Susquehanna Life Out Loud
Summer 2020–Making Waves

Summer 2020–Making Waves

June 3, 2020

Erica Shames, founder and publisher of Susquehanna Life Magazine, initially had doubts about releasing the Summer 2020 issue. She recognized the disruption the Coronavirus lockdown caused for advertisers and for businesses that sold the magazine. Then she began to hear from readers and subscribers who expressed how important the magazine has been for them. In this episode of Susquehanna Life Out Loud podcast Erica explains to her co-host Peterson Toscano, "We have a role to play here," and that is to uplift and to provide a positive way to look at the region and at life. We also give readers information to make their lives more enjoyable.

In the Summer 2020 edition of the magazine, Jennifer Pencek writes about a group of women who are breaking ground by getting into the water. In our show, Jennifer chats with Peterson Toscano about the growing fly fishing phenomenon drawing women in the region to the sport. The is in large part due to the work of the Women, Diversity and Inclusion Committee.  

The committee is the result of partnerships with the state Fish and Boat Commission, Pennsylvania Council of Trout Unlimited, and local organizations with the shared goal to connect diverse populations to fly fishing and waterway conservation efforts. They offer a special training program: Intro to Fly Fishing for Women.  As a result of working on this story, Jennifer sees a wonderful connection between people who enjoy outdoor activities and their efforts to conserve the wild spaces they love. 

Fly fishing enthusiast, Jamie SanFillipo, trains guides people in the sport through her own business, The American Fly Fishing Company. She explains the many benefits and joys of fly fishing, as she outlines the basics a beginner will need to get started. She answers questions about the cost of the sport, safety when fishing alone, and even where you can borrow free equipment. Both Jennifer Pencek and Jamie SanFilippo outline factors that have kept women and girls from taking up outdoor sports like fishing. They also tell us what we can do to foster gender diversity and equity in the great outdoors. 

Kendra Aucker, President and CEO of Evangelical Community Hospital in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania chats with Peterson Toscano about the Covid-19 pandemic and what we can do to protect ourselves, our loved ones, and fellow community members. She stresses the importance of wearing masks as part of the overall plan. Like everyone else, her life has been turned upside down by the lockdown, and she shares some of her own strategies for when she hasn’t been able to go out and see family and friends. She also tells us about her favorite Corona comfort foods. 

Food lovers will learn about two opportunities to sample authentic dishes. You will hear about Kavkaz Restaurant, a truck stop off I-80 in Logantown, PA close to Jersey Shore. They specialize in preparing food from the Caucasus region including Georgian, Armenian, and Russian cuisine. What do they offer?  Homemade Khachapuri bread, which you can get with melted cheese and an egg in the center. They have stews and soup, including the most hearty borscht you may ever encounter. Meatballs with homemade mash potatoes is a favorite with the many people who left positive reviews on Yelp. They also serve Greek salad and various potato and vegetable dishes.

In Sunbury, PA, writer Glen Retief, associate professor of creative writing at Susquehanna University, celebrates a local delicacy and tells us all about the annual Sunbury Sandwich Stroll organized by Sunbury Revitalization Inc. In addition to explaining how the sandwich stroll works, and how it has been received, Glen also reveals the peculiar incident that led up to the popular event.

Almost four years ago our host, Peterson Toscano, a resident out on an early morning walk, saw that someone plastered Sunbury's Market Street with racist and anti-immigrate posters. The posters warned that Sunbury residents were being replaced by outsiders. Peterson spent the next few days walking around town wondering what Sunbury residents value and that we can boost and share with others. Turns out the sandwich, in one form or another, is king in Sunbury with nearly 20 shops within walking distance. Peterson's reflections led to the wildly successful sandwich stroll. The third annual Sandwich Stroll is scheduled for June 27. Check the Sunbury Revitalization Facebook page for the latest information.    

From the Toscano family recipe files Peterson shares Mom's Homemade Raw Tomato Sauce. Hear about an absolutely delicious dish that is incredibly easy to make. 

You will hear all this and more in the latest episode of Susquehanna Life Out Loud.  

Susquehanna Life Out Loud is the companion podcast to Susquehanna Life Magazine. You will find a full transcript of this episode and listings of previous episodes on our show notes page. You can hear our podcast on Podbean, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, and Stitcher Radio. Let us know where you hear podcasts, and we will submit our show to that platform. 

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This episode of Susquehanna Life Out Loud is brought to you by the Lewisburg Downtown Partnership. The LDP supports downtown businesses and the commercial district. They are responsible for beloved Lewisburg events: like the Heart of Lewisburg Ice Festival, Fall Festival, Late Night Shopping in December and more. The LDP thanks everyone who have been supporting downtown Lewisburg. They want you to know that Many Lewisburg stores are open to shoppers--almost all offer curbside pickup and delivery. This include the many fantastic restaurants.

For the most up-to-date information, visit their Facebook page

Coronavirus and the Susquehanna Valley with Dr. Natasha DeJarnett from the National Environmental Health Association

Coronavirus and the Susquehanna Valley with Dr. Natasha DeJarnett from the National Environmental Health Association

April 6, 2020

As Coronavirus or Covid-19 keeps many of us isolated in our homes, residents in the Susquehanna Valley have the fortune of being surrounded by many natural resources. With large gatherings and schools cancelled or disrupted, this spring is the perfect time to get outside for strolling, hiking, biking, and paddling. Susquehanna Life Magazine publisher, Erica Shames, shares a special message during this difficult time. She reminds us how resilient our communities have been in the past. 

With the help of Dr. Natasha DeJarnett at the National Environmental Health Association, we discuss safe ways to get out into nature while protecting yourself, your loved ones, your pets, and the community. Dr. DeJarnett also answers questions about Coronavirus, who is most at risk, and what we can do to keep from getting and spreading the virus. She provides specific information for those of us living in rural communities in the Susquehanna Valley.  

For the most up to date Coronavirus/Covid-19 Information, please visit the US Centers for Disease Control.

Whenever heading out into the woods, remember to protect yourself and your pets from insects that cause diseases. For information on the ticks in our woods and precautions for people and pets visit Penn State Extension. They also have a page with information about mosquito bites along with guidelines for safely using insect repellent

You can hear Susquehanna Life Out Loud on Podbean, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, and Stitcher Radio. Let us know where you hear podcasts, and we will submit our show to that platform. 

See a listing of where you can buy our magazine and find out about subscription options. Do you want to be a sponsor of Susquehanna Life Magazine? Find out about advertising options

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Spring 2020 Susquehanna Living in a Time of Coronavirus

Spring 2020 Susquehanna Living in a Time of Coronavirus

March 15, 2020

As Coronavirus or Covid-19 keeps many of us isolated in our homes, residents in the Susquehanna Valley have the fortune of being surrounded by many natural resources. With large gatherings and schools cancelled or disrupted, this spring is the perfect time to get outside for strolling, hiking, biking, and paddling. In this episode of Susquehanna Life Out Loud we share with your some of the many free resources in the region we can enjoy. With the help of Dr. Natasha DeJarnett at the National Environmental Health Association, we discuss safe ways to get out into nature while protecting yourself, your loved ones, your pets, and the community. Dr. DeJarnett also answers questions about Coronavirus, who is most at risk, and what we can do to keep from getting and spreading the virus. She provides specific information for those of us living in rural communities in the Susquehanna Valley.  

For the most up to date Coronavirus/Covid-19 Information, please visit the US Centers for Disease Control.

Also in this episode Host Peterson Toscano reveals highlights from the Spring 2020 issue of Susquehanna Life Magazine. He chats with writer Brian Auman about a new and growing activity taking place in the Central Pennsylvania mountains that has the potential to bring a lot of people to the Susquehanna Valley.

Brian Auman in his article The Secret is Out believes Mountain Biking can be a driver for regional economic growth. More importantly, he says Interscholastic Mountain Biking provides an exciting new activity for middle and high school students. In our show he shares the history of mountain biking in the region and why he believes we are poised to see the region become a destination for serious mountain bikers from all over the country. 

Peterson also chats with 16 year old, Luly, from the Centre County Crow teams. She loves hurtling down the hill as fast as possible, and advises listeners to always wear a helmet. Luly's mom, Margot coaches the team and points out how great the program is for the youth in the region looking for new opportunities. 

We also learn about the Susquehanna Greenway Partnership, an ambitious plan to use trails and waterways to connect towns along a 500 mile stretch of the river. Alana Jajko, director of communications and outreach, tells us about two trails you can enjoy right now. 

Whenever heading out into the woods, remember to protect yourself and your pets from insects that cause diseases. For information on the ticks in our woods and precautions for people and pets visit Penn State Extension. They also have a page with information about mosquito bites along with guidelines for safely using insect repellent

Susquehanna Life Magazine publisher, Erica Shames, can be heard above the din of a chainsaw as she talks about the Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous. Experience it for yourself April 23rd, 24th, and 25th in Ridgeway, PA.

Erica also tells us how to make her very own Sesame Noodle Recipe. Loaded with spring vegetables, it is the perfect dish for the season. 

Peterson looks through nearly 10 pages from the Spring 2020 issue of Susquehanna Life Magazine to share a few events that he is planning to attend. Out of hundreds of possibilities, this is his short list:

  • Promised Land State Park in Greentown, PA will host Eagles—Masters of the Sky on April 11
  • May 3rd to June 14th see The Needle Art Exhibit at the Fort Hunter Mansion. And while you are there you can enjoy the Fort Hunter Greenway trail.
  • The  Covered Bridge Bus Tour in Columbia County takes off on May 16th

And so much more including events for children and the whole family. There is also  a special listing of events to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day.

NOTE: Before going to any of these events, we encourage you to contact the organizers to learn if the event has been cancelled or postponed. 

See the complete Events Guide in the Spring 2020 issue of Susquehanna Life Magazine. 

You will also learn about Restaurant Weeks taking place in the Valley.

  • Montour and Columbia counties: March 20th to the 29th. 
  • Snyder, Union and Northumberland counties: April 19th to April 26th.

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Many thanks to all the guests and to Raúl Díaz Palomar and music from his album: Música Para Poder 

Susquehanna Life Out Loud Premieres

Susquehanna Life Out Loud Premieres

February 26, 2020

Host Peterson Toscano chats with Erica Shames about the Spring 2020 issue of Susquehanna Life Magazine

Reaching back into the archives, Peterson interviews author Glen Retief about his Spring 2013 article, 48 Hours in the Susquehanna Valley.

Imagine you have a friend visiting you in the Susquehanna Valley for the very first time. You only have two days to entertain this friend and show off the region. During those precious 48 hours what would you do with your visitor? Where would you go? What do we have in the Valley that might seem commonplace to us but may just be downright extraordinary to a first time visitor?

Writer Glen Retief, a professor at Susquehanna University, found himself in this situation. He hosted a childhood friend from his home country of South Africa. His friend, wild life painter, James Stroud, had never visited Pennsylvania before; Glen knew they were starting with a blank slate.

Learn about the hidden spots Glen has discovered which he shows off to James. Hear how James marvels over something he witnessed in the Pennsylvania woods that was completely exotic to him. Glen's love for the Susquehanna Valley will give you a new appreciation for the region.

You can hear Susquehanna Life Out Loud on Podbean, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, and Stitcher Radio. Let us know where you hear podcasts, and we will submit our show to that platform. 

For questions, comments, suggestions, and recommendations, you can reach us at SusquehannaLife@gmail.com