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The town of Princeton, MA has a brand new flag! It's a grand new flag Princeton feted at State House ceremony
by Phyllis Booth
PRINCETON — For 250 years Princeton was one of only five or six towns in the commonwealth without its own flag. On Jan. 29, Princeton's town flag was unveiled at the Great Hall of Flags at the State House. A sneak preview of the flag was made at the Jan. 22 selectmen's meeting. "The idea of creating a town flag took hold during planning for the town's 250th anniversary this year. A committee was formed last spring, and Thomas Prince students and community members were asked to submit ideas for the design. We received over 300 different ideas, mostly from students," said Flag Committee Chairperson Stacey Belculfini. "When we first started this we thought we'd be happy to have one ideal design — one winner— but it quickly became apparent that this would be the largest effort ever by so many people in town, so we knew we had to do something different. Asking the students: 'What does your town mean to you?' gave us answers we hadn't even thought of. So it became the goal of the committee to produce a final design that was representational of all the ideas given to us. It is our hope that our creative and technical process rewards our community with a flag that every citizen can identify with, in one way or another, for a long time to come," said Belculfini.
The windmills, skiing, tennis and Wachusett Mountain were all among the design ideas she said. "We tagged the repeat icons that represent what people think about Princeton, representing the historical and tasteful symbols we saw over and over again. The lower half of the flag was all hand drawn by Princeton resident and Thomas Prince School art teach Anita Cook, then the drawing was reduced. The upper portion of the flag, including an illustration of the Summit House, was hand drawn by graphic artist Karen Daigle. Graphic artist Michelle Sciabarrasi did the entire seal, working with Town Administrator Dennis Rindone and the selectmen. Among the flag's images is the Thomas Prince family crest.
"Professional colorist, Melissa Ruttle was wonderful," added Belculfini. "We were at a point when we knew we needed help with color. She dropped what she was doing and came right down to help." Sue Langone did historical research and served as a technical consultant during the design process. Of the more than 100 students who went to Boston for the flag ceremony, nine were chosen to speak about the symbols and what they mean to the community, said Belculfini. The flag also features illustrations of blueberries, mountain laurel, a pheasant, stone walls and Redemption Rock.
Chris Kretowicz, 29 January 2009