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Think about all the sacrifices made on Independence Day: LaVonne Ackerman

Posted 7/3/18

Happy Independence Day! I hope that your holiday is full of good old fashioned Fourth of July fun. Happy birthday to our country ... 242 years old.

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Think about all the sacrifices made on Independence Day: LaVonne Ackerman


Happy Independence Day! I hope that your holiday is full of good old fashioned Fourth of July fun. Happy birthday to our country ... 242 years old.

The Declaration of Independence was signed at Independence Hall in Philadelphia on July 4, 1776. This is the day the 13 original colonies approved the document and we ceased to be a British colony. We became a sovereign country and an independent nation.

What a struggle our young nation had in front of it. Why not pause and think about it. I’m thinking about the 56 men who signed, knowing the risk was death. I wonder what it must have been like. We can be grateful that we still have men and women serving our country and risking their lives.

I hope you proudly wear red, white and blue and say a prayer for those who are defending our freedom. God bless and have a wonderful week.


Happy cake day to Aaliyah Garfield of Middletown. This girl turns 11 on Wednesday, July 4. Have a wonderful red, white and blue day!

Brandon Popp shares his big-deal 25th birthday with the USA on Wednesday, July 4. Congrats and enjoy!

Nathan Reese of Lower Swatara marks his 22nd cake-and-ice cream day as our nation turns 242 years old on Wednesday, July 4. Have a happy!

Brad Strite of Lower Swatara has 35 reasons to celebrate his cool-parade July 4 birthday on Wednesday. I hope it is the best yet, Brad!

Happy birthday streamers are popping for Madison Bayhart of Lower Swatara on Wednesday, July 4. Have a wonderful 24th me-holiday!

Best wishes to Tim Carpenter of Lower Swatara on Independence Day, Wednesday, July 4. Hoping your day is full of too much fun, Tim!

Happy birthday balloons will fill the sky for Carl Stevenson of Middletown on Thursday, July 5. Happy 17th cake day, Carl.

Hanna Wilsbach of Middletown will hear the birthday song on Friday, July 6. She hits cake day No. 17. Have a fantastic birthday, Hanna.

Abbey Leister of Lower Swatara turns 14 on Friday, July 6. Enjoy your totally special day all weekend, Abbey!

Cole Golden of Lower Swatara will have 19 brightly burning candles atop his birthday cake on Saturday, July 7. Congrats and best wishes to you, Cole!

If you see David Hurlock out and about Lower Swatara on July 7, be sure to give him a rowdy happy birthday shout-out. He has 58 reasons to smile on Saturday.

Here is a huge shout-out to Charlie Stare of Lower Swatara on Sunday, July 8. I hope your birthday is amazing and just how you like it, Charlie. God bless you!

Happy 24th razzle-dazzle birthday to Kayce Deibler on Sunday, July 8. I hope your sparkles and glitter birthday is full of everything you love, Kayce! Enjoy.

Mackenzie Trafka celebrates her quarter-of-a-century birthday on Sunday, July 8. I hope your big-deal birthday is the best one yet. Enjoy!

Wishing LeeAnn Coble of Middletown a marvelous Monday birthday on July 9. May the cool breezes delight you on your special day!

Nancy Witkowski of Lower Swatara will hear the birthday song on Tuesday, July 10. I bet is will sound beautiful. Have a wonderful week celebrating, Nancy!


Happy 38th anniversary to Joe and Norma Mateer of Lower Swatara. They celebrate their wedded bliss day on Wednesday, July 4. Have a blast!

Best wishes for a glorious anniversary to Scott and Suzanne Hile of Lower Swatara. They observe their romantic holiday on Monday, July 9.

Red, White and Blue Shortcakes

From the Wedding Book Collection

2 1/3 c. Bisquick baking mix

1/2 c. milk

3 Tbp. sugar

3 Tbp. butter, melted

1/3 c. sliced strawberries

Whipped cream or vanilla ice cream

1 1/2 c. fresh or thawed frozen blueberries

1 1/2 pt. strawberries, sliced and sweetened

Heat oven to 426 degrees. Mix baking mix, milk, sugar and butter until soft dough forms. Fold in 1/3 c. strawberries. Drop dough by 6 mounds onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake until golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes. Split shortcakes while warm.

Fill with whipped cream and blueberries. Top with sweetened strawberries and whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. Makes 6 shortcakes.

Historical society flea market

This Saturday, July 7 is the “Christmas in July” flea market at the Highspire Historical Society, 273 2nd St., rear at Lusk Avenue, from 8 a.m. to noon.

Come out to find many items: newly donated jewelry, books, linens, toys and more. Schmidt's Sausage and assorted Lays chips will be on sale.

Spaces are available for rent. Bring a table or blanket. Call 717-939-0385 or 717-566-6828 for more information. The rain date is Saturday, July 14.

Ladies brunch

All ladies are cordially invited to attend “A New Image” brunch buffet to be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 11 at Hershey Italian Lodge, 128 Hillcrest Road.

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

A mini concert will be presented by Heart and Soul, featuring Ed and Maureen Mashas, vocalists from Harrisburg. The speaker, Jean Hartman of Northumberland, will share “Living Right Side Up in an Upside Down World.”

For reservations, call Edna at 717-652-0997 or Mary at 717-533-3497, or email

God's Closet

Heads up, God’s Clothes Closet will be open for shoppers on Saturday, Aug. 4. Doors open at 8 a.m.

All are welcome to come and shop for free until noon at Evangelical United Methodist Church, 157 E. Water St. in Middletown.

If you have gently used (good) clothing with no tears or stains, the church would like to accept your donations from July 16 through Aug. 2, from 9 a.m. to noon and 6 to 8 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, as well as from 11:30 a.m. to 12: p.m. Sundays.

Items may include clothing for men, women, teens and children; summer and winter, including shirts, slacks, jeans, dresses, skirts, sweaters, sweats, shoes, purses, belts, hats, coats and jackets. Also needed are linens, sheets, towels, comforters, blankets, and curtains.

Use the entrance to the Educational Building, which is on the left as you face the front of the church. Collection is on the bottom floor.

Quote of the Week

“My past is redeemed. My present makes sense. My future is secure.” — Anonymous

Question of the Week

What do you like best about the United States?

“It's a free country. We have a lot of great states!” — Victoria Kelly, 10, Swatara.

“We have freedom.” — Arianna Laverty, 11, Middletown.

“Tacos!” — Rachel Gatesman, 10, Lower Swatara.

“I like that the flag has red, white and blue!” — Max Williams, 10, Lower Swatara.

“We have Hersheypark, I like to play games at the arcades.” — Kellen Trafecanty, 3, Lower Swatara.

“I like all the stuff we have, activities, sports — everything!” — Jaxon Monroig, 11, Lower Swatara.

Proverb for the Week

An evildoer listens to wicked lips; and a liar gives heed to a mischievous tongue (17:4).

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