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 Portage County Elections Board sent out cards to registered voters in Suffield Township informing them where to cast ballots in the May 2nd Special Election.  However, some said they did not receive these post cards.  This Special Election has only one issue on the ballot, that being the Field School levy.  

The Suffield Fellowship Church at 1669 Waterloo Road has hosted the elections for quite a few years, but that has changed, for at least this election.  If you live in either Precinct A or Precinct B, you now cast your vote at the Suffield United Church of Christ at 1115 State Route 43.  Those living in Precinct C, Precinct D or Precinct E now vote at the Suffield Elementary School at 1128 Waterloo Road.  The polls are open from 6:30 AM until 7:30 PM.


The regular Suffield Township Board of Trustees meeting normally held on the second Tuesday of the month caused some conflict in schedules, so it was changed to Monday April 10th at 8:00 PM.  Whether it was the change of days or just too nice a Spring evening to spend on township business, a much smaller than usual crowd of six persons showed up to watch the trustees conduct business.  Trustee Tom Calcei reported that all was well at the Fire Department.  He said that some new security cameras had been placed around the exterior of the Fire House.  Some talk was had on putting more cameras up in order to record the exterior of the Town Hall, the Road Department complex and the Administration Building.  No decision was reached on this.  Calcei also said that he talked with Portage County Solid Waste Management director William Steiner and had learned that for the first three months of this year the tonnage of recyclables received from Suffield residents was 9.2 tons in January (which was comprised of one week of pickups), 39.32 tons in February and 29.47 ton in March.  The rate of users was consist with 53% of the residents using recycle pickup in February and 51% in March.  

Trustee Jeff Eldreth reported that a new culvert had been installed on Idlewood Drive.  He also said that 4.3 miles of roads will be repaired this summer.  Those roads are:  Trares Road, from Congress Lake Road to Conley Road, all of May Road, all of Kehner Road, and Swartz Road from Griggy Road to the East township line.  Eldreth wants to look into a partial rebuild of Snake Hill (Trares Road east of Congress Lake Road).  The trustees voted to put in a bid with the Ohio Department of Transportation to buy up to 400 tons of salt next winter.  

After lengthy discussion, the trustees voted 2-1 to award a mowing contract to Silver Star Landscaping.  The contract specifies the contractor may mow, as needed, up to thirty times per year.  The contractor will mow the grass in the township's three cemeteries, around the Town Hall, Road Department complex and the Administration Building.

The Suffield Township Board of Trustees meet again on Tuesday April 25th at 8:00 PM.  The Zoning Commission meets Wednesday April 12th at 7:00 PM.  There are no Board of Zoning Appeals hearings scheduled.

Approximately 150 children up to the age of ten participated in the Suffield League's annual East Egg Hunt at the Wingfoot Lake State Park on a beautifully sunny day on Sunday April 9th.  The weather was in direct contrast to last year, when the temperatures were in the upper 30's and there were actual snow flurries.  This year Suffield League President Tom Calcei estimated about 150 children were on hand, compared to about 100 last year.Easter Egg Hunt 04 07 2017 E   Easter Egg Hunt 04 09 2017 D

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New culvert on Idlewood Drive 04 05 2017Idlewood Drive, which is the only access road to Willowood Drive and Brookwood Drive was completely closed on Wednesday, beginning about 9:00 AM, so that the township road crew could install a new culvert, according to trustee Jeff Eldreth.  As promised, the work took about two hours as the Suffield Township Road Department crew, consisting of Scott McBroom, Tim Fox and Brian Ferrell, with the help of Jeff Eldreth, opened the ditch, extracted the old culvert pipe, installed the new pipe and refilled the ditch.   It was important that the work be done quickly as Idlewood Drive is the only access road to the homes on Willowood Drive and Brookwood Drive.  Now that the culvert pipe is in, the Road Department will come back in a couple weeks after the backfill has a chance to settle and repair the asphalt.  

For the past several weeks grass fires have spread havoc in southwest Kansas along the border with Oklahoma.  It's a long way from Suffield Township, but locals here have heard the call for assistance and have teamed up to send about 500 round bales of hay to the disaster area in order to help feed the cattle there.  About fifteen trucks with trailers each loaded with about 20 bales of hay will be heading out to Ashland, Kansas on their mission of mercy.Hay to Ashland Kansas 03 23 2017 4.JPG w text color  The trucks were loaded and lined up at Duma Meats on Thursday afternoon, ready for their departure at about 3:30 AM on Friday.  These trucks will travel in convoy style to Route 77 at Route 70, where they will be met by another fifteen trucks from the lower part of the state.  From there they will then go the Ashland, Kansas, population 943.  For the local men, this is about 1,143 miles and about twenty hours of driving each way.  Organizing the event is Daniel Duma with the help of his parents Dave and Bev DumaDave Duma said that several local businessmen, who preferred to remain anonymous, passed out cash to the drivers to help defray the cost of fuel. More photos on the "Photo" page, general section.

For those interested in financially helping the farmers of Kansas, visit the Kansas Livestock Association website ( or perhaps mail a tax-deductable check to the Kansas Livestock Foundation/Wildfire Relief Fund at 6031 SW 37th Street, Topeka, KS 66614.  All help would be greatly appreciated.

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WWII Women FlyersRay Hoffman, noted World War II historian, will speak to the Suffield Township Historical Society on Monday April 17th at 7:00 PM as the acclaimed "Speaker Series"   continues.  A DVD presentation about the WASPS (Women's Air Force Service Pilots) will precede Hoffman's talk.  He will happily take questions.  Doors to the Fire House Community Room open at 6:30 PM.  There will be a very short business session before Hoffman takes the podium for his presentation at 7:00 PM.  Some light refreshments will be available.

The Historical Society also invites the public to view the museum, now that the recent renovation has been completed.  The museum is located in the building that was the original fire station for Suffield's Fire Department, which was founded in 1942.  By 1971, a larger and newer fire station was needed, so one was built on Waterloo Road where the current Fire House parking lot is now situated.  The original fire station was used by the Road Department from 1971 until the township trustees leased the building to the Suffield Township Historical Society for use as a museum.  Thousands of dollars and many, many hours of work by volunteers have been spent on this project to make Suffield's museum one of the finest non-publicly-supported facilities of its kind in the Akron-Canton area.  This most recent renovation, which includes new shelving, cabinets and counters, was done by Gary Apitz, Gino Calcei, Ken Durick, Tom Mencer and Ralph Wise.  As with all projects, a certain cost is involved.  To raise necessary funds for improvements, the Historians will have their annual "Plant Sale" on Friday & Saturday, May 12 &13th in front of the museum from 9:00 AM until 1:00 PM.  Donation of plants would be greatly appreciated.  Call president Judy Calcei at 330-606-5127 for information.

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Road Bid Forms Now Available On Road Department Page

An informational letter and the actual bid form is now available to road material suppliers.  Go to the "Roads" page to view them.  The bids must be received by 8:00 PM on Tuesday April 25th.

Suffield Historical Society Annual Plant Sale Is May 12th & 13th

The annual Plant Sale, sponsored by the Suffield Township Historical Society will be held this year on Friday May 12th and Saturday May 13th.  In the past the event was on the front lawn of the historic Town Hall, BUT this year, the event will take place in front of the Historical Society Museum, which is located directly behind the Town Hall.  The hours will be 9:00 AM until 1:00 PM on Friday and on Saturday from 9:00 AM until 1:00 PM, or when the plants are gone.  They are looking for plant donations.  You may donate annuals, perennials, other flowering plants, vegetable or herbs.  The plant sale is the major fundraiser for the Historical Society.  Questions on donating plants?  Call president Judy Calcei at 330-606-5127.  Couple a trip for your planting needs with a chance to glance through the museum, which has recently undergone a magnificent renovation.


Annual Township Clean-Up Day is Saturday May 13th

The annual clean-up day for Suffield Township this year will be on Saturday May 13th.  On that day you can bring your old tires, batteries and computers to the Road Department garage for disposal.  Workers will be there that day from 8:00 AM until noon to help dispose of these items that are otherwise hard to get rid of.


Recycle Extravaganza!

Get rid of some of  those hard-to-get-rid-of items on Thursday May 18th from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM at the ReStore facility at 1510 S. Water Street in Kent (right next to Handel's Ice Cream in the University Plaza). 


Read The Historical Society Newsletter Online!

The Suffield Township Historical Society urges you to read the semi-annual newsletter which is published right here on this website.  At the bottom of this page is a link to the Society's newsletters.  Incidentally, the Historical Society is hoping you'll enjoy this newsletter online, so they might save the cost of mailing you one.  Postage and printing costs the group several hundred dollars per year.  Call any of the Society's officers to get on their e-mail list. 

Senior Lunches Available

The Family and Community Services of Portage County in conjunction with the Suffield United Church of Christ offer lunches to Seniors at the church Tuesday through Friday from 11:30 AM until 12:30 PM.  Lunch requires a donation and must be ordered one week in advance by calling Beverly Miller at 330-877-3965.


Suffield Township Website Has 112,571 Visitors Since April 1, 2015

As of April 1, 2017, Suffield Township's website had 112,571 visitors since April 1, 2015.  Since the "new" website was adopted, the daily viewership has risen from about 40 per day to over 213 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:

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

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