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Take stand against hate, ignorance in tough times: LaVonne Ackerman

Posted 6/10/20

Hi, folks. I hope you are doing well. Recently I saw a cartoon talking about the season of COVID-19 moving into the season of rioting. It was an amusing attempt to poke some fun at our crazy times. …

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Take stand against hate, ignorance in tough times: LaVonne Ackerman

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Hi, folks. I hope you are doing well. Recently I saw a cartoon talking about the season of COVID-19 moving into the season of rioting. It was an amusing attempt to poke some fun at our crazy times.

A friend of mine explained her frustration over circumstances: “We were just getting over the pandemic, things were opening up and we were at the end of the tunnel seeing some light, then some jerk kills a man and look what happened!”

I’ve read more about Black Lives Matter and white privilege. I understand if you don’t have dark skin, you cannot understand the difference in the way society puts value on your life, your very being.

I wish this was a country, a world, where we didn’t see color. I am encouraged by reports of peaceful protests.  I am hopeful that people with right motives and open minds for equality and love will overwhelm those who are caught up in their hate and sad, obnoxious mind-sets.

I applaud anyone who stands with their fellow human being who is being bullied and attacked. I say take a stand against hate and ignorance. Embrace people with love, acceptance and patience. We all need to dig deep and be wise, to watch and check our conduct and beliefs. Are you willing to change wrong attitudes and thoughts? I am. Let’s be the change.

Have a wonderful week, and keep looking up.

Birthdays

Happy 23rd cake day to Katie Kellogg of Lower Swatara Township on Wednesday, June 10. I hope your birthday is everything you want it to be!

Travis Patry of Middletown marks his 24th birthday on June 10. I hope Wednesday is full of your favorite things, Travis!

Happy honk-honk-beep day to Gavin Guckavan of Lower Swatara. His Sweet 16 birthday is Wednesday, June 10.

Here is a shout out to Kelsey Teleky! Hope your 33rd cake-and-ice cream day is super sweet on Thursday, June 11.

Lloyd Byers of Lower Swatara will hear the birthday song on Thursday, June 11. I hope 85 wonderful things happen for you, Lloyd!

Happy balloon-flying day to Lisa Lighty of Lower Swatara on Thursday, June 11. May your week be peaceful and full of blessings!

Hey, George Kuharic of Lower Swatara! Sending you a shout-out for a fun-filled birthday on Friday, June 12. Are you celebrating all weekend long?

Best wishes to Ian Finkbiner for a big deal quarter-of-a-century birthday on Friday, June 12. My, 25 years old! Congrats and enjoy.

Arayana Link of Middletown marks her special 23rd frosty-filled birthday on June 12. Hope your Friday is fantastic, Arayana!

Happy 17th birthday to Jesse Yepes of Middletown. His super-duper-dazzle cake day is Friday, June 12. Have fun!

If you see Eric Breon out and about Lower Swatara on Saturday, June 13, be sure to give him a peppy happy birthday greeting! Hope it is the best, Eric!

Happy last teener birthday to Deron Ranck of Middletown. He hits 19 on Saturday, June 13. I hope it’s full of cool breezes!

Many blessings and lots of love are sent to Arianna Laverty of Middletown. This beautiful brand new teenager is 13 on June 13. Golden birthday and growing wiser! Enjoy your Saturday, Arianna!

Gage Radabaugh of Lower Swatara turns 20 on Sunday, June 14.  Happy Flag Day, happy birthday! Hope your day is crazy fun.

Lily Kaylor of Elizabethtown will turn 2 on Sunday, June 14. Many birthday wishes for a super fun day to this happy toddler!

Sweet Amiya Zerbe of Middletown marks her 11th razzle-dazzle birthday on June 15. May the good Lord bless you and give you grace and peace. Have a marvelous Monday.

Doug Carpenter of Lower Swatara celebrates his 20th streamers-and-cupcake day on Tuesday, June 16. Hope it is everything you like!

Alexia Kauffman of Middletown will hit her final teen birthday on Tuesday, June 16. Have the best day ever, Alexia, and happy birthday to you!

Happy-snappy happy birthday to Joe Mateer of Lower Swatara on June 16. May your Tuesday be terrific in every way possible!

Anniversaries

Best wishes and congratulations to Howard and Kathy Crawford of Lower Swatara Township. On Thursday, June 11 they celebrate 43 years of marriage! Yay! Way to go!

Happy anniversary to Bill and Sue Neiman of Middletown on June 11. This couple celebrates their 65th blue sapphire anniversary on Thursday. Congrats and enjoy your big-deal day!

Walter and Karen Earl of Lower Swatara celebrate 15 years of wedded bliss on Sunday, June 14. Wave a flag and give gifts of crystal, watches and roses! Enjoy.

Happy 51st wedding anniversary to Chuck and Colleen Kline of Lower Swatara. They observe their hearts-and-flowers day on Sunday, June 14. Congratulations and keep up the good work!

Zach and Lisa Carricato of Lower Swatara mark 36 years of marriage on Tuesday, June 16. Enjoy the week. Congrats and keep cool!

All-in-One Pie

1 lb. ground/chopped beef

1 can of vegetarian vegetable soup (undiluted)

1 onion, grated

1 egg

Salt and pepper, to taste

2 slices of bread or 10 to 12 crackers

Soak bread or crackers, then squeeze out excess water. Mix together: beef, soup, onion, egg, bread and seasoning.

Place in ungreased pie pan and bake at 375 degrees for 40 to 45 minutes until golden brown on top.

For an added touch, mash some potatoes and place on top. Place under broiler a few minutes to brown. Serve with a crunchy salad and ketchup.

Reunion rescheduled

The Hershey High School Class of 1960 has postponed its 60th reunion.

The new dates are Oct. 22-23, 2021. Direct questions to Richard Hiler at 717-583-2046.

Congrats

Amanda L. Dayton of Middletown was among the more than 875 candidates whose bachelor's degrees were conferred at the University of Scranton's virtual undergraduate celebration ceremony May 31.

Dayton earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration.

A formal commencement ceremony, at which graduates will be individually recognized, will take place Oct. 25 at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, Wilkes-Barre.

Glad grads

Nearly 430 students were honored as part of Lebanon Valley College’s 151st Commencement on May 9.

Local graduates include:

Kasey Dobson of Middletown, who received a bachelor of arts in music. Dobson is a graduate of Lower Dauphin High School. Dobson graduated cum laude.

Reed Morris of Elizabethtown, who received a bachelor of science in actuarial science. Morris is a graduate of Lower Dauphin High School. Morris graduated cum laude.

Raeann Walquist of Hummelstown, who received a bachelor of arts in English. Walquist is a graduate of Lower Dauphin High School. Walquist graduated magna cum laude.

Congrats

Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre awarded 720 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees at a virtual degree conferral ceremony May 16.

A second virtual degree conferral was held May 29 for students receiving the doctor of pharmacy degree in the Nesbitt School of Pharmacy.

Because Wilkes University could not hold its 73rd spring commencement ceremony, an in-person graduation ceremony is planned for Sept. 12.

• Holly Bettinger of Hummelstown earned a doctor of pharmacy degree.

• Todd Davis of Elizabethtown earned a master of science degree in education.

• Cynthia Moyer of Elizabethtown earned a master of science degree in education.

• Laura Nezovich of Elizabethtown earned a master of science degree in education.

• Michael Osayi of Middletown earned a bachelor of arts degree in communications studies.

• Laura Rannella of Hummelstown earned a master of science in nursing degree.

• Adam Schramm of Elizabethtown earned a master of science degree in education.

• Lauri Slatt of Hummelstown earned a master of science in nursing degree.

Quote of the Week

“There is still good to remember in the midst of turmoil and unending change, so as we go about today, let’s hold onto this promise: When the bad stuff is easier to see, God is still good.” — Anonymous

Question of the Week

What would you do to calm an angry and upset person?

“Try to listen first, with a genuinely loving heart.” — Wendy Weiss, Aledo, Texas.

“Ask for permission to speak with them privately. Assure them that it is unlikely that you’ll be able to identify with their issue. Let them know that you sincerely care about their well-being. Listen to their concerns, intently. Ask if they would mind if, right then, you said a quick prayer about the situation (with them out loud). Let them know that you will be praying for them. Check back with them shortly afterwards to see how they are doing.” — Jeff Denis, Palm Beach Shores, Florida.

“Talk softly, keep good eye contact, never interrupt. Finally, at the end, never tell them what they’re not doing, but give words of assistance and help.” — Ellen Green, Palmyra.

“Depends on the person, but I’d hug them, tell them that I’m there to listen, if they need me.” — Whitney Wood, Singer Island, Florida.

Proverb for the Week

Unequal weights and unequal measures are both alike an abomination to the LORD (20:10).

Reach LaVonne Ackerman at 717-649-7366 or by email at LaVonneAck@comcast.net.