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In The Spring - 2017 Issue

Mar 14, 2017 08:50PM ● By Melanie Heisinger

Dear Readers,

My favorite time of year is the in-between season after winter and before spring. Like other phases, it has treasured qualities all its own.

A feeling of hope pervades every morning—possibilities are reachable and worries surmountable.   

Until I hear the birds sing, I forget how quiet winter mornings are. Within accompanying balmy breezes, there is capacity for renewal.

Oh, the delight in shedding that tired wool coat so emblematic of the season—a uniform I don, ultimately, out of necessity rather than fashion sense as winter wears on.

With sun on my face, I greet each new day with promise. Even after work I revel in the capacity to spend increasing time outdoors as daylight begins its endless march toward 9 o’clock sunsets.

And, winter/spring means getting back on my bicycle for commuting and fun! With snow and silt off the roads, I feel the urge to take to peddle for exercise and a chance to spend time outdoors.    

With this renewed joyful countenance in place, we bring you the spring issue—full of hopefulness and joy, and a focus on the things that help make life here so unique.

Susquehanna Life magazine is co-sponsor of the Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper’s Bridges Over Troubled Water Wine and Covered Bridge Tour April 22. Join us as we take you, in motorcoach comfort, to experience our watershed’s beauty, including its famed covered bridges, while learning about threats to the health of our drinking water. Wine will flow as freely as the conversation.  

Readers clamor for information about the best hiking trails so we’ve enlisted Susquehanna Greenway Partnership’s Corey BeVier to identify six Susquehanna Hikes that promise unique glimpses of our iconic river.  

The photographic legacy of the lumber era is captured in recently uncovered images archived in a new Penn State Press/Lumber Heritage Region of Pennsylvania/Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission book, Woodhicks and Bark Peelers. We share many of them with you in an insightful article by Darrin Youker.

Lisa Z. Leighton researched the stages that led to the expansion of Shikellamy State Park to include land recently purchased from private owners; it encompasses Shikellamy Bluffs and expands our shared outdoors.

Learn how chicken pot pie differs from chicken pie from Emily Dittmar, Culinary Arts Institute graduate, and try the recipe provided by Emily’s Nana at

There’s more reasons to rejoice, including the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra’s 50th anniversary! Celebrate with them at upcoming concerts at the Community Arts Center March 18 and May 16.

The relevance of our older generation is chronicled in Millie Ragosta Baker’s Tell Us Your Story column, taking you back to a simpler era you’ll enjoy revisiting.

Dave Zuchowski shares information about two gardens that merge conserved land with art created by regional talent. And I have the pleasure of sharing with you my mother’s Thai Shrimp with Sesame Noodles recipe. Try it and let me know if you enjoy it as much as we do!

My best wishes to you and your family for a happy and healthy spring! Get outdoors—your health and happiness depend on it!


Erica Shames

Founder & Publisher  

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