Winery Bus Tour

Join the STARS Club on Saturday, May 12th from 5:30pm – 9:30pm as we board the Jolley Trolley from the Clubhouse parking lot for a Winery Tour!

The cost per person is $20 and must be paid in advance to reserve your seat. Participants must be 21 or older.

Reservations are essential! If you would like to join us, please RSVP ASAP. We need a minimum of 20 participants in order to be able to reserve the Jolly Trolley.

Sign up Form & Flyer is available online or at the RRA Office. Please drop off your sign up form and payment at the RRA Office or mail to P.O. Box 8, Rome, OH 44085.

President’s Comments – March 2018

President’s Comments
March Board Meeting
March 1, 2018
By: Tom Sopko

Board Actions in the Past Month:

  1. The Board voted to do a Ballot type Survey. Including the following issues:
    1. Whether food and beverages should be allowed inside the pool areas.
    2. What is the interest in other amenities. And how to pay for them.
    3. The Board asks that Members make suggestions.
      The Survey is expected to follow the Director Ballot and not overlap or be at the same time
  1. The Board voted to provide WiFi at the Clubhouse area. It is now in service and will be in service year-round.
  2. The Board voted to study monthly dues payments in an effort to implement monthly payments. Many Members have commented that they can afford $75/month and cannot afford $750 all at once. It was a suggestion brought to us by Ed Baitt based on Member feedback. The Board is targeting to begin this in June of 2018, for the 2019 season.

Board Actions Tonight:

  1. John Martin has resigned from the Board. His resignation needs to be accepted. John’s remaining term is 1 year and two months.
  2. A new Board Member will be seated. The Board will be at full strength which is seven.
  3. Candidates for the upcoming Board election have to attend three regular Board meetings in the past year. The policy for monitoring Board Meeting attendance has been by signing in, however, it is not in the bylaws. Two Nominations are in question. The Board will decide if and how these Nominations are accepted.


What is Indemnification and Why Do We Have It? Indemnification which includes Directors and Officer Insurance protects volunteer Board Members from the costs of lawsuits and other legal claims whether criminal or civil. Indemnification should encourage Members to be on the Board because their personal assets are protected. Indemnification is now in question and under attack. Personally, I would not risk my retirement which took 40 years to build, to be on this Board if it were not for Indemnification. Put yourself in this position, would you risk your home or all your assets to manage this Association? Understanding Indemnification was my primary focus before deciding to join the Board. I used a third party law firm to help in that evaluation. No volunteer Director should be personally sued, imprisoned, accused of a felony, or have his/her life destroyed especially by another Member. These lawsuits and legal claims are the true money wasters of the Association and Community. Association Members need to step-up and question the accusers, as Members now question the defense decisions of the Association. Remember the Association Board of Directors represents you the Member. These actions could be handled internally by the Community if we were truly “working together”. These accusations are designed to intimidate the Board and to make the Board look bad, nothing else.

Director Election: For the upcoming Director election, it is my recommendation that you ask questions to understand the intentions of candidates. Vote for candidates who are truly interested in the long term direction of the Community, representing the entire Active Membership.

‘Do Not Knock’ Registry

Tired of Door-to-Door Solicitors?
Sign up for Roaming Shores Do Not Knock Registry

There has been a growing number of confusing and misleading energy offers affecting our community’s residents.  To prevent this, as well as other for-profit solicitors from interrupting you at home, The Village of Roaming Shores has partnered with the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council (NOPEC) to provide you with the Do Not Knock Registry.

How does the Do Not Knock Registry work? Residents can sign up for the Do Not Knock Registry online at or by sending in a postage-paid Do Not Knock Registry postcard.  Postcards are available at the Village Hall.  Once you’ve signed up, your address will be listed on the registry and you will receive a Do Not Knock window cling to post near your front door.

When a for-profit solicitor comes to The Village of Roaming Shores to sell door-to-door, they must first request a permit from the community.  At that time, we will provide them with the Do Not Knock Registry listing addresses that they are not allowed to go to. 

What happens if a solicitor still knocks on your door? Ask what organization they are with.  Non-profit organizations like public schools or churches are not regulated by the same rules as for-profit solicitors.  The Do Not Knock Registry does not apply to non-profit organizations.

If you feel the solicitor is in violation of the Do Not Knock Registry, contact Roaming Shores Police or the Village Hall to report them.     

For more information about the Do Not Knock Registry provided by The Village of Roaming Shores and NOPEC, go to

In the Village of Roaming Shores, solicitors are required to have a permit.

2018 Early Bird Drawing #10

The winner of the final Early Bird Drawing for 2018 and recipient of $50 is Peggy Havliccek (Lot #962)! Congratulations to all of this year’s winners!

Remember, you have up until May 1st to pay your Dues and Assessments in full.

More Information & Payment Options.

Lake Roaming Rock drowning victim identified

Gazette Newspapers

ROAMING SHORES – The body of Keegan Maple, 25, of Jefferson Township, was recovered near the dam area of Lake Roaming Rock in Roaming Shores Village on Saturday, March 10. 

The body was found by the Ashtabula County Water Rescue Team (ACWRT) during an underwater search around 5 p.m. Saturday, said Ashtabula County Coroner’s Office Investigator Keith Stewart. 

Shores Village Police Chief Will Roskos said, “We got a report verified by two local residents of seeing a person swimming in the lake at around 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 24. The Roaming Shores PD went to the area of Lark Court for the complaint of a person swimming, then the person disappeared several yards south of the dam. A number of county fire agencies and the county water rescue team did an exhaustive search of the area and revealed nothing.”

The agencies responding then included Morgan FD, South Central Ambulance District and fire departments from Geneva, Monroe, Rome, Saybrook, Sheffield and Wayne, plus the Ashtabula County Water Rescue Team and SCAD, Chief Roskos added.

“The county water rescue team did make other attempts to locate a body. Then on last Saturday, March 10, with the annual Polar Bear Plunge going on with them all here, the Ashtabula County Water Rescue Team undertook another search. They did find a body by the dam area of the lake. We never got any missing persons report here,” said Shore Village Police Chief Roskos.

Coroner’s Office Investigator Stewart was immediately called to the scene on Saturday by the ACWRT and Shores Village PD, said ACWRT team coordinator Ed Koziol.

The investigation is ongoing by our county coroner and Ashtabula County Sheriff’s Office, said Koziol early this past Tuesday morning.

The drowning victim’s body was transported to the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office for autopsy and toxicology tests, Stewart told Gazette Newspapers this Tuesday, March 13.

“The victim (Maple) was fully clothed when found. A wallet with photo ID was also found on the body. We held up releasing the name of the person until all the family members were notified,” Stewart continued. “The water rescue team took their sonar equipment on Saturday when they were at the lake for the Polar Bear Plunge. They detected something by the dam area and sent a team underwater to retrieve the body.”

“The drowning victim did not live in the Shores area, but in Jefferson Township. The Ashtabula County Sheriff’s Office is also part of the investigation,” Stewart added.

Investigator Stewart said at this stage, the investigation authorities have no idea why Maple swam into Lake Roaming Rock. The recreation lake is part of the Rome Rock Association, a private lake residential property owners association making up the Village of Roaming Shores.

“The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office is doing a toxicology report. It takes some weeks up to two months to get the report back, although we do get a preliminary report of their findings sooner. There also was no abandoned vehicle found in the nearby area of the lake community,” said Coroner’s Investigator Stewart.

Ashtabula County Sheriff William Johnson stated on March 13, “We are waiting (also) for the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office reports. I can comment that we were looking for Keegan Maple, and that’s all I can say now.”

The Gazette Newspapers published a report in the March 1st issue of The Shores News about a Shores resident spotting “someone swimming in the lake.” Shores Village Police Department received the report with an initial search by fire departments and SCAD, yielding no results at the time.

Another Successful Plunge!

The 13th Annual Roaming Shores Polar Bear Plunge was held over the weekend. There may not have been any ice of the lake, but it was still a chilly day with even chillier waters. That didn’t stop 75 brave jumpers from taking the icy plunge! This year’s Plunge raised $7,635 which will be used to benefit the Jeff Meddock Memorial Scholarship, Jefferson Area Local Schools Academic Boosters, Grand Valley Schools student programs in memory of Emily Plickert, and the Roaming Shores Breakfast with Santa event.

Thanks to everyone who turned out for this year’s Plunge whether you were one of the brave souls who took the plunge or were there to cheer on those who did!

Gayle Zirkle, Polar Bear Club President, triumphantly emerges from the icy plunge!

Team Wild Side raised over $2000!

More Plunge Pictures

Thank you to the members and volunteers of the Polar Bear Club for organizing such a great event! A big thanks to all of the Plunge’s business sponsors and to all of the local rescue teams! Thanks also go out to the Cannon family for their donation of the Aqua Lily Pad that was raffled off.

Notice from the RSPD

On 02-24-2018 at approximately 14:12 the Roaming Shores Police Department was dispatched to the area of Lark Court for a suspicious activity complaint in reference to a male subject who had allegedly swam out into the Lake Roaming Rock and then disappeared. Arriving on scene and speaking with two independent witness officers were now able to confirm that a white male subject possibly in his mid 20’s had swum out into the lake and then disappeared several yards south of the dam. Upon the arrival of several different county fire agencies an exhaustive search of the area was conducted, revealing nothing.
Agencies who responded to the scene included:

  • Morgan Fire Department
  • South Central Ambulance
  • Ashtabula County Water Rescue Team
  • Geneva Fire Department
  • Monroe Fire Department
  • North West Ambulance
  • Rome Fire Department
  • Saybrook Fire Department
  • Sheffield Fire Department
  • Wayne Fire Department

On 03-10-2018 at approximately 17:00 a body was recovered from the dam area of Lake Roaming Rock by the Ashtabula County Water Rescue Team. No additional information will be available until an investigation is completed by the Ashtabula County Coroner’s Office.

Will Roskos
Chief of Police
Roaming Shores Police Department
2500 Hayford Road
Roaming Shores, Ohio 44084
440 563-3135

2018 Early Bird Drawing #9

The winner of Early Bird Drawing #9 for 2018 and recipient of $100 is James Krieg (Lot #2087)! Congratulations!

Next week’s drawing will be last for 2018 and will be for $50!

Remember, you have up until May 1st to pay your Dues and Assessments in full. More Information.

2018 Board of Directors Election Update

Nominations for this year’s Board of Directors election have been received. The deadline for nominations was Feb 27th. For 2018, there are 3 candidates running for 2 seats on the Board of Directors.

Important Dates:

February 27th @ 1pm – Ballot Nominations must be turned into RRA Office
March 28th – Ballots must be mailed by the RRA Office before 1pm
April 25th – Ballots must be received via US mail by 1pm
April 28th – Association Annual Meeting at the Clubhouse @ 1pm

Please note: This page is only for general election information and questionnaires sent out by the Association to the candidates. The same questionnaire has been sent to all candidates. For all other information about candidates, please see their letters to the editor in The Shores News.


  • Dave Emick
    • 2311 Morning Star Dr
  • Rory Marshall
    • 2271 Morning Star Dr
  • Anthony Vavpetic, Jr
    • 135 Roaming Way

Nominee Questionnaires:

Name: Dave Emick

  • Lot #: 2311
  • Years a Property Owner: 52
  • Employment: Retired
  • Have You Previously Been On The Board Of Directors?: Yes
  • When? 2015-Present
  • Reasons For Desiring To Be On The Board Of Directors: Keep the Association going in the right direction.
  • Hobbies: Woodworking, boating, fishing, hunting
  • Involvement In Committees And Clubs: Fishing Club

Name: Rory Marshall

  • Lot #: 2271
  • Years a Property Owner: 3 1/2
  • Employment: Cristal Inc. Ashtabula, OH
  • Have You Previously Been On The Board Of Directors?: No
  • When?: n/a
  • Reasons For Desiring To Be On The Board Of Directors: To get more involved in my community and bring some new ideas to the board.
  • Hobbies: Woodworking, kayaking, boating, four-wheeling
  • Involvement In Committees And Clubs: Jefferson Area Schools Athletics programs, OHSAA umpire and coach.

Name: Anthony Vavpetic, Jr

  • Lot #: 135
  • Years a Property Owner: 1
  • Employment: Full time realtor
  • Have You Previously Been On The Board Of Directors?: No
  • When?: n/a
  • Reasons For Desiring To Be On The Board Of Directors: I want to be a part of helping our community grow and help make it a place the residents are proud to call home.
  • Hobbies: Camping, kayak
  • Involvement In Committees And Clubs: None at this time.

Power Outage in Roaming Shores

Update: All power has been restored.

North East Ohio was hit by a winter storm last night that brought with it high winds and heavy snow. As a result, several neighborhoods in the Shores experienced power outages and brown outs. As of this writing, there are a few homes without power. For current outage information, check the First Energy Storm Center.

If you need a place to warm up, the Clubhouse, Village Hall and RRA Office are open and have power.

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Mailing Address: P.O. Box 8, Rome, OH 44085

Located at 1875 US Route 6, Roaming Shores, OH 44085

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