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Those leap year birthdays can be a problem: LaVonne Ackerman

Posted 2/28/18

Happy end of February. Let us make sure to find those who were born on Feb. 29, known as “leapers.” Be sure to wish them a happy birthday at some point.

It must be odd to have to skip …

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Those leap year birthdays can be a problem: LaVonne Ackerman


Happy end of February. Let us make sure to find those who were born on Feb. 29, known as “leapers.” Be sure to wish them a happy birthday at some point.

It must be odd to have to skip your actual birthday so often. It is reported that “leap year babies” should celebrate their birthday on March 1, not Feb. 28. The simple reason is that they were not yet born on the 28th. So the correct day would be after the actual day: March 1.

When our kids were growing up, I would acknowledge their half-birthdays. Some years it may be a candle in a cupcake, other years, a small surprise. On busy years, they would get: “Hey, it is your half-birthday!”

When they went off to college I would find an appropriate card (or work on it to make it be one) and send it to them on their half-birthdays.

This was fun for me.

I mention all this because our youngest son, Daniel, was born Aug. 29. So, sadly he missed out. Somehow his half-birthday just didn't get recognized very often.

Of course he survived. This gives me an idea though. How about going over-the-top for our “leap day baby” friends and/or family on Aug. 29? Just a thought.

Have a wonderful week. And yes, spring is less than three weeks away. Spring, please come in like a lamb and stay that way all month long!


Wishing Jill Krupilis of Middletown an especially belated happy 50th birthday on Feb. 27. I hope you celebrate all this week. Enjoy!

Happy non-leap year birthday to Gloria Clouser of Middletown. Hoping your Thursday, March 1 cake-and-ice cream day is especially spiffy this year! Of course, you can celebrate it when you want to!

Misty Gejoff of Middletown turns 14 this non-leap year. Enjoy your birthday all week, Misty! Happy 14th to you.

Happy birthday to Donna Etter of Lower Swatara. She celebrates her March 1 cupcake-and-streamer day on Thursday. I hope it is lamb-like all day!

Nick Linn is 24 on Thursday, March 1. Best wishes for a fantastic cake-and-ice cream day, Nick. I hope it is your best one yet!

Happy birthday greetings are sent to Eileen Gallagher of Lower Swatara. Wishing you a day full of sweetness and beauty on Thursday, March 1. Enjoy it all week, Eileen!

Best wishes to Kyler Northrup on Friday, March 2. Here’s to a super-duper fantastic 23rd birthday, Kyler!

If you see Dorothy Reider out and about the township on Monday, March 5, be sure to give her your brightest smile and wish her a warm and happy birthday! Keep looking up, Dot!

Happy 23rd confetti-popping day to Garry Woodley. He gets to celebrate his cake day on Tuesday, March 6. Wishing you a day of sunshine, Garry!

Michael Cleland of Lower Swatara hits birthday No. 20 on Tuesday, March 6. Enjoy this new decade of possibilities, Michael!

Sending double birthday wishes to twins, Rosanna Tully of Lower Swatara and John Fasnacht of Marysville a wonderful and sunshiny birthday celebration on Tuesday, March 6. I hope each of you have a terrific week!

Happy landmark 18th big-deal birthday to Morgan Kennedy of Lower Swatara. Many good wishes of smiles and surprises to you, Morgan, on Tuesday, March 6!

Emily Bendgen of Lower Swatara observes her really big-deal landmark 21st cake day on Tuesday, March 6. Congrats and best wishes for all your dreams coming true as you venture into being a full-fledged adult, Emily!

Ladies Brunch

All women are invited to attend the March into Spring brunch buffet at the Italian Lodge, 128 Hillcrest Road, Hershey, at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 14.  This is presented by Hershey Area Women’s Connection, affiliated with Christian Women of America.

The speaker, Annie Friedrichs of Lancaster, will share “Only Perfect Love Overcomes Inadequacy.” The musicians are Margaret and Royce Shaver of Dauphin. They are a mother-and-son team who will entertain with vocal and piano duos.

Call Edna at 717-652-0997 or Mary at 717-533-3497 to make your reservation before March 9. You may email: Why not grab your gal friend and come on out?

Township meetings

Lower Swatara Township meetings will be held at the municipal building on Spring Garden Drive at 7 p.m. unless noted:

Recreation Board: 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 7.

Board of Commissioners: Wednesday, March 7 and 21.

Municipal Authority: Monday, March 26.

Planning Commission: Thursday, March 22.

Zoning Hearing Board: Wednesday, March 28.

Peanut Butter Fudge

Recipe from the Wedding Book Collection

1 c. peanut butter

2 sticks butter

3 1/2 Tbsp. Hershey’s Cocoa

1 lb. 10x sugar

2 Tbsp. vanilla

Heat the peanut butter, butter and cocoa in a sauce pan. Stir occasionally, until butter is melted.

Remove from heat and add all at once the sugar, and vanilla. Stir well, until all the sugar is blended. Spread into a greased 8-by-8-inch pan. Cool.

Quote of the Week

“There is always in February some one day, at least, when one smells the yet distant, but surely coming, summer.” — Gertrude Jekyll, British horticulturist, garden designer, artist and writer.

Question of the Week

What is your favorite movie?

“‘Space Jam’ and ‘Star Wars.’” — Gyles Adderly, 14, Middletown.

“‘Guardian of the Galaxy, Volume 2.’” — William Benkovic, 14, Lower Paxton.

“Smurfs: The Lost Village.’” — Victoria Kelly, 10, Swatara.

“‘The Emoji Movie.’” — Anna Benkovic, 8, Lower Paxton.

“‘The Book of Life.’” — Miranda Burdsal, 8, Lower Paxton.

“‘Invincible.’ Go Eagles!” — Scott Ackerman, Lower Swatara.

Proverb for the Week

Do not testify against your neighbor without cause, or use your lips to deceive (24:28).

You may reach LaVonne Ackerman by phone at 717-649-7366 or by email at