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January means Farm Show time: LaVonne Ackerman

Posted 1/9/19

Hi, folks!

As we approach mid-January, we look to find things to do to help us soldier through this gloomy season of deep winter. I think, technically, deep winter would be the first week of …

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January means Farm Show time: LaVonne Ackerman


Hi, folks!

As we approach mid-January, we look to find things to do to help us soldier through this gloomy season of deep winter. I think, technically, deep winter would be the first week of February (that is if we are looking for the halfway point). This could be depressing, but the 40-degree days we’ve been experiencing have not been too hard to take!

Did you know we are wrapping up 2019 Farm Show week? And there is little or no snow in the forecast! This is the 103rd Farm Show held at the Pennsylvania State Farm Show Complex & Expo Center at North Cameron and Maclay streets in Harrisburg.

It kicked off Saturday and will end this Saturday, Jan. 12. There are hundreds of exhibitors and vendors, contests and demonstrators and more than 6,000 animals! Picture 1,000 pounds of butter, then imagine it shaped into a beautiful sculpture.

It is not too late! You can go from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 9-11 and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 12. (Editor’s note: See more about the Farm Show on page B2.)

Have a wonderful week!


Best wishes to Jason Hardison, who celebrates his big-deal quarter-of-a-century 25th cake day on Wednesday, Jan. 9. Congrats, and enjoy a very happy birthday, Jason!

Braedon Thomas of Middletown turns 20 on Wednesday, Jan. 9. Wishing you the best birthday yet, Braedon!

Here is a happy birthday shout-out full of blessings to Elijah Einzig of Middletown on Thursday, Jan. 10. May your day be excellent and full of joy, Elijah! Happy 11th cake day.

Dawn Mattes of Lower Swatara will hear the birthday song Jan. 11. If you see her on Friday, be sure to give her a larger-than-life happy birthday greeting!

Andrew Yeich of Lower Swatara hits the 20 mark on Friday, Jan. 11. Enjoy your balloon-flying day all weekend, Andrew!

Happy 15th confetti-popping day to Marley Fox of Lower Swatara on Saturday, Jan. 12. I hope your day is full of big-deal happenings, Marley. Enjoy!

Alexandra Fisher marks her 24th birthday on Saturday, Jan. 12. May your day be full of fun and lots of love!

Kyle Renn celebrates his landmark 18th birthday on Jan. 12. I hope your Saturday is super with all the people you love surrounding you, Kyle!

Best wishes to Emily Bortner of Lower Swatara on her landmark big-deal 21st cake day birthday on Saturday, Jan. 12. Many blessings to you and your family, Emily!

Happy birthday greetings are sent out to Mike Nickel of Lower Swatara on Sunday, Jan. 13 as he adds another candle to his cake. Enjoy it all, Mike!

Tom Shank of Lower Swatara has 64 reasons to rejoice on Sunday, Jan. 13. I hope your week is super-duper fancy as you count your blessings. Happy birthday, Tom!

Many smiles and hugs are sent to Anthony Albright lll of Middletown on Sunday, Jan. 13. May the good Lord richly bless you as you turn 9, Anthony!

Happy razzle-dazzle cake-and-ice cream day to Katie Zimmerman, formerly of Shopes Garden, on Jan. 14. I hope 48 fantastic things happen to you on Monday.

Caden Hunter of Lower Swatara hits cake day No. 15 on Monday, Jan. 14. Here’s to you and a marvelous week of celebrating, Caden!

Best wishes for a wonderful happy 15th birthday to Dagan Hughes of Lower Swatara on Monday, Jan. 14. I hope this is your best cake day yet, Dagan. Enjoy!

January township meetings

The following Lower Swatara meetings will be held at 7 p.m. in the municipal building located on Spring Garden Drive:

Board of Commissioners: Wednesday, Jan. 16.

Zoning Hearing Board: Wednesday, Jan. 23.

Planning Commission: Thursday, Jan. 24.

Municipal Authority: Monday, Jan. 28.

Garlic Spaghetti

6 cloves garlic, divided

1/4 c. extra-virgin olive oil, divided

1 1/2 c. panko bread crumbs

Kosher salt

1 lb. dry spaghetti

1 Tbsp. butter

Lemon, 1/2 , juice and zest

1/3 c. freshly grated Parmesan

1/3 c. freshly chopped parsley

Mince 3 garlic cloves. Heat 3 Tbsp. olive oil over medium-high heart. Add 1/2 c. breadcrumbs and garlic, season with salt. Cook until bread crumbs are golden, garlic is fragrant, about 3 minutes. Place contents on paper towel on plate and wipe out skillet.

Thinly slice 3 garlic cloves. Boil salted water in large pot, follow instructions on spaghetti package. Reserve one cup of pasta water.

Return skillet to medium heat and add remaining Tbsp. oil and butter. When butter is melted, add sliced garlic. Cook about 2 minutes. Lower heat to medium-low.

Add pasta to skillet and toss. Stir in lemon juice, lemon zest, and cheese.

Add pasta water to thicken sauce as needed. Stir in parsley and 3/4 c. bread crumbs and toss.

Top with remaining bread crumbs and serve immediately.

Quote of the Week

“God has chosen you for a specific service — take the challenge to walk forward in that!” — Anonymous

Question of the Week

What are some fun inside activities to do in the winter?

“Play video games!” — Jaedyn Boone, 9, Middletown.

“Watching movies. My favorite is Grinch!” — Yareidy Muniz, 9, Middletown.

“Play pinochle with my friends, play computer games, watch classic movies with popcorn and hot chocolate.” — Louisa Morgan, Londonderry.

“Doing puzzles and games.” — Sidney Rondorf, North Carolina.

“Baking homemade bagels from scratch.” — Bill Seaton, Hummelstown.

“Playing in an organized basketball league.” — Ryan Souders, 15, Middletown.

Proverb of the Week

Do not speak to a fool, for he will scorn the wisdom of your words (23:9).

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