Wednesday, December 31, 2008

New Electronic Message Board

Photo Courtesy of Jeff Patrus
Story from the Roscommon County Herald News

A new electronic message board, located above the Village of Roscommon Events Center bulletin board, was recently donated by Kirtland Community College and features upcoming events at the college. Pictured, front, from left to right, are: Dr. Tom Quinn, KCC President; Sean Bill of Thee Sign Shop at Higgins Lake; (back, from left) Tom O’Brien of the Roscommon Downtown Development Authority; Roy Spangler of the KCC Board of Trustees; Jim Anderson, Roscommon DDA President; Curtis Norton of the Roscommon DDA; and Jesse Carlson, Roscommon Village President.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Season's Greetings

Seasons Greetings to all from the Village of Roscommon!

Tom Gromek
Village Manager

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

New Businesses

Fred's is now open for lunch, and will be open for dinner in the coming weeks. A lunch menu is available at Village Hall, or by e-mailing me, or better yet stop into Fred's and check it out yourself! The building has been completely refurbished and it will truly be a cornerstone, landmark business for our community. I personally tried the food last week, and it was excellent!

The Donut Hole is back open under new management and is serving up great donuts, bagels, bagel sandwiches, and even coney dogs. I can also say that the food has been top notch the several times I have stopped inside.

Roush Photography, a new business owned and operated by Jessica Roush, specializes in high quality photography & digital art. Their studio space & layout inside is something to behold! Her website, which showcases some of her work is,

Fred's & Roush Photography have both taken advantage of the DDA Facade Grant Program, and the Donut Hole is currently considering a new sign, which would be eligible for a Facade Grant.

Tom Gromek
Village Manager

Monday, December 8, 2008

MML Blog

Check out my thoughts in the MML Guest Blog this week!

MML Guest Blog - Tom Gromek

Tom Gromek
Village Manager

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Fourth Street Soil Borings

On Wednesday, Soils & Structures completed soil borings in several different places on Fourth Street. This was done with the supervision of Fleis & Vandenbrink, an engineering firm the Village contracted with for a survey & soil borings. The survey, completed a couple weeks ago, gave the engineers the appropriate road locations to test. After the analysis of the soil is complete, we will have a much better idea of how we want to fix the road & drainage problems in the most cost effective manner.

Tom Gromek
Village Manager

Downtown Murals

The DDA contracted with Terry Dickinson, a Northern Michigan artist, to paint 3 panels reflecting the different seasons of Roscommon with a background on the side of the North Country Computer & Design building, a very visible wall coming into town off I-75 via M-18. I will provide further details tomorrow, including giving the artist's full name, etc.

But as the pictures indicate, what a great new addition to our downtown! They are worth a visit into town just to see the fabulous work up close.

Tom Gromek
Village Manager

Monday, December 1, 2008

Christmas in the Village

Christmas in the Village is coming Saturday, December 6th, and there will be something for everyone!

8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. The Rosco-Higgins Trail Cruisers will host a Snowmobile Safety Class at the Roscommon Community Center, 510 South Street in Roscommon. All persons successfully completing the seven-hour class will be State Certified. Children, ages 12 through 16, are required by law to have seven hours of snowmobile safety instruction in order to receive their State Snowmobile Safety Certification. Registration is required, at no charge, and registration forms are available at: Spicer’s Boat City, Hacker’s, St. Helen Power Sports, Houghton Lake Middle and High School, Roscommon Middle and High Schools, Grayling Middle and High Schools, Houghton Lake and Roscommon Chamber of Commerce Offices. Registration deadline is November 30. Forms are to be returned to Tom Koscinski, 115 Clyde, Roscommon, MI 48653. For additional information or questions, call Tom at 989-821-8726.

8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Breakfast with Santa and Santa's Workshop at the Roscommon Knights of Columbus Hall, sponsored by Roscommon Co-Op Nursery.

10:00 a.m.
Cookie Walk & Greenery Sale at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church of the North at 149 Robinson Lake Road

10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Christmas Open House - Gallimore Boarding House - Cookies & candy for sale and wassail will be served

Noon - 3:00 p.m. Special Postage Cancellation - at the CRAF Center

Noon - 5:00 p.m. Kids Corner, free, make and take craft, sponsored by Don Nester Chevrolet.

Noon - 6:00 p.m. Silent Auction by CIV, at the CRAF Center

Noon - 8:00 p.m. Craft Show at the CRAF Center. Noon - 8:00 p.m.

Noon - 8:00 p.m. Roscommon Elementary School Classes Christmas Tree Silent Auction at Richardson School House

Noon - 8:00 p.m. Book Fair, by The Literacy Council at the CRAF Center

1:00 & 3:00 p.m. Family Matinee Movie at the Roscommon Cinema

8:00 p.m.
Teen Movie - admission is can good item to all three shows

1:00 & 3:00 p.m. Chain Saw Carving Demos

4:00 p.m.
Auction of Chain Saw Carved items at the 5th Street Market Parking Lot.

Dusk - Candle Walk - Welcomes you down 5th and Lake Streets

4:00 - 8:00 p.m. Open House at Village Businesses

4:00 - 8:00 p.m. Streets are Closed, Free Carriage Rides starting at Chase Bank

4:00 p.m. until they are sold out Lions Club Hot Dogs at the Village Hardware. Pay with a cash donation or canned good donation.

5:00 p.m. Free cider & donuts in front of Impact Office sponsored by Don Nester Chevrolet.

5:00 – 7:00 p.m. AuSable River Center free refreshments and register for a door prize.

6:30 p.m. Electric Light Parade – starting at Nester’s on N. 5th, proceeds to the traffic light, right on Lake, and ending at 1st Street.

Village Christmas Tree Lighting will follow the Parade. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at the Gazebo to announce Coloring Contest winners and light the tree. Coloring contest sponsored by the Roscommon Knights of Columbus.

After the tree lighting, children can visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Santa House by BC Pizza. Bring your Camera.

Tom Gromek
Village Manager