Thacher Park

Scores of contestants woke up early to face the bracing February air on Thompson's Lake on Feb. 1. The ice-fishing contest was less about competition or comfort than it was for the camaraderie and relaxation of sitting on an otherwise barren sheet of ice.

While politics were static in 2013 — the incumbents faced no challengers in town elections — the future of Thacher State Park drew regional interest as did the disposition of an unprecedented negligent-homicide case

A center to educate visitors about the natural wonders of the Helderbergs is a grand idea and a worthwhile draw but we must avoid the irony and tragedy of an unsafe building for want of secure underpinnings.

Thacher Park has shear, vertical rock faces that could make for a challenging climb. Rock-climbers may get their chance at adventure if the park's new master plan is implemented.

We’ve long loved John Boyd Thacher State Park and are pleased the state has drafted a master plan for its future.

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