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 The Suffolk Times the couple wrote their final piece Dec. 22.

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

Times/Review Newsgroup president Troy Gustavson sat down with the Cutchogue couple for a Q&A that will be published in Thursday’s issue of The Suffolk Times. 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.