Collin Kirkpatrick

Collin Kirkpatrick, a 15-year-old Bailey resident who assisted in refurbising the flagpole and hanging the flag at The Flume office, admires his work on Saturday, Oct. 31. (Photo by Kelly R. Kirkpatrick)

The Flume is proud to be a part of Red, White & Bailey, whereby American flags are provided to local businesses and proudly flown year-round.

The program was the brainchild of longtime Bailey resident and United States Navy and Vietnam veteran, Jimmy Shutten, and has resulted in the installation of new flags at more than 15 Bailey-based businesses.

Shutten donated $1,000 to get the project off the ground, and Gene and Carrie Marsh have worked diligently to get the flags distributed and to assist local businesses in getting them hung.

“I’m not surprised at all that business owners in Bailey have been so receptive to this idea,” said Carrie Marsh. “We had 15 flags to distribute, and actually could have used a few more.”

Those of us at The Flume thought the addition of the flag was especially appropriate prior to our 2020 elections, serving as a timely reminder of how fortunate we are to live in a democracy where the freedom of choice exists for us all.

That precious freedom, protected and paid for through the selfless sacrifices of so many, was exercised by a record number of Americans at voting polls across the nation on Tuesday.

A recap of results from the 2020 elections is presented below.

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