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MBTA members gather for a fun and productive weekend and raise $17,000 for the MBTA Infrastructure Development Fund, scholarships

Even though golfers had to cope with gusting winds and kayakers braved rough seas, the weather was pretty close to perfect at the annual MBTA Fall Convention, held September 10th through 12th at the Samoset Resort in Rockport. Sunny skies prevailed and spirits were high, making the annual getaway a major success.
“We couldn’t have asked for better weather,” said Randy Mace, MBTA vice president and chair of the Convention Committee. “We also couldn’t have asked for more enthusiastic support from all of our members, from the generosity of the event sponsors to all of the businesses who donated to the auctions to the individuals who donated so much of their time to help plan and organize this event.”
The weekend was, as usual, action packed. Nearly 170 MBTA members, family and friends gathered for the event that traditionally marks the winding down of Maine’s busy construction season. This year’s event included a morning bus tour of historic Rockland, a winery tour and a brew tasting.
There also was the competitive side to the weekend. That included golf, cribbage and bocce ball tournaments where convention goers tested their mettle in a friendly-yet-challenging atmosphere. And if that wasn’t enough competition, Saturday evening ended with a program by Whipple & Morales, Dueling Pianos. The duo took convention goers through time with music and comedy.
Thirty-two golfers headed out in the chilly morning air to play on one of the most renowned courses in the state. Sheila Marriner of Marriners Paving was most decorated golfer of the day. Her foursome – that included Mike and Zach Marriner and Alexander Gove – won Top Foursome. Sheila also won Longest Drive–Women.
The action on the bocce court was equally competitive and fast-paced. Carolyn and Hannah Bess placed first in the tournament; Dave Bess and Michelle Ibarguen won second; and Steve and Jo-Anne Ford took third.
By mid-afternoon on Saturday, conventioneers were ready to come in from the chill and turn their competitive edge to the cribbage tables. Larry Roberts and Wayne Salter were the victors in that tournament; Conrad Welzel and Mary Bess took second.
Still, the competition was fiercest at the annual live auction on Friday night and Saturday’s silent auction where MBTA members donated goods and services – and aggressively tried to outbid each other. The friendly competition was all for a good cause. Proceeds of both auctions go to support one of the organization’s lead causes: the MBTA Infrastructure Development Fund. This year was no exception. MBTA members raised more than $15,000 for the MBTA Infrastructure Development Fund at the silent and live auctions where everything from elegant jewelry to heavy equipment rental was up for bid. Ed and Mary Keenan again served as auctioneers and support staff for the evening. Ed recently announced he is going into business for himself.
The weekend’s other fundraiser – the Convention raffle – raised $1,600 for the MBTA Educational Foundation that provides college scholarships for students studying transportation related fields.
“We all know what a difficult time this has been for everyone in the transportation industry – and for everyone in Maine. So it is all the more incredible to see how generous and dedicated MBTA members are. Everything we raise at this event helps go to improve transportation in Maine – and investing in transportation is what will help us get our economy back on track,” said Mace.
Tournament awards & prizes
Golf Tournament
Top Foursome:Mike Marriner, Sheila Marriner, Zach Marriner and Alexander Gove
2nd Place Foursome: John R. Wardwell, Damon Gray, Shawn Trojano and Chuck Mooney
Closest-to-the-Pin: Matt Gill
Longest Drive-Women: Sheila Marriner
Longest Drive-Men: Dave Sheldrick
Bocce Ball Tournament
First Place: Carolyn Bess and Hannah Bess
Second Place: Dave Bess and Michelle Ibarguen
Third Place: Steve Ford and Jo-Anne Ford
Cribbage Tournament
First Place: Larry Roberts and Wayne Salter
Second Place: Conrad Welzel and Mary Bess
Third Place: Jana Gray and Crystal Manzer
Fourth Place: Darci Wardwell and Paul Violette
Educational Foundation Raffle Winners
First Place / tourmaline ring: Karen Wardwell
Second Place / $250 cash: Joyce Duross
Third Place / $150 L.L.Bean gift certificate: Daniel Doyle

Convention sponsors

Many thanks to our generous 2010 MBTA Convention sponsors who made this event possible.

Grand Opening Reception
Saturday Evening Reception
Hudson Asphalt Group
The Lane Construction Corp.
HNTB Corporation
Maine Turnpike Authority
Nortrax NE, LLC
Dirigo Slipform
T. Y. Lin International
Bruce A. Manzer, Inc.
Milton CAT
Strescon Limited
Sargent Corp.
Shaw Brothers Construction, Inc.
Willis of Northern New England
Anderson Equipment Co, Inc.
H. O. Bouchard, Inc.
Fay, Spofford & Thorndike
R. J. Grondin & Sons, Inc.
Irving Oil Commercial GP
Macdonald Page & Co LLC
Portland International Jetport
The Rowley Agency, Inc.
Wyman & Simpson, Inc.
All States Materials Group
Berkley Surety Group
CCB, Inc.
Cianbro Corporation
Ciment Quebec
Cross Insurance
Down East Emulsions, LLC
East Jordan Iron Works
Haley & Aldrich, Inc.
Maine Drilling & Blasting, Inc.
Marriners, Inc.
NITRAM Excavation & General Contractor, Inc.
Everett J. Prescott, Inc.
RJM Consultant
Skillings-Shaw & Associates
Whited Ford
Convention Committee
Randy Mace, Chair, Anderson Equipment
Lara Bailey, M & N Operating Company
Paul Beaudette, Nortrax
Tom Biegel, Shaw Brothers Construction
Dick Cadigan, Milton CAT
Greg Dore, Town of Skowhegan
Debbie Dunlap Avasthi,
Willis of Northern New England
Roxanne Frenette, Maine Turnpike Authority
Larry Hutchins, Hudson Asphalt Group
Bruce Manzer, Bruce A. Manzer
Tom Martin, NITRAM Excavation
Peter Piattoni, Fay Spofford & Thorndike
John Wardwell, The Lane Construction Corporation
Event Chairs
Bocce: Michelle Ibarguen
Cribbage: Paul Violette
Golf: Larry Hutchins
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