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Nelson Twp. – Pixley Park Development Committee held their Annual Harvest Moon Pig Roast Pot Luck Dinner at the community house last Saturday. The dinner was a fundraising event for the development of Pixley Park in Nelson Township. The idea behind the dinner was to bring the community together to get to know their neighbors while raising funds to continue the development Pixley Park. The dinner was a free to those who brought a dish to pass those who chose not to cook paid $5 to join in the fun.
Preparations started early Saturday in fact, long before most of us were out of bed Saturday Matt Ryser was at the community house dodging rain drops while preparing the suckling pig for roasting. After 8 hours of manning the spit, the pig was ready to be served to the hungry community. The event had about 100 folks anxiously waiting for dinner as they bought raffle tickets, and Chinese auction tickets while listening to the easy sounds of the Garrettones.
Soon dinner was served; there was just about every type of dish imaginable to go with the roasted pork, from cheesy potatoes to coleslaw and even some scrumptious desserts. Before too long, folks had quickly devoured the fruit of Matt’s labor and had a time of fellowship before the committee began drawing winners to the Chinese auction and 50/ 50 raffle.  The afternoon of fun raised about $1000 for the park.
The Park Development Committee was formed to help meet the goal of seeing a safe place in the community for folks to gather and kids to play. Since the committee’s inception they have made a lot of progress turning the dream into a reality. In 2009 the hiking trail at the park opened and was dedicated.  In 2010 the park committee was able to build a ball diamond, along with dug outs. This year they have added bleachers and put in a small playground that was donated by a township resident. The future plans for the park are pavilion, a large playground, picnic tables, horseshoe pits, BBQ grills, and possibly a soccer field. The committee is committed to seeing Mr. Pixley’s dream of a park to become a reality and they are well on there way.
The park committee holds two fundraisers a year one being the Harvest Moon Pig Roast and Potluck Dinner and the other is their annual garage sale held over the Memorial Day weekend. If you missed the dinner you can still help out the park causes by donating useful items to their garage sale, attending their sale in May or by donating monetary gifts to the park.
The park committee accepts donated goods year round and they can be dropped off at L & P Machine Co, 8488 State Route 305, Garrettsville OH, 330-527-2108 or The Salvage Pantry, 11462 Nicholson Rd. Garrettsville OH, 330-527-4969
Local pick-up is available. Call Terry Allen at 330-719-2584 or Anna Mae Vanderhoeven 330-527-4969 for more information.
Monetary gifts can be mailed to Pixley Park Committee at Pixley Park Development Committee 8488 State Route 305 Garrettsville, OH 44231.Please make checks payable to: Pixley Park Development Committee or PPDC. Monetary Donations are also accepted at Middlefield Banking Company in Garrettsville. All donations are greatly appreciated.
With everybody’s help we will see the park completed soon. Pixley Park Development Committee is a nonprofit organization formed solely to organize volunteer help and raise money to build and help maintain Nelson Township’s Pixley Park.

Denise Bly has been a correspondent for the Weekly Villager for five years. She also does the public relations for Garrettsville SummerFest and the Garrettsville Area Chamber. In her spare time, she can be found at most local events, especially J.A. Garfield’s, high school and middle school athletic and musical events. When not out and about in the community, she can be found at home reading, sewing, cooking and spending time with her family.

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