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Summer - Fall, 2013


Come one, Come
ALL to a weekend of FREE top notch entertainment, great food,  crafts, exhibits, games, model trains, history, bingo, clowns, petting zoo, car cruise-in, poker run, parade, 5K run/walk event and FIREWORKS!            

     It's hard to believe this year the Jackson Heritage Festival will be celebrating it's 10th Anniversary!!  What started out to be a small community event to tie in with the Cambria County Bicentennial Celebration has turned into one of the largest Festivals in the region that people look forward to every year.  Entertainment, lots of events and activities, good food and crafts at family affordable prices are just some of the reasons people look forward to this event. The Heritage Festival will be held this year on Friday, July 19, Saturday, July 20 and Sunday, July 21.  The big weekend will kick off on Friday with the 6th Annual Car Cruise-In beginning at 6 pm and last throughout the evening.  The first 75 vehicles will receive free "dash plaques" for their participation and all car show participants will receive other free goodies plus chances to win some great door prizes.  Several local car clubs will be participating but you don't have to belong to a club to join in the fun!  There is no charge so just bring in your best set of wheels to show off to the crowd. In the event of bad weather, a "rain date" has been set for Sunday, July 21 at 1 pm. Music for Friday evening includes the Johnstown Classic Rockers, a group of musicians from some of Johnstown's most popular groups ever.  The Classic Rockers play music from the 50's through the 80's.  They are scheduled from 6:30 to 10:30. For the kids, Spiderman will be making a live appearance from 7:00 - 8:00 pm! All of the food and craft booths will be open on Friday from 6 to 9.  Also open will be the Living Treasures Petting Zoo, Bounce Tent and other children’s games and activities.  In addition, Jerry Brown, the Monkey Man from Lancaster will be on hand from 5:30 to 9:30 and will hold a special show for children at 7:00.  This classic night of entertainment should be a fun and entertaining way to kick-off the Festival weekend so come and invite your friends for a great time.  Saturday will begin with the 3rd Annual 5K Run / Walk Event sponsored by the Jackson Township Recreation Commission and the Central Cambria Education Foundation.  The run (3.1 miles) will begin at Veterans Park and go through several streets in the Vinco area before returning back to Veterans Park. Registration for the event starts at 7 am.  There is also a Registration Form in this newsletter you can complete.  The Entry Fee is $25.  There will be refreshment stations along the way and prizes will be awarded to the top 3 males and females in each of the following age groups (14-Under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 and 60+). For additional information, contact Tracey Heeney, Event Coordinator at 322-0963.
     At Noon on Saturday, the Jackson Township Vol. Fire Company will be sponsoring the Aaron Rusin Memorial Poker Run.  Proceeds from the Poker Run will be donated to the Brian Buynack Family.  Anyone who wants to be a part of this event may register from 6 to 9 on Friday, July 19th or from 10:30 to Noon on Saturday, July 20th.      Beginning at 1 on Saturday will be the 3rd Annual Jackson Heritage Festival Parade.  Lineup for the Parade will be at Rose Branch & Griffith Avenue beginning at 10 am.  The Parade route will be Rose Branch Street to Adams Avenue and then down towards Veterans Park.  Any group wishing to enter a unit in the Parade is welcome to do so.  If you know of others whose group may be interested, please pass this information along to them.  A Parade Entry Form is in this newsletter.       Entertainment on Saturday will begin from noon to 2:00 with Tree, an Irish folk music group from Johnstown.  Following Tree will be the band, NOMaD (North of Mason & Dixon) from the Pittsburgh area playing their style of country rock as no one else can do. They will be on the stage from 2 to 4:30. NOMaD has opened up for many of the most popular country entertainers including Brooks & Dunn, Toby Keith and Rascal Flatts and won first place in a band competition sponsored by Kenny Chesney and first place in a national band competition sponsored by the soft drink Mellow Yellow. They have 2 CD's and have charted several singles nationally and internationally. They always put on a performance that will keep everyone entertained so you don't want to miss it. Returning once again will be John Robertson who will offer up a Magic & Illusion Show from 5 to 6:30 that will be enjoyed by young and old alike!  New this year will be The Masters Puppets who will be putting on two half hour shows inside the Senior Center on Saturday evening at 7:00 and 8:00 pm. The Fabulous Flashbacks, a regular at the Festival  will be returning from 7 to 11 pm to pack the house with their famous oldies show.  Put on your dancin' shoes and find a spot on the crowded dance floor and move and groove to the Oldies!  To top of the evening, a spectacular fireworks display is planned at 9:30 pm. Sunday will begin with Singer Hill Grace Brethren Church once again holding their regular morning church service at 10:30 am.  Last year there were several hundred attending including a lot of visitors and Festival goers.  Pastor Drew Walther and the Singer Hill congregation are looking forward hosting this service  again. Everyone is welcome!  The Masters who are based in Jackson Township will return to play from noon to 1:30 pm to perform their awesome style of Southern Gospel music.  Also returning from 1:30 to 4:30 is Beavercreek, a real crowd pleaser who put on an excellent show with their own brand of toe tappin Bluegrass Music. Clay Bowser takes the stage to entertain from 4:30 to 6:00.  Clay plays a wide variety of music and even takes requests from the audience.  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 3 to 7 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.  The Classic Clowns will be returning on Saturday from 4 - 7 pm.  They will have a whole crew of clowns who will create balloon animals, do face painting and mingle with the Festival crowds. Always a big hit is the bounce tent which will be from The Outhouse this year in the form of Hide & Slide Dragon. The kids will love it!  A.J. Devlin will be giving hayrides on Saturday from 5 to 8 and on Sunday from 3:00 to 6:00. 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. Returning this year is the Living Treasures Animal Park who will bring in their petting zoo this year which will feature llamas, goats, sheep, ducks, turtles and a miniature horse or donkey.  They will also be bringing in some other unusual critters so you never know what you'll see there.  Over the years there have been alligators, unique looking pigs and other critters!  This attraction is free and if children wish to feed the animals, they can obtain feed for 25 cents from a machine that will be provided. Returning will be Jerry Brown, the Monkey Man from Lancaster, PA who will be spending the entire weekend at the Heritage Festival!  On Friday, Jerry will be there from 5 to 9:30 with a show at 7 pm in the Childrens area.  On Saturday, Jerry will be there from 2 to 9 pm with shows at 4 & 8 pm.  On Sunday, he’ll be back from noon to 5 with a show at 2.  With Jerry Brown, the big attraction is a cute little monkey named Django who will shake hands, take quarters, give monkey kisses, pose for photos, play catch and do various monkey tricks!  When Django is on break, you will see Jerry do other things like music, magic, juggling, story-telling, fire-eating and stilt-walking. Once again there will be the Kids Battle of the Barrel  to be held at the Jackson Twp. Fire Hall on Saturday at 3 pm.  Sign-ups will be held at 2:30 that same day.  On Sunday there will be a Kids Peddle Power Tractor Pull at 3:00 pm with signs-up at 2:30.  All kids are welcome to join in the fun!!  Both of these events are sponsored by the Jackson Township Vol. Fire Company. Basket Parties are very popular and the Jackson Township Fire Company will be hosting a Basket Party all weekend long with lots of baskets filled with lots of goodies to buy chances on!  For bingo lovers, there will be bingo at the Senior Center on Saturday & Sunday from 2 to 4.  This year sharing our history and heritage will be the Jackson Township Historical Preservation Committee.
     Also returning this year is the 7th Annual Cutest Baby Contest.  This contest is highly popular and Festival-goers have a chance to vote for their choice of the cutest baby at the Jackson Heritage Festival!  To enter the contest, you need to submit a 5 x 7 (or close to that size) photo of the baby you'd like to enter.  Any child 2 and under can be eligible to win one of five prizes which are Toys R Us Gift Cards for $100, $75, $50, $25 and $25.  Another returning event will be the  display of antique tractors at Veterans Park.  Any local tractor enthusiasts are invited to participate.  If interested contact the Township office at 749-0725. 
     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, Baked Goods, BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches, BBQ Ribs, Candy Apples, Cactus Potatoes, Cake, Caramel Apples, Chicken Balls, Chocolate Chip Ice Cream, Sandwiches, Cinnamon Rolls, Cotton Candy, Curly Fries, Donut Sandwiches, French Dip Sandwich, Fresh Cut American Fries, Fresh Fruit Cups, Fresh Squeezed Lemonade, Fried Chicken, Frozen Smoothies, Fudge, Funnel Cakes, Gobs, Gravy Fries, Halushki, Ham BBQ Sandwiches, Hamburgers, Homemade Jerky, Hot Dogs, Hot Pretzels & Cheese, Hot Sausage Sandwiches, Ice Cream, Kettle Korn, Kielbasa Sandwiches, Loaded Potato Wedges, Macaroni Salad, Mike's Fries, Pepperoni Rolls, Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches, Pierogies, Pies, Pigs In A Blanket, Pizza, Popcorn Chicken, Potato Melt Sandwich, Potato Salad, Pumpkin Rolls, Raisin Cookies, Roasted Cashews & Bavarian Almonds, Root Beer Floats, Shaved Ice Sno Kones, Sloppy Joes, Stadium Sandwiches, Strawberry Shortcake, Stromboli Walking Tacos and Wings.
     Crafts this year will feature Aprons, Baby Items, Bags, Baskets, Bibs, Bird Houses, Blankets, Brooms, Buckets, Calendars, Candles, Cloth Items, Covers, Crocheted Items, Dish Towels, Doggie Coats, Dolls, Dresses, Egyptian Sheet Sets, Florals, Garden Crafts, Glass Blocks, Glass Crafts, Hair Bows, Headbands, Home Decor, Jackets, Jewelry, Knit Items, Lamps, Landscaping Crafts, Laser Engraved Gifts, Lawn Ornaments, Leather, Lotions, Magnets, Marionettes, Metal Craft, Night Lights, Ornaments, Personalized Infant Onesies & T-Shirts, Pillows, Pin Cushions, Plastic Canvas Crafts, Ponchos, Purses, Puzzles, Quilts, Raggedy Anns, Rugs, Scarecrows, Scarfs, Scrapbooking Supplies, Screen Printed T-Shirts, Snowmen, Soaps, Sports Items, Stitchery, Suede, Sweaters, Table Runners, Tea Towels, Throws, Totes, Toys, TuTus, Vinyl Decal Crafts, Walking Sticks, Wood Crafts and Wreaths.
     Other exhibitors will feature African Health & Beauty Oils, Basket Prize Drawings, Bathroom Remodeling, Chair Massages, Children's Crafts, Children’s Games, Cosmetics, Direct TV & Dish Network, Fundraising, Gourmet Food Products, Health Screenings, Information, Logo Shirts, Lottery Tree Prize Drawings, Sports Photos and Tupperware.
        Area businesses and organizations have been extremely supportive of the festival effort and without them, this event would not be possible.  Major sponsors that deserve special recognition are the
Jackson Township Supervisors, Amfire Mining, Somerset Trust and Waste Management.  Other sponsors include the Ameriserv, Askew-Houser Funeral Homes, Cambria Care Center, Charles J. Merlo Inc., Dolan's Welding & Steel, Espe Chiropractic Health Center, Froggy 95 & 96 Key, Jackson Township Senior Center, Jerry Gilkey Pools, Keller Engineers, Laurel Medical Supplies, Luther P. Miller Inc., Mercik's Ideal Market, Naugle Insurance Agency, Neighbors Who Care and Sheetz. Others donating towards this event include Cambria County Commissioners, Construction Equipment Services, Cooper Signs, C & R Service Center, CTC Foundation, Dr. Donald M. Leckey-Optometrist, Hagerich Auto Sales, Martin Marine, Nanty Glo Polish Club, Rose Excavating, Vantage Physical Therapy, Warren Oil, Wix-Pix Productions, Damin Printing and Marine Corps. League Devil Dog Pound # 229.  Without the support of these generous businesses,  organizations and individuals, this festival would not be possible.  There are many expenses including entertainment, fireworks, tent and chair rental, porta-johns, electric, advertising, security, activities and more. 
     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”.  Come and enjoy the fun, food, free entertainment and fireworks and have a GREAT TIME at the Jackson Heritage Festival! 


     The 8th Annual Jackson Township Fishing Derby was held on Saturday, May 4th and was an overwhelming success according to Nick Gresh, President of the Jackson Township Community Rod & Gun Club who co-sponsored the event with the Jackson Township Recreation Commission and Jackson Township Supervisors.  The weather was great and there was a record turnout of 213 kids, not to mention other family members who accompanied them.  Special trophies and accompanying prizes were awarded as follows:  Austin Paul-1st Trout Caught, Ethan Strotman-1st to Catch 5 Trout Limit, Giles Westrick-Longest Trout Caught (17 inches) and Justin Ochenrider-2nd Longest Trout Caught (Second 17 Inch Caught).  No Palamino Trout was caught at this year's Derby. The Derby now in its 8th year is gaining a reputation of being a fun and well organized event and gaining respect as one of the best Fishing Derbies in the area.  The Derby this year was once again held at Woodland Park Campground just off of Route 22 across the Jackson Township line.  A huge amount of prizes were awarded throughout the Fishing Derby which began at 9 and went until 3 pm.  All prizes were worth at least $15 or greater.  In addition, every child attending went home with something and a great time was had by all!   
Businesses, organizations and individuals that contributed towards the Fishing
Derby included Ace Hardware of Ebensburg, Al & Jeff Croft, American Polish Citizens Club, Ameriserv Bank, Aurandt Motor Company, Big Stone Inn, C & J Falchini Beer Distributors, C & R Service Center, Carol & Dwayne Fisher, Commons Hardware, Cooper Signs, Dolan’s Welding & Steel Fabrication Inc., Dr. Donald Leckey, Ebensburg Fishing & Hunting, Ed & Helen Westrick, Espe Chiropractic, First Summit Bank,  Fords Corner Beverage, G. P. Porta-Johns (Craig Gibson), George & Sue Wentz, Jerry Gilkey Pools, Goldenrod Sportsmen's Club, Gresh Family, Jackson Township Senior Center, Krupa Taxidermy, Laurel Highlands Landfill, Laurel Sand & Stone, Martin Marine Sales (Alan Martin), Martin Oil Company, Masters Ministries (John Lythgoe), Memory of Jack Packer, Mercik's Ideal Market, Nanty Glo Auto, Nickles Bakery, Park Hill Dairy Queen, Pat & Janet Shuman, Rodney & Gwen Paul, Ron Bailey, Ron Dugan, Sears Hometown Store (Ebensburg), Sekerak's Lounge, Shop & Save (Nanty Glo), Snyder Excavating, Somerset Trust, State Senator John Wozniak, Tire Outlet & Brake Center, Tom & Nancy Morrison, Vale Wood Farms, Vantage Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation and Wal-Mart (Ebensburg).  A big thank you also goes out to the Jackson Township Supervisors and Recreation Commission for helping to make this event a huge success!
     The Jackson Township Community Rod & Gun Club along with the Township would like to thank all of the businesses and individuals who donated to the Fishing Derby.  Thanks also go out to the Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Company for having their Dive Team and Ambulance on site in the event of an emergency.  A special thank you goes out to Wally Vorhauer and the Vorhauer Family, owners of Woodland Park Campground for agreeing to host the event.  In addition, the Jackson Township Supervisors would like to commend the Jackson Township Community Rod & Gun Club for a job well done!      

The         Fire Company and Auxiliary would like to thank everyone in the community for all of their continued support and generous donations for the Fund Drive. Just a reminder that Ambulance Memberships are coming out in Mid-August. The Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Company has several upcoming events they would like to announce as follows: 

Heritage Festival        Fri.-Sun.           July 19th-21st
Archery Raffle             Saturday          Sept. 21st
Fall Gun Raffle           Saturday          Oct. 5th
Halloween Dance       Saturday          Oct. 19th
Turkey Raffle               Saturday          Nov. 23rd 

     As always, Bingo is sponsored by the Auxiliary and is held every Sunday evening at 6:30 sharp.  Turnout has been very good for Bingo and they are hoping that will continue.  Jackson Township Vol. Fire Company will also be hosting an Open House on Wednesday, October 9th as part of National Fire Prevention Week and once again participating in Trick or Treat.  For tickets or additional information on all of these events, contact the Fire Company at 322-3155. This year, the Fire Company will once again be participating in the Jackson Heritage Festival with several events including a Basket Party in the Fire Hall garage bay. If anyone would like to donate a basket for the Basket Party, please contact the Fire Hall at 322-3155. Other events will include the Aaron Rusin Memorial Poker Run,  Kids Battle of the Barrel and a Kids Peddle Power Tractor Pull. The Fire Company will also be hosting a Beer and Beverage Tent throughout the weekend. As in the past, the Jackson Township Fire Company and Auxiliary  would like to express their sincere thanks and gratitude for the strong support received from the Community for their recent fundraisers including the recent Gun and Jewelry Raffles.   
     A special "thank you" to all those who expressed their concern and sympathy over the passing of Gary Gongloff  - "Garbear" after he died as the result of an accident.  He served 16 years with the JTVFD and will be deeply missed and your continued support and prayers are appreciated for his fiancÚ, family, friends and fellow fire-fighters. 


     The Chickaree Ridge Runners Snowmobile Recreation and Rescue Club has several events planned for the Summer. A night at the Altoona Curve game in Altoona is scheduled for July 7th. There will be a picnic style buffet, fireworks and hopefully a curve win!  A Pool Party is scheduled for July 20th the Don & Cathy Leckey residence with front row seats for the Heritage Festival Fireworks.  Another event is scheduled for Raystown Lake to enjoy a picnic and fun at the Water Park on August 4th.  Special race events are scheduled as follows: September 29th, October 20th and November 3rd.  A Snowmobile Safety Course is scheduled for January 11, 2014.  Dr. Don Leckey will also have some snowmobile trips planned soon. A crew of 6 volunteers did the annual Adopt-A-Highway Clean-Up on Route 22 (Chickaree Mountain) on Sunday, May 5th. Thanks to Doc Leckey, Don Croft, Gary Toy, Eric Driekorn, Alan Martin and Chuck Baligush for taking time out of their busy schedules to do this on a Sunday afternoon.    The Snowmobile Recreation & Rescue Club is always happy to welcome new members.  If you are interested in joining or in learning more about the club, go to their website: www.chickareeridgerunners.com or call Martin Marine at 814-749-9931.


     The Center is buzzing with many activities and events. The Center received word that the Cambria County Area Agency  will be at the Center to issue Farmers Market vouchers from 10 am to 12 noon on Wednesday, July 25th.  Based on last year's information you must be a resident of Cambria County, 60 years of age or more and financially eligible according to income guidelines.  The Center has scheduled their annual Calendar Party to be held in late September of this year. This is an annual fundraiser and if anyone wants to help make it a success, they can donate a new or handcrafted gift or a basket to be chanced off at the Party. Items can be dropped off at the Center any time before the day of the Party. Conemaugh Home Health is scheduled to administer Flu Shots at the Center for Wednesday, October 23rd from 9 to 11:30 am. They will be given to those 60 years of age and older and for those 18 years and up who are high risk.  You must pre-register at the Center for the flu shot beginning in September of this year. There will be a Community Blood Screening on Saturday, October 26th from 7 to 9 am.  It is a complete multiphasic blood screen with lipid profile and cost is approx. $30.00.  Call the Center to make an appointment for the screening.  Blood Screenings are done twice a year at the Center.  To schedule an appointment, call the Center after September 1st at 322-3327 Tues.-Thurs. from 9 am to 3 pm. A Veterans Day Ceremony is scheduled for Monday, November 11, 2013 at 11:00 am for Veterans Park.  No details on participants are known at this time. The Strong Bones People Class continues to meet every Monday at 8:45 am and lasts 45 minutes. The Center Knitting Club meets every Tuesday at 10:00 am to knit / crochet hats, mittens & scarves to be given to the needy children and adults.  For more information on any of the above events, contact the Senior Center at 322-3327.
     The 2012 Tax Preparation Season at the Center is over.  Faye Kuhne and John Adams prepared 238 Federal, 227 State, 121 Property Rebates and 35 Local Tax Returns and filed them online free of charge. The Center has been offering this service since 2000 and we hope that Faye and John will be able to help out again next year.  We can't thank them enough for their dedicated community service!  The Center is promoting several Programs that may be helpful to Seniors including the Senior Community Employment Program which helps to place Seniors age 55 or older with income guidelines into work places.  To inquire about this program, contact Gina Felice at the National Council on Aging - Senior Community Service in Johnstown at 536-0691.  Another popular program is the Cambria County Health Insurance Apprise Program that helps Seniors with their health insurance questions or problems.  For more information you may contact the Cambria County Office on Aging at 539-5595.  The Silver Sneakers Program in it’s 8th year at the Center is still going strong with over 50 individuals taking advantage of the program.  Anyone who is a Medicare-eligible member of Highmark or Blue Cross-Blue Shield can participate.  In addition the Center has a room full of 11 state-of-the-art exercise machines that are available for member use during regular hours which are Monday at 10 am, Tuesday at 1 pm and 2:15 pm and Thursdays at 10 am.  In addition a Yoga Class is held on Thursdays at 1 pm.  For more information, contact the Senior Center at 322-3327.
     The Center has many special weekly events for the membership including lunch 3 times a week, parties, bingo, knitting, line dancing, weekly Pinochle party, speakers and events on health issues concerning the aged population, monthly blood pressure screenings, ceramics and computer use with high-speed internet access.  In addition there are monthly CamTram bus trips to different shopping areas in Westmoreland, Indiana, Blair, Somerset and Cambria Counties.  Anyone interested in visiting or taking a quick tour of the Center is invited to stop in. Membership offered to those age 50 and older is constantly growing and is only $10.00 a year.  The Center relies on volunteers to operate and stay open.  It's a great place to meet and socialize.  If you are interested in being a member or volunteering, please contact the Center at 322-3327. 



If you received this newsletter and your name or address information is incorrect, or if you know of any resident of Jackson Township who didn’t receive it, please call the Township Office at 749-0725.



     Listed below are some of the upcoming events and activities scheduled in Jackson Township through the end of this year:

Halloween Parade & Trick or Treat  
A Halloween Parade and Trick or Treat will take place in
Jackson Township.  Details to be announced at a later date.

Light Up Night
Jackson Township will be hosting it's 8th Annual Light Up Night at Veterans Park on Sunday, December 1st from 5:30 - 8:30 pm.  The evening will include the lighting of the park, Festival of Trees competition, caroling, miniature train display, refreshments and of course the special guest of honor, Santa Claus himself!

Outdoor Lighting & Decorating Contest
The Jackson Township Recreation Commission is sponsoring the 8th Annual Holiday Outdoor Lighting & Decorating Contest. Lighting displays must be up by December 13th and an entry blank submitted to the Township Office.  Judging will take place on Sunday, December 15th from 6 to 10 pm or in the event of inclement weather on Monday, December 16th. 


 Send an email to office@jacksontwppa.com with your name and mailing address and we will mail future issues to you electronically. 

      Jackson Township in an effort to save money on postage and become more environmentally friendly will be establishing an email list for those who wish to receive copies of the Jackson Township News electronically rather than a hard copy thru the mail.  We hope this list will continue to grow over time.  In addition copies will be published 3 times a year instead of 4.  Newsletters will now be published in April, July and October. 


Township Mun. Bldg. 749-0725
Jackson Township Fire Company 322-3155
Jackson Township Police Dept. 749-0051
Jackson Township Senior Center 322-3327
Jackson - East Taylor Sewer Auth. 322-3444
Jackson Township Water Authority 322-1262
Paulette Baker, Tax Collector 322-1863
George Burkey, Zoning Officer 322-4709
Barry Rouzer, Constable 322-4927


     If you have a junked vehicle that needs removed from your property and you’re not sure how to go about it, perhaps the following information will help.  Al Gillin who operates a licensed junkyard along Adams Avenue has agreed to tow any junked vehicles that you would like to have removed from your property.  According to Mr. Gillin, in most cases there will be no charge to any Township resident for this service unless there is great difficulty getting to the vehicle to pick it up.  If you wish to have junked vehicles removed from your property, you may contact Mr. Gillin at 322-4366 to see if you qualify for this free service.
Residents Cashing In On Scrap Metal
    Many residents are getting top dollar on scrap metal. This includes automobiles that may be sitting on your property.  EMF Industries of Franklin Borough accepts old vehicles and pays for the scrap metal value which has been up dramatically this year.  The phone number for EMF is 536-5047.


     The Jackson Township Police Department has T-Shirts available for sell.  They are available in black or navy blue and the large logo is on the back and a small one on the front.  There are 3 different styles available.  Pricing is as follows:  $8 for Adult Medium, Large, Youth and X Large or 2 for $15.00.  For sizes 2X or 3X add $1.50 per shirt. According to Phil Vaught, OIC (Officer In Charge), the T-Shirts are to promote good public relations and any extra proceeds from sales will go directly to the Police Department for whatever is needed.  The T-Shirts will make great and unique gifts and can be purchased at the Municipal Building, Monday thru Friday from 8 am to 4 pm.  If you are not able to stop by during those hours, please call the Office at 749-0725.


~Who's New In Jackson Township

Cindy Link
was appointed as a member to the Jackson Township Recreation Commission. The Supervisors also wish to express their thanks and appreciation to Al Pagano who served on the Recreation Commission and was involved with many recreational and sports activities over the years  in Jackson Township.  

~Business Park Update

Latest developments on the Jackson Township Business Park Project are that a Subdivision was completed and a final parcel of property was acquired from Waste Management (Laurel Highlands Landfill).  The Supervisors now can move forward on working with the State on acquiring and putting to use the $500,000 RCAP Grant for infrastructure into the Park.  The Supervisors are also exploring options to get sewer lines to the Business Park. 

~Supervisors Support ETJ Baseball

The Jackson Township Supervisors approved a donation of $1,500 to help support the 2013 season of the East-Taylor / Jackson Little League which is plays their games at Mitchell Park in Vinco. ETJ had an excellent turnout of those registering to play for this season. The Supervisors feel that recreation plays an important role in Jackson Township and especially any activity that benefits the children of the community.

~Fords Corner North Sewage Project

     Progress is being made in the funding of the Fords Corner North Sewage Project.  The Supervisors approved two Resolutions at their May 30th Meeting, one for DEP Planning and the other concerning Easements. The Fords Corner North area would encompass the area from Loraine Road going towards Plank Road in Jackson Township. A set of drawings is available at the Municipal Building showing the location of the proposed sewer lines.

~Many Turn Out To Honor Vets  

      The weather cooperated for a nice turnout of more than 100 people for the 10th Annual Memorial Day Ceremony held at
Veterans Park in Vinco.  Army Veteran, William E. Harker Jr., a resident of Jackson Township that served in Viet Nam from 1966 to 1969 was the speaker.  Harker is currently serving in several offices of the Pennsylvania State American Legion. Other participants in the ceremony included the Johnstown VFW Post 155 Honor Guard, Jackson Township Troop 204 Boy Scouts & Cub Scouts, Rev. Andrew Stanko of St. John Vianney Catholic Church and Corey Shirk who provided the special music.  Special thanks go out to Dale Wicks of Wix Pix Productions for providing and operating the sound system and especially  to Frank Singel who spent much time organizing the event and also acted as Master of Ceremonies. Frank has been instrumental in planning and organizing every Memorial Day & Veterans Day ceremony since the very beginning and for that we commend him for his efforts.

~Easter Egg Hunt Moved Indoors

     The threat of rain and mud moved the 7th Annual Easter Egg Hunt indoors to the Pike Grace Church Family Life Center in Mundys Corner. Over 2,000 eggs were divided into 3 age group categories and even though there weren't as many egg hiding places as outside, over 200 kids had a great time!  Two special prizes ($25 gift cards to Toys R Us) were hidden in two of the eggs in each age category. A special appearance was made by the Easter Bunny himself!  The event was sponsored by the Jackson Township Recreation Commission along with the Jackson Township Supervisors.  A special thank you to Pike Grace Brethren Church for the use of their beautiful facility. 

~Somerset Trust Hosts “Horizon 50" Customer Appreciation Luncheon During Heritage Festival

     Somerset Trust will host it's 4th Annual Customer Appreciation Luncheon on Friday, July 19th at the Jackson Township Fire Hall during Heritage Festival Weekend.  Last year over 285 “Horizon 50" checking account customers and their guests attended a fully catered luncheon complete with entertainment.  This year the luncheon will be catered by Golden Catering and the Bob Bretz Family will be providing the entertainment.

~Seal Coat Bid Awarded

New Enterprise Stone & Lime had the low bid submitted for the 2013 Seal Coating or “tar & chip” Projects scheduled for
Jackson Township.  The bid was awarded by the Supervisors at their May 30th Meeting. New Enterprise’s bid came in at $ 43,429.75 beating out  Quaker Sales, Russell Standard and Suit-Kote. Streets being seal coated this year include Gillen Lane, Stoneridge Street, Price Street, Mackall Street, Lyle Street, Trout Street, Warrior Street, Balsam Street, Fir Street, Dry Run street, Anderson Drive, Moshannon Drive, Snably Avenue, Chaser Street, Smith Avenue and Broadwing Street. In a separate agreement, the parking lot at Mitchell Park is also being seal coated.

~Miscellaneous Materials Bids

The Board of Supervisors awarded contracts for Miscellaneous Materials at their May 30th Meeting.  New Enterprise Stone & Lime came in as the low bidder on the PA-2A Subbase, # 8, # 1, # 3 and #57 stone and antiskid.  For the three types of miscellaneous paving materials, Quaker Sales was the low bidder. At their April 11th Meeting, they awarded a contract to the low bidder for Heating Oil and Diesel Fuel to Luther P. Miller.

~Chevron Plans Gas Wells in Jackson

Chevron is hoping to begin work on a Gas Well Site located off Blackburn Road in the Fall once permits are approved. Chevron acquired Atlas Energy in 2011 which owned 486,000 acres in Marcellus Gas Rights and later acquired an additional 228,000 acres in Chief Oil and Gas Lease Rights including many large tracts in Cambria County.  The new well in Jackson Township would bring numerous construction jobs as well as about 18 workers on the well site once drilling is underway. There is also a positive economic spin-off effect in the community.  Mikal Zimmerman, Chevron's Policy and Public Affairs Officer said, "We've made a big investment here", of the Company's Western Pennsylvania presence.  "This is something we're measuring on a decade to decade basis, not month to month."

~Barnes Saly Completes 2012 Twp. Audit

Barnes, Saly & Company presented the 2012 Jackson Township Audit to the Board of Supervisors at their April 25th meeting.  Terry Shook, CPA said the Audit resulted in a clean opinion on the financial statements with no major findings.  This was the 11th consecutive year that Barnes Saly as performed the Audit for Jackson Township.  

~Jackson Twp. Purchases New Police Cruiser

      The Supervisors purchased a new 2013 Ford Interceptor Police Vehicle from the New Holland Auto Group for $29,981.60.  The new all-wheel drive vehicle was purchased on the COSTARS  Program which gives municipalities the same pricing that the State of
Pennsylvania would receive.  The new vehicle replaces a former sports utility vehicle that was getting very poor mileage. When Officers are not on call, they are patrolling the streets of Jackson Township and that involves putting on a lot of miles each day. 

 ~Primary Election Results for Jackson Twp.

With no major County, State or Federal races, there was a low voter turnout across Pennsylvania including Jackson Township. John Wallet won unopposed for another 6 year as Township Supervisor.  Paulette Baker also won unopposed for another 4 year term as Tax Collector. For a 6 year term for Auditor, Bill Headrick was the winner. For Inspector of Elections, Judy Brett (D) and Kathleen Croft « were the winners in the Vinco Precinct. Margaret Reighard won for Precinct 2 (St. John Vianney) and Gwen Paul won for Precinct 1 (Pike Church). For Judge of Elections, Sharon McClinsey won in the Vinco Precinct, John Lythgoe in Precinct 1 (Pike Church
) and there were no candidates listed on the ballot for Precinct 2 (St. John Vianney. Congratulations to all the winners!  The General Election will be held on Tuesday, November 5, 2013.

~Senior Center Awarded $4,500 Grant

Frank Singel
, President of the Jackson Township Senior Center filed applications for grants to the Lee Initiatives Health and Wellness Endowment Fund for many years.  His persistence paid off this year as he was notified that the Senior Center was the recipient of a $4,500 Grant for a new wireless, portable Sound System that can be used for any event at the Center. 

~Open Burning Laws In PA            

     Many people often wonder what they can or can’t burn in Pennsylvania.  Burning is permitted if the waste is the result of normal household occupancy.  Items that you are not permitted to burn include demolition waste, home insulation, shingles, treated wood, paint, painted or stained objects, furniture, tires, box springs, metal insulating rubber coating on copper wire, old television sets, appliances, automobiles, automotive parts and batteries.  All of the items mentioned must be disposed of according to solid-waste regulations.  Also, the Pennsylvania State Burning Laws prohibit any commercial establishments from burning refuse of any kind.  The PaDEP encourages everyone to be considerate of your neighbors by not allowing smoke, embers or ash to travel onto others properties.  Jackson Township also has many options for recycling various materials and residents are encouraged to take advantage of those opportunities.  Everyone also needs to pay attention to weather conditions and not to burn when it’s extremely dry or windy.  In the fall, this is particularly dangerous as there are lots of dry leaves on the ground and one flaming ember could set a forest on fire.  For additional information on open burning laws in Pennsylvania you can go to the following website: www.dep.state.pa.us and click on “open burning”.  You may also call the DEP’s Bureau of Air Quality at (717) 787-9702 and request copies of this information.

~Pedestrians & Motorists Urged To Use Caution

The Township has received numerous comments on PEDESTRIANS walking late at night and not being visible due to wearing dark colored clothing with no flashlights, etc.  The Jackson Township Police Department is advising that those out walking after dark along the streets wear light colored or reflective clothing or carry a flashlight with them.  These common sense practices will be beneficial for the safety of pedestrians and motorists alike.

~Dog Gone?

Just a friendly reminder that if your dog is missing, please check with the Jackson Township Police Department by stopping in or calling 749-0051 first.  Jackson Police are in charge of dog complaints and if a loose dog is reported and there is no way of identifying its owner, the dog will be brought back to the Township and housed temporarily.  If noone contacts the Police about a missing dog, it will then be taken to the Humane Society in Johnstown by one of the Officers.   

~Jackson Twp. on Facebook

     Jackson Township has several pages on Facebook.  There is a Township page with nearly 700 members where events, photos and important news can be shared.  Another group with over 500 members as well is called “Those who live or have lived in Jackson Township” where people can share memories of days gone by.  The Jackson Township Police Department has a page with nearly 700 members where they share important safety and messages with the residents.  The Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Department has a page with over 700 members  where they share upcoming events.  The Jackson Township Recreation Commission has a new page where they will communicate upcoming recreation events and activities and a group called “Jackson Township Historical Preservation” was established where people can share old photos and memories of the past history of not only Jackson Township but the entire region.  This group has over 5,000 members and followers and over 12,000 photos in nearly 385 photo albums.  All of these groups are open to anyone who wishes to join so friends and family members from all around the United States and the world can join who have or have had connections to Jackson Township. To find a page or group mentioned above go to www.facebook.com and then search for the group name.  In addition to the Jackon Township sites, many other businesses, groups, schools, churches and organizations in Jackson Township also have pages you may wish to check out.

~Free 911 House Numbers Available

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 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. 

~Vehicle Battery Drop-Off  

Every wonder how to dispose of any old batteries from cars, trucks, lawn mowers, tractors, etc. that you may have laying around your property?  They are considered hazardous so you cannot put them out with your garbage.  You can however drop them off at Naugles Auto & Truck Sales free of charge where they will see that they are properly processed for disposal or recycling.  Naugles Auto & Truck Sales is located at 3309 William Penn Avenue near Mundys Corner.  If you have any questions concerning battery disposal, please contact Eric Naugle at 659-7429

~Free 911 House Numbers Available

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 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. 

~Vehicle Battery Drop-Off

Every wonder how to dispose of any old batteries from cars, trucks, lawn mowers, tractors, etc. that you may have laying around your property?  They are considered hazardous so you cannot put them out with your garbage.  You can however drop them off at Naugles Auto & Truck Sales free of charge where they will see that they are properly processed for disposal or recycling.  Naugles Auto & Truck Sales is located at 3309 William Penn Avenue near Mundys Corner.  If you have any questions concerning battery disposal, please contact Eric Naugle at 659-7429

~Crime and Vandalism

     Jackson Township is a relatively safe place to live but no community is immune to crime.  This is a reminder to keep a watch over your neighborhood and your neighbors in general.  If you see anything suspicious, be sure to contact the Jackson Township Police Department at 749-0051.  If no officer is at the Police Station you will be referred to the Cambria County 911 Non Emergency Line and they can have the officer on duty contact you.

~What Do I Do With?

Appliances - Waste Management will take appliances except those with Freon.  Any appliances with Freon must be tagged that the Freon has been removed.  Local appliance dealers and companies that do this are Krisay’s (Johnstown) 536-3287, R & R Appliance (Johnstown) 536-6723, Griffith & Petz (Johnstown) 536-6723 and O’Connor’s Plumbing & Heating (Johnstown) 536-3883.  You can also take old appliances with Freon not removed to Spring & Fall Appliance Collection Events sponsored by Keep Cambria County Beautiful.  Penelec also has an Appliance Turn-In Program.

Automobiles - Contact Al Gillin at 322-4366 to have vehicle towed away at no charge in most cases.  You may also take vehicles  to EMF Development Company in Franklin and obtain scrap value for the metal.  Their phone number is 536-5047.

Books - Check with local libraries, schools, thrift stores and used book stores.  Contact the Solid Waste Authority for information about special book recycling events.

Building Materials - Take to the landfill for proper disposal.

Car Batteries - Call Naugle Auto & Truck, Mundys Corner at 659-7429 or check local scrap yards. 

Electronics - Take to Cambria County Solid Waste Authority in Ebensburg. If you need to call them, their phone number is 472-2109. Goodwill Industries will also accept television, computer monitors, DVD players, radios and stereo systems.  You can also call the toll-free Pennsylvania Recycling Hotline to have any questions answered at 1-800-346-4242.  

Household Cleaners - Solid Waste Authority Annual Hazardous Household Waste Event.

Industrial Chemicals - Contact Safety Kleen in Johnstown.  Their phone number is 266-4815.

Mercury - Call Solid Waste Authority in Ebensburg at 472-2109.

Motor Oil - Take used motor oil to Advance Auto Stores in the area for recycling.  Contact area garages to see if they will accept used oil. 

Old Paint - If solidified, it can be set out for normal trash collection.  You can solidify paint with non-clumping kitty litter or commercially available paint hardening products.  When paint is not “runny”, set outside next to trash cans with the lids off.  Larger quantities of paint or paint products are accepted at the Solid Waste Authority’s Annual Hazardous Household Waste Event.

Pesticides - Solid Waste Authority Annual Hazardous Household Waste Event.

Phone Books - Remove covers and covers go in the Magazine Recycling Bin.  The inside section of the phone book goes in the Newspaper Recycling Bin.

Propane Tanks - For larger tanks (grill size), trade in for a new tank at many convenience stores, etc.  To recycle, bleed the tank empty, pop the valve out of the tank and take to the local scrap yard.  Empty tanks can also be taken to Dale Oxygen in Johnstown or the Agway store in Ebensburg. 

Tires - Take to Laurel Highlands Landfill where tires can be recycled for $2.00 each. Phone is 749-9065.

White Office Paper - There are big blue bin sites located for this at UPJ in Johnstown, St. Francis University in Loretto and the PaDEP Building in the Ebensburg Industrial Park.

~Need to Sign Up For New Garbage Service? - Jackson Township’s garbage contract provides for unlimited curbside garbage pick-up as well as any large items you have to dispose of with a few exceptions (i.e. - hazardous items, Freon, tires, etc.)  If you are interested in signing up for garbage service you need to call 1-800-677-4884. The cost for 2013 is $38.22 per quarter. 


Jackson Township has a valuable source of information to help keep you informed.  If you haven’t checked out the Township Website, please feel free to visit  www.jacksontwppa.com  The website is constantly updated with new information.  As always, you can read the monthly approved minutes of the Board of Supervisors, Planning Commission, East Taylor -Jackson Sewer Authority and Jackson Township Water Authority.  To see some of the pages that have been updated recently , click on "Whats New" on the home page.  If you have any suggestions of what you would like to see on the Jackson Twp. Website, please call Dave Hirko at 749-0725 or email to office@jacksontwppa.com


     If you are planning on a building project be sure to visit or call either the Jackson Township Office at 749-0725 or George Burkey, Zoning Officer at 322-4709.  Your project could involve zoning, stormwater or planning.  Also with the Pennsylvania State Building Code, inspections may be required as well.  Be sure to allow plenty of time to get any necessary permits prior to building.  By doing this, your project can be addressed in plenty of time before you actually begin construction.  Just a reminder that all contractors performing home remodeling must now be registered with the State of Pennsylvania.  This law was enacted in 2010 for the protection of residents from irreputable contractors and home remodeling / repair scams.
     Also if you are planning to pave or alter your driveway, a driveway permit is required. Roadmasters Bruce Baker, John Wallet & Mark Westrick said that driveway permits are not to inconvenience residents but are necessary to make sure there is a swale or pipe to direct stormwater.  They also make sure that driveways are not higher than the road so snow plows don’t catch the edge of the driveway.  When a driveway enters onto a Township road, a safe sight distance is also very important.  PennDOT requires permits for driveways entering onto State roads within the Township.

~ A Bit of History ~

From the Nanty Glo Journal on May 5, 1927

     A business deal took place at Munday's Corner during the past week, in which Lester Watson, proprietor of the garage at the corners, sold out to his father and brother, George W. and Louis Watson of Nanty-Glo.  The sale also included the house and recreation hall on the corner opposite the garage.  The new owners took charge May 1st.  Louis Watson now being manager of the businesss.  The Munday's Corner garage, located at the intersection of the William Penn highway and State Route No. 6, has been doing an immense business in auto repair work and is considered one of the best stands of the kind in this region.

From the Nanty Glo Journal on September 8, 1927

     George W. Watson and Son, who had been conducting the Munday's Corner garage for the past four months sold same to Andrew Little and  Frailey Bros., of Ebensburg, representing the Waverly Gas Co., who took charge of the business the first of the month.  The new owners contemplate making extensive improvements in the property, which is one of the best locations for a gas station and garage to be found anywhere in the country.  Much building and improving has been going on at the corners, and prospects are that there will be a good size town on the site in a few more years.