The Norfolk-Bristol-Middlesex Highway Association (NBM) held its 46th annual Equipment, Products and Services Show on Wednesday, May 9, at the Wellesley, Mass., Department of Public Works' Highway Division yard, located near the junction of routes 9 and 16.
Under bright blue skies, hundreds of municipal public works and highway officials attended the show and viewed some 80 exhibits featuring every type of machine and other products necessary to perform their jobs. Among the displays were backhoes, loaders, compactors, skid-steer tractors, street sweepers, trucks and truck accessories, snowplows, catch basin cleaners, snowplows, snow throwers, boom lifts, and other equipment needed to construct and maintain public infrastructure.
The show ran from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with a catered luncheon provided with the $25 ticket price.
NBM donates a portion of the proceeds to a scholarship fund, which is supplemented with financing by C.N. Wood Company, a John Kiley scholarship fund and revenue from the group's annual golf tournament, for college students pursuing public works careers. Over the years, the association has awarded more than $75,000 in scholarships.
The highway group presently has more than 270 members with 160 officials from more than 100 communities. Current officers are: President Tom Collins, deputy director, Natick D.P.W.; first Vice President J. Timothy Walsh, director, Westwood D.P.W.; second Vice-President Peter Castanino, highway superintendent, Belmont; Secretary/Treasurer Donna Grant, business manager, Norwood D.P.W.; first Past President Joseph Welch, superintendent, Norwood D.P.W.; and second Past President Lester Gerry, highway director, Brookline.
Upcoming NBM events include July 26 Summer Workshop; August 29 Golf Tournament; September 20 Vendor Night; October 10 Fall Technical Session; and November 3 Holiday Gala.
For more information about these events, membership or other NBM related questions, visit the website at www.nbm-highway.com or contact Secretary/Treasurer Donna Grant at (781) 762-1413.