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Village hopes snowmobile route will help local businesses

â??A lot of the locals have snowmobiles but people don't really visit unless the weather is right, especially when they have snowmobiles,â?? Gambino said. â??So we're super, duper excited because it's going to help keep us alive.â??

More snow could mean more business for the Village of Roscommon, where snowmobile riding is a popular recreational activity in the winter.

The Village of Roscommon approved a resolution at a November 10 meeting for a snowmobile and off-road vehicle (ORV) route to be adopted.

â??The trail is (an) ORV trail and snowmobile trail,â?? Bruce Yannatta, Village of Roscommon Recreation chairman, said. â??We have joined two trail heads together to come through the village to help with the economy(y) and to make an easy route coming through the village (to) make it user friendly for the ORV users and the snowmobile users.â??

This new route will be officially printed on snowmobile maps. Yannata said the route used to run â??zig-zagâ?? through town. This made it harder for trail riders to get to restaurants and local businesses.

Yannata believes the new route will make downtown more accessible.

â??We brought it straight through the village, so it's a direct route,â?? Yannata said. â??It will go along one road off the businesses, so it makes it much more user friendly for the ORVâ??s and the snowmobiles to use it there.â??

With the coming of winter, it usually means a decrease in tourism and visitors to an area. In this case, the Village of Roscommon is hopeful the trail will bring in more visitors and snowmobile/ORV riders to town.

â??During the winter months, it's definitely tough for small towns,â?? William Boleyn,

Village of Roscommon Village Manager, said. â??I think this is going to be a good shot in the arm, having the trail riders come in and patronize our businesses.â??

â??If you don't have a trail that goes through your town, people will pass it and will go to the next town,â?? Sarah Gambino, Rosco's Restaurant co-owner, said. â??You really need a trail that comes right into town so that people have easy access to stop and get something to eat and then go right back on their way. If you don't have that, it really hurts.â??

Gambino and her husband, Alan Klinert, recently opened up their restaurant in downtown Roscommon. They are both looking forward to trail riders stopping by.

â??A lot of the locals have snowmobiles but people don't really visit unless the weather is right, especially when they have snowmobiles,â?? Gambino said. â??So we're super, duper excited because it's going to help keep us alive.â??

â??We're excited about it,â?? Klinert said. â??We came from a town before this that really relied a lot on snowmobiles in the winter time. So we know it can give a huge boost to businesses.â??

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