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Be especially kind to humans who surround you this week: LaVonne Ackerman

Posted 5/13/20

Hello, people. I’m trusting all of us are keeping sane and making wise choices. It certainly is challenging to negotiate all of the various chatter coming from the experts. Who can we trust? …

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Be especially kind to humans who surround you this week: LaVonne Ackerman


Hello, people. I’m trusting all of us are keeping sane and making wise choices. It certainly is challenging to negotiate all of the various chatter coming from the experts. Who can we trust?

I am delighted to know that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Also, everything operating in the dark will come to light. Man does not have the answers. In fact, it is difficult to discern the good guys from the bad. You don’t even have to entertain any conspiracy theories to see that things are slowly unraveling.

People need to be encouraged, need to be reminded there is hope beyond themselves.

Please be especially kind to the humans who surround you this week. Be kind to yourself, too.

May the peace of God be with you and your families as you wait and search for the truth.

As always, feel free to share your news, opinions or answer a question!


A very happy birthday to Ryan Keiffer of Middletown. He is 13 on the 13th of May. Welcome to the teens and enjoy a wonderful Wednesday celebration day with your family!

Gwen Martz of Lower Swatara Township will hear the happy birthday song on Wednesday, May 13. I hope it is a beautiful sound to your trained ear, Mrs. Martz!

A very happy birthday is sent to David Ordonez of Lower Swatara on Thursday, May 14. David will have 17 candles atop of his cake. Enjoy!

Happy landmark 21st big deal birthday to Elizabeth DeVelin of Lower Swatara on Thursday. May it be a super-duper thrilling day on May 14.

Best wishes for an amazing confetti-popping day to Clark Hammaker of Lower Swatara on Thursday, May 14. Enjoy it all week long, Clark!

Tim Nevil of Lower Swatara will observe his final teener cake day on Thursday, May 14. I hope 19 splendid things happen on your day!

Here is a shout-out to Amy Burghdorf of Lower Swatara on May 14. Wishing you an excellent happy birthday on Thursday, and into the weekend.

Wishing Tracy Meifert of Lower Swatara a fantastic Friday cake-and-ice cream day on May 15. Warm breezes, Tracy!

Happy balloon-flying day to Tiffany Mittereder of Lower Swatara on Friday, May 15. Enjoy a beautiful birthday weekend!

Briana Dunlap of Lower Swatara marks her 24th cupcake-and-streamer day on Saturday, May 16. Enjoy!

Elliot Demko of Middletown marks his 20th birthday on Sunday, May 17. Have a super-duper sensational day!

Monday, May 18 is the magnificent birthday of Karen Bendgen of Lower Swatara! May it be full of love and lots of blessings!

Happy birthday wishes are sent to Dan Fuoti of Lower Swatara on Monday, May 18. Have an extra-special celebration day!

Happy quarter of a century birthday to Anthony Condran on Monday, May 18. May your 25th cake day be extra special!

Wishing Michelle Berrones of Lower Swatara a terrific Tuesday birthday on May 19. I hope your week is just wonderful!

Diego Berrones of Lower Swatara celebrates his landmark 18th birthday on Tuesday, May 19 with his mom. I hope the cake is extra sweet this year! Congrats!


Happy 37th wedding anniversary to Larry and Angie Crumlich of Lower Swatara Township on Friday, May 15. Wishing you a very special weekend.

Mike and Kim Carroll of Lower Swatara mark their 29 years together on Monday, May 18. Congrats to you two young kids!

College congrats

Lebanon Valley College announced departmental awards for more than 100 students for academic achievement in the natural sciences, social sciences, or humanities during a recent virtual spring celebration.

Local students include Corey Knoll of Hummelstown, a graduate of Lower Dauphin High School, who is pursuing a bachelor of science in actuarial science and economics, who received the Achievement Award in Economics.

Honors for LVC sports, eSports

Lebanon Valley College recently recognized more than 130 student-athletes who competed in shortened seasons for the Flying Dutchmen athletic teams.

Students included Reed Morris of Elizabethtown, a graduate of Lower Dauphin High School who was a member of the men’s tennis team and pursuing a bachelor of science in actuarial science. LVC went 2-2 in the shortened spring campaign, finishing with a 7-2 win at Cabrini.

Lebanon Valley College also recognized nearly 50 student-athletes who competed for the Flying Dutchmen eSports teams.

In “Counter-Strike: Global Offensive,” “Call of Duty,” “Hearthstone” “LOL” and “Rocket League,” LVC combined to win 54 matches in 2019-20.

Local student-athletes include:

Kimberly Wolf of Elizabethtown, a graduate of Lower Dauphin High School, is pursuing a bachelor of science degree in neuroscience.

Mason Garza of Middletown, a graduate of Middletown Area High School, is pursuing a bachelor of science in analytical finance.

Daniel Mannetta of Hummelstown, a graduate of Lower Dauphin High School, is pursuing a bachelor of science in mathematics.

Glad grads

Nearly 1,300 Kutztown University students have been approved to receive their diplomas following the conclusion of the 2020 spring semester.

While Kutztown did not hold its traditional spring commencement, scheduled for May 8-9, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a formal on-campus commencement ceremony will be held at a later date.

Nearly 1,100 students are slated to receive their bachelor's degrees, while 177 students will receive their graduate degrees, including 11 doctorate degrees.

Area graduates include Abigail Elizabeth Gipe of Middletown; Alexandra Katherine Leader of Hummelstown; and Katlyn Miller of Middletown.

Coloring book giveaway expands

The Kiwanis Club of Middletown is expanding its giveaway of free coloring books to children in the Highspire ZIP code of 17034 as part of the group’s May Service Project for young children in the area.

During this time of “shelter in place,” the Kiwanis Club of Middletown originally was sending out coloring books its members have hand-made to children ages 2 to 7 who live in the Middletown area ZIP code of 17057. Now, it will supply them to children in both ZIP codes.

If you have a child within this age group and would like Kiwanis to mail them a coloring book for free, email Provide your child’s name and mailing address.

Coloring books will be mailed for as long as the group’s supply lasts.

Chicken a la King

2 to 3 boiled chicken breasts (boil with 1 large onion, remove bones and skin; cut into small pieces)

2-3 Tbsp. of butter

2-3 Tbsp. flour

1 1/2  to 2 cups rich chicken broth

1 Knorr chicken bouillon cube

2 to 3 hard-boiled eggs

Note: as desired, you may add chopped celery, peas and pimento.

Make roux with melted butter and flour in a saucepan over medium heat. Depending upon how much you want to make, vary your amounts. Add chicken broth and stir until thickened. Add chicken, chopped eggs and bouillon cube.

If not thick enough, add some cornstarch with water and stir. Add to mix. Serve over cooked rice or waffles.

Quote of the Week

“The inability to plan far ahead into the future is the strange gift of this awful time — to live in the moments and minutes and hours, instead of the days and weeks and months. More than any time in recent history, we are learning what it means to live in the ‘right now.’ And the right now holds so much loveliness, not the least of which is a deeper understanding that God actually is running the show down here on Planet Earth.” — Jennifer Dukes Lee, author.

Question of the Week

What do you look forward to the most in anticipation of things getting back to normal?

“Looking forward to going out to eat.” — Shawn Windows, Susquehanna Township.

“Having a date night with my husband.” — Renee Windows, Susquehanna Township.

“I can’t wait to go back to school again, and see my friends.” — Ayla Windows, 9, Susquehanna Township.

“I like being with mommy. I don’t want it to change.” — Ayden Windows, Susquehanna Township.

“Being able to see and hug my family and friends. Going to church and also being able to get my hair cut and shaped. It is probably what most mothers and grandmothers would want.” — Geri Tingle, Harrisburg.

“I can’t wait to see my family and give hugs. I miss my church family. Get my hair done! Celebrate Alyssa and Phil’s wedding.” — Marsha Boltz, Susquehanna Township.

Proverb for the Week

Love not sleep, lest you come to poverty; open your eyes, and you will have plenty of bread (20:13).

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