Three Cheers For The Red, White And Williamsburg Blue

New Windsor Selects Design For Town Flag

March 10, 1991|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,Staff writer

NEW WINDSOR — Resplendent in red, white and Williamsburg blue, the town's first official flag, designed by Gen Obrecht, will become a part of town history.

Obrecht and five other residents entered their commemorative concepts in a contest sponsored by the Pipe Creek Jaycees.

"I am really pleased that I won the contest with a flag that willplay a part in my town's history," said Obrecht, 73, a lifelong resident here.

Neal C. Roop, contest coordinator, said all six entrieswere good enough to be chosen the official flag.

"Each rendition had something positive to say about the town," he said. "I am really glad I didn't have to judge."

Julia Cairns, one of three judges, agreed, and said the contestants deserved credit for researching details of town history. Simplicity caught the judge's eye, she said.

"It made a statement you could grasp in one glance," said Cairns, another lifelong resident, who calls herself a town historian. "We also liked the inclusion of 1844, the year the town was incorporated."

The idea to create an official town flag came from the New Windsor Business Association, whose members offered the council a design. Beforemaking a final decision, Mayor James C. Carlisle suggested a contest, open to all residents.

Obrecht, who said she spent more time searching for an idea than she did executing it, was the first to enter.With the country in the midst of the Persian Gulf war, she took her color cue from the U.S. flags displayed everywhere.

Once she decided on a patriotic theme, she put her 18-by-24-inch poster together inabout a day.

"I have always enjoyed that tri-color scheme," said Obrecht, a former display artist for Leggett's department store in Westminster. "I also wanted our town flag to compliment the U.S.A. flag."

Deciding that navy was a little too dark, she chose the lighterWilliamsburg blue for the flag's background. She and her daughter, Judy Gue of Mount Airy, tried several different designs on that background.

"We were looking for something simple to reflect our quaint country town," she said. "We didn't want to clutter up the colors."

Red lines divide the flag into three parts. A white paper cut-out,circled in red, forms the center of the banner.

It depicts the HighStreet skyline, with its two church steeples at each end.

"The churches play a big part in our town history," said Obrecht, a member of St. Paul's Methodist Church on High Street. "Our Town Hall is also on that street."

Other entries displayed the old water fountain located on the town square. Although everyone would recognize that particular landmark as a part of New Windsor, Obrecht said she decided the skyline, the words "New Windsor" and "Maryland," and the year, 1844, were enough.

At Wednesday's Town Council meeting, Roop announcedObrecht the winner. The mayor handed her a $50 savings bond.

Other entries are on display at the New Windsor Community Action Project's headquarters on Main Street.

The winning design will be sent to a manufacturer, and flags should be on sale in about a month.

"In three years, when New Windsor celebrates its sesquicentennial, the flag will be a great addition," Roop said.

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