Rootstown Township trustees meet on Feb. 28, 2023. Ryan Lind/The Portager

County roundup: New walking paths approved for Rootstown Township Park, plus news from Paris, Edinburg and Palmyra


The township passed a resolution to add one of its funds to its appropriations. “It was a $5,000 grant we got from the state fire marshals for the fire department,” township Chair Dave Kemble said. “The grant will be used to buy two new sets of fire turnout gear.”


The township is considering purchasing a new computer for the fire department. “The one we have is really slow,” Kemble said.


People incarcerated at the Portage County Jail will be in Paris on Tuesday, May 9 for their annual cleaning up the roadsides of the township’s back streets. 


Rootstown received initial approval for putting in walking paths around Rootstown Township Park by way of a grant from the federal government in the amount of $102,000. “The realistic timeline to get it done would probably be late fall of this year or spring of next year,” township Vice Chair Dave McIntyre said.


The township will be putting in a new driveway for the park’s Gracie Fields from Cook Road all the way to Case Avenue. “We got $120,000 in grant money from the state’s capital budget program to pave the driveway,” McIntyre said. “Right now, it’s just gravel and grindings. We’ll hopefully get it done in the next two to three months.”


The Rootstown Lions Club will put on the annual Memorial Day Parade beginning at 9 a.m. Monday, May 29. The parade will start on Loretta Road going into NEOMED and culminate at Homeland Cemetery off Tallmadge Road. “Usually,” McIntyre said, “there are fire trucks, our youth softball and baseball teams, the Girl Scouts, churches, those kinds of things.”


For the first time, Edinburg will adorn banners with pictures of local veterans on utility poles. “The veterans don’t necessarily have to be passed away,” township Trustee Chris Diehl said. “We’re not necessarily restricted to just Edinburg veterans either, but most will be Edinburg people.” The township hopes to have the banners up before Memorial Day. “They’ll probably be up for most of the summer. It depends on how well they do in the weather,” Diehl said. “Right now, we have seven banners to put up. We’re hoping that, once people see them up, there will be more of them coming.”


The township’s annual Memorial Day Parade will take place Monday, May 29 beginning at 11 a.m. The parade will start at the intersection of Tallmadge Road and Rock Spring Road, continue down state Route 18, turn right onto state Route 14 and conclude at the township cemetery.

“Typically, we have three or four, sometimes five or six, floats in the parade,” Diehl said. “There are always antique cars, fire trucks from the different fire departments in the area like Charlestown, Deerfield, Palmyra and Atwater, sometimes even horses.”


The township held its annual Easter Egg Hunt on April 8 at Palmyra Park.

“It was a huge success. We had about 125 kids, by far the largest turnout we’ve ever had,” township Chair Tom Grund said. “The Easter Bunny was there, there were vintage vehicles that you could take photographs with, and there were games and prizes. We’re looking forward to continuing the Easter Egg Hunt and growing it.”

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