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The Suburbanite
  • Around Town: Super lawyers at Black, McCuskey named

  • Four Black McCuskey Souers & Arbaugh attorneys have been named top attorneys for 2013 by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine.

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  • Black McCuskey Souers & Arbaugh attorneys Randolph L. Snow, litigation; Joel K. Dayton, bankruptcy, creditor and debtor rights; Gust Callas, labor and employment; and Jim  P. Kamerer, estate planning and probate, have all been named top attorneys for 2013 by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine.
    In addition, Robert J. Murphy, real estate; Robert B. Preston III, litigation; and Michelle M. Schuld, business and corporate, have been named Ohio Rising Stars for 2013.
    No more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state receive this honor.
    Super Lawyers, a Thompson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a rigorous multi-phased process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, and independent research evaluation of candidates, and peer reviews by practice area.
    DOGGONE IT
    Brenda Brown, director of Aultman Grief Services, is planning to send several Doggone Grief board games to Newtown, Conn., through the Centering Corp., a bereavement organization in Omaha, Neb., that provides bereavement books, games, etc., where needed.
    “We are starting to collect money to send the games right now, but they are so overwhelmed at Sandy Hook because people love to give,” Brown said. “So we decided to wait and go through the Centering Corp.”
    Doggone Grief incorporates playing cards featuring photos of dogs owned by Aultman employees. Each card presents a situation and asks the player a question about his or her feelings. According to Brown, children grieve based on their maturity level. However, she said, the game is not a substitute for professional treatment.
    “We sent a game to a school in Mesa, Ariz., following U.S. Representative Gabrielle Gifford’s shooting,” said Brown. “We’ve sold more than 600 games across the United States.”
    The games are $35 each, but Brown said any donation is appreciated. Donations can be sent to Grief Services, Aultman Compassionate Care Center, 2821 Woodlawn Ave. NW.
    JUMPERS BRAVE ICY WATERS
    Oh, what to do, what to do.
    Here is a thought. Go jump in the lake — literally. That is, is if you want to help a good cause.
    On Feb. 16, hundreds of human “polar bears” will brave the icy waters of Portage Lakes during the 10th Annual Polar Bear Jump, to benefit the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank. During last year’s event 3,000 spectators came to support 750 jumpers who faced the icy waters of Portage Lakes. They raised $85,000 for non-profit agencies in the community.
    If interested, you can either jump or donate. If being shivering cold doesn’t bother you, go to www.akroncantonfoodbank.org and download the jumper information packet that tells you how to participate. However, if you prefer to be dry and warm, but still support the agency, go to www.akroncantonfoodbank.org and make a pledge. You also can go and cheer for the jumpers.
    Page 2 of 2 - Either way, you will be making a contribution. The financial goal of this year’s Polar Bear Jump is to raise $100,000 which will provide 400,000 meals to those struggling with hunger.
    Send tips about acts of kindness, anecdotes, honors and other items of interest to Denise Sautters, Around Town, The Repository, 500 Market Ave. S, Canton OH 44702. Information can be faxed to her at 330-454-5745 or emailed to her at denise.sautters@cantonrep.com.