Jenny Urbanski of Fleischmanns and Vivian Yess Wadlin of Highland were elected to the Board of Trustees of John Burroughs’ Woodchuck Lodge at the organization’s annual meeting of members July 16 in Roxbury.
Two other trustees – Jean Druffner of Phoenicia and Joe Farleigh of Roxbury – were re-elected to three-year terms on the board of the non-profit organization, which is responsible for maintaining Woodchuck Lodge, the historic Roxbury home of the famed naturalist and writer.
J.N. Urbanski is a writer and business consultant based in Fleischmanns. She writes for Watershed Post, Catskill Made, Hudson Valley Edible and her own website, Upstate Dispatch, chronicling life in the Catskills. She also has a radio show on WIOX community radio.
For the past 33 years Vivian Wadlin has published About Town, an area guide to Southern Ulster County featuring stories on the history and natural history of the county. Vivian was a founding member and past president of the New Paltz Community Foundation. She is Vice President of the Town of Lloyd Historical Society and Secretary of Lloyd’s Economic Development Committee. She holds a BA in Economics from Marist College and lives in Highland with her husband, John Wadlin.
Departing the JBWL Board after 14 years as Trustee is Diane Galusha of Margaretville, former President and Secretary of the group.
JBWL is committed to preserving the 1862 farmhouse where John Burroughs spent the last ten summers of his life, 1910-1920, and to promoting his legacy – an astonishing 26 volumes of nature and philosophical essays encouraging readers to explore and appreciate the everyday wonders of the natural world. Burroughs also wrote a biography of friend and mentor Walt Whitman.
Visit www.woodchucklodge.org for information on Burroughs and for tours and upcoming programs at Woodchuck Lodge.