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The Common Ground Alliance (CGA), the leading organization focused on protecting underground utility lines and the safety of people who dig near them, announced that underground utility damages in the U.S. decreased to an estimated 170,000 in 2009, down 15 percent from 2008, and down 58 percent from 2004.

The Underground Construction Technology Association (UCTA) recognized the recipients of its college scholarships Aug. 3 at its monthly meeting. The association awarded $8,000 in scholarships to eight students.

The Northeast Trenchless Association will be hosting its Annual Training and Development Seminar on January 17 -19, 2011 at the Crowne Plaza Boston North Shore in Danvers, Ma. The meeting is open to members and non-members and will include a multi-track conference session.

President Obama has selected Vermeer CEO Mary Andringa as a private-sector representative for business, industry, agriculture and labor on the President’s Export Council (PEC). The PEC is the principal national advisory committee on international trade.

Joseph L. Abbott, Jr., national sales manager for Godwin Pumps, passed away on Sept. 12.

Traci Read, Senior Editor

If you are looking for how cutting-edge trenchless technology is being used in innovative ways, the Sixth Annual Western Regional No-Dig Conference & Exhibition to be held in Tempe, AZ, will present several discussions on that subject.

The Plastics Pipe Institute (PPI) has completed its analysis on the potential effects of disinfectants on potable water supply polyethylene (PE) pipe. The findings are available at http://www.janalab.com/pdf/disinfection.pdf.

Louis Keller, 87, of Edgeley, ND, died July 11. Keller and his brother, Cyril, invented the skid-steer loader, which in 1958 was bought by the Melroe Manufacturing Co., Gwinner, ND, which would later become the Bobcat Co. More than 750,000 Bobcat skid-steer loaders have been produced.

UCT is once again welcoming guests to the Underground Construction Technology Association’s (UCTA) Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament to be held Monday, Jan. 23. All proceeds fund the UCTA’s college scholarship program.

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