Mayfield community Christmas tree, rescued from tornado debris, returns to downtown

Holiday preparations are underway in Mayfield as the recovery from last year’s deadly tornado outbreak continues.

Randy Schneider (left to right), William Higginson, Dave McCoy and Tim Roush stand in front of the Mayfield Community Christmas tree reassembled last year after reassembling it from tornado debris. Schneider, McCoy and Roush are all first responders from Columbiana County, Ohio.

Mayfield Town Hall is decorated for Christmas as the cleanup of the town center continues and roads in the area reopen. Some decorations rescued from the debris of the tornado are even making their way back to the top of the community Christmas tree.

The decorations and star that were saved from last year’s tree will be used to decorate the tree this year, which will stand where the old fountain stood in front of Mayfield Town Hall.

The shaft is the same that has been used for years in the town of Mayfield.
Ohio first responders helped the Mayfield Police Department collect the pieces last year as they prepared to leave town after coming to their aid in the aftermath of the disaster. They saved the tree’s frame and most of its decorations from debris and assembled it downtown.

“We found 99% of them, but one or two panels are missing,” Schneider said. said WLWT5 last year. “We just wanted to bring some Christmas cheer and a smile to passers-by, even if it’s just for a brief second.”

Mayfield Mayor Kathy O’Nan said this year the city hopes the tree lights will be on by Saturday, when the community holds its annual Christmas parade and other holiday events. Mayfield utility officials are hoping to get power from a temporary pole that will be placed between where Fire Station No. 1 used to be and City Hall.

The Christmas tree has been moved to different locations over the past few years. It was first placed in the courthouse square. Since 2019 it has been moved to the gates of City Hall for Christmas 2020 and 2021. This year it has been placed where the old fountain used to be in the corner of the hotel property of town.

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