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Palm Beach Shores is a scenic locale: LaVonne Ackerman

Posted 3/11/20

Hello, people! Recently my husband and I rode our bikes in Palm Beach Shores, Florida. This tiny town is on the southern tip of Singer Island. It is quaint and inviting with a view of Palm Beach …

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Palm Beach Shores is a scenic locale: LaVonne Ackerman

Peanut Island was created in 1918 with sand from the dredging of Palm Beach Inlet, which is shown here.
Peanut Island was created in 1918 with sand from the dredging of Palm Beach Inlet, which is shown here.
Photo courtesy of LaVonne Ackerman
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Hello, people! Recently my husband and I rode our bikes in Palm Beach Shores, Florida. This tiny town is on the southern tip of Singer Island. It is quaint and inviting with a view of Palm Beach Island, the Lake Worth Inlet and Peanut Island.

Some history of Peanut Island ... it was created in 1918 with sand from the dredging of the inlet, aka Palm Beach Inlet. The U.S. Coast Guard moved there in 1936 and stayed until 1991.

One very interesting fact: An underground fallout shelter is on Peanut Island. In December 1961 this bunker was made for President John F. Kennedy. Evidently it is just minutes across the water from the former Kennedy compound on Palm Beach. He never had to use it.

Peanut Island is a great place to picnic, swim, camp and snorkel. There is no bridge, so if you don’t have a boat, you need to take the water taxi to enjoy the fun.

A few months ago, we were on our friend’s boat and anchored at the western beach area. My friend jumped into the water and immediately got caught up in a current. Fortunately, she was able to float over to the dock area and could climb the ladder and walk to the beach.

The water is a beautiful blue and so clear that it is easy to spot fish and other sea life.

Have a wonderful week, and Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Don’t forget to share your news with me.

Birthdays

Happy birthday balloons are sent to Randy Breon of Lower Swatara Township on Wednesday, March 11. Best wishes for a truly beautiful week!

Here’s a bubbly happy birthday shout-out to Michelle Wagner of Lower Swatara on March 11. Have a wonderful Wednesday celebration!

Happy landmark 18th cake-and-ice cream day to Drew Rhodes of Hummelstown on Thursday, March 12. Congrats and enjoy!

Happy Friday the 13th cake day to Luke Etter! Best wishes with many blessings for you!

Many happy birthday wishes are sent to LuAnn Selcher on Friday, March 13. May you experience all kinds of joy during your birthday weekend!

Kyerah Moore of Lower Swatara will celebrate her 19th last teener birthday on March 13. Have a fabulous time on Friday!

Happy 17th ice cream-and-cake day to Sofia Feeney of Londonderry Township on Saturday, March 14. I hope you have sunshine and warm breezes!

Happy confetti-popping day to Chrissy Springer of Middletown on Saturday, March 14. I hope it’s just super!

Happy super-duper dazzling cake day to April Coble of Middletown. Enjoy your Sunday, March 15 big-deal birthday!

Best wishes to sweet Emerald Gray of Lower Swatara on Sunday, March 15. May it be filled with beauty and joy, like you!

Dawn Trocik of Lower Swatara observes her 96th razzle-dazzle cake day on Sunday, March 15. Congrats and enjoy!

Happy frosty-filled cupcake day to Deborah Etter of Lower Swatara on March 16. Maybe 57 marvelous things will happen to you on Monday!

Anniversaries

Happy 26th wedding anniversary to Roy and Pam Shona of Londonderry Township on Thursday, March 12. I hope it is remarkably romantic!

Charles and Renee Larry celebrate their 35th big deal anniversary on Friday, March 13. Enjoy this wonderful weekend, and congrats!

St. Pat Poem

The feast of St. Patrick is March 17,

On this special day we are all to wear green.

St. Patrick turned pagans to Christians, I  hear,

That is the reason of this day’s great cheer.

So put on your shamrock and go watch a parade,

’Cause through Patrick’s work a better world was made!

— Scott Ackerman

Time for dinner

A chicken cordon bleu dinner will be served from 4:30 to 6 p.m. (or until sold out) Monday, March 16, at Evangelical United Methodist Church, 157 E. Water St., Middletown. 

Dinner also includes mashed potatoes, corn, gravy, applesauce, dessert and a beverage. Takeouts can be purchased.

Everyone is welcome. A fee will be charged. A handicapped entrance is available. For more information, call 717-944-6181. 

Swiss March Muffins

8 oz. pork sausage

1 3/4 c. biscuit baking mix

3/4 tsp. sage

1/4 tsp. dried thyme

1 egg

1/2 c. milk

1/2 c. shredded Swiss cheese

In small skillet, cook sausage over medium heat until no longer pink, drain. In a bowl, combine the baking mix, sage and thyme.

In another bowl, combine the egg and milk. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in the cheese and sausage. Fill greased muffin cups two-thirds full.

Bake at 375 degrees for 15 to 18 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack. Serve warm.

Dean’s list

Congrats to the following local residents named to the dean’s list at Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York, for the 2019 fall semester:

Drew Flickinger of Hummelstown, who is in the electrical engineering program. He attended Lower Dauphin High School.

Ben Knisely of Lower Swatara Township, who is in the mechanical engineering program. He attended Middletown Area High School.

Also, congrats to Hannah K. Malinen, Lower Dauphin grad, who has been named to Husson University’s President’s List for the fall 2019 semester. Husson is located in Bangor, Maine.

Quote of the Week

“Love listens to understand. Love listens to grow. Love listens to strengthen. Love listens.”  Anonymous

Question of the Week

What is your favorite green thing?

“Trees! Especially evergreens.” — Donna Hoffman, Lower Paxton Township.

“Green apples.” — Ryan Benkovic, 6, Lower Paxton.

“Leaves.” — Anna Benkovic, 10, Lower Paxton.

“Philadelphia Eagles!” — Jon Benkovic, 9, Lower Paxton.

“Mint chocolate chip ice cream.” — Will Benkovic, 16, Lower Paxton.

“Nature, grass and trees!” — Louisa Morgan, Londonderry Township.

“Kiwis.” — Amy Benner, Royalton.

Proverb for the Week

Even a child is known by his acts, by whether his conduct is pure and upright (20:11).

Reach LaVonne Ackerman at 717-649-7366 or by email at LaVonneAck@comcast.net.