Brooke Fun Map set for release, available soon

From Weirton to Beech Bottom, the latest Fun Map produced by the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times reveals the wide variety of businesses found in Brooke County.

The Brooke County Fun Map joins earlier maps offering a cartoon depiction of businesses and places in Steubenville, Weirton and the Wintersville-Toronto area and is available for $1 each at the Herald-Star office at 401 Herald Square.

The map also will be available soon through the newspapers’ websites at and, where it may be viewed with the other Fun Maps. Online viewers also can access websites for participating businesses, when available, by scrolling over them.

The Brooke County Fun Map is different in that it’s 24-by-36 inches, the same size as the earlier maps, but vertical, reflecting the county’s position along the Ohio River.

The Veterans Memorial Bridge and Market Street Bridge again are depicted as well as an assortment of businesses found in areas ranging from Colliers Way in Weirton to state Route 2 in Beech Bottom.

Brenda Swiger, Brooke County advertising representative for the two newspapers, said businesses and groups participating in the map were surprised to learn they were among more than 80 depicted on it.

“There is a good variety of businesses on this map,” added Cindy Kotsch, special events and marketing coordinator for the newspapers.

Artist Lillian Brue incorporated the businesses and landmarks in various ways, illustrating not only the buildings of medical offices, stores, restaurants and other businesses, but also caricaturing many business owners and officials.

Among them are Jim Rosso, president of Waldorf Distributing, displaying pride in his alma mater by wearing a West Virginia University polo shirt; Arnold Plittman, owner of Weisberger’s Clothing Store wearing one of the many tuxedos sold by his business; Pat Ford, executive director of the Business Development Corp. of the Northern Panhandle; and Marvin Six, assistant director of the BDC.

Many businesses also are represented by vehicles, including the orange and white State Farm Insurance Volkswagen Beetle driven by Bill Garvey and trucks carrying supplies to work sites for George Barchiesi Construction and Rob Boram Construction.

Educational institutions also are represented in the form of the Brooke High School Wellness Center and Brooke Memorial Stadium, the Redline Building at West Virginia Northern Community College’s Weirton Campus and the Commencement Hall portion of Bethany College’s Old Main, a national historic landmark.

Brooke Hills Park also is represented by its welcome sign, golf course, trucks engaged in one of its popular mud bogs and an amusement ride at the Brooke County Fair.

If you look closely, you’ll find artist Lillian Brue enjoying the ride while elsewhere Craig Howell, managing editor of the Weirton Daily Times, rides in a hot air balloon advertising the Wellsburg Chamber of Commerce as well as the newspaper. Chamber President Richard Krisak also appears.

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