County roundup: Rootstown Pig Roast celebrates 10 years, plus more news from Rootstown and Deerfield

Rootstown Town Hall Ben Wolford/The Portager


The 10th annual Pig Roast will take place Saturday, Sept. 16 at the Randolph K of C Hall at 2697 Waterloo Rd. The event raises money for Rootstown Youth Football players, cheerleaders, the community and the schools.

The evening will include dinner and drinks (tips are encouraged at the liquor bar) as well as the following: door prizes, Chinese raffle baskets, a 50/50 raffle, live-auctioned sports banners donated by Eldreth Photography, other live-auctioned items and a gun raffle (nine guns total). Gun raffle tickets are coming soon.

Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets cost $40 and can be purchased from Football Director Michael Klem, all youth head football coaches, Cheer Director Toccara Ball and Colleen Smith at the concession stand

The township started work on the walking path at Rootstown Community Park. It is in the process of getting paved. A grant in the amount of $100,222 from the State of Ohio will pay for the project.

“We’re hoping to get the path finished sometime this year,” township Vice Chair Dave McIntyre said. “We’re going to try to do this with our township guys. If we can’t, we’ll have to hire it out. We’ll see.”

The grand opening for Rootstown Community Park’s dog park took place Aug. 12. The dog park consists of two areas: one for larger dogs and another for smaller dogs. A cornhole board tournament was put together by community member Ryan Boyle.

“About 30 people showed up, and there were 10-15 dogs there,” McIntyre said. “It was pretty big, pretty neat.”

Local Girl Scouts have been assisting the township by cleaning up the community park.

“The girls do things such as picking up trash and removing staples from picnic tables,” McIntyre said. “Some of them came to our last trustees meeting to ask what else they can do to help us at the park.”


The Deerfield Civics Association volunteered funds to build a pavilion and donate it to Deerfield Park. The Civics Association will pay up to $32,000 for the project.

“We’re getting the blueprints worked on right now, and once those are done, we’ll hire a contractor,” township Chair Ed Dean said. “We’re hoping to have the pavilion done and ready to use by Oct. 14.”

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