Originally posted in The Weirton Daily Times
November 18th, 2018
By Craig Howell
WEIRTON — A crowd gathered in north Weirton Saturday night to see the community Christmas tree, along with the skies overhead, lit up for the holidays.
Following a countdown led by Mayor Harold Miller, and the slip of a switch, the lights on the tree at the intersection of Main Street and Pennsylvania Avenue came to life, and fireworks launched into the air nearby.
Miller explained the thoughts behind the tree lighting, which was renewed as a community tradition two years ago.
“For some of us, this was an annual thing for 30 years,” Miller said.
Miller said he has received many comments from residents who have enjoyed seeing the return of the holiday celebration.
“It’s a festive time. It’s a happy time of the year,” Miller said.
The mayor noted the tree lighting would not be possible without the support of the community.
This year’s tree was donated by Iannetti’s Garden Center, in memory of Nick Iannetti. The fireworks were sponsored by the Thrasher Group.
Other sponsors included the City of Weirton, the Frontier Group of Companies, Assure America, the Law Offices of Dittmar, Taylor and Macricostas, Granato’s Deli, ArcelorMittal, First Choice America Community Federal Credit Union, Guida Law Office, Bubba’s Wings, Striplight Community Theatre, De Ja Vu and Renaissance Weirton.
Saturday also saw the distribution of this year’s Success in Unity holiday ornament. The ornaments, created through the efforts of Renaissance Weirton, was launched in 2017 in celebration of Weirton’s 70th anniversary and the cultural and ethnic history of the city.
“There’s a whole series we’re going to create,” Miller said.
This year’s ornament, sponsored by Nathan Mazur of USI Insurance Services, represented Scotland, with the official Scottish Tartan and scenes of a highland cow and a thatched-roof cottage.
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