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Get out and enjoy a wonderful summer: LaVonne Ackerman

Posted 6/27/18

No ... did you see what happened? June is just about done.

This is exactly what happens every year. Summer slips by and we don’t get to do the things we hoped and planned to do. Don’t …

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Get out and enjoy a wonderful summer: LaVonne Ackerman


No ... did you see what happened? June is just about done.

This is exactly what happens every year. Summer slips by and we don’t get to do the things we hoped and planned to do. Don’t let this happen to you.

What is on your calendar for summer vacation? I love road trips. I don’t mind taking my time to get somewhere. We have a huge country, and it behooves us to get out there and explore. Maybe this isn’t the right time for you, but you can dream! Where would you like to go?

Have a wonderful week as we turn the calendar to July! Let me know your news to share!


Happy belated 85th birthday to Marian Chesney of Lower Swatara. This lovely lady celebrated her very special cake day June 20. I hope you are still celebrating! God bless you and your loving daughter.

Best wishes for a super 22nd birthday to Ryan Popp of Lower Swatara. His razzle-dazzle day is Wednesday, June 27.

MaryLou Risteff of Lower Swatara observes her party day on Wednesday, June 27. Congrats on being 93! Enjoy your me-holiday all week long.

Emma Fischer of Lower Swatara marks her sparkles-and-glitter day on Wednesday, June 27. Hope your day is wonderful, Emma!

Happy 23rd birthday to Jeremy Shaver of Lower Swatara on June 28. Hope your Thursday is super thrilling.

Happy cake-and-ice cream day to Norma Fisher Albright of Lower Swatara on Friday, June 29. Enjoy your fabulous birthday all throughout the weekend!

Best wishes to Zoey Bright  of Middletown. She celebrates the big-deal 18th cake day on Saturday, June 30. Congrats to you, Zoey!

Donna Sipe of Lower Swatara observes her confetti-popping day Saturday, June 30. Hoping your weekend is just how you like it, Donna!

Best wishes to Dan Wagner of Lower Swatara. Hope your super Saturday, June 30 birthday proves to be the best one yet for you. Enjoy!

Happy quarter-of-a-century birthday to Adam Carricato on Saturday, June 30. May your 25th be full of fun and blessings!

AJ Murray marks his 24th balloon-flying birthday on June 30. AJ, I hope your Saturday celebration day is just how you like it!

Happy July 1 birthday to Katelyn Carnes of Lower Swatara. She will blow out 22 candles atop of her cake. I hope your Sunday is sensational!

McKayla Tucker of Lower Swatara turns 18 on Sunday, July 1. Congrats and best wishes on this landmark day, McKayla!

Happy birthday greetings are sent to Samuel Turns Jr. of Middletown on Sunday, July 1. I hope your cake day is super-special this year!

Sarah Carson of Lower Swatara breaks into the 20s on Sunday, July 1. I hope your 20th cake day is super-terrific, Sarah!

Rachel Ruiz is 24 on Monday, July 2. Please enjoy your birthday during this special holiday week, Rachel!

Dee Esterline of Lower Swatara will hear the birthday song on Tuesday, July 3, right before the firecrackers start banging! Many good wishes to you on your party day, Dee!


Happy golden 50th anniversary to Ron and Sue Maxwell of Lower Swatara. They were married on June 29, 1968. I hope your Friday celebration is fantastic!

Greg and Claudia Wilson celebrate 39 years of wedded bliss Saturday, June 30. Have a super day as you observe your love!

Township meetings

Please note the Lower Swatara Township July meetings, to be held in the municipal building located on Spring Garden Drive, each at 7 p.m.                    

Board of Commissioners: Wednesday, July 18.

Municipal Authority: Monday, July 23

Zoning Hearing Board: Wednesday, July 25.

Planning Commission: Thursday, July 26.                         

Chicken barbecue

The Middletown Church of God is holding a chicken barbecue on Saturday, June 30.

A delicious meal, including sides, will be available for pickup from 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the kitchen. The church is at 245 W. High St. The kitchen is at the rear of the building.

Tickets are $10. Please order in advance by contacting the office at 717-944- 9608 or via email at It’s a lunchtime to skip cooking!

Whoopie pies

From the Wedding Book Collection

Cream together 1/2 c. shortening and 1 c. sugar. Add 2 eggs. If you would like to double the recipe, add 1 more. Add 1/2 c. sour milk and 1 tsp. of baking soda.

Sift together 2 c. flour; 1/3 c. cocoa; 1/4 tsp. salt; 1/2 tsp. baking powder.

Finally, add 1/2 c. of hot water.

Drop in spoonfuls on greased baking sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes.


2 egg whites

2 tsp. vanilla

4 Tbs. flour

3 c. 10x sugar

3 Tsp. milk

3/4 c. Crisco

Whip all ingredients together with mixer until desired consistency.

Quote of the Week

“God’s word is a catalyst to new beginnings.” — Anonymous

Question of the Week

Where would you like to take a road trip?

“Florida, for the pools and beaches, and it is really hot.” — Jayden Rodriguez, 8, Royalton.

“California, LA.” — Madison Schmitt, 11, Lower Swatara.

“Paris! I want to see the Eiffel Tower.” — Jillian Hess, 9, Lower Swatara.

“The Whitaker Center to watch an IMAX show.” — Luis Galvez, 6, Lower Swatara.

“Illinois. I have been there before. I like to visit family.” — Flynn Hughes, 5, Lower Swatara.

“Upstate New York. It’s not too far.” — Eric Gatesman, Lower Swatara.

Proverb for the Week

A scoundrel plots evil, and his speech is like a scorching fire (16:27).

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