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This week is all about the green: LaVonne Ackerman

Posted 3/20/19

All things are green this week. First, we celebrate St. Patrick's Day wearing our green, and today we celebrate the first day of spring!

What a rough winter we have had here in central …

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This week is all about the green: LaVonne Ackerman


All things are green this week. First, we celebrate St. Patrick's Day wearing our green, and today we celebrate the first day of spring!

What a rough winter we have had here in central Pennsylvania! I sure am glad that the worst is behind us.

Recently, a child asked me that because spring is here, are we done with snow? I — very slowly, cautiously and carefully — said, “We can’t know this answer!”

I remember, not just once, having snow in April! I reassured her and told her I never remember having snow in May.

Have a wonderful week, and don’t forget to get outside and celebrate spring!


Happy landmark birthday to Kirstin Burkett of Lower Swatara Township. She is 18 on Wednesday, March 20. Congrats, and happy spring!

Aaron Fernback hits cake day No. 25 on March 20. Wednesday is a delightful day to turn a quarter-of-a-century. Congrats!

Aalyah Rodriguez of Lower Swatara marks her 17th birthday on Wednesday, March 20. I sure hope the breezes are warm for you, Aalyah!

Happy big-deal 20th birthday to Dylan Zimmerman of Lower Swatara. He celebrates on Thursday, March 21. Enjoy!

Many birthday blessings are sent to Matthew Wincoop Jr. of Lower Swatara. He hits No. 17 on Friday, March 22. Have a super weekend, Matthew!

Grant Carpenter of Lower Swatara celebrates his 12th frosty-filled day on Friday, March 22. I hope your day is fantastic, Grant!

Madison Sieber of Middletown marks her 15th balloon-flying day on March 22. I hope all things are fun for you on Friday!

Charles Turner of Lower Swatara will hear the birthday song on Saturday, March 23. I hope it is a beautiful sound to your ears, Charles. Have a super day.

Earl Lippert of Lower Swatara has 77 reasons to celebrate on Saturday, March 23. Count them all day long, Earl! Have a happy birthday blast all weekend!

Caitlyn Gingrich of Royalton reaches cake day No. 20 on Saturday, March 23. I hope the sun is shining for you all weekend. Enjoy!

Best wishes to Lisa Shaver for a wonderful birthday on Sunday, March 24. I hope 51 fantastic things happen to you this special weekend!

Happy birthday blessings are sent to Becky Carpenter of Lower Swatara on Sunday, March 24. Here’s to lots of cake for your family this week. Wishing you the best birthday ever!


Happy 26th wedding anniversary to Mike and Julie Deibler of Lower Swatara Township. Their romantic holiday is Wednesday, March 20. Happy spring, happy love!

Best wishes to Earl and Pat Lippert of Lower Swatara. This sweet couple was married on March 26, 1960. Wow, congrats and enjoy your 59th year together on Tuesday with flowers and chocolate!

Green Springy Dish


1 stick, unsalted, butter

8 oz. asparagus, woody ends trimmed

3/4 cup peas (fresh or frozen)

8 oz. green beans, chopped

1 yellow onion

2 spring onions or garlic scapes, chopped

1/2 cup heavy cream

1/2 cup chicken stock

1 lb. angel hair pasta

1 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese

8 oz. fresh basil leaves

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the asparagus, peas, beans, spring onion, yellow onion and a pinch of salt. Cook just until the onions soften, about five minutes. Add the heavy cream and chicken stock and cook until reduced slightly, about 3 minutes.

Meanwhile, add the pasta to boiling water as the label directs. Drain the pasta and transfer to the sauce; toss gently. Place in a serving bowl. Garnish with cheese and basil. Enjoy!

Bocce League

Needed: regular and substitute bocce ball players!

Men and women are being accepted for Londonderry Township’s Bocce League for 2019 summer. Games are played Monday and Tuesdays at 9 a.m. in May. In June, July and August, the start time is 8 a.m. Tuesday games are at 6 p.m., and games are May 6 through Aug. 20.

A picnic will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27 at the Sunset Park Golf Clubhouse. Interested people can sign up as an individual, as a couple, or as a team (four players). No experience is necessary, as bocce is an easy game to learn. There are no fees.

For more information, call 717-944-6518.

Quote of the Week

“We all get the exact same 365 days. The only difference is what we do with them.” — Anonymous

Question of the Week

What do you like best about March?

“Sometimes I go on trips!” — Jameson Hoffman, 7, Lower Paxton.

“This year, Lent. It is a special time to be quiet and reflect. Also, I like that spring is coming soon!” — Dr. John Renda, Hetrick Center.

“St. Patrick’s Day! Actually, I like everything about March.” — Sam Kostoff, 11, Middletown.

“That my brother’s birthday is the 18th. We have fun together. Also, that we have Good News Club!” — Esperanza Herrera, 9, Middletown.

“My mom’s birthday is St. Patrick’s Day!” — Yareidy Muniz, 9, Middletown.

“That spring is here, on this day, March 20th!” — Kayci Fralin, 8, Middletown.

Proverb for the Week

He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm (13:20).

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