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This day is the start of May ... yay!: LaVonne Ackerman

Posted 5/1/19

May day, day May ... yay, it is the first day of May!

Hi, folks. Are you excited about this beautiful new month of May? I rather think April was kind to us. We had plenty of sunshine and warm …

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This day is the start of May ... yay!: LaVonne Ackerman


May day, day May ... yay, it is the first day of May!

Hi, folks. Are you excited about this beautiful new month of May? I rather think April was kind to us. We had plenty of sunshine and warm temps, but I am hoping May is going to be even better.

What is your favorite thing about May? 1-2-3 ... go! Mild temperatures, the earth is laughing in flowers, people are less grouchy, spirits are lifted up by blue skies and warm breezes, picnics, long walks. Mother's Day, Memorial Day, possible swimming opportunities, lots of daylight for outdoor activities, and it means summer is just around the corner!

Have a wonderful week, and don’t forget to let me know your news to share.


Happy belated birthday to Julia Hughes of Lower Swatara Township. Her sparkles-and-glitter day was April 21. She turned 14 on Easter Sunday. I hope your day was amazing, Julia!

Happy first day of May birthday to Jeremy Barnes of Middletown! Best wishes to you for the best one yet on Wednesday.

Cheryl Daily celebrates her fun-filled day on Thursday, May 2. Wishing you a thrilling sunny day, and cake.

Pam Shonk of Londonderry Township will observe her frosty-filled cake day on Thursday, May 2. May God bless you on this special day!

The birthday balloons will be flying on Saturday, May 4, for Janice Breon of Lower Swatara. Enjoy your me-holiday all weekend long!

Logan Nissley of Lower Swatara turns one decade old on Sunday, May 5. Congrats to you, a brand-new double-digit-midget!

Happy birthday to Larry Sheaffer of Lower Swatara on his party day, Sunday, May 5. I hope you are surrounded by much love and smiling faces.

Best wishes for a great birthday to Meredith Breon. May the sun be shining on your face on Sunday, May 5. Enjoy!

Happy last and final teener birthday to Jerrod Myers of Middletown on Monday, May 6. Have a marvelous 19th cake day!

Alex Mosher of Lower Swatara hits No. 23 on Monday, May 6. May your day be totally special, Alex!

Welcome to the 20s, Michael Mattes of Lower Swatara! His confetti-popping day is Monday, May 6. Enjoy!

Lavina Balliet of Lower Swatara will have 15 candles atop her birthday cake on Monday, May 6. What a popular day to be born! Best wishes to you.

Happy birthday balloons will be flying for Leslie Hughes of Lower Swatara on Tuesday, May 7. May it be a day of warm sunshine and mild breezes, just for you!

Sending a happy double-toothpick birthday greeting to Sarah Jean of Middletown on Tuesday, May 7. May God richly bless you on your 11th cake-and-ice cream day, Sarah!


Best wishes to Joe and Denise Giulivo, formerly of Lower Swatara. They celebrate 34 blissful years of marriage on Saturday, May 4.

Dan and Marie Fuoti of Lower Swatara were married on May 5, 1979. Best wishes to you both on your 40th wedding anniversary!

Don and Cindy Bowers of Lower Swatara celebrate their 36th anniversary on Tuesday, May 7. Many good wishes for a romantic day are sent your way.

Happy third anniversary to Jeremy and Julie Barnes of Middletown on Tuesday, May 7. Your gift is crystal, or glass! Enjoy your hearts, roses and chocolate day!

Pancake breakfast

The Lower Swatara Lions Club invites everybody to come to its annual all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 4, at the Lions building in Shope Gardens.

Be sure to stop by before you start your day with a really good breakfast.

Adults cost $5, and children 4 to 12 cost $3.50. Children 3 and younger eat free.

It is through projects like this that our Lions can give back to our community. Mark this date down, and we hope to see you all there.

Yard sale

The Presbyterian Church at Union and Water streets in Middletown will hold a yard sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 4, in the church basement.

Subs, soup and a bake sale will be enjoyed by all. Come on out for some great deals!

Ebenezer Church news

All are welcome to come to the campus yard sale at Ebenezer United Methodist Church, 890 Ebenezer Road in Lower Swatara, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 4.

There will be lots of food and fun!

Quote of the Week

“You are as welcome as the flowers in May.” — Charles Macklin, Irish actor.

Question of the Week

What is your favorite thing about May?

“I like it because of butterflies and the grass and the flowers are growing.” — Jacky Morales, 8, Middletown.

“I like that it is getting warmer and we can go swimming.” — Mykenzie Hulse, 8, Middletown.

“Mothers Day! My son and I are going to do something special for my wife.” — Dr. John Renda, Hetrick Center.

“Flowers from April showers!” — Logan Benner, 12, Royalton.

“Cookouts at my friend's house.” — Arianna Laverty, 11, Middletown.

“Hanging outside with my friends.” — Aijah Gladden, 12, Middletown.

Proverb for the Week

A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger (15:1).

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