News and Information
WMR at SOMPosted April 18, 2016
The Western Massachusetts Region was well represented at the Eastern Division Spring Officers Meeting in Albany, April 15-17. Pictured (l to r) are Western Mass reps Gerry Pollard, Alternate Region Director, Linda Clifford, Region OEC Administrator, John O'Neil, Legal Advisor, Cheryl Lilley, Assistant Region Director, Laura Tucker, Trail Sweep Editor, David Childs, Certified Advisor, and Chris Cruz, Region Director. (Not pictured yet also attending were John Sober, Awards Advisor, Jim Miller, Instructor Development Region and Division Advisor, and Paul Thomas, Assistant Region Director.) Click image to enlarge.
New Eastern Division Director Elected!Posted April 18, 2016
At the Spring Officers Meeting in Albany, NY, this past weekend, Maine Region's John Kane was elected the new Director of the Eastern Division of the National Ski Patrol. Congratulations, John!
New NSP Registration & Dues ProcedurePosted April 11, 2016
Come August 2016, each patroller will be expected to self register on the NSP website and pay dues online by credit card, paypal, or check. Notification to the Patrol Director and patroller that dues have been paid will be sent. This is not an option; all National dues will be paid this way.
40-Year Service Award to Tony PercivallePosted April 11, 2016
At the Butternut patrol's Annual Banquet on April 9, Patrol Director Jeff Galm (right) presented Tony Percivalle with his longevity award for 40 years of service to Butternut and the NSP. Tony is our paid Hill Captain, Monday-Friday and is also a PSIA level 2 Instructor teaching in our Snowsports School each Saturday and Sunday. Click image to enlarge.
MTR Enhancement Seminar: Land NavigationPosted April 10, 2016
Deb Brown will offer an eight-hour Mountain Travel and Rescue Enhancement Seminar in Land Navigation on Sunday, May 8, at Shawnee Peak in Bridgton, Maine. Registered as NSP MTR Enhancement #34744, this class counts as an NSP Senior elective credit. The course fee is $25.00, and the focus is on Land Navigation map and compass with GPS. The hours are 8 AM - 5 PM.
50 Year National Lifetime Service AwardsPosted March 13, 2016
The Butternut Ski Patrol Alumni held its annual luncheon on March 9th with 24 members in attendance. John Sober, WMASS Awards Advisor, recognized Joe Mosa (left) and Gerhart Menzel (right) for achieving 50 Year NSP Lifetime Membership status and presented each with the Eastern Division 50 Year Pin. Click photos to enlarge.
Spring 2016 Region OEC ClassPosted March 7, 2016
Peter Alusitz and John Migliaccio have announced an Outdoor Emergency Care course to be offered this spring. The course will likely be run at Butternut, starting the first or second week of April and finishing up right before or right after the 4th of July. Classes will typically meet on Saturday from 8:30 to about 3. There may be some occasional Friday evening classes, depending on the class makeup. This year we will be integrating some online components based on NSP's online class materials just released. We will hold the class size to 12 - 15 candidates; so it's first come, first served. Interested candidates should contact Peter Alusitz (email@example.com) or John Migliaccio (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more details.
Senior OEC Candidates SucceedPosted February 9, 2016
The Western Mass Senior Program OEC Evaluation was held February 7th at Butternut with four candidates. We wish to recognize Shappy LaPointe (Eaglebrook), Cheryl Lilley and John O'Neil (Blandford) and Rich Santarosa (Butternut); all were successful in this year's evaluation. Thanks to Bill Welch (OEC Senior Advisor) and John Migliaccio (Assist. OEC Senior Advisor) for their supervision. Pictured (left to right) are Shappy LaPointe, Cheryl Lilley, Bill Welch, John Migliaccio, Rich Santarosa and John O'Neil. Click image to enlarge.
50 Year National Lifetime Service AwardsPosted January 1, 2016
Barry Leckonby (Jiminy Peak) and John LaFleur (Berkshire East) have been recognized for their fifty years of service to the National Ski Patrol. Thanks, guys, and congratulations!
In Memoriam Stan (stas) OwczarskiPosted December 27, 2015
The Western Massachusetts Region is saddened at the passing of Stan (stas) Owczarski. He served as past Western Massachusetts Region Director and Assistant Director of the Berkshire East Ski Patrol. You may read his obituary online.
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