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Bousquet Celebrates 78 Years of Service

Posted January 23, 2017

Leo Smith, Linda Clifford, Bryan Sinclair pictured in front of Bousquet's new Service and Safety plaque award by the National Ski Patrol. Linda and Leo researched Bousquet’s history and found data showing that Bousquet’s first documented response to an accident by members of the NSP was in 1939. Congratulations Bousquet!

Al Marini Receives his 50 Service Award

Posted December 9, 2016

Al Marini was awarded his 50 Year Service Award at the Bearkshire East refresher on November 20th.  Thanks Al for your service and the memories.

Cadet Michael Winey Remembered

Posted December 9, 2016

Cadet Michael Winey's ski boots were bronzed by his fellow patrollers and will find a permanent place on mountain at West Point.
Cadet Winey lost his life in flash flooding at Fort Hood, Texas, on June 02, 2016.

Gerry Pollard elected as Region Director

Posted December 9, 2016

Gerry Pollard wins the popular vote for Region Director. He ran a tough but focused campaign that left his opponent speechless.

Thanks to all those that participated in the Regional elections.

Mike Griffin Retires from West Point as Patrol Director

Posted December 9, 2016

At the West Point OEC refresher, the cadet patrol presented Mike Griffin with a cadet saber in thanks for the years of service that he has given West Point. Mike has been the primary ski & toboggan trainer for more than ten years and has been the patrol director for the past six years. He is stepping down from these duties. Chris O'Keefe is picking up where Mike left off. Thanks to Mike for all of his past service and to Chris for his conitnued service and leadership.

Dave Walker re-elected to the National Board

Posted December 9, 2016

Others elected are Mike Huber, Joshua Masur, and Jay Zedak. No other Eastern Division candidates were elected.

Thanks to all those that participated in the National elections.

Western Mass Patrollers Receive National Recognition

Posted November 27, 2016

On September 28th, 2016 the work of two outstanding patrollers in the Western MA Region was celebrated as they were awarded national recognition.

Jim Fessia became a patroller in January 1978 with the Blandford Ski Area. In 1998 Jim began using his educator skills and became a WEC/OEC Instructor in 1998. In 2002 Jim continued his OEC path and was certified as a OEC IT. Jim has been a tireless fixture leading OEC training throughout the region. He happily participates or has been the IOR for a Patrol or Regional OEC class for new candidates. Jim willingly travels for region programs such as the West Point Ski Patrol refresher and OEC Class in southern New York State. Jim has the amazing ability to utilize his creativity and enthusiasm to teach OEC skills in new and exciting ways. In addition to the OEC assignments Jim also became engaged in Regional Officer duties. Jim was an Assistant Regional Director from 2008- 2010 and 2012-2015 under two separate RDs. In 2015 Jim accepted the role of the Election Coordinator for Western MA Region. Because of Jim's continuing commitment to the Western MA Region and tireless work in supporting patrollers in OEC, he was awarded LCA #8509.

In 2001 Dave "Zeke" Childs started his official patrol career with the Jiminy Peak Patrol in 2001. Even early on, Dave demonstrated his dedication, commitment to excellence, leadership and of course his skill as an exemplary patroller. A year later Dave began his journey as an instructor. His enthusiasm, effective teaching style and willingness to go above and beyond to help others reach their own goals has made him one of the finest instructors in the Western MA Region. Currently he holds instructor status in OEC, MTR, Toboggan, Avalanche and as an Instructor Development Instructor. Dave became a Senior Alpine Patroller in 2003 and soon gained TE status in both S&T and OEC/EMM. Dave continued to improve his skills by entering the Certified Program and upon completion was awarded Certified Number 659 in 2007. Dave has held various positions within the Thunderbolt Ski Runners and currently serves on the Board of Directors. This involvement led Dave to form the Thunderbolt Ski Patrol in 2010 where he continues to serve as the Patrol Director. Last season Dave took a leadership role in running a new MTR Challenge. Dave's commitment to excellence and helping others, exemplifies the best a patroller can be, and as a result he was awarded NA #11826.

Please join us in congratulating these two outstanding patrollers!

NSP Alumni Status - A Great Way To Stay Connected

Posted October 28, 2016

Alumni membership is a way for former patrollers to remain affiliated with NSP. You can choose how involved you want to be, whether as an instructor or with your local patrol. You always have the option to go back to patrolling with current OEC and your patrol rep's approval.

More information on this in the Alumni Brochure.

Western Mass Region's Lift Evacuation Best Practices seminar

Posted October 18, 2016

A morning of speakers and an afternoon of demonstrations filled the Western Mass Region's Lift Evacuation Best Practices seminar held on October 1, 2016 at the Great Barrington Firehouse and Ski Butternut. Fifty-five people consisting of participants and speakers from around the Eastern Division packed the new high-tech firehouse for a morning with a keynote by Mary Davis and a panel of 7 experts touching on various subjects including training, speed and efficiency, tower climbing, risk management, legal implications, and creating a lift evac plan. Afternoon activities consisted of demonstrations and hands-on experiences of the many aspects of lift evac with some of the latest and greatest equipment. Participants loved it, for example, one participant said: "Wow, what a day! After 28 years of patrolling and 15ish of teaching lift evac at the area, it was great to learn a few new tips and techniques."

Jason Tamulen shared the following photos for your enjoyment. DropBox

NSP Online Registration Questions Answered

Posted August 6, 2016

As Chris Cruz receives questions about the new NSP IT-registration system, her answers will be posted on this website. To see them, click this link.

Western Massachusetts Region Election 2016

Re-posted July 22, 2016

Attention all Western MA Region patrollers. During your fall 2016 OEC Refresher you will be given the opportunity to vote for the Western Massachusetts Region Director. If you are interested in submitting your name for consideration, please refer to the following qualifications for the Office of Region Director:

• To qualify to run for the Western MA Director's office, you must have achieved Senior Patroller status and have been a patroller for a minimum of 5 years.

• Interested candidates shall submit in writing to the Election Coordinator by August 8, 2016 the candidate's name, resume/biography and position statement.

If you have any questions, please contact the Western MA Region's Election Coordinator, Jim Fessia at jimmil35@aol.com, phone (413) 734-4379.

Western Massachusetts Region Awards 2015 – 2016

Posted July 7, 2016

John Sober, WMR Awards Advisor, has provided a summary of all honorees receiving awards at the region level in the past year. Click for the online list.

In Memoriam Kimball (Kim) Howes

Posted July 7, 2016

The Western Massachusetts Region notes with sorrow the passing of Kimball Westley Howes. In his more than 50 years of patrolling, Kim served as region director and received a National Appointment in recognition of his service. He is survived by his son Paul and daughter-in-law Beth, both Berkshire East patrollers. You may read his online obituary.

June's The Sweep

Posted June 28, 2016

June 2016 The Sweep

Patrollers should have received the June 2016 issue of The Sweep by e-mail. This current bulletin publishes the latest timeline for the reorganization of the nsp.org website, and announces the NSP annual dues increase. Refer to an earlier posting here about paying dues online. In addition to the slate of candidates for the 2016 NSP board election, read the updates about pro deals.

Cadet Patroller Dies in Floods

Posted June 8, 2016

Mitchell Winey Cadet Mitchell A. Winey of the West Point Ski Patrol lost his life in flash flooding at Fort Hood, Texas, on June 02, 2016. He is a member of the class of 2018. West Point's Superintendent expressed his condolences to Winey's family and said in part, "He was clearly a rising leader in his class and a friend to everyone who knew him. He internalized the ideals and values of West Point and exemplified them in all that he set out to do. Duty, honor, country were his touchstones."

You can honor Mitchell Winey's memory through a donation at FUNDLY.COM.

WMR Patrollers Finish Half Marathon

Posted May 26, 2016

Steel Rail Half Marathon Four Western Massachusetts patrollers completed the 13.1-mile Steel Rail Half Marathon. The race started in Lanesboro and finished in Adams at the home of the Thunderbolt Ski Museum. Pictured replenishing their fluids are Janine Burt (Jiminy Peak), Dave Childs (Thunderbolt), Rich Adamczyk (Thunderbolt), and Bill Welch (Butternut).

WMR in Ski Patrol Magazine

Posted May 8, 2016

Ski Patrol Magazine The Summer 2016 issue of Ski Patrol magazine features writing by and about Western Massachusetts Region patrollers. Alison McGee authored a 3-page article about the MTR Challenge held at Mount Greylock in February, while Trail Sweep editor Laura Tucker contributed two articles.

AMN 2016 to Meet at Valley Forge

Posted May 2, 2016

Eastern Division Logo Eastern Division Avalanche, Mountain Travel & Rescue, and Nordic instructors return to Valley Forge in Pennsylvania for a weekend of seminars and skills refreshers. The date: Friday through Sunday, September 9 – 11, 2016.

Read about last year's activity, held at Northfield Mountain in WMR, here and the 2013 event at Valley Forge. More information will be available soon.

Berkshire East Patrollers Recognized

Posted May 2, 2016

Berkshire East Awards Five Berkshire East patrollers were presented with the Eastern Division Patroller Achievement awards this past Saturday. John Sober, the Region's award advisor, was there to make the presentation. The five pictured represent 200 years of patrolling. John LaFleur was also presented with his 50 year award and received lifetime membership. Left to right: Tony (Tinker) Stabile, Robert (Bobo) Ouellette, Forrest Abild, Tony Ostroski, and John LaFleur.

Eastern Division Spring Officers Meeting Highlights & Minutes

Posted April 30, 2016

Eastern Division Logo To read the rest and to download the minutes, click here.

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