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Pick a favorite animal: LaVonne Ackerman

Posted 2/6/19

Let's give February a huge, happy welcome!

We only have six weeks until the first day of spring. Oh, what a happy day that will be. I don’t care whether that groundhog saw his shadow or …

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Pick a favorite animal: LaVonne Ackerman


Let's give February a huge, happy welcome!

We only have six weeks until the first day of spring. Oh, what a happy day that will be. I don’t care whether that groundhog saw his shadow or not, because it is six more weeks of winter, or spring is just around the corner. It is the same difference.

Speaking of groundhogs ...what is your favorite animal? How does it impact your life? Maybe you collect elephants, zebras or monkeys! Sometimes we see fads for various animals, such as owls. Thinking about some garage sale paintings, I think the art world loved owls in the 1970s. Also, geckos and lizards seem to be popular. Some people even pick their football teams by the mascot. I know of a person who likes tigers. Yes, her favorite team: the Cincinnati Bengals! They do have cool helmets.

Email me with your news to share, and have a wonderful week!


Best wishes for a wonderful 15th cake day to Emily Russell of Lower Swatara Township on Wednesday, Feb. 6. I do hope the sun is out for you on your day!

Adrian Landis of Lower Swatara marks his big-deal 20th birthday on Wednesday, Feb. 6. Enjoy it all week!

Happy birthday to Vicki Hartman of Middletown, who observes her cake-and-ice cream day Feb. 6. Many good wishes for a great Wednesday to you!

Happy birthday greetings are sent to Doris Stauffer of Londonderry Township on Friday, Feb. 8. Congrats on turning 87!

Reggie Williams of Lower Swatara has 53 reasons to smile on Friday, Feb. 8. Have a fantastic birthday, celebrating all weekend with your loved ones!

Joe Spear of Lower Swatara celebrates his frosty-filled day on Feb. 8. Happy 17 balloons-flying day to you on Friday and the entire weekend.

Melissa Williams marks her special me-holiday on Saturday, Feb. 9. Enjoy your bling-and-sparkles birthday with all the ones you love today, Melissa!

Best wishes for a terrific birthday on Monday, Feb. 11, to Aijah Gladden. She will blow 12 candles atop her birthday cake. God bless this sweet young lady!

Andrew Hardison of Lower Swatara hits cake day No. 24 on Monday, Feb. 11. I hope your birthday is extra-special this year, Andrew!

Many good birthday wishes are sent to Margaret Reisinger of Lower Swatara on Tuesday, Feb. 12. I hope the breezes are warm today with some sunshine and laughter, just for you!

Happy landmark 18th razzle-dazzle birthday to Kaylee McCann of Lower Swatara on Tuesday, Feb. 12. Best wishes to you on this day you share with Abe Lincoln! I hope your week is super-sweet!


Happy wedding anniversary to Bob and Beth Kuhn, who were married on Feb. 11, 1977. Have a wonderful Wednesday celebrating 42 years together!

Sweetheart banquet

Middletown First Church of God will hold its annual Sweetheart Banquet at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, in the Fellowship Hall. This fun evening is open to everyone.

You do not need to be a couple. Come with a group of friends and family, and make new friends! Invite everyone. There will be fun group games along with the “Not So Newlywed Game.”

Child care is provided. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Call the church office for details and tickets at 717-944-9608.

The menu includes appetizers, salad, stuffed shells with marinara sauce, meatballs, roll and butter and homemade lemon bundt cake.

Roast turkey dinner

A roast turkey dinner, including stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce, beverage and dessert, will be served from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Feb 18 at Evangelical United Methodist Church, 157 E. Water St., Middletown.

Takeouts are also available. A cost is involved. For more information, call 944-6181. It is handicapped accessible. Everyone is invited!

Beth’s Meatloaf

2 lbs. ground beef

5-6 strips of bacon

3/4 c. seasoned bread crumbs

1/2 c. Parmesan cheese

2 eggs

1 Tbsp. milk

1 1/2 Tbsp. ketchup

Mix beef, bread crumbs, cheese, eggs and milk together. Add more milk if it appears dry. Form into a loaf and put in loaf pan. Stretch bacon length-wise on top. Cover with ketchup. Bake at 375 degrees for 1 1/2 hours.

Quote of the Week

“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.” — Abraham Lincoln, president.

Question of the Week

What is your favorite animal?

“A little one, a rabbit. A bigger one, you can’t really pet it, a lion.” — Jameson Hoffman, 7, Lower Paxton.

“Elephant. They’re beautiful and gentle for as big as they are!” — Jenny Brown, Hershey.

“A cow. It moos. It has my favorite drink in it, milk!” — Jonah Cooper, 4, Swatara.

“Cheetahs. They are fast!” — Aijah Gladden, 11, Middletown.

“In the wild, an elephant. They don’t care that they're bigger than other animals. They’re cute, too. As a pet, a dog. They are smart, wild, fun and make me happy when I am sad. A marine animal: a dolphin, they are smart, and sweet to some humans.” — Ari Laverty, 11, Middletown.

“Okapi.” — William Benkovic, 15, Lower Paxton.

Proverb of the Week

A wise man has great power, and a man of knowledge increases strength; for waging war you need guidance, and for victory many advisers (24:5,6).

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