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Make yourself better in 2020: LaVonne Ackerman

Posted 1/15/20

Hello, all! How is your 2020 going so far? I wish you a beautiful winter wonderland season.

I do miss seeing the snow. I am a “four seasons” kind of girl, so being in Florida this …

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Make yourself better in 2020: LaVonne Ackerman


Hello, all! How is your 2020 going so far? I wish you a beautiful winter wonderland season.

I do miss seeing the snow. I am a “four seasons” kind of girl, so being in Florida this winter has been very strange. Adjustments!

How are you doing with making 2020 a better year? No matter how old a person gets, I believe there is space for growth and improvement! What are you doing to make things better?

May we all be wiser this year! Let us treat each person we meet with respect and kindness. Let us show family members love, grace and mercy. Let us desire to be considerate people, putting others before ourselves. Let us be generous with our time, finances and kindness!

Have a blessed week and don’t forget to share your news.


Happy fun-all-week 15th birthday to Faith Shonk of Londonderry Township on Thursday, Jan. 16. Enjoy!

Best wishes for a fantastic Friday birthday to Tyna Brinser of Lower Swatara Township on Jan. 17. I hope it isn’t too chilly!

Cathy Farr of Lower Swatara marks her cake-and-ice cream day on Friday, Jan. 17. Have a fun birthday weekend, Cathy!

Happy Sweet 16 on Friday to Annalise Spagnolo of Lower Swatara. May your honk-beep-beep day be the best, and I hope your Jan. 17 is just the way you like it!

Jim Gallagher of Lower Swatara celebrates his super-duper birthday on Saturday, Jan. 18. Have a great weekend, Jim. Many blessings to you!

Garrett Deyle of Lower Swatara joins the special 22 club on Saturday, Jan. 18. Best wishes to you for the best birthday yet, Garrett!

Happy 14th confetti-flying day to Olivia Yeich of Lower Swatara on Saturday, Jan. 18! Keep warm and keep smiling!

More cake at the Brinser house as Mike celebrates another birthday on Monday, Jan. 20. Tell him happy cake day if you see him!

Another special 22nd birthday ... happy balloon-flying day to Nicole Whittle of Middletown on Monday, Jan. 20. I hope this is a big deal year for you, Nicole!


Best wishes for a beautiful anniversary to Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Turns of Middletown on Monday, Jan. 20. Have a wonderful week!

Marvelous Manicotti

1 box manicotti

1 lb. ground beef

1 lb. shredded fine mozzarella cheese

1 lb. cottage cheese

1 egg

1/2 c. Parmesan cheese

1 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. pepper

1 Tbsp. oregano

1 jar spaghetti sauce

Follow directions on the box to prepare manicotti. Brown meat. Drain. Mix meat and next seven ingredients. Stuff manicotti. Layer in 13-by-9-inch baking dish. Cover with spaghetti sauce and bake 45 minutes at 350 degrees. Serve with salad and Italian bread. 

Community Dinner

All are invited to a delicious dinner at Evangelical United Methodist Church at 157 E. Water St. in Middletown from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. (or until sold out) Monday, Jan. 20.

The menu is roast beef, cheesy potatoes, glazed carrots, fruit cup, dessert and beverage.

Note the time change.

There is a charge, and take-outs are available.

The location is handicapped accessible.

For more information, call 717-944-6181.

Dean’s list

Congratulations to the following students who attend Mansfield University in Mansfield and have been named to the 2019 fall semester dean’s list: John McDevitt of Middletown, Madelen Brunner of Hummelstown, Hannah Swartz of Hummelstown, and Corey Williams of Elizabethtown.

Quote of the Week

“Prayer bends wills, shifts attitudes, clears paths, reveals options, gives understanding, convicts sinners, and gives grace.”  — Andrew Kerr, author.

Question of the Week

What can you do to make 2020 better for others?

“Eat more meals together — with family, friends, neighbors and strangers!” — Kerri Clark, Connellsville.

“Fill the world with kindness! Open the door for those in need, which is the true meaning of unconditional love.” — Dolly Eshenaur, Cape Coral, Florida.

“I need to be less self-centered in 2020. Really listen and let others air out their thoughts and opinions without commenting. Ask God if what I want to say is important enough to say it.” — Bill Seaton, Hummelstown.

“Be more aware of the people around me. Smile, and walk like Jesus!” — LeeAnn Hocker, Lower Paxton Township.

“Make an effort to spend more quality time. Tell them you love them. Make new connections or connect with old ones.” — Robin Wood, Sparta, New Jersey.

“Helping my friends on the playground when they fall down.” — Luca Ryan, 5, West Hanover Township.

“Encouraging people with words, like telling them when they’re good at something.” — Stella Ryan, 9, West Hanover. 

“Have a servant attitude.” Dave Kruse, Cleveland, Ohio.

Proverb for the Week

There is gold and abundance of costly stones, but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel (20:15).

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