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The Daily Flag News—April 16, 2007

Another day and more news stories involving flags. Let’s take a look at what’s going on today.

From the good news department: the veteran who wanted to fly his flag outside his condo has won permission from the homeowners association to do just that. They asked him to sign a document with several reasonable stipulations, and he was happy to comply.
Salt Lake Tribune – Draper resident gets approval to fly Old Glory

Draper Condo ApprovalThe approval letter came with several conditions, stating that Capito could fly a standard 3-foot by 5-foot American flag with a standard-sized bracket or mount, pole and topper. The agreement also requires Capito to “repair any damage the improvement may cause to the exterior of the building” and hold the homeowners association harmless from any damage arising from the alteration.
“To me, that’s reasonable to keep it in good shape and take liability for the damages,” Capito said.
But Capito added that the victory is bittersweet.

What a terrific way to spend some time—exploring a trunk filled with treasures from one-hundred-fifty years ago. Imagine getting to hold American Indian relics, or an old canteen, feeling, smelling and seeing firsthand items from the 1800s. What great fun!
The DeSoto Explorer: Mize students learning by the trunkful

Learning at Mize ElementaryStudents at Mize Elementary had an opportunity to learn about life in Kansas 150 years ago through a traveling teaching trunk fourth-graders first opened last week. Inside the trunk, students found artifacts and learning resources on Kansas frontier history.

Mize Elementary School fourth-grader Nick Mullen reads instructions to Kristen Knapp and Jordan Gorkos (right) on how to fold a flag that came with a trunk from the Kansas Historical Society, which provided lessons on early Kansas history.

Included in the trunk were books, activities, American Indian relics and photographs from the Kansas State Historical Society museum.

Teacher Jessica Malott learned about a program through the historical society for free teaching resources and checked out the kit. She said the students enjoyed it because of the hands-on activities.

“The kids are able to touch and manipulate the objects, which they couldn’t normally do in a museum,” Malott said. “It gives them a better understanding of something that happened a long time ago.”

This is a business story, but I find it interesting on several fronts. First, the Pride of Hawaii is flying under an American flag because of how the law works for ships. A foreign–flagged vessel cannot go from one American port to another American port without stopping at a foreign port in-between. Second, the photo is just great. | Business | /2007/04/12/

Pride of HawaiiWhile Norwegian Cruise Line’s plan to downsize its Hawaii-ported fleet certainly won’t help Hawaii tourism, members of the state’s visitor industry say they have survived bigger shocks.

Hawaii business owners who cater to the cruise business anticipate far fewer economic impacts from the loss of one ship than they experienced after the 2001 bankruptcy of NCL America’s predecessor, American Classic Voyages Inc.

And they are hopeful that the growing number of foreign-flagged cruise ships entering Hawaii’s market will shore up business after Pride of Hawaii leaves in February.

I love reading stories about cities or other entities working to start a new celebration. It’s not easy to do, but with enough people interested, and enough backing from government and individuals, it can happen. This story is about a new festival to promote St. George’s Day in the United Kingdom. My best wishes are with you.
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Melton TodayHUNDREDS of St George’s crosses are to decorate the centre of Melton for the first of what officials are hoping will become an annual town flag festival.
Melton Council and Melton Town Centre Partnership have joined forces to order 200 flags to be hung from poles and windows outside shops and businesses.

Officials are hoping to create a festival atmosphere and raise the profile of the national day with the idea, which has received a warm welcome from the public.

Janice Angwin, chairman of the partnership, said: “We want to promote St George’s Day as a town event. The flags are a small contribution this year to what we hope will be an event for years to come.

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