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Huntington [Massachusetts] flag bears girl's design

by Eric Sean Weld
Staff writer Northampton Daily Hampshire Gazette
June 9, 1994.
(Submitted by Jim Croft)

A Hilltown landscape by an 11-year-old artist provides the scene for the new town flag.

The flag will represent Huntington at the Statehouse in Boston. It will be hung in the Great Hall, along with flags from most of the state's other 300-plus towns, on Flag Day June 14.

The drawing on the flag, by Stephanie Webster, of East Main Street, depicts a covered bridge spanning a winding Westfield River with rolling hills in the background.

"I was thinking about a covered bridge one day and came home and drew it," said Stephanie, a fifth-grader at Gateway Regional Middle School, "I just like drawing country places."

Stephanie said she has been drawing and sketching since she was 7 years old, and hopes to be an artist when she grows up.

Her design was chosen from among 10 entries in a contest organized by the Huntington Arts Council. Chairwoman Martha Clarke said the council used the contest as a means of gathering design ideas from people in town.

"If we're going to make a flag," said Clarke, "people (in town) should feel it's their flag."

Clarke said the council chose Stephanie's design because it incorporated many aspects of the Hilltowns.

"We wanted something that would combine the historical aspects with the Hilltown landscape," she said. "Stephanie's picture just seemed to say it all."

For her winning entry, Stephanie received a certificate from the Arts Council for ice cream at the Huntington Country Store. She will travel to Boston with her mother June 14 to present the flag and to represent the town.

To Create the flag, Clarke said, she first scanned Stephanie's drawing onto a computer, enlarged it and printed it out. The printout was laid across the blank cloth flag and hand-painted on. Materials cost the council about $40, she said.

After the Flag Day ceremony, Clarke said the new town flag will be carried in parades and other town events. Also, she said she hopes to mass produce the flag and to print T-shirts with the design for people to buy.

Editor's Note: The print edition of the Summer 1996 NEJV contained a photocopy of the Huntington Flag from the newspaper article cited.

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