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Wishing you a warm, wonderful Thanksgiving: LaVonne Ackerman

Posted 11/22/17

Happy Thanksgiving to you all! What a delightful, warm and aromatic holiday. May your turkey be moist and cranberry sauce filled with berries! I love this day and all the food and fun of family …

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Wishing you a warm, wonderful Thanksgiving: LaVonne Ackerman


Happy Thanksgiving to you all! What a delightful, warm and aromatic holiday. May your turkey be moist and cranberry sauce filled with berries! I love this day and all the food and fun of family togetherness. I hope this holiday we will play some games and enjoy some Strite’s apple pie.

I love the leftovers — turkey sandwiches, turkey casserole, turkey soup! I love not getting up early on Black Friday and going shopping ... all that pushing and shoving, always afraid I will hurt someone! Just kidding. Seriously, I do avoid shopping centers, stores and any traffic areas on that day.

I am grateful for family and friends. For the little things thoughtful people do for me. For the huge things that come my way. I am thankful. I hope your holiday is peaceful and full of gratitude. Enjoy it all.


Happy birthday and Thanksgiving to James Lake of Middletown. This guy is 20 on Thursday, Nov. 23. Many good wishes for an exciting holiday cake day, James!

The birthday song will be sung on Nov. 23 as Carol Fernback of Lower Swatara celebrates her cake-and-ice cream day on Thursday, Thanksgiving. May your day be extra special, Carol!

Happy last teener birthday to Jessica Knisely of Lower Swatara on Thursday, Nov. 23. I hope your don’t mind sharing your 19th birthday with a turkey, Jessica. Enjoy!

Best wishes to Walter Balmer of Londonderry on a terrific birthday on Turkey Day, Nov. 23. It is your big-parade birthday. Happy 76th!

Jenna Abbott of Lower Swatara marks her 20th confetti-popping day on Thursday, Nov. 23. Enjoy all the festivities and fun!

Happy big-deal 30th cake day to Scott Lutzkanin of Lower Swatara on Friday, Nov. 24. Wishing you the very best birthday yet! Congrats, Scott.

Valerie Wilmath of Middletown will celebrate her razzle-dazzle 17th cake-and-ice cream day on Friday, Nov. 24. Just enjoy this very special weekend of fun, Valerie!

I hope 45 beautiful things happen to Jennifer Houser of Lower Swatara on Friday, Nov. 24. May your day be everything you hoped it to be, Jen!

Double birthday wishes are sent to twins Mike and Aaron Lupia of Lower Swatara on Saturday, Nov. 25. Super fun and enjoyment to you both over this birthday weekend!

If you see Jeff Witmer out and about Lower Swatara Township, be sure to give him a very robust happy birthday greeting. He marks his me-holiday on Saturday, Nov. 25.

Gus Burghdorf of Lower Swatara celebrates his 44th frosty-filled day on Saturday, Nov. 25. I hope your weekend is everything you want it to be, Gus!

Happy Sweet 16 birthday to Leah Rodic of Lower Swatara. Her beep-beep-honk day is Sunday, Nov. 26. Be safe, Leah!

Here is a shout-out to Patty Kuharic of Lower Swatara for a marvelous Monday, Nov. 27 birthday! I hope your week is more than fine and you keep looking up!

Birthday blessings are sent to Ed Schoen of Lower Swatara on Monday, Nov. 27. Enjoy your day, Ed!

Kim Schoen’s cake day is Tuesday, Nov. 28. Lots of cake at your house this week, Kim! Enjoy your special smiles and surprises day!

Happy balloon-flying day to Todd Houser Jr. of Lower Swatara on Tuesday, Nov. 28. Have a fine birthday week, Todd!


Happy Saturday anniversary to Ken and Dee Esterline of Lower Swatara on Nov. 25. This couple celebrates 22 years together. Congrats and best wishes for a wonderful thankful weekend!

Joe and Jeanne Spagnolo Sr. of Lower Swatara were married on Nov. 26, 1960. Best wishes to you both as you celebrate 57 years together on Sunday. Congrats!

Happy 25th silver anniversary to Shawn and Rosanna Tully of Lower Swatara on Tuesday, Nov. 28. Many good wishes and congratulations to you two!

Thanksgiving recipe, Baked Corn

Here is a favorite Baked Corn recipe I use for this holiday. It is from my special wedding recipe book.

1 can creamed corn

3 eggs

1 Tbs. sugar

4 Tbs. flour

1 1/2 cups milk

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. pepper

2 Tbs. melted butter

Blend flour, sugar, pepper, and salt with mild and add corn. Beat eggs and add to corn mixture. Pour into 2 quart baking dish. Pour melted butter on top. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Let sit for about 10 minutes before serving.

Good News Clubs

For students at Reid and Kunkel elementary schools, did you know these clubs are here? This is a Christian afterschool club for students in kindergarten through fifth grade. It is free and fun.

Children will hear exciting lessons right from the Bible, play games, enjoy music time and learn stories about missionaries. Treats and friendship, too!

Check us out. Call Child Evangelism Fellowship for more information, 717-652-0372.

Night out

Attention parents: Are you in need of a night out? Would you like to get some Christmas shopping done or just enjoy a night of quiet?

You are welcome to try Parents’ Night Out from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10 at Royalton Methodist Church, 500 Penn St., Royalton.

Children ages 6 to 12 are invited to play games, do Christmas crafts and enjoy pizza.

Register by Sunday, Dec. 3. Email or call 717-944-7271.

Quote of the Week

“God’s will for our life is wherever our skills meet our passions and burdens.” — Tsh Oxenreider, writer, podcaster.

Question of the Week

What are you really thankful for this season of thanks?

“That we aren’t poor and we have a nice family.” — Jon Benkovic, 7, Lower Paxton.

“Math class and carrots.” —  Stella Ryan, 7, Lower Paxton.

“All the food we have.” — Ryan Benkovic, 4, Lower Paxton.

“My Franklin DVD and grapes!” — Luca Ryan, 3, Lower Paxton.

“My new husband, James.” —  Rachael Quinn, Harrisburg.

“To be able to watch the changing of the seasons ... the glittering frost covering the blades of grass in the late fall sunrise ... seeing your breath when you walk out in the cold air at the beginning of the day.” — Amy Raser, Hershey.

“This community.” — LaVonne

Proverb for the Week

The wise man conquers the strong man and levels his defenses (21:22).

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