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JACKSON TOWNSHIP NEWS
July 1, 2006

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HAPPY 4th OF JULY!
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HIGHLIGHTS FROM JUNE 29, 2006 BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING
~The Board approved the low bid of $127,839.60 from Schultheis Electric for a lighting and electrical project at Veterans Park in Vinco. The Project includes lighting around the walking track, parking lot and additional electrical outlets. Five bids were received with the highest being $152,519.00 from Mashan Electric. A $45,000.00 grant has already been received towards the project from State Representative Tom Yewcic and another grant is expected after July 1st with an amount yet to be determined. Work should get underway after this year's Heritage Festival and be completed before Veterans Day.

~The Supervisors approved the advertisement of a Roadmaster Ordinance that would authorize the placement of traffic control signs and enforcement of those signs. This Ordinance would be in place rather than passing a new ordinance every time a new sign or signs are added on Township roads.

~The Supervisors accepted the resignation of Matt Hirko as Part-Time Police Officer.

~Several residents from the Ogden Road area attended the meeting and stated that they did not want to tap into the Salt Lick Water Line constructed last year. At this time, no tap in is required because Jackson Township Ordinances only require tap ins for Jackson Township Water Lines where as this line was constructed by Ebensburg.

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FIREWORKS IN MUNDYS CORNER ON JULY 3rd
Pit Stop 271 will sponsor a gigantic fireworks display on Monday, July 3rd at 9:30 pm. Last years display brought out a huge crowd and this year promises to do the same. Pit Stop 271 is located on Route 271 near the Route 22 interchange.

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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 music. The 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 local 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 will 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. Kilowatt from the Pittsburgh area will be the headliner band along with Sincerely Yesterday, A Brand New Jersey and Migrations, a band that Wade James and other Jackson youth have organized. 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

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MAY, 2006 POLICE REPORT
The May, 2006 Police Report submitted by Police Chief Bob Fatula was presented. The figures for May were as follows:
911 Calls dispatched to Police were 344

Reportable Incidents were 37 broken down as follows:
~Theft-11
~DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-4
~Receiving Stolen Property-4
~Criminal Mischief-3
~Terroristic Threats-3
~Assault-2
~Criminal Conspiracy-2
~Armed Robbery-1
~Disorderly Conduct-1
~Drugs-1
~False I.D. to Police-1
~Forgery-1
~Public Drunkenness-1
~Reckless Endangerment-1
~Resisting Arrest-1

Accidents Handled-4
Traffic Citations Issued-33
Non-Traffic Citations Issued-2

Criminal Charges Filed were 25 broken down as follows:
~DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-4
~Receiving Stolen Property-4
~Theft-4
~Terroristic Threats-3
~Criminal Conspiracy-2
~Criminal Mischief-1
~Assault-1
~Disorderly Conduct-1
~Drugs-1
~False I. D. To Police-1
~Forgery-1
~Public Drunkenness-1
~Resisting Arrest-1

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YOUTH FAIR SCHEDULED FOR LEIDY PARK
The Cambria County Courts and Judge Gerald Long are holding a Youth Fair at Leidy Park in Mundys Corner on Wednesday, August 2nd from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. The purpose of the Fair 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 ten years with the help of local police, fire and ambulance departments. A previous Youth Fair was already held at Mitchell Park in Vinco on June 7th and was an overwhelming success with over 51 youth attending and 20 adults! 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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