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April showers bring in the beauty: LaVonne Ackerman

Posted 4/24/19

Hello everyone. How about these April showers?

I hope you were able to get grass seed down on those bare spots in your yard. No sense in missing all the free watering going on around here. …

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April showers bring in the beauty: LaVonne Ackerman


Hello everyone. How about these April showers?

I hope you were able to get grass seed down on those bare spots in your yard. No sense in missing all the free watering going on around here.

Have you noticed how beautiful spring looks? Take a walk around your neighborhood and enjoy the beauty of the flowering trees and green plants and grass.

I hope you have an opportunity to see old friends and meet new people as we all emerge from the long winter. Oh, the wonderful beauty of the warmth of springtime!

Let me know your news to share, and have a great rest of your April!


Catherine Cargill of Lower Swatara Township will blow out five candles atop her birthday cake on Wednesday, April 24. I hope you get lots of treats, Catherine!

Happy birthday to Pat Lippert of Lower Swatara. I hope your day is full of sunshine on Wednesday, April 24. Enjoy it all week long!

Happy 24th cake day to Allison Lawyer on Thursday, April 25, a perfect day!

Eddie Mecca marks his frosty-filled day on Thursday, April 25. I hope it is not too cold and not too hot!

Best wishes for a fantastic Friday, April 26, party day to Rachelle Miller of Highspire. Have a happy birthday weekend!

Amy Rhodes of Hummelstown has 45 reasons to smile on Saturday, April 27. Wishing you a day of sunshine and warm breezes, Amy. Happy birthday!

Samantha Noss of Lower Swatara will hear the birthday song on Sunday, April 28. I hope your cake day is full of beauty and sweetness!

Happy birthday blessings are sent to Cassandra Johnson of Middletown on April 29. This beautiful gal is turning 12 on Monday!

Happy 9th birthday to Malik Drake of Middletown on Monday, April 29. May God bless you extra on your special day, Malik!

Double birthday wishes are sent to Jordan and Eddie Arnold of Lower Swatara on Monday, April 29. Happy 23rd cake day, y’all!

Carly Williams of Lower Swatara observes her 24th birthday on Tuesday, April 30. Make it your happiest birthday yet, Carly!

Yalyssa Ortiz of Middletown celebrates his landmark 18th cake day on Tuesday, April 30. Congrats to you, Yalyssa, and have a terrific week!

Happy 15th cake-and-ice cream day to Austin Wolf of Lower Swatara. He celebrates on Tuesday, April 30. Enjoy!


Happy 37th wedding anniversary to Mike and Karen McKillip of Lower Swatara on April 24. Enjoy your romantic holiday on Wednesday, hopefully with the sun shining brightly!

Al and Janel Tomalis of Lower Swatara were married on April 26, 1980 and celebrate their 39th anniversary on Friday. Enjoy your weekend with lots of hearts, flowers and chocolate!

Pancake breakfast

The Lower Swatara Lions Club invites everybody to come to its annual all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 4.

It will be held at the Lions building in Shope Gardens.

Be sure to stop by before you start your day with a really good breakfast.

Cost for adults is $5, with children 4 to 12 at $3.50, and children 3 and younger may eat for free.

It is through projects like this that our Lions can give back to our community. Mark this date down, and we hope to see you all there.

May township meetings

The following Lower Swatara Township meetings will be held in the municipal building on Spring Garden Drive, at 7 p.m. unless noted:

Recreation Board: Wednesday, 6 p.m. May 1.

Board of Commissioners: Wednesday, May 1; Wednesday, May 15.

Municipal Authority: Monday, May 20.

Zoning Hearing Board: Wednesday, May 22.

Planning Commission: Thursday, May 23.

Coconut Pound Cake

Thanks to Susan Wagner of Lower Swatara Township

This pound cake is best if store for a day before serving.

1 lb. butter

2 c. sugar

6 eggs

1 tsp. vanilla

2 c. flour

7 oz. flaked coconut


1 c. sugar

1/2 c. water

1 tsp. almond flavoring (coconut if you prefer)

Cream butter and sugar. Add 1 c. flour; mix well. Add eggs, one at a time.

Mix in remaining flour, vanilla and coconut.

Pour into well-greased bundt pan and bake for 60 to 75 minutes (test for doneness, as it could take longer).

Mix together glaze ingredients and glaze while hot.

Quote of the Week

“Your mind is a powerful, powerful weapon that can be destructive or constructive.” — Anonymous

Question of the Week

What is your favorite thing about your neighborhood?

“We all know each other pretty well and help each other out.” — Justin Yohn, 17, Lower Swatara.

“A lot of my friends live near me and we are not too far from the baseball field.” — Carter Ewing, 8, Middletown.

“It has many people that support one another.” — Anthony Albright III, 9, Middletown.

“My view, and the cows. Also, it is close to everything we need, but is it out in the country.” — Lisa Shaver, Lower Swatara.

“Being able to walk or bike, seeing fields and farms and beautiful yards. I enjoy meeting others who are out walking with their children or dogs.” — Sue Lawruk, Lower Swatara.

“That my friends live close by and I can hang out with them, a lot.” — Arianna Laverty, 11, Middletown.

Proverb for the Week

Put away perversity from your mouth; keep corrupt talk far from your lips (4:24).

Reach LaVonne Ackerman at 717-649-7366 or by email at