IF YOU ARE ACTIVE IN the Manchester community, Paula Vinson wants to hear from you.
Vinson is compiling a community resources directory under the auspices of the Manchester Communication and Community Projects Committee. This fall the directory will be distributed free to every business and residence in the Manchester ZIP code area.
"It's planned for those who want to participate, or volunteer, or update the community about what they do," Vinson explained. "It will be one comprehensive resource."
What is urgently needed is the latest information from everyone working in the nonprofit and business sectors of the community. Vinson has been combing area telephone books, a Manchester business directory published years ago, and other directories for places and people to include.
"If we don't know you're out there, we can't list you," she said. "What we fear is inaccurately representing our community."
A listing is free. The final publication will be free and sent to residents and businesses in Manchester, Millers and Lineboro.
"In addition to being a community guide and business directory, we will include paragraphs about local Scout groups, public services, Pine Valley Park, the pool and so forth. Some people don't know all that's available within the Manchester community," Vinson said.
She is heading the directory project with the help of Manchester Councilman Joe Jordan.
Jordan has placed a directory application form on the Manchester Web site that can be found by navigating from the main page. The Web site address is www.carr.orgmanchest.
"For the directory, we need the organization or business name, telephone number, what they do, and whom someone would contact," Vinson said.
In addition to free listings, advertising is being sold to offset production costs.
If extra funds are available, they will benefit programs of the Communication and Community Projects Committee. The committee produced Youth Day last fall, and is planning a second Youth Day in October.
Vinson is hopeful the directory will be ready for distribution on Youth Day, a timetable that can be met only if the public and businesses respond quickly.
To be part of the directory, call Paula Vinson at 410-239-7700.
Steeple comes down
The roof of St. Paul's Lutheran Church on Dover Road has a barren look.
The steeple, a turn-of-the-century eight-sided beauty, has been removed to the church parking lot for restoration.
Overseeing the project are Art Smith, Corey Miller, Dave Staub and Scott Murphy of Hostetter Construction, Hanover, Pa. They climbed around and through the steeple while it was on the roof to decide how to restore it.
St. Paul's Lutheran is believed to be Baltimore County's oldest existing Lutheran congregation. The brick church was built in 1882, with the congregation dating to 1794. Smith has discovered the date 1907 inscribed on the steeple's oldest interior timbers.
While on the roof, Smith helped remove decorative wooden structures. Then crew members inserted two steel beams and four cables.
With a crane pulling the cables, they freed the steeple from the roof and placed it on the ground. Now the crew is removing decayed wood, exposing the skeleton of wooden beams that are probably 92 years old.
The goal is a maintenance-free restoration. Smith is working with replacement gingerbread brackets and fencing.
"It's going to look very similar, but you won't have to paint it," he said.
Replacements of solid vinyl have been reproduced from the original wooden parts. Duplication is accurate enough for the most careful eye. Some areas will receive aluminum parts.
Smith estimates the wooden skeleton will be restored and recovered with duplicate fish-scale siding in a month and a half. In place of the former weather vane, a new gleaming copper roof will be topped with a copper cross.
Crab feast in Boring
Tickets are on sale for a crab feast to benefit Boring Volunteer Fire Company. The feast will be held from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 8. No tickets will be sold at the door, and tickets must be purchased before Aug. 2.
In the air-conditioned Boring Fire Hall at 14711 Old Hanover Road, a full menu will accompany the crabs, including pit ham, pit beef, pit turkey, vegetable and crab soups, barbecued chicken, a hot pasta dish, cole slaw, potato salad, corn on the cob, fruit salad, dessert, beer and soda.
A disc jockey will provide music.
Tickets are $25. Reservations: Robin Wisner at 410-239-8741, Valerie Green at 410-526-4275, or Vicki Freeman at 410-833-9230.
Pat Brodowski's North neighborhood column appears each Wednesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.
Pub Date: 7/14/99