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The Town of Grantsville kicked off the holiday season with a Light Up Night celebration last Friday.

Dedication Of Flag Poles

Festivities began at the town’s dedication of three new flag poles.

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 Calhounians.”


Contest Winners

Carolers from Enon Baptist Church filled the air with Christmas carols as the Christmas parade began to line up.       


Knight welcomed 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 Center.


Christmas Parade

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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