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Food Truck Distribution – August 13th

There will be a Food Truck Distribution at the Roscommon Area Public Schools Bus Garage on Thursday, August 13, 2020 starting at 10:00 a.m. Please stay in your vehicles and enter at the Middle School driveway and follow the designated route. Please be patient and follow the procedure to assist our volunteers and note there will not be any bathroom facilities available so please plan accordingly.

Thank You Tom for Your Support…

On July 17th, Gerrish Township resident Tom Mills donated a hand-made wooden “Thin Blue Line” wall hanging to our Department. Sgt. Norm LaBonte accepted this beautiful piece of art on behalf of our Department.

The wooden flag is proudly displayed on our training/meeting room wall and is a reminder to all that enter that room of its meaning to our fellow law enforcement officers throughout our State, our Nation and the World.

The origin of the phrase “Thin Blue Line” dates back to an 1854 battle during the Crimean War in which a British infantry regiment in red uniforms stood their ground against a Russian cavalry charge. The British formation became known as the “Thin Red Line.”

The idea migrated to other professions using other colors for their “thin lines” of solidarity. In 1922, the usage of the “Thin Blue Line” for police usage caught on in New York and was used in speeches and related news coverage across the country.

In 2014, a college student from West Bloomfield, Michigan named Andrew Jacob, created the “Thin Blue Line” flag after attending a memorial service for a fallen police officer whose casket was draped with the American flag. Jacob is now the president of “Thin Blue Line USA” one of the largest on-line retailers devoted to the sale of pro-police items.

The “Thin Blue Line” flag remains a symbol of pride and respect for a dangerous profession and a tribute to fallen police officers and their families everywhere.

Thank you Tom for your generous gift and support of the law enforcement profession and our police department!

GLOW GOLF Fundraiser – September 12, 2020

Bring your family, friends or co-workers to this fun event scheduled for September 12, 2020 at Ye Olde Country Club in Roscommon and help support all of the great community programs and projects sponsored by the Gerrish Township Police Department and ACT NOW!

Registration fee is $25 per person (4-Person Team Scramble) and fee includes golf, glow golf ball, pull cart, hot dogs, chips, water or pop. Come with a team or come alone and we will place you on a team. Registration and the “Before the Glow Party” is from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. with Tee Off at approximately 8:00 p.m. Limited to 18 teams so sign up early! There will be a 50/50 Raffle and you can purchase glow gear also. BYOB – bring your own cooler and wagon, best decorated wagon will win a prize!

This is a walk only event and all COVID-19 social distancing and face mask guidelines will be followed when applicable. If you would like to support the event, but do not want to golf, you can purchase 50/50 raffle tickets just before the event at the Glow Party or be a hole sponsor for $100 (Gold) or $50 (Silver).

We are hoping that we have a great turn out at this event since we had to cancel our Annual Golf Outing held in August which is our largest fundraising event. For more information or to make a donation or participate, please contact Officer Eric Muszynski at (989) 821-5207 Ext. 288 or Julie Hill at Ext. 291. You can also stop in at the Gerrish Police Department weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

For a printable PDF copy of this flyer click here: https://www.gerrishpolice.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Glow-Golf-POSTER-2020.pdf

Check out our Glow Golf Event on our Facebook Page at Gerrish Township Police: https://www.facebook.com/events/1659108714256630?acontext=%7B%22action_history%22%3A[%7B%22surface%22%3A%22page%22%2C%22mechanism%22%3A%22page_admin_bar%22%2C%22extra_data%22%3A%22%7B%5C%22page_id%5C%22%3A718277064886320%7D%22%7D%2C%7B%22surface%22%3A%22events_admin_tool%22%2C%22mechanism%22%3A%22events_admin_tool%22%2C%22extra_data%22%3A%22[]%22%7D]%2C%22has_source%22%3Atrue%7D

Roscommon County Residents – Please complete the 2020 Census!!

If you have not already completed the 2020 Census, please do so…it’s simple and only takes a few minutes.

Go to the following link to complete the Census: https://2020census.gov/?cid=24481:2020%20census:sem.ga:p:dm:en:&utm_source=sem.ga&utm_medium=p&utm_campaign=dm:en&utm_content=24481&utm_term=2020%20census

The numbers reported by the County Clerk’s Office are very low for all Townships in Roscommon County. PLEASE complete the CENSUS as critical data is used to calculate the amount of Federal funding to support our local community for many programs and services including hospitals, clinics, fire departments, schools, roads, etc.

It’s not too late, you can still take the on-line survey or call (844) 330-2020 through October 31, 2020. If you have not done one of the self response methods, Census takers will begin to go door-to-door in our neighborhoods to collect the data. This response has been delayed slightly due to COVID-19, however they will begin soon in July.

Food Truck Distribution – JULY 9th

Please use the Roscommon Middle School drive to enter for pick up during the Food Distribution. Remain in your vehicles, have your ID ready and follow the marked one-way traffic route. There will not be any restrooms available, so please plan accordingly. Again, we appreciate everyone’s patience during this event and for the safety of all volunteers please follow all of the guidelines. Please click link for the news release for this event: https://www.gerrishpolice.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/NEWS-RELEASE-July-ROSCO-only-food-truck.pdf

Roscommon County ORV Ordinance

The number of ORV crashes and serious injuries/deaths have increased in our County recently. Law Enforcement will be making extra efforts to enforce this County ordinance and citations will be written if the rules and regulations of the ordinance are not followed.
For further information or to get a brochure showing the County ORV Trail Map, stop in at the Gerrish Police Department or click this link:
https://www.gerrishpolice.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/2017-ORV-County-Brochure.pdf

On May 13, 2009, Roscommon County adopted an ORV Ordinance for the purpose of authorizing and regulating the operation of Off Road Vehicles (ORVs) on roads and streets in Roscommon County. Any person violating this ordinance is guilty of a civil infraction and may be ordered to pay a civil fine of not more than $500.00. A court may also order a person who causes damage to any street, highway, or other property as a result of the operation of an ORV in an area permitted by this ordinance to pay full restitution for that damage above and beyond the penalties paid for civil fines.
SOME OF THE ORDINANCE RULES…
• ORV must be operated on the far right of the maintained portion of a road or street
• ORV must not be operated on the road, shoulder, or any right-of-way of any State or Federal highway (M-18, M-55, US 127, I-75)
• Operate ORV at a speed of no more than 25 mph or a lower posted ORV speed limit
• Operate with the flow of traffic
• Must travel single file
• Must not operate if under 12 years old
• Operate 1/2 half hour before sunrise until 1/2 hour after sunset unless displaying a lighted headlight and taillight
• Must wear a crash helmet and protective eyewear unless vehicle is equipped with a roof that meets or exceeds standards for a crash helmet and properly adjusted safety belts are worn if equipped
• A child less than 16 years old shall not operate an ORV unless under the direct visual supervision of an adult and child must possess a Michigan issued ORV safety certificate

Surprise Visitor Thank You

Eli and his family stopped by today to thank the Gerrish Township Police and EMS Department’s for the prompt and professional service that was provided for an incident that occurred at their residence Monday evening while Officer Wybraniec and Officer Socia were on duty.

We are all very glad that Eli will completely recover from his shoulder injury and are grateful that they were compelled to drop off some very tasty treats!!

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