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Get out and do those summer activities: LaVonne Ackerman

Posted 7/5/17

Now that the corn crop is way past knee-high, it is time to get into full swing of all things summer.

Where is that summer to-do check list? Swim. Catch fire flies. Camp out. Cook s’mores. …

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Get out and do those summer activities: LaVonne Ackerman


Now that the corn crop is way past knee-high, it is time to get into full swing of all things summer.

Where is that summer to-do check list? Swim. Catch fire flies. Camp out. Cook s’mores. Picnic. Barbecue. Walk barefoot in the grass. Visit the beach. I hope you are getting your “summer on” and have some of these completed!

Before we are finished with California, I have to share about our journey on the 17-Mile Drive, which features Pebble Beach and Del Monte Forest. The legendary Pebble Beach Golf Links is nestled between Monterey and Carmel. It is regarded as one of the most beautiful courses in the world. It was a misty cloudy morning as we headed for the coast. Even with very little visibility, we could still take in the beautiful views.

We were able to drive part way up State Route 1, which is also known as Scenic Highway One. We traveled along Big Sur, which is a rugged stretch of California’s central coast. It is bordered by the Santa Lucia Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. We could only go so far because the region was recovering from mud slides. It is a beautiful windy turning two-lane road with seaside cliffs and views of the beautiful coastline. Words and photos can’t do this experience justice! Definitely one to add to the bucket list.

Please feel free to share your news, family celebrations, student accomplishments or maybe a fun vacation story. Your neighbors care! Have a wonderful week.


Hey, Carl Stevenson of Middletown! Hoping your party day Wednesday, July 5 is wonderful as you turn Sweet 16. Happy beep-beep-honk birthday!

Best wishes for a happy Sweet 16 birthday to Hanna Wilsbach of Middletown. Her honk-honk-beep day is Thursday, July 6. Enjoy!

Happy brand-new-teener cake day to Abbey Leister of Lower Swatara. Have a thrilling Thursday birthday on July 6, Abbey!

If you see Cole Golden out and about Lower Swatara on Friday, July 7, give him a happy birthday pat on the back because this guy turns landmark 18. Congrats!

Best wishes for a fantastic Friday birthday to David Hurlock of Lower Swatara. I hope your July 7 birthday is the best yet!

Gary Klock of Lower Swatara hits cake day No. 52 on Friday, July 7. Happy weekend extravaganza birthday, Gary!

Happy balloon-flying day to Charlie Stare of Lower Swatara on Saturday, July 8. I hope your day is hot and you get to enjoy a relaxing pool day, Charlie!

Kayce Deibler of Lower Swatara celebrates her 23rd razzle-dazzle birthday on Saturday, July 8. I hope your weekend is just how you like it, Kayce!

Mackenzie Trafka celebrates her 24th frosty-filled day on Saturday, July 8. Enjoy your special weekend!

Many good wishes of love and joy are sent to LeeAnn Coble of Lower Swatara on Sunday, July 9. Hoping your day is super sunny and special!

Happy confetti-popping day to Nancy Witkowski of Lower Swatara on Monday, July 10. Hoping there will be some cool breezes to keep you comfy, have fun!

Rachel Romberger of Lower Swatara will hear the birthday song on Tuesday, July 11. I hope it truly blesses you, Rachel. Happy 24th!

Here is a shout-out to Matthew Wagner of Lower Swatara. His 14th birthday is on Tuesday, July 11. I hope it is almost too much fun, Matthew!

Happy fun-filled birthday to Lynn Shank of Lower Swatara on Tuesday, July 11. Enjoy it all week long, Lynn.

Trash news

Lebanon Farms Disposal will change its pickup schedule for the holiday week. If your trash is usually picked up on Friday morning, for example, please bump it one day to Saturday morning.


Happy wedding anniversary to Scott and Suzanne Hile of Lower Swatara on Sunday, July 9. I hope it is full of flowers and chocolates!

Happy 19th anniversary to Rick and Michelle Berrones of Lower Swatara. They made their vows on July 11, 1998. Have a terrific Tuesday as you celebrate.

Glad grad

Kyle Shields, 2013 alumnus of Middletown Area High School, graduated with a major in integrated marketing communication and minors in graphic design and film studies from Hood College in Frederick, Maryland, recently. Kyle plans to travel the world. Congrats to you, Kyle!

VBS Day Camp

There is still time to register for “Jonah, a Whale of a Tale” Vacation Bible School held at Middletown First Church of God from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, July 10 through Friday, July 14.

Children from kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to experience Bible lessons, crafts, games, lunch, field trips and, most of all, fun! The church is located at 245 W. High St. in Middletown. There is a small fee. To register, please visit or call the church office at 717-944-9608.

Festival this week

The 15th annual Seven Sorrows BVM community festival will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. July 6, 7 and 8. Come out for games, car show, bingo, great food, flea market, raffles, music and entertainment.

The church is located at 360 E. Water St. in Middletown. Call 717-944-3133 for more information.

Ladies brunch

All women are invited to attend the Hershey Area Women’s Connection brunch at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 12.

The theme, “Let Us Entertain You,” will feature Annville Inn Bed and Breakfast presentation by owners Craig and Rosalie George. The speaker and musician will be Sharon Palmer of Mohawk, New York. She will share “A Musician Who Finally Found the Right Key and A Perfectionist Who Tried to be Super-Mom to Four Adopted Children.”

This is affiliated with Christian Women’s Clubs of America and will be held at the Hershey Italian Lodge, 128 Hillcrest Road, Hershey. For reservations, call Edna at 717-652-0997 or Mary at 717-533-3497 or email Deadline is July 7.

Rummage sale

Mark your calendar for 7 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 15, at the community room in the Essex House at 320 Market St., Middletown. The Non-Profit Essex House Residents Council is delighted to announce their big spring/summer fun fund raiser rummage sale featuring men’s and women’s clothing, CDs, videos, knickknacks, books, baked goods and more. Come one, come all … rain or shine!

Quote of the Week

“Worrying is worshipping the problem.” — Anonymous

Question of the Week

What state would you like to live in for a summer?

“The Little Grand Canyon.” — Drew Rhodes, 15, Hummelstown.

“Alaska. I would love to live that adventure.” — Theresa Sawyer, Hummelstown.

“Vermont! I was there once and it was just lovely.” — Donna Hoffman, Lower Paxton.

“North Carolina, because my grandma lives there.” — Christopher Lewis, 7, Lower Swatara.

“Maine.” — Farris Azzat, 6, Lower Swatara.

“Wyoming. I was there on a short vacation. I want to go back!” — Tyson Bomberger, 10, Lower Swatara.

“St. Louis, Missouri. They have great stores, places and is so pretty.” — Peyton Chisholm, 9, Lower Swatara.

Proverb for the Week

He who mocks the poor shows contempt for their Maker; whoever gloats over disaster will not go unpunished (17:5).

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