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Posted 8/21/12

By LaVonne Ackerman

Monday is the first day back to school, so get ready to see the kids going out early to the bus stops and the yellow buses creeping along the streets and roads of our neighborhoods. How exciting for them all – new teachers, …

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News in your neighborhood

By LaVonne Ackerman

Monday is the first day back to school, so get ready to see the kids going out early to the bus stops and the yellow buses creeping along the streets and roads of our neighborhoods. How exciting for them all – new teachers, maybe a new school and hopefully some new friends!
Don’t forget to let me know your news to share, and have a wonderful week.


Happy belated birthday to Greysen Vigilante. He was 22 on Tuesday, Aug. 7. Hope your month is going swimmingly!

Wednesday, Aug. 22, is my half birthday! I want you all to know that it is quite alright to observe and enjoy your half birthday. Do something that makes you smile – or, better yet, puts a smile on someone else! If you can’t figure out when you half birthday is, just give me a call and I will help you.

Emily Isett of Lower Swatara Twp. will hear the birthday song Wednesday, Aug. 22, as she turns 20. Hope you have a great day!

Best wishes for a wonderful Wednesday, Aug. 22 birthday to Craig Breon of Lower Swatara. Hope this is the best one yet!

Here’s a shout out to Scott Hile of Lower Swatara. Hope your cake day on Wednesday, Aug. 22 is too much fun! May 45 super-terrific things happen to you.

Jim and Judy Lawyer mark and share this Thursday, Aug. 23rd birthday. May all your wishes come true this year.

Tyler Hughes of Lower Swatara turns sweet 16 on Thursday, Aug. 23. Happy beep-honk-beep day to you! Stay safe.

Happy 14th cake and ice cream day to Christy Rae Ammons of Royalton. Her special day is Thursday, Aug. 23. Enjoy!

Megan Coughlin’s 22nd happy birthday is Friday, Aug. 24. I hope your day is fantastic! Love to you, and best wishes too!

Happy birthday to Jon Bailes. Hope your birthday Friday, Aug. 24 is special and full of many blessings.

TJ Bechtel of Lower Swatara hits number 20 on Saturday, Aug. 25. Hoping you are having a great summer and an even better birthday week.

Joe Bendgen of Lower Swatara observes his party day on Saturday, Aug. 25. Hoping it is fun and relaxing and full of smiles.

Happy 19th frosty-filled birthday to Laura Snyder of Lower Swatara. She is 19 on Sunday, Aug. 26.

Edward Hawk of Lower Swatara celebrates his birthday on Monday, Aug. 27. Hope it is a very happy one.

Happy birthday to Michael Ryan Jr. of Lower Swatara. He celebrates his 26th balloon-flying day on Monday, Aug. 27, too.

If you see Allen Ryder out and about on Monday, Aug. 27, be sure to give him a loud happy birthday holler. Happy 25th to you!

Best wishes for a terrific birthday Tuesday, Aug. 28 to Abby Nevil of Lower Swatara. Hope 22 wonderful things happen for you on your day!

Cohen Hunter of Lower Swatara will blow out six candles atop his frosty-filled cake on Tuesday, Aug. 28. I hope you are enjoying school on your day.

Happy 9th confetti-popping day to Alyssa Bush of Lower Swatara. She celebrates on Tuesday, Aug. 28, too. Happy back to school time to you also.

Best wishes to Joe and Sue Lawruk as they observe their 37th wedded bliss holiday on Thursday, Aug. 23.
Keith and Cheryl Daily of Lower Swatara mark their 33rd anniversary on Friday, Aug. 24. Enjoy!

Bob and Marie Triplett of Lower Swatara observe their 27th holy matrimony day on Friday, Aug. 24. Best wishes to you both!

Happy 29th heart and flowers day to Glenn and Sue Cameron of Lower Swatara. They will be celebrating on Monday, Aug. 27.

Happy 29th anniversary to Gloria and Bob Clouser Jr. of Middletown on Monday, Aug. 27. Hope your day is super romantic and refreshing!
Township meetings

The Lower Swatara Twp. Planning Commission will meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 23 and the Lower Swatara Twp. Municipal Authority will meet at 7 pm. on Monday, Aug. 27 in the municipal building on Spring Garden Drive, Lower Swatara.

 Blessed events

Holy Spirit Hospital has announced the following births:

Michele and Daniel Francis, Hummelstown, daughter, on July 26. Mrs. Francis was Michele Geer.

Crystal Reed and Marcus Pope, Middletown, daughter, Aug. 7.

Artist shows in Brooklyn

Christine Goldbeck, a local painter, photographer and writer, is among the 15 Daily Painters of Pennsylvania whose work will show at BWAC in Brooklyn from Sept. 22 through Oct. 21.

Goldbeck, who owns Arts on Union, an arts gallery and studio in Middletown, is painting a summer water series in acrylics for the exhibition. “Two of the paintings are representational landscapes while the others are abstractions of the colors and textures of water in the summer, at different times of day,” she explained. “They are all painted with the same colors so that they create a single body of work.”

Mechanicsburg artist Mary Beth Brath founded Daily Painters in 2009, a blog group of professional visual artists who paint daily. Each June, the group exhibits in the Pennsylvania State Capitol Building’s East Wing Rotunda.

Brath is a member of BWAC and exhibited with the Coalition during the “Black and White” exhibit in 2011.
For more information, go to To learn About BWAC, go to

Goldbeck’s paintings and photographs are in state, national and international corporate and private collections. Visit to view more of her work.

“I love being a Daily Painter of Pennsylvania,’’ said Goldbeck. “In fact, I am honored to be among a diverse, renowned and professional group of artists who all have interesting stories to share about themselves and their work.”

 Motorcycle breakfast

Mark your calendar! The Lower Swatara Volunteer Fire Department presents the motorcycle summer breakfast series, featuring a buffet style rain-or-shine menu of scrambled eggs, hash browns, pancakes, sausage patties, sausage gravy with biscuits, ham, bacon, baked oatmeal, toast with coffee and juice. Breakfast is served from 7 to 11 a.m. on Sundays, Aug. 26 and Sept. 23. Visit for more information.

Supper time

The Church of God monthly dinner will be served on Monday, Aug. 27  beginning at 4:30 p.m. The menu: roast beef, whipped potatoes, veggie and dessert. All are welcome.

Question of the Week

With less than a week before the start of school, what are you going to do?

“Go get shoes and clothes at Park City Mall.” – Eduardo Ortiz, 13, Lower Swatara.

“Football two-a-days and getting my classroom ready for the first day of school!” – Adam Shaffer, Middletown.

“I don’t like to school shop until I know what I need, so I don’t have to do that. I just try to cram everything in. Hang with my friends at our pool, be on our boat, or go to the water park one last time.

Also, I have to finish my summer reading.” - Whitney Wood, 15, New Jersey.

“I am going to cram in last-minute clothes shopping, hang out with my friends and preseason field hockey.” – Alexis Giulivo, 17, Lower Swatara.

“I’m going to stay up late and sleep in while I can, and have a  lot of fun!” – Brittany McGlone, 12, Middletown.

“Play with all of my friends a lot more.” – Timothy Wagner, 10, Lower Swatara.
Proverb for the Week

The Lord brought me (wisdom) forth as the first of his works, before his deeds of old. (8:22).