The City Council voted unanimously and enthusiastically in support of honoring Edward "Dan" Flanagan for his years of service to the city Recreation Department during the Aug. 11 meeting at City Hall.

Flanagan and members of his family attended the event to accept the awards from Mayor Larry Pritchett.

While he was officially commended for 18 years of service to the department, the council and staff members made it clear his service goes back much further.

"Dan has a great love of the children in the community," Councilor Eric Hebert said. He said children could talk to him about any problems they were having as well as learning to play basketball. Hebert said Flanagan exemplifies the concept of "Service above self."

Recreation Department Director Rene Dorr said two things arrived in Rockland in 1936: Flanagan and the Recreation Center. Flanagan grew up in the center where his father was director at one time. Since then he has taught generations to play basketball.

Councilor Elizabeth Dickerson said this puts a capital C in Community. She said her son grew up at the recreation center. Caring people like Flanagan help make Rockland an amazing place to raise kids, she said.

Flanagan received a Certificate of Commendation and a Lifetime Achievement Award. He also received a warm round of applause from those in attendance at the meeting.

Courier Publications News Director Daniel Dunkle can be reached at or 594-4401 ext. 122.