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Nov. 20—As Lawrence County develops plans for its 175th birthday celebration next year, it's only fitting it has a logo and a flag to commemorate it.
Those were the sentiments of the county commissioners when they voted Tuesday to approve an official logo and a flag designed by Little Beaver Township artist Ian D. Baker to commemorate the occasion.
Baker presented his design to the commissioners at their regular meeting in August and the commissioners decided to sanction it for the upcoming observances.
Commissioner Brian D. Burick is chairman of a volunteer committee of citizens from throughout the county which has met three times so far and is planning many activities in observance of the county being formed by the state legislature in 1849.
The county's birthday will officially be observed on March 20, 2024, Burick said.
The new flag and logo each have 27 stars, one for each municipality in the county, he pointed out. Although the voters approved a referendum this month for a municipal merger of South New Castle Borough with Shenango Township, that will not become official until January 2026. Thus, the flag will have 10 stars commemorating the existing 10 boroughs, he said. One star is the City of New Castle and 16 others represent the number of townships within the county.
The slogan, "Don't give up the ship," are the last words of Captain James Lawrence during the from the War of 1812 Battle of Lake Erie, when his ship, the USS Chesapeake, was captured. Oliver Hazard Perry invoked it in his personal battle flag to commemorate the late Lawrence, who was his friend.
"This will be nice to commemorate our history," Burick commented of the flag and logo. "It's very important to preserve that history and pass it on to the younger generation. There are so many great things about living and working in Lawrence County."
He noted that Ginny Jacob and Janet Falotico of Visit Lawrence County, the county tourism agency, are among the committee's members. They will help promote the anniversary and the events, which will be announced at a later date.