On Friday afternoon, the Scioto County Commissioners welcomed members of the community to their first ever Christmas tree lighting ceremony.
The Tree Lighting was held in the courthouse rotunda, and kicked off the holiday season with a simple, yet effective dose of Christmas spirit and community effort.
The Chairman of the Commissioners Bryan Davis welcomed visitors to the ceremony, before handing things off to Pastor Pete Shaffer who led the guests in an opening prayer.
Davis then spoke on the motivation behind holding the ceremony, and the true meaning of Christmas.
“We are so excited to start this event in our community,” Davis said. “It’s all about bringing everyone together and being together during the holiday season.”
The commissioners recognized those who had a helping hand in putting the lighting ceremony together, with a special thanks to the maintenance employees for going above and beyond to make the event possible.
The Portsmouth West Choir, under the direction of Linda Tieman, performed from the balconies of the courthouse, filling the entire building with Christmas favorites.
The countdown and actual lighting of the tree was done by Robert McGlone, a man who was hand picked for the job by the commissioners.
According to the commissoners, “We couldn’t think of anyone better for the job.”
McGlone is an employee at the courthouse who has been ill the past few months, but thanks to a “real Christmas miracle,” McGlone was able to make it to the ceremony and carry out his important duties.
After the tree was lit, the Portsmouth West Choir performed another Christmas classic, before the ceremony was closed by a group sing-a-long of “We Wish You A Merry Christmas,” and closing prayer by Davis.
Coffee, Cookies, and other sweet treats were availble to guests following the ceremony. The Commissioners are hoping this was just the first ceremony of what will become a Scioto County holiday tradition.
Reach: Ivy Potter (740) 353-3101 Extension 1932