Kudos to Bellaire.
Finally, after many surrounding communities and counties have felt the positive effects of the burgeoning oil and gas industry, the All-American Town is getting on board.
It is being made possible by MPR, a thriving transloading business in the north end of town, under the savvy leadership of owners Rick Frio and Dave Humphreys.
Village council gave its approval Thursday night, via an ordinance, to enter into an agreement with MPR Supply Chain Solutions. The village and MPR will partner up, selling water to oil- and gas-related businesses who need the water for their respective operations.
MPR and the village will negotiate the price of the water and MPR will then serve as the sales agent. Water is an abundant resource for Bellaire. Combine that with Frio's and Humphreys's business expertise, the water accord has a chance to provide a huge cash flow into village coffers.
Hopefully, Bellaire can still realize a budgetary boost from Waco Oil. The Glenville, W.Va.-based firm set up shop on West 23rd Street this spring.
Waco's arrival was trumpeted by Bellaire officials as an economic shot-in-the-arm that could spawn additional development. Such has not been the case.
The Waco leaders came across as shakers-and-movers, committed to being major players in Eastern Ohio. Should Waco Oil begin to realize its potential, Bellaire's Fiscal Year 2013 budget picture may sharply brighten.
PREP BASKETBALL junkies need to matriculate to Wheeling Jesuit Friday and Saturday, as some of the finest national individual talent as well as teams will be featured in the Cancer Research Classic.
The CRC is the brainchild of Wheeling Hospital's Dr. Gregory Merrick, one of the nation's foremost authorities in prostrate cancer. Doc also features prep hoop knowledge second to none.
The CRC has grown into a national hoop extravaganza, attracting coverage by ESPN.
It is an event I look forward to attending and urge all basketball fans to treat themselves to a special brand of hoops.
Kicking off the CRC will be former Wheeling Central and Wake Forest head coach Dino Gaudio. The Yorkville native will be the keynote speaker at the CRC dinner held at Glessner Auditorium. He currently works for ESPN.
AN INDIANA prep diver with local roots is excelling once again.
Samm Reese, whose parents are Martins Ferry natives, is a junior at St. Joseph's High School in South Bend.
"Samm has improved her approach each year," said St. Joe diving coach Nick Farmer. "She's getting more height on her dives and I don't think she's reached her peak yet this year."
As a sophomore, Samm was the Northern Indiana Conference champion.
Samm helped St. Joe's to the team title earlier this month in the South Bend City Championships. She won the diving event for the third successive year with a 451 tally.
"I was shooting for the (meet) record, but I'm only a junior," said Reese, referring to the mark of 483.25 set in 2007 by former St. Joseph diver Gabby Agostino. "I was really confident today. I've worked on new dives with a higher degree of difficulty, so I think that will help me."
Samm is already a two-time state qualifier. She is the daughter of Don and Janie (Patrone) Reese.
SPEAKING OF Bellaire Village Council, we extend our best wishes to Ed Sustersic. He is retiring as village law director. Ed is a class act and very professional attorney. He served the village of Bellaire exceedingly well.
THE BELLAIRE Bridge demolition drama resurfaced this past week. The $500,000 escrow account continues as the stumbling block. The latest deadline called for the bridge to be down by Monday. I stand by my repeated statement that the bridge will never come down in my lifetime.
IT'S HARD to believe that 40 years have passed since the tragic death of Roberto Clemente. Monday will mark that fateful day when the Pittsburgh Pirates' legend died in a plane crash on a goodwill mission, taking supplies to earthquake-ravaged Nicaragua. Earlier that year, he became the first Latino to reach the coveted 3,000-hit plateau.
WVU's performance in Saturday's Pinstripe Bowl was a fitting conclusion to a disappointing 7-6 campaign. The Mountaineers' defense is a joke and Geno Smith regressed terribly after a 5-0 start. The jury is still out on Dana Holgorsen's ability to be a head coach. For his sake, we hope he stays out of any off-the-field problems which he has all-too-often encountered.
EVERY DAY should be Christmas Eve. Everyone is upbeat all day, awaiting Christmas. Along those lines, we wish all our readers a prosperous, healthy and safe 2013.
Kapral may be reached at bkapral@timesleader online.com