DELHI — With a mission to reconstruct, and then maintain the fire tower on Bramley Mountain in the western Catskills of New York, the Friends of Bramley Mountain Fire Tower (Friends) announces an important contribution from Wayne Bank to kick off their campaign to raise the funds necessary to reconstruct the tower.

The Friends was formed to organize the reconstruction of the fire tower on Bramley Mountain that was decommissioned by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation in 1970 and removed in 1975. Recently incorporated as a 501(c)3 charitable organization, the effort to raise funds and complete the resurrection of the fire tower has officially begun.

To help kick off this effort, Lewis J. Critelli, President and Chief Executive Officer of Wayne Bank, has committed $10,000 to a sponsorship of The Bramley Mountain Fire Tower Restoration Project.

“Wayne Bank is proud to support this valuable project, as the Bramley Mountain Fire Tower is a significant part of Delaware County history,” remarked Mr. Critelli. “We are so pleased to contribute to its restoration so that it can once again be enjoyed by residents and visitors as a prominent local landmark.”

Wayne Bank, based in Honesdale, Penn., has 15 Community Offices in the Pennsylvania counties of Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike and Wayne, and 11 Community Offices in New York State in Delaware and Sullivan counties. Bank of Cooperstown, with 2 Community Offices in Otsego County and Bank of Finger Lakes in Ontario and Yates counties are also units of Wayne Bank.

“We’re very grateful for this very generous donation from Wayne Bank,” said Ann Roberti, the President of the Friends. “This support will go a long way towards us reaching our goal of raising the funds necessary to reconstruct and then maintain the fire tower on Bramley Mountain.”

Bramley Mountain, located in eastern Delaware County, is part of the Catskills and is easily accessible from many of the communities served by Wayne Bank throughout northeastern Pennsylvania and the southern tier of New York. It is hoped that visitors from far and wide will be able to take the hike to the top of the mountain and enjoy the 360-degree view from the fire tower when it is restored. Visitors can, for the time being, enjoy a slightly more limited view from the mountain’s summit and see where the fire tower will be reconstructed.

The public can learn more about and make a donation in support of the effort to reconstruct the Bramley Mountain Fire Tower by visiting the Friends at

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