6 episodes

Along a River in the Wilds is a podcast that shares stories from North Central PA. The first season focuses on community initiatives, education, and healthcare in Renovo, Lock Haven, and Jersey Shore.

Along a River in the Wilds Rhianna Hibbler

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Along a River in the Wilds is a podcast that shares stories from North Central PA. The first season focuses on community initiatives, education, and healthcare in Renovo, Lock Haven, and Jersey Shore.

    Ep. 6 Renovo Borough with Mayor Tommy Tarantella, Jr.

    Ep. 6 Renovo Borough with Mayor Tommy Tarantella, Jr.

    Summary:


    Today’s episode focuses on the borough of Renovo. I spoke with Tommy Tarantella, Jr., who is currently the Mayor of Renovo.
    We discuss current infrastructure work that is happening, the promotion of tourism locally, and how jobs and economic development intertwine to bring vitality to a region.
    We mention The Greater Renovo Area Heritage Park, which you can find and follow on Facebook. Along with Preserve, Renew, and Revitalize of Western Clinton County (aka PRR, which is a nod to the Pennsylvania Railroad that helped build this town), these and other groups, like Clinton County Economic Partnership, are doing their best to improve local resources, promote tourism, and pass down the history of the area.

    Music in this episode is by Lobo Loco, available on Free Music Archive

    • 31 min
    Ep. 5 Revitalize Jersey Shore Area with Tina Cooney

    Ep. 5 Revitalize Jersey Shore Area with Tina Cooney

    Summary: 


    We're back! Today’s episode is with Revitalize Jersey Shore Area. I spoke with Tina Cooney, who is passionate about the community’s future and improving the experiences of both local residents and visitors to the region. 
    Part of the reason for the delay between episodes, besides having a big exam week, is that this is actually a re-do of our initial interview from back in June, where we spoke for well over 2 hours. Quite a few projects have progressed for Revitalize since then, so we wanted to provide an update on all of those.

    If you want more local history, I’m certain that Tina would be happy to have you come along for a historical society event. Lou Bernard (whose name has been mentioned in every episode except for this one) actually helps out with their events sometimes! Maybe you can get involved in the bicentennial!
    You can follow Revitalize on Facebook for more information, or attend their public meetings on the first Monday of each month. 
    They also recently made a Connect page that posts local events, so if you're looking for a hub that shares what's going on, check it out! 



    Notes: 


    Please subscribe for future episodes, and find us on Facebook at Along a River in the Wilds or on Instagram @riverinthewilds. Feel free to message us any questions or comments!
    Recommendations from the episode - Rural Matters, Dolly Parton's America, Strong Towns, Upzoned, It's the Little Things, Homecomers

    • 33 min
    Ep. 4 Clinton County and Regional History PLUS the supernatural with Lou Bernard

    Ep. 4 Clinton County and Regional History PLUS the supernatural with Lou Bernard

    Summary:

    On today’s episode we talk with Lou Bernard about local history, primarily that of Clinton County. We discuss the people, industries, and legends that have impacted our communities, and some of the efforts to bring new people into the region.

    Renovo 1983 & 1988 Links: https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/politics/1983/08/13/recession-swamped-susquehanna-town-clings-to-navy-buoy/511edbaf-42f5-4408-bc51-ce25346347a7/ https://www.mcall.com/news/mc-xpm-1988-12-18-2659297-story.html


    Notes:


    Please subscribe for future episodes, and find us on Facebook at Along a River in the Wilds or on Instagram @riverinthewilds. Feel free to message us with any questions or comments!

    Additionally this week, we would like to promote the upcoming Ross Library Haunted Tour. Join Lou Bernard on Friday October 25 and Saturday October 26th at 7pm each night, with a second late-night tour on Saturday at 11pm, for  an hour-long tour that includes some of the haunting and scary stories of Lock Haven. The tour costs $4, and proceeds will benefit the Ross Library. You can find more details on Facebook at Ross Library Adult Services.

    For more podcasts like this, check out The Homecomers, or any of the Strong Town network shows, including Strong Towns, It’s the Little Things, or Upzoned.

    If Lou’s talk of the supernatural appealed to you, check out the podcast Camp Monsters, which shares round-the-campfire stories of North American legends. They’re fun and easy tales to listen to on blustery autumn evenings, as nightfall comes earlier and we settle in for winter.

    Music in this episode is by Lobo Loco, available on Free Music Archive

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    Ep. 3 Downtown Lock Haven Inc. with Bob Rolley and Samantha Eisenhart

    Ep. 3 Downtown Lock Haven Inc. with Bob Rolley and Samantha Eisenhart

    Summary: In today’s episode we hear from Bob Rolley and Sam Eisenhart from Downtown Lock Haven, Inc. We discuss the role of Downtown LH within the community, focusing on their partnerships with local businesses, developing efforts to bring new people into Lock Haven, as well as ongoing fundraising projects that help the group sustain and continue their work locally.



    Notes:


    Please subscribe for future episodes, and find us on Facebook at Along a River in the Wilds or on Instagram @riverinthewilds. Feel free to message us with any questions or comments!





    Additionally this week, we would like to promote the upcoming Ross Library Haunted Tour. Join Lou Bernard on Friday October 25 and Saturday October 26th at 7pm each night, with a second late-night tour on Saturday at 11pm, for  an hour-long tour that includes some of the haunting and scary stories of Lock Haven. The tour costs $4, and proceeds will benefit the Ross Library. You can find more details on Facebook at Ross Library Adult Services. And stay tuned for next week’s episode with Lou!





    For more podcasts like this, check out The Homecomers, or any of the Strong Town network shows, including Strong Towns, It’s the Little Things, or Upzoned.





    Given that it is October, if anyone wants small-town spooky fiction, I have recently been binging the show Unwell: a Midwestern Gothic Mystery, which is set in Ohio. It reminds me of radiodramas that our family would listen to during long winter evenings growing up, with sound effects and everything. Go check it out if you would like some seasonal fiction.





    Music in this episode is by Lobo Loco, available on Free Music Archive

    • 45 min
    Ep. 2 Orientation: When, Where and What

    Ep. 2 Orientation: When, Where and What

    Introduction to the Show

    Learn more about the three towns we will be talking about in Along a River in the Wilds, from founding history to current industries and outlook. Also hear a little bit about the upcoming guests who will join us to talk about the show.

    Promotions

    On Friday October 25 and Saturday October 26th at 7pm each night, and additionally on Saturday at 11pm, join Lou Bernard for  an hour-long tour that includes some of the haunting and scary stories of Lock Haven. The tour costs $4, and proceeds will benefit the Ross Library. You can find more details on Facebook at Ross Library Adult Services.

    For more podcasts like this, check out The Homecomers, or any of the Strong Town network shows, including Strong Towns, It’s the Little Things, or Upzoned.

    Given that it is October, if anyone wants small-town spooky fiction, I have recently been binging the show Unwell: a Midwestern Gothic Mystery, which is set in Ohio. It reminds me of radiodramas that our family would listen to during long winter evenings growing up, with sound effects and everything. Go check it out if you would like some seasonal fiction.

    Music this week is by Lobo Loco, available on the Free Music Archive.

    • 13 min
    Ep. 1 Motivation: Who, Where, and Why

    Ep. 1 Motivation: Who, Where, and Why

    Introduction to the Show

    Learn more about the host, Rhianna Hibbler, and the area where she grew up that inspired her to start Along a River in the Wilds.

    Promotions

    On Friday the 11th and Saturday the 12th, join Lou Bernard at Highland Cemetery at 7pm for a great historical tour. Donation is $5, and all proceeds benefit the Highland Cemetery. Also on Saturday the 12th there is a Ghosts and Legends of Central PA event being held at the Ross Library from 1-2pm with Norman Houser of Bellefonte. And stay tuned for a future episode featuring Lou, where we talk about local history and folklore!

    For more shows like this, check out The Homecomers, or any of the Strong Town network shows, including Strong Towns, It’s the Little Things, or Upzoned

    Music in this episode is by Lobo Loco, available on Free Music Archive.

    • 8 min

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