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 6,285 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.

The Suffield Township Trustees met on Tuesday February 9th and discussed a number of mostly routine matters.  Trustee Jeff Eldreth reported that Voies Construction Company had completed several items of work that needed done on the Town Hall and the Road Department buildings.  Several residents of Steffy Road were in the audience and spoke of their concern about some trees that have been targeted for removal due to their close proximity to the roadway in front of their houses.  While the trustees delayed ordering the removal of all the 23 oak trees considered, they did authorize spending $950 to have Kuntzman Tree Service  remove several trees that are in the public right-of-way in front of 1740 Steffy Road.  

Trustee Dave Vartenuk reported that the Zoning Commission will meet on February 10th and begin their work on clarifying "buffer zones" between business & industrial zoned properties and neighboring residentially zoned property.  He also reaffirmed the need to re-write or upgrade the 2020 Land Use Plan.  Zoning Inspector Adam Bey reported that the warmer weather and lack of snow has caused a greater number of zoning complaints than usual for this time of year, most of which he determined to be unfounded.  He did say that he had made contact with the people who operate a sewage plant along State Route 43 on the old Trelleborg property.  This concerned the bright lights over their sewage facility.  After talking with management there, the lights were refocused so that the traffic on Route 43 is less affected.

A new Martin Road resident spoke on her property tax bill.  In 2013, long prior to her owning the Martin Road residence, the Portage County Land Bank had arranged for an old house trailer on that property be removed.  Somehow the cost of removing the trailer was placed on her tax duplicate.  It was the understanding at the time when the trailer was removed, that the cost for demolishing this trailer and several other derelict buildings in Suffeld would be bore by the Land Bank.  With this understanding still in mind, trustee chairman Tom Calcei referred the new owner to Brad Ehrhart or Todd Peetz who both work with the Land Bank.

Fiscal Officer Lori Calcei said that Congressman Jim Renacci wrote a letter on behalf of Suffield Township in our effort to get a federal grant for the Fire Department to get new "turn out gear" and a new fire truck.  The trustees voted to ask the Portage County Solid Waste Management District to poll the residents of Suffield by means of a mailed questionnaire on the recycling issue.  They want to be able to review the questionnaire before it is mailed.   

Kate Schmidlin spent six months traveling along the Appalachian Trail.  She will re-live that experience when she speaks at the Suffield Township Historical Society's meeting on Monday February 15th at 7:00 PM.   Her presentation, entitled "Hiking the Appalachian Trail" is the latest in the long acclaimed Speaker Series that the Historical Society has presented dating back to 2006.  Come out and hear Kate Schmidlin's story and have some refreshments.  The event is open to the public and is held at the Fire House Community Room.  Doors open at 6:30 PM.

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Girls have played basketball in Ohio for nearly 100 years, but it wasn't until the 1975/1976 school year that the OHSAA officially sanctioned a statewide girls basketball state championship tournament.  At that time there were three classes, while now there are four divisions.  The Field Falcons play in Division II, and the Mogadore Wildcats are in Division IV.  Field is seeded 11th in the Uniontown District, while Mogadore is seeded 4th in the Norwayne District.

The Field Falcon girls enter the championship hunt on Saturday February 13th at 1:00 PM when they travel to Coventry.  They have lost to the Comets twice this season, 34-26 at home and 38-36 at CoventryMogadore begins tournament play at home on Wednesday February 17th at 7:00 PM against Rootstown.  The Wildcats have beaten the Rovers twice this year, 55-47 at home and 64-39 at Rootstown.  Should the Falcons win, they will have their hands full with the next opponent, Akron Hoban, who is seeded #1.  That game would be played in the Berry Gym on the Akron Hoban campus on Wednesday February 17th at 7:00 PM.  If Mogadore prevails, their next opponent would be at home against Dalton on Saturday February 20th at 1:00 PM.

Go Falcons & Wildcats!!!!

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Since 1923, the Ohio High School Athletic Association has sponsored the boys state championship basketball tournament.  The brackets for the tournament are determined by seeding teams at the District level.  Head coaches of the participating schools vote on what seed a school will become, and then the seeds select where they would like to be placed on the bracket.  This year the brackets were determined on Sunday February 7th, and the games will begin statewide on Monday February 22nd.

The Field Falcons were seeded 10th in Canton District and will make their initial playoff appearance against #1 seeded Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary.  At the time of the seeding draw, the Field Falcons were 8-10, while St. V-M was 18-3 and ranked third in the state in the Division II poll according to the Associated Press.  This game will be played at St. V-M on Tuesday February 23rd at 7:00 PM.  Generally, the first two games are played at the higher seed's home court, and the final two games are played at the District site, which in Field's case would be the Canton Fieldhouse.

Mogadore, ranked 5th in the Division IV Associated Press poll, was seeded #1 in the Barberton District and will play their first tournament game at home against the Whitney M. Young School, which is located on the eastern side of Cleveland.  Whitney M. Young opened the season with a resounding 88-40 loss to fellow Senate Athletic League opponent Cleveland East Tech, and the season when downhill from there.  At the time of the seed drawing, Mogadore was 16-2 and on a nine game win streak.  Should Mogadore beat Whitney M. Young, their next game would also be at home against an equally poor opponent, Cleveland St. Martin de Porres.  After that, District games would be played at Barberton High School.

At the Tuesday January 26th meeting, the Suffield Township trustees decided to replace an aging Fire Department vehicle with a new 2016 Ford Explorer.  The vehicle to be replaced is a 2000 Ford Explorer that has been in need of constant repair recently.  The trustees authorized Chief Robert Rasnick to spend $26,397 for a new Explorer from Sarchione Ford in Randolph.  The price includes the $500 trade-in value for the old Explorer.  The new Explorer will have to be ordered and is expected to take about 6-7 weeks for delivery.  The siren, radios and other equipment in the existing vehicle will be transferred to the new one.  The cost of the new Explorer will come from funds that have been collected from EMS runs, and would not adversely impact the 2016 township budget.   In other Fire Department business, Chief Rasnick reported that the Fire Department responded to 688 calls for service in 2015, which is about the average over the past five years.  The Fire Department received the trustee's blessing to pursue two FEMA grants.  One grant would be to replace our fire rescue truck, and one would be to replace all of the "turn out gear".  If successful in getting the grants, the township would get a $523,810 fully equipped rescue truck and $79,513 worth of "turn out gear", but would have to ante up 5% of the costs, or approximately $30,000.  The Fire Department has applied for the truck grant twice before, but was turned down.

Trustee Jeff Eldreth reported that he received an estimate from Voiers Construction Company of Suffield for proposed repair work to be done on three of the township's buildings.  A leak on the roof of the historic Town Hall is to be repaired, as well as some gutter work in the building that houses the Suffield Township Historical Society and some roof and facia repair work to the Road Department garage.  The trustees voted to spend $670 to have this work done as soon as possible. 

More discussion was had on the subject of recycling.  Several trustee meetings ago, Portage County Solid Waste Management director Bill Steiner attended the trustees meeting and talked about the recycling issue.  At that time Steiner talked about using a questionnaire to see how Suffield residents wanted their recycleables to be handled.  The choices were fairly simple:  continue using the recycle containers across from the Road Department, or go to a curbside recycle program.   It is still unclear on when this questionnaire will be done.  In the meantime, life and recycling in Suffield, as we currently know it, goes on.....

Upcoming Township Events

Field & Mogadore Basketball Scores

Follow the Falcon and Wildcat girls and boys 2015/2016 basketball seasons.  Click here to see schedules and scores.

Youth Baseball & Softball Sign-up Still Possible

Youth baseball and softball sign-ups continue.  On Thursday February 11th from 7:00 to 8:00 PM at the Town Hall you can still register for the upcoming season.  Signing up for the first time?  Bring your birth certificate.   Especially needed are girls, ages 9 & 10, and boys, ages 5 thru 8.

Fish Fry at St Joseph's Church

Weekly Friday Fish Frys will start February 12th and continue through March 12th.  Dine in or get your order to go from 5:00 to 7:00 PM every Friday.  For more information, call the St Joseph's Church before 2:30 PM at 628-9555.

Spring 2016 Historical Society Newsletter Is Here!

Read the lastest Suffield Historical Society Newsletter, which was just published on January 28th.  At the bottom of this page, click on "Society Newsletter" to see the latest volume and past volumes.

 Laugh at the Lake

Click on the Suffield League logo at the bottom of the page to see info on the 2016 Laugh at the Lake event on Saturday March 5thTom Calcei says a few tickets are still available and can be purchased at the Suffield Carryout.

 

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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:  http://parks.ohiodnr.gov/wingfootlake

Town Hall Rental

The historic Suffield Town Hall can be rented by residents and non-residents for various events.

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