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Students describe perfect school day: LaVonne Ackerman

Posted 8/29/18

Are you easing back into the swing of things? School things, that is! Remember back when you were a student. Did you long for the perfect school day? Read what some area kids are saying about this in …

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Students describe perfect school day: LaVonne Ackerman

Chris Sattele, Middletown Area Middle School assistant principal, greets students as they enter MAMS on Monday
Chris Sattele, Middletown Area Middle School assistant principal, greets students as they enter MAMS on Monday
Jody Zorbaugh, Middletown Area School District

Are you easing back into the swing of things? School things, that is! Remember back when you were a student. Did you long for the perfect school day? Read what some area kids are saying about this in the Question of the Week portion below.

Wishing you all a safe and enjoyable Labor Day weekend coming up around the corner. Be sure to email me with your news to share.


Happy big-deal birthday to Don Shroy of Lower Swatara on Aug. 29. I hope 83 beautiful things happen for you on Wednesday, Don!

Nick DeFrancisco of Lower Swatara celebrates his golden “and holding” cake day on Wednesday, Aug. 29. Enjoy your 29 on the 29th me-holiday, Nick!

Many good wishes are sent to Jacob Pomraning of Lower Swatara on Wednesday, Aug. 29 as he turns 9 years old. Have a wonderful week, Jacob!

Big hugs are sent to my son, Daniel Ackerman of Harrisburg, on Wednesday, Aug. 29. This is always a special day for me as I think back, 26 years ago, on all the blessings he has given our family. Love you, Daniel. Enjoy your birthday week!

Happy 38th confetti-popping day to Shelby Schiefer of Middletown. Her party day is Thursday, Aug. 30. Make it the best one yet, Shelby!

Rachel Etter Perry of Middletown will hear the birthday song on Friday, Aug. 31. Happy quarter-of-a-century cake day to you, Rachel! 

Many good wishes for a fantastic Friday, Aug. 31, birthday are sent to Rachel Deyle of Lower Swatara. She celebrates cake day No. 24!

Twins Presley and Lyndsay Carnes of Lower Swatara turn 14 on Friday, Aug. 31. Wow, how the time flies! Enjoy your birthday weekend with lots of joy!

Happy birthday balloons will be flying for Bob Triplett of Lower Swatara on Friday, Aug. 31. I hope your cake day is perfect, Bob!

Here is a shout-out to Herb Friedrichs of Elizabethtown! Happy frosty-filled birthday to you on Friday, Aug. 31. Enjoy it all weekend, Herb!

Heads up! Lynne Klock of Lower Swatara marks her fun-festive day on Saturday, Sept. 1. Let the extravaganza begin! Many blessings to you, Lynne!

Happy cake-and-ice cream day to Diana DuMond of Lower Swatara. She will celebrate on Saturday, Sept. 1. Happy birthday and happy September, Diana!

Amy Wimmersberg of Lower Swatara celebrates her super-duper-dazzling birthday on Saturday, Sept. 1. Enjoy it all weekend long, Amy!

Happy 25th cake day to Becca Richards on Sunday, Sept. 2. May all your dreams come true as you enjoy this landmark birthday!

Terrance Jefferson of Middletown hits cake day No. 17 on Sunday, Sept. 2. Enjoy everything about your birthday, Terrance!

Best wishes to Jack Rudick of Lower Swatara on Sept. 3. May 66 marvelous things happen to you on Monday, Jack. Happy birthday!

Gabriella Colley of Lower Swatara celebrates her honk-honk birthday on Tuesday, Sept. 4. Happy Sweet 16 beep-beep birthday to you!


Happy 37th anniversary to Don and Donna Sipe of Lower Swatara. Their big heart day is Wednesday, Aug. 29. Enjoy it!

Best wishes to Rob and Brenda Rineer of Lower Swatara as they observe their romantic holiday on Aug. 29. Have a wonderful Wednesday celebration!

Happy Labor Day anniversary to Matt and Kim Deimler of Lower Swatara. They celebrate 19 years together on Monday, Sept. 3. Congrats!

Ed and Peggy Lucas of Lower Swatara were married on Sept. 3, 1974. Happy 44th anniversary to you both. Enjoy your Monday romantic holiday!

Happy Jade anniversary to Tom and Carol Harvey of Lower Swatara. These two love birds were married 35 years ago on Sept. 3. Have a marvelous Monday together!

Congratulations to Rob and Paula Alcock, who were married on Sept. 4, 1993. They celebrate their silver wedding anniversary on Tuesday.

Pipe organ duo

Everyone is welcome to attend the Pipe Organ Duo (“Allegro con Fuoco”) at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, in the sanctuary at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, 121 N. Spring St., Middletown.

Jordan Markham and Tyler Canonicot will present this organ duo. No tickets are required, but folks can give freewill donations.

Amish Evening

Richard Ammon, professor emeritus from Penn State, will present a program, “Amish Talk,” at the Londonderry Lionettes monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5, at Londonderry Elementary School.

Ammon authored several books about the Amish: “Amish Christmas,” “Amish Year,” “Amish Horses” and “Amish Weddings.”

His books focus on the plain ways of the Amish, what families do with their days, how they entertain themselves, their speech, and the way the seasons decree their activities.

All are invited to attend. Refreshments for the evening will feature Pennsylvania/Amish food.

For more information, call Louise at 717 944-6518.

Women's brunch

All ladies are invited to attend “Happy Days!” brunch at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, at Hershey Italian Lodge, 129 Hillcrest Road, Hershey.

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

The feature is “Healthier Spaces Organizing” by Laura Souders of Middletown. The musicians are Da Merge — Chuck “Capital C” Adler and James “Flesh N Bones” Smith of Carlisle.

The speaker is Jo Knipe of Odenton, Maryland, who will share “Discovering Reality in a Changing World.”

For reservations, call Edna at 717-652-0997 or Mary at 717-533-3497, or email The deadline is Sept. 7.


From the Wedding Book Collection

Bring to a boil: 2 cups of water. Put four tea bags in the boiled water. Let steep until dark in color. Remove tea bags and add 1 3/4 cups sugar. Stir well.

Add: 1 12-ounce frozen can lemonade and 1 12-ounce frozen can orange juice. Add seven cups of water and 2 1/4 cups of pineapple juice. Put in freezer. Stir once while freezing.

Mixture will get slushy in about 24 hours. Mix equal parts of this mixture and 7-Up or ginger ale.

Keep in large covered container in freezer.

Quote of the Week

“A callused heart may protect me from great pain, but it also keeps me from great love.” — Glynnis Whitwer, author.

Question of the Week

What would be the perfect school day for you?

“The last day of school.” — Aubreigh Bennett, 10, Lower Swatara.

“A party inside school and lots and lots of cake.” — Rachel Gatesman, 10, Lower Swatara.

“Going to the park.” — Olivia van Eik, 10, Lower Swatara.

“A beach party day!” — Grey Young, 10, Lower Swatara.

“A field trip.” — Josh Romberger, 10, Lower Swatara.

“Hearing an announcement saying, ‘No school for the rest of the year’!” — Jacob Pomraning, 9, Lower Swatara.

Proverb for the Week

There are three things that are stately in their stride, four that move with stately bearing: lion, mighty among beasts, who retreats before nothing; strutting rooster, a he-goat, and a king with his army around him. (30:29-31)

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