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Here are suggestions for a ‘staycation’: LaVonne Ackerman

Posted 7/18/18

Have you been on vacation this summer? Maybe you are driving to the beach, maybe to the mountains or maybe you are flying.

Have you ever considered a “staycation”? This is when you …

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Here are suggestions for a ‘staycation’: LaVonne Ackerman


Have you been on vacation this summer? Maybe you are driving to the beach, maybe to the mountains or maybe you are flying.

Have you ever considered a “staycation”? This is when you stay at home and do “vacationy”  kinds of things.

Here are some vacation-type things to do near home:

1. Roast marshmallows.

2. Set up a tent in the backyard and sleep out!

3. Spend an evening in the yard catching fireflies and playing games (kick the can, hide and seek, flashlight tag).

4. Take a day to explore a nearby place that you have never been or revisit a favorite place (Hersheypark, Chocolate World, City Island, State Museum of Pennsylvania, National Civil War Museum, Wildwood Park and Capital Area Greenbelt, for example).

5. Visit a different ice cream shop every night for a week. That’s a cool treat!


Happy honk-honk-beep birthday to Dalajsha Shyickley of Lower Swatara. May your Sweet 16 birthday on Wednesday, July 18 be perfect!

Britney Mason of Lower Swatara marks her 23rd cake-and-ice cream day on July 18. Have a wonderful Wednesday celebrating, Britney!

Many good wishes of joy and a happy birthday are sent to Kay Turns of Middletown on  July 20. Have a fantastic Friday cake day, Kay!

Happy birthday to Tracey Bechtel of Lower Swatara. Lots of smiles and sunshine are sent your way on Friday, July 20. Enjoy your me-holiday weekend, Tracey!

Happy 18th big-deal cake day to Billy Muller of Royalton on July 20. Congrats and enjoy all day Friday!

Luke Coughlin of Lower Swatara marks his real-adult birthday on Saturday, July 21. Wow, 21 on 21st! Congrats, Luke. Happy birthday to you!

Timothy Wagner will turn Sweet 16 on Saturday, July 21. Happy honk-honk-beep day to you, Tim! Be safe.

Happy balloon-flying day to Jean Nissley of Lower Swatara. She observes her birthday on Saturday, July 21.

Happy landmark birthday to Sarah Matincheck of Middletown. She is 18 on Monday, July 23. Hope your day is marvelous. Congrats!

Mason Zeigler of Middletown marks his 14th confetti-popping day on Monday, July 23. Make it a great one, Mason!


Happy 20th anniversary to Bill and Barb Dagenhart of Lower Swatara on Saturday, July 21. Congrats on your platinum status. Enjoy!

Bill and Doris Dixson were married on July 24, 1954. Best wishes and congratulations on 64 years of marriage.

Lemon Meringue Pie

From the Wedding Book Collection

3 eggs

1 cup sugar

3 Tbsp. cornstarch

3 Tbsp. flour

1 tsp. salt

2 cups water

2 lemons

Separate eggs (save the whites for meringue). Place beaten egg yolks, sugar, cornstarch, flour, salt, and water in saucepan.  Cook until thick. Remove from stove and add grated lemons, plus juice from lemons. Pour into baked pie shell, 9 inches.

Next, in a separate bowl, beat 3 egg whites until stiff.

Heat in pan until thick:

1/2 cup water

1 Tbsp. cornstarch

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 cup sugar

Cool. Fold into beaten egg whites. Gently beat in 1 tsp. vanilla.

Spread on pie and bake 350 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes or until brown.

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 through Aug. 2, 9 a.m. to noon and 6 to 8 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, as well as Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Items may include: clothing for men, women, teens and children, for summer and winter; shirts, slacks, jeans, dresses, skirts, sweaters, sweats, shoes, purses, belts, hats, coats and jackets. Also needed are linens, sheets, towels, comforters, blankets and curtains.

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

Quote of the Week

“I can’t change what happened yesterday; but by God’s grace, the past can be used for refining me for his purpose and his glory for all my remaining days.” — Anonymous

Question of the Week

What state would you like to visit?

“Montana, to see and visit family friends.” — Victoria Kelly, 10, Swatara.

“New Jersey. I have friends there! My one friend has a beach house. We play soccer on the beach.” — Lindsey Russo, 10, Lower Swatara.

“Florida. I want to visit Orlando and see Disney World.” — Alia Antes, 6, Lower Swatara.

“San Francisco, California, because of the Golden State Warriors!” — Aleel Batts, 11, Lower Swatara.

“North Carolina to go to the beach. We go every summer.” — Daniel Orris, 9, Lower Swatara.

“Arizona. There are tons of tarantulas, and it is hot there!” — Christian Etter, 9, Lower Swatara. 

Proverb for the Week

A man lacking in judgment strikes hands in pledge and puts up security for his neighbor (17:18).

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