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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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