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Biweekly e letter September 30, 2018


Here's the biweekly report of local, state and national items of interest that affect your business, the building industry and our association.

Dave DeBiase
Executive Officer
Blair/ Bedford Builders Association

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Headlines and Announcements:

Final Notification of the 2019 Slate of Officers & Directors:
President: Scott Gottshall; Builder Vice President: Anne Hunyady; Associate Vice President: Deb Olewine;
Treasurer: Mary Pucciarella; Secretary: Eugene Horomanski
Builder Directors: Reynolds Baldwin; Don Delozier; Nick Martynuska
Associate Directors: Jack Briggs; Allen McManus; Linda Schreiber

The above names were read at our September 4th meeting; we will read them again at our October 2nd meeting.
There were no nominations from the floor at the September meeting.

State's First Flashing Yellow Arrow Signal Activated in Allegheny Township
PennDOT this week activated a new type of left-turn signal that has been proven to improve left-turn safety at intersections.

The first flashing yellow arrow signal in our region was activated on Route 22 in Allegheny Township.

Flashing yellow arrow signals are new to Pennsylvania but they have become commonplace in many states across the country over the last 10 years. Based on many national studies and transportation agency testimonials, flashing yellow arrow signals improve left-turning safety by helping motorists recognize that they should yield while making left turns when there is oncoming traffic and pedestrians.

According to research funded by the Federal Highway Administration, left-turn crashes can be reduced by as much as 20 percent after the installation of the flashing yellow arrow signal.

The current signal configuration features a green left turn arrow to allow left turns followed by a yellow arrow and then a circular green indication. The new configuration features four left-turn arrows:

• Steady green left arrow meaning the left turn is protected and oncoming traffic is to stop.
• Flashing yellow arrow meaning drivers must yield to oncoming traffic and pedestrians before completing the left turn.
• Steady yellow arrow meaning left turns should stop because the signal is about to enter a stop pattern.
• Steady red arrow meaning left turns must stop and cannot proceed.

News from Around the Nation:

IRS Issues Guidance on 20% Pass-Through Deduction
An NAHB analysis covers what you need to know.

NAHB CEO Likens U.S. Lumber Firms to 1970s Oil Cartels
A hard-hitting interview with a major Canadian news outlet.

Member Benefits:

Fax your PA ONE CALL Invoices
To the BBBA office at: 814.693.9712 for payment. DO NOT pay direct. We will verify your membership status and forward to the PBA Office for payment. If you pay your invoice direct to the PA ONE CALL address - we will not be able to get reimbursement for you.

New information and websites for the different rebate programs available to builder members


1) National Purchasing Partners (NPP) Program - Look what's been added - Read the List Below
The NPP serves over 130,000 member organizations and is one of the largest group purchasing organizations in the nation. Receive discounts from: Verizon wireless, Fastenal; Staples; Office Depot; YRC Freight; Best Buy; Sherwin-Williams; Airgas; Impac; Expedia; Legal Zoom; 1-800-flowers; LifeLock
Registration is free and easy, simply visit: and navigate their website to see what the program is all about.

2) You can also participate in another rebate program when you make purchases through companies such as: ThermaTru Doors, ClosetMaid, Fypon, Jacuzzi, Heatilator, TimberTech, Honeywell, Velux, Bilco, Clopay and many other manufacturers. This is a member benefit that doesn't get much easier. To learn more about the program, visit the website: (Please note this is a new website, much easier to navigate and more information.)
3) A large part of your membership is the vast amount of benefits and discounts available at each level within the federation. Be sure to take a look at all of the different opportunities offered through the NAHB Member Advantage Program - you won't find deals this good anywhere else.

NAHB Member Advantage adds 2 new savings opportunities
Two exciting member saving discount programs have joined the NAHB Member Advantage lineup. An Amazon Business account gains you access to the NAHB Amazon store which offers recommended products and unlocks additional business savings. The new Capital One Spark Business Card -With the Spark® Cash credit card earns members unlimited 2 percent cash back on every purchase. In addition, there's no annual fee to use your card. Click here.


Thanks to the following Companies who have renewed their membership in the BBBA:
Dan Fletcher Contracting

We are happy to announce our two newest members:

R. M. Lardieri Excavating, Robert Lardieri Owner and Beck's Maintenance, Joe Beck Owner - welcome to the BBBA and we invite our members to do business with these new members.



For more than a decade, the Pennsylvania Builders Association has offered workers compensation insurance to its
members through a competitive group program.
This program is underwritten by Eastern Alliance Insurance Group and offers our members the following great benefits:

* Competitive Rates
* Stable Pricing
* Superior Claims Handling
* Possible Dividends
* Parallel Pay - Pay as you go billing.
* No charge for subcontractors who carry at least $300,000 in General Liability Coverage in
For more info, please contact our Program Administrator - McConkey Insurance & Benefits - Erica Grimm at
(717) 505-3144, or look at their website at

Also, as a member of the Blair/Bedford Builders Association you have access to the Pennsylvania Builders Association Health Care Insurance Program

For more information on the Health Care Program visit:


EVENTS & DATES: (Reservations are required for all events.)

~~~October - November - December Calendar of Events~~~

October 2nd: General Membership Meeting; 6:00p Registration; US Hotel; Second Reading of our slate of Officers
and Directors for 2019. Our featured speaker will be Jason Beatty from Nitterhouse Masonry
through Ollinger Brothers.
October 30th: Board Meeting; 5:30p @ Marzoni's on Patchway Road
November 6th: General Membership Meeting; 6:00p Registration; US Hotel; Voting to take place for our Officers
and Directors for 2019. Reminder it is one vote per membership. Our featured speaker will be
Andrea Cohen from Lakemont Park
November 27th: Board Meeting: 5:30p @ Marzoni's on Patchway Road
December 7th: BBBA Annual Christmas Party at the US Hotel - more details to follow

**Reservations are a must - four convenient ways to register:
1. Phone (814) 693-9710
2. Fax (814) 693-9712
3. Email:
4. Online at

Remember, if you make a reservation for an event and do not cancel it 48-hours prior to the event, you will be billed.

Famous Quotes: "You learn something new every day if you pay attention."
Ray LeBlond

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