April 21, 2010

East Taylor-Jackson Little League would like to invite you to Opening Night under the brand new lights installed at Mitchell Field. The event will take place on Friday, April 30th. The evening begins with Instruction Kids playing a game at 5 pm followed by a Minor League Game 6:30 and another at 8:00 pm. The concession stand will be open and there will be some great specials such as 2 for $1.00 hot dogs plus there will be a wide variety of special goodies available for sale. Local officials have been invited as well as representatives from REA Cooperative and Somerset Trust Company who have made a direct impact on the lighting project both monetarily. REA donated labor and equipment for the installation of the lights while Somerset Trust made a sizeable contribution toward the cost of the project. ETJ alumni are also being invited which includes past coaches, boosters and league officers. The 8 pm game will be considered as the primary attraction for the evening. The first teams to play under the lights will be the Pirates and the Yankees. Festivities for the evening will include an appearance by DJ Hawk who will play music and announce the players names over the loud speakers. Some games will also be played between innings such as Base Running Races and Dizzy Dean's Bat Races. There's a possibility that a mascot from the Curve may also be there. ETJ hopes you will come out and support the children and youth of our community and enjoy the planned festivities for the first night game under the lights at Mitchell Park, just like the big leagues!


Although the new bank in Jackson Township has been open since the beginning of February, their Grand Opening occurred right after one of the worst snowfall of the season, so they decided to have a "No Snow" Grand Opening! The Grand Opening will be held on Saturday May 1st from 9 am to Noon. There will be food and fun for all! The Altoona Curve's Mascot, Steamer will be on hand as well as 96 Key Radio with the Tookey Bird and the exclusive Birthday Wheel and of course Tiger, the Somerset Trust mascot. There will be lots of free prizes given away including Curve tickets, Pirate tickets and more! Ballpark refreshments will be served including hotdogs, popcorn and Crackerjacks. Everyone is welcome to stop in and visit the new office, register for prizes and enjoy the refreshments. Should someone decide to open a new checking account with a Direct Deposit, they will get an extra $50 credited to that account.


The Fishing Derby will be held on Saturday, May 8th at Woodland Park just off of Route 22 towards Ebensburg. Ages 12 and under are welcome and admission is FREE. Prizes will be awarded and refreshments will be available. Registration begins at 8 am with the Fishing Derby going from 9 am to 3 pm. The event will be held rain or shine. Come and bring your friends! If you have any questions or need additional information, call John Lythgoe at 749-8223 or Jackson Township at 749-0725. The Fishing Derby is sponsored by the Jackson Township Community Rod & Gun Club in cooperation with the Recreation Commission.


The Jackson Township Senior Center will host a special Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday, May 31st at 11:00 a.m. This will be the 7th Memorial Day Ceremony held at Veterans Park since 2005. The ceremony will honor the service men and women who were killed in all wars as well as all other Veterans. The event is open to the public and it is hoped that the turnout will be good as it is very important for everyone to show their support for our veterans as well as troops currently serving. Last year there were more than 120 people who attended. The Veterans Monument has become a focal point of the Memorial & Veterans Day ceremonies and currently has 1,110 names of Jackson Township veterans listed on it. If you know of any veterans not listed on the monument, please complete a form and submit their name to Jackson Township, 513 Pike Road, Johnstown, PA 15909. Forms can be obtained at www.jacksontwppa.com or at the Municipal Building, Senior Center, Water Authority or Sewer Authority. All names submitted must be verified for Veteran status and residency. This year's ceremony will feature special guest speaker, Bill Kish, retired Director from the Governor's Veterans Outreach & Assistance Center in Greensburg, PA. Bill resides in Jackson Township and was instrumental in the verification of all of the names listed on the Jackson Township Veterans Monument. As in the past, the Johnstown VFW Post 155 will have their Honor Rifle Team in attendance. In addition special music will be provided by Corey Shirk from Central Cambria and a representative from the local clergy will be on hand. Also playing an important role in the ceremony will be Jackson Twp. Troop 204 Boy Scouts. If there are any questions on the Memorial Day Ceremony or the Memorial / Monument, please feel free to call Frank Singel at 322-3327 or Dave Hirko at 749-0725.

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Jackson Township Supervisors
Dave Hirko / Manager