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It’s mid-May, and school is almost over: LaVonne Ackerman

By LaVonne Ackerman
Posted 5/17/17

Hi, folks! How did we get to almost mid-May already? Why does this time of the year fly by so much more quickly than any other … at least that is my opinion?

For Middletown, there are only 22 …

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It’s mid-May, and school is almost over: LaVonne Ackerman


Hi, folks! How did we get to almost mid-May already? Why does this time of the year fly by so much more quickly than any other … at least that is my opinion?

For Middletown, there are only 22 days until the last day of school, June 7. Only 15 actual days, counting today, of school! Wow! Didn’t this past year speed by too quickly? Don’t get caught up in spring fever! Keep studying hard, you are just about there!

What a very busy time of year. Let me know your news to share. Do you have a trip or adventure to tell us about? New babies or newlyweds? This is the place to share, we are a community that cares so don’t be shy! Have a wonderful week.


Happy golden 17th birthday to Elliot Demko of Middletown. He will hear the birthday song on Wednesday, May 17!

Karen Bendgen of Lower Swatara marks her special day on Thursday. Many good wishes for joy and smiles to you on May 18, Karen.

Happy confetti-popping day to Dan Fuoti of Lower Swatara. He celebrates his big-deal birthday on Thursday, May 18, enjoy!

Zach Crumlich turns a quarter-of-a-century old on Thursday, May 18. Congrats and happy birthday, Zach!

Happy 22nd cake-and-ice cream day to Anthony Condran of Lower Swatara on May 18. Enjoy a thrilling day on Thursday, Anthony!

Happy birthday balloons will be flying for Skiler Mullen of Lower Swatara on Friday, May 19. Skiler turns 23. I hope it is a super birthday weekend!

Best wishes for a fantastic Friday birthday are sent to Michelle Berrones of Lower Swatara. She will hear the birthday song on May 19. Enjoy your birthday weekend, Michelle.

Diego Berrones, Lower Swatara, turns 15 on Friday, May 19. Many, many great wishes of fun with family and friends to you, Diego!

Norm Sheaffer of Lower Swatara blows out 91 candles atop his birthday cake on Friday, May 19! Congrats to you, Norm!

Mark Wagner of Lower Swatara celebrates his last teen year on Saturday, May 20 as he turns 19. Sending you lots of sunshine, Mark!

Happy birthday with lots of smiles and surprises to Chloe Erb of Middletown on Saturday. Chloe hits cake day No. 15 on May 20. Enjoy!

Todd Houser Jr. of Lower Swatara celebrates his landmark birthday on Sunday, May 21. It is extra-special because it is also his golden birthday, 21 on the 21st! Congrats, Todd.

Happy beep-beep-honk day to Jasmine Myers of Middletown on Sunday. This girl is Sweet 16 on May 21. Enjoy it all week long, Jasmine!

If you see Scott Thompson out and about on Monday, May 22 be sure to give him a hearty happy birthday greeting!

Happy landmark 18th cake day to Muhammad House of Lower Swatara on Monday, May 22. Make it a great one and enjoy!

Happy brand-new teener birthday to Stacey Hinojosa of Lower Swatara as she hits 13 on Tuesday, May 23. I hope it is all sparkles and glitter!

Brock Thompson turns 24 on Tuesday, May 23. Hope you have a terrific birthday, Brock! Best wishes all week long.

Happy super-duper-dazzling birthday to Brian Kennedy of Lower Swatara on Tuesday, May 23. I hope 53 wonderful things happen to you this week!


Best wishes for a fantastic 26th wedding anniversary to Mike and Kim Carroll of Lower Swatara. These two kids at heart celebrate on Thursday, May 18. Enjoy!

Charlie and Judy Stare were married on May 21, 1960. Congrats to you both for 57 years of wedded bliss! Keep up the great work.

Congrats to Richard and Margaret Reisinger of Lower Swatara on their 58th wedding anniversary. They celebrate their romantic holiday on Tuesday, May 23.

Supper is ready

All are invited to dine on meat loaf with gravy, whipped potatoes, veggie and dessert at the Church of God at 245 W. High St. in Middletown at 4:30 p.m. Monday, May 22. Come out for delicious food and fine fellowship!

Eshenauer wins scholarship

The David G. and Margie Messick Smith Endowed Scholarship at Bridgewater College in Bridgewater, Virginia, recently was presented to Renee Lynn Eshenauer, a junior business administration major from Steelton. The scholarship, which is awarded to a rising senior who has demonstrated exceptional promise in the field of management, was established by two Bridgewater graduates in memory of their grandparents, David G. and Margie Messick Smith. The award carries a $1,080 scholarship for the 2017-18 academic year.

Garden Talk

What types of vegetables do you grow?

I like green peppers planted in a row.

Onions and carrots grow in the ground,

Squashes are the meatiest pound for pound.

Possibly you grow something sweet,

Strawberries are as fun to pick as they are to eat.

Maybe healthy greens like spinach or kale,

I like cherry tomatoes and fill pail after pail.

It does not matter what you grow,

Your preference is your own, you know!

Get your hands dirty and grow some food,

Picking and eating it will improve your mood.


Highspire walking tour

All are invited to attend the Highspire walking tour by Don Ruth at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 21 (weather permitting). Meet at the Wilson House, 273 2nd. St. park in the rear yard. The tour should take about 1 1/2 hours depending on the number of questions asked. Historical society members are free; there will be a charge for nonmembers. Money will support any needed improvements and maintenance of The Historic Wilson House. Call 717 566-6828 with questions.

Ten things

Here is a list of things you can do to make a difference to your general life happiness:

1. Drink lots of water.

2. Eat fresh fruit.

3. Think positively about yourself and others.

4. Wash your face twice a day.

5. Changes your sheets once a week.

6. Take hot baths with Epsom salts.

7. Sleep more than seven hours a night.

8. Do a face mask once a week.

9. Reorganize clothes, makeup, closets, garage, etc.

10. Keep your living space clean.

Quote of the Week

“The older we get, the fewer things seem worth waiting in line for.” — Anonymous

Question of the Week

What is your favorite or least favorite vegetable?

“I love broccoli, especially cooked! I don’t like raw turnips.” Josh Sutherly, 10, Middletown.

“My favorite is carrots.” — Reagan Headley, 6, Middletown.

“I love green beans, I hate cauliflower.” — Greta Conrad, Mechanicsburg.

“Beets!” — Brelle Perkins, Lower Paxton.

“I like broccoli, cooked plain.” — Joseph Peterson, 7, Lower Swatara.

“I like all vegetables!” — Mozzie Aiken, 3, Linglestown.

Proverb for the Week

Better a meal of vegetables where there is love than a fattened calf with hatred (15:17).

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