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Do you know the history of Halloween?: LaVonne Ackerman

Posted 10/31/18

Happy Halloween!

Where did this holiday come from? Do you know that the church celebrates All Saints Day on Nov. 1? This is the day Christians remember those spent their lives serving Jesus, and …

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Do you know the history of Halloween?: LaVonne Ackerman


Happy Halloween!

Where did this holiday come from? Do you know that the church celebrates All Saints Day on Nov. 1? This is the day Christians remember those spent their lives serving Jesus, and who have died. The night before this hallowed (holy) day was called Hallowe’en.

On this evening,  poor people could go to the homes of Christians and ask for food. If you loved Jesus, you would have baked goods ready, and put a candle in the window to signify you were receiving the needy.

Unfortunately, some people decided it would be fun to dress up as witches, devils and ghosts to scare the Christians who were doing this. Something good was mocked.

I love trick-or-treating. It is a way to treat children and be neighborly. Let’s be encouraged to be kind and compassionate to all every day of the year!

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” — John 1:5.

Have a beautiful week!


Happy Halloween and birthday to Ryan Montgomery of Highspire. He turns 18 on Wednesday, Oct. 31. May your day be full of fun treats, not tricks!

Best wishes for a fun orange-and-black day to Amber Cline of Lower Swatara. Amber will blow out four candles on top of her birthday cake on Wednesday, Oct. 31. Have a boo-ti-ful day!

Here’s a shout out to Kirk Etter for a super happy birthday on Thursday, Nov. 1. I’m hoping 32 terrific things happen on your day!

Hey, Kenny Martinez of Middletown! Have a wonderful happy cake day on Thursday, Nov. 1!

Happy landmark birthday to Kenny Britcher of Middletown on Nov. 1. This guy turns 18 on Thursday. Congrats, and best wishes for a wonderful year!

Uryiah Williams of Middletown marks his 9th cake day on Friday, Nov. 2. Many blessings and smiles are sent to you!

Happy quarter-of-a-century birthday to Louis Hile on Friday, Nov. 2. Hope your big-deal weekend is tons of fun! Congrats and best wishes.

It is the last teener birthday for Donovan Brady of Lower Swatara on Nov. 2. Wishing you a snappy-happy 19th cake day on Friday, Donovan!

Tyffani Shonk of Londonderry celebrates her 17th happy birthday on Friday, Nov. 2. Have a fantastic day, Tyff!

Noelle Zimmerman of Lower Swatara will observe her 17th razzle-dazzle birthday on Nov 3. I hope your Saturday is sensational and amazing!

Best wishes for a super-duper birthday are sent to Renee Barnes of Lower Swatara on Saturday, Nov. 3. Enjoy it all weekend!

Jen Brady of Lower Swatara will hear the birthday song on Saturday, Nov. 3. I hope it is a beautiful sound to your ears. Enjoy!

Syrianah Rodriquez of Middletown will observe her 12th bling-and-sparkles day on Sunday, Nov. 4. Have a happy and blessed birthday!

Happy landmark 18th cake-and-ice cream day to Ethan Crognale of Lower Swatara. Congrats to you on Monday, Nov. 5. Celebrate all week!

Tom Worthing of Lower Swatara has 76 reasons to celebrate on Monday, Nov. 5. Wishing you a gorgeous day of sunshine, Tom!

Health Fair

All are invited to the Community Health Fair from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 3, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 121 N. Spring St., Middletown (at the corner of Union Street).

The fair, free and open to families, will have information and resources to improve your health and the health of the community.

On-site registration for the upcoming free kids and family programs will be available. There will be free food, games, prizes and fun.

The event is sponsored by Middletown Area Communities That Care and Penn State Harrisburg. For more information, email

Ladies brunch

All women are invited to attend the “Designer Showcase” brunch buffet from 9:30 to 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, at the Hershey Italian Lodge, 128 Hillcrest Road, Hershey.

“Home Accessories with Pizazz” will be presented by Dave Carpenter of Ephrata; Lisa Shaver of Lower Swatara Township will be the musician; and Sue Balsinger of South Park will present “Designs for Life,” how drafting the wrong plans can affect life’s final outcome.

The brunch is presented by Hershey Area Women’s Connection, affiliated with Christian Women’s Clubs of America.

For reservations, call Edna at 717-652-0997 or Mary at 717-533-3497, or email The deadline is Nov. 9.


I want to thank Susan Wagner for her heart for good food for families! Susan, along with Tara Shaffer and Laura Lawrence, have formed a Facebook group called “Freezer Meals.” Check it out for more recipes!

Crock Pot Meat Loaf

2 eggs

1/2 c. milk

2/3 c. bread crumbs

1/2 onion, chopped

1 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. pepper

1/4 tsp. sage

1 1/2 lbs. ground beef


In a large bowl, mix together all items. Form into a loaf pan. Place meatloaf in a crock pot. Cover with ketchup (and brown sugar, if desired). Cook on low for 8 hours.  You can put foil under the meatloaf to help the grease drain.

Township meetings

All Lower Swatara Township meetings will be held in the Municipal Building on Spring Garden Drive at 7 p.m., unless noted.

Recreation Board: 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7.

Board of Commissioners: Wednesday, Nov. 7; Tuesday, Nov. 20.

Planning Commission: Thursday, Nov. 15.

Municipal Authority: Monday, Nov. 19.

Zoning Hearing Board: Wednesday, Nov. 28.

Quote of the Week

“Let God comfort you through His Word.” — Anonymous

Question of the Week

If you could have any super-power, what would you choose and why?

“Supergirl. She is good.” — Annaveh Gordon, 8, Lower Swatara.

“To be just like Wonder Woman, because she is strong.” — Davina Agyare, 8, Lower Swatara.

“Flying!” — Addison Lampson, 7, Lower Swatara.

“To have super-strength. When I play superheroes with the neighbors, I always choose that!” — Victoria Kelly, 11, Swatara.

“To be super-fast. I like speed!” — Alex Kelly, 9, Swatara.

“Invisibility … I can got to free movies, free airplane flights, and free admission to the circus!” — Matt Wagner, 15, Lower Swatara.

Proverb for the Week

Give her (a wife of noble character) the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate (31:31).

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