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Gmina Biały Bór is an urban-rural gmina (administrative district) in
Szczecinek County, West Pomeranian Voivodship, in north-western Poland.
Its seat is the town of Biały Bór, which lies approximately 23 kilometres
(14 mi) north-east of Szczecinek and 159 km (99 mi) east of the regional
Area: 270.23 sq.km (104.3 sq.mi); Population: 5,166 (2006); Ukrainian minority: 491 (9.299%); German minority 35 (0.663%).
Apart from the town of Biały Bór, Gmina Biały Bór contains the villages
and settlements of Bagniewko, Biała, Białka, Biały Dwór, Bielica, Biskupice,
Biskupice-Kolonia, Błogowo, Borzęcino, Brzeźnica, Cieszęcino, Cybulin,
Dalkowo, Dołgie, Domaradz, Donimierz, Drzonowo, Dyminek, Grabowo, Jawory,
Kaliska, Kamienna, Kazimierz, Kierzkowo, Koleśnik, Kołtki, Kosobudy, Linowo,
Lubiesz, Miłkowo, Miłobądz, Ponikwa, Przybrda, Radzewo, Rosłonki,
Rzyszczewko, Sępolno Małe, Sępolno Wielkie, Stępień, Stepno, Świerszczewo, Trzebiele and Zduny.
Land under cultivation: 39%; Forest: 49%
The town rights were bestowed by the Grand Master of the Teutonic Knights,
Konrad Zöllner von Rotenstein, in 1382 .Later it was located in the Polish
Royal Prussia but went to the Prussian Kingdom in 1772 as a result of the
partition of Poland.
In 1919, when most of the Western Pommerania became Polish, Baldenburg remained in the German Province of Grenzmark-Westpreussen.
During the World War II it was a point of German heavy resistance and, ultimately, the area was 80% destroyed. It was returned to Poland on February 26, 1945.
The Arms of Baldenburg/Biały Bór date back to 1394. It is a representation
of golden-haired woman clad in a blue dress and white apron, holding a
golden ball in her right hand and surrounded by magnificent antlers of
a red deer. According to the legend, a woman, of extraordinary beauty and
high temperament was married to a local barrel maker. Apparently, she seduced
all the more handsome men of Baldenburg between 15 and 70, not to mention
the visiting guests. When the barrel-maker was out of town on a business
trip, she threw a ball from the window to a chosen guy, who was expected
soon in her bedroom.
It is not known if the deer antlers symbolize the poor husband or the dense forest of the area.
Anyway, when the dude discovered what was going on, he packed his wife into a barrel and pushed it to the lake. "Oh, it's fun to be a barrel-maker!"
The flag of Biały Bór commune was adopted on August 14, 2008. It is
a rectangle in the ratio 5:8 composed of three, unequal, horizontal bands
of green - white and light blue from top to bottom. The white band is narrow.
In the center of the flag the Arms are placed.
Chrystian Kretowicz, 2 May 2010