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This Halloween will have a little extra fun: LaVonne Ackerman

Posted 10/25/17

Hello, people! Just in case you haven’t heard, trick-or-treat night in Middletown is from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26. 

Here are other dates: 

• Thursday, Oct. 26: Derry …

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This Halloween will have a little extra fun: LaVonne Ackerman

A new Minnie Mouse costume will add flair this Halloween.
A new Minnie Mouse costume will add flair this Halloween.
photo courtesy of Lavonne ackerman

Hello, people! Just in case you haven’t heard, trick-or-treat night in Middletown is from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26. 

Here are other dates: 

• Thursday, Oct. 26: Derry Township, East Hanover Township, Harrisburg, Highspire, Hummelstown, Lower Paxton Township, Lower Swatara Township, Middletown, Swatara Township, Lemoyne, New Cumberland.

• Tuesday, Oct. 31: Elizabethville, Halifax, Lancaster, Lebanon, Camp Hill, Carlisle, Mechanicsburg, Annville, Campbelltown, Palmyra.

Many people, not from this area, don't understand why we would designate a special night for this event. I understand the reasoning is safety. The police departments treat this evening with a special touch. They want to be out in the communities, making sure everyone is safe and there are no problems. 

I miss the fun, as a kid, waiting for the very last day of the month to go out at all hours of the day and night (up until about 10 p.m.) and ring door bells. We traveled all over our neighborhood, and others, to get as many treats as possible. We spent weeks planning what we would dress up as. We had fun using our imaginations and whatever was available around the house! 

This year I hope to greet the kids who come to my house with a special surprise. I acquired a Minnie Mouse costume! I hope the weather isn’t too warm to wear her and join in on the fun!

Have a happy trick-or-treating week and enjoy this final full week of October! Call or email me with your news to share.


Happy birthday to Ray Shaver of Lower Swatara, who will celebrate his “and holding” 49th cake day on Wednesday, Oct. 25. Celebrate and enjoy!

Here is a shout-out to MariAnne Kapenstein of Lower Swatara on Oct. 25. May this birthday on Wednesday be your best one yet!

Happy cake-and-ice cream day to Darlene Nickel of Lower Swatara on Thursday, Oct. 26. May 47 fantastic things happen for you this special week!

Happy big 20th birthday to Alexa Fulmer of Lower Swatara on Oct. 26. I hope your Thursday is thrilling and full of surprises!

Justin Shaver of Lower Swatara marks his 20th cake day on Friday, Oct. 27. Many good wishes of blessings and love to you on this fantastic day!

Happy birthday greetings are sent to Michelle Carnes of Lower Swatara as she observes her balloon flying day on Friday, Oct. 27. May it be crisp and cool and super-fun!

Jaynee Stubbs of Middletown celebrates cake day No. 17 on Oct. 27. Enjoy your me-holiday weekend, Jaynee!

Happy 17th birthday to RJ Sherrick of Royalton on Saturday, Oct. 28. Wishing you a super-cool fun weekend, RJ!

Be sure to wish Jennifer Friedrichs of Elizabethtown a remarkable cake day on Sunday, Oct. 29. Hoping your students are super nice to you on Friday and Monday! Happy birthday, Jen, all week long!

Anna Buffington of Middletown celebrates her 17th confetti-popping day on Sunday, Oct. 29. Enjoy your birthday celebrating all weekend long, Anna!

Happy landmark 25th birthday to Matt Brinser. His big-deal cake day is Monday, Oct. 30. Many good wishes for a great day and wonderful year, Matt. Enjoy!

Happy snappy-happy birthday to Kimber Latsha of Lower Swatara on Oct. 30. If you see him around on Monday, give him a loud and jolly happy 62nd birthday.

Happy balloon-flying day to Melanie Wagner of Lower Swatara on Monday, Oct. 30. She hits No. 15. Hoping your day is marvelous, Melanie!

Samuel Turns Sr. of Lower Swatara observes his totally special birthday on Monday, Oct. 30. May everything be happy and sun-shiny for you today, Sam.

Alexis Martinez of Lower Swatara turns 20 on Oct. 30. May your Monday birthday be just perfect, Alexis!

Happy last teener birthday to Destinee Gonzales of Middletown. Her 19th frosty-filled day is on Monday, Oct. 30. Have a dynamite kind of day, Destinee!

Jay Smith of Lower Swatara celebrates his 14th fun-filled birthday on Monday, Oct. 30. Apparently your birthday is popular! I hope it starts off with a wonderful time and lasts all week long, Jay! 

Leila Fleisher marks her big-deal quarter-of-a-century birthday on Tuesday, Oct. 31. Happy birthday and happy Halloween to you, Leila! Congrats and best wishes! Boo!

Ryan Montgomery of Highspire marks this orange-and-black day with 17 candles upon his birthday cake Tuesday, Oct. 31. O happy day to you, Ryan! 

Happy birthday greetings are sent to Amber Cline of Lower Swatara as she celebrates her third sparkles and glitter cake day Tuesday, Oct. 31. Hoping your day is super fun and truly terrific, Amber! 


Happy 39th wedding anniversary to Craig and Donna Etter of Lower Swatara on Saturday, Oct. 28. I hope you have a romantic weekend. Enjoy! 


Now is the time to embrace autumn and Thanksgiving is coming around the corner! It is not too early to start!

Simple Pumpkin Pie 

2 eggs

1 16 oz. can pumpkin puree

1 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk

1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

1 tsp. ground cinnamon 

1/4 tsp. salt 

9 inch unbaked pie crust

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Combine eggs, pumpkin puree, condensed milk, spices and salt in a large bowl. Mix until combined. Fit the pie crust into a 9-inch pie pan, pour mixture into the crust. Place the pie on a baking sheet and bake in the oven for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake until the filling is set, 35 or 40 minutes. Enjoy! 

Dinner time

All are invited to come out to the November community dinner from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6. 

The menu is baked ham, scalloped potatoes, green beans, applesauce, roll, beverage and seasonal desserts. 

It will be held at Evangelical United Methodist Church, 157 E. Water St., Middletown, Takeouts are available. Call 717 944-6181 for more information. 

Iceland Presentation

All are invited to a photographic review of Iceland’s natural phenomena — its glaciers, waterfalls, volcanoes and landscapes — with “The Natural Wonders of Iceland.” 

Deborah Weaver will present the program at the 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1, meeting of the Londonderry Lionettes at Londonderry Elementary School, 260 Schoolhouse Road, Middletown. Please call 717-944-6518 for more information. 

Quote of the Week

“Success and failure are a matter of perspective.” — Anonymous

Question of the Week

What are some good trick-or-treat costume ideas?

“I'm going to be a pink butterfly!” — Rory Rondorf, 6, North Carolina.

“Something scary.” — Tim Wagner, 15, Lower Swatara.

“Be your favorite candy!” — Katelyn Wagner, 9, Lower Swatara.

“A bald eagle!” — Steve Boyland, Lower Swatara.

“A baseball player.” — Matt Wagner, 14, Lower Swatara.

“Headless Harry, Italian Restaurant, laundry basket, tornado, static cling, genie on a magic carpet. Rick and I love Halloween and we always used our imaginations with our kids to have the best costumes!” — Jenny Hammer, Hershey. 

Proverb for the Week

It is a trap for a man to dedicate something rashly and only later to consider his vows (20:25)

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