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MBTA raises $21,000 for infrastructure, scholarships at annual Fall Convention

Wherever MBTA members go, they typically end up talking about transportation. That was the case, September 9 through 11 at the MBTA Fall Convention. The annual gathering is a major date in the MBTA calendar and a chance for members, their families and friends to get together and talk about the construction season that is typically winding down. At this year’s convention, another big topic of conversation was the almost-complete Canada Route 1 expressway that greeted MBTA’ers as they passed through the new international border crossing at Calais.
 
The weekend at the Algonquin in St. Andrews-by-the-Sea provided many more opportunities to talk transportation: from the grand opening reception, sponsored by Chadwick-BaRoss; to the silent and live auctions that raised funds for the MBTA Infrastructure Development Fund; and to the convention raffle that supports MBTA Educational Foundation scholarships.
 
Nevertheless, there was plenty of time scheduled for fun. The weekend was one of those unforgettable early fall weekends filled with warm, blue-sky days and cool, breezy evenings. Convention goers took every opportunity they could to be outside and enjoying the fine weather, beginning with the Grand Opening Reception in the Algonquin’s gardens on Friday evening and sponsored by Chadwick-BaRoss. There were also two sea kayaking tours of Fundy Bay, the Convention Golf Tournament at the a picture-perfect Algonquin Golf Course and tours of the magnificent Kingsbrae Gardens, the just opened Fundy Discovery Aquarium and Ministers Island – a gorgeous 500-acre island and home to the summer estate of William Van Horne, first president of the Canadian Pacific Railway.
 
The weekend was about competition, as well, and MBTA members, family and friends battled it out on the golf course, on the bocce court, at the cribbage table and at the live and silent auctions – all for the sake of a good cause – transportation education and public awareness.
 
The entire weekend was a great success, raising more than $19,000 for the MBTA Infrastructure Fund at both the silent and live auctions and another $2,300 for the MBTA Educational Foundation from the annual Convention Raffle.
 
As with every convention, planning for the 2011 event started early and was critical – along with the generous sponsorships of MBTA members – to the event’s success. Special thanks to all of the Convention sponsors and the Convention Committee for your hard work and a great time!

Tournament awards & prizes

Golf Tournament
Top Foursome: John Harbottle, Bonnie Harbottle, Gary LaPierre, Peter Hughes
2nd Place Foursome: Tim Folster, Pat Dubay, Geoffrey Thomas, Jim Conley
Closest to the Pin – Women: Jo-Anne Ford
Closest to the Pin – Men: Peter Hughes
Longest Drive – Women: Jean Bridges
Longest Drive – Men: Gary LaPierre
 
Bocce Ball Tournament
1st Place: Bob Brady, Marsha Brady
2nd Place: Tom Biegel, Kris Biegel

Cribbage Tournament
1st Place: Troy Sheehan, Kenny Therrien
2nd Place: Harold Bouchard, Al Bridges
 
2011 Convention Raffle Winners
$300 L.L. Bean gift card: Ron Jandreau
$200 L.L. Bean gift card: Bobbi Hosmer
$100 L.L. Bean gift card: Darlene Welch
 
Convention sponsors
Special thanks for the following sponsors:
 
Grand Opening Reception
Chadwick-BaRoss
 
Entertainment
HNTB Corporation

Events/Recreation
Louis Berger Group
Nortrax
 
Luncheon/Beverage
Hudson Asphalt Group
Irving Oil
Milton CAT
Strescon Limited
Wyman & Simpson, Inc.
 
Gold
H. O. Bouchard, Inc.
Central Maine Auction Center
Bruce A. Manzer, Inc.
Sargent Corp.
 
Silver
Anderson Equipment Co., Inc.
Cianbro Corporation
CPM Constructors
Cross Insurance
Fay, Spofford & Thorndike
A.H. Harris & Sons, Inc.
Macdonald Page & Co LLC
Portland International Jetport
Everett J. Prescott, Inc.
NITRAM Excavation & GC, Inc.
The Rowley Agency, Inc.
Shaw Brothers Construction, Inc.
Willis of Northern New England
 
Bronze
All States Materials Group
Berkley Surety Group
CCB, Inc.
Down East Emulsions, LLC
East Jordan Iron Works
R.J. Grondin & Sons, Inc.
Haley & Aldrich, Inc.
Hanover Surety
Jordan Equipment Co.
Maine Drilling & Blasting, Inc.
Pratt & Sons, Inc.
RJM Consultant
Skillings-Shaw & Associates
The Lane Construction Corp.
Thompson Wellman Paving
Whited Ford
 
Convention Committee
Chair: Doug Hermann, Wyman & Simpson, Inc.
Lara Bailey, M & N Operating Co.
Paul Beaudette, Nortrax Equipment Co., LLC
Tom Biegel, Shaw Brothers Construction
Dick Cadigan, Milton CAT
Greg Dore, Maine Chapter APWA
Debbie Dunlap Avasthi, Willis of Northern New England
Tim Folster, Sargent Corp.
John Harbottle, The Rowley Agency
Larry Hutchins, Hudson Asphalt Group
Randy Mace, Anderson Equipment Co.
Bruce Manzer, Bruce A. Manzer, Inc.
Tom Martin, NITRAM Excavation, Inc.
Johnny Wardwell, The Lane Construction Corporation

Event Chairs
Golf: Tim Folster, Sargent Corp.
Bocce: Tom Biegel, Shaw Brothers Construction
Cribbage: Conrad Welzel, Maine Turnpike Authority
Auctioneer: Kevin Tilton, Central Maine Auction Center

 

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