9/1/2018: For the Fifth Annual Lighting of NYS Fire Towers, FOSRMFT board member Janelle Hoh, and friends Bob, Jordan, Carly, and Bart ventured up St. Regis Mountain to light the tower from 9-9:30 pm. This event started in the Catskills but has now spread to other NYS towers. 2018 marks the second year St. Regis participated. The view was awesome, from the summit and from the Lake Clear Lodge & Retreat, where there was a viewing party for the event. Thanks to everyone who made this a huge success!

Left to Right: Retired Ranger Joe Rupp, Deni Rupp, Centennial Celebration coordinator Nancy LaBombard, Board members Rich LaBombard and Scottie Adams enjoyed a great meal in the Lake Clear Lodge before going down to their beach for dessert and to view the lighted tower.


The hearty gang of 5 Friends of St Regis Mountain Fire Tower hiked up before sunset toting several lanterns. From 9 to 9:30 PM they were able to keep the lanterns glowing despite the wind. The hike down was uneventful (though quite interesting) and everyone got home safely. The "lighting of the tower" was a huge success - both on the mountain and from down below.