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In Florida, people don’t care about Punxsutawney Phil: LaVonne Ackerman

Posted 2/19/20

Hello, folks! Do you know that spring is arriving a month from today, on March 19? Yay for spring, for sun and the hope for warm breezes!

The question I like to ask about March is: How will it …

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In Florida, people don’t care about Punxsutawney Phil: LaVonne Ackerman

Reid Elementary School teachers pose with the most famous groundhog in Pennsylvania, Punxsutawney Phil, in this 2018 photo.
Reid Elementary School teachers pose with the most famous groundhog in Pennsylvania, Punxsutawney Phil, in this 2018 photo.
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Hello, folks! Do you know that spring is arriving a month from today, on March 19? Yay for spring, for sun and the hope for warm breezes!

The question I like to ask about March is: How will it come in? Like a lion, or like a lamb? I’m hoping, for my friends up there in Pennsylvania to have a mild March so you can all get into the business of welcoming spring with wide open arms!

In the meantime, I hope you are enjoying February. This is a leap year, so that makes it extra special for the people born on Feb. 29. This month celebrates Valentine’s Day and the famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil!

Phil is pretty special to Pennsylvania, but no one talks about him in Florida! Can you believe Feb. 2 is not a thing? Ha, of course! No one cares about when spring comes in southern Florida.

In fact, maybe the people here don’t really want spring to arrive because the temperatures warm up a bit too much, the high season comes to a close and business slows down.

It’s all very interesting to observe. Stay warm and don’t forget to share your news!

Birthdays

A very happy birthday to Daryl E. Tripp of Middletown on Wednesday, Feb. 19. May you have many, many more!

Best wishes for a wonderful Wednesday birthday to Perry Sisti of Lower Swatara Township on Feb. 19. Enjoy and stay warm!

Ginny Wynkoop of Lower Swatara marks her cupcake-and-streamers day on Thursday, Feb. 20. I hope it is just how you like it!

Happy birthday to Claudi Sisti, who will hear the birthday song in Lower Swatara on Friday, Feb. 21. Have a fab weekend, Claudi!

Best wishes for a fun Friday birthday to Don Carson of Lower Swatara on Feb. 21. Have a fantastic day, Don!

Joe Sukle marks his super-duper cake day on Friday, Feb. 21. Have a wonderful weekend, Joe!

Jake Leggore of Lower Swatara observes his 24th happy birthday on Saturday, Feb. 22. Wishing you a sensational special day!

Best wishes to Sandy Wise-Dunkleberger on her confetti-popping day, Saturday, Feb. 22. I hope your weekend celebration is extra-special!

My cake day is Saturday, Feb. 22! I will be celebrating an “and holding” birthday, hopefully riding my bicycle and enjoying some sunshine!

Happy frosty-filled birthday to Crystal VanValkenburg of Middletown on Feb. 23. I hope you get to do some of your favorite things on Sunday!

Happy quarter-of-a-century birthday to Nate Handley on Monday, Feb. 24. Make it your best one yet, Nate!

Billy Gombac of Lower Swatara marks his last teener cake-and-ice cream day on Monday, Feb. 24. Happy 19th, Billy!

Happy 19th balloon-flying day to Heavon McGirt of Lower Swatara. She observes her snappy-happy day on Tuesday, Feb. 25.

Cameron Parkhill of Lower Swatara celebrates his final teener birthday on Tuesday, Feb. 25. Happy 19th to you!

Creative crew

Lebanon Valley College’s Wig and Buckle Theater Company recently presented “Almost, Maine.” Local students who were involved include:

Sierra Fields of Hummelstown, a graduate of Lower Dauphin High School, who is pursuing a bachelor of science in music education. Fields played the role of waitress and Suzette.

Chiara Meyers of Hummelstown, a graduate of Lower Dauphin High School, who is pursuing a bachelor of arts in creative writing and English. Meyers was the director of the production.

Completed Training

Mason Garza of Middletown is one of more than 50 students who completed the Brave Zone Network Training Program during the fall semester at Lebanon Valley College.

Garza, a graduate of Middletown Area High School, is pursuing a bachelor of science in analytical finance.

The Brave Zone Network trains students, faculty and staff to create an on-campus network of allies and members of the LGBT+ community, how to address issues involving the community, and how to advocate for peers, family members and other acquaintances.

Dean’s list

Susquehanna University in Selingsgrove recently released its fall dean’s list. Congratulations to the following students:

Donovan Brady, an undeclared major of the Class of 2022 and a graduate of Middletown Area High School.

• Sarah Fluke, a music education-vocal major of the Class of 2022 and a graduate of Middletown Area High School.

• Alexandra Hernandez, an early childhood education major of the Class of 2022 and a graduate of Middletown Area High School.

Gardening tools

The Hershey Horticulture Society will offer the program “Gardening Tools & Equipment from the Ames Company” at the Brownstone Lodge, Hershey, on Monday, March 2.

Karen Richwine of Ames Hardware will explain the company’s historic roots, as well as brands and products. The business meeting is at 11 a.m., and lunch is at noon. The program begins at 1 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

For details, go to www.hersheyhorticulture.com.

Cozy Chicken and Rice

Whole chicken, cut up

1 1/3 c. minute rice (uncooked)

1 can cream of mushroom soup

1 can chicken and rice soup or cream of chicken soup

3/4 c. milk

1 pkg. Lipton onion soup mix

Grease 9-by-13-inch baking pan. Mix soups and milk together. Take 1/3 of this mixture and mix with the uncooked rice. Spread this over the bottom of the pan. Place chicken pieces over this mixture. Pour the remaining soup mixture over chicken, then sprinkle Lipton soup mix over top.

Cover pan tightly with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 1 3/4 to 2 hours (depending on your oven). Be sure pan is tightly sealed and don’t peek until it is time to serve!

Quote of the Week

“A hug has the magical ability to communicate love without words; a hug emoji doesn’t compare.” — Robin Dance, author.

Question of the Week

What do you like best about February?

“It is a short month and spring is on the way!” — Janelle Dukes, Lower Swatara Township.

“It has the 100th day of school, and Valentine’s Day!” — Julia Killeen, 5, Camp Hill.

“Valentine’s Day!” — Aubrey Albritton, Charlotte, North Carolina.

“The days are warming up. I like to bask in the beautiful sunshine and ground my feet, and walk. Also, it’s my birthday month!” — Wendy Weiss, Aledo, Texas.

“It’s Valentine’s Day!” — Luca Ryan, 5, West Hanover Township.

“Chocolate!” — Stella Ryan, 9, West Hanover.

“Spending time in the Word (Bible), and on relationships, while having less distractions with the help of inclement weather. More focus on work during the dark ages, as we used to call it at the Naval Academy.” — Dave Kruse, Cleveland, Ohio.

Proverb for the Week

Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets; therefore don’t associate with a simple babbler (20:19).

Reach LaVonne Ackerman at 717-649-7366 or by email at LaVonneAck@comcast.net.