Railroad Pagers of Havre have spent much of the last five years building a new pavilion and campground at Beaver Creek Park.
They call it Community Effort Campground because area residents and businesses have been so helpful in constructing the new facilities.
They had an American flag flying over the campground designed to beautify the area and show patriotism.
Now the flag has been stolen, and the Pagers don’t mind people knowing they are upset.
The thieves had to work on stealing the flag, said Daryl Shay, a Pager who has been involved in the project for five years.
“The tie must be 10 feet above the ground,” he said. “Somebody must have stood on somebody’s shoulders.”
Shay didn’t realize the flag had been stolen until the campgrounds were rented out.
“They asked me why we weren’t flying the flag,” he said.
Shay said somebody must know about the theft, and he urged them to call the Hill County Sheriff’s Office at 265-2512. Or, if they prefer, they can call Shay at 265-8868.
This is the second time the flag has been stolen, he said.
The first time it was returned by an anonymous person who said he would take care of the problem.
This time, there’s no sign of the flag, Shay said. So the Pagers will install a lockbox on the flag pole.
The wind-resistant flag cost about $75, he said. And the lockbox will be about $150.