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The town of Narragansett, in Rhode Island now has a flag. According to this site www.narragansettri.com/chamber/news.htm:
Chamber Presents Flag To Townsubmitted by Valentin Poposki, 10 March 2006
On Tuesday, January 3, 2006, the Town of Narragansett was officially presented with a new Town flag at the Town Council meeting. During the brief presentation, Jim Hurton, Executive Director of the Narragansett Chamber of Commerce, indicated that the Town had no official flag to fly at municipal buildings or to have flown a various events throughout the State.
Created by Narragansett resident, Amy Hoxsie Quinn and distributed by Narragansett Flags, the flag depicts the community’s ties to Narragansett Bay and the its nautical history. The design on the flag closely mimics the Town seal featuring Point Judith Light and an approaching sailboat.
The seal can be seen in the Code of Ordinances, Town of Narragansett, 1986 Section 2-4.
Colin Dobson, 10 March 2006
Narragansett about to run new design up the flagpoleThis source therefore gives us a little additional data
By Arthur Gregg Sulzberger, Journal Staff Writer
NARRAGANSETT -- Three flags welcome visitors to Narragansett. The American flag and the Rhode Island flag are flapping fixtures above the town rotary, but as distracted drivers or diehard vexillologists may have noticed, for the last two months the ever shifting third flagpole has boasted the gold and red coat of arms of Nova Scotia. Before that the U.S. Coast Guard flag flew in its place, as have the Canadian, U.S. Marine and the Armenian flags. Such was life in a town without a flag.
All that will change tomorrow, however, when Charles "Ted" Wright, the unofficial caretaker of the rotary -- and the son of a Nova Scotian -- raises the new Narragansett town flag alongside its state and federal counterparts. Wright said he will continue to fly other flags on special occasions. The just minted flags are already flying at Town Hall and the Chamber of Commerce. "It was the first time a town flag has flown in front of Town Hall since this building opened," said Town Manager Maurice J. Loontjens.
The flag was commissioned by the Chamber of Commerce, designed by a local graphic designer and manufactured by none other than Narragansett Flags. "Everything was done locally," says Chamber Executive Director Jim Hurton. Working with the chamber, designer Amy Hoxsie-Quinn submitted three different flag designs to the town, including one nearly identical to the patch sported on the shoulders of the town's police officers and the image stamped on Town Council packets. "We basically took the old seal, the Narragansett seal and turned it into the flag," says Quinn.
The design, in light grey and blue, shows a sailboat and the Point Judith Lighthouse. Around the border are the words: Town of Narragansett, Rhode Island, Incorporated March 12 A.D. 1888. The flag, which was officially adopted by the Town Council earlier this month, is for sale at the Chamber of Commerce office in the Towers. "We've sold a couple already," says Hurton. The 4 foot by 8 foot flags sell for $65.
According to Loontjens, the town used to have a flag, but only one, and that vanished seven or eight years ago. "It disappeared and we didn't replace it," he said. Since then Narragansett has been the only community in the state to go flagless at events such as the University of Rhode Island graduation and the governor's inauguration, said Loontjens. Six years ago, Ted Wright and his granddaughter tried to fill the void by creating a flag for the town. The blue and gold design included two feathers-- to represent the area's Indian heritage, thirteen stars -- one for each of the original colonies, a seashell -- a symbol of seashore spirit and the unmistakable profile of the Towers. The design, which Wright submitted to the Chamber of Commerce, never caught on. He's not thrilled with this flag either. "It's nice, but not much imagination," said Wright last week. He thought the last design by his granddaughter, Amy Hoxsie-Quinn, was better.