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Fisherman with a Purpose

Mike Chevalier, a long time Fishing Club member, can be seen bass fishing on our lake any day that ends in a “Y”. This year he has a purpose; he has been keeping data on the bass he has caught this year. Mike has caught 486 bass this year with a total weight of 680lbs. This is an average of 1.39lb per fish.

Mike caught 4 fish this year that were over 4lbs; the biggest being 4.71lbs. Mike starts fishing in April and ends in December. On April 7th, Mike caught 50 bass. With Mike’s data, the Club can hopefully keep track of the size and health of our bass population.

Mike Chevalier Bass Date for 2017

  • Total bass: 486
  • Total weight: 608lbs
  • Ave weight: 1.39lbs
  • Fish caught over 4lbs: 4 fish
  • Largest fish: 4.71lbs.

2018 Dues and Assessments Information

It’s Dues and Assessments time, once again. While not a very popular thing to receive in the mail, Dues and Assessments are a necessity to keep the Association owned properties and facilities up and running for all to use and enjoy! There will be no increase in Dues and Assessments or Boat Decals for 2018.

Dues and Assessments were mailed out on January 2nd and need to be paid in full by May 1, 2018. You may pay your Dues and Assessments in installments. A late charge of 10% will be charged to the remaining balance after May 1st.

There are several different payment options available.

Bank Bill Pay:
Many banks offer their customer’s bill pay on their website. You can set the RomeRock Association as a payee. If you use this option to pay your Dues, please make sure that your lot number(s) are listed on the check (you can set your account number to your lot number(s)).

Mail:
You can send your payment via US Mail to P.O. Box 8, Rome, OH 44085. Checks and credit cards/debit cards are accepted. (If paying by credit/debit card please use form on the back of the return portion of your statement, there is a 5% fee).

In Person:
Checks, credit cards/debit cards and cash are accepted at our office location (1875 US Highway 6). There is a 5% convenience fee for credit/debit cards. Our office hours until April are Tuesday – Saturday, 8am – 6pm. You may also use our dropbox located on the front porch. The box is under video surveillance and emptied daily.

Online:
The RomeRock Association offers owners the ability to pay dues online through our payment processing partner, PayLease. Using PayLease will allow you to pay online with a credit/debit card or electronic check**. You can make a one-time or recurring payment.

Click the button on the sidebar that says “Pay Dues and Assessments Online”. Direct Page (http://www.roamingshores.org/RRA1/pay-dues-and-assessments-online/) or visit PayLease.com.

Follow the instructions to search for and select your property. Enter your contact information and a password to create your account. Your account number is your lot number and it must be 4 digits. Ex. Lot 123 would be 0123.

To add additional lots, under Manage Accounts (middle of screen), click Add Account, under link another account—put in your account number (4 digits) then type @RRA right after the number, then your last name, and then Submit.

Once registered, you can process a one-time payment and/or set up Auto Pay. If you set up an account previously, please use your same login information. If you forgot your credentials, select “Forgot Your Password”.

**Note: There is a fee accessed for paying online. 3% is charged for using a credit card/debit card and $2.95 for an electronic check (note: electronic checks differ from personal checks. Personal checks can be mailed or paid in-person without a fee). PayLease assesses a fee for each account (lot).

If you have questions regarding your account balance, please contact The RomeRock Association at 440-563-3170. For questions regarding PayLease or your online payments, please contact PayLease Support at 1-866-729-5327.

Early Bird Drawing

The RRA will again be holding an Early Bird Drawing for those who pay their Dues & Assessments in full early.

Each account paid in full before 5pm each Thursday between January 11th and March 15th will be eligible for weekly drawings for cash prizes. These prizes start at $500 per week until the award for March 15th becomes $50. Good luck!

Pay your total RRA balance, AT ONE TIME, as soon as possible. Winner chosen will be returned to the box for the later drawings. The sooner your Dues & Assessments are paid in full, the more drawings you will be eligible for!

If you pay by PayLease, when we are notified that your full payment has been processed, we will then enter you into the contest. We are not notified instantaneously.

This Year in Roaming Shores 2017

Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

As another year comes to a close, we stop to take a look back at the year that was. Welcome to our 2017 Year in Review!  We’ve had another whirlwind of a year!

Just a quick note, this year’s Dues and Assessment invoices will be sent out after the first of the year. More details will be posted next week. If you have changed your mailing address this year and did not inform the Office, please do so ASAP. 440-563-3170 or via email.

 
 
 

January

  • Construction of the New RRA Office continued
  • The STARS Club prepared for the year’s events
  • Friends and Neighbors began its Winter Dinner Nights
  • Wicked winter weather pummeled the area
     
 
 

February

  • Roaming Shores Village elected to maintain their roads themselves purchasing a new plow truck
  • The STARS Club hosted their first event, WinterFest!
  • Due to lack of participation, the Lake Safety Committee cancelled their Safe Boating Course
  • Since only 2 individuals ran for the 2 open seats on the Board of Directors, ballots were not mailed.
 

March

  • 94 Jumpers raised raised $7,211 in this year’s Polar Bear Plunge!
  • The STARS Club hosted its first Dog Training Demonstration
  • Construction of the RRA Office completed and the RRA moved its operations back home to its location on Route 6
  • The RSV Utility Dept quickly tackled a water main break
  • Winter snuck in one more wallop dumping 17″ in Roaming Shores, more than anywhere else in the State!
 

April

  • The RRA Board of Directors returned their meetings to the Clubhouse
  • The Village hosted the Ashtabula County Commissioners, giving residents an opportunity to meet their Commissioners
  • The Village made efforts to create a Garden Club
  • The Association hosted their Annual Meeting of the Membership. Jim Swartz and Ron Morris retained their positions on the Board
  • The Marina opened their Ice Cream Shop for the Season
 

May

  • Roaming Shores voters voted down 2 police levies
  • The Village hosted another successful Cleanup Day and Expo despite the rain which unfortunately grounded the planned helicopter rides
  • The Men’s and Ladies Golf Leagues kicked off their seasons
  • Coyotes became a nuisance on Rome Terrace
  • The STARS Club hosted another great dog training demonstration
  • Friends and Neighbors hosted their first Potluck Supper of the year
  • The Promotion Club donated a new swim platform at Beach 1
  • The pools had most of their coping replaced
  • Lake Management began their lake water testing program for the year
  • The Pools and Concession Stand opened for another season
 

June

  • We learned that ODOT planned to close and replace the bridge on Route 6 that spanned the lake
  • The Fishing Club had a very busy month hosting their first tournament of the year, Kids Learn to Fish Day, a Rummage Sale, and Kids Fishing Day
  • The STARS Club hosted Swim Lessons at Pool 1
  • The Annual Community Garage Sale was blessed with perfect weather
  • Village Police Chief Tim DiPadova resigned
  • The Village Planning Commission began reviewing plans for the new The Rock, a proposed condominium complex in Roaming Shores
 

July

  • Independence Day Weekend was another jammed packed weekend with the Mini Triathlon, Annual Jason Scribben Volleyball Tournament, Helicopter Rides, and of course, the Annual Fireworks Display!
  • To begin raising funds for its activities and next year’s fireworks display, the STARS Club hosted a Reverse Raffle
  • Ron Morris resigned from the RRA Board, he was replaced by Shawn Morris
  • The STARS Club hosted Story Hour with the help of Miss Candi of the Rock Creek Library
 

August

  • The Covered Bridge and Beach 1 Pavilions got a facelift with new roofs
  • The Fishing Club hosted another fun Ed Baitt’s Mixed Couples Tournament
  • The STARS Club hosted a wine tasting with special guest Mr. Arnie Esterer of Markko Winery
  • Roaming Shores experienced a solar eclipse
  • Algal Toxin Levels rose for many waterways in northern Ohio, including our lake
  • A fire destroyed a home on Lake Vue Dr
 

September

  • The STARS Club teamed up with the Shores Hold’em Club to host a Casino Night
  • We reached the end of the summer season for the pools and concession stand 🙁
  • Friends and Neighbors and The Fishing Club teamed up to host a Fish Fry
  • Despite a chilly start to the month, we went right back up into the 90s
 

October

  • Drought-like conditions prompted a State-wide burn ban
  • The Fishing Club hosted their famous Clam Bake. Unfortunately, a scheduling conflict grounded the fall helicopter rides
  • After 5 long months, the Route 6 bridge finally opened
  • RRA Director John Martin was put on leave
  • The Association hosted a real estate tax meeting with county Auditor Roger Corlett
  • Perma Gro donated landscaping to the new RRA Office
  • Little Ghosts and Goblins enjoyed another fun Halloween Happening at the Clubhouse
 

November

  • The General Election was held; the Village’s police levy passed; Jennie D’Amicone was elected as the Village’s new Mayor; and Chris Plickert and Duane Helms joined the Village Council. Their terms will begin in January.
  • The Shores lost longtime member, Board Member, and Club officer Ed Baitt
  • The lake’s dam valve failed while attempting to close it leading to an unregulated drawdown
 

December

  • Friends and Neighbors Tree Trimming Social Hour got the Clubhouse looking festive for the Holiday Season
  • The Polar Bear Club hosted their annual Breakfast with Santa to another full house!
  • The dam’s valve was fixed and closed
  • Mayor John Ball and Councilmen Roy Brommer and Cheryl Fain served on their last council meeting. Thank you for your service to Roaming Shores!
 

In Memoriam

We remember those we lost this year.

  • Devota Brewer
  • Gerald Spuzzillo
  • Nancy Boucherle
  • Susan Annis
  • William Louden
  • Gary Hall
  • Sister Mary Divoky
  • Dave Crawford
  • Bud Ray
  • David Hall
  • Donna Plesnicar
  • Mike Cox
  • Al Russo
  • Nick Pahys, Jr.
  • Ed Baitt
  • Daniel G. Zygmunt
  • Agnes Sopko
 
 

Looking towards 2018

2017 was another very busy year! As we march towards 2018, this trend will continue.

The RRA’s plans for 2018 include the installation of the Ed Baitt Memorial Water Fountain in the cove next to the Clubhouse, road repairs and other various infrastructure improvements, and the continuation of dredging. Additionally, the Amenities Committee members are working on new amenities for the Shores.

For 2018, the Village plans to complete installation of street signs and poles on the Boulevard, the “Monster” relocation project on Cherrywood, and various improvements to its waste water treatment plant building.

Our clubs will see the return of many of your favorite events as well as some new ones! Our newest club, the STARS Club, held many successful events this year. For 2018, the Club hopes to continue the trend. Unfortunately, due to our swim instructor moving this year, the Club will be unable to hold swim lessons unless a qualified instructor is able to help! In place of the Mini Triathlon, a 5K race is planned for our Independence Day weekend celebration.

Planned 2018 Events:

  • Jan 12th – Winter Dinner Night – Friends & Neighbors
  • Feb 9th – Winter Dinner Night – Friends & Neighbors
  • Feb 17th – WinterFest – STARS
  • March 9th – Winter Dinner Night – Friends & Neighbors
  • March 10th – Polar Bear Plunge – Polar Bear Club
  • April 13th – Winter Dinner Night – Friends & Neighbors
  • May 5th – Cleanup Day & Expo ’18 – RSV
  • May 5th – Ladies Gold Kickoff Brunch
  • May 18th – Potluck Supper – Friends & Neighbors
  • May 26th – Pools & Concession Stand Open for Season
  • June 2nd – Don Williams All Species Tournament – Fishing Club
  • June 9th – Kids Learn to Fish Day – Fishing Club
  • June 15th & 16th – Annual Community Garage Sale – STARS
  • June 23rd – Kids Fishing Day – Fishing Club
  • June 30th – Roaming Shores 5K – STARS
  • June 30th – Jason Scribben Volleyball Tournament
  • June 30th – Fireworks – STARS
  • July 1st – Fireworks Rain Date
  • July 14th – Jack Cone All Species Tournament – Fishing Club
  • July 20th – Potluck Supper – Friends & Neighbors
  • July 21st – Reverse Raffle – STARS
  • August 11th – Ed Baitt’s Memorial Couples Tournament – Fishing Club
  • August 11th – Casino Night – STARS
  • August 17th – Potluck Supper – Friends & Neighbors
  • Sept 3rd – Final Day for Pools & Concession Stand
  • Sept 15th – Dean Blanton Bass Tournament – Fishing Club
  • Sept 15th – Wine & Cheese Social – STARS
  • Sept 28th – Fish Fry – Friends & Neighbors and Fishing Club
  • Oct 13th – Clam Bake – Fishing Club
  • Oct 27th – Trick or Treating + Halloween Happening
  • Dec 7th – Tree Trimming – Friends & Neighbors
  • Dec 8th – Breakfast with Santa – Polar Bear Club

Girl Scouts, Water Aerobics, Men’s & Woman’s Golf Leagues, the Quilting Group, & Shores Hold’em hold regular meetings. See the website for details.

The success of our Clubs depends on the participation of our membership! If you’ve ever had an event or activity idea… or would just like to help out, consider joining a Club!

Looking forward to a great new year! See you in 2018!

 

Reminder: Snow Ban

With more snow in the forecast for this afternoon/evening, the Association would like to remind residents that parking on the roads/and or berms on association-owned roadways is prohibited when the snow depth exceeds 2″ (two inches). This is necessary in order to facilitate the plowing and/or removal of the snow. There are currently vehicles parked on the roads in the areas of Thrush and Deer Run.

Village Ordinance 303.08 Impounding of Vehicles; Redemption reads:
(a) Police officers are authorized to provide for the removal of a vehicle under the following circumstances: (1) When any vehicle is left unattended upon any street, bridge or causeway and is so illegally parked so as to constitute a hazard or obstruction to the normal movement of traffic, or so as to unreasonably interfere with street cleaning or snow removal operations.

Please help our plow drivers by removing your vehicles and all obstructions from the roadways.

Thank you!

Our Beautiful Lake

By: Richard D. Gainar, CEBS – Chairman, Lake Management Committee

 

How long has it been since you just stopped whatever you were doing to simply look out over our beautiful lake?  The winter snow may cause us some problems driving but it sure does paint a wonderful background for one of the most spectacular views along the shoreline of our lake.  Whatever problems occupied my mind a few moments before simply disappear when I stare out over the water.  I can’t think of another scenic view anywhere that rivals the one in our own backyard.

This time of year allows me to reflect on the past year of the many great memories we each create here in Roaming Shores.  Whether it’s jumping from a floating dock at one of the beaches, watching the wonderful fireworks over East Beach or laughing with neighbors while the sun sets behind the trees.   I give great Thanks to those committee members whom have donated precious hours to help better our community and lake through the Lake Management Committee.  I urge others to consider getting involved with the Lake Management Committee and sharing your skills and talents in the coming year.  From your RomeRock Association Lake Management Committee, we wish you a very happy, merry and safe Holiday Season.

Remember to Love the Lake and Be Lake Responsible

In Memoriam: Agnes Sopko

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Tom Sopko with the passing of his mother, Agnes.
 
Obituary
Agnes U. Sopko (nee Uhall) age 97, beloved wife of the late Michael; loving mother of Thomas (wife Helen) and Martha “Marty” (Bunnell) McCallum (husband Rich); devoted grandmother of Thomas, Jr. (wife Samantha), Christopher, James Bunnell (wife Krissi), Laura Calevski (husband David), Elicia Lipinski (fiancé Robert Bates) and great-grandmother of Clayton, Thomas III, James IV, Eloise, Evelyn and Marley; cherished daughter of the late Michael and Anna (nee Vassel) Uhall; dearest sister of the late Mary Kavanshansky, John and Michael Uhall, Helen Crapo, Margaret Duda, and George Uhall; dear aunt and great-aunt of many.
 
Agnes was born on July 15, 1920 in Grindstone Pennsylvania and passed away on December 8, 2017. She was a parishioner of St. Clare Catholic Church, belonged to Lyndhurst Civic Club and Lyndhurst Senior Group. Agnes graduated from Garfield High School in Akron and proudly worked as a secretary. She enjoyed sewing, cooking, and baking in her free time. Agnes loved listening to Polka, Big Band music and loved to dance. In her free time Agnes greatly enjoyed playing cards, especially pinochle, bingo and all kinds of games. Agnes was kind, loving, caring, sweet and selfless. She always had a positive attitude and never complained. Agnes loved the holidays and caring for others. She will be dearly missed by all.
 
Contributions may be made in memory of Agnes to Aultman Hospice and Palliative Care, 2821 Woodlawn NW, Canton, OH 44708. Mass of Christian Burial Friday, December 15, 2017 at St. Clare Catholic Church at 10:30 AM. Burial following at Western Reserve Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Family will receive friends to pay tribute to and celebrate the life of Agnes at The DeJohn-Flynn-Mylott Funeral Home Of Willoughby Hills, 28890 Chardon Road (between Bishop Rd. and Rt. 91) Thursday 4-7 pm and Friday Morning 9-10 am. Online obituary, guestbook, & order flowers at www.DeJohnCares.com.
 

Published in www.News-Herald.com on Dec. 10, 2017

12/5/17 Power Outage

Update: Power has been restored

We are hearing reports of a power outage affecting the north end of the lake. Parts of Roaming Shores (including the RRA office still have power. The cause is an apparent transformer fire in Jefferson.

Notice: Dam Valve

12/15/17 Update:

The valve has been fixed and closed.

Attention:

The valve used for lowering the lake level has failed.  While there is no danger to residents, the Village is now considering employing pumps to draw down the lake as quickly as possible in order to inspect the damage and make repairs.  If your boat is on the lake, please make every effort to have it removed immediately.   

It may take several months to complete repairs to the valve.   More will be known once the lake water level has dropped by approximately 10’ and an inspection can be completed.

Tree Trimming Social Hour


On Friday, December 1st, Friends and Neighbors will be hosting a Tree Trimming Social Hour at the Clubhouse. Each family is requested to donate an ornament to decorate the Christmas Tree. The Social Hour will be held from 7pm – 9pm. Please bring an appetizer to share!

Fishing Club News – Nov 2017

In November of 2017, the club purchased $600 worth of fathead minnows. The club paid out $350 for long fish of the month and $100 for big bass of the year.

The winners for 2017 were:

  • April: Mike Zook
  • May: Bill Fettig
  • June: Charles Plant
  • July: Lamdim Hall
  • Aug: Ruth Plant
  • Sept: Frank Mize
  • Oct: Mike Chevalier

Big Bass of the year was won by Frank Mize, a 22” long big mouth bass that weighed 6.58lbs.

The Club sponsored the Kids Fishing Day and had a free seminar for kids on how to fish. The Club is saddened by the passing of Ed Baitt who ran the club for many years. Ed did a great job and was a friend to many. We would like to thank all of the people that joined the club. And a special thanks to Members that don’t fish, but supported the Club.

Our next meeting will be Monday, April 9th, 2018 at 7pm at the Clubhouse. Have a great winter!

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