Community asked to help raise the flag over Blanchard Community Library
By Peggy Kelly
Santa Paula News
Published: August 07, 2013
By Peggy Kelly
Santa Paula Times
Charles “Charlie” Coughlin, a past Santa Paula Rotary Club Essay Contest winner, visited the club in recent weeks asking for support for the Blanchard Community Library Flagpole Raising project. A Boy Scout, 14-year-old Charlie told Rotarians that raising the money for the flagpole and its installation is his Eagle Scout Service Project.
The flag was donated by the Mercer-Prieto VFW Post #2043. The red, white and blue symbol of America had been flown over the U.S. Capital in Washington, D.C. before the VFW gifted the flag to the library.
Charlie said, “In order to fly this flag with appropriate dignity, a 25-foot flagpole will be erected in front of the library,” located at 119 N. 8th Street. The goal of the project is for the flag to be raised on its flagpole for the first time September 11, 2013, the 12th anniversary of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York City.
Charlie, a member of Boy Scout Troop #304 sponsored by St. Sebastian Catholic Church, is also planning a community dedication celebration.
The project will include a foundation - Mendez Concrete of Santa Paula already donated the cement - for the flagpole and other improvements. The cost is estimated at about $1,500. The flag will not have solar powered lighting, but Charlie said he will be raising and lowering the flag each day.
Tax-deductible donations are welcome and can be sent to Blanchard Community Library, 119 N. 8th St., Santa Paula, CA 93060, or dropped off. Be sure to indicate the donation is for the flagpole project. If you write a check make it out to Blanchard Community Library and write Flagpole Project on the memo line.
In 2001 as a 6th grader, Charlie won the top prize in the Elementary School Division in the Santa Paula Rotary Four-Way Test Essay Competition and his essay was forwarded to the district contest. In November his mother, Maureen Coughlin, was elected to the Blanchard Community Library’s Board of Trustees.
For more information on the Blanchard Community Library Flagpole Project call Charlie at 525-0248.