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Awards Luncheon and the End of the Season

As we all try to struggle with what is going on in the nation and the world these days it should come as no surprise to any of us that we are effectively cancelling the last face-to-face event still on our spring calendar, the Awards Luncheon scheduled for May 3rd @ McIntyre Ski Area. Division wide any events that can be moved from face-to-face meetings to a conference call are being moved and any that can’t be run as conference calls are being cancelled. Hopefully this pandemic will run its course over the next period of time and we will be able to get back to “normal” albeit possibly a slightly different version of normal.

In the meantime enjoy the outdoors in any way you can, hike, bike, walk, or just sit on the porch and relax. Keep social distancing in mind, stay in touch with your family and friends and stay safe.

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2020 New Hampshire Region Elections

New Hampshire Region is announcing a period of open nominations for the position of Region Director and Northern Section Chief.  Below are the details, qualifications and duties.  Nominations my be forwarded to the election committee members.

NH REGION ELECTION NOTIFICATION  

This year, two position are open, Region Director and Northern Section Chief.  Qualification and job descriptions are included below, along with NH and Division By-Laws. 

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Senior OEC Season wrap up

Another successful year for senior OEC program. This year’s events were held at McIntyre, Veterans Memorial Recreation Ski Area (Franklin), Ragged, Pats Peak, Crotched, St Francis School and Sunapee. It takes a lot of volunteers to run this program. Thank you to all...

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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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