Celebrating the Stars and Stripes in Ross

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Ross will hold its annual Independence Day celebration Sunday beginning at 4 p.m. with a parade and featuring activities, music and fireworks.

Commissioner Jerry O'Brien, chairman of the recreation committee, said the parade will start at St. John's Lutheran Church at 920 Perry Highway and end at Lindley Lane near Brandt's Funeral Home. Perry Highway will be closed from 3 to 5 p.m. between Rochester and Three Degree roads.

The parade will feature the Ross police ceremonial unit, North Hills marching band and cheerleaders, and township emergency vehicles, as well as vehicles from other municipalities.

After the parade, the celebration moves to the Ross municipal building and community center, and will feature craft booths, inflatables, a petting zoo, games and concessions.

Local celebrities Bruno Sammartino and Debbie Drodge Baumiller, Ms. Pennsylvania 2012, will attend, as will Ronald McDonald. The band Kardaz will perform songs from the 1960s and 1970s.

Fireworks by Pyrotechnico will begin at 9 or 9:30 p.m., followed by a movie, "The Adventures of Tintin."

In a related event, the 10th Annual North Hills High School Computer Aided Drafting & Design Club car cruise will be held from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday in the high school parking lot, 53 Rochester Road. The event will feature classic, custom and new cars, trucks, motorcycles and SUVs. Admission is free.

The entry fee is $10 for all participating vehicles. Proceeds will benefit the CADD Club. Early Registration begins at 9 a.m., and student judging begins at 1 p.m. and concludes at 2:30 p.m. More than 30 trophies and awards will be presented. Dash plaques and gift bags will be given to the first 100 vehicles. All participating vehicles are eligible to cruise in the parade.

Information: cassandroj@nhsd.net.

Mr. O'Brien said at the commissioners meeting Monday that planning for community day in September is proceeding.

He said he sent out 200 letters about Community Day -- 89 to last year's participants and another 111 to people and organizations that have called and requested information about the event.

"If anybody wants to get involved, I'll tell you, this thing is crazy," he said.

In other action Monday, commissioners authorized the demolition of two vacant houses that have fallen into disrepair.

The houses are at 578 Cyrano Ave. and 814 Quaill Ave.

"They're well overdue" to be demolished, Commissioner David Mikec Sr. said.


Sandy Trozzo, freelance writer: suburbanliving@post-gazette.com.


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