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Pa. Town to Update Flag to 50 Stars

May 8, 2003

GLASSPORT, Pa. (AP) _ Borough officials here learned just how behind the times they were when they noticed that their American flag was missing two stars.

At 48 stars, Glassport’s Old Glory was a little too old for council members’ liking.

While no one knows how long the old flag had been draped around a flag stand in the council chambers, it’s a good bet it has been at least 44 years.

The 48-star flag _ which dates back to 1912 _ was replaced with the 49-star flag in 1959, with the addition of Alaska to the United States. A year later, the 50-star flag became official following the addition of Hawaii.

It was only a month or so ago, however, that council members in the borough of about 5,000 people outside Pittsburgh were looking around their chambers, wondering how they could spruce it up.

Councilman James Foster pulled out the flag. ``I immediately said, ’Hey, this is a few stars short,‴ Foster said.

Because the flag was draped around a pole, the stars weren’t readily visible.

U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle has donated a new flag for the council chambers _ this one, with all 50 stars.

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