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Are you ready for summer? It’s here: LaVonne Ackerman

Posted 6/19/19

Hi, folks! Are you ready to welcome summer on Friday, June 21?

Time to break out the flip flops, suntan lotion, and popsicles because here is summertime and the living is, hopefully, easy! …

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Are you ready for summer? It’s here: LaVonne Ackerman


Hi, folks! Are you ready to welcome summer on Friday, June 21?

Time to break out the flip flops, suntan lotion, and popsicles because here is summertime and the living is, hopefully, easy!

What are you enjoying most about June? The warmer weather? The sunshine? Vacation? Outdoor fun? Maybe ice cream? Whatever it is, I wish you a wonderful week enjoying it!

Don’t forget to share your news with your neighbors here!


Happy 17th cake day to Griffin Meyer of Middletown on Wednesday, June 19. Wishing you a wonderful week!

If you see John Frailey out and about in Lower Swatara Township on Wednesday, June 19, be sure to give him a huge happy birthday smile!

Connor Symonies of Lower Swatara will blow out five candles atop his birthday cake June 20. Hope your Thursday is full of treats, Connor!

Happy birthday blessings to Danielle Shonk of Londonderry Township as she celebrates her ninth sparkles-and-glitter day on Thursday, June 20!

Garry Lenton celebrates his confetti-popping day on June 20. Enjoy your Thursday me-holiday!

Many beautiful birthday wishes are sent to Norma Mateer of Lower Swatara on June 20. I hope you get to do all your favorite things Thursday!

Happy birthday to Chris Etter! I hope your Thursday, June 20th is the best!

Marian Chesney of Lower Swatara marks her fabulous birthday on Thursday, June 20!

God bless sweet Jayden Rodriguez on June 21 as she celebrates her 10th birthday and the first day of summer on Friday!

Congrats and happy 25th cake day to Nick Yandrich on Friday, June 21. Wishing you a beautiful life!

Steve Boyland, who is serving his country, celebrates his frosty-filled day on Friday, June 21. Thank you and enjoy!

Payton Lescaleet of Royalton celebrates her special 22nd snappy-happy birthday on the first day of summer, June 21. Have a fantastic Friday!

Best wishes for a super Saturday birthday on June 22 to Henry Pickel of Lower Swatara.

Austin Burkett of Royalton celebrates his 15th cake-and-ice cream day on June 22. Have a sensational Saturday birthday!

Happy quarter-of-a-century birthday to Megin Houser on Sunday, June 23! Congrats and best wishes to you and aunt Leann Vajda.

Marcus Bolen of Lower Swatara celebrates his sweet beep-honk-honk day on Monday, June 24. Happy 16th, and be safe!

Jess Drebot turns 25 on Monday, June 24. Many wonderful wishes and congrats to you, Jess!

Happy 9th birthday to Nathan Coons of Middletown on June 24. Wishing you a marvelous Monday and week. Enjoy!

Logan Martin of Lower Swatara hits cake day 17 on Monday, June 24. Have a fun-filled week, Martin!

Best wishes to Shawn Tully of Lower Swatara as he observes his cupcake-and-streamer day on Tuesday, June 25. Have a happy birthday!

Happy landmark big-deal birthday to Colton Stone of Middletown. He turns 21 on Tuesday, June 25.


Happy wedding anniversary to Chris and Leslie Hughes of Lower Swatara. They celebrate 26 years together on Wednesday, June 19. Congratulations!

Happy 21st anniversary to Gus and Amy Burghdorf of Lower Swatara on Thursday, June 20. Let the sun shine in and grin on your day!

Herb and Jennifer Friedrichs of Elizabethtown were married on June 20, 1990. Happy 29th to you on Thursday. Congrats!

Happy 21st flowers, hearts and chocolate day to John and Amy Rhodes of Hummelstown. They observe their romantic holiday on June 20.

George and Patty Kuharic of Lower Swatara mark 22 years of wedded bliss on Friday, June 21. Happy summer, happy love!

A shout out to Jim and LuAnn Selcher who celebrate 44 years of marriage in Wyoming on Friday, June 21. Congrats!

Jeff and Lori Shields of Lower Swatara were married on Saturday, June 22, 1985. Happy 34th to you both as you celebrate this very special day!

Also, sharing this date is my husband, Scott Ackerman, and myself. Best wishes to you, honey, on Saturday, June 22. The 34 years blew by and think of the adventures ahead! Love you.

Best wishes to Jim and Kristy Lawyer who celebrate 19 years of marriage on Monday, June 24. Enjoy!

Happy 19th wedding anniversary to Dave and Donna Sweitzer of Lower Swatara. Their romantic day is June 24. Have a marvelous Monday!

John E. Beckey II and Leane Thorn-Beckey of Lower Swatara Mark their 19th flowers-and-chocolates day on Monday, June 24. Congrats and best wishes!

Happy 37th anniversary to Andy and Vicki Lutzkanin of Lower Swatara as they observe their romance day on Tuesday, June 25. Make it a beautiful day!

Think cool with seafood

1/2 cup penne pasta

3 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil

1 lb. frozen seafood (select your favorite kind)

1/2 cup red onion, diced

2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved

1 Tbsp. capers, drained

1/2 lemon, zest and juice

1/4 tsp. black pepper

4 cups baby salad greens

Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse in cold water until cool. Bring a large pot of water to boil, add seafood and cook until opaque in center, about 2 minutes.

Drain and rinse in cold water until cool. Drain again and out in large bowl.

Then add onion, tomatoes, capers lemon zest and juice, pepper, pasta remaining 2 teaspoons of oil, toss to coat.

Serve over greens. Serves 4.

Quote of the Week

“The call to follow God’s example, to walk in love, can be a tall order at times. Walking in love takes more grace, more mercy, more love than we have on our own, which is why we can only do this through Christ who strengthens us.” — Anonymous

Question of the Week

What is your favorite thing about June?

“It’s the month that begins summer.” — Caleb Bereza, 9, Royalton.

“The beginning of summer vacation!” — Will Benkovic, 16, Lower Paxton.

“It’s my dad’s birthday month. He would always grill, cook out for us.” — Jayme Ackerman, Florida.

“The ice cream truck starts to come around!” — Anna Benkovic, 10, Lower Paxton.

“The pool!” — Aijah Gladden, 12, Middletown.

“That it is warm and school is over!” — Ayden Windows, 5, Susquehanna.

Proverb for the Week

Like a madman who throws firebrands, arrows and death, is the man who deceives his neighbor, and says “I was only joking!” (26:18-19).

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