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Biweekly e letter September 1, 2019


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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Special Recognition for our Summer Activities:
1) Thanks to Bill Campbell and the Hoss's Team for another outstanding SteakFest at the Swiss Club.
2) Thanks to the Muccitelli Family for hosting a Meet ‘n Greet at their beautiful showroom .
3) Thanks to Don Delozier and Gene Horomanski for the tickets to our annual Curve Game.

All of these events were well attended and everyone had a great time.

~~~~Slate of Officers and Directors for 2020~~~~
Per our by-laws, the following slate of Officers and Directors is being put forth by the Nominating Committee:

President: Anne Hunyady; Builder Vice President: Eugene Horomanski; Associate Vice President: Open Seat;
Treasurer: Mary Pucciarella; Secretary: Deb Olewine
Builder Directors: Don Delozier, Nick Martynuska, Denny Olewine
Associate Directors: Jack Briggs, Bill Doutt, Linda Schreiber
The nominees will be read at our September 3rd meeting and again at our October 1st meeting. Nominations will be accepted from the floor; the Nominating Committee will verify that the nominees are
qualified to hold the office for which they were nominated. Voting will take place at our November 5th meeting.

Making PA Schools Safer

Recognizing the importance of ensuring our children feel safe at school, the General Assembly voted overwhelmingly in support of investing an additional $60 million in the School Safety and Security Block Grant program.

Now in its second year, the program provides flexible funding that schools may use for a variety of security-related initiatives, including hiring school police officers, school resource officers, counselors and/or mental health counselors; alternative education and diversion programs; violence prevention initiatives; school safety and emergency preparedness plans; or physical upgrades to school buildings and equipment to improve safety.

Based on revisions to the grant funding guidelines, each school entity that submits an application for funding to the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency will receive a base grant of between $30,000 and $45,000, based on the school's average daily attendance.

As part of the Public School Code bill that accompanied passage of this year's budget, lawmakers also are requiring each public school district to create at least one multi-disciplinary threat assessment team to identify students in distress before their behavior escalates to a level that raises concern about safety.

Slow Down for School Buses, Pedestrians

Students are headed back to class. Motorists, parents and children are encouraged to refresh their memories about how to share the road safely with school buses and other school transportation vehicles.

Pennsylvania law requires motorists stop at least 10 feet away from school buses when their red lights are flashing and their stop arm is extended. Motorists following or traveling alongside a school bus must also stop until the red lights have stopped flashing and the stop arm is withdrawn. Do not proceed until all the children have reached a place of safety.

Penalties for failure to obey school bus safety laws can result in a $250 fine, five points on a driving record and a 60-day license suspension.

Parents are reminded to ensure that their children are at the bus stop early to avoid rushing. Students should stay where the bus driver can see them while boarding or exiting the bus.

Upcoming Events: (Reservations are Required)

September 3rd Membership Meeting:
Please join your fellow members for our first meeting after the summer break. Meeting location is the US Hotel; Registration begins @ 6:00p; Cost is $25.00 p/p. At this meeting we will read our slate of Officers for 2020. Lt. Kermit Alewine will be our featured speaker and he will talk to us about "Active Shooter" situations.

Advertising Opportunities Now Available on BBBA Website
We are pleased to announce that we now have our "Rolling Banner Advertising" set up on our website. This is a very inexpensive way to showcase your place of business. Visit our website: and see how the system works. The registration forms are included on the website for you to fill out. Please call the office with any questions.

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.


Thank you to these members who recently renewed their membership in the Association:
Bolger Brothers, Inc.



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.)

~~~~September - October - November - December~~~~
September 3rd: General Membership Meeting; Registration begins @ 6:00p @ US Hotel; First reading of our
Slate of Officers for 2020; featured speaker is Lt. Kermit Alwine who will present an
active shooter discussion. Cost is $25.00 p/p
September 24th: Board Meeting; 5:30p @ Marzoni's
October 1st: General Membership Meeting; Registration begins @ 6:00p @ US Hotel; Second reading of our
Slate of Officers for 2020. Cost is $25.00 p/p
October 29th: Board Meeting; 5:30p @ Marzoni's
November 5th: General Membership Meeting; Registration begins @ 6:00p @ US Hotel; Voting to take place
For Officers for 2020. Cost is $25.00 p/p. Dr. Zane Gates to make a presentation on Health Care
November 26th: Board Meeting; 5:30p @ Marzoni's
December 6th: Christmas Party @ US Hotel - 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.

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