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Could we save some sunshine for winter?: LaVonne Ackerman

Posted 8/8/18

Hello, everyone! I hope your August is going well. Can you believe how fast the days are going by? What do you need to do before the back-to-school grind starts?

I would like to ride my bike, …

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Could we save some sunshine for winter?: LaVonne Ackerman


Hello, everyone! I hope your August is going well. Can you believe how fast the days are going by? What do you need to do before the back-to-school grind starts?

I would like to ride my bike, visit Hersheypark and work in my garden. It would be nice to just take a few minutes a day to soak up the sunshine. Maybe I’ll take a stroll and enjoy the beauty of the day, each day!

I wish we could bundle up all this hot sunshine and save it for, say, December.

Thinking about the opposite now, wouldn’t it be nice if we could have a break on the air conditioning bill? Where did we store all that snow?

Have a wonderful week. Feel free to call or email me your news to share!


Here is a happy birthday shout-out to Paul Carnes of Lower Swatara. May your Wednesday, Aug. 8, cake day be the best yet!

Happy birthday blessings are sent to Jodi Lynn Harro! Enjoy your me-holiday on Wednesday, Aug. 8!

Gabrielle Smith of Middletown marks her 19th glitter-and-sparkles day on Wednesday, Aug. 8. Have fun!

Happy over-the-top birthday to Joseph Witters of Lower Swatara on Thursday, Aug. 9.

Alyssa Bekelja of Highspire is celebrating her landmark 18th cake-and-ice cream birthday on Thursday, Aug. 9.

Mike Miller will hear the birthday song on Thursday, Aug. 9. Have a huge and wonderful 22nd birthday!

Chris Reed has his 17th happy birthday celebration on Thursday, Aug. 9. Enjoy it all week!

Happy razzle-dazzle cake day to Madison Lewis of Lower Swatara. She is 21 on Saturday, Aug. 11. Congrats!

Caden Paul of Lower Swatara turns 14 on Saturday, Aug. 11. Hope your weekend is full of fun, Caden!

Here is a shout-out to Noah Zimmerman of Lower Swatara on Sunday, Aug. 12. Happy 20th to you!

Katie Kennedy of Lower Swatara will be 20 on Sunday, Aug. 12. Have a super-duper birthday!

Happy cool-parade party day to Pamela Etter of Elizabethtown on Aug. 13. I hope 31 beautiful things happen to you on Monday!

Maddy Doncevic of Middletown turns Sweet 16 on Aug. 14. Hope your beep-beep-honk Tuesday birthday is terrific!

Laron Woody of Middletown celebrates his last teener cake day on Tuesday, Aug. 14. Happy 19th, Laron!


Happy 19th wedding anniversary to Dan and Michelle Wagner of Lower Swatara. They celebrate on Tuesday, Aug. 14.

Township meetings

The Lower Swatara Township meetings for August:

Board of Commissioners: Wednesday, Aug. 15

Zoning Hearing Board: Wednesday, Aug. 22

Planning Commission: Thursday, Aug. 23

Municipal Authority: Monday, Aug. 27

All meetings will be held in the municipal building located on Spring Garden Drive at 7 p.m.

Pipe organ duo

Everyone is welcome to attend the Pipe Organ Duo (“Allegro con Fuoco”) at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30 in the sanctuary at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 121 N. Spring St., Middletown.

Jordan Markham and Tyler Canonicot will present this organ duo. No tickets are required. Folks can give freewill donations.

Dean’s list

Congratulations to Dagen Hughes of Lower Swatara on being named to the spring 2018 dean’s list at Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey.

Dagen will be a senior this fall. He is a communications major.

Party Chicken

From the Wedding Book Collection

8 boned chicken breasts

8 strips bacon

1 lg. pkg. dried beef

1 pt. sour cream

1 can cream of mushroom soup

Wrap chicken breast in bacon strips and place on bed of dried beef. Pour mixture of sour cream and mushroom soup over all. Cook in very slow cooker (or oven) for 3 hours at low or 275 degrees. Serves 8.

Quote of the Week

“If where you are today feels a little awkward, take heart. God is fitting you into your place. So until what is supposed to be turns into what is, we remember that sometimes we simply must grow into what we’re going through. As you wait for your own season to fit, know the freedom of talking to your Father about it, sharing all your vulnerabilities and uncertainties. And as you do, hear his own kind-hearted response meant just for you: I am putting the pieces of your life in place, maturing you brick by brick, stone by stone.” — Kristen Strong, author.

Question of the Week

What do you want to do before schools starts up again?

“Honestly, I just want to have as much fun I can have with my friends. And go to the pool!” — Kassidy Martin, 11, Lower Swatara

“Swim at Hersheypark.” — Katlian Erkenswick, 8, Lower Swatara

“Go swimming at my neighbor’s pool.” — Ellie Storm, 6, Lower Swatara

“Go to a Phillies game.” — Jacob Pomraning, 8, Lower Swatara

“Go out of this country, to Caribbean islands.” — Murphy Hughes, 11, Lower Swatara

“Learn to water ski!” — Maverick Kramer, 11, Lower Swatara

Proverb for the Week

He who increases his wealth by exorbitant interest amasses it for another, who will be kind to the poor (28:8).

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