October 16, 2011
Mt Arab Tower and Cabin Vandalized
News item from Friends of Mt. Arab:
On Sunday morning October 16, 2011 the cabin and tower on Mount Arab was subjected to an act of vandalism by two youths from the local area. This vandalism was extensive and our initial estimates put the damage in the vicinity of $6000.
Here is some of the damage we have noted so far, and we may find more. The protective screens on the windows were cut open and the windows were smashed; their frames destroyed to the point that they will require complete replacement. The cabin door was damaged and the lock requires replacement. Furniture within the cabin was damaged, tables smashed, cabinet destroyed, lanterns smashed, woodstove damaged and the information publications, displays, books and other materials enjoyed by visitors was scattered throughout the cabin, mixed in with the broken glass. Signs and tower windows were spray painted. A bench with a memorial plaque was destroyed and we have still not found the backrest containing the brass plaque. The outhouse was also tipped over and damaged requiring repair.
Vandalism of this magnitude to a place into which over the course of many years we have invested your donations, countless hours of volunteer labor, and a great deal of heart and soul that has gone far to enhance the summit experience of you and thousands of others who have climbed Mount Arab makes absolutely no sense at all. We are attempting to effect temporary repairs that will prevent further damage by the weather as quickly as possible. We are dependent right now upon available labor and material. The vandals (minors) were arrested, confessed and charged, with a class D felony, given an appearance ticket to go to court in the future and returned to their families. As we understand it, these vandals have a long record of unlawful acts.
This is a major major setback to our finances and comes at a point where we were just starting to feel good about the next year’s activities. The required expenditure of such a large amount to repair this vandalism will seriously effect all of our activities especially our summit guide program and hamper normal trail, tower and cabin maintenance.
We desperately need your monetary help in order to overcome this disaster. Please give what you can. Please send donations (tax-free) to FOMA, P.O. Box 185, Piercefield, New York. We really need the help.
Oct 16, 2011: Mt Arab Vandalised