The city of Weston plans to get their year-long bicentennial celebrations off to a roaring start by hosting a bonfire on the banks of the West Fork River.
The event will be held on Dec. 31, from 6-8 p.m., on Asylum Drive near the footbridge that connects that area to downtown.
Residents are invited to write down the negative aspects of 2017 on a small piece of paper and toss it into the fire as a way to start 2018 with a fresh slate.
There will also be a second fire pit, hosted by Joe and Marian Jarrell, for the roasting of marshmallows and the making of s’mores, and, Dr. Jeremy Williams and Trena Williams are doing cocoa and cookies.
The event will culminate with a fireworks display, sponsored by First Energy, from the lawn of the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum.
Weston Mayor Julia Spelsberg praised Weston Fire Chief Kenny James’ for his work in making the firework show a reality.
After Christmas, Weston residents can also bring their old Christmas Trees, pallets, and other old wood items to the banks of the West Fork, near the walking bridge for use in the bonfire.
The following day, Jan. 1, at noon there will be a half-hour ceremony held at the Lewis County Courthouse to commemorate the 200th birthday of Weston.