Waterbury Reservoir Water Level in Danger

The Friends of Waterbury Reservoir have noted recent discussion about future management of the water level. A mailing of theirs explains all the detail and this can also be accessed at their “Call to Action” link. GMWS is asking you to either attend the Vt. Dept. of Environmental Conservation’s public information meeting on October 7, 2014, 6:30-8:30 at Thatcher Brook Primary School in Waterbury or write to Jeff Crocker, VT Dept. of Environmental Conservation, 1 National Life Dr., Main 2, Montpelier, VT 05620-3522, and express your concern that the water level be maintained at summer levels as it historically has so that everyone can enjoy the resource.

Tom Costello Alan Rossi Slalom Derby Huge Success!

Those attending were treated to great skiing. Five skiers got into 38 off including Pat Morrill, Jonathon Murray, Bob Radimer, Cole Maurer, and Bruce Epstein. Justin Campfield skied 2.5 @ 35 off as he gets closer and closer to his Nationals qualification. Shortline women Karen Bruzzese, Darlene McCormick, and Donna Epstein acquitted themselves well. John Witmer just missed getting into 22 off.  Joyce Dobbertin looked great skiing into 32mph 15 off. Boys II Chase Gulick age 11 and Will Bruzzese age 10 were terrific! The year to year improvement in their scores and technique are phenomenal. Their max speed has gone up from 30 to 34 and both are handling it well.   Last year Chase finished 3rd in the Regionals.  This year Will stepped to the plate and finished 2nd at the Regionals in Lake Placid.

It takes a lot of work to run a sanctioned tournament.  Our site also must be set up from scratch.  Everything must be brought in and taken out.  A big thank you to all that contributed including Bill Roll, Bob Smith, the Bruzzese’s, Justin Campfield, and John Witmer.  Darlene McCormick did her usual great job as Tournament Director.  Bill Roll and Bob & Val Smith deserve a special thank you for their efforts despite not skiing in the tournament!  Bill brush hogged the path to the dock and Bob & Val spent numerous hours on the course.    It would not have happened without you!

Our tournament is dedicated to the memory of Tommy and Alan.  Fred Costello again contributed tee shirts for everyone.  The Alan Rossi Award will be presented in early September.   You will be informed.   As Fred would say “keep ‘em turning.”

Tournament 2014

15E016 Tom Costello Alan Rossi Slalom Derby

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Great weather for this year’s tournament. Pat Morrill emerged the victor with a personal best (twice) of 4@38-off! Darlene McCormick was the women’s winner despite Karen Bruzzese’s higher ability. Her son, Will, states that her strategy “isn’t working for her.” We’ll hope for better next year. Scores can be viewed here. Some photos are posted below. Others have been added to the random header images. Send photos if you’d like them included, or become an author and post for yourself.

Jamie Beauchesne Clinic Update Payment Info

We are getting time periods booked.  Slots are in 1/2 hour increments starting at 8:00am Friday August 22 at the Wrightsville Boat Launch.   Contact me by email or phone to get your slot.  I will do my best to get you into a time period that will work for you.  Cost is reduced to $40 with additional funds provided by the Club and the Alan Rossi Fund.  This is an incredible opportunity for world class personal coaching!  Please send a check made out to the Green Mt. Water Skiers to the address below.  Hope to see you there!

Bruce Epstein   /  (802)272-5324 cell
13 So Pinnacle Ridge Rd
Waterbury, VT 05676

Alan Rossi Award

The Alan Rossi Award goes annually to the skier/official who best exemplifies the Real Deal spirit of Alan Rossi with a love for our Sport, dedication to tournament skiing, a willingness to help others, and a true friend.  We are very proud to be able to continue the tradition of the Award and the funding of East Region Junior Development along with successful Vermont Clinics that we have had with pro skiers Chris Rossi, Jamie Beauchesne and Nick Parsons.  This could not happen without the generous support from New England ski clubs and individuals.  Contributions to the Alan Rossi Fund can be made by personal check to the Green Mt. Waters Skiers, reference: Alan Rossi Fund. Mail to GMWS, PO Box 877, Waitsfield, VT 065673.

Thank you for your support!!!

Jamie Beauchesne Slalom Clinic Friday August 22

The one & only Jamie B will be here again Friday 8/23.  We will start at the Wrightsville Boat Launch Area at 8:00am sharp.   There will be 16 slots available in half an hour increments by appointment.  Price per round will be reduced to $40 for members with funds provided by the Green Mt. Water Skiers and the Alan Rossi Award Fund.  Payment made to the Green Mt. Water Skiers by Pay Pal using our website www.greenmountainwaterskiers.com.   Please contact me to secure your slot info below.  Don’t miss out on this great opportunity!!

Bruce Epstein  info@vt-loghome.com  /  (802)272-5324  CELL

Tom Costello / Alan Rossi Slalom Derby AUGUST 23

Our BIG EVENT is almost upon us. We will again be at our beautiful protected calm water site at the Wrightsville Beach. Start time is 7:30 am. We still have openings so if you’re thinking about entering, please do so ASAP. We have had to turn people away in the past and we do not want to disappoint. You can enter online at USA Waterski. Go to Events & Registration. You must be a USA water ski member or guest member to ski. As usual FUN skiers are welcome and do get a mulligan in the first round. We cannot run the event without volunteers. Please consider helping out by contacting me at info@vt-lohome.com and/or (802)272-5324. The one & only Jamie Beauchesne will also be doing a ski clinic Friday August 23. Details in separate Post. SEE YOU THERE!!

Bruce Epstein

Alan Rossi Award 2014

The Alan Rossi Award is presented annually to the skier/official who best exemplifies the Real Deal spirit of Alan Rossi with a love of our sport, dedication to tournament skiing, a willingness to help others, and a true friend.  Last year the award went posthumously to Russ Cole from Mass. who passed suddenly in 2012.  Russ was a hard working great family man and friend to everyone he met and he volunteered much of his time to our sport.   Past winners are posted on our website.  Donations go to Eastern Region Junior Development in Alan’s name and to fund GMWS clinics like the one last year with Jamie Beauchesne.  Please consider nominating anyone who you feel is worthy of this award.  Having such a prestigious award that recognizes individuals who give unselfishly of themselves to others and our sport has great meaning to recipients and family.  Also, please consider donating by check or PayPal to the Green Mountain Water Skiers for the Alan Rossi Award.  It’s a great cause.  Thank You!

Warren Witherell RIP

Warren Witherell passed away in Burke where he was Head Master and trainer for numerous Olympic snow skiers. Most do not know that he not only excelled in snow skiing, but was also inducted to the Water Skiing Hall of Fame. Warren is the only inductee of the the water and snow ski Halls of Fame. He is also a member of the Vermont Skiing Hall of Fame.