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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Water Main Leak on 5th Street

City Residents on or near Fifth Street may experience some water service interuptions today due to a probable water main leak in that area. The City Water Department and DPW crews are doing everything possible to fix the leak and return service to normal. If you have questions, please call City Hall 734-2191.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Big Weekend in Rogers City

This Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, June 20-22, 2008 are shaping up as a big weekend in Rogers City. Just some of the fun activities are a world class bike tour (Fri-Sun); the City-wide garage sale (Fri-Sat--for more information contact the Chamber of Commerce at 989-734-2535); start of the free summer concert series (7 pm Sat)--"The Bel Airs;" the Arts and Craft Show at Westminister Park (9-5 Sat, featuring great craftspersons and artists from around the region); and a Special Live Theatrical Presentation at the Waters Edge Restuarant (6 pm Fri): "I Buried an Idol" (for tickets, contact the Rogers City Theater). Also, many downtown merchants are holding special sales this weekend. Finally, Presque Isle Harbor, just a few miles down US-23, is holding the Wooden Boat Show--always a great event! Call it the a Spring fling or the first official weekend of summer--either way, visit Rogers City for good, clean family fun!

Friday, June 13, 2008

Summer Concert Series

Rogers City Summer Concert Series at Lakeside Park (Provided by Anne Belanger)

The Summer Concert Series is here and once again music to the ears begins again in Lakeside Park in downtown Rogers City. It’s an ideal place for the entire family to listen to performing artists from throughout Michigan and enjoy the beautiful surroundings next to the harbor for six weeks of music…for free! Many of the performances are distinctive and widely recognized for their outstanding musical talent.

The music series is scheduled every Thursday and Friday evening starting at 7:00 pm at the band shell in Lakeside Park. Performing on Thursday evenings at 7:00 pm, the Rogers City Concert Band will present an array of musical selections from classics to film themes, jazz and contemporary hits, and audience embraced marches.

Coinciding with the second annual Sunrise Adventure Bicycle Tour sponsored by the League of Michigan Bicyclists, a special engagement on Saturday, June 21st features the Bel Airs, a seven piece band playing classic 50s-60s music and good ‘ol rock ‘n roll. Returning to Rogers City on Friday, June 27th is a bluegrass favorite, Chasin’ Steel Band from Marquette, Michigan. Nationally acclaimed as an authentic Bluegrass band, their original bluegrass tunes are filled with energy, great rhythm with a rock and roll attitude that was a great hit with the audience last year. “Anyone looking for the combination of country music in overdrive, bluegrassy hot picking, and fun on stage”…come and see and listen to the Chasin’ Steel Band.

July 4th is celebrated with the Bourbon Street Dixieland Band performing authentic musical favorites from New Orleans and ragtime. The Bourbon Street Dixieland Band features classic Dixieland Jazz from New Orleans and Chicago from the 1915 to 1930’s era and vocal presentations of Louie Armstrong’s music as well. What a great way to start the holiday festivities!

Strap your dancing shoes on, as some did last summer, and get into the music from Louisiana and sounds of Cajun, Creole, and Zydeco. K. Jones & the Benzie Playboyz returns on Friday, July 11th. Recognized by the “Northern Express” magazine and voted as the “Number one roots band in northern Michigan.” They lead everyone into the energy of Louisiana and ignite the crowd for one memorable night out.

The sound of the islands returns with the Petoskey Steel Drum Band on Friday, July 18th. Consisting of 24 piece instrumentalists from the Petoskey area high school, these talented young musicians perform Calypso, Reggae, and favorites from the islands. Many who attended last year found themselves dancing to the rhythm of the steel drums. Keeping the music playing on through the weekend, the Huron Shore Barbershop Chorus will treat the audience to a special musical evening on Saturday, July 19th at the bandshell. This 19-member chorus with members from throughout northeast Michigan will entertain the audience with quality vocals performing in pure harmony. Wrapping up the Friday evening concerts is the dynamic duo, The McKinney Washtub Two performing on Friday, July 25th. They combine a variety of music from traditional, country, western, folk, ragtime, blues, and gospel. All of this entwined with comedy and storytelling techniques. Their talents together offer tunes to set you swaying and tapping, and words to get you thinking and laughing.

The Rogers City Concert Band concludes their season with a performance on Tuesday, July 29th just prior to the Nautical Festival.

Additional concerts and performances will be held at the band shell throughout the remainder of the summer. So please stay tuned through your local paper and announcements.

Lakeside Park has free parking and an open pavilion is located on the grounds providing food and refreshments for the general public to purchase. Large hardwood trees provide abundant shade for concertgoers and city picnic tables and benches are available to relax and even have a picnic. Concert schedule flyers are available throughout town including City Hall, local retail businesses, motels and markets, Chamber of Commerce, public library, and state parks.

The Summer Concert Series at Lakeside Park is made possible by the City of Rogers City and through grant support from the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs and the Cheboygan Area Arts Council, The Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan, and The United Communities Foundation. Thank you to local sponsors including Calcite Credit Union, Huron National Bank, Independent Bank, Rogers City Community Development Authority, Presque Isle County Board of Commissioners, and Domaci Gallery.

Enjoy the musical entertainment this summer down at Lakeside Park, Rogers City. For more information regarding the Summer Concert Series at Lakeside Park, call 734-2191 or visit the website at www.rogerscity.com.

Anne Belanger provided the information in this message. The City of Rogers City thanks Anne all her efforts to enrich our community, especially for planning, securing, and guiding the Summer Concert Series.

If you wish to make a donation to help fund the Summer Concert Series, please contact City Hall at 989-734-2191.

New Department of Public Works Director

Rogers City Hires Roger Wenzel to Head the Department of Public Works.

Today, Roger Wenzel becomes the Director of the Department of Public Works (DPW) for the City of Rogers City. Roger Wenzel replaces Bill Robin who is retiring, after 34 years with the City. Roger was the most successful of the five candidates interviewed for the position. The City received 19 applications for the job which pays a salary of between $46,000 and $50,000 depending on qualifications. Roger Wenzel showed the most positive attitude and energy of all those interviewed. Also, Roger had worked in our DPW for over ten years and had experience in all aspects of its operation. Due to financial limitation, the City is not planning to fill Roger Wenzel's previous position at this time.

Bill Robin did a great job leading DPW for over seven years, and he will be missed. Bill was well regarded by most everyone in Rogers City for his can-do approach, skill, & friendliness. Cake and farewell gifts will be presented to Bill Robin at 1:00 pm on June 24, 2008 at City Hall.

Bill and Karen Robin plans to live in Rogers City after retirement, and hope to spend more time with their grandchildren. City staff members wish Bill and Karen a wonderful retirement!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Downtown Promotion Committee

The City of Rogers City and the Community Development Authority are looking for volunteers to help with our Promotions Committee. The purpose of this committee is to "help create a positive image of our downtown and to encourage consumers and investors to do business there, to work there, and live in our great downtown. There are tremendous opportunities in Rogers City's downtown right now! This downtown has a unique character, historic buildings, great public facilities (like a 90 slip public Marina with boat launch, miles of wonderful sandy beaches, and great public parks and trails), and fabulous views of beautiful Lake Huron. We need people who will help us promote our community. So, if you are interested, please contact me at mslown@rogerscity.com

Wednesday, June 11, 2008


Rogers City Receives Vibrant Small Cities Initiative (VSCI) Grant Agreement

On June 4, 2008, the City of Rogers City received a VSCI grant agreement from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) to provide $517,500 in grant funding to accomplish downtown improvements. The projects include an economic study with implementation funds, wayfinding improvements, streetlight improvements, watermain improvements, Senior Center improvements, and downtown facade improvements. Previously, the City received a grant agreement for $152,000 in additional facade improvement projects. The projects are scheduled to begin in July 2008 and be completed by December 2009. There will be public participation sessions for many of these projects. Check here for details as the projects progress.