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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.

Western Massachusetts Region Election 2016

Posted May 6, 2016

Attention all Western MA Region patrollers. During your fall 2016 refresher you will be given the opportunity to vote for a Western Mass Region Director. The Western Mass Region will be holding its biennial election for the office of Western MA Region Director at your Patrol's refresher this fall, 2016. 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 July 31, 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.

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

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Posted April 18, 2016

SOM 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

Eastern Division Logo 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 Procedure

Posted April 11, 2016

NSP Logo 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.

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