Per usual, New England hosts an action-packed convention.

The New England Water Well Association held its annual convention and exposition March 26-27 at the Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel in Marlborough, Mass. As usual, the action was frenetic - both at the opening-night preview/social and on the trade show floor the next day.

Day one began with two educational programs. Franklin Electric's Jim Hartman covered three-phase motors and 2004 McEllhiney Distinguished Lecturer Henry Baski delivered “Ground Water Fallacies & Forecasts.” That evening, the exhibit hall was opened for a preview of the trade show - a new and welcome feature of the convention. The evening social was billed as taking place in the hotel's ballroom, but that lone venue could not contain the overflow crowd and the festivities flooded into the hotel lobby, its restaurant/bar, several suites, the elevators and much of the parking lot.

The next morning, visitors to the trade show were treated to coffee and danish by D&S Pump & Supply - much-needed nourishment for the challenge of keeping up with day's action. Along with the fast-paced happenings on the trade show floor, a certification exam was administered and an impressive slate of educational programs was offered. Seminar topics included erosion and sediment control, heavy equipment tires and well rehabilitation.

Next year's show tentatively is scheduled for March 25-26, 2005. We'll keep you posted as details become available.

Photo Gallery

As usual, plenty of rigs - and this year, nice weather in which to enjoy them.

From Skillings & Sons Inc., Hollis, N.H., are (l-r) Yvon, Chantal and Lisa Roy.

Jim Lamon of Acme Boring Co., Cohoes, N.Y., visits with Rick Hutchings at the Central Mine Equipment Co. booth.

Dekorra's Roy Bailey hosts Candice Bell, representing Capital Well Drillers, Fredericton, New Brunswick.

Bart Cushing (Cushing & Sons, Keene, N.H.) spends some time with Schramm Inc.'s president Richard Schramm.

The deservedly proud folks from Charlton Well Co., Charlton, Mass.