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Winter - Spring, 2013

The Jackson Township Business Park Project is moving forward as an additional "key" parcel of ground of 35.5 acres is being acquired from Waste Management for the purchase price of $78,571. The purchase was made possible from timbering that the Supervisors had done on land previously acquired in the Chickaree Hill area through a land trade with the Pennsylvania DCNR (Department of Conservation &  Natural Resources). The timbering bid was awarded to E & E Logging & Sons and brought $143,428 of income back to Jackson Township. The Supervisors are in the process of having a Subdivision completed for the extra parcel of land to complete the Business Park area. Once the Subdivision is approved, they plan to proceed towards obtaining a $500,000 RCAP Grant which was made possible though the office of PA State Rep. Frank Burns of the 72nd District. The Grant funds will be used to develop infrastructure into the Business Park area. A marketing package is currently being developed to promote the Business Park area to spark interest and hopefully get the attention of prospective tenants which could lead to job creations, investment in the Township and additional tax revenues. The Board of Supervisors intentions are to make marketing the Business Park a top priority for 2013.   


January 24, 2013, the State of Pennsylvania is requiring mandatory recycling of electronic items including desktop computers, laptop computers, computer monitors, computer peripherals, televisions, and any components of such devices. Electronics items such as those listed above may no longer be disposed of with household waste and put in Pennsylvania landfills according to the new Covered Device Recycling Act. Cell phones are exempt from the new laws requiring mandatory recycling of e-waste."The issue is the heavy metals like lead, cadmium and mercury that seep out of computers and TVs and into the ground," said Lisa Kasianowitz, spokeswoman for the PaDEP, which has been tasked to oversee the enforce the CDRA. "Those toxins do not decompose ever, so we just want to protect the environment as much as possible."  E-waste is only about two percent of the total waste stream, but it counts for about 70 percent of toxic materials in landfills. If a person is caught illegally dumping such e-waste at a landfill, the CDRA provides for fines of up to $1,000 for the first offense and up to $2,000 for subsequent violations. In this newsletter is information from the Cambria County Solid Waste Authority on electronics recycling.  Some items have fees but others are free such as computers, scanners, printers and televisions. According to the Goodwill Industries website, they will accept televisions, computer monitors, DVD players, radios and stereo systems for recycling. There are Goodwill drop off locations on Eisenhower Blvd. in Johnstown and in the Wal-Mart Plaza in Ebensburg. The Pennsylvania DEP has set up a toll-free Recycling Hotline for anyone to call with questions on the new mandatory electronics recycling.  That number is 1-800-346-4242  For more information on recycling in Cambria County visit the Solid Waste Authority website at:  www.CambriaRecycles.org


The Jackson Township Senior Center will host a special Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday, May 27th at 11:00 a.m. This will be the 10th Memorial Day Ceremony held at Veterans Park since 2004.  The ceremony will honor the service men and women who were killed in all wars as well as all other Veterans. The event is open to the public and it is hoped that the turnout will be good as it is very important for everyone to show their support for our veterans as well as troops currently serving.  Last year there were more than 125 people who attended. The Veterans Monument has become a focal point of the Memorial & Veterans Day ceremonies and currently has 1,152 names of Jackson Township veterans listed on it.  If you know of any veterans not listed on the monument, please complete a form and submit their name to Jackson Township, 513 Pike Road, Johnstown, PA  15909.  Forms can be obtained at www.jacksontwppa.com or at the Municipal Building, Senior Center, Water Authority or Sewer Authority.  All names submitted must be verified for Veteran status and residency. This year's ceremony will feature special guest  speaker, William J. Harker Jr., resident of Jackson Township that served in Viet Nam from 1966-69, is Past Regional Commander for the American Legion and is currently the Chairman of the State American Legion for Children & Youth Committee and Vice-Chairman of the National American Legion Foreign Relations Committee. As in the past, the Johnstown VFW Post 155 will have their Honor Rifle Team in attendance.  In addition special music will be provided by Corey Shirk.  Others expected to participate are, Rev. Andrew Stanko of St. John Vianney Church and Jackson Twp. Troop 204 Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts. If there are any questions on the Memorial Day Ceremony or the Memorial / Monument, please feel free to call Frank Singel at 322-3327 or Dave Hirko at 749-0725.


The Board of Supervisors met on January 7th to reorganize for the New Year.  Bruce Baker was appointed to the position as Chairman and John Wallet as Vice-Chairman of the 2013 Board.  Dave Hirko was re-appointed as Secretary-Treasurer, Bill Barbin as Solicitor and Calvin Webb as Zoning Hearing Board Solicitor.  Keller Engineers was appointed as Township Engineer. George Burkey was re-appointed as Zoning Officer and Middle Department Inspection Agency as Building Code Official.  Barry Rouzer was re-appointed as Vacancy Board Chairman.There were several re-appointments to various Township boards and commissions. Don Knopsnyder was re-appointed to a four year term on the Planning Commission.  Alfred George and John Lythgoe were each re-appointed to a five year term on the Recreation Commission while Melissa Ruddek was newly appointed to fill an open position. Returning to the Water Authority with a five year term is Rob Piper. Re-appointed with a five year term to the Jackson-East Taylor Sewer Authority was George Burkey.  Ellen Pentrack-Ocilka was re-appointed to a three year term to the Zoning Hearing Board while Eric Dreikorn was newly appointed as an Alternate Member to fill an open position. Bruce Baker, John Wallet and Mark Westrick were appointed as Roadmasters.  Bruce Baker was re-appointed as Representative to the Cambria County Sewage Enforcement Agency while Dave Hirko was appointed as Alternate Member.  Bruce Baker was also appointed as Regular Attending Member to the Cambria County Association of Township Officials while John Wallet was designated as Alternate Attending Members.  Dave Hirko was re-appointed as Driveway Encroachment Officer.  The Supervisors re-appointed Tim Burkey to the position of Emergency Management Coordinator and Phil Vaught as Officer-In Charge for the coming year. The Supervisors also set the meetings dates for the second Thursday of every month for 2013 at 8:00 am and the last Thursday of every month for 2013 at 7:00 pm. Exceptions are the March, November and December when they will be held one week earlier due to Holidays (Holy Thursday, Thanksgiving, Christmas). Somerset Trust and Ameriserv were again listed as Township depositories.


The Jackson Township Heritage Festival has grown quite popular by advertising and word of mouth and is now considered a major event in the region. This is quite an accomplishment since its humble beginnings.  It's hard to believe that the Heritage Festival will be celebrating its 10th anniversary this year! The Heritage Festival will be held this year on Friday, July 19, Saturday, July 20 & Sunday, July 21 so save the dates. There will be entertainment all weekend, lots of childrens activities, fireworks, a car cruise, parade, poker run and lots of great food and crafts to enjoy!  More information will be available in the Summer-Fall Newsletter in July. If you are interested in being a vendor or a sponsor for the Heritage Festival, please contact Dave Hirko at 749-0725. For additional information on the  Festival go to: www.jacksontwppa.com/festival


As warmer weather is coming, now is the time to reserve a pavilion if you are planning a special event this Summer or Fall.  The two new pavilions at Mitchell Park were very popular last year and most every weekend was booked up with parties, picnics, reunions, receptions or other special events.  Each pavilion can accommodate 96 people comfortably.  For a very large group, both pavilions can be rented which would accommodate about 200 people. Reservations are now being taken for the pavilions on a first come, first serve basis. If you wish to reserve for an upcoming special event you may have, just call 749-0725 to see if a specific date is available and then complete the reservation form.   Three pavilions are available at Mitchell and 1 each at Leidy & Veterans Park.  Other recreation facilities that can be reserved depending upon availability include baseball fields at Mitchell & Leidy and Volleyball Courts at Leidy.


Listed below are some of the upcoming events and activities scheduled in Jackson Township over the upcoming months:

~ 7th Annual Easter Egg Hunt

This highly popular event will be held on Saturday, March 23rd at 12:00 noon at Mitchell Park. There will be over 2000 eggs hidden filled with goodies as well as some coupons redeemable for special prizes!  Making an appearance will be the Easter Bunny.  The Easter Egg Hunt is sponsored by the Jackson Township Recreation Commission and Jackson Township Supervisors.

~ Jackson Township Fishing Derby        

The 8th Annual Jackson Township Fishing Derby will be held on Saturday, May 4th at Woodland Park just off of Route 22 towards Ebensburg.  Ages 12 and under are welcome and admission is FREE.  Prizes will be awarded and refreshments will be available.  Registration begins at 8 am with the Fishing Derby going from 9 am to 3 pm.  The event will be held rain or shine. Come and bring your friends!  If you have any questions or need additional information, call Nick Gresh at 749-9108 or Jackson Township at 749-0725. The Fishing Derby is sponsored by the Jackson Township Community Rod & Gun Club in cooperation with the Recreation Commission. 

~Gospel In The Park

John Lythgoe has scheduled a Gospel Concert at Veterans Park to be held on Friday, June 7th at 7:00 pm.  The featured performer will be Randy Simpson of Carlisle, PA.  Randy has sung in numerous quartets over the years and for the past 25 years has been touring the United States performing on his own.  In March of 2010, Randy was named PA's Favorite Southern Gospel Performer of the Year by the Pennsylvania Southern Gospel Music Association.   There is no admission and a free will offering will be taken.  Please bring your own lawn chairs for seating.  John is hoping that this will be the first of many concerts at Veterans Park.  For additional information, contact John Lythgoe at 749-8223.


Finally, Spring has arrived!  The Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Company would like to remind residents about “Brush Fire Season”.  They know everyone is anxious to get their property in shape for summer, so please burn brush responsibly.  Pick a day that is not windy or wait until after a rainfall and ALWAYS burn away from any structures. The Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Company has several upcoming events they would like to announce for 2013.  They are as follows: 

Spring Gun Raffle - Sunday, April 6th
Golf Raffle -Sunday, April 20th
Jewelry Raffle - Saturday, May 18th
Heritage Festival - Fri.-Sun., July 19th-21st   

Auxiliary sponsored "Fish Frys" have been held every Friday during Lent with the last one being Good Friday, March 29th.  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. For tickets or additional information on all of these events, contact the Fire Company at 322-3155. The Fire Company members elected new officers for 2013.  They are as follows:  President-Tim Hofecker, Vice President-Matt Peters, Secretary-Angela Shoemaker, Assistant Secretary-Natalie Krampy, Treasurer-Mark Sloan, Assistant Treasurer-Gary Gongloff, Financial Secretary-David Smith, Assistant Financial Secretary-Steve Kauffman, Trustees-Mark Croft, Terry Crouse, Scott Emerson, Jeremy Amigh and Sally Price, Fire Chief-Tim Hofecker and Fire Police Captain-Mick Bezek. The Fire Company will once again be mailing out their annual Fund Drive letter. Thanks to the generosity of the residents of Jackson Township, the Fire Company is able to offer the very best fire and ambulance services available with new vehicles and equipment.  This Fund Drive is different than the Ambulance Memberships. 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 and Lenten Fish Fries . They really appreciate the support of the Community to help keep the Fire Company operating in order to serve the residents of Jackson Township and surrounding communities.  The Fire Company and Auxiliary would like to thank everyone in the community for all of their continued support.


Dorothy Amigh was the Dispatcher for the Jackson Township Fire Company for over 30 years before central dispatching centers or the concept of "911" was introduced. According to Charlie Grove, Dorothy's Brother-In-Law and long time member of the Fire Company, there wasn't always a telephone number at the Fire Hall.  People used to have a list of about 5 or 6 names of firemen and when you had an emergency, you would call the first name and if they didn't answer, you called the second name and so on. When new telephone lines were installed for the 322 exchange in Jackson Township around 1963, the firemen thought it would be a good opportunity to run lines out to Dorothy's home on Singer Hill.  They knew that she was caring for other family members and that there was always somebody there to answer the phone. The new lines were set up in a way that a phone would ring at the Fire Hall along with 4 other homes of firemen, one of them being Dorothy Amigh. Along with the phone line, they thought it would be good to have a siren near Dorothy's home on Singer Hill. Penelec donated the copper wire and Bethlehem Mines set up the pole for the siren.  The line for the siren had to be run along Harmony Drive as there weren't a lot of utility poles on sections of Rt. 271 at that time. The Fire Company installed a Fire Company Radio in her home for her to take calls on the emergency phone line.  She literally volunteered to be on call for 24 / 7 for 365 days a year for over 30 years!  At that time the Fire Company had a regular phone number and an emergency phone number. Even though the phone rang at the Fire Hall and 4 homes of firemen, about 99% of the time it was Dorothy's caring voice people would hear when they called the emergency number.  As soon as Dorothy would answer the emergency phone, she would also start the siren to call out the firemen. She was so dedicated to being the dispatcher for emergencies in Jackson Township that she rarely left her home and if she did go out for groceries or for a doctor appointment, she would make sure one of the Firemen would be watching the phone. Grove said when Dorothy would get a call, she would sound the siren accordingly - 1 time for an Ambulance Call, 2 times for an Accident and 3 times for a Fire.      Dorothy would always send firemen in the right direction.  There was one incident in the late 1980's or early 1990's where a phone operator connected a woman who was calling about a fire at her house and Dorothy got the call as the operator seen that the Fire Company was listed with a Mineral Point address.  The caller was in distress and finally gave out her last name and there was only one family with that last name in Jackson Township who lived in Vinco. It turned out however that the fire was not in Vinco but rather in the Brookdale area of East Taylor Township.  These were in the days prior to calling 911 and locating the caller on a computer screen. Dorothy along with the phone operator were so upset over the incident as the woman in distress could barely get out any information over the phone  Dorothy took every call very seriously and knew that people were relying on her. She always tried to remain calm even when the caller wasn't. According to Grove, prior to 911, there were 3 dispatch centers in Cambria County.  One was in Westmont, the second was called Fire Central and based out of Richland and the 3rd was Mainline which was in the basement of the Courthouse in Ebensburg.  Jackson Township associated with Mainline as so many residents at that time had a Nanty Glo or Ebensburg phone exchange number.  The dispatch centers were established to handle police calls as well.  Because the Mainline Dispatch was a long distance call, many people called Dorothy on the local fire company emergency number about police matters. Even after 911 came into effect, many residents still called Dorothy or they would call both 911 and then Dorothy. Many people in the fire service knew her simply as Dorothy or heard her on the fire radio as KRP-753. The Jackson Township Fire Company members wish to recognize Dorothy for her years of "above and beyond" dedication to the Fire Company and to the residents of Jackson Township. She was a truly dedicated and wonderful person and never asked for anything in return for her round the clock services.  The Fire Company often tried in various ways to show their appreciation but she didn't want any attention or fuss made as she quietly and faithfully went about her dispatching commitment.  Everyone in the Fire Company considered her to be "family" and her legacy and memories will live on.


The Nanty Glo American Polish Citizens Club presented the Jackson Township Supervisors with a check for $10,000 to put towards the Lorain Road Fishing Pond Project.  Paul McMullen and Tim Ford of the Club presented the check at the December 20th Board of Supervisors Meeting. The only condition attached to the donation was that the pond be open for public use.  The pond would definitely be open to the public as any other of the parks are in Jackson Township, being on Township owned property. Currently the Cambria County Conservation District is evaluating soils, identifying wetlands and surveying the area of the pond.  Laurel Sand & Stone Inc. will supply the equipment to actually dig the pond after the proper permits are obtained from the PaDEP. By using the Conservation District and donations from Laurel Sand & Stone and the Polish Club, a substantial amount of savings will be realized. The fishing pond will not be ready for the 2013 Fishing Derby as the project is not far enough along yet but things are moving forward and everything is looking very positive. Once the pond is constructed it will not only be a great place to hold the Fishing Derby but will be a place people can enjoy year round.  The Township Supervisors and Recreation Commission will be working alongside the Jackson Township Community Rod & Gun Club who will manage the pond. Once the pond is finished, future enhancements could include pavilions and benches and a possible enclosed structure. The pond will definitely be a great asset to our community and add to the variety of recreational activities available to residents of Jackson Township. 


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


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.


The Center is buzzing with many activities and events. The Center along with Conemaugh Priority Care will be hosting a Community Blood Screening on Saturday, May 11th from 7 to 9 am.  It is a complete multiphasic blood screen with lipid profile and TSH.  Cost is $32.00 and if you want a PSA or Hemoglobin A1C, it’s an additional $20.00 for each of those extra services. The Center sponsors these screenings twice a year as a fundraiser. The Center will be sponsoring a “55 Alive” driver’s classes for Seniors age 55 and older.  The class is a one day class for those that previously completed an AARP Mature Driving Course during the past three years. The class is scheduled for Thursday, May 16th from 9 am to 1 pm.  To be eligible for a discount on your car insurance you need to take the course once every 3 years.  Mr. Steve Phillips will be the instructor.  Cost is $12.00 for AARP members and $14.00 for non-members.  If you are a customer of Somerset Trust Company, the bank will pay the cost for you to take the class. You should check with your Insurance Company to verify any discount before signing up for the class. The Strong Bones People Class continues to meet every Monday and Thursday at 8:45 am and lasts 45 minutes.  The class originally was sponsored by the UMWA Health & Retirement Funds and lasted for 12 weeks after which the group continued the class on their own.  For more details on this class, contact the Center. 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 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.  Just a reminder that Pennsylvania offers a Property Tax / Rent Rebate Program that benefits eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and older, widows and widowers age 50 and older and those with disabilities age 18 and older.  The program income limit is $15,000 for Renters and $35,000 (which excludes half of Social Security income) for homeowners and raised the maximum rebate for both homeowners and renters from $650. The deadline to apply for a Rebate on property taxes or rent paid in 2012 is June 30, 2013. If you are in need of work, age 55 or over and qualify within the set income levels, you may be eligible for the Senior Community Employment Program Service.  For more information on the program, contact the local National Council on Aging Senior Employment Program in Johnstown at 536-0691. The Silver Sneakers Program at the Center is still going strong with many people 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 6 to 8 pm and 8:30 am to 2 pm on Tuesday thru Thursday.  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, Bible study, bingo, knitting, line dancing, weekly Pinochle party, speakers and events on health issues concerning the aged population, monthly blood pressure screenings, weekly movies, ceramics, computer use with high-speed internet access and beginners computer classes.  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 opened on May 10, 1998 and have issued over 750 membership cards.  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. 


Attention Jackson Township Water Authority customers: For your convenience, JTWA has been providing direct debit payment for the past several years.  We would like to encourage all customers to consider utilizing the option of direct debit payments.  The forms to begin the service are available at the Water Authority Office. Please be aware of the difference between direct debit and on-line banking.  With online banking, services are provided by a third-party processing center and the funds may not be received for several days or more after being debited from your account (they are received in the form of a physical check).  At times, this causes payments to be received after the due date.  Payments must be in the office by end of business on the 25th of each month. With direct debit, JTWA’s bank electronically receives funds from your bank and the payments are debited on the 20th of each month, thereby eliminating the risk of a late fee being applied to your account. The Annual Drinking Water Report will no longer be mailed to every customer in July.  The report will be available on the Township’s website: www.jacksontwppa.com  for review.  Click on the Water Authority link.  Customers may request a current copy any time after July 1, 2013 and one will be promptly mailed. Once again the summer season is upon us and we would like to stress the issue of water conservation.

 Water Saving Tips Outside the Home

1.  Use a broom, not a hose, to clean driveways, steps and sidewalks.
 2.  Wash the car with water from a bucket. If a hose is used, control the flow with an automatic shut off nozzle.
  Water the lawn only when needed. If grass does not spring back after walking on it, it probably needs water.     
4.  Water the lawn or garden during the coolest part of the day. Do not water on windy days.
  Set sprinklers to water the lawn or garden only. Do not water the street or sidewalk.
  Use soaker hoses and trickle irrigation systems to reduce the amount of water used for irrigation by 20 to 50 percent.
  Use mulch around shrubs and garden plants to reduce evaporation from the soil surface and cut down on weed growth.
  In landscaping, use native plants that require less care and water than ornamental varieties.
  Cover the swimming pool to prevent evaporation.
  Adjust the lawn mower to a higher setting to provide natural ground shade and to promote water retention by the soil.


The Jackson Township Senior Center listed their championship teams for 2011 and 2012. The winning team for 2011 were "The Steelers".  Members of the team were Bruce Boring, Toni Wainwright, Delores Bracken and Connie Vermillion.  For 2011, Dave Hagerich and Toni Wainwright had the most ringers while Bob Keith and Janet Pribish had the most points. For 2012, the winning team was "Grants".  Members of the team were Toni Wainwright, Janet Pribish, French Vermillion and Jeff Frye.  The most ringers for 2012 went to Toni Wainwright with 43 and Bob Keith with 41 while the most points went to Janet Hagerich with 188 and French Vermillion with 199.  A banquet was held at Ryan's Restaurant in Johnstown at the end of the season and awards were given out. 


The Chickaree Ridge Runners Recreation and Rescue Snowmobile Club held it's annual benefit Poker Run on Sunday, February 10th at the clubhouse at Mitchell Field.  This year's Poker Run was for Graison Daughenbaugh, a 2 year old boy whose mother passed away last year from cancer at the age of 20.  There was an excellent turnout and the Club raised approximately $3,000.  The Club wishes to thank all the businesses, individuals and organizations who donated cash, gift certificates and merchandise that was raffled or auctioned off to raise additional funds.  All money raised, less club expenses, was given to the family.  The Daughenbaugh family and Ridge Runners greatly appreciate everyone's generosity!

Other Snowmobile Club News

The Club also sponsored a Snowmobile Safety Course for children ages 10-15 on January 19, 2013 with 14 children and 6 adults taking the course.  Instructors were Clint Elias, Jack Machuta and Dave Supanik and Martin Marine provided a sled and a lunch for all attendees. The Club's annual Spring Banquet is scheduled for March 30th and race dates for the upcoming season will soon be posted on the Club's website. If anyone is interested in the Club and would like to join, there are family-oriented events throughout the year such as going to an Altoona Curve game in June, pool party in July and a picnic at Raystown Lake in August.  You don't have to be a snowmobiler to join! For more information, call 749-9931 or visit www.chickareeridgerunners.com



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.



     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.


~Who's New In Jackson Township

Robert Hanik who was hired as a Part-Time Police Officer.  Stephen Brang was appointed as a member to the Jackson Township Recreation Commission and Eric Dreikorn was appointed as an Alternate Member of the Zoning Hearing Board.

~Be Sure To Vote On Election Day

Primary Election Day is scheduled for Tuesday, May 21st.  Be sure to get out and vote!

~5K Check Presented To Jackson Elementary

The Jackson Township Supervisors presented a check for $1,500 from the Jackson Heritage Festival 5K Race to Tricia Murin, Principal of Jackson Elementary School for the purchase of Science Kits at their September 27th Meeting.  The 5K Race was the 2nd Annual one held during the Heritage Festival weekend.  Tracey Heeney has coordinated the highly popular 5K Races.  The 3rd Annual 5K Race is planned for this year.  A registration form is included in this newsletter.

~Jackson Township Honors Vets

The Jackson Township Senior Center hosted their 10th Annual Veterans Day Ceremony on November 12, 2012.  Retired Air Force Colonel, Douglas R. Lengenfelder was the speaker.  Other participants were   Frank Singel, Menoher VFW Post 155, Corey Shirk, Jackson Township Troop 204 Boy Scouts and  Pastor Drew Walther.  Over 100 people attended the special ceremony to honor Veterans, past and present.

~Supervisors Support Food Pantry Efforts

A contribution of $1000 was given to the Miners Community Food Pantry to support their annual fund drive in November.  According to Janet Reese, it takes about $1,500. per month operate the Food Pantry which serves 300 families or 1,400 individuals.  Reese estimates that half of the families served are from Jackson Township. The Food Pantry has experienced delays in receiving a grant from  the Department of Agriculture and they depend on contributions around Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays to continue operating.

~Supervisors Support Nanty Glo Library

The Supervisors unanimously approved at their September 27th meeting a contribution to the Nanty Glo Library for $500. to put towards their Annual Fund Drive.  The Library estimates that approximately 700 people from Jackson Township use the Library.

~Parade & Trick or Treat Combination

Mindi Evans and a group of parents brought back the Halloween Parade tradition combined with Trick or Treat following, held on the afternoon of October 28th. Over 30 prizes were given out in various categories.  The prizes were donated from Neighbors Who Care. Prior to the parade, Patriotic Pups Grooming also sponsored a Dog Costume Contest and after the Parade the Township Supervisors handed out free treats at the Fire Hall. The Jackson Township Police and Fire Departments helped patrol the streets during the event. The event was a huge success even with the inclement snowy weather.  Next year promises to be bigger and better!

~Nancy Oleksa Retires From JETSA

To the Customers of JETSA:  After sixteen years as the Administrative Assistant for the Jackson - East Taylor Sewer Authority, I have retired as of February 8, 2013.  I have enjoyed the work, but most of all I have enjoyed and will miss all the wonderful customers I have had the pleasure of meeting over the years. I have met so many wonderful people and made new long lasting friendships that I will treasure always.  From the customers I have laughed with and cried with, to the customers who brought me homemade cookies and candy, ice cream from Dairy Queen, to home grown vegetables, it has been my pleasure. This is not good-bye for I am sure I will see you out and about throughout the Townships.  As I start my new chapter in life, I am looking forward to traveling, spending more time with my husband, three children and their spouses and of course my beautiful grandchildren.  God truly has "Blessed" me.  God Bless You All. . .Nancy.

~JETSA Welcomes Veronica "Roni" Burkett

The Jackson - East Taylor Sewer Authority is pleased to welcome Veronica "Roni" Burkett as the new Administrative Assistant at JETSA.  She resides on Swigle Mountain Road in Jackson Township and will taking over the duties that were done by Nancy Oleksa who retired after 16 years of service.  

~7th Annual Light Up-Night Winners

The Jackson Township Recreation Commission and Supervisors held the 7th Annual Light Up Night on Sunday, November 25th at the Jackson Township Senior Center and Veterans Park.  The evening included the Festival of Trees, lots of lights, caroling, refreshments and a miniature train display and of course Santa! Prize winners for the Festival of Trees were as follows in the Business & Commercial Category:  1st Place-Janna's Hair & Tanning Salon, 2nd Place-Somerset Trust, 3rd Place-Mercik's Ideal Market.  In the Organizations & Groups Category the winners were:  1st Place-Jackson Twp. Boy Scouts Troop 204, 2nd Place-Singer Hill Grace Brethren Church, 3rd Place-Jackson Twp. Cub Scouts Pack # 204, 4th Place-Jackson Elementary PTO and 5th Place-Girl Scout Brownie Troop # 46369. For full details and to view photos of all the entries, go to www.jacksontwppa.com

~Tax Structure Set For 2013

The Supervisors approved Resolution 07-12 setting the tax structure for 2013 as follows: Real Estate Tax-3 and 3/4 Mills, Fire Hydrant Tax-1/2 Mill, Rescue Service Tax-1 Mill, Earned Income Tax-1/2 %, Real Estate Transfer Tax-1/2 %, Per Capita Tax-$5.00 and Local Municipal Services Tax-$10.00.  There are no local tax increases form Jackson Township for 2012.

~Fire Company Open House Held

The Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Company once again held an Open House event in conjunction with National Fire Prevention Week. The event was held on October 10th and featured tours of the smoke trailer, an opportunity to meet the Firemen, free fire truck rides, free 911 identification numbers and refreshments.

~Holiday Decorating Contest Winners

For the seventh year, a Township-wide Holiday Lighting Contest was sponsored by the Jackson Township Recreation Commission and Supervisors. This year there were 16 entries and over the past 7 years, 75 families have entered. Winners in the contes are as follows:  1st Place-Nina & Robert Hildebrand of Brenton Drive, 2nd Place-Naomi & Clifford Whinnie of Pudliner Lane, 3rd Place-Melissa & Darren Devlin of Hunt Road and 4th Place-Peggy & Don Ochenrider of Griffith Avenue. Honorable Mentions were given to Arlene & Brad Gorsuch of William Penn Avenue and the Brew Family of Zurenda Lane. For full details and to view photos of all the entries, go to www.jacksontwppa.com

~Waste Management Spreads Good Will for Christmas

Waste Management who operates the Laurel Highlands Landfill once again distributed turkeys for Christmas to those families in need. Churches in Jackson Twp. submitted a number of turkeys needed for families they considered to be needy.  Approx. 48 turkeys were distributed to representatives of the Jackson churches. Brad Minemyer of Waste Management said "We are happy with the relationship we have with Jackson and we were more than happy to contribute the turkeys during the holiday season".

~Knitters Help Community Keep Warm

The Naughty Knitters of the Jackson Senior Center were busy all last year and made some impressive donations to community groups and organizations in need including WIC, Head Start, Salvation Army, Women's Help Center, Family Center, Beginnings and the Jackson Elementary School. In all they donated 766 knitted hats, gloves and scarves in 2012.  An additional 85 scarves were donated to the Winter Special Olympics.  Also their time turned in for knitting and some of the donations help the Retired & Senior Volunteer Program of Cambria County with their State Reimbursement.

~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.

 ~Supervisors & Neighbors Who Care Help Boy Scouts

The Jackson Township Supervisors approached the the community group, Neighbors Who Care about helping with the cost of providing Jackson Township Boy Scout Troop # 204 with a new storage shed. Neighbors Who Care members were receptive to the idea and agreed to pay half of the cost with the Supervisors also paying for half to help out the Boy Scouts. A new 10' x 20' storage shed was purchased from Esh's Storage Barnes of Bedford at a cost of $3,000 and was placed at Leidy Park. The Scouts had previously been storing equipment and gear in an old building owned by Bethlehem Mining Corp. but it was painted with lead-based paint, had grease and oil on the floor and home to many rodents so it was definitely not the best or safest place to be storing anything.  The new shed is clean, dry and safe for storage and was greatly appreciated by the Boy Scouts! 

~Recipes Need To Complete Heritage Cookbook

The Jackson Township Historical Preservation Committee still needs additional recipes to publish the Heritage Cookbook. They are interested in finding the very best recipes in Jackson Township so if you have some you would like to submit, please send them to 513 Pike Road, Johnstown 15909 or email them to office@jacksontwppa.com  Recipes may be submitted up until April 30, 2013. Feel free to submit as many recipes as you like!

~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.  With it getting dark earlier in the day, it will be harder to see youth, children or even adults walking along the streets.  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 is now on Facebook!  Jackson Township has a page where events, photos and important news can be shared with over 500 members joining.  Another group with over 630 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 where they share important safety and messages with the residents.  The Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Department has a page where they share upcoming events.  The Jackson Township Recreation Commission has a 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 4,000 members and over 10,000 photos in nearly 250 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

~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. 

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 2012 is $37.11 per quarter, a reduction of $2.63 per quarter from 2011 as a result of a new 5 year contract approved in December, 2011. 


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 ~

Travel in Jackson Township
by Mrs. Betty Burkhart
Nanty Glo Journal - May 7, 1942

When these first pioneers migrated west, they made paths that followed routes that could be little improved upon. The Lancaster Turnpike was originally the path of the wandering Welsh, it being first a rough path through the woods. The first road built in Jackson township was the  one officially known as the Frankstown, or Galbreth Road, but in this vicinity is generally referred to by old timers as the Washington Road.   It was first laid out in 1790 and entered the township where later Joseph Burkhart cleared the land and established his home, which in later years was occupied by John Shultz, but which has long since returned to its original seemingly untouched state. It crossed just north of where the Pike Brethren Church now stands, followed a route to the top of Pergrim Hill, thence north west a short distance and on to the top of Laurel Hill Mountain, crossing what is now  the Vintondale road just slightly north of the Wm. Penn Highway, paralleling that highway for some distance and then intersecting it on the west slope of the Laurel Hill Mountains. The Frankstown Avenue in Pittsburgh is the western terminus of this road. Portions of this ancient highway may still be seen in some parts of the township. On the old Burkhart Farm, now a favorite hunting ground, hunters have watched for deer coming down the old roadway. Roads first built were of plank. Timber was plentiful and easy to get and a smooth road was quickly made. The drawback was that planks soon wore out and had to be replaced. Here and there clay pikes were built. Little work was required to keep them in repair good enough for the wagons and pack horses that traveled over them. In the days of the Washington road, large droves of horses, sheep, cattle and hogs and turkeys would be driven overland, for that was before the days of easy shipping by train. Sometimes as high as 500 hogs would be herded for a long distance to a market. There was also one instance of 2,300 turkeys having been fed at a certain place during one month.  Route 22 that passes through Mundy's Corners follows an old Indian trail which in turn followed a buffalo path. The bridle path followed the Indian trail and was in turn the wagon road. Some places the wagon road was corduroy, made from small wooden ties about eight inches in diameter and 12 feet long, especially used through swampy places. Glimpses of these roads may still be seen in places. Later the road was piked, using stones set on edge then covered with soil. This road, Route 22, was first known as the Huntington, Indiana and Cambria Turnpike, or Northern Pike. It was authorized on March 10,1810 but the road was not finished until 1821. The year following its completion money from tolls amounted to $5,838.25 and the expense of upkeep was $4,267.60. This road led from Hollidaysburg to Pittsburgh and there were nine toll gates. Over this highway stage coaches were a familiar sight, and teamsters constantly plodded their slow way from distant city to distant city. Horses used for this purpose were trained for the service. A barn for the horses stood until comparative recent years at Ford's Corners. Travel in this way was sometimes very pleasant, for there was not the hurry to get places that there is today. It was slow, but every few miles there were inns where travelers would stop and refresh themselves,  Roads were not graded at that time as they are today, and it would be a long pull to the top of the numerous hills through this part of the country. At that time, too, a circus would travel overland, and the old watering trough that stood on the Mundy place at Mundy's Corner  was often the scene of a large gathering of strange animals, foreign to these woods. Covered wagon traveled through here, too, emigrants on their way farther west. The first toll gates used were of iron, later wooden posts being used. When the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad was completed in 1852 much of the necessity of the stage coach and wagon was taken away, and from then on the turnpike was not so flourishing. On September 9, 1819, while the Northern Pike was being built, a road was laid out leading from Johnstown to what is now Mundy's Corner, then known by another name. It was 35 feet wide. This route has been the main highway between Johnstown and Ebensburg ever since. Before that time travel between those two points was by the way of Summerhill. The road from Nanty-Glo to the Teeter school was built about 1903 and the one from Nanty-Glo to Mundy's Corner, which is a very old one, connected Indiana and Johnstown. Another old road that is now abandoned entered the township near Nanty-Glo, on what was the Murray tract, went up past the Adam Shuman Farm to the old Lambaugh Cemetery and to the top of Chickaree Mountain. The road was abandoned before 1860, but is still visible in many places. About 1910 automobiles came into use in this community after which a different type of roadbed was built. In 1917, however, there were still more horsedrawn vehicles than automobiles. Women began taking their place behind the wheel about that time. Mrs. Harris Wakefield of Vinco lays claim to being the first woman automobile driver in this section of the community.