By: Ellen H Petersen
As the weather and water warm up, it’s time to get back in our kayaks and on our paddleboards into the lake and enjoy all it has to offer. When paddling on Lake Roaming Shores, it is easy to relax and take in all of the sights near the shoreline. Because it is so soothing, it is easy to sometimes forget that there are always potential dangers in/on any kind of watercraft. Here are some basic safety rules to follow to make your time paddling fun as well as free of danger.
Before leaving, tell someone where you are going and your expected time of return. Check your local weather forecast and be aware that conditions can change quickly. Also, check your equipment for wear and tear and do not exceed the weight capacity for your kayak or paddleboard. On a kayak, keep a small waterproof bag with a rope and a small first aid kit. Always wear a well fitted life jacket (it should fit snugly without being too tight) with a whistle. It should always be worn, not just carried with you. It is a good habit to apply a layer of sunscreen before leaving.
Paddle during daylight hours and check time of sunset and allow for plenty of time to return before dark. Paddle close to the shoreline and groups should travel behind one another. Situational awareness of all that is going on around you can prevent accidents from happening. Watch out for fast moving watercraft that create wakes. If lightning or severe weather occurs, go to the shoreline and get onto land until all danger has passed. Avoid dehydration and always keep a full water bottle with you. Dress properly: light loose clothing, hat/visor, open, lightweight water shoes. Remember to use quiet voices as sound carries easily over water. Never mix drugs or alcohol with water sports. When on a paddleboard, tether a leash to one ankle, it will keep your board from blowing away. Be sure that you know how to get back on your board from the water and practice that skill. The Roaming Shores Community Safety Preparedness will hold a kayak/paddleboard class this summer- look for announcements for when that will be held at the club house beach. Most importantly, enjoy your paddle; it is good for the body, mind and soul!
Attention runners! The Annual Roaming Shores 5K will be held on Saturday, July 3rd beginning at 8am at the Clubhouse! This will be the same day as the Fireworks, and the Jason Scribben Memorial Volleyball Tournament, and the STARS Cornhole Tournament. Save the date!!
**New for 2021** We have added a fun 1 Mile Walk/Run around the Boulevard which will begin as soon as the last 5K runner leaves the start line. The 1 Mile Walk/Run is only $10!
2020’s race was unfortunately cancelled due to COVID, but thanks to the efforts of our race timer, Stasny Road Racing working with the Ashtabula Health Department, we have a plan that is approved countywide to help us have a fun and safe race.
Please understand that we are moving forward with a “live” race. This does not guarantee that the race will proceed as planned. If the health department deems the race unsafe due to increased spread of the Coronavirus, they may force us to transition to a virtual event. There will be no refunds if the race is canceled and transitioned to a virtual event.
Our 2019 race had a whopping 127 participants sign up! The Roaming Shores 5K’s proceeds benefit our local Safety Services and the STARS Club, which organizes several events in the Shores and the annual Fireworks Display.
Take advantage of the Early Registration discount and be guaranteed a shirt or tank top (limited quantities available race day) by registering before June 11th! Shirts are FREE for 5K participants and $5 for the fun run participants.
Note: There will be NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION
The 5K will be a flat loop around Roaming Shores Village. The start and finish lines will be at the Roaming Shores Clubhouse parking lot. The race will be professionally timed by Stasny Road Racing.
Overall 5K male and female winners receive trophies. 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place finishers in each age group (Male & Female) will receive medals. Age categories: 9 and younger, 10-14, 15–19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70 & over.
For more Information: Call Jen Addair 440-563-3170 or IT@roamingshores.org
When: March 20, 2021
Where: Roaming Shores Clubhouse
Note: Due to COVID restrictions, this year’s event is open only to officers, members and one representative from each school
On March 20th, the officers and members of the Polar Bear Club will be holding our 16th Annual Polar Bear Plunge. Please know it is the intention of this club to honor our long standing commitment to the Local Schools and their scholarships, charities we support. We respectfully ask for your help.
The event will be open only to the officers, members and one representative from each school due to the COVID restrictions on the use of the club house. We will Facebook the event on Fans of Roaming Shores and live from Joeythepolarbear Facebook page. Due to the state-wide ban on gatherings over 10 people, we ask that there are no spectators on site during the time of the event.
To assist us in our efforts, we are taking orders in advance for our annual plunge t-shirts and hoodies. T-shirts will sell for $15 and hoodies $30 each. Payment in advance is required at the time of order and the last day we can accept an order is Feb. 26th. Please include sizes. Make checks payable to RSPBC and mail to 62 Rockaway Dr. Roaming Shores, OH 44085. Any individual who wishes to donate to this years’ plunge, please mail your check to this same address. Questions, 330-507-4917.
Money raised will benefit the Jeffrey B. Meddock Memorial Scholarship at Pymatuning Valley Schools, Grand Valley Schools student programs in memory of Emily Plickert, Jefferson Area Local Schools Academic Boosters and the Roaming Shores Kids’ Breakfast with Santa event.
The Roaming Shores Polar Bear Club will host Christmas with Santa at the Clubhouse on Saturday, December 12th. Due to the restrictions of the Clubhouse, we are unable to host our traditional breakfast. Santa will be here to share a gift and his Christmas Spirit with all the children and grandchildren of Roaming Shores residents, age 12 and under. As we are unable to host the children in the Clubhouse, we ask that each family drives to the front of the club house. Santa will bring his Christmas gifts to your children as they remain in their vehicle.
Registration is required with a cutoff date of Friday, December 5th. Please email the Polar Bear Club at: firstname.lastname@example.org
When registering, please leave the following information:
- Family name
- Children’s name, age, and gender
- Preference of 9:00, 9:30, 10:00,10:30 reservation (due to the amount of children, Santa has asked we spread out the times so he has time to spend with the children)
The Polar Bear Club will send an email confirmation that you are registered within 48 hours of receiving. We thank you and look forward to your family’s participation.
Are you ready for something fun? I certainly am!
The Roaming Shores Polar Bear Club, Stars Club, and RomeRock Association, are pleased to sponsor a Roaming Shores Easter Coloring Contest. While respecting our Governors request to self-quarantine, we will be doing this electronically.
There will be 7 different age brackets. 1-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12, 13-15, 16 -18, over 18. Winners of each bracket will be mailed a cash prize of $10.00. 2nd place winners will receive a cash prize of $5.00.
Click the picture below to download. After coloring, please take a picture and text to 330-507-4917. You may also scan and email it to Min3100@aol.com. If you are unable to print this picture at home, please text or call Melinda at 330-507-4917 and one will be mailed to you. A stamped return envelope can be included if requested. Please include the child’s name, age, address, and phone number. Each entry will be assigned a number and participants remain anonymous during judging.
We will accept entries through Easter Sunday, April 12th, 2020. Entries will be submitted on the 13th for judging and winners notified by Wednesday, the 15th. Judges will be Rick Brothers (President RRA Board of Directors), Leann Moses (Treasurer, Clerk), and Jennie D’Amicone (Mayor of Roaming Shores).
We are currently staffing the RRA office and are using social distancing and all of the recommended procedures advised by the Governor of Ohio’s office. We will continue to register watercraft in the office as of right now. Keep in mind that the rules are changing almost daily. Any group meetings pertaining to RRA activities is cancelled until further notice. The Clubhouse will be closed until further notice for all rentals and deposits are being returned. Any change of office hours or any procedure changes will be communicated via email from the office so make sure that you read all RRA emails. The Annual Meeting scheduled for Sat. April 25 is cancelled until a date to be determined. Be safe my friends and we will all make it through these crazy times. Please direct any questions to me via email: DJMAN78@AOL.COM
President of RRA Board of Directors
The hot topic currently is the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) which has lead to a National State of Emergency to be declared.
Is the response too great? Not enough? There’s been compelling arguments each way.
Regardless of its comparison to other illnesses, it’s important to exercise caution. This strain of the coronavirus is very contagious and there is not currently a vaccine available to aid in its prevention. So even if illnesses such as this will not adversely affect your own health, you are still capable of passing it along to someone who will be severely impacted if they contract it.
This will lead to further cancellations and inconveniences until its spread is under control. Until that time, please exercise caution. If you are unsure of your own health or concerned about the health of others, please don’t take the chance and stay home.
RomeRock Association and the Coronavirus
Your RomeRock Association staff and Board of Directors are watching closely as our health situation unfolds. The safety of our staff and, you, the residents is our number one priority. As of now, our office hours remain the same. We will let you know immediately if that changes.
Decisions on future meetings; Monthly Board Meeting, Annual Association Meeting, Informational Meetings, Club and organizational meetings will be adjusted as required by our government and our health situation. This may mean rescheduling or cancelling; dependent on the situation.
We will continue to communicate through our Eblast. Please watch for updates. In the meantime, please stay safe, practice good health hygiene, follow the health and quarantine guidelines in place, help your neighbors when you can and do what you always do….make this a safe and awesome community.
Tickets are on sale now for Paradise Bay’s Fish Fry Fundraiser benefiting the STARS Club’s Fireworks Fund. Tickets are just a $10 donation! The Fish Fry will be held at Paradise Bay in Roaming Shores on Friday, April 3rd from 5pm to 9pm. For tickets, please call Mindy at 330.507.4917, Barb at 440.645.7365 or stop by the RRA Office (hours 8am to 6pm, Tues. – Sat.). There will be a basket raffle and a 50/50. An Aqua Lily pad donated by Jennie D’Amicone of Roaming Rock Marina will also be raffled off. It’s a great meal and a great time for a great cause!
Last Saturday, the Roaming Shores Polar Bear Club held its 15th Annual Polar Bear Plunge. Plungers from Grand Valley, Pymatuning, and Jefferson schools along with several other crazy area participants took the icy plunge into Lake Roaming Rock to raise money for several local charities. Grand Valley Schools were the winners this year!
Thanks to everyone from the Polar Bear Club for all of their hard work to make this happen and to our participants, sponsors, and volunteers who made it a success!
I would also like to thank (I think ) Leeann, Pat, Al, Laurie and Mindy for sponsoring me for the plunge! I think I’m finally thawed out lol!
*** Friday-March 13th ***
Join us for our great Winter Dinner at:
Laurello Vineyards Winery
6pm to 9pm.
Located at 4573-Rt. 307 (between Austinburg & Harpersfield)
Special New Entertainment
by: Jim Baucco
Playing & Singing Classic 60’s to Modern Music
Host by: The Roaming Shores Friends & Neighbor’s Club
RSVP by 3/11/20
Call or Text: Marilyn Morris (440) 563-1653