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Posted 9/11/12

LaVonne Ackerman

1438 Old Reliance Road, 939-5584 •

I forgot to mention that this past Sunday was Grandparent’s Day. Sorry about that. I hope you did something kind and thoughtful for the grandparents in your …

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LaVonne Ackerman
1438 Old Reliance Road, 939-5584 •

I forgot to mention that this past Sunday was Grandparent’s Day. Sorry about that. I hope you did something kind and thoughtful for the grandparents in your life.

It is not too late – go ahead and send them a card or give them a call! It is never too late to do something kind.

I hope you are having a good week, adjusting to the new season of back-to-school and, with 10 days remaining of summer, well, just enjoying what you have left!

Best wishes for a beautiful week and don’t forget to let me know your news to share.


Mark Etter will hear the birthday song Wednesday, Sept. 12. I hope it is beautiful music to your ears and your day is wonderful!

Donald Bowers of Lower Swatara Twp. marks his 24th cake day Wednesday, Sept. 12. Best wishes for a super day to a wonderful guy!

Sam Mosser, wherever you are. . . best wishes for a fantastic 23rd birthday! God bless you and keep you safe.

Marc Robbins celebrates his frosty-filled cake day on Thursday, Sept. 13. Give him a big smile and friendly greeting of good wishes if you see him!

Happy 14th cake and ice cream day to Chase Kinsey of Lower Swatara. His balloon-flying day is Thursday, Sept. 13.

Christine Hevel of Lower Swatara observes her party day on Friday, Sept. 14. Have a beautiful birthday weekend, Christine!

Here’s a shout out to ToniAnn Noss of Lower Swatara as she celebrates her confetti-popping day on Saturday, Sept. 15. Enjoy the entire weekend.

Best wishes for a very happy 20th birthday are sent to Michael Shields of Lower Swatara. Hope your college course work allows you to stop and enjoy a piece of cake on Sunday, Sept. 16.

Happy quarter-of-a-century birthday to Gabe White on Sunday, Sept. 16. May you be especially blessed this year.

Happy birthday balloons are sent to Michael Metz of Hummelstown. Hope your Monday, Sept. 17 is marvelous!

Best wishes for a super birthday to Michael Tokar of Lower Swatara. He observes his special me-holiday on Tuesday, Sept. 18.

Motorcycle breakfast

The Lower Swatara Volunteer Fire Department’s last motorcycle summer breakfast, featuring a buffet style menu, rain or shine, of scrambled eggs, hash browns, pancakes, sausage patties, sausage gravy with biscuits, ham, bacon, baked oatmeal, toast with coffee and juice will be held from 7 to 11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 23 at the firehouse on Fulling Mill Road. Visit for more information.

Highspire celebrates

Highspire Bicentennial Train Day at the Middletown and Hummelstown Railroad in Middletown will be held on Saturday, Sept. 15. The M&H Railroad will be running at 10 a.m. followed by a trolley ride at 11:15 a.m. Another trolley will run at noon, if needed.

There is a fee for train ride and trolley ride tickets. Proceeds benefit the Highspire Bicentennial Committee.
For more information contact Joyce at

The first annual Highspire Car and Vehicle Show will be held on Saturday, Sept. 29 from noon until 5 p.m. (rain date is Oct. 6). Come out and see vehicles from yesteryear and today.Cars, trucks, motorcycles, fire apparatus and ambulances – plus food and entertainment.

Donations would be appreciated to help benefit the Highspire Bicentennial Celebration. For more information, or to register contact Mark at

Do you like to sing? Were you part of a church choir or other singing group? Did you sing at the Highspire Sesquicentennial? The Highspire Bicentennial Committee is looking for singers for our community choir. There will be three performances throughout 2014. Interested, or need more information? Please contact Steve at


Happy 25th silver anniversary to Scott and Kim Thompson of Lower Swatara. They celebrate Wednesday, Sept. 12. Hope you have a day full of flowers and candy!

Happy 9th anniversary to sweet couple Kevin and Jackie Kelly of Swatara Twp. I hope you get to go out for a romantic dinner on or around Thursday, Sept. 13. You deserve it!

Tim and Becky Carpenter of Lower Swatara observe their 11th romantic holiday on Saturday, Sept. 15. Best wishes for a wonderful weekend together.

Hey, Eric and Deb Breon, celebrate year number 29 on Monday, Sept. 17. Congrats and I hope you have a wonderful wedded bliss day together.

Dinner is ready

The monthly Church of God dinner will be held at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24. The menu is roast turkey, stuffing, whipped potatoes, veggie and dessert. All are welcome to come by.

Chicken barbecue

The Lower Swatara Lions Club will be holding their first Chicken Bar-B-Q on Saturday, Sept.  29 at the Lions building in Shope Gardens.  Tickets are available only from a Lions Club member or by calling 717-215-3099.

Pickup for the dinners will be 11 a.m. that day. Please come out and support our Lions as they do so much for our community.

Walk for Life

Come out and support  Middletown’s Morning Star Pregnancy Service center and its two other locations on Saturday, Sept. 29. The annual walk fundraiser will be held on City Island, with registration at 9 a.m. The walk will begin at 10 a.m. after a free pancake breakfast.

Clowns and face painting will be on site for the younger set.

We are looking for walkers, joggers, stroller-pushers and donations. The walk is only 2 miles and will be held rain or shine. Great prizes are available. For more information call 944-3888 or go to

Your support helps provide accurate information and compassion assistance to over 5,000 men, women and students every year. We offer comprehensive, positive alternatives to abortion. All services are free.

Slavic Food Fest

Christ the Saviour Orthodox Church in America is hosting its annual Slavic Food Fest from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6 and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday,

Oct. 7 at 5501 Locust Lane, Harrisburg. Admission and parking are free.

Ethnic foods including homemade pierogies, halupki, halushki, kielbasa, hot dogs (with or without sauerkraut) and burgers (Macedonia style or American) will be available, as well as a Slavic store and church tours.

A Basket Raffle with over 50 theme baskets will be held.

For more information, call 717-652-1825 or visit

Question of the Week

What do you like best or least about your school?

“I don’t like the rules and they treat people differently.” – Hannah Ebersole, 15, Lower Swatara.

“I like to play outside on the playground. Inside I like the dress-up area. There’s a sparkly crown with a heart on it.” – Victoria Kelly, 4, Swatara.

“Best, gym. Least, homework!” – Jaelen Thompson, 13, Lower Swatara.

“What I like the most is the teachers and of course the food!” – Eduardo Ortiz, 12, Lower Swatara.

“That it has a/c all over!” – Brianna Ebersole, 12, Middletown.

“Sports! My favorite is soccer.” – Makaila Nester, 12, Royalton.

Proverb for the Week

If you are wise, your wisdom will reward you; if you are a mocker, you alone will suffer (9:12).