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Romeo, Michigan

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You associate Romeo and its surrounding Townships with an abundance of good things - fresh foods, country air, fairs and festivals, nice views, friendship, wholesome family living and nice homes.

There are farms and orchards throughout the townships but the charming village of Romeo is the retail center and cultural heartbeat of the area. It is the village at the outer edge of the galloping development of homes and businesses that are spreading northward in Macomb County. It is also a fresh, exciting place to put down roots because it holds true to its historical character.

Romeo is the oldest village in the state. It was once considered for the county seat. In 1971 the village was named a National and Historic District. Having achieved such status, the citizens and business people are dedicated to a preservation of the ambiance and quality of the area so the Romeo will never become a myth. There is affordable retail space in the downtown historic district among unique antique and gift shops.

The orchard markets continue to be very important. They create a festive air with baskets and mounds of colorful apples, peaches, pears, plums, cherries and grapes. There are flowers, honey, cider and vegetables - all making the air piquant. Markets are open during the winter months when they continue to sell fresh apples that have been stored in Controlled Atmosphere - a new technology enabling storage of fruit for many months.

Maple trees are tapped for syrup in the very early spring. Residents tend their lawns and gardens, pleased to have a part in the festivities of the Historical Society's Annual Home Tour and Memorial Day celebration. The community blossoms with trees, flowers and bushes and pulses with the planning and activity of the Washington Horse Show, Romeo Summer Fest, Sidewalk Sales, Washington Bicycle Tour, Farmer's Market and the heralded Michigan Peach Festival with the Labor Day Parades.

In December there is Santa's Children's Parade. January is the time of the annual Fantasy of Ice Festival.

Surrounded by five beautiful Metropolitan, county and state parks, the residents know how to enjoy themselves. Fishing, water skiing, boating, sailing, swimming, biking, camping, horseback riding are just some of the summer pleasures. In the winter, the area lends itself nicely to cross-country skiing, Alpine skiing, snowmobiling, tobogganing, sledding and ice-skating.

The Romeo-Washington-Bruce Parks and Recreation Commission organizes many community events: outdoor concerts, various ball games, and a long list of athletic and arts and crafts activities.

Golf has assumed tremendous importance as a recreation in Michigan; Romeo has several public golf courses and the outstanding residential communities such as The Orchards Golf Club and nearby Glacier Club. There are sports fishing lakes not too distant and local sportsmen can hunt white-tailed deer, pheasant and rabbit.

Whether you want to classify this as recreation or not, many orchards and farms allow customers to pick their own produce.

The good news continues with the achievements of the schools. A total community commitment has produced a student body that exceeds county and state averages in the Michigan Educational Assessment scores and individual students succeed well in national academic competition.

There is easy access to institutions of higher learning. Oakland University is in nearby Oakland County as is Walsh College. Macomb Community College has a beautiful campus not too distant from Romeo.

Detroit College of Business has been steadily building enrollment and serves the entire Romeo-Washington community.

The community is connected to the southern metropolis by major highways. The few extra minutes of driving time on these good roads to get to the business and industrial districts in southern Macomb County is minimal.

There are 28 diverse manufacturing industries in the area. Products include recreational vehicles and components, power and sailboats, pharmaceuticals, pre-cast concrete and cement blocks and a natural gas production facility. Ford Motor |Company has a Michigan Proving Ground nearby. An industrial park within the Village is provided with railroad spurs and an airport.

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