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Fall, 2012

Mindi Evans and a group of parents started an effort to bring back the Halloween Parade, a long-standing tradition to Jackson Township.  The Parade this year is set for Sunday, October 28th with a parade line-up at 1:30 at Griffith & Rose Branch Streets and the parade beginning at 2:00 pm.  According to Evans, there will be prizes for various costumes and age groups (possibly infant to 12 year olds). Prizes for the Halloween Parade are being provided by the community group, Neighbors Who Care. They are also hoping to have some floats in the parade as well.  She said all organizations and groups are welcome to participate in the parade.  If anyone has any questions about the event, you may contact Mindi via email to: mevans811@hotmail.com.  Prior to the Parade, Patriotic Pups Grooming will be sponsoring a Dog Costume Contest at the Fire Hall where treats and gift certificates will be awarded. Immediately following the parade there will be Trick or Treat until 5 pm.   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 Fire Hall to pick up a free treat bag, compliments of the Jackson Township Supervisors.  During the time frame of 2 to 5 pm, the Fire Company, Police and other volunteers will be patrolling Township streets and roads. It is the hope of the Supervisors that the parade followed by trick-or-treat will be an enjoyable, fun and safe one for all!


The Jackson Township Senior Center will host their 10th Annual Veterans Day Ceremony on Monday, November 12, 2012 at 11:00 am.   The ceremony was moved to Monday being Veterans Day falls on a Sunday this year. The event will take place at Veterans Park in front of the Veterans Monument / Memorial.  The memorial now has over 1,150 names of residents of Jackson Township who have served in the military. Retired Air Force Colonel, Douglas R. Lengenfelder will be the special guest speaker this year. Lengenfelder retired from the Air Force with rank of Colonel after a 30-year career where he received pilot training, then flying as both a special operations and instructor pilot. He was a special military adviser to the U.S. Ambassador to NATO and served as a U.S. defense attache in Argentina. Lengenfelder currently is serving as the President of the Cambria County Commissioners.  In the past he was a professor teaching computer applications and Spanish at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College.  He was a 1979 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy with a Bachelor’s Degree in chemistry and has earned three Master’s Degrees: In Public Administration in 1986 from Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, Texas; in Computer Science in 1988 from Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif.; and in National Security Strategy in 1996 from the National War College in Washington, D.C.  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, you’re invited to attend to honor those who have served over the years.  


    The Jackson Township Recreation Commission will be sponsoring its 7th Annual Light Up Night on Sunday, November 25, 2012 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 seventh year, a Township-wide Holiday Lighting Contest will be sponsored by the Jackson Township Recreation Commission. Last year’s contest had 16 entries and over the past 6 years more than 68 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 year’s winners were 1st Place - Nina & Robert Hildebrand - Brenton Drive, 2nd Place - Michael Barkley-Moshannon Drive, 3rd Place - Gayle & Gary Devlin - Adams Avenue and 4th place, Melissa & Darren Devlin - Hunts Road.   Three honorable mentions were given including Patricia & Paul Scanlan - Benshoff Hill Road, Rebecca & Nicholas Urban & Family - Mackall Street  and John Shoemaker - Bracken Street.  In addition to the cash prizes, all winners and honorable mentions received a congratulatory plaque complete with a photo of their display Anyone wishing to enter the contest must have their light displays up by December 14, 2012 and have an entry blank turned into the Township Building (entry form attached in this newsletter.   Judging will take place on Sunday, December 16th from 6 to 10 pm or in the event of  inclement weather, Monday, December 17th.  Winners will be announced by Tuesday, December 18th.  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 2012 included seal-coating (tar & chipping) of Finntown Road, Hunts Road, Mile Hill Road and Turkey Path Road. Once again, the Jackson Road Department did the preparation work while New Enterprise Stone & Lime of New Enterprise, Blair County, low bidder, did the seal-coating. Jackson also did other maintenance work including drainage and berm and shoulder work. One of the larger projects was rebuilding a portion of Sharkey Road. In addition lines were 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.


Listed below are some of the upcoming events and activities scheduled in Jackson Township over the upcoming months:

Halloween Parade & Trick or Treat  
A Halloween Parade will take place in Jackson Township on Sunday, October 28th at 2 pm followed by Trick or Treat in Jackson Township from 2 to 5 pm. Free treats will be handed out at the Fire Hall at 176 Adams Avenue so be sure and stop by!

Light Up Night
Jackson Township will be hosting it's 7th Annual Light Up Night at Veterans Park on Sunday, November 25th 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 7th Annual Holiday Outdoor Lighting & Decorating Contest. Lighting displays must be up by December 14th and an entry blank submitted to the Township Office.  Judging will take place on Sunday, December 16th from 6 to 10 pm or in the event of inclement weather on Monday, December 17th. 

ETJ Little League Sign-Ups
Sign-Ups for ETJ Little League 2013 Season will be held at the Municipal Building located at 513 Pike Road on Saturday, January 5, 2013 from 9 am to 1 pm and on Thursday, January 10, 2013 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.


The Fire Company will be hosting several upcoming events.  On Saturday, October 13th there will be a Fall Gun Raffle.  A Halloween Dance will be held at the Fire Hall on Friday, October 26th with music by the "Giants of Science".  Admission is $10 and includes dinner which will be served at 7 pm.  The doors open at 6:30 and proper ID is required at the door for admission.  Costumes are welcome but not required.  For tickets or information, phone the Fire Hall at 322-3155. Another event will be their Annual Turkey Raffle which will be held on Saturday, November 17th.  Many people look forward to purchasing the tickets with multiple prizes on it donated from area businesses and residents. A Hunter's Breakfast is being held on Monday, November 26th from 4 am to ??  For $7.00 you can have all you can eat pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, orange juice and coffee. 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 10th 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 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 and were 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 would like to wish everyone a safe and happy upcoming Holiday Season. 


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


The Water Authority is considering a proposal to use GIS Technology with base maps created by their engineer, EADS Group to record all kinds of information including fire hydrants, water line leaks, easements, test results, maintenance records, flow direction, valve locations and even camera shots of the insides of pipes.  As a history of information is recorded, GIS becomes an invaluable tool in analyzing and helping to maintain the system.


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.  There are 3 different styles available.  Pricing is as follows:  $8 for Adult Medium, Large, Youth and X Large or 2 for $15.00.  For sizes 2X or 3X add $1.50 per shirt. 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.


Township Mun. Bldg. 749-0725
Jackson Township Fire Company 322-3155
Jackson Township Police Dept. 749-0051
Jackson Township Senior Center 322-3327
Jackson - East Taylor Sewer Auth. 322-3444
Jackson Township Water Authority 322-1262
Paulette Baker, Tax Collector 322-1863
George Burkey, Zoning Officer 322-4709
Barry Rouzer, Constable 322-4927


The Board of the Jackson - East Taylor Sewer Authority would like to once again “Thank” the 1,530 residents, business owners, churches and schools, who have complied with the DEP Consent Order and pressure tested their sewer service lateral.  There are still approximately 325 residents and business owners and vacant homes that need to comply with the pressure test.  The deadline of June 30, 2012 has passed and a non-compliance fee of $25.00 has been added to the customer’s sewer bill as of July 1, 2012.  Once the customer has their sewer service lateral pressure tested, the non-compliance fee will be removed. At the August 9, 2012 board meeting the Board Members unanimously voted to approve the additional language to JETSA’s Rules and Regulations, Article XIV, Section 1404 states that “Anyone who violated any provision of these Rules and Regulations may be charged with a summary offense and upon conviction thereof, shall be fined according to the provisions contained in Section 5607 (d) of the Municipal Authorities Act.” The Municipal Authorities Act Section 5607 (d) paragraph 17 states:  “To do all acts and things necessary or convenient for the promotion of its business and the general welfare of the authority to carry out the powers granted to it by this chapter or other law, including, but not limited to, the adoption of reasonable rules and regulations that apply to water and sewer lines located on a property owned or leased by a customer and to refer for prosecution as a summary offense any violation dealing with rules and regulation relating to water and sewer lines located on a property owned or leased by a customer.  Under this paragraph, an authority established by a county of the second class which is not a home rule county shall have powers for the inspection and repair of sewer facility comparable to the powers of health official under section 3007 of the act of May 1, 1933 (P.L.103, No. 69),  known as The Second Class Township Code.” JETSA has also added to our Rules and Regulations, Article XIV, Section 1405, which states, “Anyone who violated any provision of these Rules and Regulations may be charged with the offenses set forth in the Clean Steams Act and upon conviction thereof, shall be fined according to the provisions contained therein.” The Board Members appreciate the cooperation we have received from those customers who have complied with the pressure testing.  If the Authority Board did not push for our customers to comply with this pressure test, the Authority would have been subject to fines from Pennsylvania Department of Environment Protection.  Due to the testing, our flows have dropped tremendously and during rain events our Pump Stations have not gone into high level alarm.  This is a savings to the Authority with less over-time for our maintenance crew plus not having to pay for pumper trucks to keep up with the extra water and less maintenance on our pumps. All these improvements are for a better community for our children, grandchildren and future generations to come.                                   


The Center is buzzing with many activities and events. On Tuesday, October 16th at 11:00 am, Karen Addleman, VP of Electronic Banking for Somerset Trust Company will be at the Center to present a Fraud & Identity Theft Seminar and provide information on how to protect yourself against current threats and scams. Flu Shots will be given at the Center on Wednesday, October 24th 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. A Medicare Open Enrollment Event will be held on Thursday, October 25th from 10 am to 2 pm.  The local Cambria County Apprise Insurance Coordinators will be at the Center to assist Medicare beneficiaries to enroll in or change their health and drug plans.  This is important because most people can only change their plans between October 15th and December 7th. Please call 534-2576 to schedule your appointment in advance. There will be a Community Blood Screening on Saturday, October 27th from 7 to 9 am.  It is a complete multiphasic blood screen with lipid profile and cost is $30.00.  Call the Center to make an appointment for the screening.  Blood Screenings are done twice a year at the Center.  To schedule an appointment, call the Center at 322-3327 Tues.-Thurs. from 9 am to 3 pm. The Strong Bones People Class continues to meet every Monday and Thursday at 8:45 am and lasts 45 minutes.  The class originally was sponsored by the UMWA Health & Retirement Funds and lasted for 12 weeks after which the group continued the class on their own.  For more details on this class, contact the Center. The Center is promoting several Programs that may be helpful to Seniors including the Senior Community Employment Program which helps to place Seniors age 55 or older with income guidelines into work places.  To inquire about this program, contact Gina Felice at the National Council on Aging - Senior Community Service in Johnstown at 536-0691.  Another popular program is the Cambria County Health Insurance Apprise Program that helps Seniors with their health insurance questions or problems.  For more information you may contact the Cambria County Office on Aging at 539-5595. The Center Knitting Club meets every Tuesday at 10:00 am to knit / crochet hats, mittens & scarves to be given to the needy children and adults. The Center will be sponsoring a “55 Alive” driver’s classes for Seniors age 55 and older.  This is a one day class scheduled for Thursday, November 8th from 9 am to 1 pm.  This class is for those that previously completed a Mature Driving Course during the past three years.  To be eligible for a discount on your car insurance you need to take the course once every 3 years.  Cost is $12.00 for AARP members and $14.00 for non-members.  The AARP in a show of appreciation to our Veterans is offering this class to them at no charge. If you are a customer of Somerset Trust Company, the bank will pay the cost for you to take the class. You should check with your Insurance Company to verify any discount before signing up for the class. The Center will be hosting it's 10th Annual Veterans Day Ceremony on Monday, November 12th 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 7th and Childrens Christmas Party on Saturday, December 15th. 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 2011 has been extended to December 31, 2012. 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 at the Center is still going strong with many people 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 6 to 8 pm and 8:30 am to 2 pm on Tuesday thru Thursday.  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. The Senior Center elected Officers for the period of July 1, 2012 thru June 30, 2013.  They are Frank J. Singel as President, Arleen Svencer - Vice-President, Robert Wenklar - Treasurer and Mary Govekar - Secretary. 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 9th Annual Jackson Heritage Festival was once again a big hit with local residents and visitors alike with great attendance despite a wet start on Friday. 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! Many people feel a true spirit of "community" when attending the Festival and that's something we can be proud of as we welcome thousands of visitors to our Township. The weekend included some great entertainment including the Johnstown Classic Rockers, 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. The weekend was packed full of things for kids to do including the Cambria County Arts Center Craft Tent, Classic Clowns, Kiddie Pedal Power Tractor Pull, Kids Battle of the Barrel, Bounce Tent, Living Treasures Petting Zoo, Andy the Firefly, Unicycle Sam, Jerry Brown, The Monkey Man, Youth Basketball Clinic and games offered by several community groups and churches. 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 2nd Annual Heritage Festival Parade took place on Saturday for the Festival line-up!  A new event this year was the free Youth Basketball Clinic hosted by Lance Loya, Basketball Coach for Mt. Aloysius College.  Loya said the Clinic was very well received and he would like to make this an annual event on Heritage Festival weekend. The weekend started off with a Cruise-In which didn't have as good as turnout as hoped due to the rainy weather.  Next year, there will be an advertised rain date for Sunday from 2 to 5 in the event of rain on Friday evening.  This event is coordinated by George Cooper, Bill Ragley and Jim Page who do 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 25 motorcycles on the 100 plus mile route.  Following the Poker Run was the 2nd Annual Jackson Heritage Festival Parade with about 20 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 overall was very positive. The Singer Hill Grace Brethren Church Service on Sunday morning listed their attendance as 300.  The community service held under the big tents continues to grow each year.  This was the 4th year they have hosted the outdoor service at the Festival. Another popular event returning this year was the Cutest Baby Contest.  One of the biggest draws continues to be the fireworks held on Saturday evening and this year's 30 minute display received rave reviews! 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 10th 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 year’s Heritage Festival a huge success! Those who deserve special thanks include:

ADVERTISING: Dale Wicks (Wix-Pix)
BEVERAGES & REFRESHMENTS: Adams Country Market, Roaring Spring Water, Valewood Farms
CHILDRENS ACTIVITIES:  Classic Clowns Club, Jackson Twp. Vol. Fire Company, Unicycle Sam
CHILDRENS CRAFTS:  Community Arts Center of Cambria County
CHILDRENS GAMES & CONTESTS: Jackson Troop 204 Boy Scouts, 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: Bernie Waltz
FIREWORKS:  John Bahorik, Don Leckey, Jackson Twp. Vol. Fire Company
5 K RACE:  Tracey Heeney, Central Cambria Education Foundation, Jackson Twp. Vol. Fire Company Fire Police, Jackson Twp. Police, Mindi Leckey, Al Boring, Denny Grove, Toby Martin, Kathy Kupchella, Tracy Gibson, Tracy Martin, Randy Wilson
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:  Jim Lauffer, Rodell Snyder, Karen Whited
PARADE TROPHIES:  Somerset Trust Company
PARKING & SHUTTLE:  Bob Albright, Josh Bednar, Mick Bezek, Bob Bombach, George Burkey, Kelsey Cree, Terry Crouse, Donna Davis, Ben Grove, Dave Hagerich, Paul Hagerich, Aaron Henry, Cory Henry, Keith Henry,  Jackson Twp.Vol. Fire Company  Fire Police, Mercik's Ideal Market, A. J. Pagano, Levi Primel, Eric Reitler, Mark Schmidt, Shane Simmons, Tom Wray
POKER RUN:  Terry Crouse, Jackson Twp. Vol. Fire Company Fire Police
RECYCLING: Cambria County Solid Waste Authority
RINSE TUBS: Tim Burkey, Brian Daughenbaugh, JETSA
SECURITY: Jackson Twp. Police Dept.
SIGNS:  Cooper Signs
SPONSORS:  Jackson Township Supervisors, Amfire Mining, Direct Value Outlet, Somerset Trust, Waste Management, Cambria Care Center, Froggy 95 and 96 Key Radio, Jackson Township Senior Center, Charles J. Merlo Inc., Construction Equipment Services, Dolan’s Welding & Steel, 1st Summit Bank, Martin Marine, Mercik’s Ideal Market, Neighbors Who Care, Ameriserv, Askew-Houser Funeral Homes, Espe Chiropractic Health Center, Jerry Gilkey Pools, Keller Engineers, Luther P. Miller Inc., Cooper Signs, C & R Service Center, Dr. Donald M. Leckey - Optometrist, Elias Chiropractic, Hagerich Auto Sales,  Highmark Blue Cross & Blue Shield, Jane's Signs & Designs, Naugle Insurance Agency, Rose Excavating, Vantage Physical Therapy, Warren Oil and Damin Printing.
STAGE: Construction Equipment Services Inc.
TRAFFIC CONTROL DEVICES:  Cambria County Emergency Management, Eric Reitler
TRIBUNE-DEMOCRAT ADVERTISING: Somerset Trust Company, Cooper Signs, Direct Value Outlet, Jerry Gilkey Pools,  Martin Marine and Singer Hill Church
UTILITY VEHICLES: JETSA, Martin Marine       
OTHER VOLUNTEERS & HELPERS: Josh Bednar, Joan Brown, Kelsey Cree, Donna Davis, Beth Fetzer, Shari Gillin, Ben Grove, Aaron Henry, Cory Henry, Keith Henry, Kim Hirko, 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, Ed Porada, Levi Primel, 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 2013 Heritage Festival, please contact Dave Hirko at 749-0725.


The ever popular Cutest Baby Contest was a big hit at the 9th 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 26 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 5,330 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 Check was Kaylyn Rose Findley of Swigle Mountain Road, Jackson Township. Earning 2nd Place honors and a $75.00 Check was Roman Forcellini of Griffith Avenue, Vinco. The 3rd Place award and a $50.00 Check went to Charlotte Lee Barron of Adams Avenue, Vinco. 4th Place award and a $25.00 Gift Card to Toys R Us went to Logan Thomas Boback of Bracken Street, Mundys Corner. 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 19-20-21, 2013.


The 2nd Annual Jackson Heritage Festival 5K Run / Walk Event was well received with 151 participants.  A 5K race is basically 3.1 miles and the route went from Stoneridge Street to Gillin Street 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 and down Adams Avenue to finish at Veterans Park.  Tracey Heeney organized the event in cooperation with the Jackson Township Recreation Commission and the Central Cambria Education Foundation.  Timing services were provided by Randy Wilson, the Central Cambria Cross Country Track Coach and his crew. 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: Adams Country Market, Allstate Insurance - Jeff Gore, Attorney Jessica F. Aurandt, Attorney Tom Aurandt, Big Stone Inn, Conemaugh Health Systems, Cooper Signs, Donald M. Leckey, O.D. – Ophthalmic Associates, Inc., Giant Eagle Ebensburg, Gold Crown Shop n' Save - Nanty-Glo, Janna's Hair & Tanning, Kamzik Septic & G. P. Porta Johns, Laurel Medical Supplies, Mercik's Ideal Market, Pinnacle Rehabilitation Systems, Rocket Screen Print & Embroidery, Snyder Excavating, Somerset Trust Company, Vinco Pizza and Wm. L. Aurandt Auto Sales. 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 range and official completion time:

Overall Men:        
1 Shane Simmons 19-29       
2 Ben Kinley 19-29               18:35
3 Justin Jeffers Under 18       19:39

Overall Women: 
1 Alyssa Brandis Under 18    
Jordan Hayward Under 18   21:48
3 Jill Cekada 19-29              23:07

Men Under 18      
1 Javante Neumann            
2 Josh Hodgson                   20:04
3 Steven Pennington            21:48

Women Under 18
1 Alicia Archangelo
2 Julia Schaffer
3 Sydney Gilkey

Men 19-29
1 Tom Pennington
Phil Vaught                    
Keith Lenhard                  27:01

Women 19-29      
1 Julie Nyland                     24:22
2 Jayme Yanko
3 Adrienne Dodson

Men 30-39 
1 Steve Ruddek                 
2 Jeff Dietz                        22:37
3 Matthew Hodge                24:05

Women 30-39      
1 Renee Dietz                     24:01
2 Mary Dodson
3 Lisa Kukla

Men 40-49      
Joe Johns                       
2 Jeff Dick                          21:02
3 Keith Gilkey                      22:24

Women 40-49     
1 Teri Grizek                       
2 Jamie Bell                         24:48
3 Carolynn Kish

Men 50 & Up      
1 James Vorhauer                
2 Richard Bizjak                    24:48
3 Bill Cox

Women 50 & Up 
1 Bernice Dishong-Mackanick 28:11
2 Lori Johnson
3 Wanda Wallet

In all there were more than 150 runners and walkers participating which is an excellent turnout.  The hope is that this event will continue to grow each year.  To see a full listing of all the participants and race results go to:


If you have a junked vehicle that needs removed from your property and you’re not sure how to go about it, perhaps the following information will help.  Al Gillin who operates a licensed junkyard along Adams Avenue has agreed to tow any junked vehicles that you would like to have removed from your property.  According to Mr. Gillin, in most cases there will be no charge to any Township resident for this service unless there is great difficulty getting to the vehicle to pick it up.  If you wish to have junked vehicles removed from your property, you may contact Mr. Gillin at 322-4366 to see if you qualify for this free service.

Residents Cashing In On Scrap Metal
Many residents are getting top dollar on scrap metal. This includes automobiles that may be sitting on your property.  EMF Industries of Franklin Borough accepts old vehicles and pays for the scrap metal value which has been up dramatically this year.  The phone number for EMF is 536-5047.


The 2nd Annual Jackson Heritage Festival Parade went off perfectly under sunny skies. The parade had 18 units which went down the parade route from Rose Branch Street and down Adams Avenue to Veterans Park where the judges station was located. Judges for the parade included Jim Lauffer, Rodell Snyder and Karen Whited. Each unit was rated from 1 to 10 and scores were averaged out to determine the winners.  Trophies were awarded as follows:

Best Special Marching Unit Award
Conemaugh Valley 287 Marine Corps.

Best Pulled or Driven Float
Somerset Trust Company (1st)
Sheetz Mobile (2nd)

Best Specialty Vehicle
Portage Volunteer Fire Company Rescue Squad Vehicle (1st)
1973 Pontiac Grand Am (Greg & Polly Simmons) (2nd)

Best Appearing Non-Marching Band
TNT Gymnastics & Cheerleaders (1st)
Majorette Lissi Przybys (2nd) 

Best Appearing Engine (2011 Model or Newer)
Gallitzin Volunteer Fire Company Engine 711

Most Original Entry
Harris Funeral Home Motorcycle Hearse (1st)
1973 Chevrolet Nova SS (owned by the Kassick family) (2nd)

Best Appearing Rescue Truck
Nanty Glo Volunteer Fire Department      

Best Appearing Brush Vehicle
Armagh Volunteer Fire Department

Best Specialty Unit
Freedom Riders

Everyone along the parade route enjoyed this year's 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 3rd Annual Jackson Heritage Parade next year!  If you’re group would be interested in participating, the parade will be held on Saturday, July 20th at 1 pm.


May, 2012
The figures for May were as follows: 911 Calls dispatched to Police: 386 Reportable Part I Crimes: 1 broken down as follows: Larceny-1 Reportable Part II Crimes: 15 broken down as follows: Disorderly Conduct-5, Drugs-4, Public Drunkenness-2, DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-2, Receiving Stolen Property-1 and all others-1. Calls Resulting in Cases: 9, Total Arrestees: 8, Total Suspects: 3, Total Victims: 1, DUI Arrests: 2, Traffic Citations: 71, Non-Traffic Citations: 10, Total Warnings: 0

June, 2012                  
The figures for June were as follows: 911 Calls dispatched to Police: 381 Reportable Part I Crimes: 3 broken down as follows: Larceny-3 Reportable Part II Crimes: 20 broken down as follows: Disorderly Conduct-3, DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-3,
Public Drunkenness-2, Receiving Stolen Property-2, Vandalsm-2, Drugs-1, Fraud-1 and all others-6. Calls Resulting in Cases: 10, Total Arrestees: 5, Total Suspects: 0, Total Victims: 2, DUI Arrests: 2, Traffic Citations: 111, Non-Traffic Citations: 5, Total Warnings: 0

July, 2012                    
The figures for July were as follows: 911 Calls dispatched to Police: 386 Reportable Part I Crimes: 5 broken down as follows: Assault-4 and Larceny-1 Reportable Part II Crimes: 19 broken down as follows:
Disorderly Conduct-6, Receiving Stolen Property-2, Fraud-1, Public Drunkenness-1 and and all others-9. Calls Resulting in Cases: 8, Total Arrestees: 6, Total Suspects: 0, Total Victims: 3, DUI Arrests: 0, Traffic Citations: 146, Non-Traffic Citations: 24, Total Warnings: 0

August, 2012
The figures for August were as follows: 911 Calls dispatched to Police: 319 Reportable Part I Crimes: 1 broken down as follows: Larceny-1 Reportable Part II Crimes: 11 broken down as follows: Disorderly Conduct-3, Receiving Stolen Property-1, DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-1, Embezzlement-1, Public Drunkenness-1 and all others-4. Calls Resulting in Cases: 7, Total Arrestees: 5, Total Suspects: 0, Total Victims: 1, DUI Arrests: 1, Traffic Citations: 84, Non-Traffic Citations: 8, Total Warnings: 1

If you received this newsletter and your name or address information is incorrect, or if you know of any resident of Jackson Township who didn’t receive it, please call the Township Office at 749-0725.

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.



The Chickaree Ridge Runners Recreation and Rescue Club has announced its dates for the upcoming Snowmobile and ATV Grass Drag
season. The dates are Oct. 7th, Oct. 21st and Nov. 4th. All races start at
noon with registration from 9-11 am and the gate opening at 8:00 am. We have a race class for everyone! Breakfast sandwiches and a variety of food at reasonable prices is available for purchase throughout the day. The Snowmobile Safety Course for children 10-16 and adults will be held on Nov. 17th from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.  Lunch will be provided and the course is limited to 30 students. Call Clint Elias at (724) 349-5369 to register. The course is required for children to be able to ride legally on property designated for snowmobiles. The club will also participate in a CPR Class to be held at the clubhouse on Nov. 1st. Our annual Benefit Poker Run will be held on Feb. 10th, 2013 at 1:00 pm at the clubhouse.  We will donate money raised to Samantha Daughenbaugh’s child. Samantha was only 20 years old when she passed away, leaving a 2 year old child behind. If anyone is interested in helping the club out with this please let us know. The club has several trips planned for next season including Wellsboro (PA’s Grand Canyon), Canada, and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The club meets on the first and third Thursday of each month from Sept. thru April and the first Thursday of each month from May thru August at 8:00pm at the clubhouse. For more information, call 749-9931 or visit www.chickareeridgerunners.com


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.

Jackson Twp. Fire Hall
176 Adams Avenue (Vinco)
Monday, Nov. 26th, 4 am to ????
$7.00 -
Pancakes, Sausage, Scrambled Eggs, Orange Juice, Coffee|


~Who’s New Around the Township           

We would like to welcome William Gonzales as a Part-Time Police Officer to Jackson Township.

~Be Sure To Vote On Election Day

General Election Day is scheduled for Tuesday, November 6th. Although there are no local Township or School Board races, there are important races to vote for including the following:  For President of the United States you have Barack Obama (D) running against Mitt Romney .  For U.S. Representative of the 12th Congressional District you have the choice of Mark Critz of Johnstown (D) running against Keith Rothfus of Pittsburgh .  For Pennsylvania State Senator of the 35th District, John N. Wozniak (D) is running against Timothy P. Houser and for Pennsylvania State Representative of the 72nd District, Frank J Burns (D) is running unopposed. Be sure to get out and vote in this important election.  

~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 with a nice turnout of youth and some adults. The first event was held at Leidy Park on June 26th and the second was held at  Mitchell Park on August 3rd.  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.

~Benshoff Hill Community Sales Needs Help

The Benshoff Hill Community Sales were a big success on September 15th.  Paulette Baker has been heading this up for many years but she is looking for 4 people who are willing to help out if the event is to continue next year.  If you are interested in helping out in 2013, please contact Paulette Baker at 322-1863.  

~Heritage Festival Basket Party

The Jackson Heritage Festival will be holding a Basket Party Fundraiser on Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 2 pm at the Jackson Twp. Fire Hall.  Next year will be the 10th Anniversary of the Jackson Heritage Festival and we hope to do some extra special things in the way of entertainment and activities.  Any donations of a basket, items for in a basket or cash donations would be greatly appreciated to help make this event a success.  To make a donation or arrange to have a basket (or items) picked up, please contact Donna Davis at 749-7865 or Connie Fetzer at the Municipal Building at 749-0725.

 ~Business Park Project Update

The Jackson Township Supervisors at their August 30th Meeting voted to exercise the option to purchase land form Waste Management for $78,571.  The parcel was necessary for the designed Phase I of the Park. The purchase was made from funds received in the amount of $143,428.88 from E & E Logging & Sons who had the highest bid for select timbering land the Township owns in the same area.  To move forward, the area is still in need of public sewage.

~Supervisors Support Midget Football

The Jackson Township Supervisors approved a donation of $500 to help support the 2012 season of the Central Cambria Midget Football League which uses both Leidy & Mitchell Parks. The League has about 200 players or cheerleaders participating.  The donation will go towards the purchase of new concussion ready helmets to protect the kids playing football. The Supervisors feel that recreation plays an important role in Jackson Township and especially any activity that benefits the children of the community.

~Neighbors Who Care Sponsor Town Hall Meeting With State Rep. Frank Burns

The Neighbors Who Care community group sponsored a Town Hall Meeting at the Jackson Township Senior Center with PA State Rep. Frank Burns of the 72nd District.  Some of the subjects discussed were taxes, education, school consolidation, tax incentives given to Dutch Shell to build a petrochemical refinery in Pennsylvania and the "Delaware loophole" that enables companies to use subsidiaries in Delaware to avoid paying taxes on profits made in Pennsylvania. About 40 people attended the Town Hall Meeting held on Friday, August 3rd.

~Atlantic Broadband Under New Ownership of Cogeco Cable

The Jackson Township Supervisors approved Resolution 04-12 at their August 30th Meeting granting consent to the transfer of control of the cable television franchise from Atlantic Broadband to Cogeco Cable based out of Montreal, Canada.  Cogeco was already part owner prior to this transfer. Cogeco Cable Inc. agreed to buy Atlantic Broadband for $1.36 billion, letting it expand into the U.S. after a failed attempt to gain a foothold in Europe. The transaction is Cogeco’s biggest acquisition as a public company, more than double the size of its 2006 purchase of Cabovisao-Televisao for about $600 million. Atlantic Broadband was formed in 2003 after it purchased cable systems from St. Louis-based Charter Communications Inc. It currently ranks as the 14th-largest U.S. cable operator, according to the company’s website. Atlantic Broadband serves about 252,000 basic video customers, and provides cable, phone and Internet to rural communities.  Customers should see no change including that of Atlantic Broadband email addresses.

~Fire Protection Agreement Approved

The Supervisors approved Resolution 05-12 adopting a new Fire Protection Agreement with the Jackson Township Water Authority at their August 30th Meeting. The Agreement is good for a time frame of 30 years and replaces one that expired.  In the Agreement items such as connections, service and the existing Fire Hydrant Tax are addressed.

 ~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.

~Open Burning Laws In PA            

Many people often wonder what they can or can’t burn in Pennsylvania.  Burning is permitted if the waste is the result of normal household occupancy.  Items that you are not permitted to burn include demolition waste, home insulation, shingles, treated wood, paint, painted or stained objects, furniture, tires, box springs, metal insulating rubber coating on copper wire, old television sets, appliances, automobiles, automotive parts and batteries.  All of the items mentioned must be disposed of according to solid-waste regulations.  Also, the Pennsylvania State Burning Laws prohibit any commercial establishments from burning refuse of any kind. The PaDEP encourages everyone to be considerate of your neighbors by not allowing smoke, embers or ash to travel onto others properties.  Jackson Township also has many options for recycling various materials and residents are encouraged to take advantage of those opportunities.  Everyone also needs to pay attention to weather conditions and not to burn when it’s extremely dry or windy.  In the fall, this is particularly dangerous as there are lots of dry leaves on the ground and one flaming ember could set a forest on fire.  For additional information on open burning laws in Pennsylvania you can go to the following website: www.dep.state.pa.us and click on “open burning”.  You may also call the DEP’s Bureau of Air Quality at (717) 787-9702 and request copies of this information.

~Dog Gone?

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

~Jackson Twp. on Facebook

Jackson Township is now on Facebook!  Jackson Township has a page where events, photos and important news can be shared with over 500 members joining.  Another group with over 500 members as well is called “Those who live or have lived in Jackson Townshipwhere people can share memories of days gone by.  The Jackson Township Police Department has a page where they share important safety and messages with the residents.  The Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Department has a page where they share upcoming events and a group called Jackson Township Historical Preservation” was established where people can share old photos and memories of the past history of not only Jackson Township but the entire region.  This group has over 3,500 members and over 6,000 photos in nearly 150 photo albums.  All of these groups are open to anyone who wishes to join so friends and family members from all around the United States and the world can join who have or have had connections to Jackson Township. To find a page or group mentioned above go to www.facebook.com and then search for the group name.  In addition to the Jackon Township sites, many other businesses, groups, schools, churches and organizations in Jackson Township also have pages you may wish to check out.

~Crime and Vandalism

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

~Free 911 House Numbers Available

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

~Tire Recycling Available

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

~What Do I Do With?

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

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

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

Building Materials - Take to the landfill for proper disposal.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pesticides - Solid Waste Authority Annual Hazardous Household Waste Event.

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

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

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

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

~Need to Sign Up For New Garbage Service? - Jackson Township’s garbage contract provides for unlimited curbside garbage pick-up as well as any large items you have to dispose of with a few exceptions (i.e. - hazardous items, Freon, tires, etc.)  If you are interested in signing up for garbage service you need to call 1-800-677-4884. The cost for 2012 is $37.11 per quarter, a reduction of $2.63 per quarter from 2011 as a result of a new 5 year contract approved in December, 2011. 


Jackson Township has a valuable source of information to help keep you informed.  If you haven’t checked out the Township Website, please feel free to visit  www.jacksontwppa.com  The website is constantly updated with new information.  As always, you can read the monthly approved minutes of the Board of Supervisors, Planning Commission, East Taylor -Jackson Sewer Authority and Jackson Township Water Authority.  To see some of the pages that have been updated recently , click on "Whats New" on the home page.  If you have any suggestions of what you would like to see on the Jackson Twp. Website, please call Dave Hirko at 749-0725 or email to office@jacksontwppa.com


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


Bit of Jackson Township History

The following is from the Annals of Jackson Township written by Betty Burkhart for the Nanty Glo Journal in 1942. Following the purchase of the land of which Jackson township is now a part, more white settlers came to this part of the country and established their homes. All that they had to do to claim ownership was to have a piece of land surveyed, pay taxes on it for so long a time and reside there for a given period, then the land became theirs. The land would be marked off by "blazing" trees, using them as the boundary lines. When the township was organized in 1828 there were less than ninety land owners living here. When the first assessment was made in 1830 we find the names of many who were the ancestors of the present residents of the township. The names, Funk, Gillin, Good, Grove, Goughnour, Harrrison, James, Leidy, Paul, Reed, Rager, Snyder, Singer, Wilson, Waggoner, Burkhart, Shuman, Brown, Bracken, Bowman, Duncan, and Davis all have a familiar sound. At this time of course there were many residents who were not property owners, and who will be mentioned later. Others who were property owners at that time, but have no descendants bearing their name living here now are Benshoff, Bearinger, Cameron, Dunmire, Evans, Garber, Gorman, Helman, Killin, Kirkley, Lambaugh, Luke, Murray, McDonnell, Fisher, Perry, Rowland, Roberts, Shoup, Slonaker, Thomas, and Wallace. John Murray, Esq. Was the owner of the largest piece of land, having 800 acres. Several of the others owned 400 acre tracts. At the time there were six inns in the township, four sawmills and three blacksmith shops. Oxen were still much in use for farm work and transportation to short distances. There were no buggies nor carriages. Horse-back riding, the spring wagon (later), or by foot were the modes of traveling distances not too great, although sometimes the trip to Pittsburgh would be made by horse and saddle. Valentine Rosbaugh (in later years) often made the trip to that city, traveling that way in one day, returning home the following day, a distance of 65 miles or more. It was not until about the time of the Civil War that buggies came into general use. In 1859 Samuel Goughnor had one and William Harris had a carriage. In 1871 Edward Burkhart, son of Joseph Burkhart, a first settler, had the second one.    The average income of these first settlers was twenty-five to thirty-five dollars a year, although in some cases where a man had a sawmill in addition to his land it might be fifty to one hundred dollars a year. Much that would be needed for food and clothing in those days was raised on their farm, so the dollar went much farther than it does today. Flax and sheep supplied the early settler with clothing, wheat was raised and taken to a grist mill (in 1859 Sam Goughnour had the first one here, located at Vinco), corn was made into meal and hominy and the cobs of the corn used in making syrup. Sugar maple trees were then plentiful and several sugar camps were located in various parts of the township. Each farmer had at least one cow, a few chickens and hogs and the woods were filled with wild game. Candles were then in general use and candle dipping was an art known to every  housewife.