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Ahhh, those memories of graduation: LaVonne Ackerman

Posted 6/6/18

Hi, folks! Don’t you have wonderful memories about the last day of school? The entire week is exciting while you wait for that last day.

And how about graduation? We all remember that very …

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Ahhh, those memories of graduation: LaVonne Ackerman

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Hi, folks! Don’t you have wonderful memories about the last day of school? The entire week is exciting while you wait for that last day.

And how about graduation? We all remember that very important event in our lives.

I don’t think I will ever lose the excitement of the anticipation of a long, hot summer with lots of free time and no school.

Enjoy the fun, kids! I hope you all keep on reading, though.


Don Graham of Middletown will hear the birthday song on June 6. Hope your Wednesday is happy, Don!

Happy landmark birthday to Brian Kelly of Lower Swatara on Wednesday, June 6. He is 21 and a full-fledged adult. Congrats!

Happy 17th cake-and-ice cream day to Angela Hernandez of Lower Swatara. May all your dreams come true on your bling-and-sparkles day, Wednesday, June 6.

Hey, Nate Kinsey! Happy fun-filled 15th birthday to you. I hope your Wednesday, June 6 is super special, like you!

Brayden Reigle turns a decade old on Wednesday, June 6. Enjoy being a double-digit midget, Brayden. Happy 10th!

Dominick Barillo of Royalton celebrates his landmark 18th cake day on Wednesday, June 6. What a popular birthday, and what a wonderful week to celebrate. Enjoy!

Janelle Dukes of Lower Swatara has 23 reasons to smile on Thursday, June 7. I hope the weeks goes well for you and the kiddos are very polite, Miss Dukes! Enjoy your birthday week.

Happy Sweet 16 beep-beep-honk day to Macy Appleby of Lower Swatara. Have a wonderful birthday on Thursday, June 7. Stay safe!

Fernando Santiago marks his 24th cool-parade birthday on Friday, June 8. Enjoy it all weekend!

Donnie Bell of Middletown marks his honk-honk-beep day on Friday, June 8. Have a sweet cake day as you turn 16. Wow!

Many good wishes for a beautiful sparkles-and-glitter Friday, June 8, to Esperanza Herrera of Middletown. God bless you on your 9th birthday, sweetie!

My Scott Ackerman husband marks his big-deal birthday on Saturday, June 9. He turns 60. Oh, my! Wishing you a beautiful weekend of doing anything you want to do! Love you.

Kenzie Zimmerman turns 19 on Saturday, June 9. Wishing you a wonderful final teener cake day, enjoy!

Happy birthday balloons will be flying high for Daryll Hickey of Lower Swatara on June 9. I hope your Saturday celebration is super-fine, Daryll!

Katie Kellogg of Lower Swatara turns the big 21 on Sunday, June 10. Many good wishes are sent your way for a sensational day. Congrats!

Happy 22nd confetti-popping day to Travis Patry of Middletown. Much joy to you as you observe your me-holiday on Sunday, June 10.

Gavin Guckavan of Lower Swatara will have his frosty-filled day on Sunday, June 10. Happy 14th birthday to you, Gavin!

Happy 25th birthday to Ashton Bowers! What a big month for you. May Monday, June 11, be just terrific. Wishing you much peace and joy and love, Ash!

Here is a shout-out to Lisa Lighty for a wonderful super-duper-dazzling birthday on Monday, June 11. Enjoy it all week long!

Happy birthday and a spiffy day to Lloyd Byers of Lower Swatara. This special man turns 83 on Monday, June 11.

Hey, George Kuharic of Lower Swatara: What fun things are you doing on Tuesday, June 12? I hope it is a day for fun and family. Happy birthday!

Ian Finkbiner enjoys his high-five 23rd cake day on Tuesday, June 12. May it be your best one yet!

Araynna Link of Middletown will hear the birthday song on Tuesday, June 12. Happy landmark 21st cake day and congrats to you, Araynna!

Jesse Yepes of Middletown marks his 15th rootin’ tootin’ birthday on Tuesday, June 12. I hope your week is super fine and full of fun, Jesse!


Best wishes to Chris and Jennifer Hunter of Lower Swatara. They celebrate 16 sweet years of love on Friday, June 8. Happy romantic weekend to you both.

Monday, June 11 is candy, flowers and hearts day for Howard and Kathy Crawford of Lower Swatara. They celebrate 41 years together! Wow, enjoy it kids!

Bill and Sue Neiman of Middletown were married on June 11, 1955. Congratulations on 63 years of marriage! Enjoy.

Township meetings

Please note the Lower Swatara Township June meetings, to be held in the municipal building located on Spring Garden Drive, each at 7 p.m.

Board of Commissioners: Wednesday, June 6 and Wednesday, June 20.

Municipal Authority: Monday, June 25.

Zoning Hearing Board: Wednesday, June 27.

Planning Commission: Thursday, June 28.

Time Lab VBS

Open Door Bible Church invites children 4 to 12 years old to attend “Time Lab” Vacation Bible School from 6:45 to 8:30 p.m. June 11-15. 

Pre-registration is not required. For more information, call the office at 717-939-5180, or email

The church is located at 200 Nissley Drive, Lower Swatara.


From the Wedding Book Collection

1/4 c. oil

1 chicken

1 1/2 lb. sausage

4 c. onions, chopped

2 c. celery, chopped

2 c. peppers, chopped

1 Tbs. garlic, chopped

4 c. long grain rice

5 c. chicken stock

3 tsp. salt

cayenne pepper

1 c. green onions

1 c. parsley

Season and brown chicken in oil. Add sausage and sauté with chicken. For Brown Jambalaya, add 1 Tbs. brown sugar to hot oil and caramelize.

Sauté onions, celery, peppers and garlic in oil chicken and sausage was cooked in. Return chicken and sausage to pot and simmer with vegetables. Add stock and bring to boil. Cover and reduce heat to simmer.

Add salt and pepper to taste. Add rice and return to boil. Cover and reduce heat to simmer.

Cook for 30 minutes, but after 10 minutes of cooking remove rice from sides of pot and turn once.  Add green onions, parsley, and tomatoes, if desired.

For Seafood Jambalaya, add after steps 1 and 2.

Quote of the Week

“Spring being a tough act to follow, God created June.” — Al Bernstein, sportscaster, writer, stage performer, recording artist and speaker.

Question of the Week

Do you do something special on the last day of school?

“Sleep over at my grandma's house.” — Julian Rodriguez, 7, Royalton.

“Stay up very late playing ‘Fortnite’.” — Amaury Battistini, 11, Lower Swatara.

“I go to Hummelstown pool.” — Murphy Hughes, 11, Lower Swatara.

“Have a party with my family!” — Maverick Kramer, 11, Lower Swatara.

“Wearing matching outfits with my friends.” — Betsy Gingrich, 11, Lower Swatara.

“I go to the beach!” — Delaney Fitzpatrick, 11, Lower Swatara.

“My family and I roast marshmallows.” — Julie Schanke, 11, Lower Swatara.

Proverb for the Week

Through love and faithfulness sin is atoned for; through the fear of the LORD a man avoids evil (16:6).

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