Susquehanna Life Out Loud

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 

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