News and Information
The Calendar has been updated with refreshers and planned events for this season.
NSP Alumni Status - A Great Way To Stay ConnectedPosted 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 seminarPosted 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 AnsweredPosted 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 2016Re-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 email@example.com, phone (413) 734-4379.
Western Massachusetts Region Awards 2015 2016Posted 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) HowesPosted 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 SweepPosted June 28, 2016
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 FloodsPosted June 8, 2016
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 MarathonPosted May 26, 2016
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 MagazinePosted May 8, 2016
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 ForgePosted May 2, 2016
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.
Berkshire East Patrollers RecognizedPosted May 2, 2016
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 & MinutesPosted April 30, 2016
- The new registration process will be ready to go live July 1.
- PDs will send in lists of current patrollers.
- Patrollers will get an email letting them know their dues are due.
- Patrollers pay all dues online.
- Patrollers will have the ability to print NSP card or keep a copy on their phone.
- We will now be able to register for classes online.
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