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COME JOIN THE FUN AT HERITAGE FESTIVAL 2011
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!
WANT A BOOTH AT THE
6th ANNUAL FISHING DERBY
HAS GREAT TURNOUT
INTERESTED IN SENIOR
JACKSON TWP. SCHOLARSHIP
FUND GIVES AWARDS TO 2 STUDENTS
Dave Cobaugh 322-4512
Deana Deetscreek 322-3503
John Letizia Jr. 535-2278
JACKSON STUDENTS EXCEL
AT CEN. CAM. AWARDS ASSEMBLY
Aaron Rusin Memorial Scholarship
A.C. Colver Power Operations
American Red Cross Scholarship
Ann Buffoni Award
Cambria County Principal's
Cambria County PSEA Coordinating
Central Cambria High School Faculty
Challenge Program Most Improved Award
Challenge Program Perfect Attendance
District 6 Sportsmanship Award
Ebensburg V.F.W. Scholarship
English Department Award
Foreign Language (French) Department
Jackson Township Neighbors Who Care
Stephanie Marhefka, Cole Santichen
John Lapinsky Memorial Scholarship
Letizia Family Scholarship
Music Theatre Recognition
Paul E. Seymore Memorial Scholarship
Physical Education Department Award
Science Department Award
U.S. Air Force Technology Award
U.S. Army National Guard Commission
U.S. Army Scholar Athlete Award
U.S. Marines Semper Fidelis Award
Visual Arts Department Award
If you see one of these one of these individuals, be sure to congratulate them on their achievements!
SUPERVISORS ADOPT NUISANCE ORDINANCE
JUNK VEHICLE REMOVAL
If you have a junked vehicle that needs removed from your property and you’re not sure how to go about it, perhaps the following information will help. Al Gillin who operates a licensed junkyard along Adams Avenue has agreed to tow any junked vehicles that you would like to have removed from your property. According to Mr. Gillin, in most cases there will be no charge to any Township resident for this service unless there is great difficulty getting to the vehicle to pick it up. If you wish to have junked vehicles removed from your property, you may contact Mr. Gillin at 322-4366 to see if you qualify for this free service.
Residents Cashing In On Scrap Metal
Many residents are getting top dollar on scrap metal. This includes automobiles that may be sitting on your property. EMF Industries of Franklin Borough accepts old vehicles and pays for the scrap metal value which has been up dramatically this year. The phone number for EMF is 536-5047.
VEHICLE BATTERY DROP-OFF
INTERESTED IN SERVING
CURRENT OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE
Jackson Historical Preservation Committee
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.
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
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
FIRE COMPANY NEWS &
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.
SENIOR CENTER NEWS
5th ANNUAL EASTER EGG
HUNT DRAWS LOTS OF CHILDREN
The winners of the cards were as
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!
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.
JETSA SEWER AUTHORITY
CHICKAREE RIDGE RUNNERS
MOTORISTS URGED TO USE CAUTION
JACKSON TOWNSHIP PHONE DIRECTORY
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
OTHER JACKSON TWP. NEWS
~Many Turn Out To Honor Vets
~Seal Coat Bid Awarded
~Jackson Twp. Lions Club Disbands
~Miscellaneous Materials Bids
~Primary Election Results for Jackson
~Phase II Planning Project Completed
~New Mitchell Pavilions A Hit!
~Sewage & Water Projects Update
~Neighbors Who Care Help ETJ To
Purchase Security Cameras
~Somerset Trust Adopts A Township
Road For Litter Clean-Up Program
~Somerset Trust Hosts "Horizon 50"
Customer Appreciation Luncheon During Heritage Festival
~Supervisors Advertise EIT Tax
~Business Park Subdivision Approved
~Track & Field Meet At Leidy Park
~Swimmer Qualifies For State
~Benshoff Community Sales Needs Help!
~Tire Clean Up Results In 820 Tires!
~Open Burning Laws In PA
~Senior Center Receives Appreciation
~Jackson Twp. on Facebook
~Crime and Vandalism
~Free 911 House Numbers Available
~Want to Schedule An Event At A
~Tire Recycling Available
~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. www.jacksontwppa.com
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