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Local Compass

2017 Issue 2
Local Compass


Local 2 New York/Vermont 

On May 9th, BAC Local 2 New York/Vermont 75-year member John B. West received his service award from the Local officers at Lake Forest Senior Living Community in Plattsburgh where he lives. Brother West’s family members – daughter Janet Clerkin, son Paul, and Paul’s wife Liz – also attended the award ceremony. 

Brother West graduated from State University of New York at Delhi in 1942 when he enlisted in the U.S. Navy Sea Bees (Construction Battalion) and joined then BAC Local 92 NY. After World War II, he returned to Plattsburgh and worked for many decades on buildings, schools and churches across the North Country. Brother West served as the Local’s President for seven years. 

A sampling of his many jobs include the Base Exchange and Recreation Building at Plattsburgh Air Force Base, Skyway Shopping Center, Champlain Hotel conversion to Jesuit novitiate, and dorm and faculty residences at the Miner Institute in Chazy.

Standing from left, BAC Local 2 NY/VT Secretary-Treasurer Pat Tirino, Local 2 NY/VT President Bob Mantello, Brother John West’s son Paul West, BAC Local 2 NY/VT Vice Chairman Kevin Potter, and Field Representative and Apprentice Instructor Matt Zink; sitting from left, Paul West’s wife Liz West, Brother John West and daughter Janet West Clerkin.

Local 3 Massachusetts/Maine/New Hampshire/Rhode Island 

BAC Local 3 MA/ME/NH/RI member Edward Dolan received an award commemorating his 75 years of union service from Local 3 MA/ME/NH/RI President Chuck Raso. Brother Dolan’s father was also a 50-year member of BAC.

A World War II veteran, brother Dolan joined BAC as a bricklayer in 1942 and started working for BAC signatory contractor Grande Brothers. He performed work on many projects including Charlton Memorial Hospital, Saint Anne’s Hospital and Catholic Memorial Home. His favorite project, also his last project as a bricklayer, was the renovation of Sunset Hill in Fall River in 1985. 

“Brother Dolan is a hard-working bricklayer and dedicated member,” BAC President Chuck Raso said. “He sets a great example for all BAC members.”

From left, Local 3 MA/ME/NH/RI Executive Vice President Chuck Raso Jr., New Bedford Chapter Chairman and Field Representative Christopher Medeiros, Brother Dolan, Local 3 MA/ME/NH/RI President Chuck Raso, and Vice President and Organizer Jim Pimental.

Local 1 Nova Scotia

BAC Local 1 Nova Scotia President James Moore presented 50-year members with Gold Cards to recognize their dedicated service in May. From left, 50-year members Ronnie McGrath, Patrick DeYoung, Local 1 NS President James Moore, and 50-year member Archie Macdonald.
From left, 50-year member Hugh Hanley, Local 1 NS president James Moore, and 50-year member Bernie Hanley.
Fifty-year member Patrick Devereaux of Local 1 NS Cape Breton Chapter, right, received his Gold Card from Cape Breton Chapter Vice Chair Raymond Deleski on March 1st. 

Local 8 Southeast

Fifty-year member John F. Fancini, left, receives his Gold Card from BAC Local 8 Southeast President Jay Smith.

Local 4 Indiana/Kentucky

BAC Local 4 IN/KY member Juan Gonzalez, left, receives his 25-year service award from Local 4 IN/KY Secretary-Treasurer Steve Knowles. 

Local 8 Illinois

From left, Local 8 Illinois Secretary-Treasurer Pete Spence, retiring Chairman of Effingham Chapter Rex Borries, 25-year member Keith Lamb, 50-year members Don Kapper and Carl Wellbaum.
From left, Local 8 Illinois President David Toenjes, 50-year members Jay C. Hutson Jr., Donald Bertinotti, and Ted Elizondo, Field Representative John Moore Jr., 50-year member William Grable, and 40-year member and retiring Chairman of Belleville Chapter Harry Heitland.

Local 8 New Brunswick

From left, 40-year members Ronald Leblanc, Paul Cormier, Rejean Gray, Ralph Doiron, 50-year member Paolo Marcantonio, 25-year member Denny Vautour, and 50-year member Ferdinand McIntyre.
From left, Local 8 NB Vice Chairman Denny Vautour, 40-year members George Hawboldt and Yvon Albert, and 50-year member Lino Pascon.
From left, 50-year member Avila Basque, 40-year member Herve Comeau, 25-year members Richard Basque and Jean Marie Leblanc, Local 8 NB President and Secretary-Treasurer Gerald Reinders, and 50-year members Sanford McLaughlin and Paul Savoie. 
From left, Local 8 NB Vice Chairman Denny Vautour, President and Secretary-Treasurer Gerald Reinders, 50-year member Alcide Gaudet, Vice Chairman Barry Calhoun.
Fifty-year member Earl MacDonald, right, receives his Gold Card from Local 8 NB Vice Chairman Rejean Goguen.  
Local 8 NB 50-year member Clarence Daigle receives his Gold Card.
From left, 25-year member Jean Marie Leblanc, 40-year member Herve Comeau, 25-year member Alexis McLaughlin, 40-year member Terry Gautreau, 25-year member Richard Basque, Local 8 NB President and Secretary-Treasurer  Gerald Reinders, 50-year member Sanford McLaughlin, 40-year member Rejean Goguen, 40-year member Fred Vautour, and 50-year members Paul Savoie and Avila Basque.
From left, 40-year members Terry Gautreau, Maurice Gautreau, 25-year member Bernardino Didomenicantoni, Local 8 NB President and Secretary-Treasurer Gerald Reinders, 25-year member Giovanni Profeta, and 40-year member Gordon Day.