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Torrington: Raising Flags, Civic Pride

L-R: Mayor Elinor Carbone and Local 1579 Vice President Nancy Michna, Secretary Kerry Palmer, President Mark Zordan and Treasurer Chrissy Upton.

Members of AFSCME Local 1579 are doing their part to engender civic pride by raising money to decorate downtown Torrington with American flags.

Responding to Mayor Elinor Carbone’s request for community donations, Local 1579 leadership presented the mayor with a check for $800 to the Main Street Flag Fund.

According to the mayor, the local union's contribution will enable the City to purchase and install 15 Made-in-America flag for display.

“Many people have commented that these American flags add a very nice accent to Main Street and we are proud to be able to make this contribution to our community,” said Local 1579 President Mark Zordan, who works in the Engineering Department.

“This is a tremendous gift,” Carbone added. “The union does so much. I don’t think people understand, or really fully appreciate the amount of work and pride our employees take in our community.”

American flags flying in downtown Torrington.

AFSCME Local 1579, Council 4, represents 300 Board of Education cafeteria workers, custodians, nurses, para-professionals and secretaries, as well as City Hall and Public Works employees, and Torrington Housing Authority maintenance and security employees.

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