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Life is precious; we are walking miracles: LaVonne Ackerman

Posted 5/5/20

Here we are, welcoming month No. 5 of 2020.

What will it bring us? What have we learned? Have we experienced life-changing lessons that help us embrace every little detail of our lives?

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Life is precious; we are walking miracles: LaVonne Ackerman


Here we are, welcoming month No. 5 of 2020.

What will it bring us? What have we learned? Have we experienced life-changing lessons that help us embrace every little detail of our lives?

Will we rush back to the status quo? Can we even really get back to that? Feel free to share what you miss the most about “normal.” I bet it looks much the same for most of us, but I’m sure there are some differences as well.

One thing I learned is life is precious, we are vulnerable, yet we are walking miracles. Every day. Every day, I want to be thankful for the ordinary.

Have a great week and please be extra kind to all the mothers out there this week! Happy Mother’s Day!


A very happy birthday to Alex Mosher of Lower Swatara Township. He is 24 on Wednesday, May 6. I hope your week is wonderful, Alex!

Happy landmark 21st cake day to Michael Mattes of Lower Swatara on May 6. I hope your Wednesday is a wow kind of day!

Happy beep-beep-honk day to Lanna Balliet of Lower Swatara. Her sweet party day is Wednesday, May 6. Be safe!

Sarah Jean of Middletown marks her cake day No. 12 on Thursday, May 7. May the Lord shower you with many, many blessings, Sarah! You’re beautiful!

Here is a shout out to Janel Tomalis of Lower Swatara for her party day, May 8. Have a fantastic Friday and an even better weekend! Happy birthday.

Sending greetings and sunshine with warm wishes for a fabulous happy birthday to Mary Lou Wilmer of Lower Swatara on Friday, May 8. Enjoy!

Max Yurovich of Lower Swatara celebrates his decade-old ice cream-and-cake day on Friday, May 8. I hope you get loads of treats, Max!

Sweet Yareidy Muniz of Middletown marks her double toothpicks birthday on Friday, May 8. May God richly bless you!

Sam Kostoff of Middletown turns 12 on May 8. This fine gentleman deserves lots of high-fives and extra sweets on Friday! God bless you, Sam!

Happy big-deal first birthday to Kira Fannestock of Lower Swatara on Friday, May 8. May this sweet baby fully enjoy her first cake with lots of love and family!

Happy quarter-of-a-century birthday to Elaine Chubb on Saturday, May 9. Be encouraged and of good cheer, Elaine! Best wishes for a wonderful year.

My sweet daughter turns 30 on Saturday, May 9. My, how that time flew by! Love you to the moon and back, Jayme Ackerman! You will always be a huge piece of my heart!

Connor Wallett of Lower Swatara celebrates his special 22nd birthday on Sunday, May 10. Have an extra super-duper kind of day, Connor! Don’t forget the hugs for mom!

Jenna Alford of Lower Swatara hits cake day No. 17 on May 10. I hope your Sunday is spectacular in every way as you celebrate you, and mom, too!

Happy birthday to Bob Clouser Jr. of Middletown on May 10. May 62 super great things happen on Sunday, just for you!

Wishing Bob Wierman of Lower Swatara a frosty-filled marvelous Monday cake day on May 11. Enjoy all the details, Bob!

Olivia Clouser of Middletown observes her golden 12th bling-and-sparkles birthday on Tuesday, May 12. I hope your day is especially razzle dazzle, Olivia!

Happy 24th birthday to John Hurley of Lower Swatara on Tuesday, May 12. I hope your week is more than fine!

Here’s a shout-out to Pat Green of Lower Swatara on May 12. I hope 34 wonderful things happen to you on Tuesday!

Final teener cake day will be observed by Alexis Fischer of Middletown on Tuesday, May 12. Hoping your 19th birthday is just how you like it!


Happy wedding anniversary to Don and Cindy Bowers of Lower Swatara Township on Thursday, May 7. I hope your 37th is especially romantic!

Jeremy and Julie Barnes of Middletown mark their 4th anniversary on Thursday, May 7. Gift ideas: fruit, flowers and appliances. Hydrangea is your flower! Enjoy!

Happy 29th anniversary to Kimber and Debbie Latsha of Lower Swatara on Saturday, May 9. Enjoy you hearts and flowers weekend!

Congrats and best wishes to Tom and Janice Williams of Lower Swatara on May 11. They observe 46 years together on Monday!

Free coloring books

During this time of “shelter in place,” the Kiwanis Club of Middletown is sending out coloring books its members have hand-made to children ages 2 to 7 who live in the Middletown area ZIP code of 17057.

If you have a child within this age group and would like Kiwanis to mail them a coloring book for free, please email Provide your child’s name and mailing address.

Coloring books will be mailed for as long as the group’s supply lasts.

This is the Kiwanis May Young Children Priority One service project.

Congrats, Alexis

East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania recognized 362 students who were scheduled to be recognized at this year’s Annual Honors Convocation, which was not held due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Alexis McElwee, a 2016 graduate of Middletown Area High School, was one of the students honored.

Meatloaf for May

1 1/2 lbs. lean ground meat

1/2 c crushed Ritz crackers

3/4 c shredded cheddar cheese

1 (1 oz.) package dry onion soup mix

2 eggs, beaten

1/4 c. ketchup

2 Tbsp. steak sauce

3-4 oz. french fried onions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine first four ingredients in a large bowl until well mixed.

Whisk eggs, ketchup, and steak sauce in a separate bowl until smooth. Add mixture to the large bowl and combine thoroughly.

You may add small amounts of water if it appears too dry. Press into a loaf pan.

Bake in preheated oven until meat reaches 160 degrees, 60 minutes. Add french fried onions on top 20 minutes before it’s ready.

Quote of the Week

“Truly, prayer and Scripture are two of the most vital resources God has given us for walking with him throughout the storms of life and coming out the other side stronger.” — Thomas A. Tarrant, author.

Question of the Week

What have you taken for granted recently?

“Thinking that things won’t change much ... then the recent COVID event helps alleviate that kind of mindset. God speaks everyday with new insights and opportunities for the things that matter most to Him. Paying attention is important.” — Bill Seaton, Hummelstown.

“Freedom! The ability to go where I want and do what I want. We Americans definitely take that for granted. I appreciate that more now.” — Carol Gross, West Hanover Township.

“Myself. With all the uncertainty surrounding modern life, it’s easy not to have grace for yourself. You are human and you don’t lose anything from leaning back and being proud of what you’ve done. Try not to be too hard on yourself, and tell others when you’re impressed with them.” — Dutchie Graves, Virginia Beach, Virginia.

“Sunshiny days without snow. That there would be frozen peas and green beans at the grocery.  Wifi. Toilet paper on aisle 23.” — Kim Kimmel, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

“Going to my favorite restaurant  anytime I want. Memories will last forever.” — Mark Kimmel, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Proverb for the Week

Many a man proclaims his own steadfast love, but a faithful man who can find? (20:6)   

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