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Dads ... what do you want for Father’s Day?: LaVonne Ackerman

Posted 6/12/19

Hello! So, Father’s Day is Sunday. Time to focus on dads. What do you want, fathers? To be respected, loved, and appreciated? I hope the people in your lives tell you how thankful they are to …

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Dads ... what do you want for Father’s Day?: LaVonne Ackerman


Hello! So, Father’s Day is Sunday. Time to focus on dads. What do you want, fathers? To be respected, loved, and appreciated? I hope the people in your lives tell you how thankful they are to have you as their dad! Happy Father’s Day.

Enjoy your week!


A big, fat happy birthday and early Happy Father’s Day greeting is sent out to George Kuharic of Lower Swatara Township on Wednesday, June 12. I hope it is a wonderful week for you!

Happy 24th cake day to Ian Finkbiner on June 12. May all your dreams come true this Wednesday for you!

Arynna Link of Middletown marks her special 22nd birthday on June 12. Best wishes for your best week yet!

Happy beep-beep-honk birthday to Jesse Yepes of Middletown on Wednesday, June 12. It is sweet to be 16!

If you see Eric Breon out and about in Lower Swatara on Thursday, June 13, be sure to give this fly-guy a huge happy birthday hello. Enjoy!

Deron Ranck of Middletown marks his 19th last teener birthday on Thursday, June 13. Have a super-duper kind of day!

God bless Arianna Laverty of Middletown on her glitter-and-sparkles day, June 13. This beautiful girl turns 12 on Thursday. Make it a great one, Arianna!

Happy 19th cake-and-ice cream day to Gage Radabaugh of Lower Swatara. This guy celebrates his final teen birthday on Friday, June 14. Yay!

Amiya Zerbe of Middletown hits one decade old on Saturday, June 15. May God richly bless you all year. Have a happy 10th!

Happy frosty-filled day to Doug Carpenter of Lower Swatara. He turns 19 on Sunday, June 16. Enjoy your weekend!

Happy landmark 18th big-deal cake day to Alexia Kauffman of Middletown. May your Sunday, June 16 birthday be the best one yet. Congrats!

Three cheers for Joe Mateer of Lower Swatara on Sunday, June 16. Happy Father’s Day and happy birthday to you, Joe!

Melissa Inch of Middletown marks her 6th sweet princess birthday on Monday, June 17. I hope your day is full of sparkles and glitter, Melissa!

Tyler Lighty of Lower Swatara celebrates his 23rd balloon-flying day on Monday, June 17. Enjoy it all week!

Lauren Bankes of Middletown hits cake day No. 19 on Monday, June 17. Have a snappy-happy kind of day as you celebrate your last teen birthday!

Carter DiOrazio of Lower Swatara will blow out six candles atop his birthday cake on Monday, June 17. I hope you get lots of treats, Carter!

Happy special 22nd birthday to Scott Shaffer of Lower Swatara on Tuesday, June 18. Wishing you sunny skies, Scott!

Hey, PJ Sidhu of Middletown! Best wishes to you as you celebrate your final teen birthday on June 18! I hope 19 great things happen to you on Tuesday!

Happy birthday and God bless Zoe Montgomery of Middletown on June 18. This beautiful girl celebrates the big 10 on Tuesday!


Happy Sweet 16 wedding anniversary to Walter and Karen Earl of Lower Swatara on Friday, June 14. Enjoy chocolate, flowers and hugs all weekend!

Best wishes and congrats to Zach and Lisa Carricato of Lower Swatara as they observe their 35th anniversary June 16!

Happy 31st wedding anniversary to Eric and Marilyn Chubb of Lower Swatara. I hope your Tuesday, June 18 is full of all the best things! Congrats.

A very happy big-deal anniversary greeting is sent to Chuck and Colleen Kline of Lower Swatara as they celebrate 50 years together on Friday, June 14. Congratulations as you enjoy this very special day!

Movie Night In The Park

The Dauphin County Parks and Recreation Department and the Lower Swatara Lions Club, will play host to “Movie Night In The Park” on Saturday, June 22, starting at dusk in the ball field next to the Lions building in Shopes Gardens. The movie is Walt Disney’s “Moana.”

Come out for free hot dogs, popcorn and drinks for all, compliments of the Lower Swatara Lions Club. Bring your blankets and the family for a night of fun!

Glad grads

Congratulations to the following who graduated from DeSales University in Center Valley recently: Morgan Paese of Middletown, master of business administration degree in a self-designed track; Jarod A. Fountain of Elizabethtown, bachelor of science degree in computer science, cum laude; and Ariana E. Iantosca of Hummelstown, bachelor of science in nursing, cum laude.

Congratulations to Rachel G. Engle of Elizabethtown, who recently graduated from McDaniel College, Westminster, Maryland, with a bachelor of arts degree in communications, cum laude.

Jacqueline Ryan of Hummelstown recently earned a master of accountancy degree from the University of Scranton. Congratulations!

Dean’s lists

Congrats to Anna Mostoller of Hummelstown who was named to the dean’s list of Lehigh University in Bethlehem. 

Congratulations to the following who were name to the dean’s list at Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, for the spring semester: Sarah Fluke of Middletown, Seth Strohm of Hummelstown, and Rachael Blaine and Anne Horting of Elizabethtown.

Slippery Rock University named the following to the spring dean’s list: Zachery Dailey of Middletown; Jenna Powell, Austin Shirk and Abigail Thomas of Elizabethtown; and Hannah Ferrara, Ella Hickey, Nicholas Iagnemma, Sean Patt, Shawna Skoczynski and Maya Swims of Hummelstown.

Congratulations to Grove City College dean’s list honorees for spring semester: Brooke Thomas of Hummelstown; and Elizabeth Franz, Jacob Gish, Jacob Mast, Benjamin Rittenhouse, Daniel Rittenhouse and Elizabeth Schwab of Elizabethtown.

Quote of the Week

“When nothing goes right, turn left!” — Anonymous

Question of the Week

What are you thankful for?

“My little brother not chewing on my books, and my Daddy!” — Elsie Romine, 5, Mechanicsburg.

“That Jesus died on the cross to save us from our sins.” — Caleb Bereza, 9, Royalton.

“Life! And family!” — Arianna Laverty, 12, Middletown.

“For my family!” — Jon Benkovic, 8, Lower Paxton.

“For God’s faithfulness to me, my family and friends, like LaVonne and Scott!” — LeeAnn Hocker, Harrisburg.

“So many things, but especially for having a good family!” — Anna Benkovic, 10, Lower Paxton.

Proverb for the Week

Do you see a man wish in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him (26:12).

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