Cross illuminates Trevorton

Pictured is the 40-foot cross that can be seen in the mountainous area south of Trevorton. The cross is illuminated to honor Jack Shingara Sr., an area miner who recently passed away, and also for victims of the recent coronavirus pandemic.

ZERBE TOWNSHIP — The 40-foot cross that is a familiar visual for anyone driving past the mountainous area south of Trevorton has a history of being lit only when a local coal miner passes away.

“It has always been lit out of faith,” said Megan Shingara, the niece of the cross’ creator, Stephen Shingara Jr., who passed away five years ago. “We normally light the cross in an act of faith and remembrance when a coal miner dies — and it stays lit until they are buried.”

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