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$1,000 Donation to RHS Bowlers from ACT NOW

Last night at the Roscommon High School’s Bowling team practice, Chair of ACT NOW (Advisory Community Team – Neighbors On Watch) John Ellis along with Gerrish Police Lt. Greg Patchin presented Coach Dave Osim a check for $1,000.00.  The bowling team is self funded but is recognized by the school and they currently are competing in the Jack Pine Conference.  The funds were donated through ACT NOW’s community giving program and will assist the team with lane fees and equipment costs incurred during their season.

Pictured are:  Front Row (left to right) Brady Briggs, Tyler Silverthorn, Kamaron Leach, Alyssa Horton, Evelyn Arender, Jessica Hollister, Cami Leray, Assistant Coach Shelly Osim, Ed Roginski (Fred’s) and John Ellis (ACT NOW Chair).

Back Row (left to right) Coach Dave Osim, Austin Lytle, Hunter Prieskorn, Lt. Greg Patchin (GTPD), Henry Tussey, Faith Marshal, Virginia Coulter, Katie Petersen and Kathy Bair (Fred’s).

Not pictured:  Seth Patchin, Jeremy Black, Randi Hollister & Keegan Giannola

Please use CAUTION on Winter Roads

Lt. Patchin was busy this morning assisting with motor vehicle accidents due to very slippery back roads.  Just a reminder, please use caution when driving on winter roads.  Slow down and allow extra time for braking, approach intersections with caution and always account for some extra time and make sure you leave early for work, school, appointments, etc. so that you can drive the appropriate speed for the conditions.

Fortunately there were no major injuries from accidents this morning but this is a good time to remind people “winter is here” and drivers need to be cautious!

This is also a great time to make sure your vehicle is winter ready by making sure your tires are not thread worn, brakes are in good working order, your lights are all working and your fluids are full, especially windshield washer fluid.


Help our partners at the Gerrish Twp. Fire/EMS Department fill their ambulance on December 15th during the annual “Stuff the Ambulance” event!!  It will run from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 15th, in front of the Gerrish Twp. Fire/EMS Department located at 2997 E. Higgins Lake Drive, Roscommon.

For a printable version of the flyer and list of items needed please click the PDF link here: Stuff the Ambulace Flyer 2018

This year they are collecting items to donate to the Lion’s Den and the Northern Michigan Children’s Assessment Center, both are local non-profit organizations.  If you would like to donate cash or drop off your donated items early, they will gladly be accepted at the Gerrish Twp. Fire/EMS Department or the Gerrish Twp. Municipal Center.

Christmas in the Village – Gerrish PD Entry for NMCAC Tree Auction

Come on out to Christmas in the Village this Saturday, December 1st and purchase your tickets to win our awesome tree!  The Northern Michigan Children’s Assessment Center is holding their annual Small Christmas Tree Auction at the CRAF Center small gym from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

This is a fundraiser for the Center.  They provide the trees and local businesses, organizations and groups decorate them and add some “goodies” underneath and around them.  Tickets can be purchased to try to win your favorite tree(s) and the winners will receive all of the decorations in and around the tree (excluding the tree itself).

Gerrish Police Department has an awesome entry this year with a great movie/snack package included!  Thank you to Officer Scroggin for taking care of this project for us, he did a great job!  Stop by and check out all the trees during this event and enjoy all of the Christmas in the Village activities.  For a complete list of all the happenings on Saturday go to roscommonchristmasinthevillage.com.


Bed Shaker/Strobe Light Smoke Detectors – Presentation at Houghton Lake Senior Center


THANK YOU to Director Tom Pettit of the Roscommon County Commission on Aging for allowing Grayson’s Gift Program representatives to present information to the Houghton Lake Senior Center attendees yesterday at their lunch for our specialized bed shaker/strobe alarm smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

These units are FREE of charge and include traditional smoke and carbon monoxide detectors if needed along with FREE installation by Gerrish Twp. Police and Fire/EMS personnel.  We still have a quantity of these units for the deaf and hard of hearing community so if you are interested in receiving one of these units or would just like more information, please contact Julie Hill at (989) 821-5207 Ext. 291 or Brandon Rodgers at (989) 821-9813 Ext. 240.

2018 Trunk or Treat was a GREAT SUCCESS!!

Gerrish Twp. Police and ACT NOW hosted their “10th” Annual Trunk or Treat on Halloween (OCT. 31) from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. at the Gerrish Twp. Municipal Center at 2997 E. Higgins Lake Drive, Roscommon (next to the Gerrish Police Department).    50 trunks participated with 1318 people in costumes visiting (approximately 1500 people attended in total).  THANK YOU to all the participants and volunteers that made this event a great success!

Prizes were awarded in the following categories:

Best Decorated Trunk – Pizzacraft PizzaQue Outdoor Pizza Oven – CINDY BEAUDOIN

Most Creative Trunk – Yeti Roadie 20 Cooler – NOELLE MARTIN

Scariest Trunk – Coleman RoadTrip LXE Portable Grill – MIKE BENTLEY

8 Random Participation Drawings: 





Bluetooth Wireless Headset with Case – STEPHANIE MARSHALL

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