FREDERICKSBURG -- This south central Wayne County village, which in recent years has become known for its sumptuous display of American flags along its main thoroughfares from Memorial Day through Independence Day, will be somewhat less patriotic looking this year.
Mayor Jan Lemon told village council members June 12 that the big annual flag display, created with major involvement from American Legion Post 651, as well as numerous volunteers from throughout the community, will be taking a hiatus for at least this year, due to what she characterized as a "leadership reorganization" at the Legion.
In recent years the display of flags ran from one end of the village limits to another along the main street, as well as on major side thoroughfares. The display was so successful that there had been talk of extending it northeast to Apple Creek and southwest to Holmesville.
The flag display was unique, in that each flag was donated in the name of a particular veteran -- either deceased, living or active duty. On each utility pole to which the American flag was attached, there would be posted a brief biography of the service person to whom it was dedicated. That biography would be attached to the flag bracket above by a colored ribbon that would define the status the service person.
Lemon said that not having the display this year was going to be a letdown for the community, but she said, "Hopefully it will return next year."
Fredericksburg will hold its annual Fourth of July parade -- known as "The Biggest Small Town Parade in Wayne County" -- as usual. This year however, the number of trophies will be sharply scaled back from the nearly three dozen presented in past years.
Monday night's monthly planned village council meeting could not transact business due to lack of a quorum.
Charlotte Cutting, representing the Fredericksburg Public Library, reported that organization had received a grant from the Wayne County Community Foundation to help with the restoration of the Weaver Building it has acquired just across the street because it needs more space.
Cutting said that well-known local quilter Jean Briggs recently presented a quilted wall hanging to the library, and that the library has plans to convert a room of the building to a museum and oral history resource center. The library has had a project going for several years to video the oral histories and memoirs of elderly village residents.
Council members also heard a progress report on the Green Field Farms dairy, under construction at the north edge of the village.
Reporter Paul Locher can be reached at 330-682-2055, or at email@example.com.