UP: Google “Flag City.” When you do you’ll find Findlay, Ohio, all over the search results. Findlay’s close association with the U.S. flag comes as the result of efforts more than 40 years ago to show that residents here are patriotic and believe in the flag. The story of how Findlay became Flag City began in 1968 with John B. Cooke, who raised money to purchase 14,000 flags for the community to display. Six years later the Women’s Division of the Chamber of Commerce made it a goal to have Findlay become officially known as Flag City, USA, and got help from then-U.S. Rep. Tennyson Guyer. On May 7, 1974, the House of Representatives passed a resolution declaring Findlay Flag City, USA. While some may take the “Flag City” moniker for granted after all these years, no one should. Today is Flag Day. Respect the flag like Cooke did — by proudly flying one.
UP: It’s now official: As of Monday, Findlay’s own Peggy Kirk Bell is in the World Golf Hall of Fame. Kirk Bell, who died in 2016 and was the only posthumous inductee from this year’s class, was one of the top amateurs in women’s golf in the years before the LPGA Tour began. She won the Titleholders Championship by two shots over Patty Berg, won the prestigious North and South Women’s Amateur and played on the 1950 Curtis Cup team. She also left her mark as a leading instructor who owned Pine Needles resort in North Carolina and spent a lifetime as an advocate for women’s golf. Her induction brings the World Golf Hall of Fame to 160 members.
UP: June 19, 1865 was the day that news of the Emancipation Proclamation, issued in 1863 by Abraham Lincoln, reached the western-most part of the United States, making all people in America free. In celebration of Juneteenth next Wednesday, seven Findlay locations will be hosting artwork and books from the Mazza Museum’s “Miles of Bravery: The Underground Railroad through Picture Books” exhibit, and Cathy Nelson, founder of the Friends of Freedom Society, will deliver a lecture on the history of the Underground Railroad in Ohio. The family-friendly event is open to the public and free. Juneteenth is another encouraging sign that this area is becoming more accepting and inclusive of diversity.
UP: Judging by the shape of some alleys around Findlay, the city street crews have been busy filling potholes. Potholes, of course, are a year-round job that crews can never catch up with. With all the other street and road construction going on around Findlay, some motorists may be taking to alleys more to get around town. The patching effort has not gone unnoticed, and we hope it continues.