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Say so long to January by playing favorite board, card games: LaVonne Ackerman

Posted 1/29/19

Is it me, or do you think January has been extra long this year? It feels like we can’t move into the next month! Goodbye, January! Get lost already.

I think January is a great time to get …

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Say so long to January by playing favorite board, card games: LaVonne Ackerman


Is it me, or do you think January has been extra long this year? It feels like we can’t move into the next month! Goodbye, January! Get lost already.

I think January is a great time to get into playing games. I don’t mean head games, but I do see how that could happen. I’m talking about good old-fashioned board games. I bet there are kids out there who don’t even know what that is!

Can you remember your favorite? As a kid I liked Careers. It was involved. You had to choose a path and pursue it. I wonder if they still make it.

I loved to play Guess Who? with my kids when they were little. They would love to play Mouse Trap. My husband hated that game. He doesn't like a lot of pieces.

Recently, we have been playing Blokus, Mexican Train dominoes and Quiddler. Of course, when we can find two extra people to play … euchre is one of my favorites!

Enjoy winter, dust off the boxes in the game closet and play. Have a fantastic week. Good riddance, January!


Happy cake-and-ice cream day to Kim Thompson of Lower Swatara on Thursday, Jan. 31. Make it the best birthday ever, Kim!

Carson Reigle of Lower Swatara will blow eight candles out atop his frosty cake on Thursday, Jan. 31. Many good wishes to you for a super fun birthday, Carson!

Happy 19th birthday to Ryan Hughes of Lower Swatara on Saturday, Feb. 2. Enjoy your last teener cake day all weekend long! Yay for February!

Happy 24th balloon-flying day to Dylan Bower on Sunday, Feb. 3. Wishing you a sunshiny happy birthday, Dylan!

Megan Burghdorf of Lower Swatara marks her 17th bling-and-sparkles birthday on Sunday, Feb. 3. Enjoy it all week, Megan!

Happy landmark 21st birthday to Jennifer Hardison of Lower Swatara on Monday, Feb. 4. I hope this birthday greetings finds you warm and cozy. Congrats!

Here is a shout-out to Boots, aka Bev Hockley, of Middletown on Tuesday, Feb. 5. I hope you are blessed with 81 terrific things today!


Happy anniversary to Bill and Joanne Hoch of Lower Swatara. These two love birds were married on Jan. 30, 1960. They celebrate 59 years together on Wednesday. Congrats!

Don and Dottie Bauman of Lower Swatara tied the knot 37 years ago on Jan. 30, 1982. Enjoy a wonderful Wednesday celebrating!

Township meetings

The following Lower Swatara Township meetings will be held in the municipal building located on Spring Garden Road, beginning at 7 p.m.:

Board of Commissions: Wednesday, Feb. 6, and Wednesday, Feb. 20.

Municipal Authority: Monday, Feb. 25.

Zoning Hearing Board: Wednesday, Feb. 27.

Planning Commission: Thursday, Feb. 28.

Game Day Hot Dog Recipe

8 large hot dogs

1 stick (1 oz.) mozzarella string cheese, cut lengthwise into 8 strips

1 stick (1 oz.) Cheddar string cheese, cut lengthwise into 8 strips

1 can (8 oz.) crescent rolls

1 egg, beaten

8 wooden corn dog or wooden craft sticks

Ketchup and mustard

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Slit hot dogs to within half-inch of ends, insert one strip of mozzarella and one strip of cheddar cheese into each slit.

Separate or cut dough into 4 rectangles (need to press perforations to seal). Place two hot dogs crosswise down center of each rectangle.

Cut inch-wide strips in dough on each side of hot dogs to within 1/4 inch of hot dogs. Fold strips at an angle across hot dogs, alternating from side to side (should look like a braid).

Place on an ungreased cookie sheet, cheese side up. Brush top of crescent with beaten egg.

Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Insert one stick into each hot dog. Garnish with ketchup and mustard.

Dean’s list

Congratulations to Jennifer Abraham of Hummelstown, who achieved the Fall 2018 dean’s list at DeSales University in Center Valley, Pennsylvania.

Sweetheart Banquet

The 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 will be provided. Tickets need to be purchased in advance. Please call the church office at 717-944-9608 for more details and ticket sales.

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

Ladies brunch

The Tasty Treats ladies brunch will be held from 9:30 to 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, at Hershey Italian Lodge, 128 Hillcrest Road, Hershey. All ladies are cordially invited to attend and experience:

Lori Worthing, Realtor from Middletown. She will discuss mistakes people make when buying and selling a home.

Rex Athey, pianist from Hummelstown.

Irene McFadden from Exton. She will share family recipes to satisfy the hungriest of all.

This event is presented by Hershey Area Women's Connection, affiliated with Christian Women's Clubs of America.

For cost information and to make a reservation, contact Edna at 717-652-0997; Mary at 717-533-3497; or email

The reservation deadline is Friday, Feb. 8.

Quote of the Week

“God has beautiful gifts and plans in store for us in the new year ahead, and these gifts and plans are specifically designed just for you and me. Provide him the room to show how wondrous he truly is. Trust he is doing good in all things. There is so much only God can do when we let him work in and through us.” — Jennifer Ueckert, author.

Question of the Week

Do you have a favorite board game?

“Codenames. I have a lot of favorite games. It depends on the day!” — Ann Seaton, West Hanover.

“Monopoly. I have good skills.” — Thomas Gejoff, 9, Middletown.

“Beat the Parents.” — Izabella Schreck, 9, Middletown.

“Checkers.” — Ka’Nai Wallace, 8, Middletown.

“Candyland. I like the cards with the pictures of candy on them." Luca Ryan, 4, West Hanover.

“I like Pop the Pig, because I like to feed the piggy burgers.” — Ryan Benkovic, 5, Lower Paxton.

Proverb of the Week

Do you know a hard-working man? He shall be successful and stand before kings! (22:29)

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