family and friends in surrounding municipalities such as East Taylor, Middle Taylor, Conemaugh, Nanty Glo, Vintondale, Blacklick Township, etc. An independent, maintenance-free type apartment complex would provide a need to the entire region and are very popular in other communities. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Township Office at 749-0725.

The Jackson Township Scholarship Committee Fund is now in it's 6th year and continues to recognize excellence in students from Jackson Township. Just formed in 2006, the Committee was able to award two $500.00 scholarships to two deserving Central Cambria Seniors from Jackson Township in its first year. The fund grew through the generosity of local organizations, businesses and individuals and now the scholarships are $1,000 or more per student.  The two highest ranking students (1 boy and 1 girl) from Jackson Township were Stephanie Marhefka and Cole Santichen. Each will receive $1,000 from the Scholarship Fund.  Stephanie is the daughter of Kathleen & Thomas Marhefka of Thomas Street in Vinco. Stephanie ranked # 14 out of the Senior Graduating Class and has a 4.0057 GPA. She participated in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association on District, Regional and State levels, 2011 Cambria County Outstanding Young Women and was 2nd Runner-Up and also won the Performing Arts Division. Stephanie is the Vice President of SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) and played Powder Puff Football. Stephanie was also a member of the National Honor Society and had perfect attendance for 8 years. In addition, Stephanie received awards / honors from the Cambria County Coordinating Council of PSEA Academic Scholarship and the Cambria County Secondary Schools Principals' Association Scholarship. She also serves as a Cantor at St. John Vianney Catholic Church and volunteers for bible school, with the Salvation Army and acts as a Peer Mentor for Girls in the Middle. She plans to attend California University of PA and major in Elementary Education in the Middle Level, Grades 4-8 with Math, Language Arts and Reading Certifications.  Cole Santichen is the son of Venetia & Michael Santichen of Dishong Mountain Road and ranked 6th in the Senior Class with a GPA of 4.1176. Cole has been active in Soccer, 4 years of Track & Field, National Honor Society and participated in Outdoor Odyssey. Cole also received a Science Award at the recent Awards Assembly. Cole plans on attending Juniata College where he plans to major in Zoology and hopes to continue graduate work in Herpitology which is the study of amphibians and reptiles.  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: Neighbors Who Care, Jackson Township Lions Club, Somerset Trust, Jerry Gilkey Pools, Mercik’s Ideal Market, Henry’s Taxidermy Studio and Dr. Donald M. Leckey-Optometrist.  The Scholarship Committee is comprised of Dave Cobaugh, Deana Deetscreek and John Letizia Jr. and was formed after the community-oriented group, Neighbors Who Care, came up with the idea. The Committee is already planning for next year and will be soliciting donations from the business community, organizations and from successful graduates from Central Cambria who wish to give something back to the School District and Jackson Township students.  It is hoped that citizens of Jackson Township will come forward to offer a scholarship in their name or as a legacy in their parents name. The donating party can choose the criteria for the scholarship awarded. Smaller donations will be pooled and the Jackson Township Scholarship Committee in cooperation with the Central Cambria Scholarship Committee will choose the criteria. Donations are tax deductible.  Ms. Susan Dixon, Chairperson of the CC Scholarship Committee and a guidance counselor at the High School encourages any interested Jackson Township Seniors / Students to apply for the scholarships by requesting a form from the guidance office.  Any additional information needed can be obtained from the Scholarship Committee members by calling: 

Dave Cobaugh 322-4512
Deana Deetscreek 322-3503
John Letizia Jr. 535-2278

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
Lauren Behory

A.C. Colver Power Operations Scholarship
Brandon Kelley

American Red Cross Scholarship
Ashley Stump

Ann Buffoni Award
Ashley Stump

Cambria County Principal's Association Scholarship
Stephanie Marhefka

Cambria County PSEA Coordinating Council Scholarship
Stephanie Marhefka

Central Cambria High School Faculty Award
Paige Berdomas

Challenge Program Most Improved Award
Stephanie Hritz

Challenge Program Perfect Attendance Award
Alexandria Vogatsky

Chorus Recognition
Stephanie Marhefka

District 6 Sportsmanship Award
Breanne James

Ebensburg V.F.W. Scholarship
Breanne James

English Department Award
Clinton Webb

Foreign Language (French) Department Award
Clinton Webb

Jackson Township Neighbors Who Care Scholarship
Stephanie Marhefka, Cole Santichen

John Lapinsky Memorial Scholarship
Breann Mardis

Letizia Family Scholarship
Andrew Kubala

Music Theatre Recognition
Andrew Kubala

Paul E. Seymore Memorial Scholarship
Clinton Webb

Physical Education Department Award
Nicole Ziesman

Science Department Award
Cole Santichen

U.S. Air Force Technology Award
Christopher Lombardi

U.S. Army National Guard Commission
Casey Silver

U.S. Army Scholar Athlete Award
Breanne James

U.S. Marines Semper Fidelis Award
Clinton Webb

Visual Arts Department Award
Alesha Charles

Zahorchak Education-Economic Endowment Scholarship
Shannan Taylor

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

The Jackson Township Board of Supervisors adopted a Nuisance Ordinance at their June 9th Meeting as recommend by the Jackson Township Planning Commission. The Planning Commission has been looking at such an Ordinance for some time that could be used as a tool to help clean up extreme negligence of properties. The most common complaint received by Jackson Township is the storage of abandoned or junked vehicles, tires or general rubbish / garbage and this Ordinance can address those complaints in an effective manner.  Other items that the Ordinance addresses is the manufacture, distribution or storage of illegal drugs or hazardous chemicals, obstruction of public roads or right of ways, growth of lawn grass & weeds more than 12 inches in height within 500 feet of any occupied structure, dangerous structures, unreasonable noise, or other activities that could deem to be a public Nuisance by the Board of Supervisors or by the various courts of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  Most communities in Cambria County and across Pennsylvania and the US have a Nuisance Ordinance. Jackson Township wants to protect everyone’s property values by not allowing the spread of blight in our community.

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

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

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

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


Jackson Historical Preservation Committee
If you are interested 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 9th 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.

March, 2011
The March, 2011 Police Report statistics were as follows: 911 Calls dispatched to Police: 370 Reportable Part I Crimes: 6 broken down as follows: Burglaries-3 and Larceny-3. Reportable Part II Crimes: 7 broken down as follows: Disorderly Conduct-2, DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-2, Public Drunkenness-2 and Receiving Stolen Property-1. Calls Resulting in Cases: 12, Total Arrestees: 5, Total Suspects: 0, Total Victims: 2, DUI Arrests: 2, Traffic Citations: 53, Non-Traffic Citations: 10, Total Warnings: 0

April, 2011
The April, 2011 Police Report statistics were as follows: 911 Calls dispatched to Police: 284 Reportable Part I Crimes: 3 broken down as follows: Burglaries-2 and Larceny-1. Reportable Part II Crimes: 23 broken down as follows:  Vandalism-8, Family Offenses-6, DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-4, Disorderly Conduct-1, Drugs-1, Public Drunkeness-1 and all others-2. Calls Resulting in Cases: 16, Total Arrestees: 10, Total Suspects: 0, Total Victims: 12, DUI Arrests: 4, Traffic Citations: 9, Non-Traffic Citations: 10, Total Warnings: 0

May, 2011
The May, 2011 Police Report statistics were as follows: 911 Calls dispatched to Police: 326 Reportable Part I Crimes: 8 broken down as follows: Burglaries-4, Larceny-3 and Assaults-1. Reportable Part II Crimes: 26 broken down as follows: Family Offenses-6, Stolen Property-5, DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-4, Disorderly Conduct-4, Drugs-1, Vandalism-1 and all others-5. Calls Resulting in Cases: 18, Total Arrestees: 11, Total Suspects: 0, Total Victims: 6, DUI Arrests: 4, Traffic Citations: 7, Non-Traffic Citations: 14, Total Warnings: 0

The Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Company has several upcoming events they would like to announce for 2011. They are as follows:

Heritage Festival Fri.-Sun. July 15th-17th
Archery Raffle
Saturday Sept. 17th
Fall Gun Raffle Sunday Oct. 16th
Turkey Raffle Sunday Nov. 20th

As always, Bingo is sponsored by the Auxiliary and is held every Sunday evening at 6:30 sharp. Turnout has been very good for Bingo and they are hoping that will continue. For tickets or additional information on all of these events, contact the Fire Company at 322-3155 This year, the Fire Company will be participating in the Jackson Heritage Festival with several events including a Basket Party in the Fire Hall garage bay. In addition, several dinners will be held including a Chicken n Biscuit Dinner on Friday evening, Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday afternoon and a Pancake Breakfast on Sunday morning in the back of the Fire Hall. If anyone would like to donate a basket for the Basket Party, please contact the Fire Hall at 322-3155. Other events will include the Aaron Rusin Memorial Poker Run, Kids Battle of the Barrel & Bucket Brigade and a Kids Peddle Power Tractor Pull.  As in the past, the Jackson Township Fire Company and Auxiliary would like to express their sincere thanks and gratitude for the strong support received from the Community for their recent fundraisers including the recent Gun and Jewelry Raffles. They really appreciate the support of the Community to help keep the Fire Company operating in order to serve the residents of Jackson Township and surrounding communities.  The Fire Company and Auxiliary would like to thank everyone in the community for all of their continued support.

The Center is buzzing with many activities and events.  The Center received word that the Cambria County Area Agency will be at the Center to issue Farmers Market vouchers from 10 am to 12 noon on Wednesday, July 21st. Based on last year's information you must be a resident of Cambria County, 60 years of age or more and financially eligible according to income guidelines.  The Health Insurance Apprise Program are at the Center on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. Jim and Barb Crissey are the Cambria County Apprise Insurance Coordinators and they are able to help seniors with their health insurance questions or problems. Call the Center to make an appointment if you are interested.  The Strong Bones People Class continues to meet every Monday and Thursday at 8:45 am and lasts 45 minutes. The class originally was sponsored by the UMWA Health & Retirement Funds and lasted for 12 weeks after which the group continued the class on their own. For more details on this class, contact the Center.  As always, the Center will be taking an active role in the 8th Annual Jackson Heritage Festival and is proud to be a sponsor of this growing community event. A Corn Roast has also been scheduled for August 26th for members of the Center.  The Jackson Township Senior Center will be hosting the 2011 Cambria County Senior Games of Horseshoes and Lawn Darts on Wednesday, August 24th at 9:30 am. Seniors from all over the County register for these competitions and there will be many from the Jackson Center competing.  Another event coming up will be the Annual Calendar Party scheduled for Sunday, September 25th at 2 pm. This is a fundraiser for the Center. Anyone wishing to donate a new gift or craft item for this event should contact the Center at 322-3327. All items donated are greatly appreciated and can be dropped off at the Center up until the day of the event.  The Center will be sponsoring a "55 Alive" driver’s classes for Seniors age 55 and older. The first class is two days for those that never have taken the course before. This session will be held on Thursday, October 6th & Friday, October 7th. The second class is a one day refresher on Friday, October 14th for those who have completed the 2 day course in the past three years. To be eligible for a discount on your car insurance you need to take the course once every 3 years. Mr. David Larson will be the instructor. Cost is $12.00 for AARP members and $14.00 for non-members. You should check with your Insurance Company to verify any discount before signing up for the class. For more information on any of the above events, contact the Senior Center at 322-3327.  The 2010 tax preparation season at the Center is over and Faye Kuhne and John Adams prepared nearly 500 Federal, State and Property Rebate Returns and almost all of them were done over the Center computers to speed up the process.  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. In 2010, they once again did a superb job by donating over 700 items which were then contributed to Head Start, WIC (Women, Infants & Children), Salvation Army and Jackson Elementary School. For more information on any of the above events, contact the Senior Center at 322-3327.  Every Thursday at 1:00 pm, the Center is showing an afternoon movie donated by All the Right Movies. Members are welcome to take time to relax and enjoy a current movie in the Community Room on the Center's large screen TV.  If you are in need of work, age 55 or over and qualify within the set income levels, you may be eligible for the Senior Community Employment Program Service. For more information on the program, contact the local National Council on Aging Senior Employment Program in Johnstown at 536-0691.  The Silver Sneakers Program in it’s 7th year at the Center 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. In addition the Center has a room full of 11 state-of-the-art exercise machines that are available for member use during regular hours which are Monday 9 to 11 am and 7 to 9 pm and on Tuesday thru Thursday from 9 am to 3 pm. 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 and beginners computer classes. 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 issued over 750 membership cards. The Center relies on volunteers to operate and stay open. It's a great place to meet and socialize. If you are interested in being a member or volunteering, please contact the Center at 322-3327.

The Jackson Township Lions Club partnering with Jackson Township Recreation held its 5th Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Mitchell Park on April 23rd. This was the first year that the "Rain Date" was used due to the previous Saturday having high winds and rain forecasted. Everyone who turned out had a great time and even the weather cooperated making for a nice sunny afternoon. In all there were over 2300 eggs hidden in three different areas. In the Toddler Play Area were ages 2 and under. Mitchell Field # 1 was for children, ages 3 to 6 and Mitchell Field # 2 was for ages 7 and up. Six special eggs were hidden each containing a note to see the Easter Bunny or one of the helpers to claim a $25 gift card from Toys R Us.

The winners of the cards were as follows:
Avery Crynock 4 & Under
Landon Rummel 4 & Under
Catelyn Dawson 5 through 8
Kyle Richey 5 through 8
Kaitlyn Dillon 9 & Over
Levi Smith 9 & Over

Thanks to the Easter Bunny for making a special appearance and to all the members of the Lions Club, Recreation Commission and others who helped make this event a huge success!

With the summer season upon us, the Jackson Twp. Water Authority would like to stress the issue of water conservation. Here are some great water saving tips for outside the home:

Water Saving Tips Outside the Home
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.

The Jackson / East Taylor Sewer Authority would like to remind their Home Owners / Business Owners, who were tapped into the original sanitary sewer system that was started in 1995 and completed in 1998, that they have until December 31, 2011 to pressure test their entire sewer service lateral from the viewport to under slab to all drains in their home or business consistent with JETSA's Rules & Regulations. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the pressure test, please call the JETSA Maintenance Crew or the Office. A list of contractors who can do the pressure test can be obtained at the JETSA Office or online at the Jackson Township Website (www.jacksontwppa.com) The list of contractors is provided as a courtesy and may change from time to time as contractors request to be either added or removed from the list. JETSA suggests that you may want to ask the contractor if they are licensed and fully insured. A summer intern has been hired to help with the inspections on the sewer service lateral and to help the Maintenance Crew with other maintenance chores.  JETSA would like to take this opportunity to "Thank" those property owners that have already pressure tested their sewer service lateral. The Authority has already noticed the difference in the flows at the Pump Stations during heavy rains since some residents have corrected the problems with their sewer service lateral and removed any illegal sump pumps that were connected to the System. With everyone's continued help with the pressure testing of the service lateral, the Authority should start to see a big difference in the maintenance at the Pump Stations. The less water into the Stations, the less the pumps will run and hopefully will result in cheaper electric bills and less maintenance to the pumps.  The Authority also understands that there are all kinds of rumors going around regarding the pressure test. Again, if you have any concerns or questions; please call the Office or the Maintenance Crew. Home Owners have been asking what the surcharge will be from the City of Johnstown for the extra water into their treatment plant. At the present time, JETSA does not have an answer to that question. Of course, the more illegal clear water that can be eliminated from the Dornick Point Treatment Plant, the less the surcharge will be from the City.  JETSA also had to replace the original pumps at Pump Station # 11 due to wear and tear of the pumps. New and more efficient pumps were purchased and installed at a cost of $28,000.  Two JETSA Board Members and their two Maintenance Personnel attended a 7 hour Inflow & Infiltration Class that was held at the Jackson Township Fire Hall on May 18, 2011. A smoke test demo was given on how to detect leaks in the System by using smoke and the class was very informative.

Meetings are held the first Thursday of each month at 8:00 pm during the summer and we have free food at those meetings. One of our club members Dr. Don Leckey celebrated his 60th birthday with a surprise party at his daughters house on June 4th. He was definitely surprised! So if you see Dr. Don wish him a belated Happy 60th Birthday! Some of our upcoming events include our annual Altoona Curve game on July 10th, Dr. Don and Cathy Leckey’s Pool Party on July 16th with fireworks from the Heritage Festival, our Raystown Picnic on August 7th, and our Race dates are set for October 2nd, November 6th, and December 4th. We are also planning on making some repairs and improvements to our track, clubhouse and fence before the upcoming racing season.  We are continuing to work with the DCNR to establish trails on Chickaree and Rager Mountains. We also recently acquired a new rescue ambulance to be pulled behind a snowmobile in the event of an emergency where only snowmobiles could get to. For more info. on our club visit www.chickareeridgerunners.com or call Martin Marine at (814) 749-9931. The club is open to the public. A one year membership costs $10 for an individual, and $15 for a family membership. We are always happy to welcome new members into our club. And you don’t have to be a snowmobiler to join our club. We are a family oriented club that is active year round!

The Township has received numerous comments on PEDESTRIANS walking late at night and not being visible due to wearing dark colored clothing with no flashlights, etc. With students off from school and summer here, there will be many youth and children staying outside after dark. The Jackson Township Police Department is advising that those out walking after dark along the streets wear light colored or reflective clothing or carry a flashlight with them. These common sense practices will be beneficial for the safety of pedestrians and motorists alike.

Jackson Township Mun. Bldg. 749-0725
Jackson Township Fire Company 322-3155
Jackson Township Police Dept. 749-0051
Jackson Township Senior Center 322-3327
Jackson - East Taylor Sewer Auth. 322-3444
Jackson Township Water Authority 322-1262
Paulette Baker, Tax Collector 322-1863
George Burkey, Zoning Officer 322-4709

~Who’s New Around the Township
We would like to welcome those who have been recently elected, appointed or hired by Jackson Township. We welcome Kristy Vaught who was hired as a Part-Time Police Officer for Jackson Township. Donnie Ochenrider and Mike Kinley were also hired as Part-Time Seasonal Workers to assist the Township and Road Department in various duties including mowing grass at the three Township Parks. Arleen Svencer was hired as a Part-Time Worker at the Senior Center to fill the position left vacant by Bob Wenklar. We thank Bob for his years of service and dedication to the Center! Also congratulations to Bill Heidenthal who was elected to the position of Democratic Committeeman for the Vinco Precinct.

~Many Turn Out To Honor Vets
The weather cooperated with a nice turnout of about 125 people for the 8th Annual Memorial Day Ceremony held at Veterans Park in Vinco. Mr. Robert Laverick who was wounded while serving in Iraq was the guest speaker. Other participants in the ceremony included the Giestown VFW Post 155 Honor Rifle Team, Jackson Township Troop 204 Boy Scouts & Cub Scouts, Rev. Andrew Stanko of St. John Vianney Catholic Church and Corey Shirk who provided the special music. 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.

~Seal Coat Bid Awarded
Quaker Sales of Johnstown had the low bid submitted for 2011 Seal Coating or "tar & chip" Projects scheduled for Jackson Township. The bid was awarded at the Supervisors May 26th Meeting. Quaker’s bid came in at $ 48,073.31 beating out HRI and Russell Standard. Streets to be seal coated this year include Adams Avenue from Ogden Street to Swigle Mountain Road, Maywood Street, Marhefka Drive, Pinelock Street, Ogden Street from Adams Avenue & Route 22 and Wagner Road.

~Jackson Twp. Lions Club Disbands
It is a sad time for Jackson Township as the Jackson Township Lions Club had voted to disband due to an aging and dwindling membership. The Lions Club has been very involved over the years holding fundraisers, recycling and collecting eyeglasses, donating to area groups and organizations, helping the Food Pantry, providing scholarships and helping with the Easter Egg Hunt and Halloween Parade. The Club also formed a Lioness Club in 1983. Membership grew over the years the Club was large enough to fill the Fire Hall at banquets and special events. One of their more popular fundraising events was the annual Penny Cake Social. The group will be greatly missed in the community and we take this time to thank all of the dedicated members of the Lions Club who have served Jackson Township and beyond over their many years of existence.

~Miscellaneous Materials Bids
The Board of Supervisors awarded contracts for Miscellaneous Materials at their June 9th Meeting. New Enterprise Stone & Lime came in as the low bidder on the # 8, # 1, # 3 and #57 stone and antiskid. For the three types of miscellaneous paving materials, Quaker Sales was the low bidder while Grannas Brothers came in low bidder for PA-2A Subbase.

~Primary Election Results for Jackson Twp.
In the race for Jackson Township Supervisor, Bruce Baker won over Robert Fatula. For Central Cambria School Board, Gayle Devlin and Patricia Allbaugh won on both the Republican and Democratic ballots with Angela Letizia coming in 3rd. Ed Porada won unopposed for Jackson Township Auditor. For Cambria County Commissioner, Mark Wissinger & Doug Lengenfelder won on the Republican side while Milan Gjurich and Thomas Chernisky won on the Democrat ballot. The General Election is scheduled for Tuesday, November 8, 2011.

~Phase II Planning Project Completed
The Phase II Planning Project in cooperation with the Central Cambria Coalition (Cambria Township & Ebensburg Borough) finally came to a close with Jackson Township and the other 2 municipalities passing updated Zoning Ordinances and Maps. The project was to have separate but consistent zoning amongst the 3 communities with coordination along municipal boundaries and bring all Ordinances up-to-date with current regulations and standards of the Municipal Planning Code. The Jackson Township Supervisors approved the Amended Zoning Ordinance and New Map at their June 9th Meeting. The Project was made possible with a Shared Municipal Services Planning Grant from the DCED (Dept. Of Community & Economic Development) for $32,500.

~New Mitchell Pavilions A Hit!
The new Pavilions constructed at Mitchell are proving to be a hit as inquiries keep coming in for renting them. Each of the 2 pavilions can accommodate approx. 100 people. The deposit fee is $50 and if the pavilion is cleaned up as before your event, you receive $25 back. There is electricity and water and the new restrooms will be opened for those renting the pavilion. Alcoholic beverages are permitted in cans and the pavilions are available from dusk to dawn. If you are interested in reserving one of the pavilions, you may complete a form at the Municipal Building or print one out from the Township Website at www.jacksontwppa.com

~Sewage & Water Projects Update
The Swigle Mountain Water Project has experienced several delays but issues are being resolved and DT Construction, contractor for the project who was experiencing problems, has reached an agreement to complete the remaining 4% of the Project that needs finished and is working down a punch list of those items which includes some clean-up work. According to Patrick Mulcahy of The EADS Group, engineer for the Jackson Township Water Authority, if all goes well, the project could be deemed substantially complete in July.  The Chickaree Hill Sewage Project should be getting under way with the help of CDBG (Community Development Block Grant) Funds. The Loraine Road Sewer Project is complete and has been turned over to the Nanty Glo Sewer Authority and residents will be notified as to tapping into the new line. On the Chickaree Hill Water Project, a Pressure Reducing Station is needed for that line and is being addressed by the Jackson Township Water Authority along with the Cambria County Redevelopment Authority. This water line was also financed with the help of CDBG funds.

~Neighbors Who Care Help ETJ To Purchase Security Cameras
Neighbors Who Care, an active local community group, made a $500 donation to purchase surveillance cameras for Mitchell Park. "This is a tremendous donation for us", said Paul Wyrwas of ETJ Little League who had a break-in at the Concession Stand last year. In addition to the Concession Stand break-in, there have been other items stolen and vandalism incidents. The cameras and surveillance equipment should help to eliminate or greatly reduce any incidents as well as catch those who are involved in any criminal activity.

~Somerset Trust Adopts A Township Road For Litter Clean-Up Program
Somerset Trust’s Vinco Branch Office adopted Adams Avenue from Route 271 to Leidy Lane as part of the Jackson Township Street & Road Litter Clean-Up Program. The Program is patterned after the Pennsylvania State Adopt-A-Highway Program. Groups are requested to clean-up the road adopted twice a year. Jackson Township provides bags, safety vests and gloves and will pick up the collected trash after the Clean Up date. Other groups who have organized clean-ups in the township include Appalachian Chiropractic, Cambria County Christian School, Chickaree Ridge Runners Snowmobile Club, Committee to Preserve Rager Mountain, Jackson Twp. Troop 204 Boy Scouts, Jackson Twp. Troop 204 Cub Scouts, Laurel Highlands Landfill, Nanty Glo Moose, Neighbors Who Care, Residents of Fords Corner Road, Mile Hill Road Neighbors, Pike Grace Brethren Church, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Swigle Mountain Neighbors and Vinco Brethren Church. Somerset Trust makes the 16th group to adopt a section of road, street or highway in Jackson Township. The employees of the Vinco branch will be doing the clean-ups and include Branch Manager, Gretchen Majcher, Joan Brown, Kim Hirko, Kathy Michlena and Tina Rose.

~Somerset Trust Hosts "Horizon 50" Customer Appreciation Luncheon During Heritage Festival
Somerset Trust will host it's 2nd Annual Customer Appreciation Luncheon on Friday, July 16th at Veterans Park under the Heritage Festival tents. Last year over 180 "Horizon 50" customers and their guests attended a fully catered luncheon complete with entertainment. This year the luncheon will be catered by Mirage Banquet & Catering and Clay Bowser will be providing the entertainment. It's only a little over a year since the bank moved into Jackson Township at the Vinco Shopping Center location and they have made a long term commitment to the community as well as contributing in a big way to numerous projects and organizations.

~Supervisors Advertise EIT Tax Ordinance
The Jackson Township Supervisors authorized the advertisement of an Earned Income Tax Collection Ordinance as recommended by the Cambria County Tax Collection Committee. The Ordinance will be considered by the Supervisors at their June 30th Meeting. Every municipality in Cambria County has been asked pass the Ordinance as part of a State-Wide Process of consolidating EIT Tax Collection from a municipal or school level to a county level and simplifying the collection process for employers who now have to deal with dozens of individual entities.

~Business Park Subdivision Approved
The Jackson Township Business Park Project took another step forward after the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation & Natural Resources (DCNR) Subdivision was approved by the Planning Commission at their April 18th Meeting followed by the approval by the Board of Supervisors at their April 28th Meeting. The deed exchange should take place in the near future after the Governor's final approval.

~Track & Field Meet At Leidy Park
Area children were given the opportunity to learn about different track and field events through a local track meet held at Leidy Park on Sunday, May 22nd. The meet was set-up and hosted by parents in Jackson township as part of Hershey’s Track & Field Games. Events held included the 50m Dash, 100m Dash, 200m Dash, 400m Run, 800m Run, 1600m Run, 4 x 100m Relay, Softball Throw, Long-Standing Jump and many others. All participants received certificates and ribbons were awarded to the winners in each event. According to Nicole Burkett, Event Coordinator, this was the first year for the track meet in the area and with support and participation, the meet will continue to grow and be held for years to come. The Hershey’s Track and Field Games are the largest youth sports program of its kind in the United States and Canada with more than 400,000 children competing every year. Each child competing has a chance to be among the 480 athletes who qualify to compete at the North American Finals.

~Swimmer Qualifies For State Championships
The Central Cambria Swim Team got its first State Qualifier in eight years recently when Jackson Township resident, Kelsie Conrad qualified with her performance in the 100-Yard Backstroke at the District 6-9 Class AA Championships held at Penn State. Kelsie, a Junior, reached the top three swimmers with a 1:03:23 performance and earned her a chance to swim against the best Pennsylvania offers during the PIAA State Championship held at Bucknell University.  "It was amazing," said Central Cambria Swim Coach Anne Risaliti. "I was so excited for her." Risaliti continued: "Everybody on the team was so excited. They couldn't believe someone made it to States. . .it was so much fun to see." To reach the State Tournament, Kelsie took four seconds off her season best time to vault into the final. Kelsie was also named to the Altoona Mirror's First Team High School All-Star Team.  Kelsie also plays volleyball and runs track for Central Cambria. She is involved in many school activities and volunteers in community functions. She is the daughter of Jeff and Pam Conrad from Vinco.  Great job Kelsie! We congratulate you on your outstanding accomplishment!

~Benshoff Community Sales Needs Help!
If anyone would be interested in continuing the tradition of the Benshoff Hill Community Sales this September, please contact Paulette Baker at 322-1863. According to Paulette, help is needed with distributing flyers, advertising, etc. She would greatly appreciate your help and without it, the Community Sales may not be able to continue.

~Tire Clean Up Results In 820 Tires!
An organization titled "Keep Cambria County Beautiful", formerly Pennsylvania Cleanways, held a Tire Clean Up on Swigle Mountain Road that resulted in 820 illegally dumped tires being removed. It is illegal to dump tires and that particular pile of tires has been there for a long time and was a potential hazard for fire or breeding mosquitos. Kelly Hughes of Keep Cambria County Beautiful led the volunteers and scouts who participated in the clean-up. Thanks go out to Kelly and Keep Cambria Beautiful for eliminating this unsafe tire dump.

~Open Burning Laws In PA
Many people often wonder what they can or can’t burn in Pennsylvania. Burning is permitted if the waste is the result of normal household occupancy. Items that you are not permitted to burn include demolition waste, home insulation, shingles, treated wood, paint, painted or stained objects, furniture, tires, box springs, metal insulating rubber coating on copper wire, old television sets, appliances, automobiles, automotive parts and batteries. All of the items mentioned must be disposed of according to solid-waste regulations. Also, the Pennsylvania State Burning Laws prohibit any commercial establishments from burning refuse of any kind.  The PaDEP encourages everyone to be considerate of your neighbors by not allowing smoke, embers or ash to travel onto others properties. Jackson Township also has many options for recycling various materials and residents are encouraged to take advantage of those opportunities. Everyone also needs to pay attention to weather conditions and not to burn when it’s extremely dry or windy. In the fall, this is particularly dangerous as there are lots of dry leaves on the ground and one flaming ember could set a forest on fire. For additional information on open burning laws in Pennsylvania you can go to the following website: www.dep.state.pa.us and click on "open burning". You may also call the DEP’s Bureau of Air Quality at (717) 787-9702 and request copies of this information.

~Senior Center Receives Appreciation Award
The Jackson Township Senior Center received a Certificate of Appreciation in observance of "Older Pennsylvanians Month" in the Commonwealth of PA and "Older Americans Month" in the United States. The award was to thank the Center for it's services and assistance to older residents in our Community and helping to improve their quality of life. The award was presented by Maureen College from the office of PA State Representative Frank Burns of the 72nd District.

~Dog Gone?
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 nearly 500 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 Page for Jackson Township. This page is being used to promote important news or events and activities in Jackson Township and has nearly 500 fans. 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 pages on Facebook include the Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Department, Jackson Township Police Department and the newest page, Jackson-Township Historical-Preservation which has over 600 photos in 22 photo albums of Jackson Township, Cambria County and the surrounding region. Nearly 1,200 people have joined this page and many are sharing their own photos of days gone by. Other pages have also been developed for many local schools, fire companies, churches, organizations and businesses.

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

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

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

~Tire Recycling Available
The Laurel Highlands Landfill offers recycling. Tires can also be put in a recycling bin for a minimal cost of $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 2011 is $39.74 per quarter.

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

If you are planning on a building project be sure to visit or call either the Jackson Township Office at 749-0725 or George Burkey, Zoning Officer at 322-4709. 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. Just a reminder that all contractors performing home remodeling must now be registered with the State of Pennsylvania. This new law was enacted in 2010 for the protection of residents from irreputable contractors and home remodeling / repair scams.  Also if you are planning to pave or alter your driveway, a driveway permit is required. Roadmasters Bruce Baker, John Wallet & Mark Westrick said that driveway permits are not to inconvenience residents but are necessary to make sure there is a swale or pipe to direct stormwater. They also make sure that driveways are not higher than the road so snow plows don’t catch the edge of the driveway. When a driveway enters onto a Township road, a safe sight distance is also very important. PennDOT requires permits for driveways entering onto State roads within the Township.

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