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Do you know when school gets started?: LaVonne Ackerman

Posted 8/2/17

Welcome, August! Wow, summer of 2017 is just going by way too quickly! Who agrees? Time to make that all important must-do list before summer is gone. I would like to do some more swimming, dining …

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Do you know when school gets started?: LaVonne Ackerman

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Welcome, August! Wow, summer of 2017 is just going by way too quickly! Who agrees? Time to make that all important must-do list before summer is gone. I would like to do some more swimming, dining outdoors and maybe have a backyard fire on a cooler evening. We have to go out to get ice cream one of these days. So much to do, so little time.

Don’t be alarmed, but Middletown and Lower Dauphin schools open up in just a little more than three weeks. Monday, Aug. 28, is just around the corner. Kids! Get your summer-on in high gear.

Have a wonderful week and let me know your news!


David Alcock marks his 17th cake day Wednesday, Aug. 2. Have a wonderful day. Enjoy!

Best wishes to Karen Guenther of Lower Swatara. Her celebration day is Wednesday, Aug. 2. Hope your day is happy!

Happy beep-honk-beep day to Ben Knisely of Lower Swatara on Aug. 3. Ben turns Sweet 16 on Thursday.

Here is a shout-out to Tom Harvey of Lower Swatara. May your Aug. 4 be the best day of your summer so far! Happy birthday to you on Friday.

Best wishes for a joyful birthday to Jared Schiefer of Middletown on Friday, Aug. 4. Happy cake day!

Happy landmark birthday to Christopher Shonk of Londonderry on Aug. 4. He turns 18 on Friday. Congrats!

Aryanna Griswold of Middletown marks her 15th birthday on Saturday, Aug. 5. May your day be full of sparkles and glitter, Aryanna!

Myles Gutterrez of Middletown celebrates cake day No. 17 on Aug. 5. If you see him out and about on Saturday, be sure to give him a peppy happy birthday greeting.

Happy 17th snappy-happy birthday to Devon Finsterbush of Middletown on Saturday, Aug. 5. May your weekend be full of birthday surprises and fun!

Happy landmark 21st birthday to John Carberry of Lower Swatara. He is an official adult on Sunday, Aug. 6. Congrats and enjoy your me-holiday weekend, John!

Best wishes to Lexi Hulstine of Middletown as she celebrates her Sweet 16 birthday on Sunday, Aug. 6. Enjoy your beep-beep-honk day and be safe, Lexi!

Happy brand-new-teener birthday to Jason Grob of Lower Swatara. Jason turns 13 on Monday, Aug. 7. Congrats!

Derrick Miller of Lower Swatara hits cake day No. 17 on Monday, Aug. 7. Enjoy and have a marvelous time all week long, Derrick!

Happy quarter-of-a-century birthday to twins Gregory and Steven Pickel on Monday, Aug. 7. Seems you guys were just only in kindergarten! Best wishes to you both in all you do.

Ashley Nicole Wynkoop of Lower Swatara turns 19 on Monday, Aug. 7. Enjoy your last teen year, Ashley. Happy birthday to you all week long!

Happy razzle-dazzle 15th birthday to Maya Bayhart of Lower Swatara on Monday, Aug. 7. Enjoy this very popular birthday with smiles and fun!

Here is a happy birthday shout to Greysen Vigilante of Royalton on Aug. 7. May your Monday cake day be super special this year, Greysen!

Happy birthday to Paul Carnes of Lower Swatara. Wishing you a terrific birthday on Tuesday, Aug. 8. I hope you enjoy every minute of it!

Happy landmark 18th birthday to Gabrielle Smith of Middletown on Tuesday, Aug. 8. Enjoy your confetti-popping week!


Best wishes to Gregg and Donna Hughes on their 43rd wedding anniversary. They celebrate on Thursday, Aug. 3. Wow, congrats!

John and Susan Parkhill of Lower Swatara mark their 26th flower, chocolates and romantic dinner out date on Aug. 3. If you see them on Thursday wish them a wonderful day!

Happy 44th anniversary to Wes and Sheryl Cyphert of Lower Swatara on Friday. They were married on Aug. 4, 1973. Congratulations and best wishes!

Harry and Diane Myers of Lower Swatara observe their 39th wedding anniversary on Saturday, Aug. 5. Wishing you a wonderful day of cool breezes and happy hearts on your very special day!

God’s Clothes Closet

All are welcome to come out to Evangelical United Methodist Church, 157 E. Water St., Middletown, for free shopping from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 5. Come see the large selection of clothing and other items, clothing for men, women, teens and children: sweaters, slacks, jeans, dresses, blouses, skirts, shirts, coats, belts, shoes, hats, plus linens and blankets. For more, call 717-944-6181.

Glad grads

Congratulations to Melissa Shaver, of Middletown, on receiving her bachelor of science in nursing from Western Governors University, Salt Lake City, on July 15.

Jennifer Lynn Miller of Middletown graduated with distinction with a master of education degree on May 21 from Cabrini University in Radnor. Congrats!

Benjamin J. Felker of Middletown received a bachelor of science in electrical and computer engineering degree from Norwich University, Northfield, Vermont. Congratulations!

Dean’s list

Derrick Stolzfus of Elizabethtown was named to the dean’s list at Geneva College in Beaver Falls for the spring 2017 semester.

Megan Kelly of Elizabethtown was named to the dean’s list at Cabrini University in Radnor for the spring 2017 semester.

At St. Francis University in Loretto, three local students were honored for the spring 2017 semester: Sean Donegan of Hummelstown, health science, provost’s list; Taylin Lehman of Hummelstown, biology, dean’s list; and Halle Marion of Middletown, accounting, provost’s list.

Lock Haven University recently announced dean’s list students: Taylor Plouse, Middletown, sophomore, health sciences/pre-physician assistant; and Sean E. Weidner, Hummelstown, junior, psychology.

Brunch buffet

All women are invited to the “Lookin’ Good” brunch buffet at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 9 at Hershey Italian Lodge, 128 Hillcrest Road, Hershey. The brunch is presented by Hershey Area Women’s Connection, affiliated with Christian Women’s Clubs of America.

A LuLa Roe Designs fashion show will be presented by Melody Sullivan of Hershey. Musicians will be Destiny Shaffer and Bradford Whitson, vocalists from Harrisburg. The speaker will be Suzanne Buckingham of Watertown, New York. She will share how we can have victory through the trials of life.

For reservations, call Edna at 717-652-0997 or Mary at 717-533-3497, or email

Township meetings

The following August meetings will be held for Lower Swatara Township at the Municipal Building on Spring Garden Drive. All start at 7 p.m.

Board of Commissioners: Wednesdays, Aug. 2 and 16.

Municipal Authority: Wednesday, Aug. 23.

Planning Commission: Thursday, Aug. 24.

Quote of the Week

“Create healthy habits, not restrictions.” — Anonymous

Question of the Week

What do you like best or least about the summer?

“I like it because it is hot out.” — Ariel Vonada, 8, Lower Swatara.

“Going swimming at my grandma’s.” — Amarii Humes, 7, Lower Swatara.

“That we go swimming almost every day.” — Chase Curtis, 8, Penbrook.

“That we have a break from school, and it’s not that stressful.” — Madison Schmitt, 10, Lower Swatara.

“The pool is the best!” — Ta’kye Mallard, 7, Lower Swatara.

“I don’t like when the heat gets to me.” — Nydira Brown, Lower Swatara.

Proverb for the Week

A fool finds no pleasure in understanding, but delights in airing his own opinions (18:2).

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