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JACKSON TOWNSHIP NEWS
June 29, 2009

 
HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY 4th of JULY WEEKEND!

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FIREWORKS AT MUNDYS CORNER
There will be a huge fireworks display on Friday, JULY 3rd at Pit Stop 271 located in Mundys Corner on Rt. 271 just off Rt. 22. The fireworks begin at 9:00 pm. Come early for a good parking spot and bring some lawn chairs to enjoy the display. Refreshments are available at Pit Stop 271. EVERYONE IS WELCOME!!!!

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BETTY LYBARGER HONORED FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE
Betty Lybarger was honored at a dinner held at the Senior Center on Friday, June 12th for receiving "The President's Volunteer Service Award". The award is given from the President's Council on Service & Civic Participation and recognizes an individual's dedication to volunteer service. Accompanying the award was a letter from the White House signed by President Barack Obama recognizing the importance of volunteer service to one's Community and Country. Betty Lybarger has served as a volunteer nearly all her life and has put in countless hours at the Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Company as well as the Jackson Township Senior Center. The award is well deserved and Jackson Township as well as it's citizens can be grateful for her past and present volunteering and dedication. Congratulations Betty!

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WHAT ARE THOSE PURPLE BOXES?
If you see a purple box hanging from a tree along various roads in the Township, it's not some kind of psychedelic bird house or box kite. The boxes which are actually "sticky traps" were put up by the Penn State Cooperative Extension to capture any Emerald Ash Borers which are basically small beetles that threaten the destruction of Ash trees in Pennsylvania. There are currently five infested counties including Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Lawrence and Mercer. Cambria County is part of a study area comprised of 15 additional counties to determine if the Emerald Ash Borer is spreading. The remaining counties in Pennsylvania will be covered by similar testing conducted by various agencies.

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MITCHELL PARKING LOT EXPANSION
Besides the Mitchell Park Phase I Expansion, park goers can expect to see some other improvements this year at Mitchell. New guiderail is being installed behind Mitchell Field # 1 as a safeguard to prevent any cars from accidentally drifting towards the field from the parking area. In addition, the parking lot is going to be expanded from the existing lot all the way over to the road going back to the Snowmobile Club. Another safety feature installed for Little League Season only are two speed bumps going back Shepard Street. Several people had expressed concern about vehicles traveling too fast back to the park and the possibility of a child getting injured as a result. This led to the purchase and installation of two speed bumps to slow traffic down coming into the park.

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LOOSE OR STRAY DOG COMPLAINTS?
The Jackson Township Police Department is now handling stray or loose dog complaints. Anyone who sees a stray dog or has a dog that got loose should call the Jackson Township Police at 749-0051 or the Cambria County Non-Emergency Number at 472-2100 or 1-800-281-1680. The Police Department is getting dogs that slip their collar and if they don't know who the dog belongs to, they must take them to the Cambria County Humane Society in Johnstown. The Police would prefer to return the dog to it's rightful owner.

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CAMBRIA CO. LIBRARY BOOK MOBILE RETURNS TO JACKSON
The Johnstown Cambria County Library Book Mobile has once again returned to Jackson Township for the summer months. According to Trudy Myers representing the Library, the Jackson stop will be only through the summer. The Book Mobile will be at the Jackson Township Senior Center on the following dates:

Thursday July 23rd 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Thursday Aug. 6th 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Thursday Aug. 20th 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Thursday Sept. 3rd 2:00 - 3:00 pm

This is a great convenience for residents with the Library literally coming to their front door. Last summer it was a great resource for children not in school but it is hoped that the Book Mobile will be used by residents of all ages.

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YOUTH FAIR SCHEDULED FOR VETERANS PARKS
The Cambria County Courts and Judge Gerald Long will be hosting a Youth Fair at Veterans Park in Vinco on Wednesday, July 29th from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. The Veterans Park location was chosen being it will be more convenient for children to walk or ride a bike to the park as opposed to Mitchell Park. The purpose of the Fairs is to make young people aware of the dangers and harmful effects of using drugs & alcohol. Students from Elementary through High School are invited to attend and it promises to be a fun time for all! Admission is FREE and there will be FREE refreshments, T-Shirts, Games and lots of other Prizes including FREE drawings for sweatshirts and bicycle helmets. The program has been a success for the past 13 years with the help of local police, fire and ambulance departments. The Youth Fair held at Leidy Park on June 12th had a great turnout with over 50 children and 20 adults attending. Be sure to get your children who are students to this event as well as their friends. For additional information,
please feel free to contact Carol Lacey, Youth Fair Coordinator at 472-1494 or call the Jackson Twp. Municipal Bldg. at 749-0725.

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Jackson Township Supervisors
Dave Hirko / Manager

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