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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!

Senior Ski & Toboggan Training Schedule on Calendar

Posted December 8, 2014

Senior Travis Kline has announced the Senior Ski & Toboggan training schedule for the 2014 – 2015 season. View the whole Senior program calendar by clicking the "SENIOR" tab at the top right of this page or the Senior S&T schedule here. Interested patrollers are requested to register in advance.

Ski and Toboggan Clinic

Posted November 17, 2014

The Western Massachusetts Region and Eastern Division are hosting another free Ski and Toboggan Clinic at Jiminy Peak on January 4th, 2015. Last year's clinic was a huge success and included enhancement in alpine skiing, snowboarding, telemark, toboggan handling , and woman's. This is a great way to learn while having fun and becoming involved with the S&T program. Please pass this information to your patrollers and contact Travis Kline tkline@fairpoint.net or Paul Thomas paulfthomas@yahoo.com for more information. MORE »

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.

New Senior Calendar Announced

Posted October 28, 2014

Senior Bill Welch has announced the Senior training schedule for the 2014 – 2015 season. View the calendar by clicking the "SENIOR" tab at the top right of this page or by clicking here. Interested patrollers are requested to advise Bill Welch by November 10 if they wish to participate in this year’s program.

NOAA SKYWARN™ Weather Training Sessions Announced

Posted October 14, 2014

Skywarn The National Weather Service's SKYWARN™ Spotter program conducts training sessions which cover safety, identification of storm features, and weather science. While intended for NWS Storm Spotters, these sessions are valuable for patrollers with Nordic or MTR interests and for all participants in outdoors activities. The NWS Albany office, which covers a wide area, has listed its Fall 2014 schedule of sessions. One may be near you.

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.

New Assistant Regional Director

Posted October 5, 2014

Paul Thomas has stepped forward as the new Assistant Director of the Western Massachusetts Region. Thank you, Paul, and thanks to Andrew O’Flaherty for his service to the region.

Opening for Young Adult Program Advisor

Posted October 5, 2014

The Western Massachusetts Region is currently seeking an Advisor for the Young Adult Program.

Anyone interested should please contact Joel Sevick: sevick.joel@gmail.com

MTR 2 Course to be held this Winter

Posted October 4, 2014

Skywarn Eric Zaharee will lead a Mountain Travel and Rescue 2 Course (MTR 2) in January and February.

You can read the NSP course description here. Contact Eric at ericzaharee@comcast.net.

January 24-25, Ragged Mt. Resort, Danbury NH. Overnight camping required.
February 20-22, White Mountain National Forest, Mt. Moosilauke, Warren NH. Field exercise.

Report of Western Massachusetts Region Director Joel Sevick

Posted September 5, 2014

I have been Regional Director for the past 3½ years. During this time, we have seen a lot of changes. Some have been positive changes and some negative.

We survived the roll out of the OEC 5th edition along with the required documentation of the S&T refreshers. National dues increased while our regional dues have not. In fact, we have the second lowest dues in the 15 regions of Eastern Division. As Regional Director, I would like to keep it that way; even as National is requiring more of regions. MORE »

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