A Catskill Portrait

Early Exposure to Catskill Mountain wilderness fosters an altruistic way of life for Gail Lennstrom



This column has always been, and will continue to be, devoted to people who—in their own, even humble, way— are making a contribution to our Catskill Mountain community. For most of us, contributions to community, if we choose to make them, form a part of our life. For Gail Lennstrom, contribution defines it. Life Begins in Queens Gail Kristin Lennstrom […]

A Catskill Portrait

Andersen Morse returns to ancestral home ground in the Catskills to contribute his skills as a butcher.

One of the privileges of living in the Catskills is that we often meet, and do business with, people who are practicing trades as ancient as civilization itself. As examples — carpentry, blacksmithing, masonry, forging, logging, and, of course, farming are all trades still alive and well in our community. Andersen Morse brings an fine addition to this honorable group […]

Catskill Portraits

After a far-roaming life, Deb Crute finds her calling caring for homeless animals in Delaware County.

In this column, I have often sought to bring to light individuals who are making tangible contributions to less fortunate members of our Catskill community. This is also true for Deb Crute, portrayed here, except that in her case, she and her colleagues at the Heart of the Catskills Humane Society work hard to transform the lives of our community’s […]


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