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Around Suffield: Memorial Day and Cruise-In Recap, plus summer fun to come

Suffield’s annual Memorial Day Parade, featuring perfect cooler weather, was one of the biggest parades ever for the township. Our grand marshal, Warner Hughes, rode by in the Mack cab of his Road Materials truck. He also celebrated his 82nd birthday on parade day. The Field band entertained the crowd with a great musical performance while marching the parade route. Floats from local sports groups and businesses went by, all tossing vast quantities of candy to waiting children. At the end of the parade, as all the Suffield fire engines and equipment were passing, the crowd was thrilled by a huge C-130 airplane flying very low over Town Hall. It was such a surprise and so fast that it was hard to get photos. Everyone claimed this set a precedent and hoped that a flyover would occur as an annual closing event.

At the parade’s end, everyone moved to Suffield Elementary School. The Suffield League’s Tom Calcei led the solemn salute to all veterans with the laying of the wreath as the St. Joseph’s Veterans fired a volley of shots. All area Boy Scout groups stood at attention. Thank you to all our veterans, past and present, for their service!

Following the parade, Crafted Artisan Meadery’s first annual Memorial Day Bluegrass Picnic was very successful. Everyone enjoyed the four bands: Sugar Mules, Paul Kovac’s Big Grass Band, Hunter Skeens and the Forerunners, and Great River Revival. The food and drinks, especially the Mead and Mead slushies, were perfect for the celebration. Many purchased Meadery shirts, with one shirt commemorating the first annual event. Everyone is looking forward to next year’s celebration!

The 4th Annual Suffield Community Cruise-In was held June 9. Over 200 unique vehicles were on display. Children played games and jumped in the various bouncy stations. The crowd enjoyed refreshments and food provided by local businesses: Farmhand Coffee and Katie’s Korner Ice Cream as well as Duma Ranch Burger Dispatch’s truck-cooked hamburgers. There were booths representing local groups: the Lions Club, Suffield Fellowship Church and even the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Everyone is already waiting for next year’s cruise-in. Many thanks go out to everyone for supporting the cruise-in. Also appreciation to the Suffield Trustees and Jeff Eldreth for orchestrating this event.

Congratulations to all Field graduates. Thanks to our local non-profit organizations, the Suffield League and Suffield Lions Club, for providing scholarships to the Field High graduates. The students receiving scholarships are:

– Suffield League Scholarship Winners: Raegan Daugintis, Gavin Davidson. Emma Kucalaba, Olivia Bey, Kristin Toepke, Miabella Wallace.

– Suffield Lions Club Scholarship Winners: Emma Kucalaba, Jacob Kucalaba, Ryan Poor.

Wishing you success in all your future endeavors.

If you love to read and share in book discussions, join the book club at Crafted Artisan Meadery. The group meets at 6 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month. The first discussions were held May 15 discussing “The Fourth Wing” by Rebecca Yarros and June 19 discussing “Lessons in Chemistry” by Bonnie Garmus. The next planned book discussions are as follows:

– July 17: “His and Hers” by Alice Feeney
– Aug. 21: “It Ends With Us” by Colleen Hoover
– Sept. 18: “The Push” by Ashley Audrain

Pick up copies of books at the Mogadore Branch Library.

Crafted Artisan Meadery is located at 1292 Waterloo Rd.

A reminder that the 17th Annual Suffield Reunion is planned for Sept. 14. The reunion is held at the Hartville Kitchen. Anyone who attended or graduated from Suffield High School is invited to attend. More information is to follow. Contact Shirley Stayer at 330-472-6122 for more information or to be added to the mailing list.

If you have any events or information you wish to share, please contact me at 330-628-3994 or [email protected].

Pauline Persons
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