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Posted 9/4/12

by LaVonne AckermanFor the Press and JournalNow that the Labor Day holiday is behind us, it’s time to really enjoy the dregs of summer. I should make that sound better – but summer is winding down. School and all its activities are keeping many …

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News in your Neighborhood

by LaVonne Ackerman
For the Press and Journal

Now that the Labor Day holiday is behind us, it’s time to really enjoy the dregs of summer.

I should make that sound better – but summer is winding down.

School and all its activities are keeping many of you preoccupied. Take heart – the calendar says we still have 16 days of summertime. I will be taking it to Oct. 1. No reason to rush the season – winter will be marching in soon enough!

Let me know your news to share. Give me a call, or better yet, send me an email.

Have a wonderful week and enjoy the end of beautiful summer weather!


Happy birthday to Dr. Sam Selcher of Lower Swatara Twp. If you happen to see him on Wednesday, Sept. 5, be sure to give him a loud and jolly happy birthday holler! Best wishes to the good doc.

Hey, Rita Fulton of Lower Swatara! How are you doing on Thursday, Sept. 6, your big 5-oh? Well, honey, you seem young to me still! Hope your birthday month is super duper.

Here is a shout out to Donovan Nally: Happy 26th cake day on Thursday, Sept. 7. Enjoy your special day!

Happy balloon-flying day to Davy Brodish of Lower Swatara. He celebrates his last teen cake day on Sunday, Sept. 9. Happy 19th to you!

No way! Steven Mosher of Lower Swatara is a teenager on Monday, Sept. 10? Just a little while ago he was two in my MOPS class. Steven, best wishes to you as you embark on your teen years. Happy 13th!

Happy landmark real-adult-birthday to Holly Strunk of Lower Swatara on Monday, Sept. 10. Hope your week is mighty fine, Holly.

Jeanne Spagnolo of Lower Swatara will hear the birthday song on Monday, Sept. 10. Enjoy this entire week, Jeanne.


Happy romantic holiday to Joe and Betty Hile of Lower Swatara. They celebrate 53 years together on Wednesday, Sept. 5. Congrats to you two.

Bill and Carolyn Holmes also celebrate their wedded bliss day on Wednesday, Sept. 5. Enjoy the day!

Happy hearts and flowers day to George and Jean Penyak of Lower Swatara. Their 59th holy matrimony day is Wednesday, Sept. 5. Congrats to you both.

Jack and Phyllis Etter of Lower Swatara observe their special day together on Friday, Sept. 7. Hoping it is a beautiful sunny day!

Best wishes for a super-romantic candy and flowers anniversary to Frank and Sandy Popp of Lower Swatara. They celebrate 22 years. Yay!

Happy 29th anniversary to Tom and Renee Fisher of Lower Swatara on Monday, Sept. 10. Wishing you a special week to celebrate in style.

Chris and Joni DeHart of Lower Swatara observe their romantic holiday on Monday, Sept. 10, too. Hope your 29th anniversary is super swell!

Township meetings

Lower Swatara Twp. Board of Commissioners and the township’s Recreation Board will both meet at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 5 at the municipal building on Spring Garden Drive.

Ladies brunch

All women are invited to come out at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12 to the Hershey Area Women’s Connection “I’m Impressed”  brunch buffet at the Spring Garden Conference Center on Spring Garden Drive, Lower Swatara.

Featured will be “Creative Impressions,’’ unique cards made by Diana Johnson of Palmyra.

The musician will be Amy Burghdorf, soprano soloist from Lower Swatara.

Speaker Suzanne Buckingham of Watertown, N.Y. will present “Treasure Chest of Timeless Truths.’’

For reservations, readers may call Edna at 717-652-0997 or Jean at 717-657-0006, or send an e-mail to The reservation deadline is Friday, Sept. 7. A free nursery will be provided by reservation only.

Two chances to travel

Join the Geyers United Methodist Church on exciting bus trips. Each trip offers something special to you, creating memories to share with your friends.

How about gathering  your friends together and making it an adventure?

On Wednesday, Nov. 14: The Ultimate Chocoholic Tour. We travel to the heart of Harford County, Md., where you will enjoy homemade goodies, including chocolate ice cream, chocolate-covered pretzels and homemade candy – including a chocolate caramel cashew crab.

We will board the Lantern Queen Riverboat for a lunch cruise. The trip includes a guided tour of the Havre de Grace area with a stop at the Concord Light House.

On Sunday, Dec. 16: Playhouse Christmas At the Hunterdon Hills Playhouse.

For more information, readers may call Steve and Carol White at 717-943-3770 or 717-944-3963.

Family reunion

Is your last name Baumbach? Are you related to the Baumbachs? If so, please mark your calendar for 11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 16 – your family reunion will be held at Hoffer Park in Middletown at the enclosed shelter.

All relatives and descendants are welcome.

Please bring a favorite covered dish or dessert, place setting, favorite plant (to exchange) and memorabilia to share.

Lunch begins at noon, and includes fried chicken, baked beans, pasta salad, iced tea, lemonade and water.

There will be games, prizes, door prizes and a 50/50 raffle.

For more information, readers may call Mary Jane Robertson at 717-249-0114.

Chicken barbeque

The Lower Swatara Lions Club will hold its first Chicken Bar-B-Q on Saturday, Sept.  29 at the Lions building in Shopes Gardens.

Tickets are available only from a Lions Club member or by calling 717-215-3099.

Pickup for 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 our Middletown’s Morning Star Pregnancy Service center, and its other locations, on its Walk for Life on Saturday, Sept. 29 at Harrisburg’s City Island.

The annual 2-mile walk, which raises money for the center and its affiliates, begins with registration at 9 a.m. and the walk at 10 a.m., after a free pancake breakfast.

Clowns and face painting will be available for the younger set.

We are looking for walkers, joggers, stroller pushers and donations. Great prizes are available.

For more information, readers may call 717-944-3888 or go to

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 Question of the Week

Who is your all-time favorite teacher, and why?

“Mrs. Hamer. She teaches my favorite subject. She was like a second mom to me.” – Gabriella Carter, 13, Middletown.

“My kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Albert. Although it was just kindergarten, she let us explore the world around us and yet taught us important things using our creativity!” – Taylor Lloyd, 19, Swatara Twp.

“Mr. Copenhaver, who taught math at Middletown Area High School. He was a younger teacher who was really funny and actually made math fun for us students. He was a real great guy.” – Dave Rothrock, 23, Hummelstown.

“My favorite teacher by a mile would have to be Mr. Pettis. He not only kept his classes interesting with his humorous antics, but he taught life lessons which I still use and apply in my daily life. He’s a staple for how to live life each day with enjoyment!” – Kyle Anthony, 22, Hummelstown.

“Cynthia Santoro by far. She was the first teacher to interact with me as if I was a person and not just a child or student. After she had the strength to return (so soon) to teaching after losing her husband, I saw her true measure of dedication. She believes in students and that is what separates her from the rest.” – Greysen Vigilante, 22, Royalton.

“Fifth-grade teacher Mr. Corney. He connected with the students and really made school enjoyable at that age. I made memories that I won’t forget in his class.”  – Joey Owen, 18, Lower Swatara.

Proverb for the Week

A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who pours out lies will not go free (19:5).