Suffield Town HallIn 1802 , the community of what was later to be named Suffield Township was founded by Royal Pease, who was originally from Suffield, Connecticut. From 1802 until April 6, 1818, our community was known as Peasetown.  In 1818, the name was changed to Suffield Township and governing officials were elected.  Suffield is one of 18 townships in Portage County and lies in the southwest corner of the county.  We are uniquely situated in close proximity to Akron, Ohio to the west and to Hartville, Ohio to the south.  This gives our community a great mix of big city opportunities combined with rural charm.

With a population of 6,315 as estimated by the U.S. Census Bureau in 2015, Suffield Township is a close knit community - a community where neighbors look out for one another and wave when passing on the road.  Township services include a highly trained Fire Department, led by Chief Robert Rasnick, providing fire and EMS protection to the township, as well as a hard working Road Department, supervised by David (Pete) Einloth, that takes care of the roadways and other services related to the needs of  the community.

We welcome you to our community.  Please explore our website and see what Suffield has to offer.


New Storybook Trails Open at 4 Ohio State Parks

Trails Promote Fun and Reading for Kids of All Ages

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) has launched four new trails to connect Ohio families with nature while encouraging reading. Storybook Trails present children’s books in a series of child-height panels to blend the fun of outdoor exploration with reading.

“Visiting a Storybook Trail is a great opportunity for families to enjoy learning in the outdoors together,” said ODNR Director Mary Mertz. “Kids of all ages will find fun and interactive ways to engage with these stories all while discovering more about conservation and the natural world.”

Trails constructed at Dillon, John Bryan, Maumee Bay, and Wingfoot Lake State Parks add to the educational tool already installed at Alum Creek. Each features a different story, letting families walk their way through some of Ohio’s most picturesque trails while learning about different aspects of nature from authors who were inspired by it.

“One crisp October day a few years ago, I was watching the last two leaves hanging from a tree limb, and a line popped into my head: One leaf, two leaves on the tree,” author and Ohio University Alumni John Micklos Jr. said. “From that inspiration came my picture book ‘One Leaf, Two Leaves, Count with Me!’, a book about counting and seasons.”

Micklos’ book is featured at Wingfoot Lake State Park. Other books include “Miss Maple’s Seeds” by Eliza Wheeler (Dillon), “As an Oak Tree Grows,” written by G. Brian Karas (John Bryan), and “Where Butterflies Grow” by Joanne Ryder (Maumee Bay).

ODNR launched the Storybook Trail program in 2019 to promote the importance of literacy, a healthy lifestyle, and connecting with nature. A Little Free Library complements the trail, and visitors can borrow books for free or donate books to the collection. Books for trail openings were provided by School Rocks Party Box and Ali Michaels, a 10-year-old from Chapman Elementary School in Dublin, Ohio.

This year, ODNR partnered with the Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to provide story content for several trails and raise awareness of these valuable resources for Ohio families. The Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library provides one free book every month to children enrolled in the program from birth to age five. To learn more about the program and how to participate, visit

ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at

The Suffield Township Board of Trustees met on Tuesday June 23rd for one of those in-and-out eight minute meetings.  Basically three issues were discussed.  The township will apply, through the Portage County Auditor's Office, for emergency funds available thanks to Jeff Eldreth mug 01 08 2019the Ohio Cares Act.  This money will help to offset the additional money that the Fire Department expended for Covid-19 pandemic expenses.  The Trustees also chose to not oppose the change in liquor licensing status for the old Burnzee Drive-thru at 1395 State Route 43, which has been sold and a new owner wishes to open another drive-thru there.  And finally, the trustees set the annual Budget Hearing for Tuesday July 14th at 7:30 PM (just prior to the regular trustee meeting that date).  Additionally, Trustee Chairman Jeff Eldreth is still hopeful that the Trustee meeting for July 14th can be held with members of the community in physical attendance.  We'll report on this when more facts are known.

The Trustees next meet on Tuesday July 14th at 8:00 PM.  As mentioned they will meet at 7:30 PM that date to hold the Budget Hearing.  The Zoning Commission is scheduled to meet on Wednesday July 8th at 7:00 PM for their regular monthly meeting.  The Board of Zoning Appeals swings into action with a hearing on Tuesday July 7th at 7:00 PM.

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Subject: Ohio Edison's 2020 Tree Trimming Program to Enhance Service Reliability

Since the beginning of the year, tree contractors have been working to trim trees along nearly 5,000 circuit miles of electric lines in the Ohio Edison service area as part of a $22.5 million vegetation management program for 2020. The work is on track for completion by the end of the year. "Tree trimming is some of the most important and effective work we do every year to help maintain our power system," said Edward Shuttleworth, regional president of Ohio Edison. "This work pays dividends year-round by reducing tree-related service disruptions, which is paramount these days since people are spending more time in their homes during the coronavirus health emergency."

Tree trimming is being conducted in the following local counties and communities throughout the year:

• Portage – Atwater Township, Deerfield Township, Diamond, Edinburg Township, Kent, Mogadore, Randolph Township, Ravenna, Ravenna Township, Rootstown Township, Suffield Township, West Branch State Park, Windham and Yale
• Trumbull – Bloomfield, Brookfield, Cortland, Kinsman, Lordstown, Masury, McDonald, Newton Falls and Warren

Tree trimming is done on a four-year cycle. The program includes inspecting vegetation near the lines to ensure the trees are pruned in a manner that helps preserve the health of the tree while also maintaining safety near electric facilities. Trees that present a danger or are diseased may be removed. As part of its notification process, Ohio Edison works with municipalities to inform them of tree trimming schedules. In addition, customers living in areas along company rights-of-way also are notified prior to vegetation management work being done. The vegetation management work is conducted by certified forestry experts under the company's direction, including Asplundh Tree Expert Company, Davey Tree Expert Company, Nelson Tree Service Inc. PennLine Service, Townsend Tree Service and Wright Tree Service.

Ohio Edison serves more than 1 million customers across 34 Ohio counties. Follow Ohio Edison on Twitter @OhioEdison and on Facebook at FirstEnergy is dedicated to safety, reliability and operational excellence. Its 10 electric distribution companies form one of the nation's largest investor-owned electric systems, serving customers in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, Maryland and New York. The company's transmission subsidiaries operate approximately 24,000 miles of transmission lines that connect the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions. Follow FirstEnergy on Twitter @FirstEnergyCorp or online at

Editor's Note: Photos of workers using bucket trucks to trim trees near FirstEnergy power lines are available for download on Flickr. A video explaining FirstEnergy's vegetation management techniques can also be found on YouTube.

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The Suffield Township Board of Trustees again met behind locked doors on Tuesday June 9th.  The meeting was accessible to the public thanks to the wonders of Facebook.

Chief Bob Rasnick said the Fire Department had responded to 66 call for service in May, and are now ahead of last year's pace.  The department has been doing training by utilizing Zoom.  A grant was received and this money will fund buying some new fire hose and paying for boots and some new "turn out" gear.  The chief also said that there will be a drive-by parade on Thursday June 18th to honor Captain Robert Dudley for his 50 years of service to Suffield Township.  Captain Dudley will assume a position in front of the Fire House and cars can drive by beginning about 3:00 PM on Thursday June 18th, which happens to be the anniversary of his hiring date with this township.  Both the Chief and Trustee Jeff Eldreth pointed out that the fifty year milestone is one that is very rarely achieved.

The Road Department has been mowing, and will shortly be done with that task.  They will then do some road patching in preparation for the annual "chip & seal" program.  Trustee Jared Phillip wanted to publicly thank the Portage County Engineer's Office, but no explanation was given.  It was mentioned that former resident Mary Denny will be turning 110 on Wednesday June 10th.  She currently lives in a nursing home in Hartville, but had been a Suffield resident for 102 years of her life.  Trustee Jared Phillip asked for clarification on the leaf dump.  Jeff Eldreth said that the leaf dump is just that - a place to dump leaves in the fall.  The township does not have a dump where residents can dump trash, such as grass clipping and tree trimmings.  

Jeff Eldreth also expressed the desire to have a car show on or about July 10th to be held at the township's municipal facility.  He also mentioned that a fireworks show would be nice for perhaps the Labor Day weekend.  Both these adventures are merely in the planning phase. 

Regarding the "parade" for Captain Robert Dudley, the Fire Department posted the following on their Facebook page:  June 18th the Suffield Fire Department will be honoring Capt. Robert Dudley’s 50 years of service to our community. Unfortunately, due to social distancing, we are unable to throw the party that he deserves. However, we will be hosting a “drive by” tribute to Bob that will be open to the public. If you would like to show your respect to Capt. Dudley, please be at the Suffield Elementary School by 2:45 p.m. on June 18th and remain in your vehicle. Bob and his family will be in front of the Suffield Fire Station to greet you as you drive by. We plan on starting at 3:00 p.m.  Have questions, call the Fire Department at 628-9240.

And lastly, the next trustee meeting will again be held on Tuesday June 23rd at 7:00 AM.  The public will again be excluded, but the meeting will be aired live on Facebook.  The trustees hope to open the meetings to the public on perhaps Tuesday July 14th at 8:00 PM.  The Portage County Health Department and guidelines from the governor's office are the stumbling blocks. The Zoning Commission will meet on Wednesday June 10th at 7:00 PM in the Suffield Community Room.

The Suffield Township Board of Trustees met on Tuesday May 26th for a meeting that lasted just over six minutes.  Basically there were two items that needed some attention.  Trustee chairman Jeff Eldreth asked for a purchase order in the amount of $5,000 to pay Seal Masters for part of the upcoming crack sealing program.  Secondly, he said that the trustees are hopeful that normal meetings could begin as soon as Tuesday June 9th, but this is dependent on what the governor has to say on crowd size and social distancing standards.  As soon as a decision is made, this website, the electronic sign and the township's Facebook pages will let you know. 

Trustee Tom Calcei was pleased with the Memorial Day Service held in front of the old historic Town Hall.  He mentioned the efforts of the Suffield League in getting up the new flags that line Waterloo Road and State Route 43.  The community raised about $4,000 in about two days to finance this much needed endeavor.

The trustees will meet gain on Tuesday June 9th at 8:00 PM in the Suffield Community Room.  If the public is prohibited from attending, the meeting will be streamed on Facebook.  The Zoning Commission is scheduled to hold a meeting on Wednesday June 10th at 7:00 PM.  There are no Board of Zoning Appeals hearings scheduled at this time.  Stay safe!

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BZA To Hold July 7th Hearing

The Suffield Township Board of Zoning Appeals will hold a public hearing at the Suffield Township Administration Building, July 7, 2020 at 7:00 PM. This hearing is to hear a request from Mark Lake to add an accessory building that exceeds allowable square footage on his property. The request is in a Residential District, at 1227 Martin Rd, Suffield Ohio. This request requires approval of the Board of Zoning Appeals, per Sec. 30.2.K.

In response to the Governor’s Executive order, members of the community will be prohibited from physically attending the July 7, 2020 hearing of the Suffield Township Board of Zoning Appeals. The Suffield Township Board of Zoning Appeals has opted to broadcast this meeting via Microsoft Team Virtual Meeting.

Physical attendance for this meeting will be restricted to members of the appeals board, the Zoning Inspector, the Appeals Board Secretary, 1 trustee, the court reporter and the applicant. If you would like to attend this hearing through Microsoft Team, please send your email address to and an invitation to the hearing will be sent to you.

For more information, please call Lori Calcei at 330-819-6947.

All interested parties are invited to attend this hearing through Microsoft Team Virtual Meeting.


Trustee Meetings Are Indefinitely Closed To The Public, But Will Be Aired On Facebook

Effective with the trustee meeting set for Tuesday March 24th at 7:00 AM, the trustee meetings will be closed to the public.  They will be streamed live on the township's Facebook page, which is  This is in response to the corona-virus crisis and in particular to the order by Governor Mike DeWine to limit public gatherings to ten persons or less.

Annual Township Clean-Up Day Canceled For 2020

The Portage County Solid Waste Management District and the Suffield Township Board of Trustees announced that the annual "Clean-Up" Day for 2020 has been canceled.  You can bet that the COVID-19 coronavirus played a major part in this decision, but trustee Jared Phillip speculated that the Solid Waste District has been considering doing away with the collection of old tires as another likely reason.  Regardless, these governmental agencies are hoping to have a "Clean-Up" Day in 2021.


Saint Joseph's Cancels Annual Festival

The annual Saint Joseph's Festival has been canceled for 2020.


Suffield Township Historical Society Cancels All Events Until Further Notice

In accordance with Governor DeWine's decree to cancel all meetings, the Suffield Township Historical Society has canceled all future meetings until Governor DeWine lifts this ban. We will advise when future meetings are scheduled.    Thank you for your past support and please keep safe during this trying time.   For more information please contact Elizabeth Vence at 330-354-3625.


Board of Zoning Appeals Okays Conditional Use Permit

Kyle Conrad came to the Suffield Township Board of Zoning Appeals on Tuesday April 21st and asked for a conditional use permit to allow a tenant to use his building at 1137 State Route 43 as a Electrical Supply business.  The Board limited itself to three members due to the Covid-9 corona-virus and voted 3-0 to allow the conditional use. 


License Plate Renewals

When buying new license plates, or renewing them, be sure the registrar at the Bureau of Motor Vehicles knows that you live in Suffield Township.  If you simply state your address as Mogadore, the road tax funds, which should go to Suffield Township, will go to Mogadore Village, due to your zip code.  Keep your tax money in the township!


Suffield Township Website Passes 550,000 Visitors Since April 1, 2015

As of July 3, 2020, Suffield Township's website had 550,136 visitors since April 1, 2015.  Since the "new" website was adopted, the daily viewership has risen from about 40 per day to over 302.73 per day.  Thanks for taking a look at "".  Tell your friends about us.








Wingfoot Lake State Park

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Wingfoot Lake State Park is Suffield's only park.   It was opened by the Ohio State Parks & Recreation Department in 2009.  Goodyear had operated the park since the 1960's as a private playground for its employees and for corporate retreats.  As the company footprint grew smaller in the Akron area Goodyear decided to close the park in 2006.  To learn more about the park, such as rental of the facilities, visit the park's website:

Town Hall Rental

The historic Suffield Town Hall can be rented by residents and non-residents for various events.  For complete information on the availability, costs and regulations on renting the Town Hall, please call the Town Hall administrator Shannon Eldreth at 330-807-0384.


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