About Rick Becker:
Native of Union County, New Jersey
Resident of Mineral Springs since 1988
BS in Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 1976
Middle/High School mathematics teacher at the Pingry School, Elizabeth, NJ 1976-1981
Real estate rental property manager, Plainfield, NJ, 1981-1985
Remodeling Contractor, Woodworker, Plainfield, NJ and Mineral Springs, NC 1985 - 2012
1/2-time municipal finance officer: current
Recent Activities in our Community
Representing Mineral Springs in the Literacy Council of Union County's Annual Spelling Bee on April 25, 2013.
Parkwood High School English Teacher Julie Johnson participated and brought members of her senior
honors English class and Girls' Varsity soccer team to cheer on "The Mineral Stings" and win the 2013
"Spirit Stick" award for the town.
Rick Becker competed with The Mineral Stings in 2014 and 2015, but in 2016 The Mineral Stings
went on hiatus due to a conflict with the the November town council meeting, and your town council
instead sponsored a Parkwood High School faculty team.
BUT THE MINERAL STINGS WERE BACK IN 2017, and BECAME THE CHAMPIONS in the spelling bee
at Siler Presbyterian Church in Wesley Chapel on Thursday, November 16, 2017. The Mineral Stings, consisting of team captain Rick Becker,
Councilwoman Peggy Neill, and Diane Countryman defeated nearly a dozen teams and took home the coveted "Beetrice" traveling trophy!
|Working with fellow members of the Waxhaw-Mineral Springs Optimist Club during one of the club's Highway 75 cleanup days on April 14, 2012.|
|Visiting second grade classes at Western Union Elementary School on September 13, 2013. Click here to view the story on the WUES website.|
Recent Work Highlight:
34-stop, three manual pipe organ installed in Yardley, Pennsylvania, begun in August 2006 and finally completed (three years late!) in 2012
Woodwork, structure, and four manual console for a 76-stop pipe organ installed in Plainfield, New Jersey, begun in July 2002 and completed in June 2005
Hiking and Outdoor Activities
Motorcycling; actively involved in promotion of safe riding practices, including responsible riding gear choices and the Motorcycle Safety Foundation family of RiderCourses
"If you ride a motorcycle, wear full gear...all the time...on every ride: gloves, armored jacket, armored pants, boots, and a full-face helmet.
Your loved ones will thank you."