STEUBENVILLE - When students and their parents begin arriving on the campus of the Franciscan University of Steubenville this week for the start of the fall semester, they will have access to a new resource to help them find goods and services.
They will be receiving copies of the Community Guide.
The 32-page booklet, which was produced by the university's board of advisers in cooperation with the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times, will help students and their parents who are new to the region familiarize themselves with local stores, services, entertainment and recreation opportunities, health care providers and more.
COMMUNITY GUIDE READY — Maggie McGinnis, inside sales manager of the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times; Ross Gallabrese, left, executive editor of the newspapers; and Mike Florak, executive director of community relations at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, look over copies of the Community Guide. The booklet, a comprehensive source of information about goods and services available throughout our region, will be distributed to students when they begin to arrive on campus this week. — Shae Dalrymple
The guide also contains a history of Steubenville and profiles of Historic Fort Steuben and the City of Murals project.
"We're proud of the work everyone did on this project," said Mike Florak, executive director of community relations at the university. "We think this will be a great tool for students and visitors to the university and the Steubenville area."
Copies of the guide also will be available at hotels in the Steubenville and Weirton area.
A portion of the proceeds from the advertising sales for the booklet will go to the board of advisers.
That money will help the board continue its mission of working to promote a good relationship between the university and the surrounding communities.
"We were happy to be able to work with the university and the board of advisers to make this project possible," said Maggie McGinnis, inside sales manager of the newspapers.
Richard Saxon is chairman of the board of advisers, while Chris Irvin is vice chairman and Thomas Matanzo is secretary.
"The university plays a vital role in our community," said Ross Gallabrese, executive editor of the newspapers and a member of the board of advisers. "This guide is a valuable resource for students and their parents, and will provide an easy way for them to learn about our community and the many businesses that serve our area."
The school's role goes beyond providing a quality education. According to information provided by the university, the total spending by its students - who come from all 50 states and a dozen countries - injects more than $8.4 million into the local economy.
Plus, those who attend conferences, visit family members and do business with the university help pump $5.3 million into local businesses.
Advertisers in the booklet include: the Franciscan University of Steubenville; Top of West Virginia CVB; Fort Steuben Mall; Planet Fitness;
Sincerely Yogurt; R.E. Saxon Jeweler (Richard Saxon); Smitty's Floors; the Laundromat; Dr. Thomas Matanzo, DDS Inc.;
McBane Insurance and Financial Services; McDonnell Chiropractic; Hertz/Thrifty Car Rental and Auto Detailing; NAPA AutoCare Center; Premier Technical Services;
Damon's Grill and Sports Bar; Best Western Plus/University Inn Steubenville; Steel Valley Regional Transit Authority;
Ohio Valley Optimal Healthcare; Sandella's Flat Bread Cafe; Triple Play Cafe; Froehlich's Classic Corner; Historic Fort Steuben; Fort Steuben Visitor Center; Hampton Inn;
Dr. James Volk Optometrist Inc.; Voto Sales; Jefferson County Educational Service Center; BookMarx; Papa John's Pizza;
Center of Music and Art; the Ville Restaurant and Bar; the Original Steve's Fish and Chips;
Finishing Touches, the art of entertaining with Jennifer Cesta; First Choice America Community Federal Credit Union;
X-TRA Space Rentals; Trinity Health System; EM Media; Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce; Two Brothers Dry Cleaning; United Bank; Wal-Mart Supercenter of Steubenville;
Mario's Italian Restaurant; Texas Roadhouse; Zalenski's Family Eatery and Pub; Quality Health Massotherapy; Naples Spaghetti House; Vocelli Pizza; Dr. Patrick H. Macedonia; Nelson Fine Art and Gifts;
Ace Optical; Bayberry House Bed and Breakfast; Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County; Steubenville Chiropractic; Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center; Star Printing;
TME Federal Credit Union; Brooke Hills Park; Wendt Touring Inc.; Dr. Thomas Brown, DDS, FAGD; Dr. Daniel Rolotti, DMD; Super 8 Motel;
The Original Busy B Muffler; Graphics In Print; Jerry Gast, All State Insurance; and the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times.