It’s shaping up to be a busy summer

It was a busy day in Weirton Saturday.

The temperatures have warmed up, for the most part, and there are more outdoor activities scheduled. That also means community festivals, concerts and other events are just around the corner.

MedExpress held its annual Kidz Day event at Marland Heights Park, with a variety of activities for area youth.

Earlier in the morning, approximately 30 residents gathered in Municipal Plaza to assist with the inaugural Spring Street Cleanup. A group from Weir High also participated on Friday. In my mind, that’s a pretty good turnout for a first-time event, and I would hope even more will show up the next time such a litter cleanup is held.

We often hear complaints from residents about the amount of litter in our community, so here is a chance for folks to do something about it. The next time are are informed of such an event, we will make certain the community is aware.

Nearby, in Cove Commons, another beautification effort was taking place and it’s one I certainly hope our residents notice and appreciate.

As part of last year’s Gate 5 Industrial Art Festival, resident Elaine Klar began to spearhead an effort to create a mosaic in Cove Commons depicting some of the history of Weirton. The mosaic uses shards of Fiestaware pottery, donated by Homer Laughlin, and features renditions of John Holliday’s fort, the agricultural aspects of early Holliday’s Cove, the year of The City of Weirton’s incorporation — 1947 — and portions of Weirton Steel, including the now-gone basic oxygen plant.

My understanding is there are plans to continue the work on May 25, and volunteers will be needed. It’s one more opportunity to contribute toward the enhancement of our community, this time with the continuing growth of the arts.

From what I could see Saturday, this mosaic is going to be a great, and colorful, addition to the Weirton community, and one I hope is able to remain for years and be appreciated by our residents. A big thanks to Elaine for taking the lead in bringing this idea to fruition.

Speaking of color, there are two events taking place over the next couple of weekends which also will add a little splash of color, at least to the participants.

Weirton Elementary will be holding its annual color run May 18 on the school campus. I believe proceeds from this event go to the school’s literacy program.

The second is the Weirton Parks Board’s Chromatic Challenge 3K, which will start and end at Starvaggi Memorial Park. It will be May 25 and help to serve as a kickoff to the summer season for the city’s parks.

That same weekend will see the launch of this year’s summer concert series in Weirton, organized through the Top of West Virginia Conventiona and Visitors Bureau. Concerts will run most Friday evenings through the end of August at the Weirton Event Center. The event center, because there are still people who don’t know about it, is located on top of the hill overlooking the Cove Road and East Street intersection, just across from Municipal Plaza.

The concert schedule is out, and we’ll have a full rundown in our paper before the series begins, so look for it.

The summer months also bring a variety of community festivals, and this year will be no different. Just about every town or city in our area has some fair or festival in the summer and fall, bringing some unique flavor to our area.

There is a lot to do in the Ohio Valley, from church festivals to 5K (or 3K) runs to artistic projects and community beautification efforts.

They all are opportunities for our residents to get out and spend time with family and friends, and maybe experience something new.

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