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With a local population of about 6,700,  Greenville offers a small town way of life while still providing many assets normally  found in much larger cities.  In addition to a growing industrial base, the larger Greenville area offers a stable economy, an excellent educational environment, cultural advantages, and unlimited recreational opportunities for the approximately 15,000 people that live within a 15-mile radius.  The area provides for retirement living at its best, offers two daily newspapers, and hosts a scenic public park.  Greenville is a peaceful, college community on the rolling hills of western Pennsylvania  which combines the advantages of small town living with easy access to the metropolitan areas of Pittsburgh and Cleveland.

Located in northern Mercer County, Greenville, Pennsylvania, is the oldest  town in the county.  It was incorporated in 1838 and has a long, proud history. The Canal Museum authentically depicts the history of the area's canal era. It excitingly features a  full-size reproduction of boats operating on the canal from 1842-1871. Railroad Park displays Engine 604, an original steam engine, at the Greenville Area Railroad Museum.  The Greenville Historical Society Museum  is another place to learn about  the rich and varied history of the area as it recreates life in western Pennsylvania during the  canal and rail eras and on growth of modern industry.

In addition to Greenville School District, the larger area also boasts of four other excellent school districts: Reynolds, Jamestown, Commodore Perry and Lakeview, and the Mercer County Career Center, a vocational-technical  school. 

Thiel College, located in Greenville, was founded in 1866.   It offers a four-year liberal arts program with studies in 22 major fields on its 135 park like acres.  Within 15 to 35 miles are five additional college campuses for advanced educational opportunities: Penn State Shenango Campus , Grove City College, Westminster College, Allegheny College, and Youngstown State University.

Thiel College's Center for Lifelong Learning meets area residents' ongoing educational needs.  East of Greenville is McKeever Environmental Learning Center, directed by a consortium of five area state colleges, which has programs and events for all ages; McKeever borders Goddard State Park and Lake Wilhelm.

The Greenville Symphony Orchestra annually presents several concerts in Thiel College's Passavant Center.  During the summer, the Greenville Community band presents concerts at Riverside Park's amphitheater, a natural stone structure that seats 2,5000.   Two libraries are available to the community at the Greenville Area Public Library and the Thiel College Library offering over  175,00 volumes between them.

Greenville Borough's Riverside Park  has a full-time recreation program sponsored by the Greenville United Way, Borough Council, and the Greenville School District.  The park has a nature study center, trails, swimming pool, and gymnasium.   Thiel College  provides public access to its swimming pool, eight tennis courts, and two gymnasiums.  Within a 15 minute drive of the area are five lakes: Pymatuning Reservoir, Lake Wilhelm, Sandy Lake, Conneaut Lake, and Shenango Reservoir, which offer excellent picnicking, boating, swimming, fishing and camping areas.  In addition, Pymatuning State Park offers some of the best sailing and outdoor recreation.  For the golf enthusiast, there are 11 courses within this radius. Conneaut Lake Amusement Park at Conneaut Lake, the largest body of water in the state, has entertained families for years.  Other attractions within a 15 mile radius are: Jamestown's Deer Park; Kidd's Mill Bridge, the only covered bridge of its type in the eastern U.S.; Brucker Great Blue Heron Sanctuary, the largest nesting reserve of these birds in Pennsylvania, and the Shenango Dam.

More than 50 manufacturing industries provide jobs for area residents.    Werner Ladder Co., headquartered in Sugar Grove Township, has become the standard in the climbing equipment industry and is also one of the nation's leading independent aluminum extruders.   Hodge Foundry, manufactures iron castings.

The Greenville-Reynolds Development, three miles south of Greenville, has 47 diversified manufacturing companies.  In the development,   Damascus Tube, makes aluminum rolling.   Served by two major railroads, the development is within 12 miles of Interstate 80.  Route  60, 12 miles to the south, offers easy access to the Pittsburgh International Airport.

St. Paul Nursing Home, a non-profit continuing care retirement community, is open to people of all faiths. The sprawling estate covers 622 acres of rolling woodlands.  St. Paul employs a staff of of 270 offering 24 hour care with services which include a chapel, a beauty shop, and a gift shop.  St. Paul offers medical care for minor problems on campus and can also schedule therapy.   

Recently, an assisted living village was established called The Ridgewood at St. Paul for residents who need  personal care.   It offers private living for singles and couples who wish  to maintain their independence to the greatest extent possible.

White Cliff Nursing Home offers features such as a beauty and barber shop, a large multi-purpose room for special occasions, an outdoor picnic pavilion for residents and their families, activity programs and church services. It also offers a full range of medical services  and a variety of therapy. 

Many activities take place  yearly.  Some of these include: Business and Industry Day Golf Outing, Antique and Classic Car Show, Chamber Golf Outing, Back To The Fifties Cruise In, Scarecrows in the Park, Halloween Parade, and for over fifty years, the annual Christmas Parade.

Air Service: The Greenville Municipal Airport is open to the public 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.   It provides  non-commercial   service, with a hard-surface runway.  The Youngstown/Warren Regional Airport, 25 miles away, offers commercial services. With approximately a hour and half drive, both Pittsburgh International Airport and Cleveland Airport can be easily accessed.

Highways: Two interstate highways, Routes 79 and 80,   provide quick access to the Greenville area.  State routes PA 18, 58, and 358 also provide mobility throughout the area.

Railroads:  Conrail Bessemer and Lake Erie Railroads

Bus Services: Anderson Bus and Tour

Radio Stations:   Locally there are two radio stations broadcasting: WGRP/WEXC of Greenville Broadcasting and WTGP out of Thiel College

Newspaper: The Record Argus, the local  newspaper,   runs Monday through Saturday with a circulation of 5500.  Also available is The Sharon Herald which runs daily including Sundays.

The Greenville area has a wide variety of principal civic organizations. The Lions, Rotary and Kiwanis clubs are well known service organizations.   Business organizations are represented by the Business & Professional Women and   the Chamber of Commerce.  Fraternal organizations include the Elks, the Moose, and the Masonic Lodge.

The immediate Greenville area has over twenty churches.

Locally, there are three motels with accommodations for 55 rooms and a Bed and Breakfast with 4 rooms.  Within the 15 mile radius, there is a larger choice of  lodgings including a Holiday Inn,  a Comfort Inn, a Radisson Hotel and Tara, a country inn.

Avenue of 444 Flags - The American Freedom Museum and monument commemorate  the time America was held hostage and speaks of a renewal of patriotism.

Daffin's Candies is home of The Chocolate Kingdom where you can see the world's largest candy store.  Swizzle Stick Day  is held the Sunday before Palm Sunday

Reyer's Shoe Store - world's largest shoe store.

Kraynaks - seasonal displays

Tara is an "Old South Mansion" where the tradition of the Old South continues with uncommon excellence as a way of life.   It offers three unique and distinct restaurants.

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