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JACKSON TOWNSHIP NEWS
JULY 1, 2005


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HAVE A SAFE & HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY HOLIDAY WEEKEND!

FIREWORKS IN MUNDYS CORNER
Pit Stop 271 is putting on a Fireworks display right here in Jackson Township. The fireworks will be held on Sunday, July 3rd at 9:30 p.m. Pit Stop 271 is located on Route 271 near the Route 22 interchange.

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HIGHLIGHTS OF JUNE 30, 2005 SUPERVISORS MEETING
~The Supervisors approved a request for the Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Company to have alcohol at the Township Park Ballfields during the week fo the Cambria County Volunteer Fireman's Convention being held from July 22 thru July 30, 2005. Two requirements were set forth including having the Fire Company list Jackson Township as an additional insured on their insurance policy as well as paying for a police officer to be present during the time periods where alcohol would be served.

~The Board hired James Braunns as a part-time Police Officer for Jackson Township.

~The Supervisors approved adoption of a Police Hiring Policy.

~The Board by a 2-1 vote approved a contribution of $250,000 to the Jackson-East Taylor Sewer Authority to help get the Brazil Lane-Cherrywood Sewage Project off the ground. The project was approved by the Supervisors in 2002 but the Authority has not been able to get the funding necessary and are hesitant to raise existing customer rates. The project will involve sewage service to approximately 200 homes. Before the original sewer project started that now services the Route 271 corridor, the PaDEP ordered the Supervisors to take action as many homes in the Cherrywood & Brazil areas have malfunctioning systems. The sewage from the Cherrywood area ends up polluting the Salt Lick Reservoir. By getting this project off the ground, the malfunctioning sewage systems problem will be solved in that there will be public sewage available. This will also allow new homes to be developed and people to add on to existing homes in those areas. With thousands of jobs coming to the Central Cambria area (SunCoke, Gamesa, Amfire) Jackson Township hopes to benefit with families moving into the area, building homes and paying taxes helping to keep the taxes low by adding more residents. Supervisor Bruce Baker made the motion for the grant with a second by Dave Bracken. A vote was taken with Baker & Bracken voting for the grant. Stephens voted no.

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YOUTH FAIR SCHEDULED
A youth fair will be held on Tuesday, July 19, 2005 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at Mitchell Park in Vinco. This event is for all elementary & high school students and is to emphasize anti drug & alcohol awareness. The event is sponsored by the County Courts & Judge Gerald Long. Admission is FREE and there will be FREE refreshments, FREE T-Shirts, Games, and lots of FREE drawings for other prizes including sweatshirts and bicycle helmets. Please encourage as many area youth to attend as possible.

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JACKSON HERITAGE FESTIVAL
A bigger and better weekend of fun is planned for Jackson Townships SECOND Annual Heritage Festival which is scheduled for Saturday, July 16th and Sunday, July 17th, 2005. Admission is FREE and the weekend promises to be FUN for the entire family! Festival hours are Saturday from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm. Following the regular festival hours there will be a benefit dance featuring The Fabulous Flashbacks from 7 - 11 pm. Last year the Flashbacks were a huge hit and this year the Flashbacks are back courtesy of the Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Company. Admission is free and any proceeds from refreshments will go towards the Aaron Rusin Scholarship Fund. Festival hours for Sunday are from 12:00 Noon to 6:00 pm. A dance will follow featuring The Polka Family Band from 6 - 9 pm. The Polka Family Band plays of course “polkas” and a variety of other music and have played throughout the United States. The festival will be held at Veterans Memorial Park in Vinco as well as the Senior Center & Fire Hall along Adams Avenue just off of Route 271 in Vinco.

The festival has a full schedule of entertainment beginning on Saturday with the Classic Clowns from 11-2 who will be there with face painting, animal balloons and just entertaining the kids on the park grounds. At 12:00 Noon the Jackson Senior Center Line Dancers will hit the stage with their precision, quick-stepping dances. At 1:00 pm the Fire Company will host a “Battle of the Barrel” behind the Fire Hall building where Fire Company teams from throughout the area will compete. Proceeds from this event will also go towards the Aaron Rusin Scholarship Fund. At 1:30 John Robertson will perform an unbelievable magic & illusion show that will entertain and amaze young and old alike. You can expect to see anything from making animals appear and disappear to sawing someone in half to raising someone off of the stage. From 3-5:30 you can enjoy the music of Clay Bowser who can play and sing hundreds of tunes and often takes requests from the audience and of course at 7:00 the Fabulous Flashbacks take the stage.

On Sunday from Noon to 1:30 you can enjoy the harmonic gospel sounds of The Masters who are led by Jackson Township’s own John Lythgoe. From 2-5 pm, Beaver Creek, a widely popular bluegrass band from last year will return to the stage to showcase their instrumental and vocal talents and from 6-9 the nationally known crowd-pleasing Polka Family Band will entertain festival-goers. Seating for the free scheduled concerts is limited so bring your own lawn chairs so you can enjoy the music in comfort.

Some of the childrens activities will include children’s crafts, clowns, free balloons, games and face painting. Those providing activities are Classic Clowns, First National Bank of PA, Jackson Township Boy Scouts Troop 204, Pike Grace Brethren Church and St. Pauls Community Nursery School. Some of the featured games will include Suction Darts, Birthday Game, Basketball Game and the Fish Pond. As an added attraction, Big Bouncy Bunch of Fun, a place where little ones can test their jumping skills, will be there. This year Big Bouncy will have a huge tiger lying on it’s back.

Everyone will enjoy the elaborate miniature train display at the Jackson Sr. Center and for you bingo lovers, there will be bingo at the Senior Center at 2:00 both Saturday & Sunday and in addition, the Jackson Vol. Fire company will hold their regular scheduled “Big Bingo” at 7:00 on Sunday.

Everyone loves to eat and there will be a wide variety of food on hand to suit every taste. There will also be lots of crafts and other items as well for you shoppers. Some of the local organizations and businesses participating include A to Z Travel, Avon, Ebensburg Women’s Aglow, First National Bank of PA, Hagerich Auto, Home Interiors, Jackson Twp. Boy Scouts Troop 204, Jackson Township Lions Club, Jackson Twp. Senior Center, Jackson Twp. Vol. Fire Company, Laurel Highlands Historic Village, Laurel Mountain Bible Church, Mercik’s Ideal Market, Nant-Y-Glo Tri-Area Historical Society, Nay Spa, Neighbors Who Care, Orange Blossom Restaurant, Pike Grace Brethren Church, St. Pauls Community Nursery School, St. Pauls Lutheran Church, Vinco Pharmacy and Watkins Products.

Area businesses and organizations have been extremely supportive of the festival effort and without them, this event would not be possible. Three major sponsors that deserve special recognition are The Jackson Twp. Vol. Fire Company, Waste Management and Amfire Mining. They have made sizeable contributions in a show of support for bringing the community and residents of Jackson Township together for this special event. Other sponsors include Atlantic Broadband, Dolans Welding & Steel, Dominion Peoples, Martin Oil and Mercik’s Vinco Ideal Market. Others donating towards this event include Ameriserv Bank, Barnes, Saly & Company, the Cambria County Commissioners, Congressman John P. Murtha, Cooper Signs, First National Bank of Pennsylvania, Hagerich Auto, P. Joseph Lehman Engineers, Paulette Baker and Vantage Physical Therapy. Without the support of these generous businesses, organizations and individuals, this festival would not be possible.

This is a great opportunity to invite not only local but out-of-town friends, family, co-workers and guests to have a great time and showcase your community in a “positive light”.

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MAY, 2005 POLICE REPORT
911 Calls Dispatched to Police-414
Reportable Incidents-60
~Theft-9
~Criminal Mischief-8
~Harassment-8
~Underage Drinking-7
~DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-5
~Trespassing-4
~Assault-3
~Disorderly Conduct-3
~Burglary-2
~Drugs-2
~Reckless Endangerment-2
~False Identification to Police-1
~Fleeing from Police-1
~Forgery-1
~Identity Theft-1
~Threats-1
~Unsworn False Information-1
~Vehicle Theft-1
Non-Traffic Citations Issued-14
Traffic Citations Issued-35
Accidents Handled-10
Criminal Charges Filed-37
~Underage Drinking-7
~DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-5
~Harassment-4
~Theft-4
~Assault-3
~Disorderly Conduct-3
~Threats-3
~Drugs-2
~Reckless Endangerment-2
~False Identification to Police-1
~Fleeing from Police-1
~Forgery-1
~Unsworn False Information-1

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