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October is here, with crisp temperatures: LaVonne Ackerman

Posted 10/3/18

Welcome, October! This is surely a favorite time of year for many with the hot, humid days behind us and the crisp cool days of autumn all around us!

Be sure to enjoy some long walks in the …

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October is here, with crisp temperatures: LaVonne Ackerman


Welcome, October! This is surely a favorite time of year for many with the hot, humid days behind us and the crisp cool days of autumn all around us!

Be sure to enjoy some long walks in the beauty of the fall. I’m hoping the foliage is beautiful this year.

Let me know if you would like to share a particularly pretty “colorful leaves” address or area.

What news would you like to share with your neighbors? Let me help you make the world a little bit smaller!

Have a great week.


Happy cake day to Katelyn Mateer of Lower Swatara on Wednesday, Oct. 3. May your day be filled with much joy and lots of smiles! I hope 30 marvelous things happen to you on your day!

Kaley Patterson of Lower Swatara will hear the birthday song on Wednesday, Oct. 3. Enjoy your 19th cake-and-ice cream day!

Happy frosty-filled day to Alissa Reid of Lower Swatara on Oct. 3. She hits No. 20 on Wednesday. May it be your best birthday yet!

Here is a shout-out to Layne Plott of Lower Swatara on Thursday, Oct. 4. Wishing you a whole lot of fun and happiness on your cake day!

Happy last teener birthday to Madison Sanchez of Middletown on Thursday, Oct. 4. I hope turning 19 is just terrific!

Happy confetti-popping day to Emerson Reigle of Lower Swatara on Oct. 5. He is 6 and will celebrate his happy birthday on Friday!

Nick Holmes of Middletown marks his landmark 18th cake day on Friday, Oct. 5. Celebrate this super-cool occasion all weekend long, Nick!

Happy 14th cake-and-ice cream day to Jaxon Appleby of Lower Swatara on Saturday, Oct. 6. Sending you warm wishes of a very happy birthday!

Wishing Marilyn Chubb of Lower Swatara a heap of beautiful wishes of much happiness and joy and a super-duper birthday on Sunday, Oct. 7. Enjoy it all month!

Alexander Kelly of Swatara celebrates his ninth fun-filled birthday on Sunday, Oct. 7. Have a super awesome weekend celebration time, Alex!

Happy birthday to Karlee Deibler of Lower Swatara on Oct. 9. Karlee turns 22! Hoping your Tuesday is just terrific!


Happy 66th wedding anniversary wishes to Ed and Rita Nagy of Lower Swatara on Thursday. They were married on Oct. 4, 1952. Congratulations!

Mike and Tyna Brinser of Lower Swatara celebrate 32 years of wedded bliss on Thursday, Oct. 4. Best wishes for a romantical day!

Happy 27th anniversary to Don and Deb Carson of Lower Swatara on Friday, Oct. 5. Enjoy your chocolates-and-flowers day all weekend!

Louis (aka Dan Steele) and Linda Braach of Lower Swatara were married on Oct. 5, 1968. They observe their big-deal golden 50th wedding anniversary on Friday. Congrats to you both!

Wishing Stan and Jane Jurgill of Lower Swatara a very happy anniversary on Saturday, Oct. 6. This couple celebrate 62 years together. Congrats!

Best wishes to Andy and Megan Saltzer of Lower Swatara for a lovely first wedding anniversary on Sunday, Oct. 7. The gift is a clock. Have a wonderful time celebrating!

Ladies brunch

“Step Out In October!” is the theme for the Hershey Area Women’s Connection Brunch at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10.

All women are invited to come to Hershey Italian Lodge, 128 Hillcrest Road, Hershey.

The morning program will feature Amy Ebersole of Middletown. She is the owner of “With Kids In Mind” custom apparel and accessories shop.

Music will be provided by Kathy Kent, a national recording artist of Harrisburg.

Speaker Dawn Loken of Lancaster will share “Pursuing Life’s Passion — The Journey of My Heart.”

Make reservations by Oct. 5 to Edna, 717-652-0997, or Mary, 717-533-3497, or by email at

Yard sale

Last reminder: The semi-annual Old Reliance Farms Yard Sale event will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, and Saturday, Oct. 6. Come out for some great bargains!

Halloween parade

It is time to think about Halloween floats and costumes! The Kiwanis Club of Middletown will be hosting its 65th annual parade on Monday, Oct. 15. Rain date is Oct. 16.

For more information, please visit

Chicken Enchilada Casserole

From the Wedding Book Collection

4 breasts of chicken

2  10 1/2 oz. cream of chicken soup

2  4 oz. cans whole green chili

1/2 tsp. oregano

1/4 tsp. cumin

1/4 tsp. chili powder

1/4 tsp. sage

2 cloves garlic, crushed

1 lb. grated longhorn cheese mixed with 1/4 lb. Monterey Jack cheese, grated

1 large onion, chopped

1 pkg. corn tortillas

Bake chicken, de-bone. Combine soup with stock from chicken and seasonings. Grease bottom of 2 1/2-quart casserole. Layer as follows: 3 tortillas (overlapping in places); 1 breast in bite size pieces; 1/4 c. chopped chili; 1/4 c. cheese; 1/4 c. onion; 1/4 c. soup mixture. Repeat until all ingredients are used ending with cheese and onions. Bake at 375 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes.

Quote of the Week

“Nobody is a nobody. Everybody is a somebody.” — Jennifer Rothschild, author.

Question of the Week

Do you have a favorite fall sport?

“I play field hockey. I also like football.” — Riley Stephenson, 9, Lower Swatara.

“Field hockey. I play for Miss Lenker.” — Gabby Romain, 9, Lower Swatara.

“Soccer. I play on an Olmsted team.” — Kaydence Zlogar, 9, Lower Swatara.

“Soccer, but I’m on a bad team.” — Alex Kelly, 8, Swatara.

“Baseball is the only sport I play.” — Isaiah Saxinger, 8, West Hanover.

“Soccer!” — Luca Ryan, 4, West Hanover.

Proverb for the Week

It is an honor for a man to stay out of a fight. Only fools insist on quarreling (20:3).

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