JACKSON TOWNSHIP NEWS
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TRICK OR TREAT NIGHT SET FOR JACKSON
Trick or Treat night is scheduled for Thursday, October 28th from 6 to 8
pm. This date coincides with East Taylor Township who will
hold Trick or Treat the same date and time. For residents who want to
participate, the protocol is simple. You just turn your porch / front door light
on if you welcome trick-or-treaters to visit. If you don't want to participate,
leave your light off. Also if you run out of treats, simply turn your porch /
front door light off. Children are invited to stop at the Municipal
Building that evening from 6 to 8 pm to pick up a free treat. Also free
trick-or-treat reflective bags will be available to pick up at the following
locations: Municipal Building, Police Building, Fire Hall, Senior Center, Water
Authority and Sewer Authority. During the trick-or-treat time frame of 6
to 8 pm, the Fire Company, Police and other volunteers will be patrolling
Township streets and roads. It is the hope of the Supervisors that the evening
will be an enjoyable, fun and safe one for all! The Fire Company will also
be handing out free treats and drinks at the Fire Hall for any children
who stop in to visit!
SR. CENTER TO HOST
VETERANS DAY CEREMONY
The Jackson Township Senior Center will
host their 8th annual Veterans Day ceremony on Thursday,
November 11, 2010, Veterans Day at 11:00 am. The ceremony will take
place at Veterans Park in front of the Veterans Monument / Memorial. The
memorial now has over 1,100 names of residents of Jackson Township who have
served in the military. Ret. Major Kenneth D. Kozak who served in Iraq will be
the special guest speaker representing the armed forces. Major Kozak had over 20
years of service with the military and retired in 2007. Also attending will be
several dignitaries and officials. Frank Singel, President of the
Jackson Township Senior Center will act as Master of Ceremonies.
Menoher VFW Post 155 will
also participate with their Honor Rifle Team and Corey Shirk, a
local resident and student at Penn State, will provide special music. Others
expected to participate will be Jackson Township Troop 204 Boy Scouts
and Pastor Drew Walther of Singer Hill Grace Brethren
Church. Most importantly, youíre invited to attend to honor those who
have served over the years.
5th ANNUAL CHRISTMAS
LIGHT UP NIGHT SCHEDULED
The Jackson Township Recreation
Commission will be sponsoring its 5th Annual Light Up Night on Sunday,
November 28, 2010 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm at the Jackson Township Senior
Center and Veterans Park. The evening will include the Festival of Trees,
an outdoor tree decorating contest with prizes awarded in two
categories. They are businesses / commercial and organizations / groups. Plaques
will be awarded to the top 5 businesses and organizations. In addition, cash
prizes of $100, $75, $50, $25 and $10 will be awarded to the top five winners in
the organization & groups category. Each person attending will receive a ballot
where they will vote for their favorite tree in each category. Trees will be
provided and erected for you at a cost of $10.00 per tree (entry form attached
in this newsletter). Light up night will also feature over 15,000 lights
throughout Veterans Park. Santa Claus will once again make
his special appearance. In this newsletter there is also a "wish list" which can
be turned into Santa that evening. Photos will be taken with Santa
by Charles Rametta, professional photographer at a minimal cost of
$6.00 for one 4 x 6 color photo or 2 for $10.00. Other photo sizes are available
and will be printed while you wait. Another attraction is an elaborate
miniature train display that will be running throughout the evening.
Refreshments will also be available from several local
organizations and businesses and several churches will also be singing
Christmas carols to round out the evening. Light Up Night promises to be
a great time for all! If
your group would like to participate in Light Up Night or you would like to
enter a tree in the contest or just inquiring about additional information, feel
free to call the Municipal Building at 749-0725.
5th ANNUAL HOLIDAY
LIGHTING & DECORATING CONTEST
For the fifth year, a Township-wide
Holiday Lighting Contest will be sponsored by the Jackson Township Recreation
Commission. Last yearís contest had 21 entries and even more are expected this
year. Prizes to be awarded will be $100 for first place, $75 to
second, $50 to third and $25 to fourth place. In addition all winners and
honorable mentions will receive a plaque acknowledging their award and featuring
a photo of their decorated home. Judges will come from outside of Jackson
Township to eliminate any bias in judging. Last yearís winners were 1st Place-Alrene
& Brad Gorsuch & Family - William Penn Avenue, 2nd Place-Helen &
Jim Carmel - William Penn Avenue, 3rd Place-Patty & Paul Scanlan -
Benshoff Hill Road and 4th place, Nina & Bob Hildebrand - Brenton
Drive. Three honorable mentions were given including Jenn & Marty
Bezek - William Penn Avenue, Tammy & Dave Krupa & Family - Fords Corner
Road and Luke Smith - William Penn Avenue. In addition to
the cash prizes for the top 4 awards, beautifully framed plaques with the photo
of each home were given to all winners as well as the 3 honorable mentions
Anyone wishing to enter the contest must have their light displays up by
December 15, 2010 and have an entry blank turned into the Township Building
(entry form attached in this newsletter. Judging will take
place on Sunday, December 19th from 6 to 10 pm or in the event of inclement
weather, Monday, December 20th. Winners will be announced by Tuesday, December
21st. If you have any questions on the contest, feel free to contact the
Municipal Building at 749-0725.
ROAD PROJECTS COMPLETED
The Jackson Township Road Department
road projects for 2010 included seal-coating (tar & chipping) Adams Avenue
from Kagey Street to Ogden Street and the entire length of Fords
Corner Road. Once again, the Jackson Road Department did
the preparation work while New Enterprise, low bidder,
did the seal-coating. Jackson also did other maintenance work including
drainage and berm and shoulder work. In addition lines were painted on
Adams Avenue, Blackburn Road, Fords Corner Road, Kepple Road, Mile Hill Road
and Pike Road West. For those who have wondered why more roads
are seal-coated verses paved, the answer is simply cost. As the price of oil has
gone up, the cost of paving a road has sky-rocketed. Jackson Township and
Cambria Township jointly purchased a paving machine to help in reducing the cost
of paving and each year the cost difference between paving and seal-coating will
be evaluated. The road projects are part of an ongoing plan to maintain all
Township roads and insure that they are in the best condition possible for
residents to safely use and enjoy.
Although behind schedule due to
construction delays by the contractor, the Mitchell Park Project is finally
complete! The project includes a new restroom building as well as
two large pavilions complete with electric that can accommodate up to
140 each for picnics, reunions, weddings, birthday parties or other events. In
addition, there is also water access near the pavilions. Other amenities that
are yet to be completed will include BBQ Grills, Horseshoe
Pits and the purchase of picnic tables. Additional parking
including handicapped access parking will also be available to accommodate the
people who will be using the pavilions You will be able to reserve pavilions
beginning in the spring of 2011. The new pavilions will have a fee to be
determined and part of that fee will be refunded provided everything is cleaned
up after your event. The Project is made possible with the help of a
$125.000 Grant from the DCNR (Dept. Of Community & Natural
Resources. The bid from Berkebile Brothers was $207,116. Jackson
Township along with JETSA & the Jackson Township Water
Authority did much of the infrastructure work to maximize cost savings.
This included ground clearing, construction of road and parking areas and
installation of water and sewer lines. Upon completion of Phase I, a plan for
Phase II has already been developed and a grant application may be
filed for additional funding. Phase II includes park lighting, landscaping,
another large pavilion, additional small pavilion, new playground equipment,
volleyball courts and a walking trail around the perimeter of Mitchell Park.
Upon completion, Mitchell Park will be one of the premier parks in Cambria
County if not the entire region.
Listed below are some of the upcoming
events and activities scheduled in Jackson Township over the upcoming months:
Trick or Treat Night
Trick or Treat Night will take place in
Jackson Township on Thursday, October 28th from 6 to 8 pm. Free
treats will be handed out at the Municipal Building at 513 Pike Road so be sure
and stop by!
Light Up Night
Jackson Township will be hosting it's
5th Annual Light Up Night at Veterans Park on Sunday, November 28th
from 5:30 - 8:30 pm. The evening will include the lighting of the park,
Festival of Trees competition, caroling, miniature train display, refreshments
and of course the special guest of honor, Santa Claus himself!
Outdoor Lighting & Decorating Contest
The Jackson Township Recreation
Commission is sponsoring the 5th Annual Holiday Outdoor Lighting & Decorating
Contest. Lighting displays must be up by December 15th and an entry blank
submitted to the Township Office. Judging will take place on Sunday,
December 19th form 6 to 10 pm or in the event of inclement weather on
Monday, December 20th.
ETJ Little League Sign-Ups
Sign-Ups for ETJ Little League 2011
Season will be held at the Municipal Building located at 513 Pike Road on
Saturday, January 8, 2011 from 8 am to 12 noon and on Thursday,
January 13, 2011 from 6 to 9 pm. This will be for Instructional League,
Minor League, Major League and Girls Softball League.
Save the date and mark it on your
calendar so you don't forget.
Spring New York Bus Trip!
Spring is a great time to visit the Big
Apple, NEW YORK CITY! Jackson Township Recreation is sponsoring a
bus trip to NYC on Saturday, April 9, 2011. We will be leaving
Jackson Elementary at 5 am and return home around 3 am Sunday. There are tons of
things to do in NY including sightseeing, great shopping, museums, parks, Statue
of Liberty, Ellis Island, Times Square and more! Cost is only $45.00 per
person, same rate as our last trip in 2008 which was highly popular. Be
sure to get your reservations in early as the last trip sold out quickly.
FIRE COMPANY NEWS &
The Fire Company will be hosting several
upcoming events. On Sunday, October 17th there will be a Fall Gun Raffle.
Another event will be their Annual Turkey Raffle which will be
held on Saturday, November 20th. Many people look forward to purchasing the
tickets with multiple prizes on it donated from area businesses and residents.
As always, Bingo is sponsored by the Auxiliary and is held every
Sunday evening. For tickets or information on any of these events, call
the Fire Hall at 322-3155. On Wednesday, October 6th from 6 to 9 pm the
Fire Company held an Open House in celebration of National
Fire Prevention Week. There was Fire Department tours, a chance to check
out the fire trucks and meet the firemen, tours of the Smoke Trailer, free fire
truck rides, free 911 house ID numbers, free refreshments and lots of activities
for kids! Everyone had a great time and the Fire Company would like to thank
everyone for attending. The Fire Department will once again be participating in
Trick or Treat Night. They will be giving away free treats at the
Fire Hall and will also be helping patrol Township streets along with the
Jackson Township Police and others to keep everyone safe. Ambulance
Memberships have been mailed out for this year. If you have not received
one, please stop in at the Fire Hall to pick one up or call 322-3155. These
Memberships are very important to everyone and are separate from the Fire
Company Fund Drive. With the help of a local resident, the Fire Company was able
to purchase a used Stand-By Emergency Generator that is capable of
fully operating the Fire Hall in the event of an emergency. With the help of
firemen and local residents, the installation is near completion. The Fire
Company would like to thank all those who made this project possible. The Fire
Company also voted to pursue the purchase of a new ambulance to
help keep the fleet current and operating as efficiently as possible. As always,
they thank you for your support to help with these improvements. The Fire
Company and Auxiliary they would like to wish everyone a safe and happy upcoming
WATER AUTHORITY UPDATE
The Water Authority has announced that
they will have limited office hours for October and November of
this year. Those hours will be Monday & Tuesday from 1 to 4:30 pm and Wednesday
through Friday from 8 am to 4:30 pm. With fall approaching, the employees will
be refocusing on changing out old water meters. The Water
Authority office will contact customers that are in need of an updated meter.
Please take the time to schedule an appointment with the Authority as their goal
is to complete this project this winter.
Water Saving Tips
1. Repair dripping faucets by replacing
washers. If your faucet is dripping at a rate of one drop per second, you can
expect to waste 2,700 gallons per year which will add to the cost of water and
2. Check for toilet tank leaks. Also
if the toilet flush handle frequently sticks in the flush position, letting
water run constantly, replace or adjust it.
3. Avoid flushing the toilet
unnecessarily. Dispose of tissues, insects and other such waste in the trash
instead of the toilet.
4. Take shorter showers. Replace your
showerhead with an ultra-low-flow version.
5. Operate automatic dishwashers and
clothes washers only when they are fully loaded or properly set the water level
for the size of load you are using. By washing clothes only when you have a full
load you can save up to 600 gallons each month.
6. Store drinking water in the
refrigerator rather than letting the tap run every time you want a cool glass of
7. Do not use running water to thaw
meat or other frozen foods. Defrost food overnight in the refrigerator or by
using the defrost setting on your microwave.
8. Insulate your water pipes. You'll
get hot water faster plus avoid wasting water while it heats up.
9. Check your pump. If you have a
well at your home, listen to see if the pump kicks on and off while the water is
not in use. If it does, you have a leak.
10. Wash your produce in the sink or
a pan that is partially filled with water instead of running water from the tap.
Water used from rinsing your produced can then be used to water house plants.
11. Turn off the water while you
shave and you can save more than 100 gallons a week.
12. Turn off the water while you
brush your teeth and save 4 gallons a minute. That's 200 gallons a week for a
family of four.
SENIOR CENTER NEWS
The Center is buzzing with many
activities and events. Flu Shots will be given at the Center on
Wednesday, October 27th from 9 to 11:30 am by Conemaugh Home Health.
They will be administered to those 60 years of age and older and for those 18
years and up who are high risk. You must pre-register at the Center for the flu
shot. Insurance accepted are UMWA Funds, Security Blue, UPMC for Life, Freedom
Blue, Freedom Blue PFFS, Geisinger and Medicare Part B. There will be a
Community Blood Screening on Saturday, October 30th 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. Again this year, the Center is participating in
the Sock It To Us Program which starts in September and ends
November 30th. The Retired Senior Volunteer Program and Foster Grandparent
Program has asked for our help with this project. Anyone who wishes to
donate new socks of any size for adults or children should bring the socks to
the Center and place them in the collection box just inside the entrance doors.
Socks collected will be donated to Cambria County Children and Youth for needy
children, Victim Services, Women's Help Center and human service agencies and
shelters throughout Cambria County. This project helps keep needy children and
adults warm in the winter. The Center will be hosting it's 8th Annual
Veterans Day Ceremony on Thursday, November 11th at 11 am. Please come
out and show your support for those who have and are continuing to serve our
country. The Area Agency on Aging, along with the John P.
Murtha Neuroscience Center will present 6 classes for on "Chronic
Disease Self-Management Program" at the Center. The program was
developed at Stanford University and is focused on people age 60 and over who
either have or care for someone who has a Chronic Condition. The Program
consists of one 2 Ĺ hour class once a week for 6 consecutive weeks. The class
schedule will start in the spring (March or April) of 2011. Anyone interested in
taking the class should register by contacting the Senior Center at 322-3327.
Class size is limited to 20 and after that people will be placed on a waiting
list. If enough people are interested, an additional class will be scheduled.
The Health Insurance Apprise Program are at the Center on the 3rd
Tuesday of each month. Jim and Barb Crissey are the Cambria County
Apprise Insurance Coordinators and they are able to help seniors with their
health insurance questions or problems. Call the Center to make an appointment
if you are interested. The Strong Bones People Class continues to
meet every Monday and Thursday at 8:45 am and lasts 45 minutes. The class
originally was sponsored by the UMWA Health & Retirement Funds and lasted for 12
weeks after which the group continued the class on their own. For more details
on this class, contact the Center. Other special events for members and their
guests include a Christmas Dinner on Friday, December 3rd and
Childrens Christmas Party on Saturday, December 11th. For more
information on any of the above events, contact the Senior Center at 322-3327.
The Center Knitting Club meets every Tuesday at 10:00 am
to knit / crochet hats, mittens & scarves to be given to the needy children and
adults. Items are then contributed to organizations such as Head Start, Family
Services, Womenís Help Center, Victim Services and Cambria County Childrenís
Shelter Care. For more information on any of the above events, contact the
Senior Center at 322-3327. Every Thursday at 1:00 pm, the Center is
showing an afternoon movie donated by All the Right Movies.
Members are welcome to take time to relax and enjoy a current movie in the
Community Room on the Center's large screen TV. Just a reminder that
Pennsylvania offers a Property Tax / Rent Rebate Program that
benefits eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and older, widows and widowers age 50
and older and those with disabilities age 18 and older. The program income limit
is $15,000 to $35,000 (which excludes half of Social Security income) for
homeowners and raised the maximum rebate for both homeowners and renters from
$500 to $650. The deadline to apply for a Rebate on property taxes or rent paid
in 2009 has been extended to December 31, 2010. If you are in need of work, age
55 or over and qualify within the set income levels, you may be eligible for the
Senior Community Employment Program Service. For more information
on the program, contact the local National Council on Aging Senior
Employment Program in Johnstown at 536-0691. The Silver Sneakers
Program is still going strong with over 50 individuals taking advantage
of the program. Anyone who is a Medicare-eligible member of Highmark or Blue
Cross-Blue Shield can participate. In addition the Center has a room full of
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.
GIRL SCOUT TROOP 40937
RECEIVE 2010 WASTE WATCHERS AWARD
Carol Kuhar was notified by the Cambria
County Solid Waste Authority that Girl Scout Troop 40937 was the recipient of
the 2010 Waste Watchers Award sponsored by the Professional Recyclers of
Pennsylvania. The award is based on activities in environmental awareness,
education and protection. Troop 40937 performed several clean-ups including one
on the Ghost Town Trail and also spearheaded a newspaper recycling drive. All
activities turned out extremely successful and thus led to the award.
Congratulations to all the girls in Troop 40937 as they can be proud of their
The figures for June were as follows:
911 Calls dispatched to Police: 285 Reportable Part I Crimes: 3 broken
down as follows: Larceny-3 Reportable Part II Crimes: 18 broken down as
follows: DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-4, Vandalism-3, Disorderly
Conduct-2, Fraud-1, Receiving Stolen Property-1 and all others-7.
Calls Resulting in Cases: 18, Total
Arrestees: 7, Total Suspects: 1, Total Victims: 9, DUI Arrests: 3, Traffic
Citations: 11, Non-Traffic Citations: 0, Total Warnings: 0
The figures for July were
as follows: 911 Calls dispatched to Police: 259 Reportable Part I
Crimes: 4 broken down as follows: Larceny-3 and Assaults-1. Reportable
Part II Crimes: 19 broken down as follows: Vandalism-3, Alcohol-1,
Disorderly Conduct-1, DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-1, Receiving
Stolen Property-1 and all others-12. Calls Resulting in Cases: 17, Total
Arrestees: 11, Total Suspects: 2, Total Victims: 9, DUI Arrests: 1, Traffic
Citations: 46, Non-Traffic Citations: 13, Total Warnings: 0
The figures for August were as follows: 911 Calls dispatched to
Police: 357 Reportable Part I Crimes: 2 broken down as follows:
Larceny-2. Reportable Part II Crimes: 32 broken down as follows:
Vandalism-8, Disorderly Conduct-2, DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-2,
Receiving Stolen Property-2, Family Offenses-1, Fraud-1, Public Drunkenness-1
and all others-15. Calls
Resulting in Cases: 25, Total Arrestees: 10, Total Suspects: 0, Total Victims:
15, DUI Arrests: 2, Traffic Citations: 27, Non-Traffic Citations: 8, Total
HERITAGE FESTIVAL GETS
The 7th Annual Jackson Heritage Festival
was once again a big hit with local residents and visitors alike. More and more
people from Johnstown, Altoona, Somerset, Indiana and beyond are attending the
Festival and are giving rave reviews. The weekend kicked off with the
Johnstown Classic Rockers performing in conjunction with a 3rd
Annual Car Cruise-In. The weather definitely felt like summer and
although it had rained north and south of Vinco, the Heritage Festival remained
"rain free" the entire time. Large crowds came out all weekend long to enjoy the
entertainment rotating on two stages as well as a wide variety of food, crafts
and lots of other activities. There were a record number of vendors and
activities lining the walkways of Veterans Park and the feedback from them as
overall very positive.
Cruise, coordinated by George Cooper, Bill Ragley
and Jim Page attracted about 70-80 vehicles as the weather
forecast wasnít for a totally dry evening, even though it never did rain. Adams
Avenue was shut down from the Fire Hall to Rose Branch Street to accommodate
additional cars. Returning this year was the Living Treasures Animal Park
Petting Zoo which was a big hit with the young and old alike! There were
many unique animals including a llama and an alligator! Once again an
organized program of childrens games for ages 5 through 12 was organized
by Kelly & Josh Lundgren. Another returning event that was very
received was the Cutest Baby Contest. There were also several
old time tractors on the grounds for people to check out. For the 2nd
year, Singer Hill Grace Brethren Church hold their Sunday morning
service under the big tent at the Festival grounds and hundreds of people turned
out for the "under the tent" service. The service was very well planned,
organized and promoted and it definitely was a success in every way. The
entertainment continues to be a big draw for the Festival including some of the
biggest bands in the region such as The Johnstown Classic Rockers,
The Fabulous Flashbacks, The Bayou Bandits and NOMaD
who performed a fantastic concert complete with stage lighting, fog and
the whole works! They have developed quite a following in this area over the
last two years and are about to release their 2nd CD titled
"Showtime". The Heritage Festival prides itself in having great entertainment
and work has already begun on lining up the schedule for next year. Of course,
the fireworks were a big hit as always filling the park with overflowing crowds.
Plans are already underway for a bigger and better 8th annual Heritage Festival
next year. The Festival is a great opportunity for family, friends and neighbors
to get together for a weekend of fun, food and entertainment. Each year more and
more people from outside the area attend as well. Work has already begun on
booking entertainment for Heritage Festival 2011 and inquiries have already been
received from several vendors for next year wanting a booth.
We would like to thank all
those who participated or helped in anyway to make this yearís Heritage Festival
a huge success! Those who deserve special thanks include:
BEVERAGES & REFRESHMENTS: Adams Country Market, Valenty Water, Valewood
CHILDRENS ACTIVITIES - Classic Clowns Club
CHILDRENS CRAFTS: Community Arts Center of Cambria County
CHILDRENS GAMES & CONTESTS:
Jackson Troop 204 Boy Scouts, Kelly &
CHURCH SERVICE - Barry Rouzer, Singer Hill Grace Brethren Church,
Pastor Drew Walther
CAR CRUISE-IN: George Cooper, Jim Page, Bill Ragley,
ELECTRICAL: Brett Hoffman, Bernie Waltz
FIREWORKS: John Bahorik, Don Leckey
GARBAGE DISPOSAL: Waste Management
HAYRIDES: A. J. Devlin
HOT OIL DISPOSAL: Valley Protein
LIGHT TOWERS: Cambria County Emergency Management
PARKING & SHUTTLE: Bob Albright, Mick Bezek, Bob Bombach, George
Burkey, Donna Davis, Rod Davis, Cory Ehrhart, Mark Gillin, Shari Gillin, Brandon
Gordon, Ben Grove, Dave Hagerich, Paul Hagerich, Aaron Henry, Chuck Henry, Cory
Henry, Keith Henry, Kim Hirko, Jackson Twp. Fire Police, Paul Kuhar, Mercik's
Ideal Market, Nanty Glo Fire Police, A. J. Pagano, Ed Porada, Levi Primel, Eric
Reitler, Terry Rose, Shane Simmons, Mary Ann Spanko, Bob Spanko, Art Thomson,
Andrea Watts, Tom Wray
RINSE TUBS - Tim Burkey, Brian Daughenbaugh, JETSA
SIGNS: Cooper Signs
SPONSORS: Amfire Mining, Somerset Trust, Waste Management, Dolanís
Welding & Steel Fabricating, Jackson Township Senior Center, Mercikís Ideal
Market, Sheetz, Askew-Houser Funeral Homes, Atlantic Broadband, Janeís Signs &
Designs, Jerry Gilkey Pools, Neighbors Who Care, Cooper Signs, C & R Service
Center, Hagerich Auto Sales, Highmark Blue Cross & Blue Shield, Laurel Sand &
Stone, Dr. Donald Leckey, Luther P. Miller Oil Company, Martin Oil Company, P.
Joseph Lehman Engineers, Rose Excavating, Vantage Physical Therapy, Warren Oil
Company, Damin Printing, Wyse Cemetery Memorials.
STAGE: Construction Equipment Services Inc.
TENT FANS - Jackson Twp. Vol. Fire Company
TRAFFIC CONTROL DEVICES - Cambria County Emergency Management,
Protection Services, Eric Reitler
TRACTOR DISPLAY: Rod Davis, A.J. Devlin
TRIBUNE-DEMOCRAT ADVERTISING: Somerset Trust Company, BCI
Flooring, Cooper Signs, Direct Value Outlet, Jerry Gilkey Pools, Lorrcoís
Steeler Shop, Martin Marine, Vinco Pharmacy
UTILITY VEHICLES: JETSA, Martin Marine
OTHER VOLUNTEERS & HELPERS: Donna Davis, Cory Ehrhart, Beth Fetzer,
Shari Gillin, Mark Gillin, Brandon Gordon, Ben Grove, Aaron Henry, Cory Henry,
Keith Henry, Marlene Henry, Kim Hirko, Brett Hoffman, Jackson Twp. Heritage
Festival Committee, Jackson Twp. Recreation Commission, Jackson Twp. Police
Department, Jackson Twp. Road Department, Jackson Twp. Senior Center, Jackson
Twp. Supervisors, Jackson Twp. Volunteer Fire Company, Shannan Mumau, A. J.
Pagano, Carolyn Patrick, Betty Perry, Dave Perry, Ed Porada, Levi Primel, Eric
Reitler, Tina Rose, Shane Simmons, Mary Ann Spanko, Andrea Watts
Without the support of the business
community, local churches and organizations and volunteers, this would not have
been possible. If you didn't get to attend this year, make sure you do next
year. . . you missed a great time right in your own back yard and an event that
you can be proud to invite those from outside Jackson Township to attend. It
takes many volunteers to pull off a successful event.
If you would like to help with the 2011
Heritage Festival, please contact Dave Hirko at 749-0725.
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
INFORMATION NEED UPDATED?
If you received this newsletter and your
name or address information is incorrect, or if you know of any resident of
Jackson Township who didnít receive it, please call the Township Office at
CUTEST BABY CONTEST
The ever popular Cutest Baby Contest was
a big hit at the 7th Annual Heritage Festival for the fourth year in a row. To
keep the voting on a simple and fair basis, it was decided that voting would be
simply .25 per vote and anyone could vote at the Festival from 4 pm Friday
through 4 pm Sunday. The 16 photos of the babies were displayed at the Heritage
Festival a display board in plastic see-through containers where those voting
could deposit their vote (ticket) in the cutest baby of their choice. Many
people would purchase a vote or two while some would purchase 10, 20 or even 40
votes at a time and by the end of the contest, 3,318 votes were cast. Voting
ended at 4:00 pm on Sunday and the tickets were counted and winners declared.
Earning 1st Place honors and a $100.00 Savings Bond was Hailey Clark,
2 years old of Zurenda Lane. Hailey is the daughter of Darcie &
John Clark. Earning 2nd Place honors and a $75.00 Savings Bond was MaKenna
Williamson, 11 months old of Pennway Drive. She is the daughter of
Dainya & Justin Williamson. The 3rd Place award and a $50.00 Savings Bond went
to Bradley Snyder Jr., 11 months old of Benshoff
Hill Road. Bradley is the son of Debbie & Brad Snyder. Fourth Place and a $25.00
Gift Card to Toys R Us went to Jacob Fisher, 8 months old of
Harmony Drive. Jacob is the son of Tricia & James Fisher. Fifth Place and a
$25.00 Gift Card to Toys R Us was awarded to Avery Crynock, 11
months old of Gillen Lane. Avery is the daughter of Lisa & Rob
Crynock. The contest was such a hit with everyone and even those who didn't vote
admired the photos of the babies. Plans are already in the works for next years
contest. All Jackson Township babies 2 years of age and younger are eligible to
enter so start looking for that cutest photo to submit to the contest which will
be held July 15-17, 2011.
JUNK VEHICLE REMOVAL
If you have a junked vehicle that needs
removed from your property and youíre not sure how to go about it, perhaps the
following information will help. Al Gillin who operates a licensed junkyard
along Adams Avenue has agreed to tow any junked vehicles that you would like to
have removed from your property. According to Mr. Gillin, in most cases
there will be no charge to any Township resident for this service unless
there is great difficulty getting to the vehicle to pick it up. If you
wish to have junked vehicles removed from your property, you may contact Mr.
Gillin at 322-4366 to see if you qualify for this 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
Every wonder how to dispose of any old
batteries from cars, trucks, lawn mowers, tractors, etc. that you may have
laying around your property? They are considered hazardous so you cannot put
them out with your garbage. You can however drop them off at Naugles Auto
& Truck Sales free of charge where they will see that they are properly
processed for disposal or recycling. Naugles Auto & Truck Sales is
located at 3309 William Penn Avenue near Mundys Corner.
If you have any questions concerning
battery disposal, please contact Eric Naugle at 659-7429.
INTERESTED IN SERVING
Have you ever wondered how you can serve
the community you live in? Jackson Township welcomes anyone interested in
serving on a Authority, Board or Commission to submit a letter, note or email
saying you are interested in serving on a Board or Authority in the event that
there are openings. If you are interested, your letter would be kept on file at
the Township office where you would be contacted if an opening would occur at
which time you could accept or decline. Authorities include the Sewer Authority
and Water Authority. Commissions include Planning & Recreation. There is also
the Zoning Hearing Board. Another group where participation is encouraged is the
Historical Preservation Committee. All letters and notes should be mailed
to Jackson Township Supervisors, 513 Pike Road, Johnstown, PA 15909. You may
also drop it off in person at the Municipal Building or you can send an email to
firstname.lastname@example.org By volunteering you can make a difference in
your community. Any and all inquiries would be greatly appreciated!
CURRENT OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE
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 Historical Preservation Committee
Jackson Heritage Festival
Help plan and organize
the 8th Annual Jackson Heritage Festival. Planning will soon be underway for
next year's big event. If you are interested in helping out, please phone, write
or email your name to the Jackson Township Office.
JACKSON LIONS SEEK NEW MEMBERS
Have you ever wanted to make a difference in your Community or even the world?
The Jackson Township Lions Club is looking for a few good men and
women to join them at 7 PM on the second Monday of the month at the Jackson
Township Senior Center. Lions Club International is the largest service club in
the world. Its members have the reputation of being doers in their communities.
Join the Jackson Lions at a meeting and find out what the Lions Club is all
about. For more information, please call Dave Perry (President)
or Betty Perry (Secretary) at 322-0938 or Betty Lou Shoup
(Treasurer) at 322-1678.
OTHER JACKSON TWP. NEWS
~Whoís New Around the Township
We would like to welcome those who have
been recently elected, appointed or hired by Jackson Township. George
Burkey was appointed as Zoning Officer, a position that was held by
Harry Baker for many years, who passed away. Al Boring and
Terri Modic were recently appointed as members to the Jackson Township
Recreation Commission. They are already involved in many youth activities
including ETJ Little League and will be an asset to the group. We welcome them
and look forward to working with them and the entire Commission. Jason
Owens has been hired as a Part-Time Police Officer. We welcome Jason as
he joins the Jackson Township Police Department! The Supervisors accepted the
resignation of Jeff Thomas as a Part-Time Police Officer and wish
him well on his current and future endeavors.
~Be Sure To Vote On Election Day
General Election Day is
scheduled for Tuesday, November 2nd. One of the races getting the most attention
locally is that of Mark Critz and Tim Burns for
filling the vacant seat of Congressman John P. Murtha of the 12th
Congressional District. In the Primary Election, Mark Critz won the seat by 51%
to 43% but that was only to fill the remainder of Murthaís term. The full term
is what voters will decide on during the General Election. Election. Another hot
race for PA State Senator includes Joe Sestak and Pat Toomey
where advertisements started in July! For Governor the race will be
Dan Onorato vs. Tom Corbett. No major local races are
taking place this year. Be sure to get out and vote in this important election.
~In Memory of Harry Baker
Jackson Township and many from the
community were saddened to hear that Harry Baker had passed away on August 9th.
Harry had served Jackson Township and the community for many years issuing
building and then zoning permits. Harry was a very giving person and a great
friend! Harry had also served his country with the 1st Marine Air-Wing where he
earned the National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, United Nations
Service Medal, Sharp Shooter Medal and Good Conduct Medal. He also was a
survivor of the battle of Pork Chop Hill in the Korean War. In addition Harry
had served in various capacities at the Vinco Brethren Church where he was a
member for over 50 years. He was also a member of several other organizations
and was always ready to help out in the community or help anyone who needed it.
Harry's life was a shining example of service and giving to others. He will be
deeply missed by all who knew him!
~Swigle Mountain Water Project Nears
Itís been a long time coming
but the residents of Swigle Mountain will soon have water as the long awaited
new water line project nears completion. For decades, residents have had to
worry about using water to flush toilets or wash clothes. Many have had wells go
dry or had to have new wells drilled. Pat Ellenberger, a resident
who lives on Swigle Mountain Road, appeared at the Water
Authorityís August 24th Meeting to personally thank them and Rich
Wray, engineer, for all of their hard work on the project to help make having
water a reality. A Substantial Completion Inspection had been completed with the
US Army Corp. of Engineers and found several issues that still had
to be worked out before approval could be given to DT Construction,
contractor for the job. Rich Wray, engineer for the project, said
that a pumping station has been delivered and pads constructed and now the
contractors are working on getting everything connected. The project is 92%
complete with several items remaining including the pumping station, tank
control vault and land restoration. A target date near the end of October will
be set for water to start flowing and a special ceremony will be held with
representatives from the Water Authority, Supervisors, all of the funding
agencies and others who helped make this project possible along with State and
Federal Elected Officials.
~Central Cambria Midget Football
Bonfire A Success
The Central Cambria Midget
Football League held a bonfire at Mitchell Park on September 11th
from 6:30-8:30 which proved to be an overwhelming success! Nicole Burkett,
President of the League approached the Supervisors at their August 26th
meeting and was granted permission after explaining all of the details. Several
hundred children attended the bonfire along with parents and everything went off
without any problems. The Jackson Township Vol. Fire Company was
also on hand to keep an eye on the fire. According to Nicole, the children who
range in age 5 to 12 years of age enjoyed having their own bonfire as opposed to
going to the high school with the older kids. With their own bonfire, they could
hear their names called out and feel special plus the 7 teams of cheerleaders
could also participate. The Midget Football League season is relatively short
with only 6 games. The Supervisors are hopeful that more future events in the
Central Cambria School District such as the bonfire, can be held right here in
~Central Cambria Coalition Update
Jackson Township continues to
meet with neighboring Cambria Township and Ebensburg Borough as part of the
Central Cambria Coalition. All communities have been pleased with MDIA
as the appointed representative to administer the Pennsylvania State
Building Code. A Joint Planning Grant from the DCED will
soon come to a close and the Multi-Municipal Comprehensive Plan
will be updated to reflect any changes made. The Planning Grant allowed each
municipality to update their Subdivision Ordinance
and Zoning Ordinance / Map and to work towards separate but
consistent zoning within the coalition area. The Coalition is also exploring the
possibility of having a shared Zoning Officer. Other ongoing
topics of discussion are shared equipment, police
and electric rate caps coming off beginning in 2011.
~Chickaree Hill - Wagner Ext. Water
The Chickaree Water Line and
Wagner Road Water Line extension is near completion and connection notices will
be sent out to residents pending the contractor, Lumadue Construction,
completing corrective actions on several maintenance items to be resolved. In
addition, it was determined that a Pressure Reducing Station would
be needed on Chickaree Hill Road before the Jackson Township Water
Authority would consider taking over the line. The Cambria County
Redevelopment Authority approved putting in the new Pressure Reducing
Station at an approx. cost of $50-60 thousand dollars and that item is ready to
be put out to bid. Once all issues have been resolved and the line is taken over
by the Jackson Township Water Authority, residents along the water lines would
be notified with information on tapping into the system.
~Mundys Corner Sheetz Serves As Model
Extensive renovations are
underway at the Sheetz in Mundys Corner totaling $750,000 which will make the
store as close to a new one as you can get, according to Brian Soyka,
Engineering & Permits Manager. Everything from the cement parking lot to
lighting to signs to fuel pumps to a complete gutting and remodeling of the
inside is taking place to transform this store into the new look that Sheetz
wants to eventually have for all of their stores. Even the white block is being
covered with old looking red brick to match that of the newer stores. The Mundys
Corner 15 year old location was chosen because itís reasonably close to home
according to Joe Sheetz, Executive Vice President of Store
Development. When completed, Sheetz hopes to proceed with renovating 150 stores
similar to the Mundys Corner one which will serve as the model store for this
~New Construction Sets Record Pace
Despite a struggling economy,
Jackson Township is having a banner year in new construction topping the
5.2 million mark with several months to go. Some of the larger projects
include a new 1.8 million multi-purpose room addition to Jackson
Elementary, a 750K complete remodeling to the Sheetz
store, an addition to Wyse Memorials and several new buildings for
Peoples Natural Gas at their Rager Mountain site. On the
residential side, there have been at least 10 new homes with more on the way.
The remainder are a wide variety of projects, mostly residential additions and
accessory buildings. The highest previous year was in 2004 when permits topped 4
million before the State Building Code was enacted. Last year, permits totaled
~Cambria County Selects Berkheimer
For County-Wide EIT Tax Collection
The Cambria County EIT
Tax Collection Committee requested proposals for those interested in
collecting the EIT (Earned Income Tax) for the entire county. Three proposals
were received. Those proposals were from Berkheimer, PAMS
and Capital City Tax Bureau. Of the 3, Berkheimer was found to
have had the best overall proposal along with a collection rate of 1.65% and was
appointed. Jackson Township & Central Cambria School District have a distinct
advantage in that Berkheimer already collects the EIT taxes for them and there
will be little needing done for the transition. For other municipalities in the
County, they will need to provide records to Berkheimer so they can get
everything set up in their system and ready to begin collecting EIT taxes for
the entire County beginning in 2012. The purpose of the County wide collection
is to streamline the process of employers having to deal with hundreds of
municipalities when distributing EIT taxes.
~Phase II Planning Nearing Completion
Jackson Township in
cooperation with Cambria Township and Ebensburg Borough as part of the
Central Cambria Coalition is nearing the completion of the Phase II
Planning Project. This project was made possible with a grant from the
DCED (Dept. of Community & Economic Development). Richard C.
Sutter and Associates of Hollidaysburg was hired as the planning
consultant. The project included updating each municipalities Zoning Ordinance
and Map, Subdivision Ordinance and becoming more coordinated with neighboring
communities. The updating of the zoning map will make it parcel specific.
This task was made possible since Cambria County has computerized mapping (GIS)
available. In addition, all ordinances will be up-to-date with the
Municipal Planning Code. A final step of amending the Multi-Municipal
Comprehensive Plan will take place as well.
~Jackson Elementary Near Completion
Jackson Elementary broke
ground on June 2nd at 1:30 pm for a 1.8 million Multi-Purpose Room
Addition to be built. The new room will be used for gym classes and
assemblies. The project includes an elevator in order to meet Americans with
Disabilities Act requirements, the moving of two oil tanks and a new playground
area. Additional storage space will also be added. Currently the cafeteria was
being used for an auditorium and gym and this required maintenance and cafeteria
workers to tear down and set up the cafeteria twice a day for breakfast and then
lunch. Construction is nearing completion on the much needed project to upgrade
Jackson's Elementary School, a valuable asset to the community.
~Loraine Road Sewer Project Update
The Loraine Road Sewer
Project has passed itís Final Inspection and all outstanding maintenance issues
have been resolved through Claycomb Excavating. The Nanty
Glo Sewer Authority will own the line and connection notices should be
sent out to residents soon. This project was made possible through Community
Development Block Grants administered through the Cambria County Redevelopment
~Winter Maintenance Agreement
Extended for Benshoff Hill Road
The Board of Supervisors
voted at their July 29th meeting to enter into another 5 year
contract with PennDOT which requires Jackson Township to perform winter
maintenance on Benshoff Hill Road in exchange for reimbursement of $8,895.87
from PennDOT for each year of the agreement. In the event of a severe winter,
there is also a formula that would allot additional funds to Jackson beyond the
~Supervisors Pass Resolution Opposing
Jackson Township was added to
the list of over 800 Townships across Pennsylvania opposing forced
consolidations as the Supervisors adopted Resolution 05-10 at their July 29th
meeting opposing any such legislation. Under the current administration in
Harrisburg, they has been aggressively trying to eliminate local Township
government. You may ask why and the answer is simple. Urban areas such as
Philadelphia and Pittsburgh need more money and Townships are seen as a stream
of revenue for them. Recently House Bill 2431 (Caltagirone
Bill) was introduced that would amend the State Constitution to establish
counties as the basic level of local government and counties would have
authority over all personnel matters, law enforcement, land use and zoning,
sanitation and health and safety. In addition Senate Bill 1357 was
introduced to establish a boundary Review Commission which would conduct studies
and recommend changes to local government including mergers, consolidations and
annexations. Several anti-local government bills have been introduced that would
make Townships unconstitutional. Other tactics used include greatly reducing
funding to programs that benefit local government while adding additional
unfunded mandates. In addition, funding for local roads in the form of Liquid
Fuels monies continue to decline while the State takes a greater share.
You can express your views against forced consolidations to your State
representatives. Although none of the legislation has passed after
an outpouring of public opposition, Townships continue to be attacked by those
with their own interests at heart. One such organization is the
Pennsylvania League of Cities and Municipalities who testified in
support of both bills. PSATS (Pennsylvania State Association of
Township Supervisors) of which Jackson Township is a member, testified against
the bills arguing that Townships are one of the most efficient forms of local
government in Pennsylvania and most are financially stable, unlike many cities,
especially the larger ones.
~Board Contributes to Library Fund
The Board of Supervisors at
their September 30th Meeting approved a contribution of $500 to the Nanty
Glo Library Annual Fund Drive. Some of the services provided include a
weekly story hour for children, a book club for adults, summer reading program,
Childrenís Books Week, National Library Week, Pennsylvaniaís One Book Program
and Every Young Child Program. In addition, they provide free internet service
to the public. Sally Albright, resident of Jackson Township is
President of the Library.
~Electric Rate Caps Coming Off In
For those who donít know,
electric rate caps will come off for customers in 2011. You could face higher
cost and as a consumer and you have the right to choose another supplier for
your electrical generation. This would not change the distribution cost portion
of your utility bill but only the generation portion. In this newsletter is a
two page flyer published by the Pennsylvania Utility Commission
that explains how removing rate caps for electric companies may affect you.
~Somerset Trust Named One Of Best
Places To Work In PA
Somerset Trust Company has
been named one of the Best Places to Work in PA for 2010. The awards program,
created in 2000, is one of the first statewide programs of its kind in the
country. The program is a public / private partnership between Team
Pennsylvania Foundation, the Pennsylvania Dept. of Community &
Economic Development and the Central Pennsylvania Business Journal.
To be considered for the award, participants must have at least 25 employees in
Pennsylvania, be a for profit or not for profit business, be publicly or
privately held business, have a facility in Pennsylvania and be in good standing
with Commonwealth agencies under the Governor's jurisdiction. Criteria for
winning includes evaluation of each nominated company's workplace policies,
practices, philosophies, systems and demographics which counts for 25% of the
total. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee
experience which is worth 75% of the evaluation. Somerset Trust Company is
headquartered in Somerset, PA and has 15 branch offices including a new office
opened this year in the Vinco Shopping Center. In addition they
have an extensive network of ATM's, assets topping $560 million and employ over
200 people who participate as volunteers in approximately 300 organizations in
the region. They will be recognized in an awards ceremony on Tuesday, November
30th at the Lancaster County Convention Center. To read more about the statewide
competition go to www.bestplacestoworkinpa.com.
~Garbage Contract Rates Remain Same
The Supervisors at their
September 30th meeting approved extending the current Waste Management Contract
for one year through Dec. 31, 2011 at no additional increase to customers.
The current rate is $39.72 per quarter and with the extension, that rate will
remain the same through 2011 for unlimited curbside garbage pick up including
any large items. In addition, each household in Jackson Township will continue
to qualify for one free pass to the Landfill per quarter.
~Concession Stand Robbed At Mitchell
On July 17th the
Jackson Township Police were called to Mitchell Park on a complaint that the
Concession Stand had been broken into. Two master locks had been cut off and
removed and were found in a nearby garbage can. Officer Vaught
estimated that nearly $500 worth of candy was stolen as well as 2 cash
registers. The registers were recovered in a wooded area at Mitchell Park.
A reward of $500 is being offered for information leading to the person or
persons who were responsible. If you have any information leading to the
incident, please contact the Jackson township Police Department at 749-0051.
~Jackson Township Youth Fairs A
The Cambria County
Courts and Judge Gerald Long held two Youth Fairs this
year in Jackson Township. Both were successful according to Carol Lacey,
Coordinator. The first event was held at Veterans Park on
Wednesday, June 30th with about 22 kids attending and several adults. The second
one was at Leidy Park on Wednesday, July 28th which had a similar
turnout. The purpose of the Fairs is to make young people aware of the dangers
and harmful effects of using drugs & alcohol. Besides the educational aspect of
the events, the youth attending had a fun time with free refreshments, t-shirts,
games and a chance to win some great prizes such as sweatshirts and bicycle
helmets. In addition a special drug dog demonstration was done at both events.
The program has been a success for the past eleven years with the help of local
police, fire and ambulance departments.
~Business Park Project Update
The Jackson Township Business
Park Project continues to move forward. Some recent developments include the
completion of an Archeological Assessment of the site by
Christine Davis Consultants and Keller Engineers preformed
a Preliminary Grading Plan on the site. A land trade with the
DCNR is in the final stages and various funding sources are being
~Open Burning Laws In PA
and click on "open burning". You may also call the DEPís Bureau of Air Quality
at (717) 787-9702 and request copies of this information.
Many people often wonder what
they can or canít 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. 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
itís extremely dry or windy. In the fall, this is particular 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:
Just a friendly reminder that
if your dog is missing, please check with the Jackson Township Police
Department by stopping in or calling 749-0051 first.
Jackson Police are in charge of dog complaints and if a loose dog is reported
and there is no way of identifying its owner, the dog will be brought back to
the Township and housed temporarily. If noone contacts the Police about a
missing dog, it will then be taken to the Humane Society in
Johnstown by one of the Officers.
~Jackson Twp. on Facebook
Jackson Township is now on
Facebook! One group that was formed last fall has over 450 members with more
joining every week. The Group is for those who live or have lived in Jackson
Township and is open to anyone who fits that description. Many have joined from
all over the United States who grew up here or at one time or another have
called Jackson Township "home". There are lots of photos posted on the site and
many people are writing nostalgic memories of their time living or growing up in
Jackson Township. To find or join the group go to www.facebook.com and
then search for the group name "Those Who Live or Have Lived in Jackson
Township, Cambria County, PA". In addition, there is now a
Facebook Fan Page for Jackson Township. This page is being used to
promote important news or events and activities in Jackson Township and in a
short time has over 350 fans and is attracting hundreds of online visitors each
week. Anyone is welcome to join this page whether they reside in Jackson
Township or not, so feel free to invite your family, friends and co-workers.
Other fan pages have also been developed for many local schools, fire companies,
churches, organizations and businesses.
~Crime and Vandalism
Jackson Township is a
relatively safe place to live but no community is immune to crime. This is a
reminder to keep a watch over your neighborhood and your neighbors in general.
If you see anything suspicious, be sure to contact the Jackson Township
Police Department at 749-0051. If no officer is at the Police Station you will
be referred to the Cambria County 911 Non Emergency Line and they can have the
officer on duty contact you.
~Free 911 House Numbers Available
The Jackson Township
Supervisors in a cooperative effort of the Police Department & Fire Company want
every home and business in the Township to have their 911 address number
prominently displayed. In times of emergency, every minute is critical and it is
important that emergency personnel be able to find you. If your house
is not numbered, please stop at the Township Building at 513 Pike Road and we
have free numbers we can give you. The Township also has mounting
plates available if you need one. Numbers are available in black or white. If
you are not able to stop by the Township Building between 8 AM & 4 PM, leave a
phone message at 749-0725 with your name, address and telephone number where you
can be reached in order that we can get the numbers to you.
~Want to Schedule An Event At A
If you are interested in
reserving a pavilion for a family get-together, party or event, please
contact the Jackson Township Municipal Building at 749-0725 to make a
reservation. A pavilion is available at Mitchell, Leidy & Veterans Park.
Other recreation facilities that can be reserved depending upon availability
include baseball fields at Mitchell & Leidy and Volleyball Courts at Leidy.
~Tire Recycling Available
The Laurel Highlands Landfill
offers recycling. Tires can also be put in a recycling bin for a minimal cost of
$2.00 per normal-sized vehicle tire. This does not apply to any commercial
~Need to Sign Up For New Garbage
Service? - Jackson Townshipís
garbage contract provides for unlimited curbside garbage pick-up as well as any
large items you have to dispose of with a few exceptions (i.e. - hazardous
items, Freon, tires, etc.)
If you are interested in signing up for
garbage service you need to call 1-800-677-4884.
for 2010 is $39.74 per quarter.
~What Do I Do With?
- 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 Krisayís (Johnstown) 536-3287, R & R
Appliance (Johnstown) 536-6723, Griffith & Petz (Johnstown) 536-6723 and
OíConnorís Plumbing & Heating (Johnstown) 536-3883. You can also take old
appliances with Freon not removed to Spring & Fall Appliance Collection
Events sponsored by PA CleanWays. Penelec also has an
Appliance Turn-In Program.
- 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.
- Check with local libraries, schools, thrift stores and used book stores.
Contact the Solid Waste Authority for information about special book
- Take to the landfill for proper disposal.
- Call Naugle Auto & Truck, Mundys Corner at 659-7429 or check
local scrap yards.
- Solid Waste Authority Annual Hazardous Household Waste Event.
- Contact Safety Kleen in Johnstown. Their phone number is
- Call Solid Waste Authority in Ebensburg at 472-2109.
- Take used motor oil to Advance Auto Stores in the area for
recycling. Contact area garages to see if they will accept used
- 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 Authorityís Annual Hazardous Household Waste
- Solid Waste Authority Annual Hazardous Household Waste Event.
- Remove covers and covers go in the Magazine Recycling Bin. The
inside section of the phone book goes in the Newspaper Recycling Bin.
- 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.
- 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.
Jackson Township has a valuable source of information to help keep you informed.
If you havenít checked out the Township Website, please feel free to visit
The website is constantly updated with new information. As always, you can read
the monthly approved minutes of the Board of Supervisors, Planning
Commission and Recreation Meetings. New this year are minutes of the
Jackson-East Taylor Sewer Authority. To see some of the pages that
have been updated recently , click on "Whats New" on the home page. If
you have any suggestions of what you would like to see on the Jackson Twp.
Website, please call Dave Hirko at 749-0725 or email to
PLANNING A BUILDING
If you are planning on a building
project be sure to visit or call either the Jackson Township Office at 749-0725
or George Burkey, Zoning Officer at 322-4709. Your project could involve zoning,
stormwater or planning. Also with the Pennsylvania State Building Code,
inspections may be required as well. Be sure to allow plenty of time to
get any necessary permits prior to building. By doing this, your project can be
addressed in plenty of time before you actually begin construction. Just a
reminder that all contractors performing home remodeling must now be registered
with the State of Pennsylvania. This new law was enacted in 2010 for the
protection of residents from irreputable contractors and home remodeling /
repair scams. Also if you are planning to pave or alter your driveway, a
driveway permit is required. Roadmasters Bruce Baker, John Wallet
& Mark Westrick said that driveway permits are not to inconvenience residents
but are necessary to make sure there is a swale or pipe to direct stormwater.
They also make sure that driveways are not higher than the road so snow plows
donít catch the edge of the driveway. When a driveway enters onto a Township
road, a safe sight distance is also very important. PennDOT requires permits for
driveways entering onto State roads within the Township.
JOIN JACKSON ONLINE NEWS
Township residents who have access to
the internet can now join our new email group to receive up-to-date Township
news by email. To subscribe just go to the Jackson Township website at
and subscribe to the Jackson Township Online News by entering your email address
in the space provided. You will then be sent a confirmation verifying that you
wish to subscribe to the online news. You must return the confirmation via email
to be added to the newsletter list. We also encourage you to invite others to
join. If you encounter any problem signing up, just email us at
or call us at the Township
office at 749-0725 and you can be added manually.