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School's almost out! And more on San Francisco trip: LaVonne Ackerman

Posted 5/31/17

Here it is, the last and final day of May 2017. Everybody ready for summer?

Counting today the kids only have 5 1/2 school days left. One of the best parts of childhood is celebrating the last …

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School's almost out! And more on San Francisco trip: LaVonne Ackerman


Here it is, the last and final day of May 2017. Everybody ready for summer?

Counting today the kids only have 5 1/2 school days left. One of the best parts of childhood is celebrating the last day of school. Some in the teaching profession might agree that this sentiment lingers into adulthood! Finish strong, kids. Hang in there, teachers. And brace yourselves, parents!

Last week I shared a little about our trip to San Francisco, and I will share a little more today. On our first full day there we had a very expensive breakfast at The Home Plate restaurant, which has a beautiful chalkboard menu as big as the entire wall. The drawings are fantastic along with the lettering. That didn’t make up for the $14 plate of eggs with toast, though! The truth is, everything is expensive there.

We were told where to catch the hop on/hop off Big B Bus. We waited for a short while as we stood on a busy sidewalk in Cow Hollow. People walking by spoke all kinds of languages. Close your eyes and you could be anywhere in the world! We told the driver we wanted to buy tickets. He said find a seat and we could purchase them from him at a stop. We got a discount at the inn, so it wasn’t too expensive to buy a two-day pass, which included a night tour.

How exciting it is to sit up top of a double-decker bus and take in the sights. We wanted to listen to the tour guide and listen to the headphones of the pre-recorded tour all at once. You can’t, so you choose one! So much history and information to take in, the hills, the buildings, the 1906 earthquake, the San Francisco Bay, Haight Ashbury, Golden Gate Park, Lombard Street, Chinatown Gate, Pier 35, Pier 39, the Golden Gate Bridge and Sausalito.

Before we left home, so many people told me to dress in layers, and it is good advice. It is sunny and windy. One minute you are feeling a bit warm and the next you are shivering. We got to take pictures the entire day. Mostly we stayed on the bus to get an overview. However, once we crossed the Golden Gate Bridge we walked around Vista Point North. This view was of the bridges and the city. Beautiful! We got on a smaller bus to go to Sausalito to tour around that artsy town and eat some lunch. Words cannot tell you how beautiful the mountains and water, the ships and the buildings, the bridges and the views were. I guess you will have to see for yourself!

More about the trip next week, in the meantime, how about sharing some of your news? Have a safe and wonderful week!


Pam Morsberger of East Hanover, have a marvelous Thursday, June 1 cake day! You deserve a boatload of treats!

Happy birthday greetings are sent to Al Tomalis of Lower Swatara on Thursday, June 1. Hope your day is just dandy!

Andrea Harvey of Lower Swatara marks her super-duper ice cream-and-cake day on June 2. I hope the kiddos at Reid Elementary School are extra nice to you on Friday, Miss Harvey!

Happy balloon-flying day to Lamar Ventura of Lower Swatara on June 3. His Sweet 16 beep beep beep day is Saturday, enjoy!

Aaron Suknaic of Lower Swatara will celebrate his cake day on Saturday, June 3. I hope 23 fantastic things happen to you on your day, Aaron.

Saturday, June 3 is the day Rich Severin turns a quarter-of-a-century old! Many good wishes and congrats to you, Rich.

Many bright wishes for joy and lots of smiles are sent to Brenda Rineer of Lower Swatara as she celebrates her birthday on Sunday, June 4. Have a wonderful weekend, Brenda.

Happy birthday to Jarrod Rife of Lower Swatara on Sunday, June 4. Jarrod hits the 19 mark. Have a blast!

Many birthday blessings are sent to Marc Breon, who turns 25 on Monday, June 5. Congrats to you, Marc.

Happy brand-new teener birthday to Keyana Allensworth of Lower Swatara on Monday, June 5. I hope your 13th birthday is something special, Keyana!

Brian Kelly of Lower Swatara hits No. 20 on Tuesday. I hope your June 6 me-holiday is just how you like it, Brian!

Happy beep honk beep birthday to Angela Hernandez of Lower Swatara on June 6. This girl will be Sweet 16 on Tuesday!

Happy confetti-popping day to Nate Kinsey of Lower Swatara on June 6. He is 14 on Tuesday. Are you so excited for the last day of school, Nate? Have a wonderful week celebrating everything!

Here is a shoutout to Joe Giulivo, recently moved to Harrisburg, as he celebrates his party day on Tuesday, June 6. Heard you are having a picnic, Joe? Enjoy.

Brayden Reigle of Lower Swatara will have nine candles burning brightly atop his birthday cake on Tuesday, June 6. I hope it is a super-duper day for you, Brayden!

Dominick Barillo of Royalton will hear the birthday song on June 6. This guy turns 17 on Tuesday. I hope your week is the best, enjoy!


Happy 13th anniversary to David and Eileen Beasom on Wednesday. They celebrate their textile and fur anniversary on May 31. Enjoy it all week!

Nathaniel and Rachel Perry of Middletown celebrate their third anniversary on Thursday, June 1. Congrats to you both on your crystal/glass anniversary. Thanks for stopping by and saying hello during the big yard sale event!

Happy 23rd anniversary to Bill and Dawn Mattes of Lower Swatara as they celebrate their hearts and flowers day on Sunday, June 4.

Dave and Pam Yandrich of Lower Swatara married on June 4, 1983. Happy 34th anniversary, you two! I hope your Sunday is romantic and beautiful!

Jerry and Paula Staub of Lower Swatara were married on June 6, 1975. Best wishes to you both on your 42nd wedding anniversary on Tuesday.

50 Years of PSU Harrisburg

All are invited to attend Highspire Historical Society’s open house event from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 2, at the Wilson House, 273 2nd St., Highspire. Heidi Abbey Moyer, the coordinator of archives and special collections at Penn State Harrisburg, will speak on “50 Years of Penn State Harrisburg” from 3 to 4 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Parking is available on 2nd Street in front of the Wilson House and in the rear yard.

Ladies brunch

All ladies are cordially invited to attend “Celebrate America” patriotic brunch buffet at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 14 at Hershey Italian Lodge, 128 Hillcrest Road, Hershey. It is presented by Hershey Area Women’s Connection, affiliated with Christian Women’s Clubs of America.

The feature is “The Andrew Sisters,” a popular 1940s family singing act; musicians are vocalists Sylvia Houser and Kathie Zipf. The speaker is Christine Koons of Danville. She will reflect on the trap of trying to be all things to all people.

For reservations, call Edna at 717-652-0997 or Mary, 717-533-3497, or email by June 9.

Life Hacks

1. Mini-spa day at home: gather a bucket for your feet, 1 to 3 hot cups of water (or warm), 1/2 to 1 cup of Listerine (avoid blue if you don’t want blue feet) and 1/2 to 1 cup of white vinegar. Soak your feet in it from 15 to 30 minutes. Dry feet and apply a mixture of sugar and baby oil to your feet and rub briskly. Rinse and dry. Apply your favorite hand or body lotion. Put on a pair of white fluffy socks and elevate your legs for a few hours of rest.

2. Grime buildup on your kitchen cabinets? Mix together 1/2 cup white vinegar, 2 cups of warm water, 4 tablespoons of baking soda and add a few drops of dish-washing liquid. You may use a toothbrush to apply it. Wipe away grime with a clean damp cloth. Repeat as needed.

3. Stinky kitchen trash container? Fold up old newspaper and place in the bottom of your trash container. It absorbs smells and catches drips.

Summer vacation

Where oh where should we go?

We usually leave in winter to escape the snow.

Maybe decide on a lark,

To visit a National Park.

Consider using Airbnb,

It’s affordable as can be.

It doesn’t matter as to the destination,

As long as it satisfies your fascination.


Quote of the Week

“Patience allows God’s plan to unfold.” — Anonymous

Question of the Week

What is your dream summer vacation?

“Going on a cruise to Alaska, where it is cooler.” — Louisa Morgan, Middletown.

“It would probably be Hawaii or Aruba!” — Bernie Sobotka, Lower Swatara.

“Going to Wellsboro. They have the Laurel Festival, craft show, a parade, and sidewalk sales. Very relaxing.” — Debbie Whittle, Middletown.

“Anywhere there is a beach and aqua marine water.” — Greta Conrad, Mechanicsburg.

“Mountains. I love to hike.” — Jenny Hammer, Hershey.

“Stay at a lake house where there is a dock where I can sit and read. Also, play games with people I love.” — Kerri Clark, Connellsville.

Proverb for the Week

He who listens to a life-giving rebuke will be at home among the wise (15:31).

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