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JOURNAL OF GREAT WATERS ASSOCIATION OF VEXILLOLOGY

December 2006                                                     Vol. XI,  No. 2, Issue 22

REGION=S NEW CITY FLAGS SHOW CONTRAST

 

At least three municipalities in the GWAV region have recently adopted new flags: Chagrin Falls, OH; Livonia, MI; and Middleburg Heights, OH.
 

The first of these contrasts greatly with the other two, which are more traditional in design.  The flag of Chagrin Falls not only departs from tradition in design, but also in its shape.  The flag is displayed vertically rather than horizontally, suspended from what would be the hoist in the traditional format. Its design is also radically different, and difficult to describe.

The field of the flag is white. (The flag as pictured appears to have lavender shadows, but this was due to the shadows in the room where it was hanging.) A colorful scene of the village center shows a building (blue with lavender windows with green foliage below it), and a red and yellow bridge and walkway that cross the Chagrin River and the eponymous falls (blue waves on white). At the top, near the Ahoist@ position, and centered, is CHAGRIN FALLS OHIO in blue. The design is remarkable because it uses all 3 primary and secondary colors, and 2 shades of green and orange, as well as 3 different shades of blue. The whole  appears  to  be  a  poster  on  cloth; as  a  poster it would be quite attractive, but as a flag it is unusual, to say the least. The flag was designed by Pam Premulli, a graphics designer in the village, and adopted by the village council November 28, 2005

 

Y/B:   Livonia, Michigan

  

Y/B+:    Middleburg  Heights, OH

The flags of Livonia and Middleburg Heights have the same design concept: the city seal in yellow on blue.  Livonia=s field is a medium blue,
described as a
Adusty blue.@  The seal=s diameter is 5/12ths of the flag=s width, and set in the center.  The seal has an inner ring of golden yellow,
at the top of which is a small heraldic shield in white with IN GOD WE TRUST in small blue letters, legible only on large flags.  Curved on the 
golden field of the ring on the hoist side of the shield is the word CITY, on the fly side is OF, and curved below, counterclockwise so as to be easily read,
 is LIVONIA, all in white capitals outlined in blue.  The center  of the seal has a white field, depicting a modern skyline along a lake, with a stalk of wheat,
 symbolizing  the city
=s agricultural past,  running from the outer edge of the seal between the AI@ and AV@ of LIVONIA across the center to the outer upper edge immediately before AOF,@ all in blue.  The flag=s proportions are 3:5.  It was designed by a local graphic artist, Van Nazarian, and officially dedicated
on May 27, 2006.

Middleburg Heights= flag was years in  development.  This author, a city resident, had advocated for a long time for a city flag, but urged some
design not employing the complicated seal.  Nevertheless, the city so identifies with the seal that nothing would do but that it be placed on the flag.
  (Another likely influence was the fact that 3 of the cities bordering Middleburg Heights
C Berea, Brook Park, and StrongsvilleC all use the city seal
on a plain field.)

The field of the flag is a dark blue, with the seal=s features in yellow. The seal occupies most of the center portion of the field; its diameter is
4/7ths of the width.  In a ring outlined in yellow around the seal
=s outer edge and curved over the top from center to center is
CITY OF MIDDLEBURG HEIGHTS.  A small yellow 5-pointed star before and after these words separates them from the legend below,
placed counter-clockwise: STATE OF OHIO
iU.S.A. A very narrow double ring encloses the main design of the seal.  The bottom third shows a
section of the US flag, 9 stars and parts of 5 stripes visible. The flag
=s top edge forms a base for the remainder of the design.  From the hoist is a barn
and silo, a modern office building, and smaller buildings representing homes and the Recreation Center.  Superimposed in the center are 3 onions,
complete with roots and stems, that extend slightly below the flag
=s upper edge.  Behind this display, in the center is a rising sun, about half of which
is visible, with 22 rays emanating from it to the inner edge of the seal. On the hoist side, at the 5th ray, is an airplane flying toward the fly, symbolizing
the city
=s proximity to the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.  The barn, silo, and onions recall the city=s agricultural past as a center for onion
cultivation; the remainder of the buildings denote the unity of business, community and family. The seal was designed by James J. Modarelli,
a resident of the city, in 1977.  The flag was adopted by City Council on July 25, 2006.
} (JP)

 

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