STEUBENVILLE - Jerry Barilla is on the map. So are Jim Emmerling and his wife, Leanne, Marty Hauser and a host of other familiar faces.
All told, more than 100 civic leaders, businesses and institutions have been immortalized on our Steubenville Fun Map, a 36-by-24-inch snapshot of life in our community.
It's a colorful representation of the faces and places that make Steubenville ... well, one of a kind.
"We were looking for something we could have a little bit of fun with while helping local businesses promote themselves and the community. This map is the perfect vehicle for that," said Alex Marshall, publisher of the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times.
The map, designed by local artist Lillian Brue, captures the flavor of the community: The laid-back Barilla, for instance, is flashing a peace sign while standing in front of his business, Frank and Jerry's Furniture and Appliances. Alan Hall, director of the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County, is lugging a stack of heavy books. Art imitates life with Marshall depicted tugging at his necktie, and Executive Editor Ross Gallabrese, shown with his arms crossed and wearing his familiar suspenders.
"I tried to make it personal," Brue says. "Every figure has a little nuance, a little attitude. I wanted to show it in my work."
"Lillian's work is superb," Marshall said. "The map truly captures the flavor of our community."
On Monday, framed copies will be delivered to all 100-plus community leaders and institutions represented on the map. Additional copies will be available for $1 at the Herald-Star offices, 401 Herald Square, while supplies last.
"Everybody's really excited to be part of it," said Cindy Kotsch, special events and marketing coordinator for the newspapers. "And I'm excited to show it to them. I think everybody's going to be thrilled with what they see, it's just so well done."
Kotsch said one of the most intriguing aspects of the map is that no matter how often you look at it, there always seems to be something new to catch the eye.
Plans are already in the works to do a fun map for Wintersville, Richmond and Toronto in October, and Weirton, Follansbee and Wellsburg early in 2013.
And to add to the fun, Marshall said the Herald-Star and WOGH-FM are planning a weeklong contest based on the map.
"We're still in the process of finalizing the details," Marshall said, " but it will be a daily contest testing the powers of observation of area residents. We'll see how observant our community is, and have a lot of fun in the process."
The businesses, institutions and personalities you'll find on the Steubenville Fun Map include: 7 Creeks Roadside Springs; A&B Pharmacy; A Nails Charm; Ace Optical; Adams Antiques; Anna-Kays Unique Fashions; AT&T; Aubrey's Bakery; Bayberry Inn; Becky's Gifts; Borden Office Supply; Catholic Central High School; Diocese of Steubenville; Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce; Choice Brands of Ohio; Steubenville City Building; Country Crafts from the Heart; Dan Diamond; D'Anniballe and Co. CPAs; Davis Homes; Dick's Sporting Goods; DiGregory's Greenhouse and Garden Center; Downtown Bakery; Dr. Joseph Clause; D.W. Dickey; Jefferson County Educational Service Center; Eastern Gateway Community College; EM Media; Envy Salon; E-Z Care Clinic; Federico Foods; Franciscan University of Steubenville; Frank & Jerry's Furniture and Appliances; Froehlich's Classic Corner; WOGH-FM; Fort Steuben Mall; General Rental; Gregory Gaming; Harding Stadium; Hauser's Furniture and Carpeting; Health Plan of the Upper Ohio Valley; Herald-Star; Heritage Complete Home Care; Historic Fort Steuben; Hollywood City Center; Holy Trinity Greek Church; IBEW; Iron City Distributing; Jefferson Behavioral Health System; Jefferson County Courthouse; Jefferson County Workshop; Legal Hair; M&M Hardware; Malta's Pizza; Market Street Pharmacy; Maryland Market; McDonald's; McDonnell Chiropractic; Mosti Funeral Home; Naple's; Nelson Fine Arts; New York Life; Papa John's; Plain Janes; Progress Alliance; QDA Online; Richfield Group; Scaffidi's; School of Bright Promise; Smitty's Carpet; Smitty's Sportatorium; Steubenville Bakery; Steubenville Country Club; Steubenville High School; Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County; Steubenville Revitalization Group; Steve's Fish and Chips; Super 8; Steel Valley Regional Transit Authority; TEAM Ford; TEAM Toyota; the Laurels; the Ville; Thrifty; Total Lawn Care; Tri-State Printing; Trinity Medical Center East; Trinity Medical Center West; Triple Play Cafe; Uniquely Designed; University Inn/Damon's; UPS; VaporJet; Village Sleep Center; Steubenville Visitors Center; Voto Sales; Wal-Mart; WesBanco; Windows R Us; WTRF-TV; YMCA; Mount Zion Church; Bella Hall; Acuity Specialty Hospital; and Fort Steuben Mall tenants Macy's, J.C. Penney, Sears, Corrado Pizza, Merle Norman and Repairs Plus.