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A little snow doesn’t hurt: LaVonne Ackerman

Posted 1/16/19

Hi, people! It looks like we have been having some wintry weather, finally. What is winter for if we don’t get some snow? Snow is beautiful, until you have to drive in it or shovel it!

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A little snow doesn’t hurt: LaVonne Ackerman


Hi, people! It looks like we have been having some wintry weather, finally. What is winter for if we don’t get some snow? Snow is beautiful, until you have to drive in it or shovel it!

I always look forward to a good snow so the kids can enjoy a snow day, go sledding, make snow angels, build an igloo, or roll a snowman.

What is your favorite snow activity? I like to look at it! There is something special about sitting under warm blankets and enjoying a snowstorm right outside your window.

We have nine more weeks of winter before spring begins March 20. I wonder how much snow we will get between now and then?

Have a wonderful week, and enjoy the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday on Monday.

Don’t forget to share your news, email or call me!


Happy 14th cake-and-ice cream day to Faith Shonk of Londonderry Township on Wednesday, Jan. 16. I hope the sun peeks out for you on your day!

Tyna Brinser of Lower Swatara observes another confetti-popping day on Thursday, Jan. 17. Make it your best birthday yet, Tyna!

Best wishes for a beautiful birthday to Cathy Farr of Lower Swatara on Jan. 17. Have a terrific Thursday.

Annalise Spagnolo of Lower Swatara celebrates her 15th balloon-flying day on Thursday, Jan. 17. Happy birthday to you!

Here is a shout-out to Jim Gallagher of Lower Swatara on Friday, Jan. 18. Have a super-duper birthday, Jim!

Happy landmark big-deal birthday to Garrett Deyle of Lower Swatara on Friday, Jan. 18 as he turns 21.

Kaitlin Shartle marks her 25th quarter-of-a-century happy birthday on Jan. 18. If you see her on Friday, be sure to give her a super-loud congrats greeting!

Olivia Yeich of Lower Swatara joins the teener club on Friday, Jan. 18. I hope your 13th birthday is just beautiful!

Mike Brinser of Lower Swatara will hear the birthday song on Sunday, Jan. 20. I hope your day is full of happy, Mike!

Happy 21st cake day to Nicole Whittle of Middletown on Sunday, Jan. 20. Congrats and best wishes to you on this landmark day!

Here is a shout-out to favorite postal carrier Cindy Bowers of Lower Swatara on Jan. 22. Many good wishes are sent your way for a terrific birthday on Tuesday, Cindy!

Christian Nordai of Middletown marks his legal-beagle 21st cake day on Tuesday, Jan. 22. Enjoy it all week long, and congrats!

Happy landmark 18th birthday to Nathan Cheek of Middletown on Jan. 22. I hope your Tuesday is simply remarkable!


Happy wedding anniversary to Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Turns of Middletown. They celebrate their special day on Monday, Jan. 21. Congrats!

Super Easy Meatloaf

1 lb. lean ground beef

1/4 c. chili sauce or ketchup

1 egg

1/4 c. bread crumbs

1/4 tsp. thyme leaves

1/4 tsp. onion salt

1/4 tsp. pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In large bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well. Press mixture firmly into ungreased 8-by-4-inch loaf pan.

Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. You can add an additional 3 Tbsp. of chili sauce or ketchup to the top and cook for 10 to 15 more minutes or until thoroughly cooked in the center. Meat thermometer: 160 degrees Fahrenheit. Let stand for 5 minutes then remove from pan. Serve with garlic mashed potatoes and a fresh salad, and French bread.

Dinner is served

All are welcome to a roast beef dinner with cheesy potatoes, glazed carrots, applesauce, roll, beverage and dessert from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21, at Evangelical United Methodist Church, 157 E. Water St., Middletown. 

Takeouts are available. A cost is involved. For more information, call 717-944-6181. The location is handicap-accessible.

Quote of the Week

“I have a great need for Christ and I have a great Christ for my need.” — Charles Spurgeon, pastor and author, 1834-1892.

Question of the Week

What is your favorite winter dinner?

“Green beans and ham. I help make it!” — Jameson Hoffman, 6, Lower Paxton.

“Lentil soup.” — Terry Brownell, Hummelstown.

“Macaroni and cheese with hot dogs.” — Bill Seaton, Hummelstown.

“Pork, ham, mashed potatoes and green beans.” — DJ Butler, 9, Middletown.

“Roast turkey and all the fixings, and mac and cheese!” — Ka’Nai Wallace, 8, Middletown.

“Extra-cheese pizza!” — Anonymous.

Proverb of the Week

My son, if your heart is wise, then my heart will be glad; my inmost being will rejoice when your lips speak what is right (23:15,16).

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