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Diggin' It!

ISSUE NUMBER 13                                                    SUMMER 2013  

"No one ever drowned in sweat." "Sometimes there's not a better way. Sometimes there's only the hard way."
2013 Summer Weather Report: Wet with a side of RAIN (ugh)
Rain, rain go away.

Prep Time:10 min
Total Time: 45 min
Yield: approx 8 slices


A great summertime treat. Use your favorite berries: we like
blackberries and
blueberries, which are freshest this time of year.

1 & 1/4 stick butter
pinch of salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 & 1/3 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar

 juice of 1 lemon

assorted berries

Non-stick baking spray 


1. Heat oven to 350.  

2. Melt butter in pan. Add salt and baking powder. 

3. Remove to bowl and add flour. Then mix in sugar. 

4. Spray glass pie pan with non-stick baking spray.
5. Push shortbread mixture into glass pan until flat. 

6. Top with berries and squeeze lemon on top. Sprinkle with sugar. 

7. Bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees. 


Serve with vanilla ice cream! Dreamy!!


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JOB UPDATE: Where We're Diggin' Now
Even though the weather hasn't been cooperating for the past few weeks (months?), we are slogging through pouring concrete and getting pipe in the ground all around town.

We are currently working with NDC Construction on the Phillippi Shores Memory Care Facility in Sarasota near Phillippi Creek.
Additionally, we are working at Sarasota High School for Tandem Construction, getting the bus loop ready for the coming school year.

One of the most amazing projects we have ever been selected to work on is the Patriot Plaza at Sarasota National Cemetery. Funded by the Patterson Foundation and being built by Willis A. Smith Construction, this project (seen below with rough grading complete) will honor those who have served our country. We couldn't be more proud to be involved. For more information please visit:
Photo courtesy of Willis A. Smith Construction
Patriot Plaza Rough Grading Complete
Bennett Team Profile: Rachel Fritsch

Rachel Fritsch Rachel Fritsch has joined Bennett Contracting as Estimator-in-
Training. A native of Maine, Rachel received a Civil Engineering Degree from the University of Maine. She previously worked on the engineering/site design side of the business and moved to Florida last year with her four-year-old son Ethan. 

 Rachel will be responsible for bidding, cost estimating and change order pricing. We are delighted to have her on the team! 

Big Digger Day at Braden River Library
On a sunny afternoon in late June more than 25 families visited the Braden River Library on State Road 70 for "Big Digger Day." Our team worked in conjunction with Librarian Chris Culp to host the event. Alisa Bennett read stories and answered questions about construction to a fascinated group of children (and parents).
After "Story Time" the group went outside to check out the "Big Digger" -- really a not-so-big CAT 305 Excavator, wChris & Alisahere each child had an opportunity to sit in the cab and "play" operator. A fun time was had by all the families in attendance. Thank you to the Bennett crew for getting the digger to the library during a very busy time.

(The Braden River Library is the local branch of the Manatee County library system, just around the corner from our shop on 33rd Street East.)