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Fall is here, and all that comes with it: LaVonne Ackerman

Posted 9/18/19

Hello, all! In just a few days, on Monday, we will leave summer behind and embrace a new season. Ahhhh, here come the mums, pumpkins, colorful leaves, scented candles, warm clothes and football, …

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Fall is here, and all that comes with it: LaVonne Ackerman

Pumpkins are just one sure sign that fall has arrived, as evidenced in these photos from last year in Old Reliance Farms.
Pumpkins are just one sure sign that fall has arrived, as evidenced in these photos from last year in Old Reliance Farms.
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Hello, all! In just a few days, on Monday, we will leave summer behind and embrace a new season. Ahhhh, here come the mums, pumpkins, colorful leaves, scented candles, warm clothes and football, soccer and cross country!

Isn’t it wonderful we have four seasons to enjoy and celebrate? One of those seasons has two names. You guessed it! Fall and Autumn. How did this happen?

The  story seems to go like this: Folks noticed that this warm, turning-to-cooler weather season causes the trees to lose their leaves. In Old English times, this was called “feallan,” which means to fall or die. Over time, the word was shortened to fall.

The word autumn comes from Old French “autompne,” which comes from Latin “autumnus.” Some believe autumnus came from an Etruscan word and could be related to the Latin augere, which means to increase.

Let’s go back to Etruscan. I remember studying Etruscan in high school art history class. It brings to mind warm hues of brown, tan, orange and rust colors. This certainly can describe our trees in late fall.

Let’s consider the word augere, which means increase. One wonders, does this mean the increase of fallen leaves scattered everywhere, or the increase of late-season zucchini and tomatoes? It is a huge harvest time, so it makes sense this word is used.

Many things happen from near the end of September to near the end of December. We experience heat waves, mild temps, crisp days and sometimes crazy snow storms! We watch our gardens thrive as the sun’s intensity fades. We see plants go to seed and brown out, eventually dying. We notice the ground hardening and the winds biting. It feels like winter arrives late, because snow doesn’t seem appropriate in fall.

Back to fall ... evidently, this word wasn’t fancy enough in England so they don’t use it like we do here. If you want to sound American while in England, please refer to this season as fall. If you want to blend in and be British, use autumn! Have a wonderful first week of fall!

Fun fact: The name Autumn has been used for girls since the 1970s. It has been ranked among the top 100 names for the past 10 years.

Birthdays

Happy Sweet 16 cake day to Laila Deimler of Lower Swatara Township on Thursday, Sept. 19. Have a super beep-beep-honk day!

Sara Dintiman of Lower Swatara celebrates her honk-honk-beep day on Sept. 19. Wishing you a sweet and beautiful happy 16th!

Wishing Suzanne Hile a very happy birthday on Saturday, Sept. 21. May all your dreams come true for you!

Happy big-deal 25th birthday to Kirsten Hrobak on Sept. 21. Have a super Saturday cake day!

Ariannah Williams of Lower Swatara observes her very special 22nd golden birthday on Sept. 22. What a superb Sunday celebration, just for you!

Happy birthday to Kristina Myers of Lower Swatara. Her party day is Sunday, Sept. 22. Enjoy!

Happy Monday birthday to Logan Benner. This remarkable young man of Royalton turns into a teenager on Sept. 23. God bless and congrats, Logan! 

Stephanie Ponnett of Lower Swatara will hear the birthday song on Monday, Sept. 23. I hope it’s a perfect day, Stephanie!

Wishing Lisa Metz a terrific birthday on Tuesday, Sept. 24. Many good wishes to you, pretty lady!

Anniversaries

Happy wedding anniversary to Larry and MariAnne Kapenstein of Lower Swatara Township on Sept. 20. They will enjoy 33 glorious years together on Friday!

Wayne and Brenda Cox of Lower Swatara mark 24 years of wedded bliss Sept. 23. Enjoy a marvelous Monday of celebration.

Happy 31st anniversary to Michael and Lisa Thomas of Lower Swatara. Their romantic holiday is Tuesday, Sept. 24. Congrats!

Spaghetti time

The Lower Swatara Lions Club will hold an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Lions Building in Shope Gardens. 

Don’t cook that night, but bring the family down for a delicious dinner and help out your local Lions Club. They appreciate support as they continue to give back to the community!

Congrats, grads

The following received degrees from Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre on Sept. 8. Congratulations!

Robert Brodish of Middletown received a master of science in education.

Kathryn Korsak of Middletown received a master of science in education.

Tyler Petrouskie of Hummelstown received a master of science in education.

Ann Pineda Ziegler of Elizabethtown received a master of science in education.

Brandon Popp of Middletown received a master of science in education.

Stephanie Stevens Dodson of Middletown received a master of science in education.

Ruth Still of Hummelstown received a master of science in education.

Cool Rotini Salad

Ending summertime with this easy recipe!

1 box rotini (San Giorgio)

16 oz. mayonnaise

1 c. sugar

1 c. water

1/2 c. vinegar

1 medium onion, finely chopped

1 c. celery, diced

1/2 tsp. celery seed

1/2 tsp. celery salt

1/2 tsp. turmeric

1/2 tsp. salt

1/8 tsp. pepper

Cook rotini until tender, instructions on box. Drain. Add all ingredients to pasta. Will be soupy, refrigerate overnight, will become thick. Serve over bed of lettuce.

55th reunion for MAHS

Attention, all graduates from the Class of 1964 of Middletown Area High School: A reunion is planned for 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28.

It will be held at American Legion No. 594 on High Street in Middletown.

If you haven’t received the invitation and would like to attend, please call Sallie (Cochran-Appleby) Evans at 717-566-2664. Your friends are waiting to see you!

Quote of the Week

“Summer and winter and springtime and harvest: sun, moon, and stars in their courses above; join with all nature in manifold witness to thy great faithfulness, mercy and love!” — Thomas O. Chisholm, poet, songwriter and editor.

Question of the Week

What is your favorite season and why?

“Fall, because the beauty and fun of summer is fading. Fall follows with more family time, patio fireside chats, or silence, hearty, healthy homemade soups that can be easily and affordably doubled to bless others!” — Stacey Frost, Royalton.

“Winter, because I get to play in the snow!” — Ayden Windows, 5, Susquehanna Township.

“Summer, because of the pool, fun things are open, and we have no school!” — Stella Ryan, 9, West Hanover Township.

“Winter. I like sledding in the snow.” — Luca Ryan, 5, West Hanover.

“Fall. I love how God paints the green leaves yellow, brown, and rust!” — LeeAnn Hocker, Lower Paxton Township.

“Fall. I love the colors, especially when decorating. I also enjoy wearing sweaters and the cooler weather.” — Whitney Wood, Singer Island, Florida.

Proverb for the Week

Discipline your son, for there is hope; do not set your heart on putting him to death (19:18).

Reach LaVonne Ackerman at 717-649-7366 or by email at LaVonneAck@comcast.net.