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News Archive - 2011

15th Annual MCAPWA Golf Classic

The 15th Annual MCAPWA Golf Classic was held on Friday, September 9th at the Natanis Golf Course in Vassalboro.  We had 42 players this year which is slightly down from previous years, though the competition was extremely heated.  We had 12 companies sponsoring holes with two new companies, Adams & Fogg and CDM Engineers, this year.  We would like to thank our sponsors:

  • CLD Consulting Engineers
  • Pike Industries
  • Gorrill Palmer Consulting Engineers
  • Nitram Excavation
  • Coastal Metal Fab
  • Oak Engineers
  • HP Fairfield
  • Cummins Northeast
  • Woodard & Curran
  • Wright Pierce
  • CDM Engineers
  • Adams & Fogg

The battle for Low Gross came down to a tie breaker between the teams of Joe Colucci and Jeff Ross of the City of South Portland Public Works and Paul Bolduc and Steve Berry of Coastal Metal Fab.  Paul and Steve won the Low Gross and the coveted trophy emblazoned with their names forever.  Joe and Jeff came in second and John Johnston of Jay Public Works and Tom Graham of Tenco came in third.  Barry Sheff and Randy Tome of Woodard & Curran placed first in the Low Net category.  Other winners were:

  • Jeff Ross, Steve Berry, Chris Hinckley and John Bryant for closest to the pin
  • Logan Pardilla for longest drive.

It was a beautifully sunny 75 degree day with good food and camaraderie.  Thank you for all that sponsored a hole.  Your generosity resulted in a $300 profit that will go toward our scholarship funds.   

Thank you also for our players this year.  We hope to see you next year on Friday, September 7, 2012 and please bring your friends and colleagues so we can get our attendance back up.


MCAPWA's Annual Report

Eric Labelle, MCAPWA Chapter Delegate has submitted our annual report to National APWA.  For an overview of our chapter work for the year, download the report here.


MCAPWA State Roadeo Championship

Thanks to teams and judges from across Maine for participating in the MCAPWA State Roadeo Championship at the Fairfield DOT Training Center.  Please join Roadeo Commissioner Kevin Noyes of Portland Public Services and all of our Roadeo Committee members at the Highway Congress Closing Ceremonies at the Skowhegan Fairgrounds  on June 2nd to find out who won the competition and will represent Maine at the 2011 Western Snow and Ice Conference National Snowplow Roadeo Championship. 

Click on the link below for photos (courtesy of Tim Searles) of today’s competition. https://picasaweb.google.com/MichaelClaus2003/SnowplowRoadeoMCAPWAChampionship2011#.


National Public Works Week - Kittery Trading Post Event May 18th

The towns of Kittery, Eliot, York and Wells greeted visitors to the Kittery Trading Post with smiles, equipment, maps and public works plans as a demonstration of the variety of work done by done by their Public Works Departments.  Tractors, plow trucks, roll off 
equipment and graders were among the equipment shown to the public.  Kittery provided a tent to allow residents to meet with public works employees and ask questions.  (photo below)  Mary Ann Conroy of Kittery Public Works tries out a skidsteer loader.  (photo to right).  Special thanks to Myranda McGowan of SMRPC for helping to organize this event.  Also a warm welcome to Joel Moulton, Eliot’s new Public Works Director, for participating in his first MCAPWA event.  Thanks to all for participating in National Public Works Week. 


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Cumberland County Snow Plow Roadeo

The Cumberland County Snow Plow Roadeo saw 27 teams compete at the Scarborough DPW facility on May 11th . Cape Elizabeth, Falmouth, Freeport, Gorham, Portland, Scarborough, South Portland, Standish, Westbrook and Windham were represented in the 19th Cumberland County Roadeo.

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Tom Bernier and Andy Jones of Scarborough finished first, with Tom having the lowest number of points charged against him during his turn at the wheel. Tom is holding the trophy in the photo, with Andy to his left. Falmouth Public Works will also be represented at the State Roadeo Championships as Tim Martin and Mike Coffey of Falmouth finished 2nd in the County competition.


Supervisor Training

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Fifteen Maine Public Works professionals completed 6 days of Supervisor Training at the Gorham Municipal Center on May 12th.  The training program is divided into two -3 day sessions with the first session concentrating on Leadership Skills and the Second Session focusing on technical and safety issues in Public Works along with practical field training exercises.  Course work was taught by Mike Schulde of Quality Leadership Network, Pete Coughlan and his Maine Local Roads team, MCAPWA members Rob Pontau and Steve Bradstreet, with special technical assistance from Spillers survey professionals.  The Maine Chapter APWA looks forward to making this training available to future supervisors in upcoming years.   


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National Public Works Week May 15th to May 21st : 

  • Wednesday, May 18 at the Kittery Trading Post, Kittery from 10:00am-1:00pm.  This event will be located at the Kittery Trading Post parking lot and will include a display of various public works equipment used every day to keep our infrastructure clean and working properly. 

  • The City of Westbrook will be hosting an Open House and Reception at their facility on Saco Street in Westbrook on Saturday, May 21 from 9:00am-12:00pm. This event will include tours of the facility, refreshments, and equipment will be on display.  This event will also give the resident of Westbrook a chance to speak to management and staff of the Westbrook Department of Public Services and to learn more about a possible new Public Services facility.

  • Scarborough is inviting the second grade class from the Blue Point Elementary to tour the Public Works Facility during National Public Works Week.  Staff at the Scarborough Public Works Department will organize several stations where students can learn about equipment safety, catch basin cleaning, street sweeping, line striping, roadside mowing, recycling, and excavation.

  • Yarmouth will be visiting the public schools to talk about how their public works facility operates and to demonstrate how the equipment works. 

  • Portland Public Services will be hosting an Open House at their Central Maintenance Facility on Hanover Street in Portland.  Equipment will be on display and refreshments will be available from 10am-1:00pm on Saturday, May 21.   This is a great opportunity to meet the Director and members of the workforce to learn about the many functions of the Department. 

Public Works Week in the State of Maine

Maine Chapter APWA would like to thank Governor Paul R. LePage for proclaiming May 15th to May 21st Public Works Week in the State of Maine.   In addition the Maine Chapter APWA would like to thank Representatives Melissa Walsh Innes of Yarmouth and Paul Edward Bennett of Kennebunk for sponsoring our proclamation

Since 1960, APWA has sponsored National Public Works Week. This annual observance is designed to educate communities and their leaders on the importance of our nation’s public infrastructure and public works services. This proclamation declares the significance of public works to the quality of life and affirms the contributions of public works professionals to our state.

National Public Works Week also serves as a time to recognize the contributions of public works professionals who design, build, plan, operate, and maintain the transportation, water supply, sewage and refuse disposal systems, public buildings, and other structures and facilities essential to our nation’s economy and way of life. Their dedication and expertise at all levels of government and the private sector are a capital investment in the economic growth, development—and ultimate stability—of the nation.


York County Snowplow Roadeo Winners

Congratulations to Kevin Renk and Todd Toussaint of Kennebunk Public Works for winning the 2011 YorkCounty Snowplow Roadeo and to the 2nd Place team of James Nightingale and Rob Hames of Kittery Public Works.  Both teams will represent York County at the 2011 State Snowplow Roadeo Championships in Fairfield on May 26th. 


Congratulations to MCAPWA board member Dennis Cox, who is heading south to Topsham as their new Public Works Director.  Click on this link for The Forecaster news story on Dennis.


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