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Don’t forget to celebrate Grandparents Day: LaVonne Ackerman

Posted 9/5/18

Well, hello September! We are facing the final weeks of summer, but now some of us must focus on school.

Many of us who don’t have to worry about classes, homework and school rules might …

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Don’t forget to celebrate Grandparents Day: LaVonne Ackerman


Well, hello September! We are facing the final weeks of summer, but now some of us must focus on school.

Many of us who don’t have to worry about classes, homework and school rules might want to stroll down yesteryear lane. Do you remember your favorite class? I always enjoyed art class. Does that count? Those “specials” made school bearable to me!

Please note: Grandparents Day is Sunday, Sept. 9. I encourage you to reach out and send some love to those special people in your life.

Enjoy your first full week of September and be sure to call me with your news to share. Have a super week!


I must correct my happy birthday greeting to Jaidyn Evans of Middletown. This girl is now a double-digit-midget in Middletown. She turned 10 on Aug. 11! God bless you, Jaidyn!

Happy birthday greetings are sent out to Dr. Sam Selcher of Lower Swatara on Wednesday, Sept. 5. I hope 68 beautiful things happen to you on your day!

Aaron Gray of Middletown turns 22 on Sept. 5. Shout-out a jolly happy birthday holler to Aaron on Wednesday!

Devin Rohrbaugh of Middletown celebrates cake day No. 17 on Wednesday, Sept. 5. Wishing you a day full of fun and surprises, Devin!

Happy 12th snappy-happy birthday to Nicholas Kleinfelter of Middletown. This guy observes his party day on Friday, Sept. 7. Enjoy your special weekend!

McKenzie Coble of Lower Swatara celebrates her final teener birthday on Sunday, Sept. 9. Happy 19th!

Happy quarter-of-a-century birthday to Dave Brodish on Sunday, Sept. 9. Enjoy it all week long!

Steven Mosher of Lower Swatara turns 19 on Sept. 10. This special guy observes his razzle-dazzle cake day on Monday. Sending you hugs, Steven!

Lots of laughter and smiles are sent to Jeanne Spagnolo of Lower Swatara on Monday, Sept. 10, as she celebrates her confetti-popping holiday!

Tegan Rider of Lower Swatara turns 15 on Tuesday, Sept. 11. I hope it is a terrific day for you, Tegan!


Joe and Betty Hile of Lower Swatara were married on Sept. 5, 1959. Wishing them both a wonderful 59th anniversary on Wednesday! Congrats!

Happy hearts, flowers, and love day to Jack and Phyllis Etter, who observe their 61st anniversary on Sept. 7. Congrats and best wishes to you both on Friday.

Frank and Sandy Popp of Lower Swatara mark their 28th romantic holiday on Saturday, Sept. 8. Have a super special weekend!

Happy big-deal 40th anniversary to Mike and Paige Pavlishin of Lower Swatara on Sunday, Sept. 9. Enjoy your ruby holiday weekend!

Tom and Renee Fisher of Lower Swatara celebrate their jade wedding anniversary on Monday, Sept. 10. Congrats on your 35 years of marriage!

Happy jade 35th anniversary to Chris and Joni DeHart of Lower Swatara on Monday, Sept. 10. Enjoy!

Township meetings

The following September Lower Swatara meetings will be held in the municipal building on Spring Garden Drive, at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted:

Recreation Board: 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5.

Board of Commissioners: Wednesday, Sept. 5 and Wednesday, Sept. 19.

Municipal Authority: Monday, Sept. 24.

Zoning Hearing Board: Wednesday, Sept. 26.

Planning Commission: Thursday, Sept. 27.

Broccoli-Rice Casserole

From the Wedding Book Collection

1/2 stick butter

1 small onion

3 stalks celery (cut fine)

1 small box chopped broccoli

1 can cream of mushroom soup (may also substitute other cream soups in place of mushroom)

1/2 can water

1 cup Minute Rice (uncooked)

Melt butter in fry pan, add celery and onion. Sautee until tender. Cook and drain broccoli (drain well).

Mix together soup, water and rice. Place in a 9-by-13-inch pan. Add other ingredients and bake 20 to 30 minutes at 350 degrees.

Walk or run!

The Morning Star “Shooting Star” Walk & 5K Run for Life event will be held at City Island on Saturday, Sept. 22.

Volunteers, walkers, runners and joggers are needed! If you are inclined, go to to learn more about it.

Thank you for supporting this organization that helps to support so many in our community.

Quote of the Week

“Opportunities for growth can come from the most unexpected places.” — Anonymous

Question of the Week

What is your favorite subject? Why?

“I like to exercise, so gym.” — Rylan Tapper, 11, Lower Swatara.

“Art. I love drawing.” — TJ Schaaf, 11, Lower Swatara.

“Gym, because I like being active.” — Enzo Corradi, 12, Lower Swatara.

“Gym. We play lots of fun games.” — Marcus Reid, 11, Lower Swatara.

“Math, because I have the best math teacher!” — Ayanna Santiago, 11, Lower Swatara.

“I like gym, because you get to run around.” — Taylor Gingrich, 10, Lower Swatara.

Proverb for the Week

A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who pours out lies will not go free (19:5).

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