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Is gardening helping you get in shape?: LaVonne Ackerman

Posted 5/15/19

Hi, everyone! We are midway through May, and I hope the time has been pleasant for you.

Maybe all of you are getting fit by spending more time outdoors. Yard work is always helpful in this area. …

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Is gardening helping you get in shape?: LaVonne Ackerman


Hi, everyone! We are midway through May, and I hope the time has been pleasant for you.

Maybe all of you are getting fit by spending more time outdoors. Yard work is always helpful in this area. There’s nothing like bending and stretching and digging and lifting to get a garden whipped into shape. And a body!

I hope you enjoy walking around, wherever you are, and enjoying the wonderful days of May! I believe May is one of the best top three months we have here in central Pennsylvania. Who is with me?

Let me know your news to share. Just call or email.


Happy beautiful birthday to Tracy Meifert of Lower Swatara Township on Wednesday, May 15. You are such a wonderful person. I hope you know how happy you make people around you!

Briana Dunlap of Lower Swatara marks her 23rd cake day on Thursday, May 16. Many good wishes to you for a thrill-a-minute day, Briana!

Happy 19th last-teener birthday to Elliot Demko of Lower Swatara on Friday, May 17. Enjoy this festive time all weekend!

Best wishes for a peppy happy birthday are sent to Karen Bendgen of Lower Swatara. She celebrates on Saturday, May 18.

Dan Fuoti of Lower Swatara will be hearing the birthday song on May 18. I hope it is a sweet sound to your ears on Saturday, Dan!

Anthony Condran of Lower Swatara hits cake day No. 24 on Saturday, May 18. I hope all your dreams are coming true for you, Anthony!

Skiler Mullen marks his big-deal 25th birthday on Sunday, May 19. Wishing you many good things for your life, Skiler!

Happy birthday balloons will be flying for Diego Berrones of Lower Swatara as he turns 17 on Sunday, May 19. Wishing you blue skies, Diego!

Michelle Berrones of Lower Swatara celebrates with her son on Sunday, May 19. Enjoy your frosty-filled cake day!

Happy 93rd birthday to Norm Sheaffer of Lower Swatara on Sunday, May 19. Enjoy your weekend with love and much laughter, Norm!

Happy legal-eagle-full-fledged 21st birthday to Mark Wagner of Lower Swatara. His big-deal day is Monday, May 20. Congrats!

Chloe Erb of Middletown will blow out 17 candles off her cake on Monday, May 20. I hope your week is superb!

Todd Houser Jr. of Lower Swatara hits cake day No. 23 on Tuesday, May 21. Many good wishes for a just spiffy day!

Jasmine Myers of Middletown marks her cool-parade birthday as she turns official at 18! I hope your Tuesday, May 21 is remarkable. Congrats!


Larry and Angie Crumlich of Lower Swatara Township celebrate 26 years of wedded bliss together on Wednesday, May 15. Here’s to a beautiful day for the two of you!

Happy 28th anniversary to cute couple Mike and Kim Carroll of Lower Swatara on Saturday, May 18. Please have a super-fun day together!

Charlie and July Stare of Lower Swatara observe their 59th anniversary on Tuesday, May 21. Congrats, and have a terrific day. God bless you both!

Glad grad

Congratulations to John Ponnett, third son of John Ponnett Jr. and Stephanie Ponnett of Lower Swatara Township.

John recently graduated with highest honors from Schreyer Honors College at Penn State University.

Ebenezer Church news

Please come out to learn more about the summer camp program for the summer at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, at Ebenezer United Methodist Church, 800 Ebenezer Road.

There will be several volunteer opportunities.

Chicken barbecue

The Lower Swatara Lions Club will hold a chicken barbecue on Saturday, May 18 at the Lions Club in Shope Gardens.

It includes half a chicken, a baked potato, applesauce and a roll.

See any Lion member for tickets as there will only be a limited amount of dinners available for walk-ups. Come down and pick up a few for dinner and help our Lions Club with this fundraiser. Pickup is from noon to 2 p.m.

Community dinner

It’s turkey time! Come out and enjoy a roast turkey dinner from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. (or until sold out) Monday, May 20, at Evangelical United Methodist Church, 157 E. Water St., Middletown.

Dinner includes stuffing, mashed potatoes, vegetable, cranberry sauce, beverage and dessert. You may dine in or take out. A cost is involved.

Everyone is welcome (a handicapped entrance is available). For more information, call 717-944-6181.

Apple Dapple Cake

by Grandma Louise

3 eggs

1 1/2 c. oil

2 c. sugar

3 c. flour

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. cinnamon

2 tsp. vanilla

1/4 c. milk

3 c. apples, peeled and diced

1 c. nuts

Mix oil, sugar and eggs. Add flour and other ingredients. Add apples and nuts last. Bake in a tube pan at 350 degrees for an hour.

1 stick butter

1 c. brown sugar

1/4 c. milk

Boil for 2 1/2 minutes, then pour over the top.

Quote of the Week

“Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.” — Anonymous

Question of the Week

What do you like to do in your free time?

“Hang out with my brothers, and play video games.” — Ean Benner, 16, Royalton.

“I don’t have much free time, but I like to play piano and sing. Or get together with friends.” — Lisa Shaver, Lower Swatara.

“I like to play sports.” — Jayden Benner, 15, Royalton.

“Draw, read and watch videos.” — Ayla Windows, 8, Susquehanna.

“Play with my kitty. She is old. I sleep with her.” — Julia Killeen, 4, Camp Hill.

“Play baseball!” — Logan Benner, 12, Royalton.

Proverb for the Week

All the days of the oppressed are wretched, but the cheerful heart has a continual feast (15:15).

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