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Biweekly e letter June 4, 2017


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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Other websites to visit that contain valuable information as well as discounts and rebate programs with various vendors & suppliers:

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Headlines & Announcements:

~~~~22nd Annual Charity Golf Tournament is in the books~~~~

It was a little "iffy" at first, but the weather turned out to be okay - a few rain drops on the last two holes but everyone made back into the clubhouse in fine shape.

Now we'd like to recognize our sponsors, golfers, committee and volunteers:

Tournament Sponsors: Bolger Brothers; Home Depot; Lowe's; Reliance Bank and Tradesmen International.
Beverage Cart Sponsors: Young, Oakes, Brown & Company (YOBCO) and the Blair-Bedford Builders Association
Dinner Sponsors: Controlled Comfort HVAC and Zane Helsel Excavating, Inc.
Lunch Sponsor: A&A Insurance
Tee Sign Sponsors: Ace Fix it Hardware; Anne Hunyady; Barton's Plumbing & Heating; Beauchamp Plumbing & Heating; Blair Mill Outlet; Culligan Water of Altoona; Dawson & Wolfe Construction; John Degenhardt; E.B. Endres, Inc.; L.S. Fiore; George Beckett & Sons; Goldstein, Heslop, Steele, Clapper & Oswalt; The Hite Company; Irwin Financial; Keller Engineers, Inc.; The Lakemont Partnership; Lezzer Lumber; Jeff S. Long Construction; Mike's Carpet One; Dennis L. Olewine; Park Home; Park Security Systems; Penn Crest BANK;
P K Management; Prime Sirloin; Linda Schreiber; Teeter Insurance Agency; U S Hotel & Tavern; Warren A. Gingrich Agency; Yeager & Eberhardt, Attorneys; Your Building Centers
Door Prizes: The Hite Company; Iron Masters Country Club; Park Hills Golf Club; Lowe's; Your Building Centers
Other Refreshments: Linda Schreiber - Snacks; Mary Pucciarella - Cookies & Peanuts; Scott Gottshall - Slim Jims; Paula DeBiase - Soda and Gatorade; Prime Sirloin - Macaroni Salad
Committee & Volunteers: Scott Gottshall - Chair; Jack Briggs; Paula DeBiase; John Degenhardt; Don Delozier; Eugene Horomanski; Mary Pucciarella; Linda Schreiber; Liz Waite Volunteers: Emily Gottshall; Kathy Hileman; Linda Horomanski; Judy Juda; Joe Keith; Denny & Deb Olewine

Finally, a big thank you to all of the golfers, Rick Grubb and his staff at Iron Masters and the Kitchen Staff for a wonderful dinner.

The Golf Committee will be evaluating this year's proceeds and making a recommendation to the Board of Directors about charity donations - we will keep you posted.

Dues Structure for 2017
As we have been reporting - the Pennsylvania Builders Association raised their dues by $30 per member beginning January 1, 2017. In the past, the BBBA has been able to absorb some of the dues increases levied by PBA and NAHB. Unfortunately, our local cannot absorb this increase. Therefore, dues will be billed as follows: Total dues will be $465 per member. Of that amount - $175 will go to the PBA and $182 will go to NAHB.
(Sorry, you cannot separate the dues - we all belong to the Federation of the NAHB.) The balance of $108 will remain local. The BBBA Board of Directors worked hard to try and not have this increase; however, as we strive towards a balanced budget, we had no choice but to pass the increase on to our members.

We would like to remind you that for the Builder Members, there are ways for you to get numerous rebates that are available to you to help leverage the cost of your membership. Please see "Member Benefits" below.

REMINDER: 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.
To date in 2017 - we have processed 29 invoices saving our members $3,625.

Legislation, Codes and Regulations:
No Report

Member Benefits:

~~~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.


Thanks to the following Companies who have renewed their membership in the BBBA:
Barash Media; Dustin's Construction

Welcome New Members:
The Board of Directors approved for membership the following: Keith Construction and E.W. Hooper Construction. Congratulations and welcome aboard. Both members were sponsored by Joe Keith of the Teeter Agency and are enrolled in the Workers' Compensation Insurance Program.

Joe says, "Give me a call and I'll try to save you some money on your Workers' Compensation Insurance."



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.)

General Membership Meeting Location Change for 2017
Please note that all of our general membership meetings for 2017 will be held in Liberty Hall at the U S Hotel.
The Board of Directors voted on this change to help control the cost of our meetings and maintain the $25 p/p meal cost. The format will be the same in that we will have our choice of buffet items. We will continue to post the menu items in our e letters as well as sending out an invitation to the meetings via separate email notices.

June - July Events:

June 6th: General Membership Meeting; U S Hotel; Registration and Social 6:00p; Sit down buffet 6:30p
The speaker for this meeting will be Altoona Area School District Superintendant Dr. Charles Prijatelj
Cost is $25 p/p
June 27th: Board Meeting and Meet 'n Greet at Park Home Special email to follow with all the details.
July 11th: SteakFest at the Swiss Club - more details to follow
July 25th: Board Meeting; Marzoni's Patchway Road; 5:30p

**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.

Quote for the week: "Obstacles are things a person sees when he takes his eyes off his goal."
E. Joseph Cossman

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