Say yes to FLAG

| Thursday, May 23, 2013, 8:55 p.m.

Say yes to FLAG

As a member of the Freeport Leechburg Apollo Group, letters like “Say no to FLAG” (April 24) — based solely on a person's political beliefs, not factual information — sadden me.

Here are the facts:

• FLAG is a primarily volunteer organization, a group of people passionate about improving their community and unifying the residents of their small towns.

• The organization is funded by the state Department of Community and Economic Development and donations from government organizations, businesses, churches and citizens.

• The funds are used for community improvements.

• Individual business owners must meet specific criteria before receiving any funds and match those dollar for dollar. When a business improves its facade, it tends to flourish and give back to its community organizations and functions.

I applaud the government entities that support our communities through FLAG. Please visit FLAG's website,, and form your own opinion based on the facts.

Laurie Kevana


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