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Scary things can take many forms: LaVonne Ackerman

Posted 10/30/19

Hi, everyone!

Here we go, wrapping up another month. Happy Halloween to all of you. Trick-or-treat is from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31. This is a super fun night, and I wish you all an …

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Scary things can take many forms: LaVonne Ackerman

These pumpkins and gourds were grown in Lower Swatara Township.
These pumpkins and gourds were grown in Lower Swatara Township.
lavonne ackerman

Hi, everyone!

Here we go, wrapping up another month. Happy Halloween to all of you. Trick-or-treat is from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31. This is a super fun night, and I wish you all an enjoyable evening. 

What is the scariest thing you can think of? Maybe your football team never winning a Super Bowl, maybe a room full of mice or snakes? How about a shark sneaking up on you while swimming in the ocean? Losing a parent, or child? Having to undergo a major life change, a move, an illness, being alone? How about an intruder in your house, with a knife?

There are a lot of scary things out there, and sometimes in here, or wherever you are. I’m not into the scary, frightening, bloody, ghoulish, zombie, evil parts of this holiday. I don’t much appreciate horror, creepy, chiller-thriller stuff, but I can’t think about thoughts of fear or scary scenarios without thinking about an eternity of suffering.

I can’t stomach violence, murder scenes, torture or suffering. Yet there is a very real place that exists, and people are going there. Warning: This is not a politically correct paragraph. I’m talking about hell. I’m talking about a place where people outside of the protection of God’s grace will go because it is where every eternal soul is headed if they don’t receive the redemptive power that comes in accepting the kindness of a savior.

Hell is real. Heaven is real. Luke 16:19-31 points us to the rich man and Lazarus story, which reminds us the day of decision is now, while we still have breath.

Hope of heaven. We have a choice in the matter. We do not have to experience the wrath to come. 1 Thessalonians 1:9,10 is a reminder to us that we can make heaven our home. I just wanted to share what is on my mind as I hate to think of anyone being in eternal torment and pain.

Peace to all, and have a good week.


Best wishes to Kimberly Latsha of Lower Swatara Township for a wonderful Wednesday birthday on Oct. 30. Hoping your day is super!

Happy 17th birthday to Melanie Wagner of Lower Swatara. Her party day is Wednesday, Oct. 30.

Alexis Martinez of Lower Swatara marks her special 22nd cupcakes-and-streamers day Oct. 30. I hope your Wednesday is fantastic!

Happy landmark 21st cake-and-ice cream day to Destinee Gonzales of Middletown! She celebrates Wednesday, Oct. 30.

Happy Sweet 16 birthday to Jay Smith of Lower Swatara. I hope your honk-honk-beep day is super exciting!

Happy Halloween to Ryan Montgomery of Highspire as he observes his last teener cake day Thursday, Oct. 31. Enjoy being 19!

Amber Cline of Lower Swatara will blow out five candles atop her birthday cake on Halloween, Thursday, Oct. 31. Hope you get lots of treats, Amber!

Happy November and happy birthday to Kirk Etter on Friday, Nov. 1. God bless you, Kirk!

Best wishes to Ken Martinez on Nov. 1. I hope 28 terrific things happen on Friday. Happy birthday!

Ken Britcher of Middletown celebrates his 19th final teener day on Friday, Nov. 1. Enjoy your birthday weekend!

Uryiah Williams of Middletown marks his big-deal decade birthday Saturday, Nov. 2. Wishing you God’s grace and blessings!

Donovan Brady of Lower Swatara hits No. 20 on Saturday, Nov. 2. A very happy birthday weekend to you!

Happy landmark 18th cake day to Tyffani Shonk of Londonderry Township. Hoping the sun is shining on your Saturday, Nov. 2 birthday.

Here is a shout out to Noelle Zimmerman of Lower Swatara on Nov. 3. Happy 18th very special Sunday birthday!

Happy birthday to you, Renee Barnes, of Lower Swatara! I hope your Sunday, Nov. 3 cake day is the best!

Jen Brady of Lower Swatara celebrates her confetti-popping day on Sunday, Nov. 3. Enjoy!

Syrianah Rodriquez of Middletown marks her brand new teener birthday on Monday, Nov. 4! Congrats to you!

Happy 19th birthday to Ethan Crognale of Lower Swatara on Tuesday, Nov. 5. Make it a great one, Ethan!

Happy fun-filled cake-and-ice cream day to Tom Worthing of Lower Swatara on Tuesday, Nov. 5. I hope it is terrific!   

Township meetings

The following Lower Swatara Township meetings will be held in the municipal building on Spring Garden Drive, at 7 p.m. unless noted:

Recreation Board: 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6.

Board of Commissioners: Wednesday, Nov. 6 and Nov. 20.

Zoning Hearing Board: Wednesday, Nov. 13.

Planning Commission: Thursday, Nov. 21.

Municipal Authority: Monday, Nov. 25.

Londonderry Lionettes event

All are invited to attend  “Bethesda Mission — the Blessings and Challenges and How You Can Help” meeting presented by Scott Dunwoody, executive director of the mission, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6 at Londonderry Elementary School, 260 Schoolhouse Road.

For more information, please call 717-944-6518.

Cozy Cheesy Potatoes

2 lbs. 4 oz. medium potatoes

2 oz. melted butter


Freshly ground pepper

1 to 2 Tbsp. freshly grated Parmesan

Preheat oven to 400 to 425 degrees

Wash, peel and rinse potatoes. Place each potato on a large spoon and, using a knife, make cuts at about 1/8-inch intervals down to the edge of the spoon.

Place in a greased gratin dish. Brush with the melted butter. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place dish in oven, occasionally basting the potatoes with the butter from the dish. After about 40 minutes, sprinkle potatoes with cheese.

Brunch for women

All ladies are cordially invited to attend the “Fashion Forecast” brunch buffet at Hershey Italian Lodge, 128 Hillcrest Road, Hershey, from 9:30 to 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13.

The feature is a fashion show with Cheri Wagner, CABI clothing consultant of Hershey. The speaker is Michelle Williams of Schuykill Haven, presenting “Believe You Can, and Live as You Were Designed to Be.”

For reservations, contact Joy at 717-450-5400 or Mary at 717-533-3497 or email Deadline is Nov. 8.

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

Quote of the Week

“The Bible is the only book that glows in the dark.” — Max McLean, author.

Question of the Week

What is the scariest thing you can think of?

“Having to go to school with no breaks or days off, ever.” — Ayla Windows, 8, Susquehanna Township.

“People burning in hell, that they don’t take this reality seriously.” — LeeAnn Hocker, Lower Paxton Township.

“Sleep paralysis.” — Jackson Odom, 16, Lower Paxton.

“Clowns!” — Specter Odom, 11, Lower Paxton.

“Staring into the face of a grizzly bear!” — Jameson Hoffman, 7, Lower Paxton.

“When the Ferris wheel stops with me in the seat on the top!” — Jenny Hammer, Hershey. 

Proverb for the Week

The righteous will never be removed, but the wicked will not dwell in the land (10:30).

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