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Summer 2015 Trail Sweep Online

Posted September 4, 2015

Trail Sweep The Eastern Division’s Summer issue of Trail Sweep is now online. Its 22 pages are full of news, events, reports, and photos.

Download it here: Summer 2015 Trail Sweep


New Eastern Division Website

Posted September 4, 2015

Eastern Division Logo The Eastern Division has a completely revamped, new website. The look is cleaner, and it's more accessible.

Take a look: http://nspeast.weebly.com


Avalanche Courses Scheduled for November

Posted September 1, 2015

avvy logo Two NSP Avalanche courses will be conducted at the Eastern Snow and Avalanche Workshop (ESAW) at Mount Washington, NH, on November 7:

• Instructor Continuing Education Clinic - Avalanche (instructors only)
• Avalanche Awareness (for non-instructors)

Either course requires attendance at ESAW along with sign-up and payment. For more information, contact Jonathan Shefftz jshefftz@alumni.amherst.edu.


Avalanche Course Scheduled for Northfield Mountain

Posted September 1, 2015

avvy logo Northfield Mountain will host an Avalanche Level 1 Module 1 (Classroom) course on October 24 (Saturday). Extensive “homework” is required in advanceof the in-person classroom session. All details are available at: http://avycourse.blogspot.com


MTR Enhancement Seminar: Low Angle Rope Rescue

Posted August 31, 2015

MTR Logo Matt Speier will offer an eight-hour Mountain Travel and Rescue Enhancement Seminar in Low Angle Rope Rescue on Sunday, September 20, in Northfield. Prerequisite: MTR1. Class size is limited. Cost: $30. Pre-registration is required. Contact: Matt Speier 646-319-2747, matt@peakrescue.org.
Read Matt’s bio and the course flyer.


New WMR Officers

Posted August 27, 2015

Several new leadership appointments have been made in the WMR. To see the roster of all officers, click CONTACTS above or click here.


In Memoriam Larry Pottebaum

Posted August 22, 2015

Northfield Mountain Nordic is saddened to note the passing of Larry J. Pottebaum, a long-time member of the patrol. He was a registered nurse, a firefighter, and an outdoor educator. You may wish to read more about Larry's life in his online obituary.


John O'Neil new Legal Counsel

Posted August 19, 2015

The Region wishes to thank John O'Neil of the Blandford patrol for stepping forward to assume duties as Legal Counsel. We are grateful for John Jebson's long years of service in that office.


Mountain Travel and Rescue Class Scheduled

Posted August 12, 2015

MTR LogoEastern Division and Thunderbolt Patrol/Mt Greylock Ski Club are planning an MTR Enhancement Seminar which is already registered with National. The site is Mt. Greylock Ski Club, Williamstown MA. Instructors include IOR Eric Zaharee, IT Craig Garland, David Childs, and Rich Adamczyk. Course Cost $25.

The dates are Saturday and Sunday, September 12 and 13. Due to an early start Saturday, patrollers should arrive Friday and spend the night.

For addition details, contact David Childs 413-464-4056 dchilds@epri.com or thunderboltpatrol@gmail.com.


OEC Refreshers Scheduled

Re-posted August 12, 2015

OEC The IT Refresher is restricted to OEC Instructor Trainers, and the Instructor Refresher is restricted to OEC Region Instructors ONLY. No one will be admitted without prior approval from the ROA. We simply don't have room for any additional participants.

I am a bit of a fanatic about starting on time, so PLEASE be on site and READY to begin at 8:00.

This year the Refresher Planning Committee is requesting that ALL Regional Patrols use the Hybrid version of the Refresher. Next year it is unlikely there will be any choice. It is a more efficient use of group time. It is less likely that a Patroller will show up at a Hybrid Refresher without having completed the online portion if we are all doing the Hybrid. Those areas who used the Hybrid Refresher last year were please with the format. Patrols can adopt the Hybrid Refresher format presented by the ITs so the majority of the planning will already be done.

– Linda Clifford (lindclif3@aol.com)


In Memoriam Fred Spannaus

Posted July 27, 2015

Fred SpannausIt is with great sadness, that we note the passing of Fred Spannaus early Friday morning. Fred was a long time member of the Butternut Patrol Family, and was greatly respected throughout the Connecticut and Western Mass regions and Eastern Division. Fred taught many of us our medical training, either directly over his three decades of teaching at Butternut or indirectly as we continue to maintain the high standards he established so long ago. You can find his obituary here and view information about his memorial service.


Region Welcomes 7 New OEC Technicians!

Posted July 21, 2015

OEC On July 11th this year’s Regional Outdoor Emergency Care Class ended at the Stockbridge Town Offices with the written and practical finals. Five students from the OEC Class and two challengers successfully completed the exams. Thanks to the help of 23 region instructors, the testing was completed by 1:30, with enough time left in the day for a post-exam briefing at Barrington Brewery.

Congratulations to all the candidates: Chuck Slocik (Bousquet), David Pollard, (Berkshire East), Doug Durante (Bousquet), Mathew Corrigan (Butternut), Mike Zollo (Butternut), Patrick Edmunds (Notchview Nordic), and Ryan Brown (Bousquet).


OEC Refresher Workbook now Online

Posted June 9, 2015

OEC Refresher Workbook The 2015 OEC Cycle B Refresher Workbook is now available to all NSP members as a PDF download. Here's how:

1. First, log into your NSP account at nsp.org.
2. Under Quick Links, click Member Resources.
3. Point the cursor to Education Resources and select OEC Resources.

If you need help, e-mail your webmaster, wwschweik@yahoo.com


Linda Clifford new OEC Administrator

Posted June 9, 2015

Linda Clifford has accepted the position of OEC Administrator for the Western Massachusetts Region, succeeding Gerry Pollard. Congratulations, Linda, and thanks to Gerry for his dedicated service.


Mountain Bike Patrollers Needed

Posted May 28, 2015

Mountain Bike Patrollers You've seen this photo on the NSP Home Page and read the article, "Four-Season Patrolling" in the latest Ski Patrol Magazine. Now you can be a bike patroller. Thunder Mountain Bike Park at Berkshire East in Charlemont MA is looking for qualified patrollers to cover the operating season. Interested folks should email Harold Green at harold.f.green@gmail.com


Scott Rockefeller Receives Meritorious Service Award

Posted May 28, 2015

Scott Rockefeller On April 25th at the Eastern Division Spring Officers' Meeting, Scott Rockefeller received the NSP Meritorious Service Award. Honored for his 9 years of service as the Eastern Division OEC Assistant Supervisor, he was nominated by his supervisor as he stepped away from this position. Scott is as well known outside our region as he is inside. His reputation as the master of moulage, for creating authentic scenarios, as the go-to person for OEC questions, and his propensity for quality control is known all over the northeast. Nationally, Scott serves in an advisory capacity for the Senior Scenario Committee along with other OEC committees. He also spent many, many hours as part of the editing staff for the 5th edition of the OEC manual. He's been for many years – and will continue to be – our Western Mass OEC expert. The Region congratulates Scott on this highly deserved award and looks forward to many more years of working together. Scott is truly one of the gems of our region. Photo shows Scott with Paula Knight, Eastern Division OEC Supervisor.


Medical Reserve Corps

Posted May 27, 2015

Medical Reserve Corps The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a national network of volunteer medical professionals and trained responders, organized locally to improve disaster and emergency preparedness in their communities. The Summer 2015 issue of Ski Patrol Magazine mentions (page 14) that MRC now recognizes NSP OEC certification. Read more at the MRC Home page.


AMN Returns to Northfield Mountain

Posted April 27, 2015

Eastern Division Logo For the sixth time in nine years, Eastern Division Avalanche, Mountain Travel & Rescue, and Nordic instructors will convene at Northfield Mountain in Massachusetts for a weekend of seminars and skills refreshers. The date is Saturday and Sunday, September 19 and 20, 2015.

Read about last year's activity here and the 2011 event featured in the Winter 2012 issue of Ski Patrol magazine. Keep up to date on the weekend's program by visiting the AMN15 website.


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