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Greek culture shines in Weirton

July 29, 2012
Weirton Daily Times

To the editor:

On behalf of Nick Latousakis, president of our church council; Nick Tranto, chairman of this year's 25th-annual Greek Festival, held on July 19, 20 and 21; and the entire All Saints Parish, we would like to thank everyone who joined us for the silver anniversary celebration of our spiritual heritage and ethnic Hellenic culture here in Weirton.

There was a moment of panic two weeks before our event when a power surge shut down our freezer and we lost all of our frozen festival food preparation. But through the assistance of parishioners from our sister Greek Orthodox parish of Holy Trinity in Steubenville, who came over to help us remake some of the food, as well as unprecedented support from local and regional businesses, the city of Weirton and other regional Greek Orthodox parishes, we were able to move forward with our plans and provide what has become the most successful Greek festival in parish history.

Children from Weirton's Christian Center, youth from area high schools and many other volunteers became "Greek" for the weekend, helping us provide food and entertainment to literally thousands of visitors to downtown Weirton. Truly, we could not have accomplished such a feat without our local friends and our visitors from the greater Tri-State Area. We had visitors from areas including the greater Pittsburgh region, Burgettstown, and other parts of Western Pennsylvania; the greater Steubenville area; East Liverpool, Youngstown and Columbus; all over Brooke and Hancock counties; as well as Wheeling and Morgantown.

Thank you once again for supporting our efforts and partaking of our hospitality. Community spirit is alive and flourishing in our beloved city and region. We are blessed to be a part of that.

The Rev. Frank A. Milanese

Pastor, All Saints

Greek Orthodox Church

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