The Friends of St Regis Mountain Fire Tower (FOSRMFT) host or attend many events throughout the year. The summer of 2018 was particularly busy, highlighted by the Centennial Celebration. Here is a review of the many milestones and events we’ve participated in.
The Friends of the St Regis Fire Tower applied for a Volunteer Service Agreement (VSA) which was approved on January 16, 2015.
A meeting was held March 3, 2015 at the Paul Smith’s VIC to update interested parties on restoration progress and to recruit team leaders and volunteers.
June 6, 2015: On Trail Day a crew of 16 hearty volunteers worked on the St Regis Mountain trail. See Trail Day.
September 17, 2016: Forest Fire Lookout Association (FFLA) meeting: All four members of the Friends Executive Committee, Doug Fitzgerald, David Petrelli Scottie Adams and Bob Marrone attended the Forest Fire Lookout Association’s (FFLA) North Eastern Conference in Keene, NY on September 17, 2016. St. Regis Mountain Fire Tower was featured on the cover of the FFLA quarterly newsletter with a report inside on the progress made on the restoration in 2016. (See News for the cover and article).
The Friends made a Powerpoint presentation summarizing the activity over the past 13 years to save and restore the tower. Former Ranger, Bob Marrone brought along memorabilia (radio, map table, alidade and maps) which he was able to save from the tower when it was closed.
June 27, 2016: The original FOSRMFT patch was designed by Jackie Sullivan Passett
July 10, 2017: Friends hold a meeting to recruit more volunteers. See News for the complete Adirondack Daily Enterprise story by Justin Levine.
September 2, 2017: Thanks to volunteer Jeff Hart the St. Regis Mountain Fire Tower was lit as part of the 4th annual Lighting of the Towers (our first), an event started in the Catskills and now happening at other NYS towers. We already have plans to be part of the event next year.
100th Anniversary Patch designed by Jackie Sullivan, our official designer.
June 22, 2018: Board member Scottie selling raffle tickets and talking about the tower restoration at the Art Walk in downtown Saranac Lake. What a wonderful event! If you’ve never been – GO! There are exhibits, music, cotton candy(!) and other great food, and ART – of course.
July 15, 2018: FOSRMFT board members Doug, Ed, and Rich attended the Adirondack Mountain Club‘s Fire Tower Fever at Blue Mountain Lake’s Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake. It was a wonderful gathering of fire tower enthusiasts from around the state. Many fire tower friends groups were there and presented their towers and projects. St Regis was well represented with Doug giving a very informative presentation with slide show. Thanks Doug!
July 20,2018: Board member Scottie Adams tending the FOSRMFT table at the Saranac Lake Art Walk.
A special thanks to Annabelle, our youngest donor, for her 26 cent contribution at the July 20, 2018 Art Walk in Saranac Lake. An extra thanks for taking the time to write your name for us.
July 2018: After a year of very hard work, board member Janelle successfully acquired a grant allowing the FOSRMFT to pursue the replacement of all 24 Diagonal Angle Steel Structural Members on St. Regis Mountain Fire Tower. Many thanks to the Cloudsplitter Foundation for their generous $2000 grant.
Other projects being pursued are enclosing the footings, finish the painting, put protective sealer on the steps and clean up the area around the tower. Regarding the Educational aspect of our program, we hope to have a permanent display at a nearby locale and are expanding our informational steward program (a collaboration with NYS DEC and the Adirondack Watershed Institute (AWI)) on the mountain.
July 28, 2018: Thanks to everyone who came out to the Paul Smith’s College VIC for Marty Podskoch’s presentation on fire tower history and restoration! It was a great way to kick off our Centennial celebrations! Following the presentation, Marty and FOSRMFT board members Scottie, David, and Janelle continued to swap stories at Charlie’s Inn Bar & Grill and Junction Inn Campgrounds.
August 1, 2018: 5 members of the Friends group attended the Paul Smith’s College Neighbor Day. The lake community members had many stories of their adventures going up the fire tower. There was a lot of enthusiasm expressed about our restoration efforts. Thanks to all.
August 5, 2018: We celebrated the tower’s 100 anniversary!! Please visit Centennial Party page.
September 1, 2018: Board member Janelle and some of her hardy friends hiked the mountain to light up the tower. This was the 5th Lighting of the Towers and our second. Visit Lighting of the tower page.