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Wintersville comes alive with spirit of Christmas season

HOLIDAY CELEBRATION — Members of the Indian Creek High School Marching Band helped welcome in the season during Sunday’s Wintersville Christmas Parade. -- Linda Harris

WINTERSVILLE — Sunny skies, warmer-than-usual temperatures and a second chance at seeing Santa arrive drew Colliers residents Brenda and Kevin Swiger to the village Christmas parade Sunday.

Son Elijah, 3, sat patiently in his stroller while his mom worked to calms his little sister.

“We tried to go to the Weirton parade but the baby didn’t cooperate,” Kevin Swiger said. “That’s why we came to this one — Elijah wanted to see Santa, and his birthday is today.”

Parade-goers began staking out their vantage points well before the start of the parade, which saw more than 30 units spreading holiday cheer and handing out treats on Main Street.

“It worked out very nice,” said Council President Bob Merriman, who, with Village Administrative Assistant Tammy Straka, coordinated the parade. “It was nice to see the great support of all the people coming out and the participants in the parade. And the weather was good, (the rain) held off. I’m very pleased.”

PART OF THE EVENT — The Wintersville United Methodist Church was among the many participants in Sunday’s Wintersville Christmas Parade. -- Linda Harris

This year’s grand marshal was the Indian Creek football team.

“I thought that was rather nice,” Straka said. “They did an excellent job at playoffs, I was very excited for them. And it was nice to see all the kids on the float.”

Dance schools, police and firefighters, ambulances and decorated snow plows were part of this year’s parade, which also featured military veterans, 4-Hers, equestrian units, the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County’s bookmobile, the Jefferson County Humane Society and some four-legged friends, the Shriners, Tri-State Girls Softball, several local church groups, a number of local businesses, Indian Creek Homecoming Queen Lainie Hagerty and the Catholic Central and Indian Creek high school bands.

“I was very pleased with everything,” Straka said. “It went smoothly, everybody was very patient while we got them out on the route. Everything was very nice and people seemed happy.”

As the breeze picked up, village resident Richard Cesta said he was glad he’d grabbed a toboggan before he left home, adding he was waiting for his wife Jennifer, the library’s communications director, to pass.

Ten-month-old Adalynn Bane seemed to enjoy the festivities, not even flinching when the police car rolled by with sirens blaring to announce the parade had begun.

“We’re here to see her big sister,” her mom, Caitlyn Bane, said, adding she wasn’t surprised by little Adalynn’s deadpan expression. “She’s a pretty chill kid.”

Straka said she’s been coordinating the parade “since I started working for the village, and I’ve been there 20-some years,” she said. “Sometimes it’s a lot easier than others. This year things went rather smoothly, I think.”

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