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JACKSON TOWNSHIP NEWS
June 3, 2006

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HIGHLIGHTS FROM MAY 25, 2006 BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING

~The Board awarded the 2006 Road Paving Project Bid to Grannas Brothers who had the low bid at $55.60 per ton.

~The Supervisors awarded the "seal coat" bid to New Enterprise Stone & Lime Company who had the low bid at 78 cents per square yard.

~Miscellaneous Materials Bids were awarded as follows:
9.5 Superpave Wearing Course awarded to Quaker Sales.

19.0 Superpave Wearing course and the 25.0 Superpave Base Course were awarded to HRI Inc.

Miscellaneous stone and antiskid were awarded to Grannas Brothers.

~The Board approved a license for temporary use of a property owned by Sara Jane Leckey for the purpose of holding a fireworks display during the Jackson Heritage Festival.

~A request was approved from Tammy Grimes, President of the group called "Dogs Deserve Better" to use Leidy Park for a fundraising event from June 28th through July 17, 2006.  The event will feature 15 contestants chained to dog houses and the one who lasts the longest will win a new car.  There will also be music, vendors, food and other activities during the event which is to widely advertised and may even attract national attention.

~Approved the filing of an application with PennDOT for a permit to install and operate flashing warning devices to be erected along Pike Road in the area of the Cambria County Christian School which is being designated as a school zone.

~The Board approved the purchase of a 2006 Ford Crown Victoria Police Cruiser from Warnock Fleet & Leasining on the Pennsylvania COSTARS Purchasing Program. 

~Approved Chief Fatula's request to permit Jackson Township part-time officers to utilize their duty belt and weapon while employed by other local police departments under the condition that any discharge of the gun be recorded with Chief Fatula and ammunition expended outside of the duties for the Jackson Township Police Department be promptly replaced.

~Approved the Solicitor to proceed with Amendment to Ordinance # 47 requiring that all structures within 250 feet of water line adjacent to their property currently not connected to the public water system must connect before a new property owner takes posession. 

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HERITAGE FESTIVAL TO INCLUDE FIREWORKS
The Jackson Township Heritage Festival has grown quite popular during the last two years and this year's Festival will include some new and exciting additions.  Saturday evening, there will be a gigantic FIREWORKS display at 9:30 pm.  In the event of rain, the fireworks will go off on Sunday at the same time.  Another exciting addition will be that the Cambria County Community Arts Center will be hosting a Children's Craft Tent on Saturday from 10 - 5 and Sunday from Noon to 5.  This will be for ages 5 through 12.  Children will enjoy making their own crafts under the guidance of the Community Arts Center staff. The Heritage Festival will be held this year on Saturday, July 15 & Sunday, July 16.  Entertainment on Saturday that can be confirmed a magic show by Magician & Illusionist John Robertson from 11:45 - 1. A popular country band from Western PA, Gashouse Annie, will appear for the first time at the Festival.  They have opened for numerous concerts featuring Willie Nelson, Toby Keith, Kenny Chesney, Brooks & Dunn and many more. They will be performing from 2 to 5.  Lady Clarabelle the Clown will be on hand from 2 to 5 for face painting and will do her own magic show at 3:00 with a few of her friends. . rabbits and doves.  Back by popular demand are the Fabulous Flashbacks who will perform from 7 to 11. They were a big hit last year with their Oldies Show.  Sunday will begin with a Community Church Service from 10:30 to 11:30 featuring Rev. Darryl "Doc" Dawson of New Day and special musicThe Masters who perform gospel music and are based out of Jackson Township will put on a concert from 12-1:30.  Beavercreek, a real crowd pleaser put on an excellent show with Bluegrass Music the last two years and will once again be performing from 2-5.  One of the members even won a State Fiddling Championship!   A dance will be held from 6 to 9 featuring The Polka Family who are from the Harrisburg area of PA and play throughout the eastern and Midwestern states and have quite a following.  Last year the standing-room only crowd enjoyed the bands music and showmanship.  Other activities scheduled are the Big Bouncy Bunch of Fun which will feature a huge alligator jumping tent.   A.J. Devlin will be giving hayrides on Saturday from 4 to 7 and on Sunday from 2 to 5. Jackson Township Boy Scouts Troop 204 will provide games.  One new booth this year will have a place where you can create or build your own stuffed animal.  The Benshoff Hill 4-H Club headed by Esther Primel will have small animals on display.  An elaborate model train display will be operating in the Senior Center Building.  For those who love bingo, the Senior Center will host a bingo from 2 to 4 pm on Saturday & Sunday.  In addition the Fire Company will have a "Big Bingo" at the Fire Hall on Sunday at 7 pm.  This year an Under 21 Dance / Concert  will be added to the Festival schedule.  It will be held on Friday, July 14th and could feature 4 bands.  Refreshments will be available and will serve as a fundraiser  for the Festival.  Wade James, a local youth who has played in numerous bands is organizing the event. . . in fact his own new band, Bear Fight will be appearing as one of the bands.  Other scheduled bands will be Sincerely Yesterday and 2 additional bands to be announced as they are confirmed.  Also on Friday evening at 6:00 pm the Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Company will sponsor the 2nd Annual Aaron Rusin Battle of the Barrel.  Aaron was a firefighter who was killed in action while serving in Iraq.  Funds raised from this charitable event will go towards the Aaron Rusin Scholarship Fund. For full details of food and crafts and more, visit the Jackson Township Website at www.jacksontwppa.com

WANT A BOOTH AT THE FESTIVAL?
For those of you who would wish to have a booth at the Heritage Festival this year, contact Dave Hirko at 749-0725 or Betty & Dave Perry at 322-0938 or you can download the form from the Township Website at
www.jacksontwppa.com

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APRIL, 2006 POLICE REPORT
The April, 2006 Police Report submitted by Police Chief Bob Fatula was presented. The figures for April were as follows:
911 Calls dispatched to Police were 420

Reportable Incidents were 31 broken down as follows:
~Theft-7
~Harassment-6
~Criminal Mischief-5
~Reckless Endangerment-4
~DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-3
~Armed Robberty-1
~Assault-1
~Defiant Trespassing-1
~Disorderly Conduct-1
~Terroristic Threats-1
~Vehicle Theft-1

Accidents Handled-8
Traffic Citations Issued - 42
Non-Traffic Citations Issued - 1


Criminal Charges Filed were 8 broken down as follows:
DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-3
Criminal Mischief-1
Defiant Trespassing-1
Disorderly Conduct-1
Terroristic Threats-1
Theft-1

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MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY HONORS VETS
The Jackson Township Senior hosted another successful Memorial Day Ceremony with approximately  150 attending.  As in the past, the Johnstown VFW Post 155 had their Honor Rifle Team in attendance.  Major Christopher McDevitt, Executive Officer of the 876th Engineer Battalion was the special guest speaker.   Also participating were Jackson Township Boy Scouts & Cub Scouts, Troop 204 as well as soloist and song leader, Betty LybargerRev. Penny Adams, Pastor of  Summit Chapel United Methodist Church gave the invocation and benediction.  At the event, 17 names of service men and women were read who were killed in the various wars.  The Senior Center provided light refreshments for those attending.  A special thanks goes out to Frank Singel who faithfully organizes the Memorial Day & Veterans Day events to honor the Veterans from Jackson Township.  Planning will be underway for the next ceremony which will be Veterans Day, November 11, 2006. Since Veterans Day, about 100 additional names have been submitted and completed the verification process and were added to the Veterans Memorial / Monument which has over 981 names. If you are aware of additional names of Veterans who are not on the Memorial / Monument they can be submitted by obtaining a form at the Township Municipal Building, Senior Center, Water Authority or Sewer Authority.  Forms can also be found on the Township website under the veterans link.  The Township website is:
www.jacksontwppa.com

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UNRESOLVED LEISURE VILLAGE ISSUES TAKEN TO COURT
After years of residents complaining and the Township trying to get Leisure Village cleaned up, the matter will go to Court on June 7th. Complaints and issues have included unmaintained lots, skirting in disrepair, unmaintained post lights, broken windows in cars and trailers, junk and abandoned vehicles, burning, pets, constant police complaints, lack of stormwater management plan, unmaintained ditches, etc.  Many complaints were expressed by residents of Jackson Township
when the Comprehensive Plan Citizens Survey was mailed out last Fall.

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ROAD PROJECTS SCHEDULED
Township Roadmasters Dave Bracken & Bruce Baker completed a road inspection of Jackson Township Roads this Spring and several road projects are scheduled for completion this Summer. The Jackson Township Road Crew  will be busy doing preparation work for paving and chipping projects as well as other needed maintenance work including drainage, berm and shoulder work. Scheduled to be paved this year is Whitettail Road from Mile Hill Road to US Route 22.  In addition, JARI has requested bids for the paving for Pennzoil Drive through a $50,000. grant from State Senator John Wozniaks office.  Roads scheduled to be seal coated (tar & chipped) are: Ogden Street from US Route 22 to end, Adams Avenue from Ogden Street to Kagey Street, Newcomer Road from Adams Avenue to Ogden Street, Rohrbaugh Road from Stagers Road to Township line and Stagers Road from Ogden Street to Township line. The above 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.  

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Dave Hirko / Manager

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