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These tips will get you through January: LaVonne Ackerman

Posted 1/24/18

They say that Jan. 24 is the bluest day for people.

If you are feeling down or discouraged, you are not alone. There are so many challenges in January. We are coping with winter and maybe even …

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These tips will get you through January: LaVonne Ackerman


They say that Jan. 24 is the bluest day for people.

If you are feeling down or discouraged, you are not alone. There are so many challenges in January. We are coping with winter and maybe even getting cabin fever.

The best way to chase away the blues is to reach out to someone. Maybe you can invite a friend over to chat, share a hot drink, watch a movie, play a game or work on a puzzle. Perhaps you don’t mind facing the cold and you can grab dinner together or go out to a movie.

What is your specialty? Is there something you can do to bless a neighbor or a friend you haven’t seen in a long while? Most people are happy to receive a baked good or a small gift that is especially thoughtful toward them.

Try being kind. Set a goal of 10 and spend the day coming up with encouragements you can say to people you run into. It would be great if you can come up with more than 10!

Have a terrific last week of January. Remember, reaching out to others is good medicine!


Emily Mattes of Lower Swatara is 22 on Thursday, Jan. 25. If you run into her, give her a wonderfully jolly happy birthday greeting!

Happy landmark 21st birthday to Dagen Hughes of Lower Swatara. Congrats on becoming a real full-fledged adult on Thursday, Jan. 25.

Happy brand-new teener birthday to Ethan Friedrichs of Elizabethtown. He hits 13 on Thursday, Jan. 25.

Double best wishes for a wonderful 21st birthday are sent to twins Megan and Morgan Danilowicz of Lower Swatara. These two lovely ladies share Thursday, Jan. 25 cake day. Congrats!

Happy double-toothpicks birthday to Delaney Fitzpatrick of Lower Swatara. I hope cake day No. 11 on Friday, Jan. 26 is super-duper dazzling for you, Delaney!

Jenna Wilkinson of Middletown celebrates her 24th birthday on Saturday, Jan. 27. Enjoy and have fun!

Here is a shout-out to Joel Bechtel of Lower Swatara on Jan 27. Have a super Saturday birthday!

Best wishes and much joy to Keith Daily of Lower Swatara on his cake day, Saturday, Jan. 27. I hope your weekend is full of fun things, Keith!

Cody Fox of Lower Swatara turns 22 on Sunday, Jan. 28. Hoping your day is full of smiles and sunshine, Cody!

Sending warm wishes for a pleasant birthday to Jane Balmer of Londonderry on Sunday, Jan. 28. May your year be full of laughter and joy, Jane!

Minda Rhodes of Hummelstown celebrates her 12th birthday on Sunday, Jan. 28. I hope this day is everything you want it to be, Minda! Keep smiling.

Minding the Cold

I really seem to mind the cold,

“Cover up and wear layers,” I am told.

Maybe a warm blanket I could hold,

It can be spread out flat or rolled.

Several blankets I could fold,

My warmest one is colored gold.

I really seem to mind the cold,

It's because I am getting old.

That’s the reason, I am told,

That being the reason, I am not sold.

Now, I am one to rarely scold,

Old age? That’s hogwash,

If I can be so bold.



Best wishes for a romantic wedding anniversary to Bill and Joanne Hoch of Lower Swatara. They were married on Jan. 30, 1960. Congrats and happy 58th!

Don and Dottie Bauman of Lower Swatara celebrate their 36th anniversary on Tuesday, Jan. 30. Enjoy your hearts and flowers week!

Cube round steak, ketchup sauce

Recipe from the Wedding Book Collection

Brown in margarine, or butter with onion. Add beef bullion and water (2 bullion, 2 cups of water).

Simmer one hour, making sure there is liquid in the pan at all times. Keep adding bullion and water, if necessary.

Add one half bottle of ketchup, bring to a boil, then simmer for 15 minutes.

Sweetheart Banquet

Middletown First Church of God, 245 W. High St.,  will hold its annual Sweetheart Banquet at 6 p.m. Feb. 10.

Dinner will include appetizers, salad, New York strip roast, roasted potatoes, a vegetable and dessert. “The Not-So-Newlywed Game” will follow.

Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased by contacting the church office at 717-944-9608 or by email at

Everyone is welcome.

Quote of the Week

“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” — John Steinbeck, author.

Question of the Week

How do you keep warm in the deep winter?

“I wear layers.” — Gyles Adderly, 14, Middletown.

“I dress warmly when I go outdoors. I warm up with a cup of hot tea when I come back indoors.” — Louisa Morgan, Londonderry.

“I drink hot chocolate, I have six blankets on me and lots of pillows and stuffed animals. That is how I keep warm!” — Miranda Burdsal, 8, Lower Paxton.

“Layers. I get hot sometimes, so layers is the way to go.” — Tim Boltz, Lower Paxton.

“I put on 3 layers of pants, 5 shirts, long johns, 3 pair of socks and outside I have my hat, mittens and headband for my ears.” — Anna Benkovic, 8, Lower Paxton.

“We use the fireplace!” — Ryan Benkovic, 4, Lower Paxton.

Proverb for the Week

Keep your mouth closed and you will stay out of trouble. Mockers are proud, haughty and arrogant. (21:23, 24)

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