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Let’s say goodbye to winter, hello to spring: LaVonne Ackerman

Posted 3/14/18

Goodbye to the end of winter. We hope you are done with the threat of nor’easters and violent winds.

It is now time to start breaking out all things spring. What does that look like for …

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Let’s say goodbye to winter, hello to spring: LaVonne Ackerman


Goodbye to the end of winter. We hope you are done with the threat of nor’easters and violent winds.

It is now time to start breaking out all things spring. What does that look like for you? Do you want to wear some bright clothing to usher in this pro-green season? Maybe you are into flowers and birds and baby animals? Do you put up a bright and cheery wreath, or hang a springy flag? Whatever it is that you do, I hope you are encouraged by the sun when you do it.

Spring begins on Tuesday, March 20. I hope the weather cooperates with all our welcome spring festivities. .. whatever it is you do to embrace this season of renewal and rebirth.


Happy 15th cake-and-ice cream day to Sofia Feeney of Londonderry. Hoping your Wednesday, March 14 birthday is the best yet!

Chrissy Springer of Middletown has 44 reasons to celebrate on Wednesday, March 14. Many good wishes are sent your way, Chrissy!

Happy quarter-of-a-century birthday to Kris Renn! His big-deal day is Thursday, March 15. Congrats to you, Kris.

Happy sunshiny birthday to April Coble of Middletown on Thursday, March 15. Hope the day is full of thrills. Enjoy!

Emerald Gray of Lower Swatara celebrates her landmark 21st cake day on March 15. Enjoy your me-holiday Thursday, Emerald!

No speed limits for Deborah Etter as she celebrates a special birthday on Friday, March 16. Have a fantastic birthday weekend, Deborah!

Double happy golden birthday blessings to Daren and Darias Waters of Middletown. These two turn 18 on Sunday, March 18. Congrats and enjoy!

Karen Landis of Lower Swatara will hear the birthday song on Monday, March 19. I hope it is a sweet sound to your soul, Karen! Happy birthday!

If you see Joni Prisbe out and about Lower Swatara on Monday, March 19, be sure to give her your nicest smile and tell her to have a great happy birthday week!

Kaleb Stein of Lower Swatara will hit his 14th birthday on Monday, March 19. Make it the best one so far, Kaleb!

Best wishes for a super 17th razzle-dazzle birthday to Kirstin Burkett of Lower Swatara on the first day of spring, Tuesday, March 20.

Aaron Fernback celebrates his 24th confetti-popping day on Tuesday, March 20. I hope it is all sunshine and smiles for you, Aaron.

Happy Sweet 16 cake day to Aalyah Rodriguez of Lower Swatara. Many good wishes for a terrific beep-beep-honk day to you on Tuesday, March 20!

Fink Good News Club

For kids who like to learn about the Bible, play games, sing songs, listen to missionary stories and enjoy treats ... this club is for you!

Fink Elementary School has a club that meets Thursdays after school until 4:45 p.m. in the school library. This is free for students in grades one through five. Children can pick up permission slips in the school office or parents may call Brooke Morrison at 717-652-0372 for more information.

Kunkel Elementary School has a club on Monday after school. The Reid Elementary School club meets on Wednesday after school. School offices have permission slips for interested children.

Clubs are not sponsored or endorsed by the Middletown Area School District.

Spaghetti dinner

The Lower Swatara Lions Club will hold its annual spaghetti dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 17 at the Lions Club building in Shopes Gardens.

The menu: spaghetti, meatballs, salad, bread, drink and dessert.

Bring the entire family. Kids 4 and younger eat free! There are separate costs for adults and children.

Projects like these enable the Lions to give back to the community in many ways (Easter egg hunt, Halloween parade, support for schools, etc). Their motto: “We serve,” reminds us just what they do for us!

Please don’t make dinner on Saturday night. Instead, come out for some delicious spaghetti! Please help our great Lions Club have a successful event. Remember: They can’t spell success without “u.”


Happy 70th wedding anniversary to Samuel and Karen Turns Sr. of Middletown on Thursday, March 15. Many good wishes for a wonderful day to you both. Congratulations!

Happy 25th silver anniversary to Mike and Julie Deibler of Lower Swatara. These two married on March 20, 1993. Congrats and enjoy your day on Tuesday!

Easter egg hunt and more

All families are invited to the amazing 9,000-egg hunt at Susquehanna Valley Evangelical Free Church, 6433 Union Deposit Road, Harrisburg, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 31.

There will be hunts for various age groups, hundreds of prizes, games, a trackless train, 50 live animals, and obstacle courses.

Please bring your basket! Register online at or call the office at 717-545-2188 to sign up.

Supper time

All are invited to the March chicken and waffle community dinner from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 19 at Evangelical United Methodist Church, 157 E. Water St., Middletown.

Also included are mashed potatoes, corn, applesauce, a beverage and dessert. Takeouts are available.

There is a charge for the dinner. For more information, call 717-944-6181. Come on out and join us! 

Hamburger green bean casserole

From the Wedding Book Collection

1 lb. hamburger

1/4 cup onion

salt and pepper

1/4 cup water

1 can green beans, drained

1 can tomato soup

1 cup Bisquick

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Brown the hamburger and onions. Add salt, pepper, beans and soup. Bring to boil and pour into casserole. Mix Bisquick and water. Roll out and cut in strips. Place on top of casserole lattice style. Bake 20 minutes or until brown. Serves 3-4.

Quote of the Week

“If we had no winter the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.” — Anne Bradstreet, first published American woman writer.

Bag sale

Get ready for the $5 Bag Sale at the Middletown Church Women United Thrift Shop, 17 S. Union St., Middletown from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 17.

Come and see all the great deals you will find: seasonal decorations, books, clothing for all ages, shoes, housewares, picture frames, artwork, golf clubs and other sport equipment, games greeting cards, and much, much more!

Prices as marked and only $5 a bag.

Question of the Week

What is your favorite green thing?

“A lime green bird that comes to our bird feeder.” — Victoria Kelly, 10, Swatara.

“Trees. The leaves part. They help us breathe.” — Miranda Burdsal, 8, Lower Paxton.

“A green thumb. I don’t garden, but my husband does!” — Crystal George, Lower Paxton.

“Spring is my favorite green thing!” — Jenny Hammer, Hershey.

“A lizard.” — Jon Benkovic, 7, Lower Paxton.

“Pears.” — Will Benkovic, 14, Lower Paxton.

“My dragon costume.” — Ryan Benkovic, 4, Lower Paxton.

Proverb for the Week

The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, turning a man from the snares of death (13:14).

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