Whately to be represented in Great Hall of Flags

  • From left to right, Whately Selectboard members Paul Newlin, Frederick Orloski and Jonathan Edwards pose with the then-new Whately town flag in 2016. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

  • The Whately town flag. Staff FILE PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

Staff Writer
Published: 7/15/2019 9:40:53 PM

BOSTON — Whately has never had a symbol hanging in the State House. But that ends Wednesday.

Town representatives plan to deliver the Whately town flag to the Great Hall, where it will join hundreds of other flags from towns and cities across Massachusetts.

The green, rectangular banner will be hung during a small public ceremony slated to begin at 3 p.m. Whately residents and the general public are encouraged to attend. Ceremony attendees will include state Rep. Natalie Blais, D-Sunderland.

The flag was designed a few years ago, being birthed from a discussion about revamping the town seal. The town commissioned resident Jack Cooper and his nephew Gregg Lambert, owner of Promark Graphics in Easthampton, to jazz up some lettering, shading and coloring on the seal, which was placed on a flag. The seal, hand-drawn in black and white, bears the town’s name. It also notes its April 26, 1771, incorporation date and pays homage to the old town hall, the Whately Congregational Church and the Whately Stockade constructed to protect early residents from potential Native American attacks.

Jonathan Edwards, in his 16th year on the Whately Selectboard, said he will be one of the representatives delivering the flag Wednesday.

“I’m happy to see us represented in the Great Hall of Flags,” he said. “We just want to be recognized for the great place that we are.

“I love the flag. It’s a great flag,” he added. “It shows our history, it shows what we are about. I just think the flag demonstrates what Whately was and what it is today, in a different kind of way. ... Do we have a stockade anymore? Of course not, but it’s part of who we were.”

Adelia Bardwell, president of the Whately Historical Society, said she plans to attend Wednesday’s ceremony as well.

“I’m looking forward to it,” she said. “I think it’s a wonderful thing. It’s high time we were there.”

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