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Show thankfulness, gratitude this month: LaVonne Ackerman

Posted 11/15/17

Hi, folks! We are halfway done with this month already! Here we are in the middle of the thankful month. What does that mean to you?

Have you ever met someone who exudes gratitude? What have you …

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Show thankfulness, gratitude this month: LaVonne Ackerman


Hi, folks! We are halfway done with this month already! Here we are in the middle of the thankful month. What does that mean to you?

Have you ever met someone who exudes gratitude? What have you noticed about them, about their overall attitude?

The dictionary definition of gratitude: the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness. The definition of thankful: pleased and relieved; expressing gratitude and relief.

They are so close, yet different. Both of these, when put into practice, help to bring people closer together. To appreciate and show kindness, all the time and to everyone … oh, what a world this would be!

Enjoy your week and don't be shy, let me know your news to share. Email or call me if you would like to answer the Question of the Week. Maybe you have a recipe to share?


Happy cake-and-ice cream day to Joe Hile of Lower Swatara on Wednesday, Nov. 15. Hoping your day is sunny and crisp, Joe!

Happy 23rd cake day to Alexander Gipe on Wednesday, Nov. 15. Enjoy this special week, hoping it is wonderful for you.

It is the big 2-0 birthday for Kassidy Deibler of Lower Swatara on Wednesday, Nov. 15. Enjoy your big-day party day, Kassidy!

Morgan Baumbach of Middletown marks his 20th balloon-flying day on Nov. 15. Hoping your Wednesday is fantastic, Morgan. Happy birthday!

Last teener birthday will be celebrated by Leandra Cruz of Middletown on Wednesday, Nov. 15. Happy 19th!

Here is a shout out to Cliff Meifert of Lower Swatara. Happy Thursday birthday to you on Nov. 16, Cliff!

Many good wishes of fun and laughter to Brenda Chesney of Lower Swatara on Friday, Nov. 17. Live it up, Brenda!

Happy quarter-of-a-century birthday to Jillian Lawyer! Congrats to you on Saturday, Nov. 18, enjoy it all weekend!

Carly Zimmerman of Lower Swatara will observe her 14th frosty-filled cake day on Saturday, Nov. 18. Many great wishes to you, Carly!

Happy birthday to Camila Martinez of Lower Swatara as she turns 14 on Saturday, Nov. 18. Hope it is the happiest yet!

Best wishes for a fantastic-super-duper birthday to Ed Nagy of Lower Swatara on Sunday, Nov. 19. Hope it is sunny and happy, Ed!

Alex Monroig of Lower Swatara will hear the birthday song on Sunday, Nov. 19. Hope you have a super happy week, Alex! Happy 14th cake day.

Happy birthday to Grace Rico of Middletown on Tuesday. This girl turns 14 on Nov. 21. Have a marvelous cupcake and streamer day, Grace!

Happy confetti-popping day to Morgan Billman of Middletown. Hope your 17th cake day on Tuesday, Nov. 21 is just perfect!

Ryan Souders of Middletown marks his 14th cool-parade day on Tuesday, Nov. 21. Make it a great one, Ryan!

Best wishes for a super-fun razzle-dazzle birthday to Zoe Moore who turns 7 on Tuesday, Nov. 21. I hope you gets lots of treats, Zoe!


Happy anniversary celebration to Gilbert and Stephanie Flowers of Lower Swatara as they observe their hearts-and-chocolate day on Thursday, Nov. 16. Enjoy!

Happy 35th anniversary to John and Lori Abbott of Lower Swatara. They were married on Nov. 20, 1982. I hope your enjoy your Jade anniversary on Monday!

Community service

The annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service will be held at Seven Sorrows, 280 N. Race St., Middletown, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19. Music prelude will begin at 2:30 p.m.

People of all faiths gather to express gratitude for God's blessings. Area clergy and local musicians will participate in the service.

A freewill offering will be received to help support the Interfaith Council Human Needs fund. Dry and canned goods will be collected for the Middletown Interfaith Food Pantry.

Come, and along with your neighbors, return thanks to God.

Recipe: Cozy Hash Brown Casserole

From my wedding book collections

1 large bag frozen hash browns

1 can cream of chicken soup

1 carton sour cream

1 tsp. salt and pepper

1 small chopped onion

Mix together and place in baking dish.

Top with:

1 cup grated cheddar cheese

Sprinkle 1 can Durkee French Fried Onion Rings over casserole

Place 1 1/2 sticks of sliced margarine or butter on top of this.

Bake in a 350 degree oven for one hour.

Quote of the Week

“We need to think about what we are thinking about.” — Anonymous

Question of the Week

What makes you happy?

“My friends playing with me and also my family.” — Victoria Kelly, 10, Swatara.

“Having my family all together and knowing that we all have trusted Jesus for our salvation through His grace.” — Lisa Shaver, Lower Swatara.

“Guinea pigs. They give me life!” — Dian Pagan, 12, Middletown.

“My family. I love my brothers and sisters!” — Vincent Carroll, 12, Middletown.

“Art. Art is in everything!” — Anthony Benkowitsch, 12, Middletown.

“Seeing people happy.” — LaVonne

Proverb for the Week

When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers (21:15).

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