In 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 6,285 as noted by the U.S. Census Bureau in 2013, 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 Scott McBroom, 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.
Week 7: Friday, October 9, 2015
Falcons Defeated by Woodridge 37-18
Field High School drops to 4-3, plays at Springfield next Friday
Uniontown Lake 14, Massillon Perry 10, Lake goes to to 5-2
Springfield 28, Cloverleaf 0, Springfield is now 5-2
Mogadore 38, Southeast 0, Wildcats go to 6-1
With the loss to Woodridge, Field dropped to 14th in Division IV, Region 11. Woodridge, on the other hand, jumped from second to first in the same region. The top eight teams in each region make the playoffs, a system that began in the 1972 season. Try this: instead of awaiting the OHSAA playoff standings on Tuesdays, visit our friends at www.joeeitel.com for early, but unofficial, standings.
October 12th - Happy Columbus Day
Read the new Historical Society Newsletter
Read the Fall 2015 edition of the Suffield Historical Society's Newsletter just published on September 6th. Scroll to the bottom of this page and click on the link for Society Newsletters. Don't forget their meeting on Monday October 19. John Saxe will share his many stories and personal connections to families in the Suffield and Mogadore areas at the meeting at 7:00 PM at the Fire House Community Room. His talk is entitled "Bissel Fun Dess Uno Bisset Fun Sell", which translates to "a little of this and a little of that". And keep Monday November 16th open on your calendar. Nicole Kline of the Honey Bee Farm in Edinburgh will talk about honey and pollen and all the benefits that can be derived from a teaspoon or two.
Concern for Township Cemeteries
Several voiced concern for the condition of the Suffield Township cemeteries at the August 11th Trustee's Meeting. There are three cemeteries that are maintained by the township: Kent Corners on Martin Road, Eastlawn on Waterloo Road and Meacham-Upson on Trares Road. Of special mention was Eastlawn Cemetery. This cemetery is especially noticeable due to the fire damage and deteriorating condition of the historic church that stands beside the cemetery. While the Township spends a substantial amount year each to have these cemeteries mowed, nature still does take its course. Brush around the edges of the cemeteries has become a problem. One solution, suggested by Vicki Vincent, was that there be a "community clean-up day" where volunteers could cut away unwanted brush and haul it away. It was suggested that a committee of those concerned be formed to bring this clean-up to a reality. More discussion is sure to be had at upcoming Trustee's Meetings.
More concern for the Suffield Township cemeteries was voiced at the Trustee's Meeting on August 25th. Trustee Chairman Thomas E. Calcei recommended that a committee be formed to look into the cemetery situation and make recommendations on what should be done. Ed and Vicki Vincent were put in charge of this committee and tasked with finding volunteers for the committee. Ed Vincent asks that anyone who has an interest in helping, call him at 330-323-0343.
With the formation of a "Cemetery Committee", there area number of issues that need examination. Does the committee concern itself with just a short, one-time clean-up of Eastlawn Cemetery, or all three cemeteries? Should this committee formulate suggestions and plans for a more long-term approach? Would it be in the best interest of current Suffield Township residents if the township were to buy property (or accept donated land) to create a new cemetery? With the township's fiscal resources stretched to their limits already, what is the best way to return the current cemeteries to an acceptable level, and what would be the most cost effect way to maintain them into the future? Like some other places do, is a small continuing levy needed to fund cemetery maintenance? Lots of questions. Call Ed, he'd like to have your opinion and/or help.
Again at the September 8th Trustee's Meeting this topic arose. Vicki Vincent reported that she has found no one willing to be on the "Cemetery Committee", but she did find about a half dozen people who would be willing to come out for a one-time clean-up day at the Eastlawn Cemetery. No date for this has been set, as they are waiting for some clarification from Zoning Inspector Adam Bey on exactly where the property lines are. It appears that part of the Eastlawn Cemetery is partially submerged in the water that some refer to as "Lake Suffield".
Vicki Vincent, at the September 22nd Trustee's Meeting, spoke of what the Cemetery Committee has done to date. She said that they have trimmed away some of the brush on the pond side of the Eastlawn Cemetery, but need to do more. When this is completed, they will haul away the brush. There were those in the audience who were hoping to hear long-term solutions to the cemetery maintenance problem, but heard of only a short-term fix to just one of three Township cemeteries. None the less, Vicki and Ed Vincent are to be congratulated for their efforts so far.
Historical Society Receives Trustee's Blessing on Town Hall Stage Curtains
The Suffield Township trustees voted to approve a plan by the Suffield Historical Society to buy and install a "double" curtain for the stage on the first floor of the historic Town Hall. The Society hopes to have the new curtains in place in the next several weeks. They were also given an affirmative nod to doing some landscaping work around the Veteran's Memorial and the front of the Town Hall. This work will not be done until next spring.
Pretty Glen Dam?
You may be wondering, where is the Pretty Glen Dam? As you travel north on Cleveland Avenue through Mogadore and have passed the old West Country Club, you cross a short bridge over the Little Cuyahoga River. Just to the east of the roadway is a small dam. About a year ago the Portage County Commissioners, who actually own this Pretty Glen Dam, considered whether to remove the dam or continue to maintain it at a cost that was somehow estimated to be $50,000 per year. After a monumental effort, spearheaded by John Yeargin, the Commissioners were convinced that keeping the dam was in the best interests of Suffield Township, as the pool that is formed by the dam is an important source of water for the Fire Department.
On September 3rd, the Suffield Township Trustees were informed in a letter from Jeff Lonzrick, Portage County Water Resources Department Director, that the county was in the process of planning and then building a 12" water line from their existing water lines in Brimfield to the water system that serves Rivermoor Estates. This line, to be completed no later than the spring of 2017, would be constructed along Sunnybrook Road in Brimfield, down Saxe Road and then south on Martin Road to Rivermoor Estates. As part of this project, hydrants would be placed along it for fire suppression, "which should eliminate the Fire Department's need to maintain a dry hydrant" near the Mogadore Reservoir.
The building of this water line and the placement of high pressure hydrants is thought to be the next move in getting the Pretty Glen Dam removed. In the past several years it has become fashionable to remove dams along rivers. Several dams have been removed from the Cuyahoga River in Kent, Munroe Falls and Cuyahoga Falls. It appears certain from discussion by the trustees that they and John Yeargin will continue to make it known to the Commissioners that the Pretty Glen Dam is a viable resource to the community. More on this later.
This important issue was discussed again at the September 22nd Trustee's Meeting. John Yeargin pointed out that the water line mentioned above is becoming more of a reality each day. It was noted that construction of the water line along Sunnybrook Road has gone south from Tallmadge Road in Brimfield and is already nearing Saxe Road. Yeargin was to meet with county officials to gather more info and to convey the Suffield Township's desire for the Pretty Glen Dam to remain intact.
VFW to Fund Memorial Repair
The Mogadore VFW is once again stepping up to help the Suffield community by agreeing to pay for repairs to the Veteran's Memorial that stands directly in front of the historic Suffield Town Hall. Spearheading this project is trustee David H. Polen, who reported that repairs to the lighting system have already been completed, but the actual memorial monument stone needs to have a new concrete foundation installed. Mudd Construction Company, a local company doing work in and around Suffield for the last twenty-five years, was selected to do the foundation work. Thanks to our friends at the Mogadore VFW for their continued support.
NOPEC and First Energy Warn of Possible Scams
Several weeks ago the First Energy Company warned of scams in their industry. This week, NOPEC (Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council) also warns of deceptive business practices. Before making any decision to change energy suppliers, we recommend that you review rates, conditions and other data at the P.U.C.O.'s Apples to Apples website. Residents of Suffield Township should also know that they are members of NOPEC. Read more at: www.puco.ohio.gov or www.nopecinfo.orgPhotos Wanted
Keep Suffield Clean
As part of an effort to keep our township clean and to provide community recycling, read more