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L-158 celebrates Labor Day

Local 158 celebrates Labor Day

LOCAL 158 (Peoria, Ill.) members and their families turned out in good numbers September 1 for the annual Peoria Labor Day Parade organized by the West Central Illinois Labor Council, AFL-CIO. Members of the lodge are employed by Komatsu America Corp.’s Peoria Manufacturing Operation, Mining Division. They build large (up to 360-ton payload), off-road mining trucks for mining applications around the world. They also support mining equipment produced at other Komatsu facilities, such as bulldozers, excavators, and wheel loaders.

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Locals  L-158

International announces 2014 scholarship winners

Twenty-seven Boilermaker dependents earn awards totaling $50,000

THE BOILERMAKERS’ International Executive Council scholarship committee announced the winners of its 2014 scholarship program this past April. The committee awarded $50,000 to 28 recipients, with $40,000 being allocated to U.S. applicants and $10,000 to Canadian applicants.

Reporter  V53N4

L-29 member hikes 2,200-mile Appalachian Trail

Holland and Miss Kay take a break along the trail.

Adventure takes more than five months

IF YOU EVER plan to hike the 2,186-mile Appalachian Trail, Dola Holland has some advice. Pack light. Bring rain gear. Plan on cold weather, even in the South.

Holland, a member of Local 29 (Boston) and his 4-year-old black lab, Miss Kay, made the five-and-a-half-month trek in 2013, starting in Maine on June 11 and ending in Georgia on November 23. It was a trip that had captured his imagination for some time, especially as the trail meanders close to his home near Plymouth, Vermont.

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Locals  L-29
Reporter  V53N4

Boilermakers back Wounded Warriors fishing event

Marlin Gatlin, left, a wounded warrior from Mississippi, stands with fishing partner Larry Horseman, a retired L-83 president.

L-83’s Horseman partners up with Army vet from Mississippi

THE INTERNATIONAL UNION and Local 83 (Kansas City, Mo.) made substantial donations to the annual Wounded Warriors “Fishing for Freedom” tournament on Truman Lake recently, becoming one of the event’s primary sponsors, along with IBEW Local 124, also of Kansas City.

Hosted by the Leavenworth, Kan., Bass Fishing Club, the tournament matches up wounded veterans with boat-owning volunteers who want to give something back to those who have given so much in the service of our nation.

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Locals  L-83
Reporter  V53N4

Locals award service pins

Local 1 • Chicago

JOHN F. RIEL BM-ST of Local 1, Chicago, reports presentation of membership pins to the following:

  • 40 YEARS — Louis Benz; and
  • 25 YEARS — Jeffrey Deinema, Michael Hagan.

Local 83 • Kansas City, Mo.

JOE LEWANDOWSKI, BM-ST of Local 83, Kansas City, Mo., reports presentation of membership pins to the following:

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Locals  L-1, L-83, L-104, L-363, L-374, L-647
Reporter  V53N3

L-83 dedicates blood drive to member’s son

Red Cross Worker Pennie Rockhold collects blood from Kris Kennedy during the drive.

A LOCAL 83 (Kansas City, Mo.) blood drive conducted August 8 at the lodge’s training center held special meaning for those who donated to the Red Cross effort. The collection was named for Conon Kennedy, the two-year-old son of member Kris Kennedy and his wife, Melaina. Conon passed away Jan. 15, 2014, following a struggle with Crohn’s disease. Conon had received a bone marrow transplant and numerous blood infusions before succumbing to the disease.

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Locals  L-83
Reporter  V53N3

L-146 cuts ribbon on $20 million training center

Massive facility reflects lodge’s growth, fulfills needs

LIKE THE OIL sands region where most of its members work, Local 146 in Edmonton, Alberta, has seen substantial growth in recent years — and with that growth has come the need for expanded administration and training facilities.

On June 14, the local cut the ribbon to formally open its new Boilermaker Apprenticeship and Mechanical Training Centre, located adjacent to its union hall. The event coincided with the lodge’s annual barbecue, which was held on the grounds of the centre.

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Locals  L-146
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My other life: Stefanie Hamilton, welder

Stefanie Hamilton pauses in front of a welding photo at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in Edmonton.

STEFANIE HAMILTON, OWNER of The Beach House, a home-based salon in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, says she needs nails in her life to keep her in touch with her feminine side. That’s because she spends most of her workweek inside boilers and on vessels. “As a member of the Boilermakers union, everything I do right now is oil- and gas-related,” says Hamilton, who has been welding professionally for about seven years.

Locals  L-146
Reporter  V53N3

Locals award service pins

Local 1 • Chicago

JOHN SKERMONT, BM-ST of Local 1, Chicago, reports presentation of membership pins to the following:

  • 30 YEARS — Bryan Webb; and
  • 25 YEARS — Joseph E. Natzke.

Local 154 • Pittsburgh, Penn.

RAY VENTRONE, BM-ST of Local 154, Pittsburgh, Penn., reports presentation of membership pins to the following:

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Locals  L-1, L-154, L-1510
Reporter  V53N2

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