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Ontinar del Salz

According to "El Periodico de Aragón," the village of Ontinar del Salz has adopted its first symbols (flag and arms).

The article is fairly short and I am copying it below in order not to lose too much in translation:

Ontinar de Salz dispone ya de una bandera y un escudo propios, diseñados ambos con los símbolos más típicos de la localidad. El alcalde de Ontinar, Santiago Azón, se mostró muy orgulloso de estrenar el primer escudo y la primera bandera de este municipio de reciente creación, ya que se trata de un pueblo de colonización que se formó hace apenas 56 años. Actualmente está considerado una entidad local menor dependiente de Zuera.

En el escudo aparecen varios elementos muy vinculados a Ontinar: el río y las aguas, la ontina con cinco ramas, el cabrio invertido --que alude al barranco de la Violada, cercano a la población--, la cabeza de colono --que representa a los colonos que poblaron el municipio a mediados del siglo XX--, y la paloma de plata, símbolo de la relación de Ontinar con la Virgen del Salz y con la localidad de Zuera. Por otra parte, en la bandera, que es de paño azul con una perla verde fileteada de blanco, aparece también una ontina arrancada de oro con ocho ramas.

Source: El Periodico de Aragón

Ontinar del Salz is an "entidad local" depending on the "municipio" of Zuera, located near Zaragoza, the capital city of Aragón. If I understand correctly the above text, Ontinar del Salz was settled only 56 years ago. See the municipal website.

Ivan Sache, 22 Jul 2005


El Real Cortijo de San Isidro

El Real Cortijo de San Isidro (518 inhabitants; 1,126 ha), a former Royal estate (cortijo) was made a "minor local entity" by Decree on 23 August 1957. The village is administratively part of the Municipality of Aranjuez (49,920 inh.), but has its own Village Council.

On 14 July 2008, the Village Council approved a flag and a coat of arms and commissioned a specialist in urbanism to increase its competency on that matter.

These decisions were considered as "independentist" and caused the wrath of the Municipal Council of Aranjuez, that claimed that the Village Council legally had no competency on these matters. A formal complaint against the Mayor of El Real Cortijo de San Isidro for "corrupt practices" has been logged at the Madrid Community, which should be assessed in September 2008.

None of the sources I have consulted gives details on the symbols of El Real Cortijo de San Isidro, unfortunately.

(Not so oddly enough, the main source of anger does not seem to be the adoption of local symbols but the urbanism question. Knowing that El Real Cortijo de San Isidro, an agricultural village, is located only 6 km from the town of Aranjuez, I understand that the "urbanistic independence" claimed by the village probably does not match the urbanization plans of Aranajuez.)

Sources:

Ivan Sache, 24 Aug 2008


Vegaviana

[Smaller Local Entity of Vegaviana (Extremadura,  Spain)] 2:3
image by Ivan Sache, 21 Feb 2007

The "entidad local menor" (smaller local entity; 959 inhabitants) of Vegaviana, located in Extremadura and currently in the process of seceding from Moraleja, has officially adopted a flag and a coat of arms, reports M. Pascual in "El Periódico Extremadura."

The designs of the symbols of the village were presented in August 2005 for the celebrationb of the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the village, and have been recently adopted by the competent authority, El Consejo Asesor de Honores y Distinciones de la Dirección General de Administración Local.

The flag is horizontally divided into five red-white-red-white-red stripes. According to the picture of the flag presented by the Mayor shown on the source, the white stripes are thinner than the red and green stripes. Juan Caro, Mayor of Vegaviana, explained the colours as green for irrigation, orange red for the roof tiles and white for lime, which was at the origin of the foundation of the village. The image on the source is too small to see the exact shade of red, and I have kept a standard red on my image.

The coat of arms has a green field and is divided per bend by seven white houses with a red roof; in chief a cork oak or on sinister and a lion rampant of the same; in point; three wavy bends argent. The shield is surmounted by a Royal crown. According to Caro, the lion was taken from the coat of arms of the mother municipality of Moraleja.

Source: El Periódico Extremadura, 04 Apr 2006

Ivan Sache, 21 Feb 2007