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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Water Main Break

At the intersection of 2nd Street and Woodward, the City Water Department, lead by Chuck Kieliszewski, repaired a water main leak today, July 30, 2008. Service is now restored to the properties affected.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Classic & Custom Motorcycle Show

The 2008 Classic & Custom Motorcycle Show is coming to 40 Mile Point Lighthouse, Rogers City, Michigan on Saturday, August 30, 2008. The one day event begins at
10:00 am and continues until 6:00 pm. Trophies will be awarded for “Best in Show” and People’s Choice.

Vintage motorcycles must be at least 20 years old or older; stock motorcycles are ones that have not been altered in any way, and custom motorcycles are ones that have been physically altered in a way that changes the design of the bike in some way. Kickstands, or the equivalent, are required for all motorcycles.

Pre-registration fee is $12.00 if received prior to the event and $15.00 the day of the event. Set-up time starts at 8:00 am the day of the event.
More information, Motorcycle Registration forms and Vendor Application Forms are available at www.40milepointlighthouse.org . You may also call (989) 734-8050.


The official tourism site for the State of Michigan, www.travelmichigan.org is doing a video feature on Northeast Michigan today, July 29, 2008. They have hired a film studio and a helicopter and will be shooting pictures all along the Northeast coast including areas around Standish, Tawas, Oscoda, Harrisville, Alpena, Rogers Cit, and Cheboygan. Watch the travelmichigan.org web site for the results.

Planning Commission Acts on Wind Turbine Ordinance

Check out this link to read the text of the City's proposed new Wind Turbine Ordinance. Your comments, suggestions, or concerns are welcome. Please forward them to the City Planning Commission via jdarga@rogerscity.comWIND%20TURBINE%20ORDINANCE%20%28DRAFT%20IV%29.doc

Friday, July 25, 2008

Rogers City Pavilion

Come visit our Pavilion at Lakeside Park--a great place for all kinds of fun!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Nautical City Festival, July 29- August 3, 2008

Rogers City Nautical City Festival kicks off next week with tons of family fun and entertainment. This year's festival is honoring the Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw. To get an early start, check out the Queen's Pageant at 7:00 p.m., Friday, July 25, 2008. This year the Queen's Pageant will be at historic Rogers City Theater! This is a perfect setting for the Pageant--thanks to Theater owner Karl Heidemann. This years Festival promises to be the best ever...there will be a grand parade, a carnival, Fireworks, Big Tent Activities, Live Bands, Texas Hold'em tournament, Clowns, an Antique & Classic Car Show, a Juried Arts & Craft Show, special events for the children, and much more entertainment. All in the charming small town setting of Rogers City on beautiful Lake Huron. Please check the printed brochure for schedule details, or contact the Nautical City Festival Office (989) 734-4656. Additional information can also be found online at www.presqueislemi.com

Friday, July 18, 2008

Community Recreation Plan Update

The City Council has approved, and the Parks and Recreation Commission of Rogers City has begun a year long process of creating an updated Community Recreation Plan.

The Commission is looking for public input to the current plan. The Commission will hold public hearing on the plan during the fall of 2008 and spring 2009 (at dates and times to be determined) to help gather public suggestions. All residents and visitors are always welcome to make suggestions at anytime. Use the email features on this web site to send in your comments or suggestions. An electronic version of the current Community Recreation Plan can be found on this website under the Parks and Recreation Commission tab in the City Government Menu.

The current Community Recreation Plan was published in 2004 and is due for update in 2009. The updated plan should include recreation programs from the community's public and private schools as well as the City's parks and recreation programs. Even private commercial or charitable recreational projects and programs should be included in the inventory section of the plan. Therefore, if you know of facilities or programs that are not listed in the current plan, please forward this information to the City Staff.

The reason the plan needs to be updated every five years is that the State of Michigan, Department of Natural Resources (DNR) must review and approve an updateed plan every five years in order for the community to qualify for DNR grants. There are several great opportunities to obtain low match funding from DNR grant programs. The City of Rogers City is seeking to make major improvements in our parks and recreation facilities and programs. We want to continue to expand our reputation as the City of "Parks and Trails" with new hiking, biking, skiing, snowmobiling, and even horseback riding trail links and extentions in our community and out toward the countryside. Also, as a coastal community, we want to improve exisiting parks facilities with public restrooms, picnic shetlers, public art, and other features to attract tourists, and make the community more enjoyable to local residents too. If you are interested in seeing these sorts of improvements in our community, please contact me.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Geocashing Comes to Rogers City

If you like adventure, exercise, discovery, and looking for new things, then check out the Geocashing in Rogers City. Neil Burchett, of Rogers City, put together the first Geocashing event in Rogers City on July 12, 2008. There were twenty teams and about 40 people participated. There were five geocaches filled with a log book and trinkets at different locations on the Huron Sunrise Trail, between the 40 Mile Point Lighthouse and downtown Rogers City. If you want to find out more about Geocashing, Neil can be contacted via the 40 Mile Point Lighthouse Association.

City named as Michigan Main Street Associate

Great News for Rogers City! The State of Michigan has named Rogers City as an Associate Member of the Michigan Main Street Program. This designation is in recognition of the efforts the City and the Community Development Authority (CDA) to implement the Main Street program. The primary benefit to being named a Michigan Main Street Associate is that the City and CDA will receive free training on how to improve the downtown. The press release below is the official announcement.


Contact: Mary Lou Keenon

Telephone: 517/373-0011


July 17, 2008

MSHDA Announces Michigan Main Street Associate Level Communities

LANSING – Keith Molin, interim executive director of the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) announced today that 17 Michigan communities have been selected by MSHDA to take part in the Michigan Main Street Associate Level program. The 17 selected communities will receive training over the next one to two years in the basics of Main Street, including training in organization and promotion, economic restructuring and design and quarterly Michigan Main Street training.

“Michigan’s economy cannot thrive without thriving downtowns.” Molin said. “This program is creating opportunities for new development and economic growth in downtowns across our state.”

The Michigan Main Street Associate program is part of Governor Granholm’s Cool Cities Initiative to create vibrant communities in Michigan. These efforts are based on numerous recent studies showing that investing in our downtowns creates vibrant centers, making our state economically stronger. The 17 communities to receive the Michigan Main Street Associate Level designation are:

· Belding

· Blissfield

· Brighton

· Davison

· East Jordan

· Eaton Rapids

· Escanaba

· Grand Rapids “Uptown”

· Lansing Principal Shopping District

· Manistique

· Mt. Pleasant

· Owosso

· Owosso West Town

· Plainwell

· Rogers City

· Ypsilanti

· Zeeland

Communities wishing to become a Michigan Main Street Community or request information regarding the Michigan Main Street Associate program are asked to contact Laura Krizov at MSHDA at (517) 241-4237.

MSHDA is a quasi-state agency that provides financial and technical assistance through public and private partnerships to create and preserve safe and decent affordable housing, engage in community economic development activities, and address homeless issues. MSHDA’s loans and operating expenses are financed through the sale of tax-exempt and taxable bonds and notes to private investors, not from state tax revenues. For more information on MSHDA programs and initiatives, visit the Web site at www.michigan.gov/mshda.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Another Great Weekend in Rogers City

The weekend starts early with the famous Rogers City Band providing a free concert at 7:00 pm, Thursday, July 17, 2008 at the Lakeside Park band shell.

Petoskey Steel Drum Band is free in concert at Lakeside Park Friday, July 18th. The beautiful noise starts at 7:00 pm--this show is always a lot of fun!

Then coming Saturday, July 19th, the Huron Shore Barbershop Chorus will be performing at Lakeside Park band shell, starting at 7:00 pm.

Artist John Copley is featured at the Domaci Gallery in downtown Rogers City on Saturday, July 19 from 6-10 pm, and Sunday, July 20, from 11 am to 5 pm, 2008.

Also, there are plenty of other wonderful things to do, not limited too but including: great fishing (I'm told a 27 inch steelhead was caught recently near Rogers City), our new Fossil Park (located in South Shore Park behind the concession stand at the little league fiels), walking or riding all our great trails and beaches (miles and miles of them), and enjoying the great food at our fine eateries.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Catch Up

I've gotten behind on my weblog--sorry about that--there is always a lot going on in Rogers City! For example, last week the City Council and key staff participated in Mayor Exchange with St. Ignace. This was a wonderful experience, and I learned a lot. We showed off our city to their Mayor, Council Members, and key staff on
July 8, 2008, and they returned the favor on July 10, 2008. St. Ignace is a wonderful City with a fantastic location and rich history! Everyone living in Rogers City should visit St. Ignace to learn more about our neighbor and to see all the great things they are doing to improve their community. The St. Ignace Mayor, City Council, and Staff were most gracious hosts. On behalf of myself and all of us from Rogers City, thank you for making this Mayor Exchange so meaningful!

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