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Don't forget true meaning of Christmas: LaVonne Ackerman

Only five more shopping days until Christmas! I am not a shopper so I am not really compelled to run out and join in this holiday tradition of last-minute shopping. Maybe you are one of those … more

Happy 92nd birthday to Mr. Dick Van Dyke!: LaVonne Ackerman

Happy Chanukah! Wednesday, Dec. 13 is the first day of Chanukah. Dec. 13 is also Ice Cream and Violins Day! Did you know that Dick Van Dyke was born on this day in 1925? This means he is 92. I … more

Here’s some advice as we head toward 2018: LaVonne Ackerman

Here is a big hello to December. We are gearing up for “farewell time” to the year 2017, in about 25 days. Undoubtedly, this month will fly by. That sounds so cliche, doesn’t … more

Morning Star needs child donations: LaVonne Ackerman

Goodbye, November. It was nice, but it is time for you to go! You helped to prepare us for cold wintry winds and low, low freezing temperatures. The first day of winter is Dec. 21. We have 22 … more

Wishing you a warm, wonderful Thanksgiving: LaVonne Ackerman

Happy Thanksgiving to you all! What a delightful, warm and aromatic holiday. May your turkey be moist and cranberry sauce filled with berries! I love this day and all the food and fun of family … more

Show thankfulness, gratitude this month: LaVonne Ackerman

Hi, folks! We are halfway done with this month already! Here we are in the middle of the thankful month. What does that mean to you? Have you ever met someone who exudes gratitude? What have you … more

What’s your favorite part of fall festivities?: LaVonne Ackerman

Hello, people! It seems we are in the thick of things … all things autumn!  What is your favorite thing about this time of year? Is it the smell of wood burning against a background of … more

This Halloween will have a little extra fun: LaVonne Ackerman

Hello, people! Just in case you haven’t heard, trick-or-treat night in Middletown is from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26.  Here are other dates:  • Thursday, Oct. 26: Derry … more

There’s a reason why it’s been so warm out: LaVonne Ackerman

Hi folks. I hope you are enjoying this extremely mild October.  I asked Siri, the “intelligent assistant” living in my iPhone, why it has been so warm lately. She directed me to … more

Summer just won’t let go so fall can arrive: LaVonne Ackerman

Hello, folks. It seems like we got stuck in some sort of summer bio-state. I am making words up here! The point is, this warm weather is not allowing me to decorate with pumpkins and move on into … more
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