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How are you saying the new year?: LaVonne Ackerman

Posted 1/8/20

Hello, people! Are you enjoying this new year? How about the ease of saying “2020?” Hopefully, no one feels the need to say “two thousand twenty!” Just say it “twenty …

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How are you saying the new year?: LaVonne Ackerman


Hello, people! Are you enjoying this new year? How about the ease of saying “2020?” Hopefully, no one feels the need to say “two thousand twenty!” Just say it “twenty twenty,” and no turning back!

January has a reputation of being rough. It boasts the coldest temperatures, and probably has the most gray days. People put away their Christmas lights and sparkly ornaments when we need them the most! 

So, what do you do when the weather is neither fit for man nor beast?

Why don’t you grab your favorite warm beverage and read the Press & Journal? Have a wonderful week!


Happy landmark 21st cake day to Braedon Thomas of Middletown on Thursday, Jan. 9. Congrats all week long!

Happy 12th birthday and many blessings to Elijah Einzig of Middletown. His party day is Tuesday, Jan. 10. Have the best day, Elijah!

Wishing Dawn Mattes of Lower Swatara Township a very happy cake-and-ice cream day on Saturday, Jan. 11.

Andrew Yeich of Lower Swatara marks his big deal 21st birthday on Saturday, Jan. 11. Make it the best, Andrew!

Happy  sweet-beep-beep-honk day to Marley Fox of Lower Swatara on Sunday, Jan. 12. Enjoy being 16 and be safe!

Alexandra Fisher marks her big-deal 25th birthday on Sunday, Jan. 12. I hope it is everything you love. Enjoy!

Kyle Renn celebrates his final teener birthday on Sunday, Jan. 12. I hope 19 wonderful things happen to you on your day!

Emily Bortner of Lower Swatara observes her special 22nd cake-and-ice cream day on Jan. 12. I hope your Sunday celebration lasts all week!

Best wishes to Mike Nickel of Lower Swatara on Monday, Jan. 13 for a marvelous birthday!

Tom Shank of Lower Swatara celebrates his confetti-popping day on Monday, Jan. 13. Congrats! May 65 exciting things happen to you on your day.

Happy birthday and God’s blessings to Anthony Albright lll of Middletown on Jan. 13. He is a decade old on Monday. Have the best day, Anthony!

Katie Zimmerman celebrates her frosty-filled cupcake day on Tuesday, Jan. 14! May your birthday be extraordinary, Katie!

Happy Sweet 16 cake day to Caden Hunter of Lower Swatara on Jan. 14. Have a terrific honk-honk-beep day on Tuesday! Drive safely.


Happy romantic wedding anniversary to Brian and Pamela Etter of Elizabethtown on Jan. 8. This couple marks their ninth anniversary on Wednesday. The flower is bird of paradise, and gift hints are pottery and leather!

Comfy Baked French Toast

1/2 cup melted butter

1 cup brown sugar

2 Tbsp. light brown syrup

1 1/2 cup milk

1 tsp. cinnamon

5 eggs

8 slices French bread, three-quarters of an inch thick

On stove top, melt butter. Add sugar and syrup, stir. Pour into 9-by-13-inch pan. Place sliced bread into pan.

In bowl, beat eggs. Add milk and cinnamon.

Pour over bread. Cover and refrigerate over night.

Bake uncovered, 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes, or until poofy.

Quote of the Week

“God is sovereign over the natural, cyclical, predictable events and is sovereign over the unpredictable and extraordinary as well.” — Leonardo De Chirco, author.

Question of the Week

What is a good idea for a lousy weather day?

“I like to read, and play with slime, when it’s gross outside!” — Ayla Windows, 9, Susquehanna Township.

“I like to play at McDonalds when it’s yucky outside.” — Ayden Windows, 5, Susquehanna.

“Bowling, shopping, ice skating (indoors) or movie theatre!” — Whitney Wood, Singer Island, Florida.

“Visit a museum!” — Jameson Hoffman, 7, Linglestown.

“Laying in bed and watching a movie.” — Spencer Odom, 11, Lower Paxton Township.

“Staying in my studio working on my bigger paintings, because on sunny days I need to be outdoors painting!” — Kathleen Denis, Singer Island, Florida.

Proverb for the Week

When a king sits on his throne to judge, he winnows out all evil with his eyes (20:8).

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