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Be kind, generous and patient; try to make a difference in difficult times: LaVonne Ackerman

Posted 3/24/20

My, what strange times 2020 has shown us. All of this seems surreal, doesn’t it? All we can do is to be the best we can be. Be kind, generous, patient, happy, at peace, and self-controlled. …

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Be kind, generous and patient; try to make a difference in difficult times: LaVonne Ackerman

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My, what strange times 2020 has shown us. All of this seems surreal, doesn’t it? All we can do is to be the best we can be. Be kind, generous, patient, happy, at peace, and self-controlled.

You probably have heard stories of people helping people ... the person short of cash at the grocery store has their bill paid, the working single mom who needs child care has a neighbor who helps out, college kids doing errands for elderly citizens ... I love it!

We hear about uncertainty over how long and how bad this coronavirus pandemic will be, but we can also think: How can I help? How can I make a difference? Carry out the Golden Rule to everyone you see (which is likely not many people, but think of ways to be creative!).

Have a quiet but restful week, and stay healthy!

Birthdays

Best wishes for a special 22nd cake day to Joe Keating of Lower Swatara Township on March 27. I hope your Friday is fantastic with birthday happiness!

Sending sunny birthday greetings to Diane Myers of Lower Swatara on Friday, March 27. Enjoy it all weekend long!

Kelsey Thomas of Lower Swatara celebrates cake day No. 24 on March 27. I hope your Friday is fabulous with plenty of frosting and happy wishes from friends and family.

Carter Dryer of Lower Swatara marks his 23rd confetti-popping day Friday, March 27. Happy birthday and joy, Carter!

Happy 23rd birthday to Shayna Hardy of Royalton. Her candles will be burning brightly Friday, March 27. I hope your day is extra special!

Chad Kreiser celebrates his final teener cake day on Friday, March 27! Enjoy turning 19, Chad. May it be memorable.

Best wishes for a super-great birthday to Craig Etter of Lower Swatara on Saturday, March 28. I know you are always sunshiny. Keep shining!

Here is a shout-out to Tom DuMond of Lower Swatara. He marks his super-duper day on March 28. Have a sensational Saturday and keep looking up!

Janelle Leggore of Lower Swatara will be 17 on Saturday, March 28. Wishing you a spectacular very memorable celebration birthday!

Happy razzle-dazzle birthday to Lori MacDonald of Lower Swatara. She observes her cake day on Sunday, March 29. Enjoy, and much peace to you!

Lori Yeich of Lower Swatara gets to add another candle to her birthday cake Sunday, March 29. Have a most remarkable day as you count your blessings, and have a very happy one, Lori!

Best wishes for a super-duper Sunday birthday to Eugene Tripp of Middletown on March 29. I hope 79 spectacular things happen to you Sunday, Eugene!

Happy birthday to Jonathan Myers of Lower Swatara on March 30. I hope Monday is especially exciting as you hit No. 23!

Anniversaries

Happy big deal 60th wedding anniversary to Earl and Pat Lippert of Lower Swatara Township. They married on March 26, 1960. Congrats, and may your Thursday be full of blessings, diamonds and white roses!

Best wishes for a romantic day to Richard and Delores Fetter of Lower Swatara on March 27. They celebrate their ruby-and-gladiolus 40th anniversary Friday.

Township meetings

Depending upon the state of affairs, these Lower Swatara Township meetings will be held at the municipal building on Spring Garden Drive, at 7 p.m.:

Board of Commissioners: Wednesday, April 1, and Wednesday, April 15.

Zoning Hearing Board: Wednesday, April 22.

Planning Commission: Thursday, April 23.

Municipal Authority: Monday, April 27.

Munchy Cheese Snaps

2 (8 oz. pkg) crescent rolls

2 (8 oz. pkg) cream cheese

1 egg yolk

1 Tbsp. lemon juice

3/4 c. sugar

1 Tbsp. vanilla

Grease 9-by-13-inch pan. Mix all ingredients, except crescent rolls, in a bowl. Open 1 package of crescent rolls and spread out on a clean surface, pinching closed perforations. Spread half the mixture on the surface, then roll longer lengths to the other side to make one round “snake.” Cut into 1-inch bite-sized pieces. Place on a greased pan.

Repeat this with the second crescent rolls and the other half of the mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Note: You may add cinnamon or jelly or chocolate sauce.

Quote of the Week

“You’re going to make it; you’re going to be at peace; you’re going to create, and love, and laugh, and live; you’re going to do great things.” — Germany Kent, journalist.

Question of the Week

How do you like to express your creativity?

“Writing, communicating, trying to offer unique solutions to problems people may have.” — Amy Benner, Royalton.

“Engaging in conversation, listening, and connecting with people, finding their interests.” — Ean Benner, 17, Royalton.

“Art. Creating spray-paint art and designing unique T-shirt designs.” — Jayden Benner, 16, Royalton.

“Playing and creating new music on my trumpet.” — Logan Benner, 13, Royalton.

“Working with customers to create unique designs on vehicles.” — Michael Benner, Royalton.

“I like to garden and grow leafy plants and orchids. I repurpose cool jars and containers for plants.” — Rachael Hirsch, Jupiter, Florida.

“Decorating, unfortunately it is a pricey hobby!” — Robin Wood, Sparta, New Jersey.

“I express my creativity through making ceramics and stained-glass windows.” — Whitney Wood, Singer Island, Florida.

Proverb for the Week

It is a snare to say rashly, “It is holy,” and to reflect only after making vows (20:25).

Reach LaVonne Ackerman at 717-649-7366 or by email at LaVonneAck@comcast.net.