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Historical society yard sale, Islam 101 on tap: LaVonne Ackerman

Posted 4/25/17

Come on, April showers. Be done and bring on the May flowers!

I haven’t started the countdown until summer yet, as it is nice to enjoy and be content just where we are.

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Historical society yard sale, Islam 101 on tap: LaVonne Ackerman


Come on, April showers. Be done and bring on the May flowers!

I haven’t started the countdown until summer yet, as it is nice to enjoy and be content just where we are.

Wow, don’t you think this is an extremely busy time of the year? The calendar is filling up with all kinds of meetings and events.

Look below for yard sales, how to support the Middletown Area Historical Society, learn about Muslims in Islam 101, and learn about the work PA Wounded Warriors Inc. does. You can also participate in a fundraiser for the MAHS Class of 1997 at the Black Horse!

I’ m very excited to share the news about our own Stephanie Strauss, founder of PUREhope Coffeehouse, who works to make a difference in the world in a corner of this community. Maybe you can provide hope for others by attending the Coffeehouse benefit on Saturday, April 29.

Have a wonderful week, and let me know your news to share!


Happy brand-new teener birthday to Rachelle Miller of Highspire. Her 13th cake day is Wednesday, April 26. Yay for you, Rachelle!

Sending Amy Rhodes and huge bouquet of spring tulips on her sweet birthday, Thursday, April 27. I hope the day is full of smiles and sunshine, Mrs. Rhodes!

Heather Richards of Middletown marks her landmark 21st birthday on Friday, April 28. I hope it is a huge me-holiday, Heather! Congrats.

Happy quarter-of-a-century to Samantha Noss of Lower Swatara. This gal is 25 on Friday, April 28. Enjoy it all weekend long, Sammie!

Best wishes to Jordan and Eddie Arnold as they share their twin birthday on Saturday, April 29. Congrats on turning the big 21! Enjoy your day, week and year!

Carly Williams of Lower Swatara hits her sparkles and glitter 22nd party day on Sunday, April 30. Enjoy your weekend, Carly.

Happy Sweet 16 beep-honk-honk day to Yalyssa Ortiz of Middletown. She marks this wonderful occasion on Sunday, April 30.

Another teen emerges on Sunday, April 30. Austin Wolf of Lower Swatara will blow out 13 candles atop his cake! Enjoy your treats and fun day, Austin!

Happy beep-beep-honk day to Brandon Miller of Middletown. He is Sweet 16 on Monday, May 1! Wishing you a boatload of sunshine, Brandon!

Hey there Cheryl Daily of Lower Swatara! Happy big 60th cake day to you on Tuesday, May 2! You look so young!!

Pam Shonk of Londonderry celebrates her 48th cupcake and streamer day on Tuesday, May 2. Make it count, Pam!


Happy 37th romantic holiday to Al and Janel Tomalis of Lower Swatara. These two married on April 26, 1980. Congrats and best wishes for a wonderful Wednesday together!

Historical society yard sale

The Middletown Area Historical Society of Dauphin County is hosting a “Spring Has Sprung” community yard sale on Saturday, April 29 on the lawn of the Swatara Ferry House and the Liberty Band Hall, South Union Street and Ann Street, from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Families, clubs, and other nonprofits and businesses are invited to rent a space as a seller or stroll through the grounds as a shopper. Or do both!

Admission is free, and reservations are not needed. There is no rain date and no electricity provided. Pets are not allowed at this event. Other terms and rules can be found on the society’s Facebook page and website or you can call Bob at 460-8700.

The proceeds from the food concession, cash donations and the space rentals benefit the mission of the society to preserve the history and artifacts of the Middletown area at the event’s location and at the society’s museum at 29 E. Main St. The society is a non-profit corporation.

PUREhope Coffeehousebenefit

All are welcome to the 9th annual PUREhope Coffeehouse to benefit the works of Hope for Justice and Blood: Water to be held at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Social Room, 240 Broad St. in Highspire. Mark your calendar for 6:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 29.

PUREhope Coffeehouse was founded to play a small part in the story of those changing the world. Take a step in helping to play a part in the stories of Hope for Justice and Blood:Water. These groups work tirelessly in the fights against human trafficking globally and the HIV/AIDS and water crises in Africa, respectively.

They are playing an incredible part in changing the world and changing the stories of many around the globe and in our backyard.

Come and listen and learn about these life-giving organizations, enjoy live entertainment by Paul Zavinsky, Seasons and others, a silent auction, bottomless beverages and fair trade coffee as well as delicious baked goods and snacks provided by St. Thomas Roasters. One hundred percent of the proceeds go directly to the two organizations. You can make a difference!

For more information about Hope for Justice, visit For more information about Blood:Water, visit We all must play a part to see a world without slavery and where life is abundant.

We are very proud of Stephanie Strauss of Lower Swatara, who is breaking chains and bringing life with all those who will help. Will you be one of them? Stephanie is the founder of PUREhope Coffeehouse. You can reach and encourage Stephanie at

Islam 101

An interesting afternoon is promised at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 30. A presentation on Muslims — who they are, what they believe and what they do not believe — will be given by Samia Malik of Mechanicsburg. Samia will answer questions throughout the presentation.

Everyone is invited to attend the event at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Middletown. This is free and open to the community.

Yard sale

We’re having a big yard sale this week,

So tell everyone to whom you speak.

Old Reliance is the place to be,

Because everything is priced nearly free.

So come see us and just take a peek!


Check out Old Reliance Farms semi-annual two day yard sale at 8 a.m. Friday and Saturday, April 28 and 29.

Lionettes news

A representative from PA Wounded Warriors Inc. will speak about the work the organization does at the Londonderry Lionettes at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 3. The meeting will be at Londonderry Elementary School, 260 Schoolhouse Road, Middletown. For more information, call 944-6518.

MAHS Class of 1997

The Middletown Class of 1997 will celebrate its 20-year class reunion in the fall.

The event will be held to raise money for a scholarship/gift to the school and to offset the cost of the reunion. The event will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, at the Black Horse Tavern. All tips at the bar will be donated to the fund.

Mike Tretter, from the Class of 1997, will work as a celebrity bartender. Gourmet cupcakes, made by classmate Kathleen O’Donnell Gross, will be on sale. Additionally, for a $5 donation, patrons can receive a $5 coupon good towards future food purchase at the Black Horse.

Contact information is being gathered on the class Facebook page, MAHS97, or it can be emailed to

Township meetings

The following meetings will be held at the Lower Swatara Municipal building located on Spring Garden Drive at 7 p.m. unless noted:

Recreation Board: 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 3.

Board of Commissioners: Wednesday, May 3 and May 17.

Municipal Authority: Wednesday, May 24.

Planning Commission: Thursday, May 25.

Life hacks

1. Chalk will remove all grease stains. Simply rub the stain with chalk and toss it in the wash as normal.

2. Help your child to read! Turn on the subtitles as your child watches TV to enable them to learn verbal and spelling skills without them even knowing it.

3. Sticking your finger in your ears for a few seconds can instantly get rid of hiccups.

Quote of the Week

“God gave us tears to mend the tears in our heart and soul.” — Anonymous

Question of the Week

How do you help others?

“I volunteer with several non-profits that focus on helping veterans and youth, preserving the history of Middletown and supporting the public programs of the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery.” — Bob Hauser, Middletown.

“I help my sister to do her homework sometimes!” — Tori Mrakovich, 8, Middletown.

“If people are fighting I try to calm them down.” — Paul Reiseg, 8, Middletown.

“By being involved with taking home communion to the shut-in members of our congregation every six weeks.” — Steve Strauss, Lower Swatara.

“If someone is hurt or sad ask them if they want to play. Be their friend.” — Arianna Laverty, 9, Middletown.

“Help them by offering them kind words.” — Adrianna Santana-Santiago, 9, Middletown.

Proverb for the Week

He who fears the LORD has a secure fortress, and for his children it will be a refuge (14:26).

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