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Isn’t it great to have neighbors you can trust?: LaVonne Ackerman

Posted 5/3/17

Welcome, May! What a lovely month you are. How pleasant are your temperatures and how beautiful your flowers.

Have you been enjoying some time outside? It is nice to take a walk and meet up with …

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Isn’t it great to have neighbors you can trust?: LaVonne Ackerman


Welcome, May! What a lovely month you are. How pleasant are your temperatures and how beautiful your flowers.

Have you been enjoying some time outside? It is nice to take a walk and meet up with the neighbors. Lately everybody is so busy, however, it is delightful when we are out in the yard or walking along the road we can share in some short conversations. How do you like to show kindness to your neighbors? It is a secure feeling when we know our neighbors are watching out for us. I hope you have the kind that you can trust and maybe even hang out with!

Have a great week and don’t forget to look for a way to make a connection with your neighbors!


Happy cake and ice cream day to Cody Kochinsky. He turns 24 on Wednesday, May 3! Enjoy.

Sending bouquets of May flowers to Janice Breon of Lower Swatara on Thursday, May 4. I do hope the sun is shining for you, Janice.

Happy birthday to Logan Nissley of Lower Swatara. I hope your 8th cake day on Friday, May 5 is fantastic!

Larry Sheaffer of Lower Swatara has 61 things to celebrate on Friday, May 5. Yay for you and happy birthday, Larry!

Many good wishes are sent to Meredith Breon of Lower Swatara on Friday, May 5. Enjoy your birthday weekend.

Jerrod Myers of Middletown marks his 17th cake day on Saturday, May 6. Happy weekend birthday to you, Jerrod!

Trevor Bower celebrates his quarter-of-a-century birthday on Saturday, May 6. Congrats and best wishes to you all year ’round, Trevor.

Happy landmark 21st cake day to Alex Mosher of Lower Swatara. He turns into a legal-eagle real-adult on Saturday, May 5. Congrats!

Michael Mattes of Lower Swatara turns 18 on Saturday, May 6. Hope it is a sensational day for you, Michael!

Lanna Balliet of Lower Swatara celebrates her brand-new-teener birthday on Saturday, May 6. I hope it full of bling and sparkles. Happy 13th!

Happy confetti-popping day to Janel Tomalis of Lower Swatara. She will hear the birthday song on Monday, May 8. Have a marvelous week, Janel.

If you see Mary Lou Witmer out and about Lower Swatara on Monday, May 8 be sure to give her a sweet birthday greeting!

Max Yurovich celebrates his snappy-happy 7th birthday on Monday, May 8. I hope it is full of fun and treats!

Best wishes for a terrific Tuesday birthday to Eliane Chubb, who celebrates cake day No. 22 on May 9. Enjoy this wonderful week, Eliane.

Tons of love and hugs are sent to beautiful daughter Jayme Ackerman of St. Petersburg, Florida. Wishing you a day full of God’s blessings on May 9. Wish I could share your birthday cake with you on Tuesday!


Best wishes to Joe and Denise Giulivo, who recently moved to Harrisburg, for a wonderful 32nd wedding anniversary on Thursday, May 4. Have a romantic week you two!

Dan and Marie Fuoti of Lower Swatara were married on May 5, 1979. Happy 38th anniversary to you on Friday. Have a super-special weekend celebrating.

Don and Cindy Bowers of Lower Swatara mark their 34th anniversary on Sunday, May 7. Hoping your day of chocolates and flowers is fantastic. Enjoy!

Best wishes for a delightful 36th anniversary to Kimber and Debbie Latsha of Lower Swatara on Tuesday, May 9. I hope you get your fill of sunshine and flowers. Have a terrific week!

Ladies brunch

All women are invited to “April Showers Bring May Flowers” brunch buffet at the Hershey Italian Lodge, 128 Hillcrest Road, Hershey at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 10. This is presented by Hershey Area Women’s Connection, affiliated with Christian Women’s Clubs of America.

Dennis Burd, horticulturist of Hummelstown will present “Spring Gardening Tip.” Kaylor Long, baritone vocalist of Hummelstown, will sing. Conaley Visneski of Shamokin Dam will share her story, “My Barbie Doll Dreams.”

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

Deadline is May 5. Grab a friend and enjoy a morning of refreshment.

Dinner time

St. Peter’s Lutheran Church of Middletown will host the community dinner on Monday, May 8. The May meal, served from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., will be meatball stroganoff, buttered noodles, vegetable, desserts and drinks. Everyone is welcome. There is a cost. Please enter through the parking lot doors.

Five Facts of Life

1. Don’t educate your children to be rich. Educate them to be happy, so when they grow up they will know the value of things, not the price.

2. Best-awarded words in London: “Eat your food as your medicines, otherwise you have to eat your medicines as your food.”

3. The one who loves you will never leave you, because even if there are 100 reasons to give up he or she will find one reason to hold on.

4. There is a big difference between human being and being human. Only a few understand it.

5. You are loved when you are born. You will be loved when you die. In between, you have to manage! If you want to walk fast, walk alone, but if you want to walk far, walk together!

Quote of the Week

“We make choices and then our choices make us.” — Anonymous

Question of the Week

What are some ways to be a good neighbor?

“You could rake their lawn in the fall, clean up dog poop if they have a dog.” — Hayley Reiseg, 9, Middletown.

“Sometimes I will mow the neighbor’s lawn when I can see he has a lot going on, usually when it gets high. We have good neighbors. My wife takes candy to them over the holidays.” — Tim Boltz, Lower Paxton.

“Help them when they need it.” — Adrianna Santana-Santiago, 9, Middletown.

“My neighborhood is very pet friendly and almost every home has a dog. We help each other out with pet sitting, feeding and walking. We also help each other with moving furniture and other home projects. We also have fun getting together socially. During the last snow storm we gathered next door for lunch and spent the day together.” — Angie Hill, Harrisburg.

“When they are away and if it snows, I will clear their driveway. I loan them my wheelbarrow, tables and truck. Or whatever they may need and we have.” — Scott Ackerman, Lower Swatara.

Proverb for the Week

The eyes of the LORD are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good (15:3).

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