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Toronto Committee asks citizens to donate to flag fund

November 10, 2012
By MARK J. MILLER - Staff writer ( , The Herald-Star

TORONTO -The city beautification committee is asking residents who have donated in the past toward the city's flag fund to once again contribute to the program to keep Old Glory flying on Gem City streets.

The flags, which line both Third and Fourth streets, including around the city gazebo commons, have been part of a program begun under former city Mayor Bob Wilson, according to Dani Swearingen, TBC member.

"It was called the Bob Wilson flag fund in honor of Wilson," said Swearingen, adding the former mayor began the program in 2001. "We have to replace the flags because they get weathered. (Those donating) can make a donation in memory or honor of someone."

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KEEP OLD GLORY FLYING — The Toronto Beautification Committee is asking residents once again to step up and donate to the city’s flag fund to keep Old Glory flying on Gem City streets.

All funds donated toward the program are used for purchase of the flags, and the suggested donation is $20, said Swearingen.

"All flags are made in the USA," she continued. "At the City Municipal Building is a plaque engraved with all the names of those who have donated."

Flags are on mounted brackets on utility poles, and city street crews replace the flags, she said.

"We appreciate city Service Director John Hannan and his crew and all the work they've done for the TBC in putting up the new flags and taking down the worn ones," said Swearingen.

All checks should be made out to the Toronto Beautification Committee and sent to TBC, P.O. Box 102, Toronto, OH 43964. For information, call (740) 537-1250.

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