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Spring is almost here, with sunny days ahead: Lavonne Ackerman

By LaVonne Ackerman
Posted 3/7/17

Hello, folks! Can you believe in less than two weeks we will be in glorious spring? I know most people are really ready by a change at about this time. Some would argue they were ready in January! I …

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Spring is almost here, with sunny days ahead: Lavonne Ackerman


Hello, folks! Can you believe in less than two weeks we will be in glorious spring? I know most people are really ready by a change at about this time. Some would argue they were ready in January!
I know I sure appreciated the spring like weather we had the end of February and also on the very first day of March. I know that we are headed for some blustery weather before we are firmly situated in 75 degree days. We just come to expect it. Hopefully winter will wind down by March 19 and we will have sunny days ahead.
Please let me know if you have a birthday or anniversary to share. Do you have an event or special announcement to make? Your neighbors want to know. Let me know if you had a vacation or adventure you would like to tell us about! Have a wonderful week. Only 11 more days until spring!

Happy double birthdays to twins Elliott and Bailey Hill of Lower Swatara. These guys turn 22 on Wednesday, March 8. I hope your birthdays are super great this year!
Noah Yeich of Lower Swatara turns Sweet 16 on Thursday, March 9. Fun times ahead, Noah! Have an excellent beep, honk, honk day!
Huge happy birthday wishes are sent to Bill Mattes of Lower Swatara on Thursday, March 9. I hope this big five-oh day is the best birthday yet, Bill!
Happy birthday blessings to Ann Turns of Middletown. She was a secretary years ago for Lower Swatara Township. Ann, may your Thursday, March 9, cake day be full of sweetness and beauty.
Rose Michalek of Lower Swatara marks her big-deal 90th birthday on Friday, March 10. Congrats to you, Rose! Wow.
There will be more cake at the Yeich home in Lower Swatara! Brian Yeich celebrates his cupcake-and-streamer day on Friday, March 10. I hope your family has fun with you this weekend, Brian!
Craig Duke of Royalton celebrates another frosty-filled cake day on Saturday, March 11. Have a blast, Craig!
Happy birthday to you ... Randy Breon of Lower Swatara! Have a super Saturday celebrating your cool-parade day. Enjoy your March 11!
Best wishes to Michelle Wagner of Lower Swatara on Saturday, March 11. May your super-duper-dazzling birthday last well into next week!
Lots of love is sent to Denise Giulivo, recently formerly of Lower Swatara. Denise celebrates her special day on Sunday, March 12. Be blessed, girl!
Drew Rhodes of Hummelstown hits No. 15 on Sunday, March 12. I hope you get to do all your favorite things today, Drew! Enjoy your birthday weekend.
Lots of smiles are sent to LuAnn Selcher on Monday, March 13. Hoping the warm breezes are blowing for you, LuAnn. Have a wonderful cake-and-ice cream day.
Congrats to Alyssa Noon of Middletown as she turns a quarter-of-a-century old on Monday, March 13. I hope it is just how you like it, Alyssa!
Kyerah Moore of Lower Swatara will hear the birthday song as she turns Sweet 16 on Monday, March 13. Hoping your beep, beep, honk day is terrific!
Sofia Feeney on Londonderry celebrates cake day No. 14 on Tuesday, March 14. What? This is your golden birthday, girl. Enjoy it with extra sprinkles!
A happy birthday shoutout to Chrissy Springer of Middletown on Tuesday, March 14. I hope 43 awesome things happen to you on your day!

Dinner is ready
A chicken and homemade waffle dinner will be served at Evangelical United Methodist Church, 157 E. Water St., Middletown, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 20.
Dinner also includes an appetizer, two sides, beverage and dessert. Takeouts are available. Everyone is invited. For cost information, call 717 944-6181.

Best wishes to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Shaffer Jr. of Middletown. They were married on March 9, 1968. Congrats on 49 years together.
Happy romantic holiday to Roy and Pam Shonk of Londonderry on Sunday, March 12. These folks celebrate their 23rd anniversary, enjoy!
Charles and Renee Larry of Lower Swatara got married on March 13, 1985. Many good wishes to you both as you look back on 32 years of wedded bliss!

Citizen Quiz
1. Who is the commander in chief of the U.S. Army and Navy?
2. Which president was the first commander in chief of the Army and Navy?
3. In what month do we vote for a president?
4. In what month is the new president inaugurated?
5. How many times may a senator be re-elected?

Come on, spring
Today’s date is March 8
Two weeks ’til spring, I cannot wait!
Seven more weeks ’til spring Gobbler Season
Now I’m happy for another reason!

Movie night
All are welcome to attend another fun movie night at Highspire United Methodist Church, 170 2nd St., in Highspire, at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 11.
“Finding Dory” will be on the big screen with free popcorn and a drink. Come on out!

Dean’s list
Congrats to Kelsey Thomas, of Lower Swatara, for being named to Coastal Carolina University’s fall 2016 semester dean’s list.
Derrick Stoltzfus of Elizabethtown was named to Geneva College’s fall 2016 semester dean’s list. Derrick is a student ministry major.
Spaghetti dinner
The Lower Swatara Lions Club will hold its annual all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 25, at the Lions building in Shopes Gardens.
This is just one of their projects that allow them the opportunity to give back to our community. Stop by and help support them so they can continue their excellent work for the needy. Our Lions are definitely an asset to our community.

Ladies brunch
All ladies are invited to come out to “Designer Showcase” brunch buffet at Hershey Italian Lodge, 128 Hillcrest Road, Hershey, at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 15.
This is presented by Hershey Area Women’s Connection, affiliated with Christian Women’s Clubs of America.
The feature will be Ginny McIlhenny, a florist/wedding coordinator from Harrisburg. The musician will be a vocal trio: Donna Chambers, Margaret Shaver and Lisa Shaver. The speaker will be Sue Ballsinger from South Park. She will share “Designs for Life,” how drafting wrong plans can affect life’s final outcome.
Call Edna at 652-0997 or Mary at 533-3497 for reservations or email Deadline is March 10.

Quiz answers
1. President
2. George Washington
3. November
4. January
5. There is no limit.

Quote of the Week
“Life is a series of choices.” — Anonymous

Question of the Week
Where were you born?
“Jackson, Tennessee.” — Sofia Wilkinson, 8, West Hanover.
“Harrisburg! And that is fine.” — Carrie Perkins, 12, Lower Paxton.
“Scranton, Pa.” — Pete Mecca, Middletown.
“Johnson City, New York.” — Rachael Alden, Harrisburg.
“Hershey Hospital.” — Josh Sutherly, 10, Middletown.
“Reading, Pa.” — Brooke Morrison, Harrisburg.

Proverb for the Week
A man’s riches may ransom his life, but a poor man hears no threat (3:8).

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