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April 24, 2012 - Robert "Bubba" Kapral
I like what is going on in Martins Ferry, and it all starts at the top. Deft leadership is helping the Purple City getting everyone on the same page and rapidly move forward. As a result, Ferry is exhibiting teamwork and cooperation which is yielding unbridled progress. Mayor Paul Riethmiller has galvanized the workings of the city's government. City council, Police Chief John McFarland and his quality force, and Service Director Chuck Bennett are all cooperating and communicating like never before. The city's new development officer, Kathy Gagin, is doing voluminous work. She comes well-skilled for her task and has already submitted nearly 20 grant applications. She is destined to bring big bucks into the city. Speaking of big bucks, the city administration has landed a $450,000 check recently from an incoming business with much more in the offing, as the drilling boom is going to do good things for the Purple City. Striking lucrative deals takes time, effort and knowledge, all being supplied in large doses by the town's leaders. One of the most striking advances in the city is in the field of recreation. Working in partnership with the Martins Ferry Lions Club and several businesses, the city will soon be home to a recreation complex second to none. Fodor Field, in the midst of a major facelift, will be a showcase for all Little League fields, located next to a state-of-the-art playground. Big plans are also planned for the city pool. Martins Ferry has positioned itself on the threshold of newfound success. But it is well-earned prosperity as Martins Ferry officials have cultivated it.
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