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May 2017 - Photo from Albany Eastern Division Meeting

Pictured from EPA Region - Bob Bernatos, Dennis Zercher, Sharon Freidel, Inese Jardin, Mark Clem


10/15/2016 - Scott Nedal, Passed On today, Member of Jack Frost Ski Patrol

Click Below


C. Scott Nedal Memorial Fund

The link below will take you a video produced to memorialize the this past Sunday, November 27th when we gathered to honor our good friend and fellow patroller, JFSP#5, C.Scott Nedal.




04/22/2016 - Roundtop Mountain Resort patrollers, family and friends
welcome patroller Elizabeth VanWinkle home at Dulles International
after her recent overseas tour. Her support of our troops was invaluable.


07/15/2015 - Minutes from Fall Offer's Meeting  Click Here...

                            FOR EPA REGION DIRECTOR - Click Here...

12/31/2014 - EMS News - Updates - Employment Offers - Click Here...

06/28/2014 - Poker Run at Montage Mt. Click Here for info....



11/17/2013 Fall Officers Meeting - Minutes

08/30/2013 - The Regional in now available on-line - Click Here...

08/30/2013 - OEC Cycle C Patroller Refresher Registration is now active - Go to calendar

08/15/2013 - OEC Cycle C Instructor Refresher Registration is now active - Go to calendar

07/15/2013 - Patroller OEC Cycle C Refresher Study Guide in the mail. Time to start reading !

06/20/2013 - RD Election information - Click Here...

04/20/2013 - Spring Officers Meeting - Minutes 

02/08/2013 -  Wounded Warrior Patrol Program gets donation...

Ed Hirshman, Tom Buckwalter and Bob Hall accept a donation of $2000.00 from members of the Roundtop Mountain Resort Courtesy Staff for the Wounded Warrior Patrol program, which provides a program of winter sports to Wounded Warrior Families to aid in the healing process caused by multiple deployments and extended family separations. Funds were raised from tips by skiers who used the courtesy ski check.

Ref: Roundtop Mountain Resort
Lewisberry, PA
Eastern PA Region - Eastern Division

Click Photo to enlarge

02/01/2013 - William (Uncle Bill) Ballek has passed on (Camelback Ski Patrol - E048).

Obituary for William R. Ballek

William R. Ballek, 79 of East Allen Township died suddenly on Saturday in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Cedar Crest.

Bill and his wife Joan (Fehr) celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary last April.

Born in Bethlehem he was the son of the late Joseph and Fani (Zsisko) Ballek.
He was the youngest of 8 children.

Bill proudly served with the U. S. Army during the Korean Conflict.

Bill Graduated from Lafayette College in 1962.

He was active with the church serving on the Church Council of Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church of Schoenersville and is currently a member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bath, PA

He was employed by the Bethlehem Steel Company for 42 years in various positions.
He was a superintendent of the No’s. 2 and 8 Machine Shop, was an engineer in the Drop Forge, graduated from the Loop Program at the steel and eventually retired in 1994 as the Superintendent of the Beth/Forge.

Bill was very athletic and served as a Ski Patroler for Camelback Mountain Ski Resort for over 50 years. He had been inducted in the Pa. Snow Sports Hall of Fame in 2008.

He will be dearly missed by all the people he met. He is survived by his wife Joan at home,
his daughters Susan of Tannersville, PA and Lisa of Good Shepherd, Bethlehem, and several nieces and nephews and great nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his brothers Steve, Joseph, Alex, Charles and Louis and his sisters Bertha Sever and Ethel Chapman.

Funeral services will be held on Thusday at 11:00 a.m. at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church of Schoenersville.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Connell Funeral Home 245 East Broad St. Bethlehem
The location, time and date of the funeral services will be announced later and appear on the funeral home web site.

Memorials may be made in Bill’s name to St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church 206 E. Main Street Bath, PA 18014, to Camelback Ski Patrol at Camelback Mt. Resort or to Good Shepherd of Bethlehem. Schoenersville Rd. Bethlehem 18018

Click Here for more info....  http://www.connellfuneral.com/obituaries/William-Ballek


01/14/2013 - Alumni Day at Ski RoundTop - See Calendar for more info...


12/27/2012 - Fall Officer Minutes Posted - Click Here...

12/27/2012 - New By-laws Posted - Click Here...

12/11/2012 - 2013 Election Update Posted - Click Here...

12/07/2012 - SEMM Registration Live -  Click Here...

11/23/2012 - Dr. Walt Peters has passed on....


Camelback Ski Patrol has lost one of its longest serving members. On Friday, November 23, 2012, Dr. Walt Peters died. Walt joined the Camelback Ski Patrol in the 1966-1967 season and in 2002 received his long overdue National Number(#9528). Walt was a dedicated resource to us all. Bringing his medical knowledge and always more than willing to help with a difficult diagnosis. Even during his last few seasons, when he was no longer able to ski, he could be found helping out in the Patrol Room. To all of us who got to know and learn from him; we are better patrollers, and better persons.

Services: Dr. Peters’ Funeral will be at Long Funeral Home, 500 Linden Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018 on Sunday, December 2nd, 2012 at 2pm, with visitation beginning at 1 pm.   http://www.longfuneralhome.com/new_view.php?id=103944 

PLEASE NOTE – Walt’s wife, Marge, has requested Patrollers to wear their patrol jackets/vests to the viewing & services. Her thoughts are, “Walt would have liked this.”


Don Kahler
Patrol Director - Camelback

08/17/2012 - The Regional 2012 - 2013.  Click Here...

08/04/2012 - OEC On-Line Registration for Instructor Refresher is now active. Click Here...

04/01/2012 - Bob Bernatos Officially Starts his term as RD today !

04/14/2012 - Minutes - Spring Officers Meeting - Click Here...

03/05/2012: - Golf Outing for the Wounded Warrior - Click Here for Info...

02/27/2012: -  Officers' Notes:  Roles & Responsibilities
Now posted on By-Laws Page .....Click Here...

02/26/2012 - Fall Officers' Meeting Minutes ....Click Here....

12/30/2011 - From My Desk Click Here...

08/16/2011 - The Regional is on-line Click Here...

04/14/2012 - EPA RD's Past & Present
During our Spring Officers Meeting, the following RD's were present representing 28 years of service to EPA.

Left to Right
Bob Bernatos 2012 - Present
Gerit Lewisch 2006 - 2012
John Pelliciotta 2002 - 2006
Ed Hirsman 1995 - 2002
Bill Sachs 1990 - 1995
Bill Ballek 1984 - 1990



07/26/2011 - Passing of former Roundtop Ski Patroller - and son of George Hannon, III - Alternate Regional Director at Large
George Lawrence Hannon, IV, 42, of East Berlin, passed away Tuesday, July 26, 2011 in Redding Twp., Adams County, PA.

06/27/2011 Here's a fun way to keep your skills up during the "off-season".  Geisinger Medical Center in Danville PA is hosting a MedWar Adventure Race on August 13th! This is a high intensity race during which you will have a chance to prove your medical skills in several medical scenarios. Race is open to anyone (no specific prerequisites) but at least one medical person is recommended. Please see website below.   Maximum of 25 teams so register soon!!!


05/25/2011 - Passing of Hank Jansen - Patrol Director - Spring Mt. Ski Area

2010 - 2011 - The Regional - Click Here to View...

03/19/2011 - Passing of Brian Lock - More info...

01/25/2011 - Cockaigne Ski Area fire destroys Ski Patrol Building - More Info...

01/23/2011 - Passing of Mike Manoway  - More Info...

11/15/2011 - Fall Officer's Meeting Minutes - More Info...

10/09/2010 - Ski Museum Ceremonies - More Info...

10/02/2010 - OEC Patroller Refresher's have started - register on-line today - More Info...

08/13/2010 - Spring Officer's Meeting Minutes - More Info...

07/29/2010 - NSP NATIONAL Outstanding Award Winners 2009-2010 Season - More Info...

06/24/2010 - Harry Slagle (Camelback Ski Patrol) passed away today - More Info...

05/15/2010 - Bernie McManus passed away on May 15th.
Due to complications received from a brain injury as a result from a fall in February, 2010.
Private services were held in Colorado where he resided with his son, Bernie, Jr.
His formal memorial services in the East are going to be held at:
Sts. Simon & Jude Church in West Chester, PA at 10a., Saturday, June 12.
For more info, contact Sandi Scull.

04/09/2010 - Doug Howlett passed away today at 14:00 Hrs. - More Info...

03/23/2010 - Elections Results for New Sections Chief - More Info...

02/10/2010 - Elections Open for Eastern Division Director - More Info...

11/15/2009 - Minutes from Fall Officer's Meeting Posted - More Info...
                    Click Here to view Updated By-Laws..... By-Laws

09/01/2009 - The Regional Is in the mail ! Read Electronic Edition Here... 2009 - 2010 - The Regional

08/25/2009 - Act 45 Final Version...

08/20/2009 - Passing of Ron Verbleau...

08/08/2009 - New OEC Classes Posted -

07/27/2009 - EPA RD Elections -

04/25/2009 - From My Desk - Upcoming Eastern Division Meeting Agenda

04/22/2009 - EPA Spring Meeting Minutes

04/20/2009 - Nancy Mayberry has accepted the position of EPA Regional Secretary

04/18/2009 - Regional Officers Meeting Scheduled

03/04/2009 - Section Chief Results

  • Robert Morgan was re-elected as Section Chief of the Northern Section

  • Bob Bernatos was re-elected as Section Chief of the Southwest Section

11/09/2008 - EPA Fall Meeting Minutes


11/03/2008 - Subaru Forester Mountain Rescue Concept Car for Ski Patrol
Click on car to enlarge - Click Here to read more...


10/19/2008 - Ski patrol gets real for television
                            Reality show: Blue Mountain group to star in November.
                            | Of The Morning Call. Click Here for More Info & TV Schedule...

10/19/2008 - NSP Patroller Education Conference at Snowbird - More Info...

09/26/2008 - OEC Refresher Schedule Starts on 09/28/2008
                           Please see Calendar for schedule
We will performing electronic registration at every Patroller OEC Refresher.
Please bring you OEC Card, CPR Card, Completed Cycle A Study guide, Stocked Patrol Pack, and dress for weather.
Additionally, each refresher is registered for PA DOH EMS Con-Ed.
If you have NOT yet provided us with your EMS ID number, please do so at the registration desk - Bring your EMS ID Card.

09/26/2008 - Ski Patrol TV Series - Crystal Mountain & Blue Mountain
truTV is set to launch a high-adrenaline series called SKI PATROL. Premiering Monday, Oct. 20, at 8 pm the series follows an elite group of patrol units at Blue Mountain, Pa., and Crystal Mountain, Washington.

06/25/2008 - Meeting Summary Notes from NBOD Annual Meeting 2008

Greetings All-
Attached you will find a summary of the NBOD Annual Meeting held on June 19-21, 2008 in Lakewood, Colorado.  Please note that this is just a summary based upon my notes and the official meeting minutes should be referenced for greater details.
Generally, as described in my notes, much work was done by your National Board and I think that most Patrollers would agree with the decisions that were made.  Let me know if you have any questions.
-Rick Hamlin ------ CLICK HERE

06/09/2008 - PA Ski Museum

We are asking everyone to assist us with funding the 2008 Hall of Fame - Pennsylvania Ski & Winter Sports "Program sponsors" for the 18 October 2008 event being held at Camelback..  Please ask them and you can direct them to the web site for additional information.  

04/12/2008 - Minutes - EPA Region Officers Meeting

03/31/2008 - Section Chief Results
Sue Ballek was re-elected as Section Chief of the Pocono section.
John Stinsmen was re-elected as Section Chief of the Central section.

03/03/2008 - From My Desk ( EPA Inclusion into the EMS System - Gerit Lewisch Letter to the Region)

02/04/2008 - From My Desk (AWARDS Procedure - Gerit Lewisch Letter to the Region)

12/04/2007 - From My Desk (Gerit Lewisch Letter to the Region)

12/31/2007 - EPA Region Election Results
Gerit J Lewisch has been re-election for another 2 years as EPA Region Director. 
The votes were counted at the Fall Officers Meeting  and Gerit received 85% of the votes cast. 
I want to thank you for all you did on the web site for the election. 
The information was there for all to see. 
Again Thank You.

Bob Davies
Elections Advisor

12/03/2007 -  NSP License Plates Available More Info

11/11/2007 - Bear Creek Ski and Mountain Resort Distinguished Service Award for Ray Tuthill

11/11/2007 - Line Officers - Fall Meeting @ Bear Creek [ PDF ]

09/15/2007 - Division Meeting Notes (Albany, NY) [ PDF ]

08/31/2007 - Trail Sweep - Summer 2007 Posted

07/24/2007 - Official NSP Election Information

07/19/2007 - Division Director's Report of the National Board Meeting

07/15/2007 - Election Notice of EPA Region Director

06/29/2007 - Passing of Roos
   (former member of Mountain Creek Ski Patrol)

06/28/2007 - Division Director's Report of Board Meeting

04/14/2007 -  Spring Officers Meeting Minutes @ Bear Creek [ CLICK HERE ]

 01/31/2007 -  Proposed NSP Bylaws Changes [ CLICK Here ]
 01/03/2007 - EPA Student Program Information posted. [ Click Here ]
 11/12/2006 - Fall Meeting Minutes [ PDF ]


NSP members have elected four members to the NSP Board of Directors. Congratulations to Mark Rees, Larry Stephen Bost , Barbara A. Dixon , who were elected to their first three-year on the board, and to Terry J. LaLiberte, who is elected to a second three-year term.

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09/29/2006 - Video Production Help Needed

09/11/2006 - New CPR, AED, and First Aid Guidelines  

More News Below - Click Here

What's New On The Web Site

Updates:  - Calendar is "ALWAYS" being updated !

02/01/2008 - EMS Section added to web site
02/15/2007 - eMail Newsletter Signup Added to Front Page
01/15/2007 - Weather Radar Loop added to News Page
10/01/2006 - eStore Added
09/11/2006 - OEC Instructor Corner Added
07/20/2006 - Help Wanted Section Added

05/10/2006 -
Distinguished Service Award Ceremony - Larry Jones II
04/22/2006 - EPA Region Meeting Minutes
04/15/2006 - Service Awards - Spring Meeting
04/01/2006 - New Logo - Click here for files [ JPG ] [ TIF ] [ EPS ]
04/01/2006 - Web Site Has a New Look

Older News

January 2006

Posted 1/10/2006


The special election to select members of the National Ski Patrol Board of Directors is now open and this e-mail is your notification that you may now vote electronically. Ten candidates have been nominated to fill five vacancies on the board of directors. You will find 250-word biographies from each candidate on the same website as you will find your electronic ballot. You will also find the same biographies prepared by the nominees along with their complete applications on the National Ski Patrol website, www.nsp.org. Names appear in alphabetical order on the National Ski Patrol website.

You may vote for up to five candidates. Voting closes 11:59 P.M. (EST), February 15, 2006.

If you have any problems or questions with this voting process, please call IVS Associates, Inc. at (302) 369-3779 or e-mail info@ivsassociates.com. If you prefer to receive a mail ballot rather than voting online, contact IVS at the above telephone number or email address.

December 2005

Posted 12/9/2005

Eastern Division National Ski Patrol

December 8, 2005
Patrollers of the Eastern Division-
Today the results of the vote to determine if the by-laws of the National Ski Patrol should be revised were announced. approximately 30% of all NSP Patrollers voted in the election and 94% of those voting cast their ballots in favor of the changes. These results mean both of the requirements of Colorado law regarding member input into non-profit organizations have been met in that more than 25% of the members have cast ballots and more than half of those members voting approved the proposed changes. In simple terms this means that the proposed changes to the by-laws have been approved and will be made. More details about the vote results may be found on the National web site at www.nsp.org. The next step will be the election of five new National Board of Directors. Their election will be performed using the newly approved member voting process. Your Region Directors and I wish to thank you for casting your ballots and for your patience and perseverance throughout this process. We will keep you updated as the National Board election draws closer.

–Rick Hamlin, Division Director


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