County roundup: Low-cost Valentine’s childcare in Brimfield, plus news from Atwater, Mogadore and Suffield

The Brimfield branch of the Portage County District Library. Jeremy Brown/The Portager


“Valentine’s Night Out” will take place Saturday, Feb. 10. Parents can drop off their children ages 5-12 at the Brimfield Community Center between 5:30 and 9 p.m. – and then enjoy a night out. The community center is located at 4538 Edson Rd. The cost is $20 for the first child and $10 for each additional child. The parks department will provide games, crafts and other activities for the kids. There will also be pizza and drinks. Registration is required. To register, visit

“We’ve done this at Christmas time,” township Trustee Nic Coia said, “but this is the first time we’ve done it for Valentine’s Day.”

The Portage County Library District Brimfield Branch held its grand opening and ribbon cutting Jan. 20. The library is located at 4286 Kelso Dr. Festivities included three raffle baskets and cookies and refreshments for guests. Three Brimfield Township trustees and members of the Portage County Library District were there as well as state Rep. Gail Pavliga and Portage County Commissioner Sabrina Christian Bennett.

Chase Bank had its grand opening and ribbon cutting recently at its location of 275 Tallmadge Rd. Brimfield Township trustees Sue Fields and Mike Kostensky were present as well as the branch vice president.

Janet Fox, owner of Timeless Memories Scrapbooking, will teach a scrapbooking class from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8 at the Brimfield library at 4286 Kelso Dr. The cost is $10.

“We’re looking at doing this monthly,” Coia said. “We’re going to see how people respond to it.”


The third annual Suffield Lions Club/Suffield League Chili Cookoff will be held Saturday, Feb. 10 at the Lions Club at 1128 Waterloo Rd. Last year, there were about a dozen contest entrants, but this year soup is being added as a category.

“We normally get 30-50 guests,” Suffield League member Tom Calcei said.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for contest entrants and 6 p.m. for the public. Guests will be asked to make a $5 donation combined to the Suffield League and Lions Club for entry.

The 12th annual Laugh at the Lake will take place at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 9 at St. Nicholas Banquet Center at 755 S. Cleveland Ave. Three Northeast Ohio comedians will perform, two of whom are nationally known. A $55 ticket includes dinner, a silent auction and a Chinese auction. There will also be a cash bar. To purchase tickets, call (330) 256-8042.

Crafted Artisan Meadery at 1292 Waterloo Rd. now offers pizza carryout.


The Atwater Fire Department firefighters recently attended an electric vehicle fires training session, and they will attend an ice rescue training session soon. One of the fire department’s volunteer firefighters will also attend a fire instructor class. The department’s firefighters will be at the Waterloo Wellness Fair from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15 at Waterloo High School; the event is open to the public.

Jacob Simonetti, who is doing his Eagle Scout candidacy, was at the township trustees meeting Jan. 23 to discuss his projects for the township: possibly reworking two welcome signs that are located north and south on State Route 183, and also some landscaping at Town Hall.

“We’re excited about it,” township Chair Thora Green said. “We would fund him whatever materials he would need. We had an Eagle Scout two years ago do some work on some park benches for us. It’s nice to see these young men come to us and they think of serving their community.”

Portage County Auditor Matt Kelly was at the trustees meeting Jan. 23. He pointed out that any county veteran can get their dog license fees waived and that fees for adopting a dog are discounted.

The township has started planning its Memorial Day Parade, which will be held Monday, May 27. Anyone interested in being in the parade – whether it be floats, cars, tractors or anything else – should call Peggy at (330) 603-5227.


The Mogadore village engineer informed village council that the village has received a grant for approximately $650,000 from the Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study to pay for the majority of the resurfacing of Mogadore Road from Gilchrist Road to Meadowridge Road. The village will contribute $100,000 toward the project. The resurfacing is scheduled to be done in 2028; however, there is a possibility it might be moved up.

Roger Gordon
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