Bringing a light of hope

To the Editor,

Last Saturday, the Weirton Area Chamber of Commerce held its first Christmas Luminary Night with Santa visiting neighborhoods, a drone flying overhead, and fireworks to cap off the night. To see so much of Weirton lit up in such splendor was uplifting after the year we have all endured.

Over 7,500 luminaries were displayed within the city, not to mention the beautiful display in Country Club Estates. I cannot thank those enough who participated in our project. The piled snow did create a few issues, but the community as a whole, figured out how to make it work.

There are so many people who worked diligently to make this happen. Joyia Lytle for suggesting we “light up Weirton”; PYROTECNICO for awesome fireworks overseen by the Weirton Fire Department, and sponsored by Hancock County Savings Bank, Frontier Group of Companies, Nick’s Auto, First Energy, Weirton Geriatric Center, Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Sewickley, Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort, and the City of Weirton; Blue Skies Imagery for his overhead drone, the Weirton Police Department for escorting Santa, Chris Orris from Valley Hospice for driving Santa, and of course Santa (thank you Tony).

Special appreciation goes out to Joe Stankiewicz and Jonathan Beynon for getting the Christmas display connected and lit in the nick of time for the event. Many thanks to the Weirton Rotary for contacting the businesses in the downtown area and getting them involved in the project, and to Mallorie O’Brien for putting together the beautiful video that is on our FaceBook page.

And last, but in no way least, thank you George Kondik and Stephanie O’Brien for the countless hours you put in to help get these bags ready.

Thank you everyone who participated in our “Lights of Hope”. We will critique the event, make whatever positive adjustments need to be made, and be back next year. One can never have too many years with “Lights of Hope”. Thank you all so much!

Brenda Mull

President, Weirton Area Chamber of



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