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August is here, so don’t let summer slip away: Lavonne Ackerman

Posted 8/1/18

Welcome August! We love you, and we love summer. You are our last chance to do all the things we hoped to do this summer!

There are lots of things coming up, and so much to enjoy. Have a …

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August is here, so don’t let summer slip away: Lavonne Ackerman


Welcome August! We love you, and we love summer. You are our last chance to do all the things we hoped to do this summer!

There are lots of things coming up, and so much to enjoy. Have a wonderful week!


A belated happy birthday shout-out goes to former residents of Lower Swatara, newlyweds Troy and Priscilla Arias Yost. Troy celebrated his 28th cake day on July 28. Priscilla turned 30 on July 30. Talk about a double golden birthday extravaganza! The happy couple were married on June 15 and reside in Strinestown. Congrats!

Happy “first day of August” birthday to Sue Lawruk of Lower Swatara. Hoping your day is full of love and laughter on Wednesday!

Jordan Carr of Middletown will turn Sweet 16 on Wednesday, Aug. 1. Many happy greetings on your honk-honk-beep day, Jordan!

Best wishes for a terrific landmark 18th cake day to David Alcock of Lower Swatara on Thursday, Aug. 2. Have a ball!

Karen Guenther of Lower Swatara will hear the birthday song on Thursday, Aug. 2. Many good wishes for a day full of blessings to you, Karen!

Ben Knisely of Lower Swatara marks his 17th confetti-popping day on Friday, Aug. 3. Have a super weekend celebrating, Ben!

Here is a shout-out to Tom Harvey of Lower Swatara. Happy birthday to you on Saturday, Aug. 4. Do all the things you love to do with all the people you love! Enjoy.

Jared Schiefer of Lower Swatara marks his 34th party day on Saturday, Aug. 4. Enjoy and be happy on your special day!

If you see Christopher Shonk out and about in Londonderry Township on Saturday, Aug. 4, be sure to wish him a very happy and special 19th cake day!

Happy Sweet 16 cake day to Aryanna Griswold of Middletown on Sunday, Aug. 5. Happy beep-beep-honk day, Aryanna!

Myles Gutterrez of Middletown celebrates cake day No. 18 on Sunday, Aug. 5. Congrats to you, Myles!

Happy landmark 18th birthday to Devon Finsterbush of Middletown. He observes this special day on Sunday, Aug. 5.

John Carberry of Lower Swatara celebrates his 22nd happy birthday on Monday, Aug. 6. Best wishes to you for the best birthday yet, John!

Here is a razzle-dazzle happy birthday shout-out to Lexi Hulstine of Middletown. Her special day is Monday, Aug. 6.

Here is a shout-out to Jason Grob of Lower Swatara. His 14th cake day is Tuesday, Aug. 7. Wishing you the best, Jason!

Happy 18th big-deal birthday to Derrick Miller of Lower Swatara. Tell him have a great day if you see him on Tuesday, Aug. 7.

Ashley Wincoop of Lower Swatara turns 20 on Tuesday. I hope your Aug. 7 me-holiday is terrific!

Best wishes for a Sweet 16 honk-honk-beep day to Maya Bayhart of Lower Swatara on Tuesday, Aug. 7. Enjoy!


Happy 44th anniversary to Gregg and Donna Hughes, formerly of Lower Swatara. I hope your Friday, Aug. 3 hearts-and-flowers day is over the top with fun!

John and Susan Parkhill of Lower Swatara celebrate 27 years of wedded bliss on Friday, Aug. 3. Enjoy and keep celebrating!

Wes and Sheryl Cyphert of Lower Swatara were married on Aug. 4, 1973. Best wishes to you both for a wonderful 45th wedding anniversary on Saturday. The gift: sapphire.

Happy 40th wedding anniversary to Harry and Diane Myers of Lower Swatara on Sunday, Aug. 5. Many blessings to you both as you celebrate your ruby holiday of love!

Happy 36th anniversary to Mark and Deborah Etter of Lower Swatara. Enjoy your special hearts, flowers and chocolate day on Tuesday, Aug. 7. Congrats!

God’s Closet

God’s Clothes Closet will be open for shoppers on Saturday, Aug. 4. Doors open at 8 a.m. All are welcome to come and shop for free until noon at Evangelical United Methodist Church, 157 E. Water St., Middletown.

Items available at no charge: clothing for men, women, teens and children, summer and winter. That includes shirts, slacks, jeans, dresses, skirts, sweaters, sweats, shoes, purses, belts, hats, coats and jackets.

Also available: linens, sheets, towels, comforters, blankets and curtains.

Supper on a Breadslice

From the Wedding Book Collection

2/3 c. undiluted evaporated milk (small can)

1 1/2 lbs. ground beef

1/2 c. cracker meal

1 egg

1/2 c. chopped onion

1 Tbsp. mustard

1 1/2 tsp. salt

3/4 tsp. accent

1/8 tsp. pepper

2 c. (8 oz.) grated Velveeta cheese

Combine ingredients. Cut one loaf of French bread in half lengthwise. Spread meat mixture evenly over top surface of bread. Wrap aluminum foil around crust side of each half, leaving top uncovered. Place on cookie sheet. Bake in oven at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Remove and garnish with strips of cheese and bake five minutes longer. May serve with pizza sauce on top, if desired. Serves 6.

Ladies brunch

All women are invited to the “Celebrate Summer” lunch buffet to be held at Hershey Italian Lodge, 128 Hillcrest Road in Hershey.

Presented by Hershey Area Women’s Connection, affiliated with Christian Women’s Clubs of America, the brunch is at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15.

Priscilla Houliston, artist and owner of a historic church being turned into a home, studio and retreat in Locust Gap (go to, will do a marbling demonstration. Destiny Shaffer of Harrisburg will be the vocalist.

The speaker will be Marilou Johnson of Lock Haven. She will share her story, “Every Which Way But Up.”

For reservations, call Edna at 717-652-0997 or Mary at 717-533-3497, or email: There is a cost. Please make your reservation by Aug. 10.

National Night Out

Mark your calendar for Tuesday, Aug. 7. Our communities will celebrate National Night Out. This annual event has been a success due to the support of churches, youth groups, service clubs, local businesses, sports organizations and government agencies.

The Middletown and Lower Swatara Township police departments will be working together to make this year’s event bigger and better!

Come out to Hoffer Park, Middletown, from 6 to 9 p.m. to enjoy your community. Refreshments and entertainment provided.

Quote of the Week

“Your smile is your logo, your personality is your business card, how you leave others feeling after an experience with you becomes your trademark.” — Anonymous

Question of the Week

Do you have a family summer time tradition?

“Go to Florida for my birthday, in August.” — Hailey Hoerner, 10, Lower Swatara.

“We always go to Ocean City, New Jersey.” — Mason Dudash, 11, Lower Swatara.

“We go camping every Fourth of July.” — Grace Cenko, 11, Lower Swatara.

“We go swimming.” — Jamar Neal, 11, Middletown.

“We like to visit Ocean City, New Jersey.” — Tyson Bomberger, 10, Lower Swatara.

“My cousins from Massachusetts visit every summer.” — Libby Stephenson, 11, Lower Swatara.

Proverb for the Week

An unfriendly man pursues selfish ends: he defies all sound judgment (18:1).

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