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Fall, 2010

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Holiday Season.

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.

Indoor 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 sewer utilities.

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 water.

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.

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.

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 efforts.

June, 2010
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

July, 2010
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

August, 2010
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 Warnings: 1

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. The Car 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:

Adams Country Market, Valenty Water, Valewood Farms
CHILDRENS CRAFTS: Community Arts Center of Cambria County

Jackson Troop 204 Boy Scouts, Kelly & Josh Lundgren
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
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 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

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 749-0725.

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.

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.

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

Have you ever wondered how you can serve the community you live in? Jackson Township welcomes anyone interested in serving on a 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 office@jacksontwppa.com By volunteering you can make a difference in your community. Any and all inquiries would be greatly appreciated!

Jackson Historical Preservation Committee
If you are interested in helping the Historic Preservation Committee, feel free to attend any of their meetings. If you have any knowledge of the history of the Township, you are welcome to share. The Committee meets the 3rd Thursday of each month at the Township Municipal Building at 1:00 pm.

Jackson Heritage Festival
Help plan and organize the 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.

Members wanted!!! Have you ever wanted to make a difference in your Community or even the world? The Jackson Township Lions Club is looking for a few good men and women to join them at 7 PM on the second Monday of the month at the Jackson Township Senior Center. Lions Club International is the largest service club in the world. Its members have the reputation of being doers in their communities. Join the Jackson Lions at a meeting and find out what the Lions Club is all about. For more information, please call Dave Perry (President) or Betty Perry (Secretary) at 322-0938 or Betty Lou Shoup (Treasurer) at 322-1678.

~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 Completion
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 Jackson.

~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 Update
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 For Chain
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 project.

~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 1.4 million.

~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 Authority.

~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 designated amount.

~Supervisors Pass Resolution Opposing Forced Consolidation
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 Drive
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 2011
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 For 2011
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 Park
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 Success
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 sought.

~Open Burning Laws In PA
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:
www.dep.state.pa.us 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.

~Dog Gone?
Just a friendly reminder that if your dog is missing, please check with the Jackson Township Police Department by stopping in or calling 749-0051 first. Jackson Police are in charge of dog complaints and if a loose dog is reported and there is no way of identifying its owner, the dog will be brought back to the Township and housed temporarily. If noone contacts the Police about a missing dog, it will then be taken to the Humane Society in Johnstown by one of the Officers.

~Jackson Twp. on Facebook
Jackson Township is now on Facebook! One group that was formed last fall has 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 Jackson Park?
If you are interested in reserving a pavilion for a family get-together, party or event, please contact the Jackson Township Municipal Building at 749-0725 to make a reservation. A pavilion is available at Mitchell, Leidy & Veterans Park. Other recreation facilities that can be reserved depending upon availability include baseball fields at Mitchell & Leidy and Volleyball Courts at Leidy.

~Tire Recycling Available
The Laurel Highlands Landfill offers recycling. Tires can also be put in a recycling bin for a minimal cost of $2.00 per normal-sized vehicle tire. This does not apply to any commercial establishments

~Need to Sign Up For New Garbage Service? - Jackson 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. The cost 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.

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 Authorityís 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.

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 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 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 office@jacksontwppa.com

If you are planning on a building project be sure to visit or call either the Jackson Township Office at 749-0725 or George Burkey, Zoning Officer at 322-4709. Your project could involve zoning, stormwater or planning. Also with the Pennsylvania State Building Code, inspections may be required as well. Be sure to allow plenty of time to get any necessary permits prior to building. By doing this, your project can be addressed in plenty of time before you actually begin construction. Just a reminder that all contractors performing home remodeling must now be registered with the State of Pennsylvania. This new law was enacted in 2010 for the protection of residents from irreputable contractors and home remodeling / repair scams.  Also if you are planning to pave or alter your driveway, a driveway permit is required. Roadmasters Bruce Baker, John Wallet & Mark Westrick said that driveway permits are not to inconvenience residents but are necessary to make sure there is a swale or pipe to direct stormwater. They also make sure that driveways are not higher than the road so snow plows 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.

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