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Fall, 2011


Trick or Treat night is scheduled for Thursday, October 27th 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 Friday, November 11, 2011, 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. Retired Major Jim O'Donnell from North Carolina and native of Vinco will be the special guest speaker representing the armed forces. 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 6th Annual Light Up Night on Sunday, November 27, 2011 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 25,000 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 Jackson Township Boy Scout Troop 204 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 sixth year, a Township-wide Holiday Lighting Contest will be sponsored by the Jackson Township Recreation Commission. Last yearís contest had 13 entries and over the past 5 years more than 65 homes have entered the friendly competition. 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 - Nina & Robert Hildebrand - Brenton Drive, 2nd Place - Michael Barkley-Moshannon Drive, 3rd Place - Melissa & Darren Devlin - Hunt Road and 4th place, Patricia & Paul Scanlan - Benshoff Hill Road. Two honorable mentions were given including Deanna Gergely - Old Nanty Glo Road and Deeann Rominger - 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 2 honorable mentions  Anyone wishing to enter the contest must have their light displays up by December 15, 2011 and have an entry blank turned into the Township Building (entry form attached in this newsletter. Judging will take place on Sunday, December 18th from 6 to 10 pm or in the event of inclement weather, Monday, December 19th. Winners will be announced by Tuesday, December 20th. 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 2011 included seal-coating (tar & chipping) of Adams Avenue from Ogden Street to Swigle Mountain Road, Maywood Street, Marhefka Drive, Pinelock Street, Ogden Street from Adams Avenue & Route 22 and Wagner Road. Once again, the Jackson Road Department did the preparation work while Quaker Sales of Johnstown, low bidder, did the seal-coating. Jackson also did other maintenance work including drainage and berm and shoulder work. In addition lines will be painted on several Township roads.  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.

Bit of Jackson Township History
Taken from January 12, 1928 Nanty Glo Journal:
Improvements at Munday's
The independent Oil Company, which recently purchased the McGonigal corner at Munday's Corner, has begun work on the erection of an up-to-date gas filling station and eating house on the site. The improvement will add greatly to this rapidly growing tourist center at the junction of the William Penn and Route 22 highways. The old Watson stand on the two opposite corners is also undergoing extensive improvements. It now being owned
by P.J. Little and the Frailley Bros. of Ebensburg.

The Jackson Township Supervisors would like to thank two groups who helped out in beautification. The first group was from the Momentum Youth Conference meeting at UPJ and working with the Singer Hill Grace Brethren Church congregation and Pastor Drew Walther. There was about 20 youth involved who helped to paint the large block building at Leidy Park. They did a tremendous job with sprucing the building up from top to bottom and a big thank you goes out to all those involved to make this project happen!  Another group, the Pitchfork Community 4-H Club put sealant on all of the new picnic tables under the large pavilions at Mitchell Park. The tables were built by Bruce Baker and the Jackson Township Road Crew and turned out great but the sealant needed applied for protecting them from the various weather elements. Barry Dishong of Ogden Street coordinated this effort with Jackson Township. Members and leaders of the Pitchfork Community 4-H Club who participated were: Garret Dishong, Jeff Dishong, Graci Grata, Bailey Hildebrand, David Hildebrand, Gage Hildebrand, Kim Hildebrand, Mary Mognet, Scotty Mognet, Toni Mognet, Ellen Phillips, Agusta Phillips, Alyssa Phillips, Courtney Smith, Westley Smith, Don Springer, Lindsey Springer and Spike Springer. Thanks to all for doing a tremendous job!

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 27th 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 6th Annual Light Up Night at Veterans Park on Sunday, November 27th 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 6th 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 18th form 6 to 10 pm or in the event of inclement weather on Monday, December 19th.

ETJ Little League Sign-Ups
Sign-Ups for ETJ Little League 2012 Season will be held at the Municipal Building located at 513 Pike Road on Saturday, January 7, 2012 from 9 am to 1 pm and on Thursday, January 12, 2012 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.

Ohio Amish Country Bus Trip
Jackson Township is sponsoring a bus trip to Ohio Amish Country on Saturday, May 5, 2012. Stops will include the Holmes County Flea Market, the town of Berlin, Sols Craft Mall and having dinner at Der Dutchman Restaurant in Walnut Creek to enjoy Amish family style dining. Of course in Amish Country there is always lots of great sightseeing. Cost is $35 for luxury Lodestar bus transportation to and from Amish Country.

The Fire Company will be hosting several upcoming events. On Sunday, October 16th there will be a Fall Gun Raffle. Another event will be their Annual Turkey Raffle which will be held on Saturday, November 19th. 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 at 6:30 pm. For tickets or information on any of these events, call the Fire Hall at 322-3155.  On Wednesday, October 12th 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.  The Fire company now has an official "Fire Chaplin"! Pastor Drew Walther volunteered for the position and was voted in at July's meeting. Pastor Walther was born in California and grew up in Minnesota. He graduated from Grace Theological Seminary in Winona Lake, IN with a Masters Degree in Divinity. He has been a pastor for 25 years and moved to the Johnstown, Pennsylvania area from the Johnstown, Ohio area near Columbus. He currently serves as the Pastor at Singer Hill Grace Brethren Church where he resides with his wife Sherry. The Walthers have three grown children; Sarah (wife of Army Captain Joel), Joshua and Ruthie, all whom still reside in the Columbus, Ohio area. Pastor Drew will also be attending a class to become a certified Fire Chaplin in October. The Fire Company feels Pastor Drew will be a great asset and will be able to help in many ways!  Ambulance Memberships have been mailed out for this year and are due beginning in September. 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.  As always, the Fire Company wants to thank the residents and businesses of Jackson Township for their continued support during the Heritage Festival and for all the generous donations made for the Turkey Raffle / Prize Tickets and donations to the Annual Fund Drive. Your support is greatly appreciated!  The Fire Company and Auxiliary they would like to wish everyone a safe and happy upcoming Holiday Season.

The Jackson Township Water Authority now has ownership of the Swigle Mountain Road waterline as of August 15, 2011. Some residents are already receiving service from the new line. Letters were sent out on August 26th with the applications for tap-in and water service. The fee for a tap-in to the new line is $1,100. If any resident along the line was mistakenly forgotten, please call the Water Authority office for information at 322-1262. Residents tapping in can also contact their insurance carrier to receive a discount on their homeowners insurance.  JTWA mailed the August water bills out and included a notification that their water supply would be temporarily fluorinated. The water would be coming from Ebensburg Borough until Nanty Glo Water completed their project. As of September 1, 2011, JTWA was receiving their water from Nanty Glo Water once again. This means the water is no longer fluorinated so please notify your doctors and schools.  JTWA is still diligently working on the replacement of old water meters. Customers fitting this criteria have been sent a series of letters requesting an appointment. The Authority has approximately 86 properties left to switch to a new meter. JTWA would appreciate your cooperation in helping to complete this project. If you have received a letter and have yet to schedule an appointment to have your meter changed, please contact the Water Authority office at 322-1262. Conserving water is not only a good thing all year round, but it could possibly lead to savings on your water bill. Here are some basic tips you can do:

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

The Center is buzzing with many activities and events.  Flu Shots will be given at the Center on Wednesday, October 26th 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, Freedom Blue, Freedom Blue PFFS, UPMC for Life, Geisinger and Medicare Part B.  There will be a Community Blood Screening on Saturday, October 29th from 7 to 9 am. It is a complete multiphasic blood screen with lipid profile and cost is $30.00. Call the Center to make an appointment for the screening. Blood Screenings are done twice a year at the Center. To schedule an appointment, call the Center at 322-3327 Tues.-Thurs. from 9 am to 3 pm.  A Health Insurance Apprise Meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 9th from 10 am to 1 pm. Jim and Barb Crissey are the Cambria County Apprise Insurance Coordinators and will be able to assist seniors and other Medicare beneficiaries in changing their health insurance and drug plans / companies. The counselors will be able to make the changes to Medicare electronically. This is important because changes can only be made from October 15th through December 7th. Please call 534-2576 to schedule your appointment in advance.  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.  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 9th Annual Veterans Day Ceremony on Friday, November 11th at 11 am. Please come out and show your support for those who have and are continuing to serve our country.  Other special events for members only include a Christmas Dinner on Friday, December 2nd and Childrens Christmas Party on Saturday, December 10th.  The Center Knitting Club meets every Tuesday at 10:00 am to knit / crochet hats, mittens & scarves to be given to the needy children and adults. In 2010, they once again did a superb job by donating over 700 items which were then contributed to Head Start, WIC (Women, Infants & Children), Salvation Army and Jackson Elementary School. For more information on any of the above events, contact the Senior Center at 322-3327.  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 2010 has been extended to December 31, 2011. If you are in need of work, age 55 or over and qualify within the set income levels, you may be eligible for the Senior Community Employment Program Service. For more information on the program, contact the local National Council on Aging Senior Employment Program in Johnstown at 536-0691. The Silver Sneakers Program in itís 7th year at the Center is still going strong with over 50 individuals taking advantage of the program. Anyone who is a Medicare-eligible member of Highmark or Blue Cross-Blue Shield can participate. In addition the Center has a room full of 11 state-of-the-art exercise machines that are available for member use during regular hours which are Monday 9 to 11 am and 7 to 9 pm and on Tuesday thru Thursday from 9 am to 3 pm. For more information, contact the Senior Center at 322-3327.  The Center has many special weekly events for the membership including lunch 3 times a week, parties, Bible study, bingo, knitting, line dancing, weekly Pinochle party, speakers and events on health issues concerning the aged population, monthly blood pressure screenings, weekly movies, ceramics, computer use with high-speed internet access and beginners computer classes. In addition there are monthly CamTram bus trips to different shopping areas in Westmoreland, Indiana, Blair, Somerset and Cambria Counties. Anyone interested in visiting or taking a quick tour of the Center is invited to stop in. Membership offered to those age 50 and older is constantly growing and is only $10.00 a year. The Center opened on May 10, 1998 and have issued over 750 membership cards. The Center relies on volunteers to operate and stay open. It's a great place to meet and socialize. If you are interested in being a member or volunteering, please contact the Center at 322-3327.

The 8th Annual Jackson Heritage Festival was once again a big hit with local residents and visitors alike with record setting attendance, partly due to having beautiful, summer weather all weekend with no rain. The Festival has become a regional event attracting not only local residents but people from throughout Cambria County and surrounding counties as well. In addition many people who have moved away from the area are returning to visit "home" during Heritage Festival weekend! Even the Tribune-Democrat gave the Heritage Festival a "laurel" this year!  The weekend included some great entertainment including the Johnstown Classic Rockers, FUSE, Tree, The Bayou Bandits, The Fabulous Flashbacks, The Masters, Beavercreek, Clay Bowser and NOMaD. In addition, the Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Company joined forces with the Heritage Festival by sponsoring several childrens events, dinners, basket party, poker run and serving beer and other beverages.  This year there were more things for kids to do than ever before including the Cambria County Arts Center Craft Tent, Classic Clowns, Kiddie Pedal Power Tractor Pull, Kids Battle of the Barrel, Kids Bucket Brigade, Big Bouncy, Living Treasures Petting Zoo, Shows by John Robertson, Magician and Jerry Brown, The Monkey Man and games offered by several community groups, churches and an organized program of childrens games for ages 5 through 12 by Kelly Lundgren. A. J. Devlin once again provided hayrides on Saturday & Sunday to the delight of many. In addition to the Cruise-In on Friday evening, a 5K Run / Walk Event, Aaron Rusin Memorial Poker Run and the 1st ever Heritage Festival Parade were added to the Festival line-up! These new events gave Festival goers an even wider variety of activities to enjoy. The weekend started off with a Cruise-In which attracted a record number of vehicles. There were so many vehicles waiting to come in from Route 271 that Adams Avenue had to be closed off at Poplar Street instead of Rose Branch to accommodate them. This event was coordinated by George Cooper, Bill Ragley and Jim Page who did an excellent job. Saturday was a beehive of activity beginning with the Jackson Heritage Festival 5K Run / Walk Event organized by Tracey Heeney in cooperation with the Central Cambria Education Foundation. That was followed by the Aaron Rusin Memorial Poker Run which attracted over 40 motorcycles on the 120 mile route. Following the Poker Run was the 1st Annual Jackson Heritage Festival Parade with over 30 units making their way down Rose Branch Street and Adams Avenue.  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 crafts, vendors and activities lining the walkways of Veterans Park this year and the feedback from them as overall very positive. The Singer Hill Grace Brethren Church Service on Sunday morning listed their attendance as 282 and 1 monkey. The community service held under the big tents continues to grow each year. This was the 3rd year they have hosted the outdoor service at the Festival. Another popular event returning this year was the Cutest Baby Contest as well as some old time tractors on display for people to check out. One of the biggest draws continues to be the fireworks held on Saturday evening. The Festival also had a record number of sponsors this year and without their generous support, the Heritage Festival would not be possible. Sponsorships help pay for entertainment, childrens activities, advertising and many other expenses associated with hosting the Festival. Plans are already underway for a bigger and better 9th 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.

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 ACTIVITIES: Classic Clowns Club, Jackson Twp. Vol. Fire Company
CHILDRENS CRAFTS: Community Arts Center of Cambria County, Lynda Shirk, Corey Shirk

Jackson Troop 204 Boy Scouts, Kelly Lundgren, Mary Way, Chickaree Hill Church, Summit Chapel UM Church
CHURCH SERVICE: Barry Rouzer, Singer Hill Grace Brethren Church, Pastor Drew Walther
CAR CRUISE-IN: George Cooper, Jim Page, Bill Ragley, Jackson Twp. Vol. Fire Company Fire Police
ELECTRICAL: Brett Hoffman, Bernie Waltz
FIRE EXTINGUISHERS: Kaza Fire Equipment Co.
FIREWORKS: John Bahorik, Don Leckey, Jackson Twp. Vol. Fire Company
5 K RACE: Tracey Heeney, Central Cambria Education Foundation, Al Boring, Mindi Evans, Alli Kick, Angela Letizia, Toby Martin, Tracy Martin, April Renzi, Jackson Twp. Vol. Fire Company Fire Police
GARBAGE DISPOSAL: Waste Management
HAYRIDES: A. J. Devlin
HOT OIL DISPOSAL: Valley Protein
PARADE LINE UP: Eric Reitler, Jackson Twp. Vol. Fire Company & Fire Police
PARADE JUDGES: George Burkey, Amanda Deibler, Shannan Kester, Jim Lauffer, Lynda Shirk
PARADE TROPHIES: Somerset Trust Company
PARKING & SHUTTLE: Bob Albright, Josh Bednar, Mick Bezek, Bob Bombach, George Burkey, Kelsey Cree, Terry Crouse, Donna Davis, Branden Gordon, Ben Grove, Dave Hagerich, Paul Hagerich, Aaron Henry, Cory Henry, Keith Henry, Damian Hostetler, Jackson Twp.Vol. Fire Company Fire Police, Shannan Kester, Mercik's Ideal Market, Mike Noland, A. J. Pagano, Ed Porada, Michelle Porada, Eric Reitler, Mark Schmidt, Shane Simmons, Tom Wray
POKER RUN: Terry Crouse, Jackson Twp. Vol. Fire Company Fire Police
RINSE TUBS: Tim Burkey, Brian Daughenbaugh, JETSA
SIGNS: Cooper Signs
SPONSORS: Amfire Mining, Somerset Trust, Waste Management, Jackson Township Senior Center, Petroleum Development (PDC Mountaineer), Cambria Care Center, Dolanís Welding & Steel, 1st Summit Bank, Mercikís Ideal Market, Charles J. Merlo Inc., Sheetz, Ameriserv, Askew-Houser Funeral Homes, Espe Chiropractic Health Center, Jerry Gilkey Pools, Keller Engineers, Laurel Sand & Stone, Luther P. Miller Inc., Martin Marine, Neighbors Who Care, Rose Excavating, Cooper Signs, C & R Service Center, Chickaree Ridge Runners Snowmobile Club, Highmark Blue Cross & Blue Shield, Dr. Donald M. Leckey - Optometrist, Naugle Insurance Agency, Vantage Physical Therapy, Warren Oil, Jackson Township Lions Club and Damin Printing.
STAGE: Construction Equipment Services Inc.
TRAFFIC CONTROL DEVICES: Cambria County Emergency Management, Eric Reitler, Wal-Mart
TRACTOR DISPLAY: Chuck Goughnour, Rod Davis, Jerry Wicks
TRIBUNE-DEMOCRAT ADVERTISING: Somerset Trust Company, BCI Flooring, Cooper Signs, Deuce Transport (Daron Murton), Direct Value Outlet, Jerry Gilkey Pools, Martin Marine and Singer Hill Church
OTHER VOLUNTEERS & HELPERS: Josh Bednar, Joan Brown, Kelsey Cree, Donna Davis, Rod Davis, Savannah Davis, Beth Fetzer, Shari Gillin, Branden Gordon, Ben Grove, Aaron Henry, Chuck 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, Mike Noland, A. J. Pagano, Carolyn Patrick, Ed Porada, Michelle Porada, Eric Reitler, Mark Schmidt, Shane Simmons, Tammy Simmons

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 2012 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 8th Annual Heritage Festival for the fifth 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 15 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, over 2,000 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 Jonah Hoffman of Harmony Drive, Vinco
Earning 2nd Place honors and a $75.00 Savings Bond was Ella McQuay of Anderson Avenue, Nanty Glo
The 3rd Place award and a $50.00 Savings Bond went to Abigal Snyder of Benshoff Hill Road, Jackson Township

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 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 20-22, 2012.

The 1st ever Jackson Heritage Festival 5K Run / Walk Event went off without a hitch and deemed a success and plans are already being made for next year! A 5K race is basically 3.1 miles and the route went from Veterans Park up Adams Avenue, across Rose Branch Street, down Brazil Lane, up Kissell Lane and back Shepard Street to Mitchell Park and then returning back Rose Branch Street, up Griffith Avenue, Across Poplar Street and back down Adams Avenue to Veterans Park. Tracey Heeny organized the event in cooperation with the Jackson Township Recreation Commission and the Central Cambria Education Foundation. Professional timing services from Runners High based out of Grove City, PA who provides timing services all over the United States. The timing service was used to ensure accurate times for the runners and walkers. Each participant had a chip on their tennis shoe that triggered the exact time as they crossed the finish line. There were many businesses who were sponsors of the event and sponsored mile markers and having their business name printed on the T-Shirts which were provided to the participants. Thanks go out to the following sponsors which included: Big Stone Inn, William L. Aurandt Auto Sales, Somerset Trust Company, 6 to Go, Vinco Pizza, Kamzik Septic & Porta Johns, Pinnacle Rehabilitation Systems, Vantage Physical Therapy, Laurel Medical Supplies, McDonalds, Cooper Signs, Attorney Tom Aurandt, Attorney Jessica F. Aurandt, Donald M. Leckey, O.D. and Ophthalmic Associates, Inc., Giant Eagle Ebensburg, Gold Crown Foodland of Nanty-Glo and Adams Country Market. In addition there was orange drink and water provided at Mitchell Park and restrooms if needed. Each participant paid an entry fee of $20 before July 1st and $25 after and proceeds from the race were donated towards the Jackson Elementary School Playground.

Here are the results of the 5K Race by age / sex categories listing the top 3 in each category with rank, name, age and official completion time:
Open Men:
1 Adam Westrick, 17 19:44
2 Justin Paul, 16 20:19
3 Sam Schilling, 35 20:46

Open Women:
1 Tiana Mazzarese, 26 26:10
2 Melissa Kirsch, 33 26:17
3 Renee Dietz, 29 26:52

Men Under 19
1 Justin Jeffers, 16 21:03
2 Gabe Hall, 16 23:45
3 David Barnes, 13 26:00

Women Under 19
1 Kassy Brown, 14 28:55
2 Mackenna Ray, 13 34:44
3 Olivia Coll, 13 35:13

Men 19-29
1 Doug Barr, 20 21:35
2 Sasha Pennington, 19 22:14
3 Erik Martin, 28 39:10

Women 19-29
1 Erica Gray, 19 27:44
2 Corrin Watson, 24 29:01
3 Jennifer Mrosko, 28 29:27

Men 30-39
1 Chad Kraft, 33 24:46
2 Jason Heeney, 34 25:46
3 Dave Gates, 32 26:14

Women 30-39
1 Angela Letizia, 36 28:47
2 Deana Mennett, 32 29:58
3 Jamie Bell, 39 30:04

Men 40-49
1 Jeff Dick, 43 20:59
2 Scott Bassett, 44 26:20
3 Thomas Chernisky, 46 29:58

Women 40-49
1 Chris Archangelo, 41 28:23
2 Donna Dietrick, 48 29:05
3 Mary Brown, 45 29:51

Men 50-59
1 Jim Vorhauer, 55 26:04
2 John Ball, 58 30:13
3 Carl Kenyon, 54 31:46

Women 50-59
1 Mary Lou Silbaugh, 52 37:46
2 Wanda Wallet, 58 38:01
3 Kate Bender, 53 39:59

Men 60 & Up
1 Ed Foster, 67 29:26
2 Tom Westrick, 60 35:31
3 John Wallet, 60 54:11

Women 60 & Up
1 Bernice Dishong-Mackanick, 65  28:09
2 Paulette Baker, 62 49:06
3 Janet Kurtz, 64 49:58

In all there were more than 137 runners and walkers participating which is an excellent turnout for a first time event. Tracey Heeney said, "It went really well for being our first time and though it was planned in a short amount of time, we had enough participation and plan to do this every year and hope it grows." To see a full listing of all the participants and race results go to:


Another first this year at the Heritage Festival was a Heritage Festival Parade which also received great participation for a first time event. The inaugural parade had 31 units which went down the parade route from Rose Branch Street and down Adams Avenue to Veterans Park where the judges station was located.

Units in the parade included:
CV287 Marine Corp. Unit
Jackson Township Police Department
Jackson Township Ambulance
Red Knights Motorcycles
Danyelle Petryshak, UPJ Baton Twirler
Somerset Trust Company Float
Nanty Glo Fire Department - Squad 43-5
Nanty Glo Fire Department - Truck 43-4
Nanty Glo Fire Department - Engine 43-2
Benshoff Hill 4H Club Float
Cambria County Special Hazards Assistance
Response Team - Hazmat # 1
ETJ Little League Float
Blacklick Valley Ambulance
Louis Kuhar - 1915 Model T
Blacklick Valley High School Band
Jenna Skubik - Cambria County Fair Princess
Gallitzin Fire Company - Engine 711
Sheetz "Hummer"
Middle Taylor Fire Company Engine
Benedict Race Car
Tri-Area Museum & Historical Society Hose Reel
Cambria Twp. / Revloc Fire Dept. Rescue Vehicle
Cambria Twp. Quad Utility Vehicle 44-7
Unicycle Sam
State Rep. Frank Burns
Blair Fire Station & Smokey The Bear
Franklin Vol. Fire Department - Engine 51
Singer Hill Grace Brethren Church
Lilly Vol. Fire Department - Tanker 72-5
Lilly Vol. Fire Department - Engine 72-1
Freedom Riders

Five judges participated in the first time event. They were Amanda Diebler, Lynda Shirk, Jim Lauffer, Shannan Kester and George Burkey. Each unit was rated from 1 to 10 by the five judges and scores were averaged out to determine the winners. Trophies were awarded as follows:

Best Fire Dept.
1st Gallitzin Vol. Fire Dept.
2nd Nanty Glo Vol. Fire Dept. (Tie)
Lilly Vol. Fire Dept.(Tie)

Best Vehicle
1st Tri-Area Museum & Hist. Society
2nd Louis Kuhar 1915 Model T

Marching Units
1st Danyelle Petryshak
2nd CV 287 Marine Corp. Unit

Marching Band
1st Blacklick Valley High School

Best Non Profit
1st Benshoff Hill 4-H Club
2nd ETJ Little League

Most Patriotic
1st Freedom Riders
2nd Somerset Trust Company

Those who watched along the parade route were pleasantly surprised by the amount of participants and variety in the parade. Photos of all the parade units may be found at the www.jacksontwppa.com home page. Planning is underway for a bigger and better 2nd Annual Jackson Heritage Parade next year! If youíre group would be interested in participating, the parade will be held on Saturday, July 21st at 1 pm.

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.

June, 2011
The figures for June were as follows: 911 Calls dispatched to Police: 302 Reportable Part I Crimes: 0 broken down as follows: 0 Reportable Part II Crimes: 16 broken down as follows: Disorderly Conduct-4, Drugs-2, Stolen Property-2, Fraud-1 and all others-7. Calls Resulting in Cases: 9, Total Arrestees: 7, Total Suspects: 0, Total Victims: 4, DUI Arrests: 0, Traffic Citations: 10, Non-Traffic Citations: 0, Total Warnings: 0

July, 2011
The figures for July were as follows: 911 Calls dispatched to Police: 308 Reportable Part I Crimes: 4 broken down as follows: Assaults-2 and Larceny-2. Reportable Part II Crimes: 18 broken down as follows: Disorderly Conduct-4, Stolen Property-4, DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-1, Embezzlement-1, Sex Offenses-1 and all others-7. Calls Resulting in Cases: 15, Total Arrestees: 9, Total Suspects: 2, Total Victims: 10, DUI Arrests: 0, Traffic Citations: 20, Non-Traffic Citations: 6, Total Warnings: 0

August, 2011
The figures for August were as follows: 911 Calls dispatched to Police: 370 Reportable Part I Crimes: 9 broken down as follows: Assaults-6, Burglaries-1, Larceny-1 and Robberies-1. Reportable Part II Crimes: 33 broken down as follows: Disorderly Conduct-6, Weapons-6, Forgery-3, Fraud-3, DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-2, Sex Offenses-2, Drunkenness-1, Stolen Property-1, Vandalism-1 and all others-8. Calls Resulting in Cases: 15, Total Arrestees: 13, Total Suspects: 1, Total Victims: 4, DUI Arrests: 2, Traffic Citations: 37, Non-Traffic Citations: 13, Total Warnings: 0

The Jackson - East Taylor Sewer Authority would like to "Thank" those residents and business owners who have had their sewer service lateral pressure tested either pneumatically (air) or hydrostatically (water) within the past nine months. JETSA is happy to announce that over 600 sewer service laterals have been tested and repaired. They also understand that there are quite a few residents waiting for their contractor to return and repair their lateral. Their maintenance crew has already noticed the decrease in clear water coming into our pump stations which strengthens their position that water coming from the sewer service laterals is causing the overflow during rain into their sewer system and not their main lines. With everyone's help JETSA is hoping to eliminate all the clear water into their system.  At the August monthly meeting, the Board Members voted unanimously to extend the deadline from December 31, 2011 until June 30, 2012 for those residents on the older sewer system constructed in 1995-1998 to pass the pressure test for their sewer service lateral. A letter was sent out to those customers affected by the pressure test on September 1, 2011. JETSA hopes that this extra six months will give everyone the opportunity to comply with the DEP Consent Order.  Also at our August monthly meeting, the Board Members voted unanimously to surcharge any resident or business owner twenty-five ($25.00) per month per service lateral for not passing the pressure test and complying with the DEP Consent Order starting with the July 1, 2012 billing period. This surcharge of twenty-five ($25.00) will be billed on your regular monthly sewer bill in addition to the regular sewer bill of $38.00 a month. This charge may be increased to cover any and all surcharge given from the Johnstown Regional Sewage Authority. This surcharge will only be charged to the homeowner / business owner who has not complied with the pressure test consistent with JETSA's Rules and Regulations.  JETSA would also like to inform all their customers that they have sent a letter to the Johnstown Redevelopment Authority (JRA) requesting that JETSA enter into an inter-municipal agreement with JRA allowing them to bill their own customer for any surcharge JETSA may incur due to any extra water into the Dornick Point Treatment Plant. The Board's position is that any surcharge from the Johnstown Regional Sewage should be spread over their customers who have not complied with the pressure test. As of this date, JETSA has not received a reply to their request.  A list of contractors that can do the pressure test can be obtained at the Sewer Authority Office or online at www.jacksontwppa.com If you have any questions, you can call the office at 322-3444 or contact the maintenance crew.

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

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

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

Jackson Heritage Festival
Help plan and organize the 9th Annual Jackson Heritage Festival. Planning will soon be underway for next year's big event. If you are interested in helping out, please phone, write or email your name to the Jackson Township Office.

The Township has received numerous comments on PEDESTRIANS walking late at night and not being visible due to wearing dark colored clothing with no flashlights, etc. With it getting dark earlier in the day, it will be harder to see youth, children or even adults walking along the streets. The Jackson Township Police Department is advising that those out walking after dark along the streets wear light colored or reflective clothing or carry a flashlight with them. These common sense practices will be beneficial for the safety of pedestrians and motorists alike.

~Whoís New Around the Township
We extend a war welcome to Toby Martin to the Jackson Township Recreation Commission. Toby is filling the remaining term of Terri Modic. We thank Terri for our her service. Walter Maul was hired as a Part-Time Policeman. The Supervisors also approved a request from the Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Company to add Brett Hoffman and Steve Kauffmann to the roster of Jackson Township Fire Police.

~Be Sure To Vote On Election Day
General Election Day is scheduled for Tuesday, November 8th. Some of the local races are for Jackson Township Supervisor, Jackson Township Auditor and Central Cambria School Board. Also of interest on the County level will be those running for Cambria County Commissioner. Be sure to get out and vote in this important election.

~Swigle Mountain Water Project Completed
After a year of hassle and litigation against a non-compliant contractor, the Jackson Township Water Authority was finally able to provide much needed water to residents along Swigle Mountain Road. Problems holding the Water Authority back from obtaining a Certificate of Completion were resolved with the help of a Court Order. The Swigle Mountain area has experienced water shortages over the years and many people have had to haul water or limit the use of water in their homes. With a public water line under ownership of the Jackson Township Water Authority and access to multiple water sources through inter-connections, those water issues experienced by residents will be a thing of the past. The Water Authority was given the green light by Patrick Mulcahy of the EADS Group, engineer to send out formal connection letters to residents in the Swigle Mountain Road area informing them that customer connections to the water line are ready to be made.

~Jackson Police Add New Vehicle
The Jackson Township Supervisors approved the purchase of a 2011 Ford Explorer at their August 25th Meeting. An older fleet vehicle, a 2004 Ford Expedition, was traded in on the new vehicle which was purchased from New Holland Auto Group on the State COSTARS Purchasing Program at a cost of $22,725.75. The Expedition was experiencing constant repairs and with winter approaching, the need to have an operating 4 wheel drive police vehicle was important. Light bars and accessories are currently being installed on the new vehicle so it will be ready to use when needed.

~Central Cambria Coalition Update
The Central Cambria Coalition has completed Phase II Planning which involved the updating of Zoning Ordinances and Maps of Cambria Township, Ebensburg Borough and Jackson Township. This was accomplished with a LUPTAP (Land Use Planning & Technical Assistance Program) Grant secured through the Pennsylvania DCED (Department of Community & Economic Development). One of the accomplishments of the Coalition was to have coordinating zoning along municipal boundaries. This also was an opportunity to make sure the ordinances were up-to-date with current State laws and regulations. In another venture, Jackson Township and Cambria Township jointly purchased a used Digital Speed Display Trailer at a cost of $5,500 rom Bethís Barricades of Gibsonia. The trailer has proven effective in getting motorists to slow down by making them aware of how fast they are going in relation to the posted speed limit on a particular street or road. The two townships have already put this piece of equipment to good use and by sharing equipment it cut the cost in half.

~Somerset Trust Recognized by US Banker Magazine
In the June, 2011 issue of U. S. Banker, a national banking publication, Somerset Trust Company was recognized as one of the Top 200 Community Banks in the country for the second year in a row. Looking at approximately 5,000 banks nationwide, SNL Financial LC compiled data for the publication that looked at the top performing financial institutions. Somerset Trust Company is ranked 63rd on the list. The rankings are based on a three-year average of ROE (Return on Equity). Somerset Trust Company posted 11.13%. Last year, the bank was ranked 105th and the three-year Return on ROE was 10.48%. As of March 31, 2011, total assets of the bank stood at $645,605,551 compared to $567,125.675 in 2010 while deposits reached $572,557,069 compared to the prior yearís $497,056,737. Somerset Trust Company is headquartered in Somerset and serves the counties of Somerset and Cambria County in addition to parts of Westmoreland and Fayette Counties. The bank has a network of 17 branches including one in the Vinco Shopping Center and 55 ATMs throughout the region.

~Loraine Road Sewage Update
Although the extension of a sewer line along Loraine Road has been completed, there are some issues that are preventing residents from tapping into the new line owned by the Nanty Glo Water Authority. The line extension was constructed with the help of CDBG (Community Development Block Grant) monies administered through the office of the Cambria County Redevelopment Authority and Larry Custer.

~Business Park Project Update
The Jackson Township Supervisors approved a motion at their July 14th meeting to exercise a Purchase Option Agreement to acquire approximately 33 acres of land on the south side of Laurel Ridge Road form Waste Management for $78,571 to be used for the development of the Jackson Township Business Park. The parcel is key in developing Phase I of the park which will be done with a $500,000 RCAP Grant secured by State Rep. Frank Burns of the 72nd District.

~Chickaree Hill Water Project Update
A water line extension down Chickaree Hill Road and an extension on Wagner Road is awaiting a Pressure Reducing Station to be placed on Chickaree line before public water service can be turned onto residents. The project was originally funded by CDBG (Community Development Block Grant) funds through the Cambria County Redevelopment Authority.

~Troop 204 Boy Scout Leaders Retire
The leaders of Jackson Township Boy Scout Troop 204, Rodell Snyder and Karen Whited retired after leading the Troop for many years. Rodell has been involved for 27 years and Karen for 20 years. Over their time leading the Troop, there were 29 boys who attained Eagle Scout rank, the highest honor that can be received by a Boy Scout. Many of the Eagle Scout Projects were done for Jackson Township including all 3 parks. Thanks go out to Roddell & Karen for their many years of faithful service to our community!

~Rt. 271 Interchange & Rt. 22 Project
As you have already noticed, the interchange at Rt. 22 & Rt. 271 looks like a giant construction site. PennDOT is doing a $8.9 million dollar major overhaul of not only the interchange but also Route 22 to just west of Route 219. The project is a Concrete Pavement Restoration with a bituminous overlay. The proposed improvements consist of concrete patching, approximately 3,000 feet of single lane, full depth reconstruction, bituminous overlay, guide rail updates, structure rehabilitations and maintenance related drainage improvements. This project also includes widening and overlay of the Mundys Corner Interchange with Route 271 with a 2" mill and overlay, signal upgrade and the rehabilitation of the Rt. 271 Bridge over Route 22. Traffic on Route 22 will be restricted to a single lane closure in each direction for the duration of the project which will be thru 2011 and into 2012. The project will involve short-term detours for the ramp from Route 271 to Route 22 west bound and for the ramp from Route 22 west bound to Route 271. For both ramps, there will be three evening / nighttime detours each (6 pm to 6 am). For the Route 22 west bound to Route 271 ramp, there will also be one continuous 48 hour detour in the 2011 construction season. A public meeting was advertised and held at the Jackson Township Municipal Building on August 2nd to address any concerns. Keller Engineers is the engineer and Grannas Brothers, both of Hollidaysburg is the contractor for this project.

~Supervisors Approve Petition Filing
The Jackson Township Supervisors at their June 30th meeting approved Resolution 01-11 authorizing the filing of a petition to the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board to request an exemption from the Boardís regulations regarding amplified music being heard on the licensed premises known as Pit Stop 271. The petition basically requests that the Jackson Township Police be authorized to address any complaints arising from amplified noise rather than the PLCB. The Jackson Township Nuisance Ordinance would be used for enforcement when the complaint is deemed appropriate.

~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 Mitchell Park on Tuesday, June 21st with about 28 kids attending and several adults. The second one was at Leidy Park on Friday, July 8th which had an even greater 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.

~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. Also, the Pennsylvania State Burning Laws prohibit any commercial establishments from burning refuse of any kind.  The PaDEP encourages everyone to be considerate of your neighbors by not allowing smoke, embers or ash to travel onto others properties. Jackson Township also has many options for recycling various materials and residents are encouraged to take advantage of those opportunities. Everyone also needs to pay attention to weather conditions and not to burn when itís extremely dry or windy. In the fall, this is particularly dangerous as there are lots of dry leaves on the ground and one flaming ember could set a forest on fire. For additional information on open burning laws in Pennsylvania you can go to the following website: www.dep.state.pa.us and click on "open burning". You may also call the 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 500 members with more joining every week. The Group is for those who live or have lived in Jackson Township and is open to anyone who fits that description. Many have joined from all over the United States who grew up here or at one time or another have called Jackson Township "home". There are lots of photos posted on the site and many people are writing nostalgic memories of their time living or growing up in Jackson Township. To find or join the group go to www.facebook.com and then search for the group name "Those Who Live or Have Lived in Jackson Township, Cambria County, PA". In addition, there is now a Facebook Page for Jackson Township. This page is being used to promote important news or events and activities in Jackson Township and has over 500 fans. Anyone is welcome to join this page whether they reside in Jackson Township or not, so feel free to invite your family, friends and co-workers. Other pages on Facebook include the Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Department, Jackson Township Police Department and the newest page, Jackson-Township Historical-Preservation which has over 1,000 photos in 33 photo albums of Jackson Township, Cambria County and the surrounding region. Over 1,400 people have joined this page and many are sharing their own photos of days gone by. Other pages have also been developed for many local schools, fire companies, churches, organizations and businesses.

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

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

~Want to Schedule An Event At A Jackson Park?
If you are interested in reserving a pavilion for a family get-together, party or event, please contact the Jackson Township Municipal Building at 749-0725 to make a reservation. Three pavilions are available at Mitchell and 1 each at Leidy & Veterans Park. Other recreation facilities that can be reserved depending upon availability include baseball fields at Mitchell & Leidy and Volleyball Courts at Leidy.

~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 2011 is $39.74 per quarter.

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, East Taylor -Jackson Sewer Authority and Jackson Township Water Authority. To see some of the pages that have been updated recently , click on "Whats New" on the home page. If you have any suggestions of what you would like to see on the Jackson Twp. Website, please call Dave Hirko at 749-0725 or email to office@jacksontwppa.com

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

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