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JACKSON TOWNSHIP NEWS
July 2, 2007

 
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HAPPY 4th OF JULY! THERE WILL BE FIREWORKS IN MUNDYS CORNER ON TUESDAY, JULY 3rd at 9:30 PM. LOCATION IS PIT STOP 271. EVERYONE IS WELCOME!!!

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HIGHLIGHTS FROM RECENT SUPERVISORS MEETINGS

MAY 24th MEETING
~Received a letter from the Jackson / East Taylor Sewer Authority and asking the Township to revise an Ordinance stating that instead of the 150 foot requirement for tap-ins that it could be real estate that adjoins or is adjacent to a sewer line. The Supervisors asked the Solicitor to look into this request.

~Accepted the resignation of Devon Tarner as a Part-Time Police Officer for Jackson Township.

~The Board hired two new Part-Time Police Officers. They are Shaun Gregory and Michael Jacobs.

~The Board approveed a contribution of $500.00 to the Central Cambria McMidget Football League to purchase safety equipment. The Central Cambria McMidget Football League will be practicing at Leidy Park from August through October.

~The Board approved Resolution 05-07 authorizing the formation of a Multi-Municipal Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee of the Central Cambria Coalition and appointing Dave Bracken, Don Knopsnyder and Paul Wyrwas to that Committee.

~The Supervisors approved a license for the temporary use of the property of Sara Jane Leckey on Saturday, July 21, 2007 for the purpose of holding a fireworks display during the Jackson Heritage Festival.

~Approved a County Mutual Aid Agreement to be in compliance with the National Incident Management System (NIMS). Cambria County Emergency Management requested that each municipality pass the Ordinance.

JUNE 14TH MEETING
~The Board accepted the resignation of Josh Smail as a Part-Time Police Officer for Jackson Township.

~The Supervisors voted to appoint Mark Croft to the position of Assistant Emergency Management Coordinator for Jackson Township. Mark will be assisting Chris Fedora, the Emergency Management Coordinator.

~The Board reviewed the Seal Coating Bid Results for 2007 Road Projects. The bid results were, New Enterprise Stone & Lime-$81,325.62, Russell Standard Company-$85,877.08 and Quaker Sales-$99,687.00. New Enterprise was awarded the bid.

~The Board reviewed Miscellaneous Stone Results bids. Grannas Brothers was the lowest bidder for all the stone and awarded the bid. For paving materials, the Board opted to use the State "Piggyback" Contract getting the same pricing as the State of Pennsylvania.

~Passed Resolution 06-07 supporting the 2007 International “Tour de Toona” event and the use of local roadways in Jackson Township for bicycle racing to be held on July 23, 2007 through July 29, 2007. According to Brad Minemyer of Waste Management, the race will begin at the Laurel Landfill site and continue on Chickaree Hill Road, come up 22 towards Mundys Corner and down 271 and from there down to Mineral Point and onto the Richland / Windber area and eventually ending up in Davidsville.

JUNE 28th MEETING

~The Board approved two subdivisions. They were for Paul Sirko and Wayne Vermillion. both were side-lot additions.

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JACKSON HERITAGE FESTIVAL READY TO ROLL
The Jackson Township Heritage Festival continues to draw more and more people each year. This year will be the 4th year for the Heritage Festival and while the big “draw” continues to be the great entertainment and food, the Festival has plenty more to offer those attending. New this year will be new decorative lighting and electrical facilities throughout Veterans Park allowing activities to continue into the evening hours. In addition there will be continuous entertainment alternating on two stages both Saturday & Sunday. The quality of the entertainment this year is better than ever and is made possible by having a very supportive sponsor base.

The Heritage Festival will be held this year on Saturday, July 21 & Sunday, July 22. Kicking off the Festival in a big way this year will be a 18 piece jazz orchestra called Jazz In Your Face who are quite popular around the region so come early for a good seat. They will be playing from noon until 2 pm. From 2 to 3:30 the Irish folk group, Tree will take the stage. Following Tree from 3:30 to 5 will be the Rhinelanders who will entertain the crowd with German traditional music and polkas. From 4 to 8 the Classic Clowns will be on the Festival grounds doing face painting, making balloon animals and just clowning around. Magician & Illusionist John Robertson will take the stage from 5 to 6:30 to entertain young and old alike. 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 and this year will be extra special as they celebrate their 20th anniversary! They have many special surprises planned and those attending are encouraged to dress in the fashions of the 50's to add to the fun! A spectacular Fireworks display will be held at 9:30 as the Flashbacks take a much deserved break. Sunday will begin with a Community Church Service from 10:30 to 11:30 featuring Rev. Tom Smith, evangelist and gospel recording artist who performs throughout the northeastern United States. 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 will put on an excellent show with Bluegrass Music as they once again take the stage from 2-5. One of their members even won a State Fiddling Championship! Clay Bowser will be returning to the Festival to perform from 5-6:30. Clay plays a wide variety of music and even takes requests. Appearing for the first time will be the polka band, Crusade from Toledo, Ohio. They will be playing from 6:30-9:30 and are led by Eddie Biegaj. The band who are known as the "Bad Boys of Polka" have won many national awards and have made numerous recordings. Come early to get a good seat! Seating will be provided at the Festival but come early. You may even want to bring your own favorite lawn chairs for comfort and to guarantee your seats.

There will be plenty of activities for children of all ages. The Cambria County Community Arts Center will be hosting a Children’s Craft Tent on Saturday from 2 to 6 and on Sunday from 2 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. Always a big hit is Big Bouncy Bunch of Fun which will feature a new Atlantis theme this year with an "under the sea" type of atmosphere. A.J. Devlin will be giving hayrides on Saturday from 5 to 8 and on Sunday from 3:30 to 6:30. Jackson Township Boy Scouts Troop 204 will provide a wide variety of games for the young and young-at-heart. Another popular attraction is the elaborate model train display which will be operating in the Senior Center Building. As a new special added attraction, there will be children's games and contests on Saturday & Sunday broken down into 3 age groups, ages 5 to 6, ages 7 to 9 and ages 10 to 12. The games will include Duck-Duck Spray, Tunnel Race, Big Foot, Ice Fishing, Water Balloon Toss, Cats In The Corner, Cream Whistle, Spoon Water Relay, Apple Bobbing, Mirror Throw, Ping Pong Relay, Pasta Trail, Jelly Bean Relay, Clothes Basket Relay, William Tell Race, 3 Legged Race, Wheel Barrow Race, Potato Picker, Pinkie Link and 3 Way String. Saturday's games will go from 2 to 4 and again from 6 to 8. Sunday will feature the most popular games from Saturday from 2 to 5 pm. Kelly Lundren & Kathy Bortz are the game coordinators.

For bingo lovers, there will be bingo at the Senior Center each day from 2 to 4. In addition the Jackson Twp. Vol. Fire Company will host their big bingo beginning at 7 pm on Sunday at the Fire Hall. The Nant-Y-Glo Tri Area Historical & Museum Society will have a large display of historical items of local interest in the Senior Center Building. In addition they will be holding their second Photo Exhibit and Contest on Saturday and Sunday of the Festival.

Food will be plentiful this year and no one should go away hungry as there is something for everyone! A sampling of some of the food items this year will include: Apple Dumplings, Bavarian Almonds & Nuts, BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Breakfast Sandwiches, Cake, Chicken Fajitas, Chicken Tenders, Chippers, Enchiladas, Fresh Brewed Iced Tea, Fresh Cut American Fries, Fresh Fruit Cups, Fresh Squeezed Lemonade, Fried Chicken, Frozen Daiquiris, Funnel Cakes, Gobs, Halushki, Hot Dogs, Hot Sausage Sandwiches, Ice Cream Cones, Ice Cream Sundaes, Italian Ham Spataro Wrap, Kettle Korn, Kielbasa Sandwiches, Loaded Idaho Baked Potatoes, Meatball Sandwiches, Mini-Doughnuts, Nachos & Cheese, Pierogies, Pigs In A Blanket, Pit Smoked Beef Sub, Pit Smoked Ham Sub, Potato Salad, Root Beer Floats, Shaved Ice Sno-Kones, Sloppy Joes, Strawberry Short Cake, Tacos, Taco Salads.

Crafts this year will feature bunnies, candles, ceramic crafts, crochet items, dog collar covers, dolls, dried silk flowers, fabric items, fleece blankets, flower arrangements & baskets, framed art, gingerbread dolls, glow necklaces & bracelets, hair & neckware, hand sewn items, homemade dog treats, jewelry, lamps, loom woven rugs, hose holders, magnets, painted wood items, pillows, placemats, pillows, plastic canvas, quilts, scroll saw items, snowmen, steeler items, stoneware, stuffed animals, wall & door swags, wind spinners, wood crafts and yard signs. Other exhibitors will feature a basket raffle, brooms, informational displays, scrapbooking, sports cards and collectibles and sports memorabilia.

This is a great opportunity to invite your friends, families, neighbors and co-workers to partake in the festivities. Each year, more and more people come out and the word is spreading that we've got a good thing going here. Hope to see you all there!

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CONCERT AT THE PARK

An Under 21 Concert called Concert At The Park will be held on Friday, July 20th with 6 bands performing. The event was very popular last year and this year huge crowds are expected through promotion by word-of-mouth and internet. A MySpace website has been set up for the concert. It is: www.myspace.com/concertatthepark  Wade James, a local youth who has played in numerous bands over the years is organizing the event. . . in fact his band, Migrations will be the headlining group. Two out-of-state bands are also scheduled to perform. They are Urgency from Rochester, New York and Love & Reverie from Richmond, Virginia. Also playing are The Composure, Roslin and Clearview Kills. . all from the Pittsburgh area. There is no concert admission and refreshments will be available.

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CLEAR GLASS RECYCLING
The Cambria County Solid Waste Authority no longer collects clear glass for recycling at their blue collection bins located at the Municipal Building in Mundys Corner. The reason for the change is that the clear glass recycling bin often gets contaminated by other non-clear glass items thrown into the bin. Also they say that there is less demand for clear glass recycling these days as more and more consumable goods come in plastic containers. The clear glass bin was replaced with an additional plastic bin to accommodate the growing amount of plastic containers being used. If you still wish to recycle clear glass, the green bin which is owned by Jackson Township in the Municipal Building parking lot has a bin available for you to use.

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FREE HOUSE NUMBERS AND MOUNTING PLATES
The Jackson Township Supervisors in a cooperative effort of the Police Department & Fire Company want every home and business in the Township to have their 911 address number prominently displayed. In times of emergency, every minute is critical and it is important that emergency personnel be able to find you. If your house is not numbered, please stop at the Township Building at 513 Pike Road and we have free reflective numbers we can give you. The Township also has mounting plates available if you need one. Numbers are available in black or white. If you are not able to stop by the Township Building between 8 AM & 4 PM, leave a phone message at 749-0725 with your name, address and telephone number where you can be reached in order that we can get the numbers to you.

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CAMBRIA COUNTY LIBRARY BOOKMOBILE RETURNS TO JACKSON
The Johnstown Cambria County Library Book Mobile will once again be
returning to Jackson Township. According to Trudy Myers
representing the Library, the Jackson stop will be only through the
summer but if successful, a year-round stop will be considered. The
Book Mobile will be at the Jackson Township Senior Center on the
following dates:

Thursday July 12 1:45 - 2:45 pm
Thursday August 2 1:45 - 2:45 pm
Thursday August 16 1:45 - 2:45 pm
Thursday August 30 1:45 - 2:45 pm

According to Frank Singel, the Book Mobile used to stop at the
Center and was very well received. This is a great convenience for
residents with the Library literally coming to their front door. It
is hoped that the Book Mobile will be used by residents of all
ages.

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JACKSON TOWNSHIP POLICE REPORTS
APRIL, 2007 Police Report submitted by Police Chief Bob Fatula
The figures for April were as follows: 911 Calls dispatched to Police: 366. Reportable Part I Crimes: 8 broken down as follows: Larceny-6 and Assaults-2. Reportable Part II Crimes: 37 broken down as follows: Disorderly Conduct-7, DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-7, Stolen Property-4, Fraud-3, Public Drunkenness-3, Liquor Violations-2, Vandalism-2, Forgery-1 and all others-8. Calls Resulting in Cases: 30, Total Arrestees: 19, Total Victims: 6, DUI Arrests: 7, Traffic Citations: 16, Non-Traffic Citations: 2, Total Warnings: 5.

MAY, 2007 Police Report submitted by Police Chief Bob Fatula
The figures for May were as follows: 911 Calls dispatched to Police: 280. Reportable Part I Crimes: 11 broken down as follows: Burglaries-7, Larceny-3 and Assaults-1. Reportable Part II Crimes: 11 broken down as follows: DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-2, Vandalism-2, Fraud-1, Stolen Property-1 and all others-5. Calls Resulting in Cases: 27, Total Arrestees: 3, Total Suspects: 5, Total Victims: 11, DUI Arrests: 2, Traffic Citations: 6, Non-Traffic Citations: 2, Total Warnings: 0.

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Dave Hirko / Manager

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