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Here’s to your valentine, and our presidents: LaVonne Ackerman

Posted 2/13/19

Happy Valentine’s Day to you all! May your week be a little bit brighter because you put everyone you love first! May all of our lives be a little bit nicer because we follow the Golden Rule: …

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Here’s to your valentine, and our presidents: LaVonne Ackerman


Happy Valentine’s Day to you all! May your week be a little bit brighter because you put everyone you love first! May all of our lives be a little bit nicer because we follow the Golden Rule: Treat others as you would like to be treated!

Who has school or work off on Monday, Feb. 18? You can thank George Washington and Abe Lincoln for that! What a fun month February can be: Wear your pink and red, be kind to all you meet, and get some time off. If you are very fortunate, you may get a few Valentines. What a nice time of year to give away chocolate and hearts. Enjoy it!

Have a rosy kind of week, and be sure to share your news with me via email! Happy Valentine's Day and Happy Presidents Day coming up on Monday.


Happy landmark 21st cake day to Jourdyn Alford of Lower Swatara on Wednesday, Feb. 13. Enjoy your real-deal-adult birthday! Congrats and best wishes to you, Jourdyn!

Robert Hardison will hear the birthday song on Wednesday, Feb. 13, as he marks his 23rd confetti-popping birthday!

Best wishes for a super-nice Valentine birthday to Barry Craul of Middletown. He celebrates his 32nd cake day on Thursday, Feb. 14. Enjoy!

Here is a shout-out to Rebecca Fulton, who is celebrating her special 23rd party day on Friday, Feb. 15. Enjoy it all weekend, dear Becca!

Don Bowers of Lower Swatara will celebrate his rootin’ tootin’ cake-and-ice cream day on Friday, Feb. 15. I hope all the gang is with you to celebrate, Don!

Happy landmark birthday to Avery Williams of Lower Swatara on Feb. 15. I hope your 18th birthday is fantastic on Friday and that you are doubly blessed!

Corey Risko of Middletown marks his 24th snappy-happy birthday on Saturday, Feb. 16. I hope it is full of sunshine!

Grant Garner of Lower Swatara will celebrate his 15th fun-filled birthday on Saturday, Feb. 16. I hope you have a blast, Grant!

Khyra Little of Lower Swatara will hear the birthday song sung to her on Saturday, Feb. 16, as she turns 15. Enjoy it all weekend!

Happy landmark super-duper 18th cake day to Adriana Black of Lower Swatara on Sunday, Feb. 17. Congrats and eat cake!

Perry Sisti of Lower Swatara will celebrate his very nifty birthday on Tuesday, Feb. 19. Keep looking up, Perry! Spring is coming. Enjoy your special week.

Happy birthday to Daryl Tripp of Middletown on Feb. 19. May your Tuesday be more than terrific, Daryl!


Best wishes to Walter and Jan Balmer of Londonderry on Friday, Feb. 15. They celebrate 28 fantastic years together. Congrats!

Congrats to Martin and Melody Wilson of Lower Swatara, who celebrate their 45th anniversary on Saturday. This happy couple married on Feb. 16, 1974. Enjoy your romantic weekend!

Sub and soup sale

The Lower Swatara Lions Club will hold a Sub and Chicken Corn Chowder Soup sale on Thursday, Feb. 28, at the Lions Club in Shope Gardens. Pickup is from 4 to 7:30 p.m.

Order by email to or call 717-939-9869. All orders must be in by Feb. 21.

It is through projects like this that our Lions are able to give back to those in need in our township.

Don't cook on Feb. 28! Order some subs and soup and help out the Lions!

Supper Time

A roast turkey dinner with all the trimmings — stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce, beverage, and dessert — will be served from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18, at Evangelical United Methodist Church, 157 E. Water St., Middletown.

Takeouts are also available. A cost is involved. For more information, call 944-6181. We are handicapped accessible. Everyone is invited!

Easy French Dip Sandwiches

2-3 lbs chuck roast

2 14.5 oz. each cans beef consommé

6 to 8 hoagie rolls

Place roast and both cans consommé into crock pot and cook on low for eight to 10 hours. Remove beef from crock pot and shred using two forks. Serve meat on buns, and use the juice as a dipping sauce, if desired. Serve with favorite chips, carrots and celery.

Thank you, Susan Wagner. This easy meal is a must in February!

Quote of the Week

“There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.” — 1 John 4:18

Question of the Week

What message do you want to tell someone special to you?

“I want to tell my friend, Maddy Heagy, to have a great day.” — Katelyn Wagner, 10, Lower Swatara.

“Miles, you are my best friend, and you should come over to play again!” — Ian Shaffer, 8, Lower Swatara.

“My third-grade teacher, Mrs. Albright. You are an amazing teacher! I liked you a lot, I still do. I hope you enjoy this gift.” — Anna Benkovic, 9, Lower Paxton.

“My mom. Thanks for everything. Even though you have so much to do, you take care of us all so well.” — Logan Benner, 12, Royalton.

“To my mom, you did a good job of raising me. I'm glad you're you!” — Elijah Einzig, 11, Middletown.

“I think all members of the Londonderry Fire Company are special. They are 100 percent volunteer, and serve the community anytime on any given day!” — Kim Dodson, Bainbridge.

“My friend, Liam: I like your dog!” — Ryan Benkovic, 5, Lower Paxton.

Proverb for the Week

Eat honey, my son, for it is good; honey from the comb is sweet to your taste. Know also that wisdom is sweet to your soul; if you find it, there is a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off (24:13,14).

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