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Volume 3, Issue 18 Plumbing ? Heating ? Cooling ? Contractors of Northern Virginia, Inc. March 1998

Convention & Trade Show Time!

 This March Meeting

Sponsor will be: Hughes Supply co-sponsored with Joyce Agency & Hydro Therm Boilers

At the Last Meeting

D&B Distributing Co. & Bradford White sponsored the February meeting and had lots of door prizes for the crowd. Winners of jackets were: Wayne Bromlee, Clifton Sanders, Peter Reichter,Kenny Spangler, Joe Henry and 2 for Andy Baumbach.

Winner of the 50/50 drawing was Glen Walinesta with $65.00

Washington Gas previewed their latest financing terms re: work other than gas work and also non users of Washington Gas financing availability.

Scott A Gallagher is a new member of PHCC and was introduced at the meeting.

Coming Up Soon at Our Meetings


Presented by Proof Management for PHCC-NV.

Register for the March 11th session by March 4,1998 and the April 8th session by April 1, 1998. If there are additional people you want to add or just let time run out, please call Theresa Dagenhart at (703) 323-1776 for registration.

March 11th seminar 3:00 - 6:00 p.m.

April 8th seminar 3:00 - 6:00 p.m.

*PHCC-NV dinner meeting included in price of seminar, which starts at 6:30p.m.




Be sure you arrange to have your employees come and take advantage of this great seminar. These seminars are being offered at two different dates so you can split up your attendees without interruption of your daily business.

WHERE: Holiday Inn- Fairfax City

3535 Chain Bridge Rd.

Fairfax, VA. 22030


Convention & Trade Show

April 16-18, 1998

Holiday Inn Koger Center – Richmond

For more information contact:

David Bailey
VA PHCC Office
1001 East Broad Street, Suite 225
Richmond, Virginia 23219
(804) 643-5554 telephone
(804) 643-5927 fax

Membership Drive We need your HELP!

Judy Graham, Ashcraft Associates Insurance, heads our membership committee and is looking for help in giving this year a jump-start. Her goal this year is to increase membership by 30%. Judy asks that each member attending the March meeting brings in just ONE referral – businesses name, phone number and contact. She will do the follow up! You can reach Judy at 703-354-3501, Fax 703-914-8748 Email rmr@ashcraft-assoc.com

Pro-Health Cleaning Systems, Inc.

"Have You Hugged Your Carpet Lately"

Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning, Repairs, Sales & Installation are our newest PHCC Industry member. contact Robert Wise at 703-550-8200 www.hugyourcarpet.com I personally recommend their great PHCC customer referral program. See insert for details.


Condolences to Long’s Corp, Inc. & Butch McGonegal

Long time PHCC member Ken Longs brother Everett passed-away.


Master Plumber

Everett Neil Long, 74, a master plumber and electrician who had been president of a family business, Long’s Corp. in Fairfax, since 1964, died Feb. 15 at Inova Fairfax Hospital. He had an aneurysm.

Mr. Long, who was born in Baltimore, grew up in Fairfax, where he lived the rest of his life. He was a graduate of Fairfax High School and served with the Army in North Africa and India during World War II.

Mr. Long, who had served as chairman of both the Fairfax City and Fairfax County plumbing boards, had worked in the family business his entire life.

He was a founder and past commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 8469 in Fairfax, a volunteer with the Fairfax County Crime Solvers and a member of the American Legion and the Fairfax Rotary. A Scottish Rite Mason, he belonged to Kena Temple and the Order of the Eastern Star.

His first wife, Betty Holzworth Long, died in 1993. Survivors include his wife, the former Gloria J. Smith, whom he married in 1996 and who lives in Fairfax; two sons, David, of Fairfax, and Howard, of Woodbridge; and a brother, Kenneth, of Haymarket.

Ken’s daughter Theresa is the current first women president of a local PHCC chapter.

Butch McGonegal's mother passed away in Florida. PHCC-NV sent a donation to Hospice in Florida and a card to Butch's home.

Internet News


www.phcc.org/warner for the latest Information. removed 10-31-05

Plumbing Related Jokes

"A local doctor called us out in the middle of the night because one of his toilets was blocked. He insisted that it was urgent and that we attend immediately. Upon arrival we lifted the toilet lid, threw in two aspirins, and said 'If it's still there in the morning, give us another ring.'"

"How many plumbers does it take to screw in a light bulb?

Three... A boss to tell a plumber, a plumber to tell a helper, a helper to get his electrician friend to do it on the side."

News from PHCC-NA

One Win Over Utilities,

PHCC successfully lobbied to postpone a vote in the U.S. Senate on S.621, a bill to repeal the Public Utility Holding Company Act (PUHCA). This legislation is the worst of all the utility deregulation bills before Congress. The bill was to be brought up for consideration the first week in February. But after an intense round of hill visits and letter writing, the date for consideration of S.621 was pushed back to April 21. That's just 5 days after PHCC's "Day on Capitol Hill" Legislative Conference!

Show Us Your Logo!

Coming soon: The "Show Us Your Logo" contest for PHCC contractors. The contest will be part of a comprehensive campaign designed to raise awareness about the association and the professionalism of its members.

Fine Dining & Fun Entertainment

Are you looking for something to do after "A Day on Capitol Hill," April 16, or the night before the Leadership Conference? Then look no further! The Political Action Committee is holding a dinner that night and will be serving fresh baked silliness for dessert, performed by the comedy improvisational group ComedySportz. (FOD No.3020–4 pages)

Michael J. Kastner Is Vice Presidential Candidate

PHCC–Maryland Association is pleased to announce Michael J. Kastner, Jr.’s candidacy for PHCC-National Association vice president.

Kastner currently is Mid-Atlantic Zone 2 Director and is a member of the Professional Product Line Council, Fair Competition Task Force, Vision Executive Board Task Force, Resolutions, Bylaws and Challenge 2000 Committees. He also is board liaison to the Marketing Committee and chair of the 1998 Coupon Program.

Spring Conference About to Lift Off

The forum is set! The Leadership Conference will be held April 17-19 at the Fairview Park Marriott in Falls Church, Va. Topics include the Vision, membership, how the board functions, and so much more.

Form Fitting

NEBS offers PHCC members 10 percent off on all purchases of office business forms. This is a great way to display your membership with the nation’s best by having the PHCC logo printed on your letterhead and forms. Call NEBS at (800) 225-6380 for a catalogue or more information. Please mention the PHCC discount number of 19029.

Warner Management Co.’s Legal Problems Could Impact Other Contractors

This is from P&M

The Latest Charges: The charges levied by Curran have enormous implications for Maryland plumbers.

The key of the case — that Warner knowingly sent unlicensed technicians to perform plumbing work — means that all Maryland journeymen plumbers must now be licensed.

Curran directed the counties to aggressively enforce a 1986 law stating that plumbers performing work must be licensed. Plumbing companies were previously allowed to send unlicensed plumbers out to perform minor jobs.

"The law cited by the attorney general has been on the books for 11 years, and we are the first plumber to have been charged with its violation," Warner said. "Warner’s policies in this regard are identical to those of all other local plumbers, of which we are aware."

To date, no other plumbing companies have been brought up on charges for sending unlicensed journeymen plumbers to perform work.

"You need to have a journeyman’s license to perform plumbing services in the state of Maryland," said Steve Sakamoto-Wengel, an assistant attorney general in the Consumer Protection Division. "The case alleges that Tom Warner sent individuals to perform plumbing work who were not licensed as required by law."

Warner said, "I have journeymen plumbers who have been with me for more than 40 years who just don’t want to take the written test. They are experienced guys — they know what they’re doing."



Dear Senator:

I am contacting you about a very important small business issue, S.621, a bill to repeal PUHCA. Although PUHCA deals with utilities, make no mistake, it directly affects small businesses such as mine. My company, (enter your company), which employs _____ people will be hurt and possibly run out of business if S.621 passes in the U.S. Senate.

My company offers installation and maintenance of plumbing-heating-cooling equipment. Many utilities own subsidiaries, which directly compete with businesses like mine. I am not opposed to competition or competing against the subsidiary of a utility. I am against competing against a monopoly. S.621 contains insufficient safeguards against market power abuses by utility holding companies. I am concerned that if PUHCA repeal passes in the Senate, I will be forced to compete against an unregulated monopoly, and that is a contest I will loose.

I do look forward to comprehensive utility restructuring because there is the potential for my business to expand into new markets. I understand that PUHCA will eventually need to be changed when such comprehensive restructuring occurs, but restructuring must be comprehensive, not piece-meal. S.621 is stand-alone PUHCA repeal. If it passes the Senate, S.621 will send a dangerous message to the House that deregulation without de-monopolization is sufficient and there will be no comprehensive reform. Only the biggest utilities will benefit from stand-alone PUHCA.

S.621, a bill to repeal PUHCA, is NOT a bill that just deals with utilities, or the SEC or FERC. It is a bill which has an immediate, direct negative impact on small businesses all across (enter your state) , including my company. I urge you to oppose S.621, a bill to repeal PUHCA.

VA. Mailto: Senator John Warner 225 Russell Building, Washington, D.C. 20510 (phone) 202-224-2023. senator@warner.senate.gov

VA. Mailto: Senator Charles S. Robb 154 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20510 (phone) 202/224-4024 senator@robb.senate.gov

MD. Mailto: Senator Barbara Mikulski 709 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20510 (phone) 202-224-4654 (fax) 202-224-8858 senator@mikulski.senate.gov

MD. Mailto: Senator Paul S. Sarbanes 309 Senate Hart Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20510 (phone) (202) 224-4524 senator@sarbanes.senate.gov.

Overpaid? Or Worth Every Penny?

From P&M

I am a certified journeyman plumber with 20 years experience. If I had it to do all over again — considering all the time and education I have invested in this trade — I would have done something else.

It really is a tragedy the way the trade has neglected its image and ran itself into the ground. With all the new opportunities that the information age has opened up, what bright kid out of high school would want to do this?

I also think there’s this perception that if you can’t cut it academically, maybe we should send you to trade school. Little do they realize that there is a heavy requirement in core subjects, especially math and science in order to do this trade competently.

I enjoy the work for the most part, and I like 99.9 percent of my customers and people in general. But the perception by the general public is that we are overpaid, dirty and uneducated. I have tried to wage a personal struggle to dispel this by trying to offer the neatest and cleanest and most professional service I can.

I think that my fellow trades people need to start believing they are worth every penny they are paid — and then some — and act like it. Matt Charles.

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