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Did you know these facts about the history of Thanksgiving?: LaVonne Ackerman

Posted 11/21/18

Hello, everyone! How did we get to this holiday so quickly? Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and I hope all of you have a wonderful thankful, feasting holiday.

My hope is that everyone remembers the most …

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Did you know these facts about the history of Thanksgiving?: LaVonne Ackerman


Hello, everyone! How did we get to this holiday so quickly? Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and I hope all of you have a wonderful thankful, feasting holiday.

My hope is that everyone remembers the most important part: be thankful to the Lord!

Have a wonderful week.

Thanksgiving facts

1. There were 102 Pilgrims who came to America due to religious persecution in their homeland. They landed at Plymouth in 1620; only 52 survived the first winter.

2. After the first successful harvest, the Pilgrims and Indians (140 in all) feasted for three days on food that four women prepared. All the other women on the Mayflower died before harvest time.

3. The original Thanksgiving had no pumpkin pie because they had no butter, and no wheat flour for the crust. They had very little sugar, no cranberry sauce and no sweet potatoes.

4. No forks were used, only spoons and knives. Forks weren’t introduced to the Pilgrims until 10 years later.

5. The life of Squanto, an English-speaking Indian, was largely responsible for enabling the Pilgrims to survive long enough to celebrate that first harvest. He had crossed the Atlantic six times, twice as a captive, escaped from slavery twice and eventually made his way back to his village to discover he was the sole survivor of his tribe (Patuxet). The land was occupied by Pilgrims, and he helped them grow their first harvest.

Jokes to share

1. Why did the turkey sit on a tomahawk? To hatch it (hatchet).

2. Can a turkey jump higher than the Empire State Building? Yes, a building can't jump at all!

3. Why did they let the turkey join the band? Because he had the drumsticks.


A very happy 15th cake day to Ryan Souders of Middletown on Wednesday, Nov. 21. Enjoy your happy birthday holiday week!

Zoe Moore of Lower Swatara will celebrate cake day No. 8 on Wednesday, Nov. 21. Happy birthday to you!

Happy landmark-big-deal birthday to James Lake of Middletown on Friday, Nov. 23. I hope your 21st birthday weekend is super wonderful. Enjoy!

Jessica Knisely of Lower Swatara celebrates turning 20 on Nov. 23. Have a fantastic Friday happy birthday, Jessica!

Here is a happy birthday shout-out to Walter Balmer of Londonderry on Friday, Nov. 23. May your birthday be a wonderful day of family and fun!

Best wishes for a totally special 21st birthday on Friday, Nov. 23, to Jenna Abbott of Lower Swatara. Congrats to you!

Happy cake-and-ice cream day to Scott Lutzkanin of Lower Swatara on Saturday, Nov. 24. I hope the sun is shining for you all weekend long, Scott!

Wishing Valerie Wilmath of Middletown a super-duper 18th birthday on Saturday, Nov. 24. Enjoy it all weekend!

Happy frosty-filled day to Jennifer Houser of Lower Swatara on Saturday, Nov. 24. I hope 46 wonderful things happen to you on your special day!

Double birthday greetings are sent out to Mike and Aaron Lupia of Lower Swatara on Sunday, Nov. 25. Wishing you guys lots of joy and fun the entire week!

Jeff Witmer of Lower Swatara will hear the birthday song on Sunday, Nov. 25. Many wishes of laughs and fun to you on your day, Jeff!

Happy confetti-popping day to Gus Burghdorf of Lower Swatara on Nov. 25. If you see him around Sunday, give him a huge happy birthday holler!

Leah Rodic of Lower Swatara marks her 17th balloon-flying day on Monday, Nov. 26. Enjoy your celebration week, Leah!

Patty Kuharic of Lower Swatara celebrates her very special day on Tuesday, Nov. 27. Enjoy all the love and joy and blessings you have this week, Patty!

Best wishes to Ed Schoen of Lower Swatara on Tuesday, Nov. 27. I hope your birthday is terrific, Ed!


Happy 23rd wedding anniversary to Ken and Dee Enterline of Lower Swatara on Sunday, Nov. 25. May the sun shine and the wind be gentle on your special day!

Joe and Jeanne Spagnolo Sr. of Lower Swatara observe their 58th wedding anniversary on Monday, Nov. 26. Congrats to you both, and best wishes for a blessed day.

Christmas Bazaar

All are welcome to attend the Christmas Bazaar and Indoor Yard Sale at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 121 N. Spring St., Middletown, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24.

The kitchen will be open for breakfast snacks, lunch and bake sale items.

In addition to yard sale items, there will be a Christmas Shop and a silent auction. This is a grand way to get yourself into the holiday spirit.

Movie Time

All are invited to “It’s A Wonderful Life” at Highspire United Methodist Church, 170 2nd St., Highspire, on Saturday, Dec. 1.

The movie starts at 4:30 p.m. Free popcorn and a drink will be provided. After the movie, the group will proceed to the Highspire tree lighting ceremony at the former bank. The group will then go on to the firehouse to meet Santa Claus.

Come out and enjoy some Christmas cheer!

Recipes for Thanksgiving

Turkey Noodle Casserole (great to use up leftover turkey!)

2 c. chopped (or shredded) turkey

1 lb. sausage, rolled into balls and cooked

1 (4 oz.) can sliced mushrooms, drained

1 can cream of chicken soup

1/2 soup can of milk

1 tsp. pepper

Cooked egg noodles

Mix all ingredients together and put into a oven-safe baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees until sauce bubbles, about 30 minutes.

Pumpkin pie (recipe from Spiral Path Farms — can use pumpkin or butternut squash, or store-bought packed pumpkin)

Butternut squash or baking pumpkin

3/4 c. brown sugar

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. nutmeg

1/4 tsp. ginger

1/4 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. allspice

1 1/2 c. mashed squash

3/4 c. half and half

2 Tbsp. melted butter

2 eggs

If not using store-bought can of packed pumpkin, split squash in half or quarters. Place face down on foil-lined baking sheets. Bake at 350 degrees for an hour or until squash is soft and mushy. Remove from oven and allow to cool. Scrape out seeds. Scrape out pulp, purée to make extra creamy.

Mix all ingredients together. Pour into your favorite 9-inch pastry crust and bake at 400 for 10 minutes, then 350 for about 45 minutes, until filling is set and inserted knife comes out clean. (LaVonne’s note: mine takes longer than 45 minutes).

A special thank-you to Susan Wagner, who continues to bless us with her easy and delicious recipes!

Random thought

Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the national bird, not the eagle.

Quote of the Week

“Instant obedience is the only kind of obedience there is, for delayed obedience is disobedience.” — L.B. Cowman, author.

Question of the Week

What food would you like to add to the Thanksgiving feast?

“Candy corn and cupcakes!” — Alexis Peterson, 8, Middletown.

“Mac and cheese.” — Viona Chastain, 10, Middletown.

“Pizza and cheeseburgers.” — Kayci Fralin, 8, Middletown.

“Lasagna!” — Logan Benner, 12, Middletown.

“Fries.” — Gyles Adderly, 15, Middletown.

“Steak.” — Anthony Albright III, 8, Middletown.

Proverb for the Week

He who pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor (21:21).

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