Article Originally Published: weirtondailytimes.com | Nov. 11, 2022
SEASON’S CELEBRATIONS — Mayor Harold Miller, at far left, watches as John Stubna of Cleveland-Cliffs, Pat Ford of the Frontier Group of Companies, and City Manager Mike Adams light the city’s North End Christmas Tree Thursday night. — Craig Howell
The warm temperatures Thursday didn’t stop a little bit of Christmas from arriving in Weirton’s north end.
A small group of city officials and special guests gathered Thursday evening at the corner of Main Street and Pennsylvania Avenue to light the city’s North End Christmas Tree, helping to keep a reinvigorated holiday tradition alive.
“This is a special evening,” proclaimed Mayor Harold “Bubba” Miller, who has recalled memories of past Christmases in Weirton of a fully decorated tree placed at the same intersection.
It is something his administration has worked to bring back in recent years, and were able to continue Thursday with assistance from Cleveland-Cliffs, the Frontier Group of Companies and the Gurrera Law Office.
John Stubna, division manager of Cleveland-Cliffs, said the company which now operates the tin mill in Weirton, strives to be good community partners wherever they are located.
“Cleveland-Cliffs is happy to support events like this,” he said.
The tree is located on property owned by the company, next to its mill administrative building.
City Manager Mike Adams also offered his thanks to Cleveland-Cliffs and the Frontier Group for their support, not only of Thursday’s tree lighting, but of continuing efforts to rejuvenate and grow the community.
“I like to think they’re our partners,” Adams said.
Adams noted this year’s North End tree was found in Weirton’s North End, on 2nd Street.
He also offered thanks to city electrician Scott Marshall and his crew for getting the tree and decorations installed, and to Brandy Brock, of the mayor and city manager’s office for her efforts to organize the lighting as well as the upcoming Christmas on Main Street event on Nov. 19.
“She goes above and beyond the call of duty,” Adams said.
Christmas on Main Street will be held from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 19, with activities in and around the Millsop Community Center, culminating with the lighting of a large Christmas tree and fireworks.