2019 Fireworks Fundraiser

Updated: 4/11/19

The Roaming Shores Fireworks Display is the highlight of the year, but it wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of our Membership! The 2019 Fireworks Display is slated for Saturday, July 6th.  We’ve almost made it to our goal of $9,000!

Please seriously consider contributing towards the show!

The STARS Club is in charge of organizing the display. Donations towards the Fireworks can be included with your Dues and Assessments, checks should be made out to the STARS Club. There is also a donation jar at the RRA Office.

If you’d like to make a donation directly to the STARS Club, they may be mailed to P.O. Box 417, Rock Creek, OH 44084.

Many thanks to our donors, past, present, and future!

Early Bird Drawing #9

The winner of Early Bird Drawing #9 for 2019 and recipient of $100 is Eric Sala of lot 729! Congratulations!

Next week’s drawing will be the final Early Bird Drawing of 2019. The recipient will win $50. Dues and Assessments are due by May 1st!

2019 Election Update

The nominations are in. For 2019, there are 4 candidates running for 3 seats on the Board of Directors.


  • Rick Brothers
    • 403 Conneaut Terrace
  • Cheryl Fain
    • 1013 Evening Star Dr
  • Jack McMillin
    • 2447 Plum Creek
  • Nadine Pope
    • 68 Rockaway Dr

Ballots will be mailed by the office by 1pm on March 27th. For more information on these candidates and all election information, please see the 2019 Board of Directors Election page.

Hard Water

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

As cold temperatures slow the metabolisms of all living creatures, winter lakes such as Roaming Rock Lake exhibit reduced rates of photosynthesis and respiration. In temperate lakes covered by ice, water temperatures are about 4˚C (39˚F) top to bottom except at the very top where ice forms between 0˚C (32˚F) and 4˚C.  The unique properties of water molecules make ice less dense than water, so it floats on the top of the lake, allowing fish and other life to remain alive below.

Ice can become so thick that little light penetrates to the water below. Photosynthesis, already slowed by the cold temperatures, ceases to take place altogether in the dark water limiting weed and algae growth.  The ice also separates the lake water from the atmosphere so that no direct diffusion of oxygen can occur.  Although fish and other organisms need very little oxygen when water temperatures are so cold, oxygen may entirely deplete, resulting in a winter fish kill in some lakes.  Our fish population’s health is helped by significant water flow from our many tributaries.  The oxygen-enriched water flows under the ice all winter.

As always, Love the Lake and Be Lake Responsible.

Early Bird Drawing #8

The winner of Early Bird Drawing #8 for 2019 and recipient of $150 is Del Christofferson of lot 2495! Congratulations!

Next week’s drawing will be for $100. There’s are only 2 drawings left!

2/26/19 Power Outage Update

As of this writing, power is still out on portions of Rome Rock Creek Rd and surrounding areas from the wind storm Sunday and Monday. If you need a place to warm up, you are welcome to come to the RRA Office on US 6 or the Village Hall on Hayford Rd.

If there are enough people in need, we will open the Clubhouse, as well.

Power is expected to be returned to everyone by 1pm Wednesday. Crews are working around the clock. For live updates, check the First Energy Storm Center.

14th Annual Polar Bear Plunge

Almost 100 brave souls took the Plunge during the 14th Annual Roaming Shores Polar Bear Plunge. See the album below for pictures and video from the event.

Thank you to our Sponsors, Safety Services, all of our participants, and to the Polar Bear Club for making this year’s Plunge a great success!

2019 Polar Bear Plunge

2019 Early Bird Drawing #7

The winner of Early Bird Drawing #7 for 2019 and recipient of $200 is Jeffrey Liplin of lot 2087J! Congratulations! Next week’s drawing will be for $150. There’s are only 3 drawings left!

Dredging Advisory Committee

By: Dawn Longo

For several years, there has been discussion around dredging the lake at Roaming Shores. Even though we have been removing sediment for the last three years to ensure the health of the largest privately owned lake in the state of Ohio  residents were interested in improving the efficiency of the endeavor and speeding up the process. Dan Mullins and  his team have done a great job but dredging is only part time for them – they still open the pools, cut the grass, make repairs, etc.  

In order to capitalize on the ideas and suggestion of the membership at the monthly association meetings and the annual Board meeting, the RRA board organized a working “Dredging Advisory Sub-Committee” to hold active, meaningful discussions to plan and help improve our dredging activities. A major portion of these discussions will deal with existing practices, potentially new practices, current funding limitations, and future funding potentials.

The public was invited to a meeting on Saturday, November 24, 2018 at the clubhouse as an informational session and members were asked to sign up for the committee.

The following association members signed up:

Jim Fell, Dawn Longo, Mike Petersen, Theresa Ankuda, Denny Crandall, Gerry Dixon, Terri Freeland, Fred Jenkin, Rick Brothers, Dan Mullins, Jack McMillin, Jim Swartz, Louise Lisac and Howard Tuttle.

The committee had their first meeting January 12, 2019 and split into four separate sub-committees as follows.

Committee #1 is Jack McMillin, Jim Swartz and Louise Lisac with Dan Mullins. They will investigate expanding the current operations.

Committee #2 is Jim Fell, Gerry Dixon, Dawn Longo and Chris Lisac. They will investigate creating a parallel operation.

Committee #3 is Denny Crandall, Ankudas, Terri Freeland and the Jenkins. They will investigate dredging by an outside contractor. Their scope was expanded to include inquiring as to whether any of these contractors are available for hire by individual property owners.

Committee #4 is a Water Flow Control Group which will be an ongoing committee to ensure proper maintenance of the lake. These members will not remain on it indefinitely. They were tasked with documenting processes and procedures that are vital to proper maintenance of the lake so dredging does not become a major issue again. Members are Louise Lisac, Rick Brothers, Mike Petersen and Howard Tuttle.

Each team was asked to present their findings at the next meeting scheduled for February 9, 2019.

The committee met on February 9th and each team came back with valuable information as summarized below:

Team # 1 Update: They haven’t gotten as far as they would like with their plan but they did note that 2 temporary workers have already notified them that they will not be coming back this summer. We typically hire 7 seasonal employees. Jobs will be posted but if you know people looking for summer employment send them Dan’s way.

Team #2 Update: Presentation was given for a parallel operation with costs associated for removing 12,000 cubic yards of additional sediment. Since 6,000 cubic yards are taken out each season the number 12,000 was used to gather quotes. See Team #3 updates as quotes may be firmer with that information. Will send an electronic copy of their presentation to board members.

Team # 3Update: A company was found that can provide us with a bathymetric survey which could help us determine how many cubic yards need to be removed from the lake. This number will be extremely helpful for all teams. The cost for this work is $5,300 but we don’t need Survey Area #1 (across the bridge) so the total would be $630 less. If we were to obtain any additional services from them, this fee would be deducted from the fees for that  additional work. Any expenditure of this type would need to be approved by the board who meets again on February 21. This committee is going to contact others who may provide the same type of service as well.

Team #4 Update: One of the options that has been brought up in the past is siphoning. This committee determined that siphoning is not an option. They also investigated the possibility of increasing the size of the current valve at the dam. A 2010 study done by CT Consultants out of Mentor found it impractical and that is still the case.  One thing the committee suggested was to consider an earlier drawdown. This would have to be communicated early and we would have to be sure that equipment and manpower are available to utilize a lowered lake for aggressive dredging.

Also, just a reminder to association members the association owns the lake while the village owns the dam.

These are all still a work in process so don’t assume that the lake will be lowered earlier this year or anything that you’ve seen above.

The committee is moving forward and some of the next steps are:

Begin a communications campaign to keep citizens abreast of progress. It is important that everyone in the association be aware of the work being done and the progress being made. If anyone has any constructive comments to bring to light please feel free to share them with anyone on the committees. You can send these comments to the e-mail address of it@roamingshores.org

 The association will post a public notice in the newspaper requesting anyone interested in submitting a quote/proposal for dredging to do so by February 28th so the committee can review on March 2nd.  Companies will then be contacted to come in to present and answer any questions regarding their quotes.

Of course, there will be dollars involved with any project of this magnitude. The quotes will allow the committees  to provide members a feel for what those dollars might be and how those funds will be obtained. It is important that every member of the association pay their annual dues and suggest the same to their neighbors. Unpaid dues are an entirely different topic but will be addressed more aggressively in 2019.

The committee hopes to be able to give an update at the annual meeting on April 27, 2019.

2019 Early Bird Drawing #6

The winner of Early Bird Drawing #6 for 2019 and recipient of $250 is Carol Murphy (Lot #1558)! Congratulations! Next week’s drawing will be for $200. There’s still plenty of time to get in on the drawing!

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

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