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Spring has sprung! Check out the yard sales: LaVonne Ackerman

By LaVonne Ackerman
Posted 4/5/17

Well, hello April! Feels like spring is officially here. I’m not especially excited to get outside to start in on the tremendous amount of yard work we have. Hopefully this will change as the …

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Spring has sprung! Check out the yard sales: LaVonne Ackerman


Well, hello April! Feels like spring is officially here. I’m not especially excited to get outside to start in on the tremendous amount of yard work we have. Hopefully this will change as the temperatures get a little bit more friendly.
Have you had an addition to your family? Been on an exciting trip? Do you have news to share that your community would like to hear about? Please send me an email or call me up and share that news.
A reminder: Palm Sunday is April 9. Christians celebrate this day to commemorate when Jesus rode a donkey into Jerusalem. His followers spread palm branches on the ground. They yelled “Hosanna” and “Savior” to honor him. They were very excited and celebrated his coming waving these symbols of victory and triumph. Little did they know what would transpire the coming week. Most churches offer palm branches to their congregations on this Sunday. Visit a church to see for yourself!
Have a wonderful spring-like week!

Happy cake day to former Cub Scout Ben Kapenstein of Middletown. Where have the years gone? I hope your Wednesday, April 5 birthday is the best one yet. You deserve it!
Cadence Lines of Lower Swatara marks his 12th confetti-popping day on Wednesday, April 5. Enjoy your birthday week, Cadence!
Karen McKillip of Lower Swatara will hear the birthday song on April 6. I hope your Thursday is super, like you!
Brandon Light marks his 24th cake-and-ice cream day on Thursday, April 6. Have a wonderful week, Brandon!
Hey Joe Hile of Lower Swatara! Wishing you a festive sunny birthday on Thursday, April 6. Enjoy!
Kyle Shields marks his 22nd balloon-flying happy birthday on April 6, too. I hope your Thursday is fantastic, Kyle!
Ava Mae Martin of Royalton turns 9 on Thursday, April 6. I hope your day is full of sprinkles and glitter, Ava Mae!
Matt Mittereder is a quarter-of-a-century old on Friday, April 7. Congrats, Matt! I hope your weekend is just grand.
Smiles and fun are sent to Mason Swartz of Harrisburg on April 7. This guy joins the teener club on Friday. Happy 13th!
Happy landmark 21st cake day to Haley Lynn Albright of Lower Swatara on Saturday, April 8. I hope your day is full of joy and surprises. Congrats!
Wishing Carol Arnold of Lower Swatara a bouquet full of happy birthday flowers on Saturday, April 8. I hope the sun is shining for you, Carol!
Lisa Carricato of Lower Swatara marks her snappy-happy weekend birthday on Saturday, April 8. Enjoy the warm breezes of spring, Lisa!
Here is a shout-out to Jim Stauffer of Hummelstown on April 9. May your Palm Sunday birthday be full of love and laughter, Jim.
Ben Harvey of Lower Swatara will hear the birthday song on Monday, April 10. Hope your 24th cake day is the best so far!
Donald Stauffer of Londonderry celebrates his 91st big-deal birthday on April 10. I hope your birthday is marvelous on Monday!
Happy 14th totally special birthday to Vinny Corradi of Lower Swatara. He observes his party day on Monday, April 10. Enjoy it, Vinny!
Cassie Bechtel of Lower Swatara turns 22 on Tuesday, April 11. Enjoy this springy birthday week, Cassie!
Happy big-deal 25th birthday to Corina Graham. She celebrates her landmark frosty-filled day on Tuesday, April 11.
Shawney Stauffer of Middletown hits the big 2-0 on Tuesday, April 11. Happy birthday to you all week long, Shawney!

Happy anniversary to Richard and Katie Leggore of Lower Swatara. They were married April 11, 1955. Congrats on 62 years of wedded bliss on Tuesday.

April meetings
The Lower Swatara Township meetings will be held at the municipal building located on Spring Garden Drive: All meetings are at 7 p.m.
Board of Commissioners: Wednesday, April 5 and Wednesday, April 19.
Municipal Authority: Wednesday, April 26.
Planning Commission: Thursday, April 27.

Yard sales
Let me know when it’s your yard sale time!
Time for the semi-annual yard sale! Check out Middletown Presbyterian Church on Union and Water streets from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 8. Find some good deals and have a snack, too. Baked goods, soups and sandwiches will be sold. Rain or shine, it is held in the church.
Old Reliance Farms semi-annual double day yard sale is from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, April 28 and Saturday, April 29. Come see what treasures you will find!

Ladies brunch buffet
All women are invited to attend Hershey Area Women’s Connection “Light Up Your Life” brunch buffet on at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 12 at the Hershey Italian Lodge, 128 Hillcrest Road, Hershey.
The feature is “Daybreak” featuring vocal and keyboard music by Brad and Mary Barrows from Harrisburg. The speaker, Teresa Gardner from Canisteo, New York, will present “I Will Smile Again.”
For reservations, call Edna at 717-652-0997, or Mary at 717-533-3497, or email Hurry, the deadline is April 7.

Student achievements
Congratulations to the following students who have been recognized as provost scholars at Indiana University of Pennsylvania for the 2016 fall semester:
Middletown: Kylie Michelle Smith, bachelor of science in natural science/pre-pharmacy; Jared Patrick Truesdale, bachelor of arts in philosophy.
Hummelstown: Tyler Joseph Montgomery, bachelor of arts in political science.
Congratulations to Matthew Ste. Marie of Middletown. He has been named to the dean’s list at University of Massachusetts Lowell for the 2016 fall semester. Matthew is a information technology major.

Not Inspired
Today I was asked for a poem,
I’m sitting here thinking alone.
No rhyme can be found,
Nor wisdom abound.
I think that my chance has been blown.

Life hacks
How to remove these common stains:
Oil: white chalk
Deodorant: dryer sheets
Coffee: baking soda
Lipstick: rubbing alcohol
Grease: soda
Sweat: lemon juice
Ink: milk
Red wine: salt
Blood: hydrogen peroxide
Grass: vinegar
Makeup: shaving cream
Berries: boiling water

Quote of the Week
“Let no label stick to you unless it was put there by God.” — Jennifer Dukes Lee, author.

Question of the Week
What do you like best about spring?
“Playing softball. I play for Central Dauphin.” — Eleanor Perkins, 14, Lower Paxton.
“The pool!” — Alexander Kelly, 7, Swatara.
“It is when we get to go to Hilton Head, to the beach!” — Victoria Kelly, 9, Swatara.
“Spring break, which is Easter! I like that we have extra time to spend with family.” — Logan Benner, 10, Lower Royalton.
“The warmer weather.” — Paul Reiseg, 8, Middletown.
“The flowers.” — Hayley Reiseg, 9, Middletown.

Proverb for the Week
A truthful witness does not deceive, but a false witness pours out lies (14:5).

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

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