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February is time to get sweets for your sweet: LaVonne Ackerman

Posted 2/7/18

Hello February, and let the sweetness begin! Now is the time to think about sweet things for that special loved one, or loved ones! Check out the recipe below and ramp up your kindness game. Love is …

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February is time to get sweets for your sweet: LaVonne Ackerman


Hello February, and let the sweetness begin! Now is the time to think about sweet things for that special loved one, or loved ones! Check out the recipe below and ramp up your kindness game. Love is in the air!

Who cares if it is still six weeks until spring shines her glorious sun on us? Who cares if it is still flipping frozen outside? The weather may be tundra and dead, but the cozy warmth of the oven and friends gathered around to play a game beats out the worst winter doldrums.

Invest some time in indoor games and a box of brownie mix. I think you just may need to add some eggs! Play cards or any other board game you can find. Maybe a puzzle is more your thing? Just do it!

Have a wonderful week of winter fun!


Happy quarter-of-a-century birthday to David Hill. Wishing you the best birthday yet as you turn 25 on Wednesday, Feb. 7!

Happy 86th birthday to Doris Stauffer of Londonderry. Many good wishes for a wonderful day to you on Thursday, Feb. 8. Congrats!

Reggie Williams celebrates 52 reasons to be happy on Thursday, Feb. 8. I hope your day is sunshiny and full of many wonderful blessings. Enjoy, Reggie!

Happy Sweet 16 birthday to Joey Spear of Lower Swatara as he celebrates his honk-honk-beep day on Thursday, Feb. 8. Be safe and have fun!

More cake, best wishes to Melissa Williams as she observes her me-holiday on Friday, Feb. 9. Hoping your week is full of surprises, happy birthday!

Andrew Hardison of Lower Swatara marks his 23rd birthday on Sunday, Feb. 11. Have an extra-special birthday weekend!

Margaret Reisinger of Lower Swatara will hear the birthday song on Monday, Feb. 12. May it be a sweet sound to your ears, Margaret. Enjoy your birthday week!

Kaylee McCann of Lower Swatara turns 17 on Feb. 12. Happy Lincoln’s birthday, and you too! Have a marvelous Monday celebrating!

Happy 20th cake day to Jourdyn Alford of Lower Swatara as she celebrates her day of festivities and joy on Tuesday, Feb. 13.

Happy 22nd birthday to Robert Hardison of Lower Swatara on Feb. 13. Have a terrific week celebrating!


Happy 41st anniversary to Bob and Beth Kuhn on Sunday, Feb. 11. Have a super day enjoying your romantic holiday, and congratulations, too!

Dinner is served

All are invited to a roast turkey dinner with all the trimmings from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 19 at Evangelical United Methodist Church, 157 E. Water St., Middletown.

The menu: turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, peas, beverage and dessert. Takeouts are available.

For more information, call 717-944-6181.

Don’t miss this tasty dinner!


Everyone is welcome to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 121 N. Spring St., Middletown, for the community dinner on Monday, Feb. 12.

Doors are open 4:30 from 6:30 p.m. or until sold out. Enter through the parking lot doors.

February’s menu is lasagna, salad, dessert and drinks.

There is a cost.

Recipe for Turtle Cake

From the Wedding Book Collection

1 box German Chocolate cake mix

1 14 oz. bag of caramels

3/4 c. butter

1/2 c. evaporated milk

1 c. chocolate chips

1 c. chopped nuts

Mix cake mix according to directions. Grease and flour a 9-by-13-inch pan. Pour half the batter in pan and bake at 350 F for 15 minutes.

In a sauce pan, over low heat, melt caramels, butter and milk together. Mix until smooth.

Remove cake from oven and pour caramel mixture over hot cake. Sprinkle on chocolate chips and nuts evenly. Pour on the remaining cake batter and bake at 350 F for 30 minutes. Serve.

Valentine brunch buffet

All ladies are invited to join in on this February fun event: a Valentine brunch at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14 at Hershey Italian Lodge, 128 Hillcrest Road.

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

Musicians will be Gerry and the Attricks, from Harrisburg, presenting a mini-concert featuring a cappella 1950s entertainment

The speaker, Suzanne Rowse of Wilmington, Delaware, will discuss “Victory Over Life’s Difficulties” and share how forgiveness can bring joy and victory over the pain of the past.

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

Sweetheart Banquet

Middletown First Church of God, 245 W. High St.,  will hold its annual Sweetheart Banquet at 6 p.m. Feb. 10.

Dinner will include appetizers, salad, New York strip roast, roasted potatoes, a vegetable and dessert. “The Not-So-Newlywed Game” will follow.

Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased by calling the church at 717-944-9608 or by email at

Everyone is welcome.

Quote of the Week

“The most serious charge which can be brought against New England is not Puritanism, but February.” — Joseph Wood Krutch, American nature writer.

Question of the Week

What indoor activities do you enjoy the most in February?

“Read. I like ‘Wonder.’” — Jason Maldonado, 10, Middletown.

“I have fun cheerleading.” — Cali Williams, 7, Middletown.

“I like to do gymnastics.” — Nadia Fairchild, 8, Middletown.

“I like doing crafts with my mom, drawing especially!” — Miranda Burdsal, 8, Lower Paxton.

“I like making Valentine's Day cards. I have a kit with stickers.” — Anna Benkovic, 8, Lower Swatara.

“Drinking hot chocolate with marshmallows and sprinkles!” — Jon Benkovic, 7, Lower Paxton.

Proverb for the Week

Wisdom is too high for a fool; in the assembly at the gate he has nothing to say (24:7).

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