WILLIAMSTOWN – State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D- Pittsfield) and State Representative Gailanne M. Cariddi (D – North Adams) will attend the Williamstown Select Board meeting on Monday, June 8th to accept the Town’s newly created flag.
The legislators will then transport the flag to Beacon Hill and present it to Superintendent Tammy Kraus of the Bureau of the State House on June 10th, after which it will be catalogued and added to the Bureau’s impressive collection of municipal flags hanging in the Great Hall. The Great Hall is the largest function room in the State House.
WHO: Senator Benjamin Downing; Representative Gailanne Cariddi; Williamstown Select Board Members; Williamstown Flag Committee: Juliana Haubrich, Anya Sheldon, Sarah Currie, Tom Sheldon; and Williamstown residents
WHAT: Presentation of Williamstown’s new Town Flag to state legislators.
WHEN: Monday, June 8, 2015. 7:30-8:00pm
WHERE: Municipal Building, 31 North Street, Williamstown
Since 2009, and at the request of the Bureau, Downing has actively encouraged local Boards of Selectmen in the communities not currently represented in the Great Hall to submit a flag. To date Downing has proudly sponsored flag presentation ceremonies for Egremont, Monterey, Mount Washington, New Marlborough, Otis, Pittsfield, Stockbridge, Tyringham, Worthington – and now, Williamstown.
There are eight remaining towns in Downing’s Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin & Hampden district without a flag in the Great Hall: Alford, Hawley, Middlefield, New Ashford, Savoy, Westhampton, West Stockbridge, and Williamsburg. Middlefield is in the process of adopting a town flag; Savoy has discussed their interest with the Senator’s office.
The Bureau estimates that less than twenty missing town flags are required to complete the Great Hall’s collection. There are 351 cities and towns in Massachusetts.
Communities, officials or residents interested in creating a town flag should contact the Senator’s State House office at (617) 722-1625.