About Ian Strever

Ian Strever is an outdoor enthusiast who moved to Falls Village five years ago to become the Assistant Principal at Housatonic Valley Regional High School. He has explored the local area on foot, on bike, on ski, and on snowshoe, and has written about it for The Lakeville Journal and on his blog, outdoorsct.wordpress.com. He graduated with a BA in English from Albright College, and MA in English with a Writing Focus from Western Connecticut University, and a MA in Educational Leadership from the University of Bridgeport. He has taught English at the high school and college levels, and his prose and poetry have appeared in a number of publications for nationwide audience

BUSTED – THE GREAT SNOW MYTH

It’s time to confront the great myth about Christmas. 

No, not that one.

The one about it being white. Perhaps the most persistent and potentially misleading lie we tell about Christmas is that it is accompanied by snow. Despite the increasing rarity of an actual White Christmas like the ones Bing Crosby “used to know” in […]

By |2024-01-31T15:08:19-05:00January 31st, 2024|Main Street News, Our Environment|

About to Bloom – The High Road

The “high road” is one of those brilliant rhetorical turns of phrase that simultaneously depicts a useful metaphor and manipulates an audience. Politicians love to tag legislation with similar flourishes that practically guarantee passage of something like the No Child Left Behind Act, because who could possibly vote to leave a child behind?

Similarly, no one […]

By |2023-09-04T12:14:15-04:00July 29th, 2023|Our Environment|

The Flâneur and the Saunterer

A first, stumbling step beside the coffee table. A wobbly turn of the pedals. An unexpected lurch when you step on the gas: the great milestones in life –  and in human history – involve transportation, but none more so than the initial steps taken by […]

By |2023-05-02T21:24:43-04:00May 2nd, 2023|Featured Article|

First Person Singular

Many tear-sodden, crumpled papers ago, I wrestled with the geometry of diagramming sentences (yes, I went to Catholic school). A two-word sentence was simple enough, all horizontal and vertical, but when things went all 45 degrees, and sentences became complex and compound, my diagrams resembled a thicket […]

By |2023-03-02T16:15:09-05:00March 2nd, 2023|Featured Article|

Sharon Land Trust

Right about this time, 17,000 years ago, the Main Street distribution area was covered by hundreds of feet of ice. From the Housatonic to the Hudson, South Taconics to Catskills, the Laurentide Ice Sheet shaped our area at literal glacial speed, scouring bedrock and depositing minerals in places that would determine the character of this […]

By |2023-09-04T12:18:36-04:00January 31st, 2023|Our Environment|

The Iceman Cowereth

In most publications, this is the part of the article that usually includes a disclaimer meant to either dissuade the reader from engaging in the about-to-be-described activities or at least distancing the writer or publication from any kind of liability for the reader’s suggestibility and – let’s […]

By |2023-01-06T20:58:25-05:00January 6th, 2023|Featured Article|

Oh The Places You’ll Go

In the city of Xian, China, a bird flits along a ten-inch wooden perch inside a mahogany-colored cage. I don’t know what kind of bird it is, but the cage itself catches my attention. Cylindrical and peaked at the top and bottom, it is shaped like the […]

By |2022-12-01T10:27:52-05:00December 1st, 2022|Featured Article|

Natural, by Design

A few years ago, a cryptic acronym began to appear in my social media feeds: “FKT.” Too lazy to look it up, I assumed it was expletive-based shorthand for the exasperated athletes who used it in association with stupidly long undertakings like ultramarathons and “Everesting,” where a cyclist attempts to climb the height of Mt. […]

By |2022-11-09T18:01:29-05:00November 9th, 2022|Our Environment|

The World Championship of the Berkshires

“To finish is to win.” – Josh Billings

“If you’re not first, you’re last,” – Ricky Bobby

This year’s season at Tanglewood will end with a flourish: back-to-back nights with Van Morrison and Ringo Starr is about as impressive a finale to their concert season as anyone could conjure, short of the ghost of John Lennon sitting in […]

By |2022-09-01T21:44:48-04:00September 1st, 2022|Sports|
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