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Ross Township Celebrating Summer with Community Day, Fishing Tournament

Jun 30, 2016 08:56AM ● By Erica Cebzanov

Ross Township is hosting many family-friendly activities this summer and into the early fall.

On July 3, starting at 2 p.m., Ross Township will celebrate Independence Day. Joe Wadlow, the Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania’s Veteran of the Year and Monte Cello’s Italian Restaurants cofounder, will serve as the Independence Day parade’s grand marshal, leading groups on Perry Highway past Perrysville Volunteer Fire Company and ending at H.P. Brandt Funeral Home. Following the parade, guests can visit the Perrysville Volunteer Fire Company for free refreshments. 

The Community Day portion of the festivities will kick off at 4 p.m. at the Ross Township Community Center following the theme “Building Community by Connecting Neighborhoods.” The event will feature rides, games, crafts, face painting, a petting zoo and a Touch-A-Truck exhibit for kids. The Police K9 Division will give a demonstration, and the historical society will also have a display.

The township is offering free space to local nonprofit organizations and other groups. “We have all of these community events to bring families together for a good time,” said Commissioner Lana Mazur. “One of our goals is to let people know more about the community by promoting the many civic associations found here. It’s all going to come together in one big place.”

Joe Grushecky & the House Rockers will perform from 7 to 9 p.m. At dusk, Pyrotecnico will launch fireworks from the Greater Pittsburgh Masonic Center’s parking lot.

Mazur advises that parking spaces will quickly fill up in the community center lot, so a free shuttle will transport festivalgoers from the Northland Medical Center lot from 3:30-10 p.m.

Ross Township’s 20th Annual Fishing Tournament at Evergreen Community Park’s Sergeant Frank Zotter Pond will take place on July 16-17. Beginning at 8 a.m., the free competition, which is a partnership between the police and recreation departments and the township, will include lunch, prizes and trophies.

“It is a fun-filled day of fishing and, also in the same turn, people get to interact with the police department in a positive way,” said Mazur.

The first day of the tournament will include divisions for ages 5 and under through age 14. The second day is for ages 15 and up, seniors and people with special needs. Officials will determine winners based on the length of the total number of fish caught.

Contestants should bring one fishing rod each and tackle, along with chairs if needed. Family members are welcome; adults must accompany those under 14. Accommodations for anglers and guests with special needs are available.

Also this summer, Evergreen Community Park’s new handicapped-accessible fishing pier will open. The Recreation Department is selling customizable granite blocks for placement in the community patio with prices ranging from $150 to $400, with proceeds funding the park’s new playground.

A new public works building is slated to open this fall. According to Mazur, the township may commemorate the occasion with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, and tours and refreshments. “It’s going to be a lot different, more modern and more environmentally appealing,” she said.

Starting in September, the township will begin quarterly meetings for new residents to meet with public officials and business owners, as part of a “Welcome to Ross” campaign.

Registrations for the fishing tournament must be received by 4 p.m. on July 8; email or pick up a registration form at the community center’s recreation desk. Those interested in sponsorship opportunities should contact Mazur at 412-400-3444.

For additional information, regarding Evergreen Community Park’s granite blocks and for civic organizations interested in attending Community Day, call 412-931-7041.