The Town of Grantsville kicked off the holiday season
with a Light Up Night celebration last Friday.
Festivities began at the town’s dedication of three new
The raising included the national flag, which symbolizes
the U.S.’s place in the world as Americans; the state flag, which
symbolizes the heritage as West Virginians; and the county flag, which
represents the identity as Calhounians.
The flags were raised by Grantsville VFW Post 5959 color
guard, Bob Yoak, Paul Whytsell, Adrian Ball and Charles Snider, and
Walter Criss Post 5783 of Spencer.
Mayor Gary Knight extended appreciation to Calvin
Nicholas of Creston Oil for manufacturing the poles, Creston Oil for
donating the poles, Anne Barth, Paul Mollohan, and Grantsville Town
Improvement Committee for donating the flags.
After the flags were raised and a prayer of dedication
was given by Robert Yoak, the mayor closed by stating, “We are blessed
and fortunate to know ourselves as Americans, West Virginians, and
Carolers from Enon Baptist Church filled the air with
Christmas carols as the Christmas parade began to line up.
citizens to the parade and Terry Harris, repre-sentative of the Town
Improvement Committee, announced the winner of the Light Up Contest.
More than 20 businesses participated in the display
competition. Harris expressed appreciation to the businesses for the
pride they created in the decorating of their store fronts.
Judges were Jo Moellendick, Rick Swearengin and JoAnn
Stevens. A prize, donated by Donna Erlewine, was given to the winner,
Tony Morgan law office. Certificates were given to first runner-up,
Calhoun County Committee on Aging, and second runner-up, Family History
The evening came to an end with the final night of
Hometown Country Christmas in the courthouse and the Christmas parade.
Although the weather was rather frightful, with
temperatures dipping into the 20s, residents young and old came out to
watch the seasonal celebration. The Lions Club organized the parade and
Jim Sullivan served as MC.
The streets were busy and the new snowflake lights made
an amazing backdrop for the Light Up Night’s end, as children rushed to
get candy and see Santa.
Truly, the holiday season
has begun here, as we celebrate Christmas in a “Calhoun Style.”
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