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And now, at long last, something that isn’t political.

Today, instead, I bring you something we can all get behind: a celebration of Akron.

Akron artist Mac Love has finalized his unique deck of playing cards, called 'Akron on Deck,' which features 54 different local landmarks designed by 54 local artists. The cards will be available Nov. 25.

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Love came up with the idea at the start of the pandemic as a way to support local businesses and artists. He launched a Kickstarter campaign at the beginning of April and in less than two months drew 183 contributors and surpassed his $5,000 goal. The decks retail for $15, with 40% of the proceeds going directly to the artists.

Initially he used social media to solicit suggestions for which landmarks to include, then narrowed the field to about 60 and then sought additional public feedback through a variety of forums (including my column in June).

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Uh-oh. I spoke too soon about avoiding politics. Now that I think about it, partisan arguing is likely to break out over which places got in and which places didn't.

I can hear you now. 'Why are there two Goodyear cards (three if you count the Goodyear Polymer Center at the University of Akron) and only one for Firestone?” “Why Annabell’s instead of Ken Stewart’s Grille?” 'The Taylor Band & Orchestra but not the Black Keys? Surely you jest!'

Well, kids, try to look at it this way: Akron has so many cool people, places and things that you can’t fit them all onto 54 cards.

Besides, you're bound to like a majority of the selections. Who could argue with things such as Stan Hywet, E.J. Thomas Hall, the Akron Civic, Firestone Country Club, Dr. Bob's House, Glendale Cemetery and the Goodyear Blimp?

And much of the artwork is beautiful.

If your favorite place is missing, that might be just bad luck. 'We did not receive art submissions for many popular landmarks people wanted to include, ' Love says. 'We will produce 'Akron on Deck II' sometime in the future, and hope to include those landmarks then.'

© Mac Love More than 500 suggestions were made by the public for landmarks they wanted to see included in the playing-card collection 'Akron on Deck.'

Although the cards won't be ready for a couple of weeks, you can preorder online or by mail. In fact, Love has already received orders for more than 500 decks.

Go to https://artxlove.com/shop/akron-on-deck or mail a check or money order to Love's downtown Akron studio at 157 S. Main St., 44308. You could also pick them up at his studio starting Nov. 25.

If you don't buy them in person, you'll have to fork out extra money for shipping. The amount varies with the number of decks you order and the shipping address. To pay by check, you can call 330-238-8588 to place your order and get the final cost.

© Mac Love Each suit of cards represents a different quadrant of the city of Akron -- clubs for the north, hearts for the east, spades for the south and diamonds for the west.

Retailers who buy in bulk will receive discounts, Love says. Contact him for details at [email protected]

Statue update

You may remember that Mac Love also has been an integral part of the group that's developing the Rubber Worker Stories & Statue Project, which will feature a 12-foot-tall bronze statue of a rubber worker placed inside the new roundabout at Main and Mill streets in the heart of downtown.

Dedication was originally scheduled for September, but like almost everything else on the planet, that timetable was affected by COVID-19. Sculptor Alan Cottrill is almost finished, but the granite shapes upon which the statue will sit haven’t been delivered yet.

Together, the two bases will stand 5½ feet high. The lower one will be in the shape of Summit County. The top one will be shaped like Akron. Water — another key element in the history of a city that grew up next to a canal — will cascade down from the top.

More than 1,000 inscribed bricks have already been sold, and the city is making room for more. You can still order through the end of the year. Go to www.akronstories.com

The bricks will be placed on the northeast corner of the intersection, the side by the library, and nearby will be an interactive kiosk called “Rubber Worker Stories” that will offer audio and video recordings contributed by former rubber workers and their families.

The new target date for unveiling the statue is the end of this month.

On the loose

If you think you've had it rough lately, you may find some solace in an item in the police blotter in a recent edition of the West Side Leader. This person almost certainly is doing worse than you. Sports bet casino.

'A woman called police to a Rothrock Road motel [in Copley] stating her boyfriend, who doesn't speak English and has no phone, took her cellphone and left in a vehicle to go to Texas. She was unable to provide his last name.

'Police attempted to call him on her phone, but didn't answer. She asked for documentation and said she was going back to Indiana.'

Sounds like something out of a Netflix series.

Bob Dyer can be reached at 330-996-3580 or [email protected] He also is on Facebook at www.facebook.com/bob.dyer.31

© Mac Love Names and contact information for the artists who created each card appear at the bottom. More than 50 local artists participated.© Mac Love The two jokers feature Zippy, the University of Akron mascot, and Webster, mascot for the RubberDucks.

This article originally appeared on Akron Beacon Journal: Bob Dyer: Cool Akron playing cards are on deck

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