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Key lawn tips will help get it green: LaVonne Ackerman

Posted 4/18/18

Hello, people! We have turned the corner and it is finally starting to feel a little bit like spring.

Of course we all have our stories ... memories of cold Mays and chilly Junes. We will take …

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Key lawn tips will help get it green: LaVonne Ackerman


Hello, people! We have turned the corner and it is finally starting to feel a little bit like spring.

Of course we all have our stories ... memories of cold Mays and chilly Junes. We will take the sunshine when we can and be thankful for the rain that sprinkles the earth.

One of my favorite things about where we live is the green, green grass! This is a beautiful area and spring is a beautiful season. Here are some tips about lawn care:

April is the best time to overseed your lawn. First, rough up the places you want to drop your seed, and help germination along by watering if the rain doesn’t come.

Does your lawn look a bit ragged after you mow? Dry white or tan-colored grass blade tips tell us the mower blade is dull. Dull blades tear turf grass and can lead to disease problems.

Leave your grass clippings. This is called “grasscycling.” It adds organic matter and nitrogen to your soil.

Fertilizing in the spring encourages rapid succulent growth. This helps against those pesky insect attacks and disease in the summer months.

I hope this is somewhat helpful! Enjoy your week and don’t forget to share your news with your neighbors, right here!


Happy 17th cake-and-ice cream day to Marley Kinsey of Lower Swatara. Best wishes for the best cake day yet to you, Marley, on Thursday, April 19.

Happy landmark big-deal birthday to Lindsay Truesdale of Lower Swatara. Lindsay celebrates her 21st birthday on Thursday, April 19. Enjoy!

If you see Terry Lupia out and about in Lower Swatara on Thursday, April 21, be sure to give her a very encouraging happy birthday shout-out!

Kordre Butt of Middletown hits No. 15 on April 21. Wishing you a thrilling day, Kordre!

Happy 23rd balloon-flying day to Justin Musser of Lower Swatara. Best wishes to you on Friday, April 20. Have a blast all weekend!

Happy Sweet 16 beep-honk-honk birthday to Evan Grogan of Lower Swatara. He celebrates this landmark cake day on Saturday, April 21. Be safe!

Happy birthday greetings are sent to Patrick Krepps on Saturday, April 21. Many blessings to you on your birthday, Patrick!

Happy 20th confetti-popping day to Samantha Romberger of Lower Swatara on April 21. Enjoy your Saturday with super friends and family, and fun!

Happy quarter-of-a-century birthday to Aubrey Carberry! Have a wonderful April 21. Congrats, and I hope your Saturday is full of sunshine and smiles!

Julia Hughes of Lower Swatara will join the teener club on Saturday, April 21 as she turns 13. Many good wishes to you for a wonderful weekend celebrating!

If you see Rochelle Gonzales of Middletown out and about on Saturday, April 21, be sure to tell her happy 15th birthday! I hope it is sunny and warm, Rochelle.

Happy birthday to Michelle Eby of Lower Swatara. Her sparkles-and-glitter day is Monday, April 23. I hope your week is extra-special, Michelle!

Jackie Leonard of Lower Swatara will hear the birthday song on Monday, April 23. I hope it is a beautiful sound to you!

I hope 77 really good things happen to Pat Lippert of Lower Swatara on Tuesday, April 24. May your day be full of warm breezes and lots of love, Pat! Happy birthday.


Happy belated wedding anniversary to Sam and Karen Turns of Middletown. They observed their special day on April 12. You have all month to celebrate!

Tim and Joan Nissley of Lower Swatara mark their 17th anniversary on Saturday, April 21. Best wishes for a beautiful weekend together!

Happy romantic holiday to Joe and Karen Bendgen of Lower Swatara on Sunday, April 22. These two share 29 years together. Congrats and look forward to your diamond anniversary in 2019!

CD and Cathy Farr of Lower Swatara observe their heart and flowers day on Monday. Best wishes to you for a wonderful special 23rd anniversary on April 23!

Happy 36th anniversary to Mike and Karen McKillip, Lower Swatara, who were married on April 24, 1982. I hope your Tuesday is terrific and full of love!

PUREhope Coffeehouse

“I’m not saying God is calling you to give up your necessity, but maybe God is calling you to give up your luxury to meet someone’s necessity.” That’s from Mike Donehey, lead singer of Tenth Avenue North.

All of us can take a step, or give up a luxury. You are someone’s necessity. You are someone’s glimpse of hope.

For 10 years we have been invited to join Stephanie Strauss in making a difference for people in four continents. Blood:Water has brought clean water to Africa, and Hope for Justice fights against human trafficking.

Join in to help others by attending the Coffeehouse from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 28. Come out for live music, fair trade coffee, tea and delicious food, silent auction, local artisans and much more. The event is held at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 240 Broad St., Highspire.

For more information, email; or visit or

Church yard sale

Please come out to find some treasures in the basement!

The Presbyterian Congregation Church semi-annual yard and bake sale is Saturday, April 21. The church is on Union and Water streets in Middletown. Come between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Soup and subs will be sold.

Baked Cheese Balls

From the
Wedding Book Collection


1/2 lb. grated sharp cheese

1/2 lb. butter

2 c. plain flour

1 c. chopped pecans

Combine all ingredients. Roll into small one inch balls. Place on ungreased baking sheet. Bake in 350 degree oven for 20 minutes. These can be frozen before baking. Enjoy.

Concert for hurricane relief

All are welcome to a free concert!

The Cumberland Valley Christian Choir will present its 16th annual spring cantata, Our Faithful God, at Elizabethtown BIC Church, 996 East High St., Elizabethtown, at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, April 22.

A freewill offering will benefit Samaritan’s Purse Puerto Rico hurricane relief.

Directed by Owen Myers and Fred Keener, the choir is a diverse group of more than 80 members from more than 30 churches in central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland.

Quote of the Week

“Blamelessness is not on the level of perfection, but is more closely associated with being forgiven by God and living with pure motives.” — John Shirk, author.

Question of the Week

Who is your favorite superhero?

“Wonder Woman. She fights the bad guys!” ­­— Addison Lampson, 7, Lower Swatara

“Incredible Hulk, because he smashes things!” ­— Gary Leonard, 6, Lower Swatara

“Spider-Man has been my favorite super hero since I was a baby.” — Jorrdhen Bradshaw, 8, Lower Swatara

“I like Wonder Woman, because the movie is really cool.” — Rachael Symonies, 8, Lower Swatara

“Batgirl. I like bats.” — Rose Kreiser, 8, Lower Swatara

“Batman. He is pretty strong!” — Jack Doran, 8, Lower Swatara

Proverb for the Week

The simple inherit folly, but the prudent are crowned with knowledge (14:18).

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