Scout dedicates flag to library

NEWTON FALLS — In June 1976, a Bennington flag, which is an early American flag, was presented in memory of Tribune Chronicle reporter William Hawkins Jr. who had served as chairman of the bicentennial commission in Warren that year.

That flag was left with Pat Leach, Hawkins’ sister, who serves as a Girl Scout troop leader.

The flag has found a new home at the Newton Falls Public Library made possible by a Girl Scout Gold Award by Emalea Moore, 16, a junior at Newton Falls High School and member of Girl Scout Troop 80239.

The project was known as ”Go Gold: Take Action Project.”

Brenda Moore of Newton Falls, grandmother of Emalea, said the flag was originally given to Hawkins to fly on Flag Day in 1976.

”The flag has since been with Pat Leach ,a troop leader with 80239,” Moore said.

She said the Bennington flag is a version of the American flag associated with the American Revolution — Battle of Bennington from which it derives its name. The Battle of Bennington was an American Revolutionary War battle that took place Aug. 16, 1777.

The flag includes 13 stars and 13 stripes to symbolize the 13 American colonies in rebellion against Great Britain.

A local artist assisted Emaela with framing the flag to preserve and let it be showcased in the main lobby of the library.

Emalea said she learned a lot of history on the Bennington flag.

”There was research I did which I talked about during the presentation,” she said.

The Gold Award in scouting is the highest award a Girl Scout can earn with recipients having spent one or two years on their projects . The award demonstrates extraordinary leadership through Take Action projects that have sustainable impact in their communities and beyond.

Library Director Kerry Reed read a letter of appreciation to Emalea for what she did for the library.

”She did a phenomenal job,” Reed said.