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Bob Brown celebrates 60 years of NSP Service

On January 16, 2020, NSP Region Director Carl Chaplin arranged a surprise event to honor Bob Brown with an NSP 60 Year Service Award.

Bob was lured to the restaurant venue under false pretenses of an important NSP meeting he was required to attend. He was there as punctual as always. He was truly surprised! Believe me, it was no easy task to pull any wool over Bob’s eyes to get him to the event but all was well in the end.

An assemblage of past and present NH Region staff members scattered through Bob’s long-tenured service in the NSP were in attendance along with a few other friends. Several individuals talked personally with Bob with fond memories of having worked with Bob in various capacities in the NSP.

The group enjoyed the evening of good food, good conversation and some reminiscent tales of days gone by. Carl Chaplin as NH Region Director presented Bob with an NSP 60 Year Service Award with matching lapel pin. Bob was very . . .

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In Memoriam: Bill Phillips – Ragged Mtn. Ski Patroller

Danbury, NH-William J. Phillips III, 51, of Danbury, NH, died Saturday, December 28, 2019, at his home surrounded by friends and family after an intense battle with cancer.

He was born in Asheville, NC, on May 14, 1968. He grew up in Fairview, PA, and enjoyed several summers of sailboating with his dad, family, and friends on Lake Erie. He graduated from Cathedral Prep School in Erie and then moved out west, working on ski patrols in CO and UT. He married Jennifer McVey, a friend from Erie, and they eventually moved to Montana. After moving to MT, Bill studied land surveying and started a furniture-making business while maintaining his job as a ski patroller. After his divorce, he moved to New Hampshire to be close to family. Bill met his partner, Liz Bolton, while they were both ski patrolling at Ragged Mountain. They purchased a home in Danbury, NH, and have worked at the ski resort together for the last ten years.

Bill was an avid skier from his first experience at Peek n’ Peak in New York State at the age of six. He was an outdoor enthusiast and skiing was his passion. He enjoyed hiking, camping, woodworking, and even became a halfway decent gardener and cook. Bill loved dogs and he always had one by his side. His fun-loving, carefree energy brought people together. He made friends everywhere he went and was loved by all who knew him. He will be greatly missed.

Bill’s father, William J. Phillips, II, died in 1983. He is survived by his mother, Suzanne Phillips, and his sister, Alexandra Phillips, of New London, NH and his partner, Elizabeth Bolton of Danbury, NH; and his aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A celebration of life will be held at

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Congratulations to Paul Kelly, new National Board Representative

The NSP National Board of Directors is made up of 13 members representing the 30,000 traditional membership.  Elections are held annually during the Fall refresher season every year.  With the beginning of “One Patroller, One Vote,” the members of NSP have the privilege, or duty to elect their Representatives.

This autumn’s election ended on December 2nd and the results are in.  Two New Hampshire candidates have won:

Paul Kelly, NH Region Director Emeritus and Ragged Mountain NH Ski patroller
Marc Abend, Pro Division Eastern OEC Administrator, and Loom Mountain Ski Patroller
Liz Dodge, Pacific Northwest Division Director Emeritus
Jay Zadak, incumbent National Board Representative, Central Division

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Spectacular Day at McIntyre Ski Area

The current Region Outdoor Emergency Care course being held at McIntyre Ski Area had a great last class day with a surprise visit from DHART. The days chapters were “MCI” and “Special Operations” the latter of which was handled by the DHART team. Director Kyle Madigan presented their ground school presentation followed up by a visit from the Manchester helicopter with crew Ruth (Flight RN), Liam (Flight Paramedic), and Scott (Pilot). Needless to say, it was a blast. Special thanks goes out to Ross Boisvert, Owner of McIntyre Ski Area for what basically works out to complete access to their facility. We couldn’t do this stuff without their support.

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In Memoriam: Gerry Clark — Crotched Mtn. Patroller

Gerry T. Clark, 74, left us on October 11, 2019, at Lahey Clinic in Burlington, MA, after a Brave and Courageous fight with cancer.

She was born in Boston, MA on March 29, 1945. The daughter of the late Frederick English and G. Francis (Meyers) DiNitto.

Gerry attended Saint Joseph Academy and Boston College. Gerry was employed by American Airlines at Logan Airport in Boston as an administrator of Tech-Ops. Prior to that, she worked for the Federal Aviation Administration as an Air Traffic Controller at Hanscom Air Force Base and Boston’s Logan Airport.

Gerry’s love of skiing and desire to help others led her to The National Ski Patrol for over 35 years. Volunteering was a major part of her life, for over 30 years she assisted with the New Hampshire Special Olympics as an organizer and the New Hampshire Highland Games as a photographer, and several other organizations.

She was married to

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Vote in National Elections — Paul Kelly

New Hampshire’s own, Paul Kelly, is running in the NSP National Board Elections!

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Paul Kelly for the National Board

The National Board Election starts today, and the Eastern Division is proud to recommend Paul Kelly for the National Board. Take a minute to get to know Paul today, and then vote for him at today! Thanks!

Posted by Eastern Division of the National Ski Patrol on Monday, October 14, 2019


Paul Kelly just finished a six-year run as the New Hampshire Region Director. After serving the members of New Hampshire and Eastern Division, he has decided to

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Ski season is just around the corner.

It’s Refresher season again which means that the ski season is just around the corner.

This has been a somewhat difficult fall season for a lot of us with the passing of several close friends and prominent figures in the Region and Division. Our hearts and best wishes go out to all those family members and colleagues effected by those losses. Knowing those that have passed, they would want us to dedicate a powder run to them and do what we do best. Enjoy the winter.

All of the programs are gearing up, the event calendars are filling up, and our dedicated OEC Instructors are preparing for the Refreshers that are all scheduled in the next month or so. Mountains are getting their winter season planning in order and we will all soon be watching the forecast hoping for a early boost from Mother Nature to get us started. I’d like to take a minute to send out a special thanks to all of you that contribute to the fall process. It takes a lot of preparation to get things moving and for some its a year round effort. OEC classes start early and take a lot of time and effort. Program planning sessions usually start in June or July and continue throughout the season. At best you may get a month or so where the emails are less than normal. So Thanks !!

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Abenaki Ski Swap

Its refresher season! The excitement of snow is in the air. Many of us are beginning to plan for the winter.

If you are looking for making a change in your gear, perhaps you want a more updated set of skis? Or you have decent skis and boots in the closet that would still help a different skier? Consider attending the ABENAKI SKI AND SKATE SALE in Wolfeboro, NH.

Check out the

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