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Board approves and fills new volunteer position 

Friday, June 24, 2011  by John Borelli

The NEFA Board of Directors recently voted to create a new Marketing/Merchandise Manager position to help promote NEFA throughout the region. The BOD then appointed Drew McManus to the position after he offered to help NEFA in any way.

Drew will also help with the blog and website and will likely take over the blog full-time when I step down in a few months. You'll be in good hands, however. Drew is a past editor of the NEFA News newsletter!

Congratulations, Drew and thanks for volunteering! top Top > Comments   (3 comments)

A disc golfer's personal look at the tornado damage 

Monday, June 13, 2011  by John Borelli

One of NEFA's original members, Davis Johnson, posted this on the boards recently. Thanks for sharing, Davis.

Post 1
Thank you for the focus on Monson, as well as Brimfield in this disc golf raffle. The First Church-- the one with the downed steeple-- has been at the heart of mobilization for tornado relief-- a real positive note to very sad circumstances. The church has been a town institution for far longer than we have been here generously hosting scout troops which our sons have belonged to, among many other community activities. The vast number of volunteers who have rallied at this miraculously spared town icon-- aside from the steeple the structure fared well-- have efficiently dispensed all manner of goods and services, not only in town but to surrounding communities including Springfield.

Probably a lot of you have seen the nearly 40 mile scar in sateIlite pictures. This traces the paths of many of our lives, our back and forth daily commutes, kid pickups, school drop offs, shopping expeditions, etc. I have been familiar with tornado and other weather disasters all my life through news accounts and some limited first hand experience. But to actually experience the daily byways, neighborhoods passed through, favorite trees, friends' homes you've socialized in, fields where your kids have competed, shady town centers with Fourth of July parades, art festivals... how quickly these can all fade to memory... There will be rebuilding and the pageantry and festivals will return, but under a hot sun and much bigger skies than we're used to here in New England.

I was looking at pictures of Joplin, Missouri the other day which looks like Hiroshima after the bomb. Joplin isn't just some obscure town in a flyover state anymore...

Thank you again, NEFA, for your generous support for a lot of hurting people.

Post 2

A big thank you to the once again, Big Hearted generosity of NEFA! We were not, thankfully, directly affected by the tornado, but as you all know our beautiful downtown is stricken, along with many other areas in the path of the storm. Ever since, I've been living in another world-- I can't think of the last time in decades when anything disc related has been further from my mind.

It's as if some mad engineer roughed out a path for a new 10 lane highway all the way from The Connecticut River to Sturbridge, a tangled path which passes about two miles from my home. The magnitude of power and destruction is simply unimaginable until witnessed first hand, and I've watched a lot of tornado videos. There is the odd experience of emerging from the tree shaded serenity of a rural New England town-- and suddenly encountering a stricken world of sunlit violence-- and the weirdness of being able to go back and forth between both worlds.

My life has become a familiar routine of doing volunteer work where ever needed for tornado relief. The First Church of Monson, the one that got its steeple blown off-- has from the start been the command center of relief efforts with supplies of all sorts pouring in from all over. It is in a time like this that relationships built up over years of living in a small town pay off. Old bonds get strengthened, and new bonds get forged. The urge of people to help is almost as powerful as the needs of people for assistance.

Monson of course, is altered forever, as are all of the communities in the path of "The Beast". The loss of trees is heartbreaking, and these will take generations to replace. But it's a miracle that only one resident died-- an elderly woman of a heart attack upon witnessing the post tornado carnage, .

But what has emerged proves that even out of such disaster, blessings can come. Now if only we can find a way to bottle
this vintage batch of human spirit, and drink it toast by toast...

Thank you again, NEFA! top Top > Comments   (1 comments)

NEFA comes together in a big way to support tornado victims 

Monday, June 13, 2011  by John Borelli

In yet another display of caring and general awesomeness, the local disc golf community has come together to raise funds and supplies for the victims of the recent tornadoes in central and western MA.

Spearheaded by Erin Tivnan and helped along by Jason Southwick of Marshall Street Disc Golf and TD Matt DeAngelis, thousands of dollars were raised at two recent tournaments. Great job, guys!

How can you help?

Erin has supplied us with this helpful info:

> Brimfield donations can be made to the Town of Brimfield with "The Harding Fund" written in the memo line and sent to the Selectmens Office at 23 Main St. Brimfield, MA 01010.

> Monson is taking donations at the Monson Savings Bank or the church on High St. (the one with the broken steeple on the news) with checks to the Town of Monson and "tornado relief" written in the memo line.

> Contact information for donations in Brimfield is 413-245-7253 or 413-245-7162. Monson's contact information is 413-238-1782. And again, thank you! top Top > Comments   (1 comments)

Earl Cup - NEFA vs Maine! 

Sunday, May 22, 2011  by John Borelli

Courtesy Josh Connell

The Earl Cup originated in 1998 when Bob Enman challenged the NEFA President to put together a roster to compete in a Ryder Cup-style team event. The winning team goes home with the Earl Cup trophy, named in honor of Bob's late father Earl, the original owner of Enman Field (back when it was an airstrip).

Each year, the current NEFA President selects the President's team from among NEFA members. Bob Enman selects the Pilots team from among Dragon Disc Golf Pilots (our club for players who have registered 20+ rounds lifetime on our courses).

(Click to enlarge). Photo Tim Walsh

Roster criteria for this year is two women, one grandmaster, three sub-950 rated players including at least one master, and 14 open spots.

All competition is match play format. Round 1 is Best Shot doubles. Round 2 is Best Score doubles. Round 3 is Singles. Team that wins the most points (1 per match) wins the Cup.

Earl Cup history:

1998: NEFA win @ Enman Field Beast
1999: NEFA win @ Buffumville Lake
2000: Pilots win @ Enman Field Beast
2001: NEFA win @ Buffumville Lake
2002: Pilots win @ Enman Field Beast
2003: NEFA win @ Pyramids
2004: NEFA win @ Enman Field Beauty
2005: NEFA win @ Maple Hill
2006: Pilots win @ Enman Field Beast
2007: NEFA win @ Barre Falls Dam
2008: NEFA win @ Enman Field Beast
2009: NEFA win @ Maple Hill
2010: Pilots win @ Enman Field Beast
2011: ????? win @ Maple Hill

NEFA leads all time 9-4. top Top

NEFA Forums updates 

Thursday, May 19, 2011  by Dave McHale

Just letting the community know that a few changes have been made to the NEFA forums today in an effort to block some of the automated spiders and bots which frequent the forums & have been sucking up the bandwidth as of late: bandwidth which isn't free and is actually being used MORE by automated bots at this time than actual people visiting the website. 

Traffic in general to the forums is above what it used to be - especially compared to multiple years ago - but with luck the changes implemented today will help us to stay with our existing provider & plan without having to move house or start paying more every month for our hosting. Paying for more bandwidth if the membership is using it would be one thing, but when the crawlers are using most of what we're paying for we need to do something to turn that back. 

While no one *should* be affected, please comment here with information on device/operating system/browser (including versions on all information) if you for some reason cannot access the forums. top Top

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