It’s August already! One of the busiest months of the year and the Deerfield community is no exception. Of course, the two big events for this month are the Portage County-Randolph Fair (Aug. 22 to 27) and the first day of school (Aug. 30). But before we take off on August, we need to revisit some events that took place in July.

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You may have missed our Post Master, John Millich, some during July. That's because he was busy leading his girls softball team in the state finals. His team from Canfield won the district and took second place in the state finals. Quite a feat for a group of 10-year-old girls who had never played together before. Congratulations to John and the team!

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The family of Henry and Naomi Robb gathered at the Westover farm on June 30 through July 2 for a family reunion. Eighty-plus members enjoyed pizza night on Friday. Saturday was a catered dinner by Guido’s of Ravenna and hot dogs on the fire in the evening. On Sunday, a large group attended the Deerfield United Methodist Church service. This has always been the family’s home church.

Everyone enjoyed all the activities which included four wheel riding, swimming, playing cards and a hayride. The families gathered from as far away as California, Texas, Georgia and Minnesota. The reunion was a huge success and everyone is looking forward to the next one. Thanks to all who helped make it so much fun! Our motto "Family is not an important thing, it is everything." Naomi and Henry would be very pleased.

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Meanwhile, across the street at the Rawdons ... there was another family reunion going on. On July 2, we hosted the Rawdon family for a day. There were some from Washington, Nevada, Michigan and North Carolina, 50 in all. Will, Rachel and Laura surprised us by coming. As always, the cousins played a few games of basketball. Jon’s parents were in attendance as were 11 of their grandchildren and 12 great-grandkids. The little ones enjoyed the little pool we set up. As always there was more than enough food. Taylor (Nate’s wife) even carved a shark out of a watermelon for our centerpiece.

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Beginning July 1, the Starlite Roller World became the Deerfield Skating and Entertainment Center. The Carrington Family (owners of Fruitlands) have taken on this new enterprise. Join them on Friday and Saturday evenings from 7 to 10 p.m. for open skate. The cost is $5.50 per session. You can also schedule your parties with them. To reserve the rink, call 330-947-2208. The skating rink is at U.S. 224 and S.R. 225. Fruitlands also has an extension of their store set up in the parking lot at the skating rink.

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The Deerfield Dandies and the Deerfield Quilters are always looking for folks to join them. The Dandies are a kitchen band who entertain at various venues. The quilters meet every Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. at the Deerfield Town Hall. Stop in to see their latest quilt. If you would like more information on how to become part of either of these groups, you can contact me and I can connect you with the right people.

Have a great August and enjoy these last days of summer!

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Contact Sylvia Rawdon at 330-654-4324 or syl30jon@centurylink.net with your Deerfield news.