New area ‘fun map’ gets released

STEUBENVILLE – The popularity of the Herald-Star’s Steubenville Fun Map has led to another depicting the variety of businesses and points of interest found in Wintersville, Toronto and many adjacent communities.

“We’ve received a lot of positive feedback on the first one. It’s been very well received in the community,” said Cindy Kotsch, special events and marketing coordinator for the Herald-Star, who added that enthusiasm generated interest in maps for other local areas.

Maggie McGinnis, inside sales supervisor for the Herald-Star, agreed, saying, “I have received calls from people asking for a map for Wintersville, Toronto and other areas after we began selling the Steubenville map.”

Framed copies will be delivered to the more than 100 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.

Both maps will be available as puzzles in the future.

Like the first, the new map is 36-by-24 inches and features cartoon versions of many well-known area residents, including long-time Wintersville Police Chief Ed Laman; Todd Piergallini and his daughter, Kassy Doughty, standing above St. Florian Hall, where Piergallini Catering is based; and Dave and Tricia Maple, who stand before their bed and breakfast, the Inn at Brandywine.

Local artist Lillian Brue again captures some of the personality of the various figures, such as the cowboy boots worn by Janice Kiaski, Herald-Star community editor, Richmond native and horse-riding enthusiast.

Brue incorporated several familiar sites, including the Welcome to Wintersville and Toronto signs and Indian Creek High School and the Robert Kettlewell Memorial Stadium. In addition to Toronto’s Clarke Hinkle Stadium, the map features the future Toronto High School under construction.

Brue revealed she drew upon the architect’s renderings to depict the completed school.

The map reveals urban and rural areas of Jefferson County are busy places, with a Steel Valley Regional Transit Authority bus and Apollo Pro Cleaning truck among the many vehicles traveling area roads.

An airplane, presumably bound for the Jefferson County Airpark, soars over the area with a banner reading, “Welcome to Jefferson County, Ohio.”

There are plans to offer Fun Maps depicting Weirton and Brooke County in the future.