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Brisk fall weather arrived quickly: LaVonne Ackerman

Posted 10/17/18

Wow! All of a sudden the crisp, cool air came! It’s time to break out the sweaters and your favorite autumn gear.

I’m thinking layers are just what we need. Now it feels like …

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Brisk fall weather arrived quickly: LaVonne Ackerman


Wow! All of a sudden the crisp, cool air came! It’s time to break out the sweaters and your favorite autumn gear.

I’m thinking layers are just what we need. Now it feels like fall!

Warm up by checking out the beef stew recipe below, and feel free to sub in venison instead of beef.

Are you ready for trick-or-treat next week? The time set aside for this in our area is from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25. Have fun and be safe, kiddos!

The big question for me is: Do I buy candy I like, so I can enjoy the leftovers? Or do I buy not-my-favorite-kind and be a more diet conscious adult? This could be my biggest decision for Oct. 25!

Have a fantastic week, and don't forget to share your news via email or give me a call!


Many happy birthday blessings are sent to Toni Pittman of Middletown. This princess turns 11 on Wednesday, Oct. 17. I hope you get tons of Sourpatch Kids candy!

A huge happy birthday is sent out to Judy Sobotka of Lower Swatara on Wednesday, Oct. 17. Hoping your day is too much fun, Judy!

Happy 20th cake-and-ice cream day to Hunter Purner of Lower Swatara. This guy leaves the teen years behind on Wednesday, Oct. 17. Congrats, Hunter!

Happy big-deal birthday to Joe Owens on Thursday, Oct. 18. Make the best of your birthday week and enjoy it all!

Happy landmark and special golden birthday to Nathan Brady of Lower Swatara on Thursday, Oct. 18. He is 18 on the 18th!

Tory Graham of Lower Swatara marks his frosty-filled day on Sunday, Oct. 21. Best wishes for a super 23rd birthday!

Here is a shout-out to Paige Pavlishin of Lower Swatara on Monday, Oct. 22. Wishing you all kinds of fun and laughter on your special day, Paige!

Josh Luther of Lower Swatara will blow out 15 candles atop of his birthday cake on Monday, Oct. 22. Wishing you a marvelous day, Josh.

Here is a huge, big, terrific belated birthday greeting to Susan Wagner of Lower Swatara. She is a sweet mama bear type who shares recipes with us and nurtures all whom she meets! Hope your birthday month is going well, Susan. You are allowed to celebrate from Oct. 15 to Oct. 31!


Happy 31st wedding anniversary to longtime readers Ed and Carol Arnold of Lower Swatara. Their sweetheart day is Wednesday, Oct. 17. Best wishes to you both for a wonderful celebration!

Happy 21st anniversary to  faithful readers Jason and Susan Wagner of Lower Swatara on Oct. 18. These two will enjoy their romantic dinner on Thursday!

Best wishes for a wonderful anniversary to Eric and Crystal VanValkenburg of Middletown, who were married on Oct. 18, 1980. I hope your Thursday is a thrilling day!

Happy fifth silverware anniversary to Dave and Kristi Rothrock on Thursday, Oct. 18. Blessings to you both!

Joe and Tami Hile of Lower Swatara were married on Oct. 22, 1988! Congrats as you celebrate 30 years together on Monday. This is your diamond anniversary!

Elementary school clubs

Fun, Bible stories, games, songs, treats and friendship … coming up at the after-school Good News Club.

Your first- through fifth-grade child may pick up a permission slip at their school office.

Fink (Thursdays), Kunkel (Mondays) and Reid (Wednesdays) elementary schools all have Good News Clubs. If you would like to learn more about this, call Child Evangelism Fellowship at 717-652-0372. There is no charge.

This is not sponsored or endorsed by the Middletown Area School District.

Trunk or Treat

Middletown First Church of God, 245 W. High St., invites all to join them at their annual Trunk or Treat event from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, for a fun-filled night for the entire family!

Children are invited to come in costume and go from trunk to trunk in the church parking lot to gather treats. Games, snacks and other activities will be available. 

Please invite your friends and neighbors. In the event of rain, it will be held in the fellowship hall.

Beef Stew

from the Wedding Book Collection

1 lb. hamburger

2 small carrots

2 small potatoes

1 package frozen green beans

1 lb. cube beef

1 piece celery

1 package frozen corn

1 can tomatoes

Cook cube beef in a little water until tender. Add potatoes, carrots, when tender, and remaining vegetables.

Brown hamburger in a little water, then add to beef stew. Simmer for one hour.

Very tasty!

Yard sale

All are welcome to attend the semi-annual yard sale at Middletown Presbyterian Church at Union and Water Streets from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20.

The sale will be held indoors. Check out the great deals and enjoy delicious soup, sandwiches and baked goods, too!

Quote of the Week

“Each day is an invitation to live life fully.” — Anonymous

Question of the Week

What is your favorite month, and why?

“November. It’s my birthday! Next month I am going on a Disney cruise to celebrate.” — Zoe Moore, 7, Lower Swatara.

“July. It's when my birthday is!” — Olivia Zlogar, 5, Lower Swatara.

“April! Because April 18 is my birthday!” — Rachel Gatesman, 10, Lower Swatara.

“September. It has my birthday in it and my cousin Chase’s. He just turned 7.” — Victoria Kelly, 11, Swatara.

“July. We go on vacation.” — Ryan Benkovic, 4, Lower Paxton.

“December. I like the snow and Christmastime.” — Stella Ryan, 8, West Hanover.

Proverb for the Week

Food gained by fraud tastes sweet to a man, but he ends up with a mouth full of gravel (20:17).

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