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Don’t forget to enjoy all that fall offers: LaVonne Ackerman

Posted 10/24/18

Hello, folks! It really feels like fall now. I don't know about you, but I am missing a little bit of that muggy 80-degree stuff. Now, all we can do is watch for Indian summer!

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Don’t forget to enjoy all that fall offers: LaVonne Ackerman


Hello, folks! It really feels like fall now. I don't know about you, but I am missing a little bit of that muggy 80-degree stuff. Now, all we can do is watch for Indian summer!

Can you believe it is almost the end of October? Before you know it, winter will be here and snow and Christmas and a New Year! I hope you can get outside (bundle up first) and enjoy the colors of fall.

Lots of things are coming up, so grab your calendars and read below! Enjoy this beautiful time of the year, and don’t forget to share your news with me, and your neighbors!

Have  a fantastic week.


Happy cake-and-ice cream day to MariAnne Kapenstein of Lower Swatara. Her very special day is Thursday, Oct. 25. Enjoy it all the way to November!

Here is a shout-out to Ray Shaver of Lower Swatara. He celebrates his extra special 50th party day on Thursday, Oct. 25. I hope your trip to Austin was fantastic and your birthday is the best yet!

Darlene Nickel of Lower Swatara marks her cupcake day on Friday, Oct. 26. I hope 48 terrific things happen to you on your day!

Alexa Fulmer of Lower Swatara hits No. 21 on Friday, Oct. 26. Congrats and best wishes, Alexa!

Happy landmark 21st birthday to Justin Shaver of Lower Swatara. Wishing you a super-duper cake day on Saturday, Oct. 27, enjoy!

Michelle Carnes of Lower Swatara will hear the birthday song on Saturday, Oct. 27. I hope 48 sensational things happen on your day!

Jaynee Stubbs of Middletown marks her big-deal 18th birthday Oct. 27. Congrats, and have a super Saturday celebrating you!

Best wishes for a landmark 18th birthday to RJ Sherrick of Royalton. His special Sunday cake day is Oct. 28. Enjoy and congrats!

A very happy birthday wish is sent to Jennifer Friedrichs of Elizabethtown. Her sparkles-and-glitter day is Monday, Oct. 29. I hope your day is just how you like it, Jennifer!

Anna Buffington of Middletown celebrates her 18th frosty-filled day on Monday, Oct. 29. May your landmark me-holiday be your best birthday yet!

Snappy-happy birthday to Kimber Latsha of Lower Swatara. He has 63 reasons to cheer on Tuesday, Oct. 30. Wishing you many blessings, Kimber!

A very happy Sweet 16 birthday to Melanie Wagner of Lower Swatara on Tuesday, Oct. 30. Enjoy your beep-honk-honk cake day all week!

Best wishes for a wonderful birthday to Samuel Turns Sr. of Lower Swatara on Tuesday, Oct. 30. Hope it is happy!

Another landmark 21st birthday greeting is sent to Alexis Martinez of Lower Swatara on Tuesday, Oct. 30. Congrats to you, Alexis!

Destinee Gonzales of Middletown marks her 20th birthday on Oct. 30. I hope Tuesday is terrific as you leave your teens behind!

Jay Smith of Lower Swatara is 15 on Tuesday, Oct. 30. Happy birthday, I hope your day is just spiffy, Jay!


Best wishes to Craig and Donna Etter of Lower Swatara for a wonderful 40th wedding anniversary. They celebrate their ruby day on Sunday, Oct. 28. Congrats to you both, and God bless you and your family!

Trunk or Treat

Middletown First Church of God, 245 W. High St., invites all to join them at their annual Trunk or Treat event from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, for a fun-filled night planned for the entire family!

Children are invited to come in costume and go from trunk to trunk in the church parking lot to gather treats. Games, snacks and other activities will be available. Invite friends and neighbors. In the event of rain, it will be held in the fellowship hall.

Congrats, grads

The following graduates earned degrees at Geneva College, Beaver Falls, in May. Congratulations!

Averie Gill, of Elizabethtown, received a bachelor of science degree in biology.

Sean Acker, of Hummelstown, received a bachelor of engineering degree.

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 (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!

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

Altrusa Club

Altrusa International of South Central PA recently held its second annual Day at the Park. Special needs students, grades kindergarten through 12, from Newport and Greenwood school districts were invited to a day of fun at Millerstown Community Park.

The event included a tour of the Gnome Village, games and making s’mores over a fire pit. Subway lunches were provided by Orrstown Bank.

Anyone wishing to join this group, or looking for more information, may contact Donna Appleby at 717-388-1550, or by email at

Baked Pineapple

from the

Wedding Book Collection


1 can crushed pineapple, 20 oz.

1/3 can of water

2 eggs

2 Tbsp. cornstarch

3/4 cup sugar

Cook in a saucepan until thick. Pour into a buttered baking dish. Dot with cinnamon and butter. Bake at 350 degrees for half an hour. Serve with ham or as a dessert.

Quote of the Week

“Faith trusts Jesus, not the circumstances, because it knows the circumstances aren’t the end of the story.” — Anonymous

Question of the Week

What do you like best about fall?

“Jumping in the leaves and making leaf rubbings.” — Zoe Moore, 7, Lower Swatara.

“Putting leaves on the trampoline and jumping on them, on the trampoline.” — Addison Lampson, 7, Lower Swatara.

“Trick-or-treating.” — Audrey Gatesman, 6, Lower Swatara.

“Soccer in the fall, not too cold, not too hot.” — Alex Kelly, 9, Swatara.

“Jumping in leaf piles.” — Anna Benkovic, 9, Lower Paxton.

“Football. Playing it and watching it!” — Tim Wagner, 16, Lower Swatara.

Proverb for the Week

A man’s steps are directed by the LORD. How can anyone understand his own way (20:24)?

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