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Goodbye to July, and hello to August: LaVonne Ackerman

Posted 7/25/18

Hi, folks. Time to soon say goodbye to another summer month. So, as we say goodbye to July, let’s look ahead and see what exciting things we can do next month.

What do you have on your …

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Goodbye to July, and hello to August: LaVonne Ackerman

Sunflower plants are growing in LaVonne Ackerman’s garden.
Sunflower plants are growing in LaVonne Ackerman’s garden.

Hi, folks. Time to soon say goodbye to another summer month. So, as we say goodbye to July, let’s look ahead and see what exciting things we can do next month.

What do you have on your August calendar? Make some plans!

I wanted to share a sweet surprise we found in our garden. Sunflower plants! Some very thoughtful birds planted these for us. We are enjoying them so much. Check out the picture, and have a great week!


Kourtnee Wise of Middletown marks her 17th cake-and-ice cream day on Wednesday, July 25. Happy birthday. Enjoy it all week long!

Happy balloon-flying day to Sterling Gray of Lower Swatara. He turns 17 on Wednesday, July 25. Many good wishes to you for a wonderful birthday!

Here is a happy birthday shout-out to Mark Fulton of Lower Swatara. Hope your day is just grand on Wednesday, July 25.

Happy confetti-popping day to Elizabeth Chavey of Lower Swatara as she observes her birthday on July 25. Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Isaiah Rogers Keeney of Middletown marks his 14th cake day on Wednesday, July 25. Many good wishes for joy and fun to you, Isaiah!

Happy 14th birthday to Marissa Romberger of Lower Swatara. This girl celebrates her sparkles-and-glitter day on Thursday, July 26.

Nathan Witmer of Lower Swatara turns 17 on Thursday, July 26. I hope it is full of fun, Nathan!

Many festive birthday balloons will be floating around for Rob Rineer of Lower Swatara on Thursday, July 26. Happy birthday to you, Rob!

Here is a jolly happy birthday shout-out to Ed Arnold of Lower Swatara on Friday, July 27. Enjoy a fantastic birthweekend, Ed!

Hayley Kern of Lower Swatara observes her final teener cake day on Saturday, July 28. Happy 19th to you, Hayley!

Best wishes to Kobe Brown of Lower Swatara on July 28. I hope your Saturday 17th birthday is sensational!

Happy confetti-popping birthday to Michelle P. Sabol of Middletown on Sunday, July 29. I hope the day is just how you like it, Michelle!

Best wishes to Priscilla Arias, who celebrates her lovely cake-and-ice cream day on Monday, July 30. Enjoy it all week!

Brianna Jones of Middletown marks her landmark 21st birthday on Monday, July 30. Make it the best birthday yet, Brianna!

Joe Klock of Lower Swatara observes his 24th frosty-filled birthday on Monday, July 30. God bless you as you celebrate your day, Joey!

Happy snappy-happy birthday to Frank Linn of Lower Swatara on July 30. Here's to 77 super things happening for you on Monday! Enjoy!

Torin Bayhart of Lower Swatara turns 12 on Monday, July 30. Many good wishes for a marvelous birthday to you, Torin.


Happy hearts-and-flowers day to Bob and Becky Wierman of Lower Swatara as they observe their 37th wedding anniversary on Wednesday, July 25. Congrats!

Dale and Julie Reigle of Lower Swatara celebrate 37 years of wedded bliss on Wednesday, July 25. Congratulations, and enjoy!

Ed and Mary Hawk of Lower Swatara were married on July 25, 1970. Best wishes to you both as you celebrate 48 years on Wednesday!

Marlin and Grace Heisey were married on July 28, 1950. Happy 68th anniversary on Saturday!

God’s Closet

Heads up, God’s Clothes Closet will be open for shoppers on Saturday, Aug, 4. Doors open at 8 a.m. All are welcome to come and shop for free until noon at Evangelical United Methodist Church at 157 E. Water St. in Middletown.

If you have gently used (good) clothing with no tears or stains, the church would like to accept your donations from 9 a.m. to noon and 6 to 8 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, as well as Sundays, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., through Aug. 2. Items may include clothing for men, women, teens and children, for all seasons.

Please us entrance to the Educational Building, which is on the left as you face the front of the church. Collection is on the bottom floor.

Glad grads

Congratulations to Matthew Ste. Marie of Middletown on his graduation from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell on May 19. Matthew received an associate of science in information technology degree.

Congratulations to Ashley Shutt of Middletown. Ashley recently received her bachelor of science in nursing degree from Western Governors University.


From the Wedding Book Collection

An easy, no-fail recipe:

2 packages refrigerated crescent rolls, room temperature

3 8 oz. packages cream cheese, room temperature

1 cup, plus 2 Tbsp. sugar

1 1/2 tsp. vanilla

2 eggs, separated

Spread one package of rolls in a sheet in a 9-by-13-inch pan. Beat cheese, sugar, vanilla and egg yolks.

Spread over dough. Spread second package of rolls over top. Brush lightly with beaten egg white. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes. Cool. Cut into squares. You may serve with cherries or strawberries.

Quote of the Week

“A life lived in Christ becomes in the true sense a life of unceasing prayer. The whole life becomes a prayer: words are verbal prayers, thoughts become mental prayers, deeds become prayers in action and even sleep may be but unconscious prayer.” — A.W. Tozer, author.

Question of the Week

Where is your favorite place to get ice cream?

“The D.Q. I usually get a Swirl.” — Selah Storm, 9, Lower Swatara.

“I like to get a chocolate cone at the Dairy Queen.” — Heidy Gonzales-Bravo, 8, Lower Swatara.

“Dairy Queen, vanilla cone.” — Audrey Gatesman, 6, Lower Swatara.

“Friendly’s, vanilla cone!” — Aiden Cooper, 8, Lower Swatara.

“D.Q. I like the Twist with chocolate and vanilla.” — Alex Yoder, 7, Lower Swatara.

“Dairy Queen. I like to get a cheeseburger and a strawberry ice cream sundae.” — Luis Gonzalez, 11, Lower Swatara.

Proverb for the Week

A foolish son brings grief to his father and bitterness to the one who bore him (17:25).

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