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1/24/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Companies merge to form Levin Swedler Crum

FAIRLAWN — Effective Jan. 1, the firm of Crum, Buchanan & Associates merged with Levin, Swedler & Co. to create Levin Swedler Crum, Certified Public Accountants.

Company principles Gary Levin, CPA, CVA, Steven Swedler, CPA, and Kevin Crum, CPA, have more than 100 years of combined experience. The new firm provides professional services to business, individual and nonprofit clientele in the region including audit services, tax planning, tax preparation, accounting, estate planning and consulting services.

“Combining our expertise, technology, resources and dedicated teams has allowed us to provide a new level of excellent service to our clientele,” Crum stated. “We have a shared mission, and that is to continue to utilize all of our resources most effectively for the benefit of the clients and community we serve. Merging with Levin, Swedler & Co. has allowed us to take meaningful steps to sustain our current rate of growth as specialized solution providers.”

Levin, Swedler & Associates was founded by Levin in 1986. Crum, Buchanan & Associates was founded in 1996 by Crum.

In addition to tax and accounting services for individuals and closely held businesses, the firm will emphasize its expertise and experience in the areas of nonprofit organizations and audits of profit-sharing plans. The nonprofit practice will be managed by Crum, and the profit-sharing plan audit practice will be managed by Todd Kennedy.

“We’ve known and respected the team of Crum, Buchanan & Associates for many years, and Kevin is one of the leading experts and service providers in the regional nonprofit community,” stated Levin. “With the creation of Levin Swedler Crum, we have strengthened our firm, expanded our service offering and improved our ability to more effectively respond to the needs of current and future clientele.”

For more information, visit www.levinswedlercrum.com. 


Giant Eagle opens new GetGo fuel station in Fairlawn

FAIRLAWN — Giant Eagle opened a new GetGo fuel station at 3120 W. Market St. Jan. 21.

The new 2,000-square-foot Fairlawn GetGo features 12 fuel pumps with a combination of both traditional and diesel fuels and in-store offerings including fresh foods and convenience-oriented services.

Hours of operation are 5 a.m. to midnight seven days a week.

In addition to the fuel offerings, the location also provides grab-and-go meals, beverages and convenience offerings including retailer gift cards, a surcharge-free ATM, an in-store wireless center with no-contract phones and prepaid wireless cards, free air for vehicle tires and full-service lottery.

Also, with Giant Eagle’s fuelperks!, customers meeting purchase requirements earn a discount on each gallon of gas at GetGo with every $50 spent with the Giant Eagle Advantage Card® inside Giant Eagle supermarkets and GetGo locations.


Countryside Farmers’ Markets accepting vendor applications for 2013 season

PENINSULA — Countryside Conservancy is now accepting applications for new vendors for the Countryside Farmers’ Markets at Howe Meadow and Highland Square. 

The Countryside Farmers’ Market at Howe Meadow will open May 11 and continue every Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon through Oct. 26. The Countryside Farmers’ Market at Highland Square will open May 30 and continue every Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. through Oct. 3.

Due to scale and location differences, each market provides a unique opportunity for vendors, according to organization officials: Howe Meadow necessitates a high volume of product, while the Highland Square market is a particularly good venue for burgeoning food businesses and beginning farmers.

This season, Countryside is especially seeking vendors selling fermented products, fiber, artisan cheese, dried beans, eggs and meat or poultry.

Farmers with these products, as well as other unique, high-quality items are invited to submit an application, available at www.cvcountryside.org/farmers-markets/how-to-become-vendor.php. According to Countryside officials, competition for existing spaces is high, so all who apply might not be accepted.

Applications will be accepted through March 15. Notifications will be sent to applicants regarding their acceptance or denial by March 29. 

For market guidelines and fees, review the Vendor Handbook found on the website, and further questions may be directed to Beth or Heather at 330-657-2542.


Torchbearers members volunteered more than 580 hours in 2012

AKRON — Torchbearers, a young professional organization focused on building a better Akron-area community through leadership development and service, dedicated more than 580 volunteer hours in 2012.

“The reason people join our organization is not only to grow as future leaders, but to serve others. The remarkable number of service hours from our members in 2012 demonstrate that commitment,” said Kyle Kutuchief, press secretary. “We are fortunate to have so many amazing not-for-profit organizations in Akron, where our members can step up and give back all year long.”

Community organizations and programs that Torchbearers members volunteered with include: Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank, Akron Children’s Hospital’s “Have a Heart, Do Your Part” Radiothon, Akron Marathon, AkronReads, Autism Family Foundation, Camp Quality Ohio, Destination College, Habitat for Humanity, Humane Society of Greater Akron, Leadership Akron Alumni Association/Junior Leadership Akron/Torchbearers Joint Service Project at the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, St. Bernard’s Parish Hot Meals Hunger Program and United Way Day of Action.

In 2012, these members exceeded Torchbearers’ expectation for service hours, according to group officials: Jessyca Blake, Jennifer Cassidy, Lashawrida Fellows, John Hickey, Kevin McCauley, Jonathan Morschl, Brian Musolin, Karlo Petrak, Kelly Price, Angie Rogers, Emily Schepens and Kimberly Young.


Stephanie Kist contributed to these reports.

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