After 50 years, Stoutenburghs write final ‘Focus on Nature’

Suffolk Times
BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Paul and Barbara Stoutenburgh recently sat down for an interview with Times/Review Newsgroup president Troy Gustavson. After five decades of penning their 'Focus on Nature' column for Times/Review the couple wrote their final piece Dec. 22.

Five decades after penning their first “Focus on Nature” column for Times/Review Newsgroup, Paul and Barbara Stoutenburgh are calling it a career.

Times/Review president Troy Gustavson sat down with the Cutchogue couple for a Q&A that will be published in Thursday’s issue of the Riverhead News-Review. In the interview, they answer questions about their 61 years of marriage and five decades of collaboration on the column.

A complete transcript of the interview will appear Thursday afternoon on

Here’s a brief video of the couple discussing the process of writing the column — they once did everything by hand — and how difficult a task it became in recent years.