On September 10, 2020, John Zaktansky spoke at the Taber Museum on the topic of Anecdotes to Antidotes: How the Susquehanna River continues to heal our region and why we need to return the favor.”

Susquehanna Riverkeeper

Zaktansky is the Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper and Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association Executive Director -- taking over in mid-February not long before things shut down from COVID-19. In the role, Zaktansky strives to protect and promote the various river-based resources throughout the greater watershed, advocating for clean water while inspiring the next generation of stewards.

Zaktansky grew up on a small family dairy farm and hunting preserve in upper Northumberland County and was active in 4H, numerous school-related sports and Boy Scouts, earning his the rank of Eagle Scout and then giving back via outdoors-centric leadership training programs. Zaktansky joins the Riverkeeper movement after nearly 14 years of working at The Daily Item newspaper in Sunbury, winning numerous state-wide journalism awards for his writing, design work and special projects. He worked previously as a counselor for troubled adolescents at a residential group home and, with his family, helps oversee the youth ministry at the Port Ann Wesleyan Church in Snyder County.

The lecture series resumed after a long hiatus due to the COVID 19 restrictions, and was well attended.