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.

This will be the first of the new morning meetings for the Suffield Township Board of Trustees.  At the July 25th meeting the trustees voted to change their regularly scheduled second meeting of each month, which will still be held on the fourth Tuesday as usual, but it will be held at 7:00 AM instead of 8:00 PM.  The meeting on Tuesday September 26th is the first morning meeting under this new format.  Hope to see you there!

After taking the summer off, the Suffield Township Historical Society's Speak Series returned tonight, Monday September 18th, as Dan Duma and Matt Moulton, gave a presentation on last spring's sensational relief effort by local farmers to help fellow farmers in southwestern Kansas.  These Kansas and Oklahoma farmers had been plagued by wild fires that had destroyed many farms and burned about 700,000 acres of grasslands.  The crowd of about 60 sat mesmerized as Duma and Moulton told of the high levels of emotion that played out during the daunting three day trip.  Thirty-seven trucks from the Suffield area, loaded with hay, made the trip.  Duma said that there were lots to flat tires and two accidents on the trip.  What some didn't realize was that the original trip on March 22nd was just the first of two trips to Kansas.  A second trip took place about a month later, and this trip involved about 50 trucks.  Some of the drivers stayed in Kansas for up to two weeks helping to restore fence lines.

Gino Calcei, creator of the Speaker Series, said that he hoped someone would memorialize the event as an important part of Suffield's history by creating a notebook for the Historical Society to include an explanation of why the trip was made, the names of the participants and photos.  All residents can be proud of  these men, and women, that undertook this important rescue mission.     

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Joseph M. Smerglia, one of the longest serving members of the Suffield Township Zoning Commission, passed away September 7th at the Ahuja Medical Center in Cleveland.  He was appointed to the Zoning Commission on January 10, 1974 and served many years as the chairman until he retired from the commission at the end of 2000.    

He was born April 30, 1932 in Akron to the late Leo and Maria (Miceli) Smerglia and graduated from Case Institute of Technology. He was an environmental engineer for Goodyear.

Joseph Smerglia was the beloved husband of Janet (nee Chambers) Smerglia; loving father of daughters Lisa (Scott) Moyer of Stow, Cathy (Paul) Mowrer of Lahaina, HI, and Carol (Doug) Downing of Sneads Ferry, NC; son, Joel (Tracey Smith) Smerglia of Mogadore; treasured grandfather of Brian, Michelle, Kyle, Ian, Ross, Cameron, Amanda (Jeffrey), Alex, and Brendan; dear sisters-in-law, Eula (Leo), Mary Fran (Jimmy), and Carolyn (Van) Carter; cherished uncle to many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by brothers and sisters: Tony, Sammy, Rose Koller, Charles, Mary Malzan, Leo, Billy, Jeanette, Angie Patterson, Annie Kaschewski, and Jimmy.

Calling hours will be held 2-4 & 6-8 PM Friday, September 22nd at Bissler & Sons Funeral Home in Kent. Celebration of Life will be held at Faith United Methodist Church in Brimfield on Sunday, September 24 at 1:00 PM, with dinner to follow.

Memorial contributions may be made to Faith United Methodist Church of Brimfield, 1235 Tallmadge Road, Kent, OH 44240 or ChildFund International 2821 Emerywood Parkway, Richmond, VA 23294.

On Tuesday August 15th, the Suffield Township Board of Trustees met and considered several issues.  One was to allow the Fire Department to buy some new communications equipment from Mitchell Communications at a cost of $6,600.  This new equipment would assure that firefighters and EMS personnel in the field have adequate ability to communicate with their portable radios.  Currently there are several significant dead spots in Suffield.  Chief Robert Rasnick said that times have changed and responding firefighters are now more likely than ever to be affronted by violent people.  He said the need to have a reliable way to ask for assistance is necessary to assure the safety of his men and women.  The trustees also voted to expend $4,200 for two new rescue "dry suits" from Dive Rescue International.  These suits will replace two older suits that are about 14 years old and are no longer effective.  The Chief also announced the departure of Mike Mohnacky and Kyle Knapp from the department's roster.  He also asked the trustees to hire Matt Leidel as a firefighter.  Leidel had served with the Suffield Fire Department about five years ago.  The trustees voted 3-0 to accept the two resignations and the new hire.

Trustee Jeff Eldreth asked for $300 to have Dave Kuntzman Tree Service remove a dead tree and some tree limbs along the right-of-way on Martin Road.  He also said that he wanted to stripe Martin Road and Congress Lake Road.  The trustees voted 3-0 to spend the money for this task.  Eldreth also wanted to congratulate a local 4-H girl, Caroline Blay, on raising the Grand Champ Simmental Steer at the Ohio State Fair

The trustees meet again on Thursday September 7th at 8:00 PM.  This is a change from their regularly scheduled meeting on September 12th.  The Board of Zoning Appeals meets this Thursday, August 17th at 8:00 PM.  The Zoning Commission does now meet again until Wednesday September 20th at 7:00 PM.  This is also a departure from their normal meeting date.  




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Mishler Road Work To Begin Monday September 25th

According to Mike Collins of the Portage County Engineer's Office, the much awaited repaving of Mishler Road is scheduled to start on Monday September 25th.  Weather permitting, they hope to have the project completed by the end of the week.  The Shelly Company will do the work, which amounts to $374,154 and the cost will be paid by the County.  Traffic will be maintained throughout the project.  This is good news to the thousands of motorists who use this road daily. 


Local High School Football

Falcons Lose Again

 Week Five:  The Field Falcons (0-5) lost 51-0 to the Coventry Comets (4-1) Friday night at Kenneth Lohr Stadium.  Unbeatens clashed in Mogadore as the Wildcats (5-0) beat Hunting Valley Gilmour Academy (4-1) by a 21-7 score.  Ravenna (2-3) beat Springfield (2-3) 30-24 and the Jackson Polar Bears (4-1) edged Lake (1-4) by a 35-32 count.   Click here to see the schedules and scores.


Board of Zoning Appeals Okays Waterloo Road Variance

The Suffield Township Board of Zoning Appeals, meeting for only the second time this year, heard Michael Walker's request for a variance to build a 32' by 40' pole building on one of his six lots.  The Board struggled with their decision, but ended by voting 5-0 to allow Walker to build his accessory building on his lot at 1455 Waterloo Road.

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Flu Shots October 8th

Congress Lake Road Variance Approved

The Suffield Township Board of Zoning Appeals voted 5-0 to allow resident David Stormer of 1153 Congress Lake Road to build a 1728 square foot pole building on his 1.63 acre property.  The pole building is larger than the Zoning Resolution rules allow.


Read The Historical Society Newsletter Online!

The FALL 2017 Newsletter is available for you to read 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.


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!


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 150,000 Visitors Since April 1, 2015

As of August 28, 2017, Suffield Township's website had 150,000 visitors since April 1, 2015.  Since the "new" website was adopted, the daily viewership has risen from about 40 per day to over 206 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.

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Historical Society

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A great opportunity for community involvement, and many free activities for everyone!  Click on the logo to learn more about the Suffield League.


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