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Banners bring a spirit of ‘thanks’

Downtown Wellsburg now looks a little brighter, thanks to the efforts of several local businesses.

Thanks to the work done by Eric Fithyan, owner of Chambers and James Funeral Homes, and other local business owners and community organizations, more than 20 banners can be seen along Town Square and Charles Street in the city.

Fithyan organized the project to help enhance the area. He said that while the light posts, trees and brick walkways throughout the historic downtown have been enjoyed by visitors to the city for many years, a little extra color and attention were needed. And that led to the decision to launch the banners.

For now, each displays the message “Giving Thanks for the Community,” but plans are to rotate the banners through the year, with different messages for each of the seasons, including special ones that will recognize holidays such as Veterans Day.

Joining Fithyan to help drive the project were Main Street Bank and Bill Garvey’s State Farm Insurance Agency. The aim, Fithyan explained, is to bring attention to the town’s business community as well as make the town look better.

The Wellsburg banner project is the latest among communities throughout the region. In October, for instance, the Cadiz Business Association and Harrison County Visitors Center teamed up to place 40 banners featuring local veterans throughout the village as a Veterans Day salute. Last spring, members of the Class of 2020 from Weir High, Madonna and the Tri-State Christian Academy were displayed on banners that flew along Pennsylvania Avenue in Weirton.

Photos of veterans also have been displayed on banners that line the streets in Toronto and Follansbee.

Their themes and the images they display might vary, but the banners are positive additions to communities throughout the region, and those who help drive the projects deserve to be commended.

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