About NeVar

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In the future this website's mascot and spokes-raven, NeVar, will tell stories about the Mt. Tom Range, particularly the Mt. Tom Area.

Ravens have been followers of our kind longer than recorded history and are a rich part of our folklore. To Indigenous Americans ravens are revered noble spirits: intelligent, adaptable, sociable.

And so the common raven was chosen to tell the story of the Mt. Tom Range and why the ridge that makes up the spine of Holyoke, Massachusetts, should be preserved largely as undeveloped open space.

Boys and Girls Club

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The deteriorating former Mount Tom Ski lodge, outbuildings and nearby land, is owned by Holyoke Boys and Girls Club. The club has  yet to restore the facility and it appears there are no plans to do so.  Look to the day when this facility is brought back to life with programs and recreational activities. This view is from what was the main ski slope. Most of the ski area is now owned and maintained for passive recreational use by U.S. Fish and Wildlife. A documentary video, going further into the story of Mount Tom, as well as the ski area, is in the making.  Image courtesy of a friend of the Mt. Tom Range.