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The Martins Ferry Chamber of Commerce is comprised of business people, City officials, school officials, clubs, organizations and individuals who care about Martins Ferry. Martins Ferry is the largest city in Belmont County and is the oldest settlement in the State of Ohio. The Chamber of Commerce was established in 1901. The Chamber's Mission Statement is as follows:
"To improve our strong business environment through the retention, expansion, recruitment and
creation of businesses to enhance the quality of life in the areas we serve."
The Chamber office is located at 108 S. Zane Highway, Martins Ferry, OH 43935. We can be contacted by telephone at 740-633-2565, by fax at 740-633-2641 and email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The emphasis of our site is to publish information about Martins Ferry and the surrounding area.
Of course, we have information about the Chamber, membership and what the Chamber does. Our yearly dues schedule is as follows:
$85 for business membership; $80 each for two or more business memberships and $50 for clubs, organizations and individuals. They are due by December 31 for the following year. The Board of Directors meets the third Tuesday of each month at noon usually in the Dining Room at the Rec Center. The meetings are open to all Chamber members, businesses and citizens of Martins Ferry. We offer a light lunch for $7.00 Please call ahead to make your reservation to attend.
The Chamber has two paid staff members: Dorothy Powell, Executive Director and Marian Klier, Secretary. The Chamber's Officers for 2015 are: Sherry Stratton (Ohio Valley Cruise Planners) - President; Brad Shaffer (Steele-Cook Insurance Agency) - Vice President; Joe Czuchran (Deluxe Doors) - Treasurer. Our Board of Directors is as follows: Randy Greenwood (The Citizens Bank), Brad Shaffer (Steele/Cook Insurance Agency), Bob Zilai (Z's Jewelry), Joe Czuchran (Deluxe Doors), Brian Dawes (James C. Dawes Co., Inc.), Greg Heslop (Heslop Funeral Home), Connie Jacob (Jacob & Sons Meats), Leslie Link (Harvey Goodman Realtor), German Ortiz (East Ohio Regional Hospital), Barbara Roman (Softite Community Federal Credit Union), Dan Stephens (State Farm Insurance) and Paul Stecker (O'Diam & Stecker Law Group, Inc.)
The Chamber has joined the Southern Ohio Chamber Alliance (SOCA). As a member, we are able to offer the following benefits to our members:
- Discounted Options for the Small Group Health Insurance through Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield and United Health Care
- Discounts on Dental Insurance through Superior Dental Care
- BWC Group Rating Discounts through Hunter Consulting Company
- FREE Prescription Drug Discount Cards
- Discounts on Document Destruction and Storage through Cintas
- Exclusive rate on Credit Card Processing through Infintech
- Discounts on Vehicle Rentals and Fleet Analysis through Mike Albert Fleet Solutions
- Discounts on Employment and Tenant Background Screening through Trak-1
- Discounts on Foreign Exchange Services through Bannockburn Global Farex
For the Community the Chamber offers: The Meet the Ohio Valley Booklet which is published by The Times Leader which lists places of interest, history, churches, schools and recreational facitlities in the local area, as well as, City administrations, directory of businesses, clubs and organizations. We also do UPS shipping, maintain tourist information, belong to the Better Business Bureau, operate a defensive (remedial) driving class, host the Fourth of July Celebration (Skyshow), host the Academic Awards Banquet, maintain the Industrial Park Sign, provide the downtown Christmas decorations.
For Chamber members we are a member of CompManagement Inc. to provide cost control services in the area of workers' compensation and Air Evac Lifeteam offers an affinity discount plan for the owners of businesses.
Martins Ferry has a mayoral form of city government. The City Building is located at 35 S. Fifth Street and the phone no. is 740-633-2876.
The 2015 City Administration is:
Paul Riethimmer - Mayor
Chuck Bennett - Service Director
Robert Matz - Assistant Service Director
Bill Suto - Safety Director
Kathy Gagin - Development Director
Rita Randall - Auditor
Betty Suto - Code Administrator
City Council: Christy Davis - President of Council Lee Ann Cleary - Clerk of Council
Bob Krajnyak - First Ward Bruce Shrodes - Second Ward
Russell Armstrong - Third Ward Rick Rogers - Fourth Ward
Jack Regis, Sr. - Council at Large Chris Cleary - Council at Large
Rob Duncan - Council at Large
Safety Forces: John McFarland - Police Chief
Jack Regis, Jr. - Fire Chief I Mike Reese - Fire Chief II
Dave Snyder - EMS Coordinator John Cika - EMS Captain
We are proud of our Martins Ferry Area Schools:
Private: Martins Ferry Christian School (Grades K-6) and Pre-School 740-633-0199
Becky Hill, Principal
701 S. Zane Highway, Martins Ferry, OH 43935
St. Mary Catholic School (Grades K-8) 740-633-5424
Mary Caroline Nichelson, Principal
24 N. Fourth Street, Martins Ferry, OH 43935
Public: Martins Ferry Schools Administrative Offices 740-633-1732
Dirk Fitch, Superintendent
5001 Ayuers Limestone Road, Martins Ferry, OH 43935
Anna Marie Ayers Elementary (Grades K-4) 740-633-2444
Joe Mamone, Principal
5002 Ayers Limestone Road, Martins Ferry, OH 43935
Martins Ferry Middle School (Grades 5-8) 740-633-9741
Mike Delatore, Principal
5000 Ayers Limestone Road, Martins Ferry, OH 43935
Martins Ferry High School (Grades 9-12) 740-633-0684
Jim Fogle, Principal
5000 Ayers Limestone Road, Martins Ferry, OH 43935
Vocational: Belmont-Harrison Career Center 740-695-9130
Richard Schoene, Superintendent
110 Fox Shannon Place, St. Clairsville, OH 43950
There are churches of many denominations in Martins Ferry:
Apostolic Faith Temple 740-635-0677 First United Methodist Church 740-633-0510
Elder Thomas Martin Rev. Van D. Fisher
310 S. Fourth Street, Martins Ferry, OH 43935 Third and Clay Streets, Martins Ferry, OH 43935
Colerain Presbyterian Church 740-635-1433 Martins Ferry Church of the Nazarene 740-738-0129
Pastor Joseph Ellis Rev. Cheryl Lawson
State Route 250, P.O. Box 96, Colerain, OH 43916 709 Broadway Street, Martins Ferry, OH 43935
Emmanuel Tabernacle City of Refuge 740-633-1818 Pleasant Grove United Methodist 740-546-4466
Bishop Juanita Bledsoe Rev. Rusty Johnson
401 Broadway Street, Martins Ferry, OH 43935 73599 Pleasant Grove, Dillonvale, OH 43917
Grace United Presbyterian Church 740-633-2699 Shiloh Temple 740-635-3437
Rev. William Webster Jim Agnew
7 N. Fourth Street, Martins Ferry, OH 43935 First and Mill Streets, Bridgeport, OH 43912
Greek Orthodox Church of the Life Giving Fountain St. Frances Cabrini 740-635-9933
Father Papageorgiou 740-633-3707 Father Dale Torres
314 N. Fifth Street, Martins Ferry, OH 43935 72617 Colerain, P.O. Box 38, Colerain, OH 43916
First Baptist Church 740-633-9642 St. John Lutheran Church 740-633-2263
Rev. John Oliver Rev. Phillip VanDam
Third and Locust Streets, Martins Ferry, OH 43935 40 N. Fourth Street, Martins Ferry, OH 43935
First Christian Church 740-633-3615 St. Mary Catholic Church 740-633-1416
Rev. Rod Kassler Father Murat
780 S. Zane Highway, Martins Ferry, OH 43935 20 N. Fourth Street, Martins Ferry, OH 43935
First Presbyterian Church 740-633-6107
Rev. David Stammerjohn
400 Walnut Street, Martins Ferry, OH 43935
Also, the Martins Ferry Ministerial Association sponsors The Daily Bread Center at 418 Walnut Street. It is a food distribution for Martins Ferry residents in need. They are open Tuesdays from 10 a.m. - noon; first, third and fifth Thursdays from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. and the second and fourth Saturdays from 10 a.m. - noon. For more information please call 740-633-6107.
If you are looking for a place for to hold a meeting, birthday party, etc., here are a few places available in Martins Ferry:
MARTINS FERRY AMERICAN LEGION & PARK LEGION LANES
223 S. Zane Highway, Martins Ferry, OH 43935
They offer bowling in Park Legion Lanes and a meeting room in their Lounge that holds up to 120 people.
VETERANS' MEMORIAL CENTER
401 S. Fourth Street, Martins Ferry, OH 43935
Offers a small dining room that seats 60 with a kitchen which is just off the pool and a gymnasium on the
second floor which is accessible by either stairs or an elevator.
HILLTOP SOCIAL HALL - Formerly Hilltop School
Colerain Road, P.O. Box 3, Colerain, OH 43916
Offers gymnasium with kitchen and stage area, several classrooms.
OHIO RIVER VALLEY ELKS LODGE #231 - Second Floor Party Room
14 N. Fourth Street, Martins Ferry, OH 43935
Phone: 740-633-2059 - Call Wednesday - Saturday after 5 p.m.
Newly remodeled. Available for showers, birthday parties, etc.