Copper thieves deal setback to pool


Some are bigger than others.

Those who broke into the Shadyside pool, are simply ruthless.

Copper thefts are at epidemic proportions in the Ohio Valley. The one that occurred recently at the Shadyside pool is more disturbing than most.

The pool did not open last year. A concerted village-wide effort was mobilized to make sure the same fate did not reoccur this summer.

A big push was made — with village council supplying passionate backing — to sell enough season passes to amass money for start-up costs. Residents and businesses were generous with donations. Mead Township trustees also provided support.

It was a true total team effort. Community pride was brimming.

Last week, some goon(s) attempted to sabotage the pool opening by stealing all the copper from the locker room areas. How cut throat is that?

I agree with Village Councilman Tim Merryman’s sentiments when he said a few hoodlums will not stop what so many people have worked so hard to accomplish.

I have no doubts the Shadyside pool will open this summer as planned. I would imagine the Tiger community is more determined than ever to make it come to fruition in the light of the copper theft.

I would also expect the culprits will be apprehended soon. The investigation will receive a ton of community support.

Once caught and convicted in a court of law, the copper thieves should be barricaded in the pool locker rooms they ravaged with the vicious dogs that were roaming the village months ago.


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Kapral may be reached at bkapral@timesleader