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City takes pride in flying Old Glory

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Grace Bissett, 3, shares her ice cream with her grandmother, Nancy Butcher, during an ice cream social Tuesday, June 11, at the Pataskala United Methodist Church, 458 S. Main St. Grace is sitting between her 18-month-old twin sisters, Elizabeth, left, and Lydia. The ice cream social was part of the Flags Over Pataskala celebration sponsored by The Rotary Club of Pataskala.

More than 100 American flags will fly in Pataskala over the next few weeks for the annual Flags Over Pataskala observance.

The community event is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Pataskala.

"We always try to time it around Flag Day," said Rotary Club member Chuck Dixon.

The city places 85 to 100 flags in late June and they remain on display through July 4, said BJ King, the city's service director.

"They are placed throughout city, on state Route 310, Taylor Road and Summit Road," King said. "This year, we put some new ones in on Vine Street and High Street near (Pataskala Elementary School)."

Steve and Nancy Butcher, owners of the Nutcracker Family Restaurant, 63 E. Broad St., started Flags Over Pataskala more than 10 years ago as a way for the city to celebrate its patriotism.

Pataskala Mayor Steve Butcher said the event also helps bring residents together for a picnic or other community event.

Dixon said this year, instead of a picnic, the Rotary Club sponsored a free ice cream social June 11 at the Pataskala United Methodist Church.

He said the event was popular and organizers likely will hold it again next year.

The Rotary Club also sponsored a musical production June 11 at the Sterling Theater and a golf outing at Broadview Golf Course June 13.

Dixon said funds raised from the golf outing and other events help purchase new flags.

"The Rotary donated 50 flags this year to replace some that were no longer serviceable," King said.

Dixon said the powerful derecho storm in June 2012 damaged several flags, which the club replaced this year.

He said last year the club raised $3,000, most of which was used to purchase new flags.

If the club raises more than that this year, it will set some aside for flag replacement and donate the rest to local organizations, Dixon said.