Principal says New Windsor Middle 'functions well'


September 18, 1997|By Judy Reilly | Judy Reilly,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

HE'S THE NEW principal at New Windsor Middle School and, so far, Thomas Eckenrode is enjoying the start of his first year as head of the school. He came to New Windsor after five years as assistant principal at Northwest Middle School in Taneytown.

"It's been very nice. There's been a warm reception from everyone," he said. "This is a school that functions well."

Eckenrode started his career in 1974 as a special education teacher at Francis Scott Key High School in Uniontown.

His wife, Cindy, is principal at Mechanicsville Elementary School. The couple have a son and a daughter, both in middle school.

Rebuilding churches

Kevin Dotterer, church moderator for Union Bridge Church of the Brethren, returned from his summer vacation last month, but the good feelings he got from working to rebuild a church in South Carolina linger.

Dotterer wanted to participate in an outreach mission for years. This past winter, when he heard about the need to rebuild the Butler Chapel AME church in Orangeburg, S.C., he decided to join a group to help the congregation. The church had been vandalized and burned.

Habitat for Humanity participated in the early stages of rebuilding. The Church of the Brethren group continued the job.

Volunteers have been spending days, weeks, or months at the church since February. The new church should be ready for worship services by Thanksgiving.

Dotterer went with a group from Pennsylvania, stayed for a week, and constructed drywall and did brickwork.

"I think I did more in one day than I've done in my entire life," he said.

Dotterer and his group worked from 6 a.m. until 4 p.m. daily, with a lunch break conducted by the women of Butler Chapel.

"They were really great people, and inspirational to us," he said.

The volunteers stayed at a nearby Baptist church's family center, where they ate, slept, played basketball and swam.

Would he like to return? Definitely. Dotterer would like to go back and make sure the church is finished by the holidays.

"The best part was the whole community feeling -- their churches and our churches, working together."

New pastor

The Rev. Barry Taylor is settling into his role as new minister of Union Bridge United Methodist Church.

Taylor arrived in July, the traditional time for ministers in the Methodist Church to take on new duties.

Taylor is serving a part-time appointment at the small church. He conducts worship services, administers Communion, and presides at marriages and funerals.

"I'm really enjoying Union Bridge," he said. "And if I do my job right, my parishioners should never know I'm part time."

Taylor's other job is shared with his wife, Susan Smith. They make window treatments and home furnishings. Based in Middletown, their business, Mastercraft Interiors, is a wholesale fabricator of custom window treatments. Customers include large department stores and foreign embassies.

Taylor said his home interior business works hand in hand with the ministry.

"We've always operated our business like a ministry," he said. "We put a spiritual message or Bible verse on every invoice."

Chorus in Taneytown

Christmas preparations are under way in Taneytown.

The first rehearsal of Taneytown Community Chorus will begin ++ Sept. 28. All rehearsals are at 1: 30 p.m. at Grace United Church of Christ, 49 W. Baltimore St.

The group is open to anyone who loves to sing.

Information: 410-756-2257.

Judy Reilly's Northwest neighborhood column appears each Thursday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 9/18/97

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