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Flag design gets thumbs down from borough council

January 30, 2008|DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The proposed design of a flag for the borough of Chambersburg was sent back to the drawing board by the Borough Council.

Some council members at Monday's meeting said the central image, a white silhouette of the Memorial Square fountain, should be replaced by the town hall clock tower, which also is depicted on the borough seal. The banner design was submitted to the borough by Downtown Chambersburg Inc.

The flag features a blue field with red and white stripes along the top and bottom, and a red keystone surrounding the fountain. Within the keystone are the date 1730 above the fountain and the name of the town below.

There are two stars in the blue field, which represent Pennsylvania being the second state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.

The tower is an older symbol of the borough, dating to the 1830s, Borough Secretary Tanya Mickey said. The fountain where U.S. 11 and U.S. 30 intersect dates from after the Civil War, she said.

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Council members also said the red keystone failed to stand out against the blue field.

"I think it's just awful," Councilwoman Sharon Bigler said.

Councilwoman Elaine Swartz said she knows who designed the flag and would relay the suggested changes.

Councilman Tom Newcomer suggested a contest be held to design a flag, but the council did not act on the proposal.

Mickey said Tuesday she did not know whether the borough had a flag in the 278 years since Benjamin Chambers settled at the confluence of the Falling Spring and Conococheague Creek in the early 18th century.

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