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The Daily Flag News—April 2, 2007

Today’s edition of the news goes international, starting with Scouting news for the UK, a bet in Canada, then heading back to the United States for the others.

The 100th birthday celebration for Scouting is taking place this year in the United Kingdom. General Robert Baden-Powell started what we now know as The Boy Scouts in 1907. The United States got its first taste of scouting in 1910, three years later.

Barrow in Furness, Barrow News Sport, Ulverston News Sport, Lake District News

North-West Evening MailULVERSTON is getting ready to host celebrations marking 100 years of Scouting.

On Saturday, April 21, Scouts and supporters are invited to join a special St George’s Day parade in the town centre.

Beavers, Cubs and Scouts will be parading from the Coronation Hall to the Market Cross carrying flags and banners.

Leading the parade will be Ulverston Town Band accompanied by Ulverston mayor, Councillor Cynthia Earnshaw, other dignitaries and Scouting supporters.

Elizabeth Hall, district commissioner for Scouts in Duddon and Furness, said the flags and banners have been made in workshops under the supervision of Jean Povey.

Mrs Hall said: “At the Market Cross a banner made by the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts, will be presented to the mayor.

“This banner has been made to celebrate 100 years of Scouting.”

A bet’s a bet, and when you lose the bet, you get to fly another city’s flag in front of your city hall. At least this is a good bet, reduction of car crashes, to lose or win.
BCNG Portals Page

Abbotsford flagFor the second year in a row, Abbotsford’s flag will be flying high outside Mission’s Municipal Hall.

Abbotsford Mayor George Ferguson crossed the river last Thursday to personally deliver and watch a brand new Abbotsford flag be raised to the top in place of Mission’s flag.

Mission Mayor James Atebe, with help from ICBC loss prevention coordinator for the Fraser Valley, Don Miller, took down Mission’s flag, making good on a bet the community lost last October.

October is Zero Crash Month across the province, promoted by ICBC in an attempt to reduce car crashes throughout the month. Municipalities, and individuals get involved and can challenge one another to do better.

They just cut the flag pole down … all the way to the ground. Who would do such a low-down, despicable thing. Steal a flagpole from a ball park … what is this world coming to?
Visalia Times-Delta – –

visalia-times-delta.jpgScrap-metal thieves started with farms, stealing valves and wires. Then it was on to construction sites, where they stole pipes and even power lines and transformers.

Now comes a more unlikely target: The Miracle League of Visalia baseball field.

It was discovered Thursday morning that someone had cut down and made off with the field’s aluminum flag pole. Gary Geiger, founder of the league and co-chairman of the board of directors, said the thieves probably cut down the 35- to 40-foot-tall pole overnight.

It’s reassuring that the people of Pittsburgh are paying attention to the flag lighting in front of their municipal building. The city was so surprised about the uproar, they decided to erect six more flag poles in honor of the military and are changing the street name to Veteran’s Way.
Carnegie officials rally behind the flag – Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Pittsburgh Tribune-ReviewSuch anger recently caught officials in Carnegie unaware. Residents there complained after a light in front of the municipal building malfunctioned in the winter and the flag was left in the dark.

Borough leaders, who hadn’t noticed the light until a man complained at a council meeting, not only fixed the wiring, but came up with a grander plan. They will erect five military flags and name the road in front of the building “Veteran’s Way” — showing that the borough prides itself on having a high level of patriotism and respect for the flag, Carnegie manager Stephen Vincenti said.

“It’s flown in wartime, with bullets flying at it,” Vincenti said. “It’s pretty resilient. There’s no reason to disrespect it.”

Here is a link to that has Flag puzzles for free download.
They range in difficulty from easy to difficult, from 24 to 260 pieces. This is just the thing for that family night in you’ve been planning.
US Flag Jigsaw Puzzle

About.comThe “Star Spangled Banner” plays in the background while you solve any of this set of free US Flag jigsaw puzzles. The set includes a 24 piece for the young ones, a 54 piece, a 96 piece, and a 260 piece version. Each is downloadable separately below:

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