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Look how much can happen in a year: LaVonne Ackerman

Posted 3/4/20

This year is just marching along ... really! Who thinks this winter has whizzed by us? It’s hard to believe that in two weeks, plus a couple of days, we will be welcoming glorious spring!

I …

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Look how much can happen in a year: LaVonne Ackerman


This year is just marching along ... really! Who thinks this winter has whizzed by us? It’s hard to believe that in two weeks, plus a couple of days, we will be welcoming glorious spring!

I know Pennsylvania weather is still crazy this time of the year. In fact, this marks the one-year anniversary of when my husband and I decided to downsize out of our beloved house of 26 years.

It all began with the flu. I think I might have caught it at the dentist’s office. This could be the second time that happened to me. Note to self: Stay clear of dental offices during the flu season!

Anyway, I was down for the count with aches and pains and a headache I still remember. Then Scott got laid low with bronchitis. That first weekend in March brought three days of snow! We could not handle it. We felt weak and vulnerable. Fortunately, we were blessed by great neighbors who dug us out.

As we verbalized the thought of possibly selling, something strange happened and all of a sudden it began. Soon it was time to say goodbye to our steep and wide driveway, time to leave our huge yard to younger folks. We had so many memories of the old neighborhood, and it was very sentimental remembering raising our three children, but the future was unfolding.

Isn’t that like life? I marvel at all that has transpired in a year. One never knows what’s around the corner. What’s around your corner?

Have a great week, and don’t forget to share your news!

Time change

Remember that daylight-saving time begins on Sunday, March 8. Don’t forget to spring your clocks ahead one hour on Saturday night before you go to bed!


Happy birthday to Dorothy Reider of Lower Swatara Township on Thursday, March 5. Wishing you a beautiful day with warm breezes!

Garry Woodley marks his big-deal 25th birthday on Friday, March 6. I hope your day is fabulous!

Happy special 22nd cake day to Michael Cleland of Lower Swatara on Friday, March 6. Have a super-duper day!

Rosanna Tully of Lower Swatara marks her confetti-popping day March 6. Have a fantastic Friday!

Sending a beautiful happy birthday to John Fasnacht of Marysville. Have a wonderful weekend celebrating!

Morgan Kennedy of Lower Swatara observes her frosty-filled cupcake day Friday, March 6. Happy 20th to you!

Emily Bendgen of Lower Swatara marks her 23rd ice cream-and-cake Friday birthday on March 6. Enjoy!

Happy double birthday greetings to twins Elliot and Bailey Hill on Sunday, March 8. Congrats and best wishes to you both as you turn 25!

Noah Yeich of Lower Swatara celebrates his final teener birthday Monday, March 9. Have a happy 19th, Noah! 

Bill Mattes of Lower Swatara celebrates 53 reasons to be glad on his fun-filled birthday on Monday, March 9. Enjoy it all week!

Wishing Brian Yeich of Lower Swatara a terrific Tuesday birthday March 10. Have a wonderful week, Brian!

Best wishes to Rose Michalek of Lower Swatara as she turns 93 on Tuesday, March 10! Congrats and have a great day!


Happy 52nd wedding anniversary to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Shafer Jr. of Middletown on Monday, March 9. Congrats and enjoy!

March Miniature Stickies

From Donna Hughes

1 c. light brown sugar

1 stick butter

2 Tbsp. water

2 packages refrigerated crescent rolls

cinnamon-sugar mixture

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 2 to 4 mini-muffin pans with Pam. Mix brown sugar, butter and water in small saucepan. Bring to a boil while stirring. Put 1 teaspoon mixture into each muffin cup.

Unroll crescent rolls, putting 2 triangles together to make 8 rectangles. Sprinkle each rectangle with cinnamon-sugar mixture.

Roll up from small end and cut each roll into 6 pieces. Put 1 piece in each cup. Bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees. Turn upside down onto wax paper.

Ladies brunch

All women are invited to attend the “Let Us Entertain You!” brunch buffet at Hershey Italian Lodge, 128 Hillcrest Road, Hershey, from 9:30 to 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, March 11.

The event is presented by Hershey Area Women’s Connection, affiliated with Christian Women’s Clubs of America. The musicians will be Sharon Jones, violinist from Palmyra, and Michael Carl from Dallastown.

Julie Henning of Souderton will present “Rags to Riches.” Julie was born in South Korea and raised by author Pearl S. Buck.

For brunch reservations, contact Joy at 717-450-5400 or Mary at 717-533-3497 or email

Dean’s list

Congrats to these HACC fall semester dean’s list students, all of the Middletown area:

Chloe Buckwalter, Nathan C. Check, Maygua I. Cotto, Zachary A. Dailey, Rhianna L. Duplex, Ryan E. Favinger, Emily C. Hatcher, Brittany D. Holskey, Stephen J. Jones, Charles Kelly, Kaitlyn J. Knaub, Haden W. Landis, Alyssa Moore, Cameron J. Parkhill, Sharon Pauley, Ian Pirkey, Lauren E. Rastovac, Starlett V. Reason, Jaxon T. Senior, Rashawn M. Sherman, Peter C. Stoe, Kendra I. Valeris, Jesse Van Eik, Jennifer R. Weese, Brian D. Weiss, Sarah A. Wright, and Zachary T. Zimmerman.

Also, congrats to Hood College of Frederick, Maryland, dean’s list student Derek Wyld, a Lower Dauphin High School graduate.

Quote of the Week

“To those who have had no agony Jesus says, ‘I have nothing for you; stand on your own feet, square your own shoulders. I have come for the man who knows he has a bigger handful than he can cope with, who knows there are forces he cannot touch; I will do everything for him if he will let me. Only let a man grant he needs it, and I will do it for him.’” — Oswald Chambers, evangelist, teacher.

Question of the Week

What do you like better, books or movies. Why?

“Movies, due to lack of patience with sitting still as long as a book takes!” — Jeff Denis, Palm Beach Shores, Florida.

“Books. I can read at my own pace, and when I’m in the mood. While with movies, you have to stay focused for a period of a time.” — Neil Rondorf, Virginia Beach, Virginia.

“Movies, because you can just watch them!” — Ryan Benkovic, 6, Lower Paxton Township.

“Books, because they explain the events better!” — Anna Benkovic, 10, Lower Paxton.

“Movies, because you don’t have to read!” — Jon Benkovic, 9, Lower Paxton.

“Movies, because they are more entertaining and visually appealing.” — Will Benkovic, 16, Lower Paxton.

Proverb for the Week

The sluggard does not plow in the autumn; he will seek at harvest and have nothing (20:4).

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