By MICHAEL KITCH, LACONIA DAILY SUN
LACONIA — The City Council this week appointed what Mayor Ed Engler called "the flagship committee," which is charged with the challenge of recommending a new city flag.
The committee conssts of City Councilor David Bownes (Ward 2), Larry Frates of Frates Creative Art Center, Karmen Gifford, executive director of the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce, Pat Tierney, executive director of the Laconia Historical and Museum Society, Steve Tucker, head of the Humanities Department at Laconia High School, and Breanna Henderson of Polished & Proper Barber Shop, who first suggested designing and flying a new flag in November.
Henderson told the council that a new flag would enhance the identity of the city. She said that the existing flag dates from 1965, when it was designed by a high school student from Gilford. Apart from the facsimile hung on the wall of the city council chamber and the flag hanging in a seldom used mayor's office, she said that the standard of the city is all but invisible.
Henderson proposed convening a committee to establish some guidelines and outlining a process for designing and adopting a new flag. She suggested consulting a website — "Good Flag, Bad Flag" — which offers five principles for designing a flag: keep it simple, use meaningful symbolism, limit the colors to three, omit lettering or seals and be distinctive.
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