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In The Spring - 2019 Issue

Dear Readers,

As I write this, we are in the throes of winter, January turning to February. We await another snow storm and Arctic temperatures. Will it be 3 to 5 inches, or 4 to 8, is the question on everyone’s mind.

I try to remain positive, buoyed by the joy inherent in taking part in diversions like learning how to play pickleball at The Miller Center, a wine and small plates pairing event at Elizabeth's An American Bistro, and get-togethers with friends. And, above all, staying active—jogging outside, when possible, and utilizing the Bucknell gym for yoga and spinning classes when it’s not. But I'm truly just biding time until the emergence of spring and I can again play golf outdoors, a new passion!  

Embracing the spring is the message behind this issue, encouraging you to really latch onto and be grateful for all the promise spring offers. Maybe it’s the first sighting of a crocus sprouting that delights you. Or perhaps it’s the abundant daylight, sunshine and warmer temperatures that make you smile.

I was a spring baby, and with that first taste of warmth, I think, came an alignment with higher temperatures; nothing makes me happier than to spend time outside, in harmony with nature.

That synchronicity with the outdoors is the theme of an article about helping our monarch population survive. Can you help by planting milkweed this spring to assist monarchs thrive in a world that sees their numbers dwindling precipitously?

Daniel Holmes was inspired to create his own adventure as a result of encouragement he found in this column in the summer 2018 issue. Read his story and be inspired by how he made momentous life changes!

A day trip idea from Whitney Pipkin arises from the opening of a former Maryland plantation for visitors seeking more information about plantation life and the role of the Underground Railroad.

Trees, it turns out, can help reduce water pollution, and in Pennsylvania the goal is to plant 10 million of them by 2025. Read how people are banding together to achieve this goal in Harry Campbell’s article.

Mountains of culm—perhaps you’ve seen them beside roadways in Northeast Pennsylvania coal country? They’re eyesores, and they’re part of a reclamation effort to boost economic development and recreation opportunities, as Carrie Pauling tells us.

If you’re a business owner, you’ll be pleased to learn that your employees can be your competitive advantage in the marketplace, if you treat them right, as the experience at Sekisui SPI teaches us.

And that’s just a taste of what awaits you in this spring issue. Enjoy the changing of the seasons, and make time to get outdoors.


Erica L. Shames 
Founder & Publisher

Articles from our Spring 2019 Issue:

Trees Glorious Trees - Protecting Our Natural World

Trees, Glorious Trees! - Protecting Our Natural World

A partnership of national, regional, state and local agencies is working to plant 10 million trees by the end of 2025 to reduce water pollution in Pennsylvania. Read More » 

Upon hiring Sekisui employees are assigned a mentor whose job it is to develop them both as an individual and an employee

Central PA Workers: Your Competitive Advantage

Ronn Cort has managed manufacturing facilities all over the world. It wasn’t until he transferred to Central PA that he learned an important truth: employees can be a company’s competitiv... Read More » 

By the Book Spring 2019

By the Book [Spring 2019]

Browse these book recommendations in a variety of genres. Read More » 

Cooking at Home Coconut Flour Pancakes

Cooking at Home: Coconut Flour Pancakes

Many people are learning about the glycemic index diet, and how a food’s glycemic load impacts your nutrition. These light and fluffy pancakes, made with coconut flour, oil and milk—which... Read More » 

From Culm to Clean Reclaiming Abandoned Mine Land

From Culm to Clean: Reclaiming Abandoned Mine Land

The duality of the coal mining legacy in Pennsylvania—a dirty business that also brought jobs and prosperity—pervades, even as areas of blight dotted with mountains of culm are transforme... Read More » 

Susquehanna Lifes Spring 2019 Dining Guide

Susquehanna Life's Spring 2019 Dining Guide

Restaurants Off the Beaten Path, as Chosen by Our Readers Read More » 

20 Tips for the Ultimate Dog-Park Experience

20 Tips for the Ultimate Dog-Park Experience

Whether you’re an urban or rural dog owner, it’s likely you’re familiar with the local dog park. It’s a canine oasis, where your leash-less pet is free to sniff, run and socialize with ot... Read More » 

Spring Illumination 2019 Here We Believe

Spring Illumination 2019: Here We Believe

Spring Illumination as seen on the lawn of a nearby home Read More »   

Our Natural World Monarch Mania

Our Natural World: Monarch Mania

The statistics surrounding the downward spiral of monarch butterflies is staggering. East of the Mississippi we rely on natural pollinators like the monarch butterfly for our food supply,... Read More » 

Tell Us Your Story An Impetus for Life-Change

Tell Us Your Story: An Impetus for Life-Change

I enjoy reading Susquehanna Life magazine; if only I hadn’t picked up the Summer 2018 issue, I wouldn’t be in this predicament. Life-change is difficult, but I made the difficult decision... Read More » 

Woodlawn Manors sturdy three-story stone barn tucked into a hillside to provide access to all three levels

Day-Trips: Experience a Desperate Route to Freedom

Imagine a flight from slavery at Woodlawn Manor, a former plantation transformed into a Maryland State Park. This day-trip includes a museum visit, walking trails and an earful of history... Read More » 

Letters To The Editor [Spring 2019]

Readers share their thoughts on previous issues.


Web Extras

Monarch Butterfly Facts

Monarch Butterfly Facts

We’ve learned that monarchs migrate to Mexican overwintering areas. Sanctuaries and reserves have been created at overwintering locations in Mexico and California to limit habitat destruc... Read More » 

How To Create a Butterfly Garden

How To Create a Butterfly Garden

Monarch butterflies typically show up in Pennsylvania starting in mid-May, so it makes sense to start planning your garden now. Read More » 

Earth Conservancy Projects

Earth Conservancy Projects

Earth Conservancy’s primary work is reclamation. The belief is that through reclamation, both environmental restoration and economic revitalization can occur. Read More » 

Best Central PA Dog Parks

Best Central PA Dog Parks

Check out the best dogs parks here in Central PA! Read More » 

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