JACKSON TOWNSHIP NEWS

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Summer, 2012

COME JOIN THE FUN AT HERITAGE FESTIVAL 2012

YOU’RE  INVITED

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 9th Annual Jackson Heritage Festival promises to be bigger and better!  The big “draw” continues to be the great entertainment and food but the Festival has plenty more to offer those attending. The Heritage Festival will be held this year on Friday, July 20, Saturday, July 21 and Sunday, July 22.  The big weekend will kick off on Friday with the 5th 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 10:30.  All of the food and craft booths will be open on Friday 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.

     Saturday will begin with the 2nd Annual 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 males and females in each of the following age groups (18-Under, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 and 60+).   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 20th or from 10:30 to Noon on Saturday, July 21st. Beginning at 1 on Saturday will be the 2nd 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 former Johnstown Folk Festival.  You won't want to miss their energetic concert / show!  New this year will be Andy The Firefly who will dazzle children and adults alike with a juggling, magic and comedy show from 5:00 to 6:00 pm.  Also new will be Unicycle Sam who will be entertaining folks around the park from 4:00 to 7:00 pm.  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.  Put on your dancin' shoes and find a spot on the crowded dance floor and move and groove to the Oldies!  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.  Last 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 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm to close out the weekend will be NOMaD (North of Mason & Dixon) from the Pittsburgh area playing their style of country rock as no one else can do. 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 last year they released their second CD titled “Showtime”.  Their first single, “American Boy” has gotten rave reviews and has charted internationally.  The following was a review by Chuck Dauphin of Nashville Music News - “One listen to this CD and you will understand why they are thought so highly of. They have an innate ability to keep the audience on their toes, with such frisky toe tappers as “Showtime,” (which features some nice fiddle work from Luke Zacherl) and the rock-inspired “Waiting,” which is kind of reminiscent of 80s Springsteen. Collectively, they do a great job, but these guys all are stars on an individual level. In addition to Zacherl, lead vocalist David August, guitarists Dale Vincent and Johnny Waclo, drummer Bobby Kunkel, bass player George Elliot, these guys are simply ready for the big time.” 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 the bounce tent which will be from The Outhouse this year in the form of a Fire House and Slide combo!  The kids will love it!  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. Returning 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.     Once again there will be the Kids Battle of the Barrel  to be held at the Jackson Twp. Fire Hall on Saturday at 3 pm.  Sign-ups will be held at 2:30 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.  This year there will be several Sketching Demonstrations sponsored by Pike Grace Brethren Church.  They will be at 5:30 and 7:30 on Friday and on 12:30 and 5:30 on Saturday.

     Basket Parties are very popular and the Jackson Township Fire Company will be hosting a Basket Party all weekend long with lots of baskets filled with lots of goodies to buy chances on!  For bingo lovers, there will be bingo at the Senior Center on Saturday & Sunday from 2 to 4.  This year sharing our history and heritage will be the Jackson Township Historical Preservation Committee with a booth outside while The Tri Area Historical & Museum Society will have a large display of historical items of local interest in the Senior Center Building this year featuring a “toy theme”.  Also returning this year is the 6th Annual Cutest Baby Contest.  This contest is highly popular and Festival-goers have a chance to vote for their choice of the cutest baby at the Jackson Heritage Festival!  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 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, Baked Goods, BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches, BBQ Ribs, Bloomin Onions, Cactus Potatoes, Cake, Cheese Sticks, Chicken Balls, Chicken Fingers, Cinnamon Rolls, Corn Dogs, Cotton Candy, Curly Fries, Deep Fried Pickles, Fajitas, Fresh Cut American Fries, Fresh Fruit Cups, Fresh Squeezed Lemonade, Fried Chicken, Fried Tacos, Fried Veggies, Frozen Smoothies, Funnel Cakes, Gobs, Halushki, Ham BBQ Sandwiches, Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Hot Sausage Sandwiches, Ice Cream, Kabobs, Kettle Korn, Kielbasa Sandwiches, Loaded Fries, Loaded Potato Wedges, Macaroni Salad, Nachos & Cheese, Pepperoni Rolls, Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches, Pierogies, Pies, Pit Beef Sandwiches, Pizza, Potato Melt Sandwich, Potato Salad, Pumpkin Rolls, Quessadillas, Raisin Cookies, Roasted Cashews & Bavarian Almonds, Root Beer Floats, Shaved Ice Sno Kones, Sloppy Joes, Strawberry Shortcake, Stromboli, Stuffed Cabbage, Sundaes, Tacos and Wings. In addition the Jackson Township Vol. Fire Company will be also be having 2 special dinners during the weekend.  On Friday, they will be having a Chicken Biscuit Dinner from 5 to 7 pm and  on Saturday they will be hosting a Spaghetti Dinner from 5 to 7 pm.

     Crafts this year will feature Afghans, African Jewelry, Alabaster Nightlights, Assorted Covers, Baby Hats, Baby Quilts, Barbie Clothes, Barn Siding Pictures & Frames, Bassinets, Beaded Jewelry, Bibs, Blankets, Bottle Stoppers & Openers, Clothes Pin Bags, Clothespin Dresses, Crafts, Crocheted Items, Comics, Crosses, Decorative Woodcraft, Dog Clothing, Dog Collars, Dog Themed Photo Frames, Dog Toys, Dog Treats, Dolls & Accessories, Drawstring Bags, Ear Flap Hats, Electric Oil Burners, Fabric Items, Fleece Throws, Flip Top Gloves, Floral Arrangements, Fragrance Oils, Gemstone Jewelry, Gift Baskets, Girls Hair Accessories, Hacky-Sacks, Hair & Neckware, Handcrafted Crystal Jewelry, Hand Knitted Scarves, Handmade Bath & Body Products, Handmade Bears & Bunnies, Hand Painted Ceramics, Hand Sewn Items, Hand Tooled & Suede Leather Items, Homemade Dip Mixes, Homemade Furniture, Homemade James & Jellies, Inspirational Rag Quilts, Jelly Cabinets, Lamps, Lighted Glass Blocks, Magnetic Jewelry & Gifts, Marshmallow Shooters, Mattress Pads, Nightcaps, One-of-a-kind Bracelets, Organic Soaps & Lotions, Original Design Wood Doll Furniture, Ornaments, Outdoor Painted Wood Art, Painted Glassware, Painted Rocks, Pastel Paintings, Penn State Items, Personalized, Organizing Totes, Pillows, Pitt Items, Plants, Potato Bags, Pot Holder Towels, Primitive Wood Crafts, Prints, Purses, Scoll Saw Items, Soy Candles, Steeler Items, Sterling Silver Jewelry, Swarovski Crystal Jewelry, Table Runners, Thermal Bags, Tote Bags, Wallets, Waste Can Bins, Wireworks, Wood Crafts, Wooden Animal Puzzles and Wood Pens.

     Other exhibitors will feature Bathroom Remodeling, Candy Art, Chair Massages, Children’s Games, Children's Novelties, Face Painting, Fundraising, Gourmet Food Products, Health Care Information, Health Screenings, Heritage Photos, Historic Items, Insurance Information, Kitchen Utensils & Cookware, Penguin Photos, Portrait Packages, Quilt Raffle, Sand Art, Satellite TV, Scented Bars, Sports Memorabilia, Steeler Photos, Storage Containers and Vintage Rock T-Shirts.

        Area businesses and organizations have been extremely supportive of the festival effort and without them, this event would not be possible.  Four major sponsors that deserve special recognition are Amfire Mining, Direct Value Outlet, Somerset Trust and Waste Management  whom have made sizeable contributions towards the Festival.  Other sponsors include the Cambria Care Center, Froggy 95 & 96 Key, Jackson Township Senior Center, Charles J. Merlo Inc, Dolan’s Welding & Steel, Mercik’s Ideal Market, Neighbors Who Care, Ameriserv, Askew-Houser Funeral Homes, Espe Chiropractic Health Center, Jerry Gilkey Pools, Keller Engineers and Luther P. Miller Inc.  Others donating towards this event include Cooper Signs, C & R Service Center, Construction Equipment Services, Dr. Donald M. Leckey-Optometrist, Elias Chiropractic, Hagerich Auto Sales, Jane’s Signs & Designs, Martin Marine, Naugle Insurance Agency, Rose Excavating, Vantage Physical Therapy, Warren Oil, Wix Pix Productions 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 FESTIVAL?
For those of you who would wish to have a booth at the Heritage Festival this year, contact Dave Hirko at  749-0725.

7th ANNUAL FISHING DERBY HAS GREAT TURNOUT
     The 7th Annual Jackson Township Fishing Derby was held on Saturday, May 5th and was an overwhelming success according to Nick Gresh, 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 181 kids, not to mention other family members who accompanied them.  In all, forty kids caught the 5 Trout Limit allowed!  The Derby now in its 7th 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: Nolan Wyrwas for the first Trout caught, Leah Farabaugh for the first Palamino Trout caught, Chloe Croft for the first to catch the 5 Trout Limit, Carter Anderson for catching the Longest Trout at 15.5 inches and Connor Rager for having the greatest total length of Trout caught or 64 inches. Quinten Vorhauer received a prize for catching a Tagged Trout.  In all 300 Trout were caught during the Derby.  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: Ace Hardware of Ebensburg, American Polish Citizens Club, Ameriserv Bank, Amfire Mining, Big Stone Inn, Byron Bishop Electric, C & G Savings Bank, C & R Service Center, Cooper Signs, Al & Jeff Croft, Direct Value Outlet, Dolan’s Welding & Steel, Dr. Donald Leckey, Ebensburg Fishing & Hunting, Espe Chiropractic, Carol & Dwayne Fisher,  Freedom Ford, Greater Jackson Township Sportsman’s Club, John Grecek, Gresh Family, Harper & Gallo, Janna’s Hair & Tanning, Jerry Gilkey Pools, KFC Ebensburg (Michael Gaunt), Laurel Highlands Landfill, Laurel Sand & Stone, Martin Marine, Martin Oil Company, Masters Ministries (John Lythgoe), MEC Chemicals, Mercik’s Ideal Market, Tom & Nancy Morrison, Nanty Glo Auto, Park Hill Dairy Queen, Randy Wike Heating, Salvage Heaven, Shop N Save, Pat & Janet Shuman, Snyder Excavating, Somerset Trust, State Senator John Wozniak, T & P Trains, Tammy Watt Nationwide Insurance, Tire Outlet & Brake Center, Twin Rocks Sportsman’s Club, Vantage Physical Therapy, Village of Mundys Corner Home, Vinco Pharmacy, Virginia Sidor’s Beauty Salon, Wal-Mart (Ebensburg), George & Sue Wentz and Bo & Chris Williams.  In addition other businesses that helped out with donations for the event were Ford’s Corner Beverage with the use of a sound system, G. P. Porta Johns, Nickels Bakery with hot dog and hamburger buns and Valewood Farms with chocolate milk.

     A big thank you also goes out to the Jackson Township Supervisors and Recreation Commission 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 Dive Team 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!      

1st YOUTH HUNTING DAY SET FOR SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6th
     The first ever Jackson Township Youth Hunting Day has been set for Saturday, October 6th.  There will be lots of food, prizes and fun!  Chad Stiffey, a resident of Jackson Township who is employed by  the Pennsylvania Game Commission is coordinating the event with the support of local hunting clubs, the Recreation Commission and Supervisors. Stiffey said funding could be made available for the event by securing a grant through the Pennsylvania Game Commission.  He said there is no need to have concerns about safety as this is a highly supervised event and similar events in other areas have been very successful. Participants must be from ages 12-16 and must process a Pennsylvania Hunters Safety Education Card and be accompanied by an adult partner 21 years of age or older with a current hunting license.  Registration forms and mailing information will be available on the Jackson Township Website - www.jacksontwppa.com beginning August 1st through September 15th, 2012. The event will be limited to 50 kids and the first 50 kids to sign-up between the ages of 12 and 16 will be accepted.  For more information, please contact Chad Stiffey at 244-4629 or lrp61@hotmail.com         

FIRE COMPANY NEWS & EVENTS
      The Fire Company and Auxiliary would like to thank everyone in the community for all of their continued support and generous donations for the Fund Drive.  Just a reminder that Ambulance Memberships are coming out in Mid-August.  The Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Company has several upcoming events they would like to announce as follows: 

   Heritage Festival        Fri.-Sun.           July 20th-22nd  
   Archery Raffle           Saturday           Sept. 15th
   Fall Gun Raffle            Saturday           Oct. 13th
  
Turkey Raffle              Saturday            Nov. 17th

     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.  Jackson Township Vol. Fire Company will also be hosting an Open House on Wednesday, October 10th as part of National Fire Prevention Week and once again participating in Trick or Treat.  For tickets or additional information on all of these events, contact the Fire Company at 322-3155.  This year, the Fire Company will once again be participating in the Jackson Heritage Festival with several events including a Basket Party in the Fire Hall garage bay. If anyone would like to donate a basket for the Basket Party, please contact the Fire Hall at 322-3155. In addition, several dinners will be held including a Chicken n Biscuit Dinner on Friday evening and a Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday afternoon. Other events will include the Aaron Rusin Memorial Poker Run,  Kids Battle of the Barrel 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.     

WOULD  YOU  LIKE  TO  RECEIVE THIS  NEWSLETTER  THRU  EMAIL?

Send an email to office@jacksontwppa.com with your name and mailing address and we will mail future issues to you electronically.  Jackson Township in an effort to save money on postage and become more environmentally friendly will be establishing an email list for those who wish to receive copies of the Jackson Township News electronically rather than a hard copy thru the mail.  We hope this list will continue to grow over time.  In addition copies will be published 3 times a year instead of 4.  Newsletters will now be published in April, July and October. 

WATER AUTHORITY NEWS
     Attention Jackson Township Water Authority Customers:  For your convenience, JTWA has been providing direct debit payment for the past several years. They would like to encourage all their customers to consider utilizing the option of direct debit payments.  The forms to begin the service are available at the Water Authority Office. In addition, a form has been included in the JTWA newsletter.  Please be aware of the difference between direct debit and on-line banking.  With online banking, services are provided by a third-party processing center and the funds may not be received for several days or more after being debited from your account (they are received in the form of a physical check).  At times, this causes payments to be received after the due date.  Payments must be in the office by the 25th of each month. With direct debit, JTWA’s bank electronically receives funds from your bank and the payments are debited on the 20th of each month, thereby eliminating the risk of a late fee being applied to your account.

Water Authority Offers Summer Water Saving Tips
     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.

CDBG FUNDS DEDICATED FOR JACKSON PROJECTS
     The Jackson Township Supervisors approved at their May 10th Meeting the use of 2012 CDBG (Community Development Block Grant) funds of $82,878 towards extending a public sewer line on Chickaree Hill Road.  Last year's allocation was $99,208 and that money will go towards several projects including a public sewer line on Chickaree Hill Road coming up from Vintondale, a Pressure Reducing Station on the Chickaree HIll Water Line and some exterior building repairs to the Senior Center.  All 3 projects should be put out to bid and completed this year according to Larry Custer, Executive Director of the Cambria County Redevelopment Authority who administers the CDBG monies.

 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

Barry Rouzer, Constable                      322-4927

JETSA SEWER AUTHORITY NEWS
     The Board of the Jackson / East Taylor Sewer Authority would like to “thank” all the residents that have had their sewer service lateral tested and repaired.   At this time, there are approximately 1200 sewer service laterals from the system that was installed in 1997 and 1998 that have been tested and corrected.  The Authority is very pleased with this number of residents that have complied since the PaDEP Consent Order was issued with the Greater Johnstown Redevelopment Authority.  JETSA has placed a deadline of June 30, 2012 to have your sewer service lateral tested and repaired.  Once the June 30, 2012 deadline is over, any resident that has not complied with the PaDEP Consent Order will be surcharged a $25.00 a month fee until they comply.   There is no guarantee that this surcharge will not increase in the future.  If a resident has a contract with a contractor, and this contractor cannot complete the job by the deadline of June 30th,  the resident must bring a copy of the contract to the Authority and they will be given an additional 31 days or until July 31, 2012 to comply.  If a resident who has a contract is still not in compliance by July 31, 2012 then they will be surcharged the $25.00 fee retroactive back to July 1, 2012. The Greater Johnstown Redevelopment Authority has installed two flow meters on our main lines in East Conemaugh before going into the city.  Our flows have dropped significantly since the Inflow and Infiltration (I & I) Program has started.  JETSA's pump stations have not gone into high level alarm either since this I & I program has started which means a significant savings to the Authority.  Their peak flows during heavy rains have dropped significantly; however, they still have work to do. Part of the DEP Consent Order is to camera all of JETSA's main lines.  Even though all of their main lines were pressure tested and manholes vacuum tested during construction in 1994-1996 before accepting the main lines, the Authority has purchased a camera to video all the main lines and look for any problem areas.  At that time, JETSA's maintenance crew will also be looking for any I & I issues coming from the residents sewer service laterals and especially those residents that have not complied.  If a resident has not complied, and I & I problem is found, that resident will have 30 days to correct the problem.  Again, the Authority appreciates all the cooperation that they have received from the majority of the residents on JETSA's Sanitary Sewer System. JETSA would also like to inform you that they are set up to accept Direct Debit from your account to theirs to pay your sewer bill.  If you are interested, please stop at the office and fill out the necessary paper work. 

SENIOR CENTER NEWS
     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 31st.  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 Center has scheduled their annual Calendar Party to be held on Sunday, September 23rd at 2:00 pm.  This is an annual fundraiser and if anyone wants to help make it a success, they can donate a new or handcrafted gift or a basket to be chanced off at the Party.  Items may be dropped off at the Center any time before Sept. 23rd. There will be a Community Blood Screening on Saturday, October 27th from 7 to 9 am.  It is a complete multiphasic blood screen with lipid profile and cost is $30.00.  Call the Center to make an appointment for the screening.  Blood Screenings are done twice a year at the Center.  To schedule an appointment, call the Center at 322-3327 Tues.-Thurs. from 9 am to 3 pm. 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. The Center is promoting several Programs that may be helpful to Seniors including the Senior Community Employment Program which helps to place Seniors age 55 or older with income guidelines into work places.  To inquire about this program, contact Gina Felice at the National Council on Aging - Senior Community Service in Johnstown at 536-0691.  Another popular program is the Cambria County Health Insurance Apprise Program that helps Seniors with their health insurance questions or problems.  For more information you may contact the Cambria County Office on Aging at 539-5595. 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. For more information on any of the above events, contact the Senior Center at 322-3327.

     The 2011 Tax Preparation Season at the Center is over.  Faye Kuhne and John Adams prepared 244 Federal and State Tax Returns and filed them online free of charge resulting in refunds of $155,603.00.  In addition, they completed 100 Property Tax Rebates and Local Earned Income Tax Returns.  The Center has been offering this service since 2000 and we hope that Faye and John will be able to help out again next year.  We can't thank them enough for their dedicated community service!  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. 

 6th ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT DRAWS LOTS OF CHILDREN
     The Jackson Township Recreation Commission and Supervisors held its 6th Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Mitchell Park on March 31st.  The turnout was great and the eggs were hidden in the area of the new pavilions, basketball court and surrounding woods at Mitchell Park.  In all there were over 2300 eggs hidden by the East Bunny who made a special appearance at the Event!  Those hunting the highly prized hidden eggs were divided into 3 age groups - 3 and under, 4 to 8 and 9 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:
      Nevaeh Walker                   4 & Under        
     Karlie Heeney                      5 through 8
     Jeremy Dillon                      5 through 8
     Devin Cook                          9 & Over
     Brandon Wilson                  9 & Over          

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

JACKSON STUDENTS EXCEL AT CEN. CAM. AWARDS ASSEMBLY
     
An Awards Assembly in May at Central Cambria High School and many students from Jackson Township took home awards, honors and scholarships. Here are some of the achievers from Jackson Township:

Aaron Rusin Memorial Scholarship
Zachary Dernar, Anya Pennington

A. C. Colver Power Operations Scholarship
Jodi Daughenbaugh                               

Ann Buffoni Award
Alyssa Phillips

Army Scholar Athlete Award
Kelsie Conrad

Band Recognition
Christen Caddy, Zachary Dernar             

Business Department Award
Stephanie Young

C.C.H.S. Alumni Scholarship
Kole Newcomer

DAR Good Citizen Award
Alyssa Phillips

District 6 Sportsmanship Award
Jaclyn Howell   

Ebensburg Moose Scholarship\
Mariah Dickert, Adam Westrick

Foreign Language Dept. Award (Spanish)
Travis Schofield

J. L. Cook Scholar Athlete Award
Kelsie Conrad

Jackson Township Neighbors Who Care Scholarship
Alyssa Phillips, Travis Schofield

John Lapinsky Memorial Scholarship
Kiel Gerlach, Todd Vermileon

Letizia Family Scholarship
Ryan Adams

Math Department Award
Travis Schofield

Music Theatre Recognition
Michael Kinley

Patricia Martin Memorial Scholarship
Kelsie Conrad

Science Department Award
Travis Schofield

Tribune-Democrat Academic All Star              
Travis Schofield

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

JACKSON TOWNSHIP SCHOLASTIC SWIMMERS GO TO STATES!
    
Jackson Township residents and Central Cambria High School Senior athletes Kelsie Conrad, Ada Westrick, Kole Newcomer, Matt Brady, and Junior,  Alex Chiappini closed out a successful high school swimming season after “living-the-dream” at the PIAA State Class AA Swimming & Diving Championships held at Bucknell University on March 16 & 17.  Kelsie, no stranger to the pressure packed state competition, made it to the elite tournament for the second year in a row.  To add to this exceptional accomplishment, Kelsie broke the Central Cambria High School 100 yard backstroke record with a 1:01:80 time, thrashing the old mark of 1:01:85. Her medal quest started in early March at the District 6-9 AA Championships held in State College. Her hard work and dedication paid off as she earned the No. 1 seed in the 100 yard backstroke event.  Kelsie also had a strong showing in the 100 yard freestyle event by placing fourth in the district meet.  As a veteran to the state meet, Kelsie admitted to having nerves last year as she completed in her 100 yard backstroke event.  She recalls, “The pool was really big, different than the pools I swim in around here.  I was nervous, but not as nervous as I thought I would be.  I don’t think I will be nervous this year because I’ve been there.”  Her philosophy paid off, swimming an outstanding race and receiving praises from fellow swimmers, fans and her Coach, Anne Risaliti.  Coach Risaliti reminiscences, “She was so relaxed and focused.  I had a good feeling about her race.  She looked strong the entire race and she has to be thrilled with her swim.”  Kelsie, the daughter of Jeff and Pam Conrad, was announced to the 2012 First Team Altoona Mirror’s All-Star Swim Team for the second year in a row. Adam, Kole, Matt, and Alex also proudly represented Central Cambria High School as the boys 400 yard freestyle relay swim team. The group went on to break the old Central Cambria 400 yard freestyle record previously set in 1998 with a mark of 3:34:94.  It was the group’s first trip to the state meet and placed 22nd out of 32 teams. Coach Risaliti summed it all up about the boy’s team, “I was not quite sure how they would do but they are so competitive.”  She added, “I was just so happy for them.  They thought they could do it (set the school record) and they did.”  All four seniors plan to attend college in the fall.  Kelsie, will attend Clarion University and major in business.  She also plans to swim for the school team.  Adam also plans to swim for West Virginia Tech.  Kole and Matt both plan to extend their educational careers at LaRoche College and Mount Aloysius respectfully. Jackson Township residents should be extremely proud of the accomplishments of all five student athletes.  For they not only succeeded representing Central Cambria but Jackson Township as well.  Great job!                                                   

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.

POLICE REPORTS
February, 2012

The figures for February were as follows: 911 Calls dispatched to Police: 457 Reportable Part I Crimes: 2 broken down as follows: Assaults-1 and Larceny-1.  Reportable Part II Crimes: 24 broken down as follows: Disorderly Conduct-9, Drugs-2, Public Drunkenness-2, Family Offenses-2, DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-1, Receiving Stolen Property-1 and all others-7. Calls Resulting in Cases: 9, Total Arrestees: 7, Total Suspects: 1, Total Victims: 1, DUI Arrests: 1, Traffic Citations: 101, Non-Traffic Citations: 0, Total Warnings: 0

March, 2012
The figures for March were as follows: 911 Calls dispatched to Police: 517 Reportable Part I Crimes: 2 broken down as follows: Assaults-1 and Larceny-1.  Reportable Part II Crimes: 21 broken down as follows: Disorderly Conduct-5, DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-5, Drugs-4, Public Drunkenness-4, Liquor-1 and all others-2. Calls Resulting in Cases: 11, Total Arrestees: 9, Total Suspects: 0, Total Victims: 0, DUI Arrests: 4, Traffic Citations: 125, Non-Traffic Citations: 9, Total Warnings: 0

 April,  2012
The figures for April were as follows: 911 Calls dispatched to Police: 461 Reportable Part I Crimes: 3 broken down as follows: Larceny-2 and Burglary-1.  Reportable Part II Crimes: 11 broken down as follows: Disorderly Conduct-3, Drugs-3, Receiving Stolen Property-1 and all others-4. Calls Resulting in Cases: 6, Total Arrestees: 5, Total Suspects: 1, Total Victims: 2, DUI Arrests: 0, Traffic Citations: 120, Non-Traffic Citations: 4, Total Warnings: 0 

CHICKAREE RIDGE RUNNERS SNOWMOBILE RECREATION & RESCUE CLUB NEWS

The club is open to the public and a one year membership cost $10 for an individual or $15 for a family. Meetings are held the first and third Thursday of each month from September thru April at 8:00 p.m. at the clubhouse with free food at the first meeting of each month.  We are always happy to welcome new members into our club and you don’t have to be a snowmobiler to join!  We are a family oriented club that is active year round with various events and activities! For more information on the races or to join the club, call 749-9931 or visit www.chickareeridgerunners.com

CAMBRIA CO.  LIBRARY BOOK MOBILE RETURNS TO JACKSON
     The Johnstown Cambria County Library Book Mobile has once again returned to Jackson Township for the summer months.  According to Trudy Myers representing the Library, the Jackson stop will be only through the summer.  The Book Mobile will be at the Jackson Township Senior Center on the following dates: 

            Thursday     July 12th     8:45 - 10:00 am
            Thursday     July 26th     8:45 - 10:00 am
            Thursday     Aug. 9th     8:45 - 10:00 am
            Thursday     Aug. 23rd    8:45 - 10:00 am

     This is a great convenience for residents with the Library literally coming to their front door.  Last summer it was a great resource for children not in school but it is hoped that the Book Mobile will be used by residents of all ages.          

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

PEDESTRIANS AND MOTORISTS URGED TO USE CAUTION
     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 it getting dark earlier in the day, it will be harder to see youth, children or even adults walking along the streets.  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.

OTHER JACKSON TWP. NEWS
~Who’s New Around the Township           
    We would like to welcome Trevor Law and Mark Reihart as Part-Time Police Officers for Jackson Township.  Also hired was Mark Hagerich who was hired as a seasonal worker to do mowing and miscellaneous duties.  The Township also accepted the resignations of Jeremy Scislowicz and Jason Owens from the Police Department.                       

~Many Turn Out To Honor Vets
    The weather cooperated for a nice turnout of more than 125 people for the 9th Annual Memorial Day Ceremony held at Veterans Park in Vinco.  Command Sargeant Major, Dale E. Hill (retired), was the guest speaker.  His career included over 30 years of service with two tours in Viet Nam in 1967 and 1969, a tour in Operation Desert Storm in 1991 and a tour in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2005. 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
     New Enterprise Stone & Lime had the low bid submitted for the 2012 Seal Coating or “tar & chip” Projects scheduled for Jackson Township.  The bid was awarded by the Supervisors at their April 26th Meeting. New Enterprise’s bid came in at $ 60,740.29 beating out Midland Asphalt, Quaker Sales and Russell Standard. Streets to be seal coated this year include Hunts Road, Mile Hill Road, Turkeyfoot Road and Finntown Road.

 ~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 PA-2A Subbase, # 8, # 1, # 3 and #57 stone and antiskid.  For the three types of miscellaneous paving materials, Quaker Sales was the low bidder.                   

~Timber Bids Received For Chickaree Property
    
The Jackson Township Supervisors advertised for bids for select timbering on 97 acres of ground owned on Chickaree Mountain in the area of a proposed Business Park Project.  Timber to be harvested and the solicitation of bids were done through the services of Craig Osteen of American Forestry in Ebensburg.  The highest bid of $143,428.88  from E & E Logging & Sons of Loretto was accepted by the Supervisors at their May 31st Meeting.  Timbering and payment to the Township will be completed no later than December 31, 2012.

E & E Logging & Sons (Loretto)

$   143,428.88

C & C Smith Lumber Co. (Summerill)

$   140,100.00

Brownlee Lumber (Brookville)

$   138,600.00

Walker Lumber Inc. (Woodland)

$   129,068.21

Matson Lumber Company (Brookville)

$   126,674.00

Bowser Lumber Company (Mahaffey)

$   103,653.96

Terry Ryko (Creekside)

$     89,250.00

~Supervisors Adopt Flood Plain Ordinance
     The Jackson Township Supervisors adopted Ordinance # 170 at their April 12th Meeting in accordance with the Pennsylvania Flood Plain Management Act of 1978.  The Commonwealth’s Legislature has delegated the responsibility to local governmental units to adopt flood plain management regulations. Jackson Township had a Flood Plain Ordinance previously but it needed to be brought up to date with new regulations and flood plain maps according to FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency).  By not updating the old Ordinance, Township residents could have been denied State & Federal aid in the event of an emergency. 

~Barnes Saly Completes 2011 Twp. Audit
     Barnes, Saly & Company presented the 2011 Jackson Township Audit to the Board of Supervisors at their April 26th meeting.  Terry Shook, CPA said the Audit resulted in a clean opinion on the financial statements with no major findings.  This was the 10th consecutive year that Barnes Saly as performed the Audit for Jackson Township.  

~Primary Election Results for Jackson Twp.
     Although there was no local Township or School Board races in the Primary, the Democratic race for who would continue to represent the re-drawn 12th Congressional District drew alot of attention. Mark Critz easly won all 3 Jackson precincts by 91% to Jason Altmire's 9%. Altimire was also an incumbent from the North Hills of Pittsburgh.  Critz also carried Cambria County by about the same margin of victory.  For President on the Republican side, Mitt Romney won  in Jackson Township with 53% followed by Rick Santorum-25%, Newt Gingrich-12% and Ron Paul-10%.  Pennsylvania State Senator John Wozniak from the 35th District and State Represenative Frank Burns from the 72nd District went unopposed.  The General Election is scheduled for Tuesday, November 6, 2012.  

~Luther P. Miller Awarded Fuel Bid
     The Board of Supervisors at their Arpril 12th Meeting awarded Luther P. Miller, the lone bidder, the contract to supply unleaded and diesel fuel as well as heating oil for the coming year.  Luther P. Miller is the current supplier so there will be no interruption of service. The bid submitted was the same rate of .20 cents per gallon over the OPIS Rate so there will be no increase other than the varying cost of gasoline.  OPIS stands for Oil Price Information System and is the world's most widely accepted fuel price benchmark.

~Sewage & Water Projects Update
    
Several loose ends were tied up on the Swigle Mountain Water Project and the final inspection from the PaDEP went well according to Pat Mulcahy of the EADS Group, engineer for the Jackson Township Water Authority.  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 and is being funded by  Community Development Block Grants.  This water line was also financed with the help of CDBG funds.                                  

~Somerset Trust Receives Top National Ranking
     Somerset Trust was informed that by U.S. Banker Magazine that they ranked 36th in the nation as "Best Community Bank" out of 5,000 banks for 2011.  This is the 3rd year in a row that Somerset Trust was in the top 200 going from 105th in 2009 to 63rd in 2010 to 36th in 2011.  One of the criteria for the rankings is a combination of the prior 3 years ROE (return on equity).  According to Henry Cook, President, their success is attributed to having a very special organization manned by a truly wonderful group of committed people.  Somerset Trust established a branch in the Vinco Shopping Center in 2010 and has become very involved in the community.            

~Prevailing Wage Resolution Approved
     The Supervisors approved Resolution 02-12 at their March 29th meeting asking the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania General Assembly to eliminate or amend the State Prevailing Wage Act (Act 442 of 1961). Currently the Act requires that workers on public / government construction / repairs on any projects greater than $25,000 be paid wages set by the Secretary of Labor and Industry rather than local market rates.  Those rates are generally 20 to 40% higher.  The amount of $25,000 was set back in 1963 with no allowance for inflation.  By today’s standards, the amount should be $185,000 with allowance for annual increases based on the Consumer Price Index.  PSATS (Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors) is supporting current House Bills 1329 and 1685 to make the necessary commonsense reforms to the Prevailing Wage Act and had asked Townships across the State to pass the resolution in support of their efforts.        

~Halloween Parade To Make Return
     Mindi Evans
and a group of parents are planning on bringing back the annual Halloween Parade to Jackson Township. The effort is a result of many wanting to see the Parade come back and providing a safer atmosphere during the day as opposed to evening hours. The date is set for Sunday, October 28th with parade line-up at 1:30 and the parade beginning at 2 pm.  Immediately following the parade there will be Trick or Treat until 5 pm.  According to Evans, there will be prizes for various costumes and age groups (possibly infant to 12 year olds).  They are also hoping to have some floats in the parade as well.  She said all organizations and groups are welcome to participate in the parade.  If anyone has any questions about the event, you may contact Mindi via email to: mevans811@hotmail.com

~Snowmobile Club Lease Extended
    
The Jackson Township Supervisors voted at their May 10th meeting  to extend the lease of the Chickaree Ridgerunners Snowmobile Club for an additional 10 years with two five year options for renewal.  The Snowmobile Club was formed in 1974 and has been located at Mitchell Park since 1987.  The Snowmobile Club acts as a recreational and also a rescue organization when needed.                    

~Agreement With Cambria County SERT
    
The Supervisors approved an Agreement and Memorandum of Understanding with Cambria County SERT (Special Emergency Response Team) at their May 10th meeting.  According to their website, the Cambria County SERT Team is a designated law enforcement team whose members are recruited, selected, trained, equipped and assigned to resolve critical incidents involving a threat to public safety which would otherwise exceed the capabilities of traditional law enforcement first responders and / or other investigative units.        

~Somerset Trust Hosts “Horizon 50" Customer Appreciation Luncheon During Heritage Festival
     
Somerset Trust will host it's 3rd Annual Customer Appreciation Luncheon on Friday, July 20th at Veterans Park under the Heritage Festival tents.  Last year over 240 “Horizon 50" checking account 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 been a little over two years 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.            

 ~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.  Three pavilions are available at Mitchell and 1 each at Leidy & Veterans Park.  Other recreation facilities that can be reserved depending upon availability include baseball fields at Mitchell & Leidy and Volleyball Courts at Leidy.

~JTPD  T-Shirts Available
     The Jackson Township Police Department has T-Shirts available for sell.  They are available in black or navy blue and the large logo is on the back and a small one on the front.  Pricing is as follows:  $15 for Adult Medium, Large and X Large.  $16.50 for 2X and $13 for Youth Medium & Large.  According to Phil Vaught, OIC (Officer In Charge), the T-Shirts are to promote good public relations and any extra proceeds from sales will go directly to the Police Department for whatever is needed.  The T-Shirts make great and unique gifts and can be purchased at the Municipal Building, Monday thru Friday from 8 am to 4 pm.  If you are not able to stop by during those hours, please call the Office at 749-0725. 

~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.

 ~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!  Jackson Township has a page where events, photos and important news can be shared with over 500 members joining.  Another group with over 500 members as well is called “Those who live or have lived in Jackson Townshipwhere people can share memories of days gone by.  The Jackson Township Police Department has a page where they share important safety and messages with the residents.  The Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Department has a page where they share upcoming events and a group called Jackson Township Historical Preservation” was established where people can share old photos and memories of the past history of not only Jackson Township but the entire region.  This group has over 3,100 members and over 5,000 photos in nearly 150 photo albums.  All of these groups are open to anyone who wishes to join so friends and family members from all around the United States and the world can join who have or have had connections to Jackson Township. To find a page or group mentioned above go to www.facebook.com and then search for the group name.  In addition to the Jackon Township sites, many other businesses, groups, schools, churches and organizations in Jackson Township also have pages you may wish to check out.

 ~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. 

~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

~What Do I Do With?
Appliances
- Waste Management will take appliances except those with Freon.  Any appliances with Freon must be tagged that the Freon has been removed.  Local appliance dealers and companies that do this are Krisay’s (Johnstown) 536-3287, R & R Appliance (Johnstown) 536-6723, Griffith & Petz (Johnstown) 536-6723 and O’Connor’s Plumbing & Heating (Johnstown) 536-3883.  You can also take old appliances with Freon not removed to Spring & Fall Appliance Collection Events sponsored by Keep Cambria County Beautiful.  Penelec also has an Appliance Turn-In Program.

Automobiles - Contact Al Gillin at 322-4366 to have vehicle towed away at no charge in most cases.  You may also take vehicles  to EMF Development Company in Franklin and obtain scrap value for the metal.  Their phone number is 536-5047.

Books - Check with local libraries, schools, thrift stores and used book stores.  Contact the Solid Waste Authority for information about special book recycling events.

Building Materials - Take to the landfill for proper disposal.

Car Batteries - Call Naugle Auto & Truck, Mundys Corner at 659-7429 or check local scrap yards. 

Household Cleaners - Solid Waste Authority Annual Hazardous Household Waste Event.

Industrial Chemicals - Contact Safety Kleen in Johnstown.  Their phone number is 266-4815.

Mercury - Call Solid Waste Authority in Ebensburg at 472-2109.

Motor Oil - Take used motor oil to Advance Auto Stores in the area for recycling.  Contact area garages to see if they will accept used oil. 

Old Paint - If solidified, it can be set out for normal trash collection.  You can solidify paint with non-clumping kitty litter or commercially available paint hardening products.  When paint is not “runny”, set outside next to trash cans with the lids off.  Larger quantities of paint or paint products are accepted at the Solid Waste Authority’s Annual Hazardous Household Waste Event.

Pesticides - Solid Waste Authority Annual Hazardous Household Waste Event.

Phone Books - Remove covers and covers go in the Magazine Recycling Bin.  The inside section of the phone book goes in the Newspaper Recycling Bin.

Propane Tanks - For larger tanks (grill size), trade in for a new tank at many convenience stores, etc.  To recycle, bleed the tank empty, pop the valve out of the tank and take to the local scrap yard.  Empty tanks can also be taken to Dale Oxygen in Johnstown or the Agway store in Ebensburg. 

Tires - Take to Laurel Highlands Landfill where tires can be recycled for $2.00 each. Phone is 749-9065.

White Office Paper - There are big blue bin sites located for this at UPJ in Johnstown, St. Francis University in Loretto and the PaDEP Building in the Ebensburg Industrial Park.

~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 2012 is $37.11 per quarter, a reduction of $2.63 per quarter from 2011 as a result of a new 5 year contract approved in December, 2011.  .

www.jacksontwppa.com
     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

PLANNING A BUILDING PROJECT
     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 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.

INTERESTED IN SERVING YOUR COMMUNITY?
     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!         

CURRENT OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE
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 10th 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.   

HAVE A FUN & SAFE SUMMER!

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