The most underutilized symbol of Portage County pride is its flag. We present to you for the first time a monochromatic version that you can wear on your person.
The official flag is red, white and blue, which pays tribute to the colors of two other flags you might see flying around Ravenna: those of Ohio and the United States of America. In the middle, you’ll see 17 stars (Ohio was the 17th state in the union) and the year Portage County was split off from Trumbull County and held its first independent elections.
The stripes, which are red and white in the official flag, represent the 20 original townships that comprised the county. Today there are 18 townships, six villages and five cities.
This 100% cotton shirt is machine woven as a tube, instead of sewn together from pieces of fabric. There’s no side seam, so less fabric is cut away and wasted in manufacturing. We asked Natalie what all this means and she said, “If you sew, you know.”
The fit runs a little small, according to the manufacturer. The medium shirts fit as expected on Ben and Natalie, so you’re probably safe with your normal pick. For extra confidence, measure a favorite tee to double check sizing on the chart below.
Buying from the Portager Shop is a good idea for two reasons. First, 90% of the profits we make from sales support our journalists. It allows us to tell more stories, report on local government and expand our coverage. We’re not owned by some out-of-state hedge fund, so the money you spend here comes right back to you in the form of important local news.
What about the other 10% of the profits? Between now and the end of March 2022, a tenth of all sales after expenses will go directly to the Socially Responsible Sweatshop of Kent, an organization of sewists dedicated to repurposing landfill-bound textiles into new, useful items. These were the people who stitched together thousands of masks for first responders during the pandemic. They donate all the proceeds from their sales to organizations fighting hunger in Portage County, including Kent Social Services and the Rural Relief Mobile Food Pantry.
Make an impact by supporting The Portager today.
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