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March 23, 2014

Flags and flowers: City to take steps to beautify its streets

City to take steps to beautify its streets

PLATTSBURGH — While City of Plattsburgh Mayor James Calnon spends his days concentrating on budget concerns, union negotiations, icy sidewalks and other brain-draining issues, he also has some lighter and brighter ideas in mind.

Calnon would like to see the city spruced up a bit — with an official flag to proudly fly on street corners across the Lake City.

“I’d like to see several flags that draw attention to the many assets we have in this city,” Calnon said.

“It would be nice to dress up the city a little bit and make a nice impression.”


The city actually already has a flag that was designed as part of the nation’s bicentennial celebration in 1976.

The banner was borne of a contest at Bailey Avenue Elementary School won by student Penny Rivers in Mrs. Monty’s class.

The contest was administered by Carlton Rennell, who would go on to become mayor in 1981, and serve until 1990. 

The flag features blue edges with a white center section. In the middle, a red ribbon is emblazoned with “Plattsburgh” and “New York.” The ribbon flies over a gold eagle with an American-flag shield on its chest.

At the bottom are the words, “A Freedom Heritage.”


Calnon said the flag is nice, but more could be done.

“That flag represents our military history and the importance of freedom quite well, but it doesn’t address some of the other great things we have in this city such as recreation, arts and other attractions.”

Calnon said he is looking into holding a contest to come up with a flag design or two, or more.

“It would be great to have two or three or four different flags,” he said.

“We could put them on street corners all over and it will make a little difference in our appearance.”

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