July 23, 2016

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So where did the county flag go?

The Medina County flag used to fly above Old Glory on the flagpole outside the Medina County Courthouse, but it’s been missing lately and its designer would like to know why.

Designer Calvin Ganyard said other county buildings fly the flag — such as the animal shelter and the county home — and is perplexed as to why it’s not displayed outside the courthouse.

The Medina County flag used to fly below the U.S. flag on the flagpole outside the Medina County Courthouse, but recently Old Glory has flown solo. (PHOTO COURTESY OF CALVIN GANYARD)

“In years past — as soon as the flag was accepted — the old courthouse flew it and then the new courthouse flew it, but I don’t understand why they don’t anymore,” Ganyard, 89, said on Thursday, a day before Flag Day.

The flag even flies outside of the statehouse in Columbus where, in 2005, Ganyard represented Medina County at a ceremony where each county flag was dedicated.

County Administrator Christopher Jakab wasn’t sure why the flag was absent.

“We try to have it flown at our major buildings, but there is an expense issue. Sometimes we have trouble getting orders (of flags), and adding flags to the pole adds stress,” he said.

He also said it might be a maintenance issue.

Still, Ganyard said, he believes the flag should be flown at all times outside of the courthouse.

“It ought to be flying there,” he said. “The courthouse is the main building in the county.”

Ganyard, of Medina Township, found out about the missing flag through Carolyn Arehart, who works at Emeritus of Medina and became friends with Ganyard through her employment.

A lifelong resident of Medina County, Ganyard won a competition in 1990, making his design the official one for the county flag.

Out of 72 entries, four of the top designs were chosen and voted on by Gazette readers.

The flag is royal blue with the outline of the state of Ohio in white. The shape of Medina County is in gold and each township is represented through a blown-out fireworks effect.

Ganyard said it didn’t take him long to create his design.

“I tried to come up with something that was simple. I was looking for something that people could recognize,” he said.

Ganyard studied architecture design at Western Reserve University before it merged with Case Institute of Technology and also took art classes at the Cleveland Institute of Art.

Contact reporter Andrew Davis at (330) 721-4050 or adavis@medina-gazette.com.