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2015 Senior OEC Program

Posted April 11, 2015


On April 4 we conducted the Senior OEC Evaluation at Butternut. There were two candidates – Zach Taylor, a senior from West Point, and Katie Sebben, a high school senior from Butternut; both were successful. Katie also obtained full Senior status in completing this evaluation. We wish success to Zach on his upcoming assignment in Alaska and to Katie who will pursue a college degree in the medical field. A special thank-you to Karen Kelley, a Butternut Senior Patroller who volunteered as the third helper in their rotation; to Butternut for hosting the event; and to everyone who volunteered their time to make the morning flow smoothly and the evaluation a success!

OEC for Candidates

Posted March 6, 2015

OEC From Gerry Pollard: "I know the season is still going strong and spring seems like a long way away but now is a good time to talk to prospective candidates and let them know the Region will be holding an OEC course as well as a challenge exam this spring. The details are still yet to be determined and much of the scheduling will be based on where the candidates live and what their availability will be during the spring and early summer. We have been starting these classes soon after the ski season ends in WMass. and typically finish up in early July and plan on a similar schedule this year. The course length may vary but candidates should expect at least 100 hours of classroom /practical time and plan on doing the reading and workbook on their own time.

"NSP candidates and members must be at least 15 years of age. CPR for the professional rescuer is required by NSP for all patrollers. This course does not include CPR. If you have interested people please have them contact me directly pollardga@gmail.com or work through your area's patrol rep.

"It would be helpful to know the following as well as anything else we should know about.

"We are also looking for OEC instructors to assist teach the course and evaluate candidates during the final exam. If you have instructors still in the mentoring phase this is a great opportunity to have them complete the process. This is also a great place for those thinking of becoming more involved in the OEC program to come help out and get a look at the program from the instructor's side."

MTR Enhancement Seminar

Posted March 1, 2015

MTRDavid Mark Tauber will conduct an MTR Enhancement Seminar at Black Mountain Ski Area, Jackson, NH, on Saturday, 11 April 2015, from 0800 hrs to 1700 hrs. Search and Rescue & and Rope Rescue are topics covered. This counts toward a Senior Requirement. For registration, click here.

Region Welcomes newest OEC Technicians!

Posted February 12, 2015

OEC From Gerry Pollard: Linda Clifford and John O'Neil conducted a successful OEC Challenge on Sunday, February 9th. Thanks to the over 30 instructors, evaluators and others who assisted in making this exam run smoothly, even on a day with sketchy road conditions and fresh powder on the trails.

The students below all passed the exam and are now fully OEC-qualified and can complete their local candidate programs to become full patrollers and members of the Western Massachusetts Region. Congratulations to:

Eastern Division Honors Laura Tucker

Posted January 18, 2015

Laura Tucker is the 2014 winner of The Patroller for Patrollers Award. Chosen by the Division Director, this distinction is given to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the Eastern Division and/or the National Ski Patrol. Laura patrols at Butternut and is the long-time editor of Trail Sweep. Congratulations, Laura!

Jim Miller to direct ED’s ID Program

Posted January 12, 2015

Jim Miller of the Butternut patrol and WMR's head of Instructor Development has been appointed Supervisor of Eastern Division's Instructor Development Program. Congratulations, Jim!

In Memoriam Barbara "Bonnie" Pensivy

Posted December 16, 2014

Barbara A. "Bonnie" Pensivy passed away peacefully at home on Dec. 11, 2014.

Bonnie was a member of the National Ski Patrol for almost thirty years at Blandford and Bousquet. She was a nursing supervisor and an OEC Instructor. You may want to read Bonnie's online obituary.

Region Election Results

Posted December 8, 2014

The results are in! We have good news and bad news for the Region. First the good news. Chris Cruz has been elected as the new Region Director and will assume the duties of the position in April. Congratulations Chris! The bad news is that Joel Sevick will be ending his term as RD in April. Joel has served the Region well, and his leadership will be missed. Thank you, Joel, for your service!

Butternut Patrollers Awarded Purple Merit Star

Posted October 29, 2014


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Butternut patrollers Dan and Marcy Moriarty were awarded the NSP Purple Merit Star following the patrol’s OEC refresher on October 25. The highest honor of the National Ski Patrol, the Purple Merit Star is given for saving a human life through emergency care and the use of ski patrol skills. The New York State Police gave this letter of support for the nomination.

L to R: Laura Tucker & John Sober, Co-Butternut Awards Coordinators, Purple Merit Star recipients Dan and Marcy Moriarty, and Jeff Galm, Patrol Director.

Snow Guardians Video now Available on DVD and Blu-ray

Posted October 11, 2014

The Fall 2014 issue of Ski Patrol Magazine announces Snow Guardians, a 52-minute documentary about the work of ski patrollers in Montana. Avalanche safety and Search & Rescue operations heighten the drama of this production. Click the above image to play the 2-minute trailer or watch it in full-screen format.

Buy the video at the Snow Guardians Store or through Amazon in DVD or Blu-ray format.

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