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What motivates you to get out of bed each morning?: LaVonne Ackerman

Posted 11/12/19

Howdy, folks! How are things going with the dark nights coming sooner? I don’t mind the early evening darkness as much as the early morning darkness. I hate waking up while it is still …

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What motivates you to get out of bed each morning?: LaVonne Ackerman

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Howdy, folks! How are things going with the dark nights coming sooner? I don’t mind the early evening darkness as much as the early morning darkness. I hate waking up while it is still “nighttime.” One way to solve that problem? Just sleep in!

What if you can’t, though? What motivates you to get up and get going ... responsibilities, commitments, a paycheck?

Check the answers at the end of the column to find out some ways people think about these things. Have a wonderful week.

Birthdays

Happy special 22nd cake day to Eric Belles of Lower Swatara Township. His birthday is Wednesday, Nov. 13. Have a wonderful week!

Best wishes to Edward Flowers of Lower Swatara on Nov. 13. I hope 54 wonderful things happen to you on Wednesday.

Kyle Brennan of Lower Swatara will celebrate 22 years on Thursday, Nov. 14. I hope your day is extra-special, Kyle!

Another 22er joins the club. Happy birthday to Alyssa Ebersole! She hits 22 on Thursday, Nov. 14. Enjoy!

Devin Martin of Royalton marks his 20th cake day Nov. 14. Hope your Thursday is thrilling!

Joe Hile of Lower Swatara will hear the birthday song on Friday, Nov. 15. A very happy birthday to you, Joe!

Happy quarter-of-a-century birthday to Alexander Gipe on Friday, Nov. 15! Enjoy being 25 all weekend!

Happy very special 22nd cake day to Kassidy Deibler of Lower Swatara on Nov. 15. Have a fantastic Friday!

Morgan Baumbach of Middletown marks her 22nd frosty-filled day Friday, Nov. 15.  Have an extra special weekend!

Happy 21st birthday to Leandra Cruz of Middletown. She celebrates her legal-eagle birthday Friday, Nov. 15! Congrats!

Cliff Meifert of Lower Swatara celebrates his snappy-happy birthday on Saturday, Nov. 16. Good wishes for a super day!

Here is a shout-out to Brenda Chesney of Lower Swatara on Sunday, Nov. 17. Have a super-duper day!

Happy Sweet 16 beep-beep-honk birthday to Carly Zimmerman of Lower Swatara on Monday, Nov. 18. Have a marvelous week, Carly!

Camila Martinez of Lower Swatara will celebrate her honk-honk-beep birthday on Monday, Nov. 18. Happy Sweet 16 to you!

Ed Nagy of Lower Swatara will observe his confetti-popping cake day on Tuesday, Nov. 19! Have a happy, Ed!

Alex Monroig of Lower Swatara celebrates his beep-beep-honk birthday on Tuesday, Nov. 19. Have a terrific 16th cake day!

Happy birthday blessings to Harmonei Zerbe of Middletown on Tuesday, Nov. 19. May your 12th party day be the best!

Anniversaries

Happy wedding anniversary to Ray and Lisa Shaver of Lower Swatara Township. Their romantic heart day is Thursday, Nov. 14. Happy 27th!

Best wishes to Gilbert and Stephanie Flowers of Lower Swatara. They celebrate on Saturday, Nov. 16. Enjoy!

Cozy Rigatoni with Sausage

oil

onion

2 lb. Italian sausage

8 oz. can sliced mushrooms

1 1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. pepper

6 oz. can tomato paste

3 c. water

1 tsp. oregano

1 tsp. sugar

1/2 c. Parmesan cheese

1/4 lb. Muenster cheese, sliced

1 pkg. rigatoni

Heat oil in large saucepan. Sauté sausage and onion until meat is brown. Add mushrooms, salt, pepper, tomato paste, water, oregano and sugar. Bring to boil. Cover and simmer one hour.

Cook rigatoni and drain. Grease 13-by-9-inch pan. Arrange rigatoni in pan. Top with sauce. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and cover with Muenster cheese. Cover with foil. Bake 20 minutes at 375 degrees, or until cheese melts. 

Quote of the Week

“It’s a choice to get up and get going just as much as it is a choice to sit down and do nothing.” — Anonymous

Question of the Week

What motivates you to get up and get going?

“The fact that I have no choice!” — Will Benkovic, 16, Lower Paxton Township.

“My sense of purpose for each day, knowing I’m needed and I have to show up!” — Marsha Boltz, Susquehanna Township.

“Mom, yelling at me.” — Jon Benkovic, 9, Lower Paxton.

“Not school! The thought of getting better at being me.” — Logan Benner, 13, Royalton.

“Candy! Special days at school.” — Luca Ryan, 5, West Hanover Township.

“The thought of being tardy!” — Stella Ryan, 9, West Hanover Township.

“Looking forward to going to school and seeing friends!” — Anna Benkovic, 10, Lower Paxton.

Proverb for the Week

A talebearer reveals secrets, but he who is of a faithful spirit conceals a matter (11:13). 

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