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Have you made your vacation plans yet?: LaVonne Ackerman

Posted 4/4/18

Happy April! Let’s put out the welcome mat for the new month. And while we are celebrating changes, let’s welcome spring one more time, and maybe she will hear us and warm up our chilly …

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Have you made your vacation plans yet?: LaVonne Ackerman


Happy April! Let’s put out the welcome mat for the new month. And while we are celebrating changes, let’s welcome spring one more time, and maybe she will hear us and warm up our chilly days! We are a people desperate for sunshine and maybe some high 60-degree temperatures.

Have you made any vacation plans? It is never too late to start planning, nor is it too early! We all have our favorite places, but perhaps 2018 is a good year to find new places. I was talking with my husband about going to the Adirondacks this summer, or maybe to the coast of Maine. We haven’t been to Niagara Falls, yet. Boston would be a nice place to visit, rich with history! Yes, I am thinking north is a good direction to go.

It is fun to go to our favorite places, but it is also a wonderful adventure to find new places to experience and explore. Maybe it is time to get the map out and start throwing darts. Who knows, maybe you will find your next favorite place!

Feel free to share your good vacations spots! Have a wonderful week and may the sunshine and warm breezes find us all.


Many good happy birthday wishes are sent to Scott Klinepeter of Lower Swatara. His cupcake day is Wednesday, April 4. I hope it is full of sunshine for you, Scott!

Wishing Nick Giulivo of Middletown the best birthday ever as he celebrates his confetti-popping day on Wednesday, April 4. Here is to warm breezes for you, Nick!

Megan Martz of Lower Swatara will hear the birthday song on April 4. Happy 22nd birthday to you on Wednesday, Megan!

Here is a shout-out happy balloon-flying day to Ben Kapenstein of Middletown. Enjoy your big-deal party day on Thursday, April 5, Ben!

Cadence Lines of Lower Swatara marks her brand-new teener snappy happy birthday on Thursday, April 5. Yay for 13!

If you see Karen McKillip out and about Lower Swatara on Friday, April 6, be sure to give her your best sunshiny joyful birthday greeting, ever. Have a great birthday weekend, Karen.

Brandon Light celebrates his landmark happy 25th birthday on Friday, April 6. Congrats to you Brandon and best wishes for a wonderful life!

Hey, Joe Hile of Lower Swatara gets to celebrate another year wiser on Friday, April 6. Enjoy all that comes with adding a candle to your cake, Joe!

Kyle Shields of Lower Swatara gets to enjoy a fun-filled April 6 as he turns 23 on Friday. Have a ball all weekend, Kyle!

Happy 10th razzle-dazzle birthday to Ava Mae Martin of Royalton on April 6. Friday is a fantastic day to turn a decade old! Enjoy your me-holiday, Ava Mae.

Mason Swartz of Lower Swatara turns 14 on Saturday, April 7. Hoping it is super day for you, Mason!

Happy 22nd super-duper dazzling Sunday birthday to Haley Lynn Albright of Lower Swatara on April 8. Enjoy a warm spring day, Haley!

Best wishes for a truly wonderful birthday celebration day to Carol Arnold of Lower Swatara. This lady observes her day on Sunday, April 8.

Shout-out to Lisa Carricato of Lower Swatara on Sunday, April 8. May this be your best birthday yet. Have a super-fantastic weekend.

Jim Stauffer of Hummelstown gets to hear the birthday song on Monday, April 9. He celebrates his 64th cake-and-ice cream day!

Gabrielle Krupilis of Middletown observes her final teener birthday on Monday, April 9 as she hits 19. Enjoy your youth and celebrate all week, Gabrielle!

Happy landmark big-deal 25th birthday to Ben Harvey. His cool-parade day is Tuesday, April 10. Well done, Ben!

Happy 92nd birthday to Donald Stauffer of Londonderry on Tuesday, April 10. Hoping your celebration day is excellent, Donald. Congratulations!

Vinny Corradi of Lower Swatara marks his 15th frosty-filled day on April 10.  May your Tuesday be most terrific, Vinny!

Township meetings

The following meetings will be held in the Lower Swatara Township municipal building on Spring Garden Drive, each at 7 p.m.

Board of Commissioners: Wednesday, April 4 and Wednesday, April 18.

Municipal Authority: Monday, April 23.

Zoning Hearing Board: Wednesday, April 25.

Planning Commission: Thursday, April 26.


Happy 37th wedding anniversary to Tom and Lynn Shank of Lower Swatara. They observer their romantic holiday on Wednesday, April 4. Enjoy.

Best wishes to Gene and Linda Tripp of Middletown who were wed on April 10, 1976, in Royalton. Happy 42nd anniversary on Tuesday.

Yard sale

Please note Old Reliance Farms semi-annual yard sale will be held Friday, April 13 and Saturday, April 14. Sales begin at 8 a.m. and continue to 1 p.m. Come on out to get some great stuff!

Good News clubs

For kids who like to learn about the Bible, play games, sing songs, listen to missionary stories and enjoy treats ... this afterschool club is for you!

April is the last month of clubs for this school year, so sign up now!

These clubs are free for students in grades 1 through 5. Children can pick up permission slips in the school office or parents may call Brooke Morrison, 717-652-0372, for more information.

The Kunkel Elementary School club meets on Monday. Reid Elementary meets on Wednesday. The Fink Elementary Club meets on Thursday. School offices have permission slips for interested children. Clubs are not sponsored or endorsed by the Middletown Area School District.

Best Carrot Cake

From the Wedding Book Collection

2 c. flour

2 c. sugar

2 tsp. baking soda

2 tsp. salt

1 1/4 c. Crisco oil

2 tsp. cinnamon

4 eggs

3 c. grated carrots

1 c. chopped nuts

Cream cheese icing

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Pour into greased and floured pan (oblong) and bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes or until done. Ice with cream cheese frosting. Can freeze up to two months.

Quote of the Week

“Strive for progress, not perfection.” — Anonymous

Question of the Week

What is your most favorite place to be?

“Disney World.” — Will Korsak, 11, Lower Swatara Township.

“Hilton Head Island. It is 13 1/2 hours away. We usually go in April.” — Victoria Kelly, 10, Swatara Township.

“Legoland.” — Caden Grady, 10, Lower Swatara Township.

“North Carolina. I love the beach, and Texas, and California!” — Cali Williams, 7, Middletown.

“In my La-Z-Boy chair, in my living room.” — Piper Sarver, Perry County.

“The ruins in Pompeii. I have read about how neat they are.” — Sean Erkinswick, 9, Lower Swatara Township.

“Destin, Florida Beach. I like that blue water on a sunshiny warm day.” — Lee Ann Hocker, Lower Paxton Township.

Proverb for the Week

An empty stable stays clean, but there is no income from an empty stable (14:4).

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