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May brings many things to celebrate: LaVonne Ackerman

Posted 5/2/18

Yay for May ... what a merry month we have!

Why do we like May so much? If you like country concerts, they start up in May.

The 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500; Kentucky Derby; Memorial …

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May brings many things to celebrate: LaVonne Ackerman


Yay for May ... what a merry month we have!

Why do we like May so much? If you like country concerts, they start up in May.

The 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500; Kentucky Derby; Memorial Day; Mother’s Day; Teacher Appreciation Day ... all are in May!

There is so much to be thankful for in May — the very near end of the school year (I’m thinking we have about 25 days left), the warmer weather, and the beauty of spring with the sunshine that beckons us to be outside.

Enjoy these days ahead with your family and friends, because the time goes by way too fast.

Please let me know your news to share. Have a marvelous week.


Cheryl Daily of Lower Swatara will celebrate her cake-and-ice cream day on Wednesday, May 2. Happy birthday to a special lady with a big heart!

Best wishes to Pam Shonk of Londonderry, who will hear the birthday song on Wednesday, May 2, too. Enjoy!

Here’s to a happy quarter-of-a-century cake day to Cody Kochinsky, who turns 25 on Thursday, May 3. Congratulations to you, Cody!

Happy birthday balloons will fly May 4 for Janice Breon of Lower Swatara. Hoping the breezes will be warm for you on Friday, Janice.

Logan Nissley of Lower Swatara celebrates his 9th birthday on Saturday, May 5. I hope it’s a perfect day to have fun and be merry!

Happy confetti-popping day to Larry Sheaffer of Lower Swatara on May 5. Make this a super Saturday birthday, Larry!

Happy birthday greetings are sent out to Meredith Breon of Lower Swatara on Saturday. It's good to enjoy cake and ice cream, especially on May 5. Enjoy it all, Meredith!

Jerrod Myers of Middletown hits cake day No. 18 on May 6. Congrats and have a super birthday on Sunday!

Alex Mosher of Lower Swatara marks his me-holiday on Sunday, May 6. I hope 22 terrific things happen, Alex!

Happy 19th balloon-flying-last-teener birthday to Michael Mattes of Lower Swatara. Let the good times roll, Michael!

Lavina Balliet of Lower Swatara celebrates her 14th dazzling cake day on Sunday, May 6. Many good wishes to you, Lavina.

Here is a happy birthday shout-out to Leslie Hughes of Lower Swatara. She has her party day on Monday, May 7. Sending you sunshine and flowers, Leslie!

Best wishes for a top-notch birthday to Janel Tomalis of Lower Swatara. Her lovely day is on Tuesday, May 8. Enjoy!

Happy super-duper-dazzling birthday to Yareidy Muniz of Middletown on Tuesday, May 8. This sweet princess will be 9. God bless you, Yareidy!

Happy birthday smiles are sent to Mary Lou Witmer of Lower Swatara on Tuesday, May 8. Enjoy the day, Mary Lou!

Max Yurovich of Lower Swatara turns 8 on his fun-filled day, Tuesday, May 8!


Best wishes for a terrific anniversary to Dan and Marie Fuoti of Lower Swatara. They celebrate 39 years together on Saturday, May 5. Enjoy!

Happy 35th wedding anniversary to Don and Cindy Bowers of Lower Swatara. The present? Jade! I hope your Monday, May 7 is marvelous!

Family Fun Day

Mark your calendar for Saturday, May 12, because everyone is invited to attend Family Fun Day at Hoffer Park in Middletown, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Choices ... matter! Families ... matter! You ... matter!

There will be free food, games and more.

The event is sponsored by Dauphin County.

Superman Peanut Butter Cookies

From the Wedding Book Collection

1/2 c. shortening (half butter)

1/2 c. Superman peanut butter

1/2 c. granulated sugar

1/2 c. brown sugar, packed

1 egg

1 1/4 c. flour

1/2 tsp. baking powder

3/4 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp. salt

Mix shortening, peanut butter, sugars, and egg thoroughly. Measure flour by dipping method or by sifting.

Blend all dry ingredients. Stir into shortening mixture.

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Roll dough into 1 1/4 inch balls. Place 3 inches apart on lightly greased baking sheet.

Flatten criss-cross style with fork dipped in flour. Bake 10 to 12 minutes.

Makes about three dozen 2 1/2 inch cookies.

Note: If using self-rising flour, omit the baking powder, baking soda and salt.

Special note: I have no idea what Superman peanut butter is ... so use your favorite!

Quote of the Week

“Remember, you can choose your attitude!” ­— Anonymous

Question of the Week

What school do you go to, what do you like about it?

“Middletown Middle School. I like the students who go here. A lot of them are kind, nice and funny.” ­— Alejandro Lopez, 13, Lower Swatara.

“I go to Kunkel Elementary. I like that we get gym class and recess.” — Jaeon Richardson, 9, Lower Swatara.

“Kunkel Elementary. I like that we have a talent show!” — Gabby Romain, 9, Lower Swatara.

“Reid Elementary. I like that the kids are mostly respectful to each other!” — Arianna Laverty, 10, Middletown.

“The middle school. I like the different activities that we do in our classes. It keeps things interesting.” — Madison Sieber, 14, Middletown.

“I go to Reid Elementary. I like that they make things fun here. We get to do things that other schools don’t have, special things, and sometimes we have extra recesses!” — Logan Benner, 11, Middletown.

Proverb for the Week

A fool spurns his father’s discipline, but whoever heeds correction shows prudence (15:5).

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