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Less rain for June? Let’s hope so: LaVonne Ackerman

Posted 6/5/19

Hello, June. We are over the moon with your arrival. People have been talking about too much rain in May. They lament about too much rain last summer. We hope you will be pleasant to us this …

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Less rain for June? Let’s hope so: LaVonne Ackerman


Hello, June. We are over the moon with your arrival. People have been talking about too much rain in May. They lament about too much rain last summer. We hope you will be pleasant to us this 2019!

Let me know your news to share, and have a wonderful week!


Best wishes to Keyana Allensworth of Lower Swatara Township on Wednesday, June 5. I hope your 15th cake day is wonderful!

Justin Yohn of Lower Swatara celebrates his landmark 18th birthday on Thursday, June 6. Congrats, and welcome to adulthood!

If you see Don Graham out and about in Middletown on Thursday, June 5, be sure to give him your happiest birthday greeting ever! Enjoy, Don.

Happy 22nd cake day to Brian Kelly of Lower Swatara on June 6. I hope your Thursday birthday is super thrilling!

Angela Hernandez of Lower Swatara marks her big-deal 18th birthday on Thursday, June 6. Enjoy it, and many congrats to you!

Best wishes to Nate Kinsey of Lower Swatara on his Sweet 16 beep-honk-honk day, Thursday, June 6. Be safe and happy birthday!

Brayden Reigle of Lower Swatara hits double toothpicks No. 11 on June 6! Have a fantastic birthday on Thursday!

Happy last teener birthday to Dominick Barillo of Royalton on Thursday, June 6, a very popular day to be born! I hope you enjoy your 19th cake day.

Happy birthday balloons will be flying for Janelle Dukes of Lower Swatara on Friday, June 7. Wishing you a beautiful day full of your favorite things!

Macy Appleby celebrates 17 years of birthdays on Friday, June 7. Enjoy your me-holiday weekend!

Esperanza Herrera of Middletown marks her decade birthday celebration on June 8. God bless this precious girl as she turns 10 on Saturday!

Happy quarter-of-a-century birthday to Fernando Santiago. Saturday, June 8 is his big deal day. Congrats!

Here is a shout-out to Donnie Bell of Middletown as he observes his 17th confetti-popping day on Saturday, June 8. Enjoy your weekend, Donnie!

Kenzie Zimmerman of Middletown marks her cool-parade 20th birthday on Sunday, June 9. Have the happiest one yet!

Daryll Hickey of Lower Swatara will hear the birthday song on June 9. I hope your Sunday celebration day is super!

Lots of love is sent to husband Scott Ackerman on Sunday, June 9. The Lord bless you on your great adventure and may 61 sensational things happen to you this week!

Katie Kellogg of Lower Swatara celebrates her special 22nd cake-and-ice cream day on Monday, June 10. Have a marvelous week, Katie!

Travis Patry of Middletown turns 23 on Monday, June 10. Make it your best birthday yet!

Best wishes for a happy 15th birthday to Gavin Guckavan of Lower Swatara on Monday, June 10. Enjoy the start of summer vacation, Gavin!

Happy sparkles-and-glitter day to Lisa Lighty of Lower Swatara, as she observes her June 11 birthday on Tuesday! I hope it is terrific!

Happy 84th birthday to Lloyd Byers of Lower Swatara on Tuesday, June 11. Congrats to you as you enjoy this special day!


Happy 17th wedding anniversary to Chris and Jennifer Hunter of Lower Swatara Township on Saturday, June 8. Wishing you sunshiny skies and warm breezes.

Howard and Kathy Crawford of Lower Swatara were married on June 11, 1977. Congrats to you both on 42 years of wedded bliss on Tuesday.

Happy 64th anniversary to Bill and Sue Newman of Middletown. They married on June 11, 1955. Congratulations!

Congrats, siblings

Congratulations to Joe Harkins on his recent graduation from the University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music with a master’s degree in Music Composition. He will attend The Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University in the fall for his doctoral degree.

Also, congratulations to Colleen Harkins. She graduated summa cum laude from Kutztown University with a bachelor of fine arts degree in May. Colleen will attend the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore this fall to pursue her master’s of fine art.

Parents Mark and Sherri Harkins reside in Lower Swatara.

Vacation Bible School

Open Door Bible Church, 200 Nissley Drive, Lower Swatara Township, will play host to a free “The Incredible Race” Vacation Bible School from 6:45 to 8:30 p.m. June 10-14 for children 4 to 12 years old.

Pre-registration is available at

For more information, please contact the church office at or 717-939-5180.

Easy cod fish dinner

From Jayme Ackerman

2 6 oz. cod fish fillets

1/2 Tbsp. olive oil

1/4 cup onion, julienned

8 to 10 cherry tomatoes, sliced in half

1/4 cup asparagus tips

1 lemon wedge

Salt and pepper

2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

Rosemary twigs

Aluminum foil

Place a large piece of foil in baking pan. Be sure it is large enough to encompass all ingredients. Place the cod in the center of the foil, and drizzle olive oil over them. Add onion, tomato and asparagus.

Sprinkle garlic, salt and pepper; squeeze lemon wedge over everything and add rosemary.

Wrap the foil so ends meet at the top. Leave tiny gaps for small amounts of steam to escape. Cook in a preheated oven at 400 degrees for 18 to 22 minutes.

Quote of the Week

“When I accept that help often comes in unexpected forms, I can release my hold on the problem and become willing to receive help.” — Anonymous

Question of the Week

What is a “must-do” for you in summer of 2019?

“I must go camping. I always enjoy camping, especially in the summer.” — Logan Benner, 12, Royalton.

“Fly a kite.” — Julia Killeen, 4, Camp Hill.

“Have fun with friends and go to cookouts.” — Arianna Laverty, 11, Middletown.

“I really want to go camping at least two times this year.” — Jayden Benner, 15, Royalton.

“Spend more time with my family because I’ll be going off to college soon. Stuff like camping and trips to the beach.” — Ean Benner, 16, Royalton.

“Soak up as much sunshine as possible! This includes taking my boys to the park, the community pool, walking the trails, riding bikes, having picnics with friends and, of course, vacationing at the beach!” — Sarah Bereza, Royalton.

Proverb for the Week.

Deliver yourself like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter, and like a bird from the hand of the fowler (6:5).

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