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by Peter Orenski, 18 December 1998
The flag of New Milford -- a 300-year-old town in the state of Connecticut in northeastern United States, home to some 26,000 inhabitants -- was adopted on July 4, 1995, after a 6-month-long competition open to all town residents.
The winning design, picked from among 37 finalists out of 327 total designs submitted, was proposed by Jeanne Price, a teaching and practicing fashion designer. The symbolism of the "Green Wave" flag reflects the green rural environment and the 110-year-old gazebo (an open summerhouse structure around which festivities are held on the town green) placed at the intersection of two white paths.
Since its formal adoption in 1995, the flag now flutters from flagpoles at Town Hall, police, fire, and ambulance stations, as well as from a large number of private residences.
The unique vexillographic features of the New Milford flag contest -- training of a citizen jury and quantitative evaluation of flag designs -- were considered significant enough to form the subject of volume XXXV:1-2/168 of "The Flag Bulletin" (January-April 1996) published by The Flag Research Center, Winchester, Mass. 01890.
Peter Orenski, 20 December 1998