Money collected to save towering old Ohio flagpole

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RAVENNA, Ohio (AP) -- A preservationist group in northeast Ohio says it has raised more than $70,000 to help save a 120-year-old flagpole that's in need of repairs and is seen by some as a hazard.

The 150-foot lattice and pole structure in front of the Portage County Courthouse in Ravenna (rih-VEHN'-uh) resembles a broadcast antennae and needs repairs estimated at potentially more than $200,000.

The Record-Courier newspaper (http://bit.ly/XVBB0c ) reports a group called Friends of the Flagpole hopes to raise $150,000. About $118,000 of that would go toward refurbishing the structure, and the rest would be for improvements such as lighting.

Township Trustee Patsy Artz says the plan is to fix it up, even if it takes a year to do it.