PENNSYLVANIA'S #1 WEEKLY NEWSPAPER • locally owned since 1854

Warm weather brings fresh air and flowers: LaVonne Ackerman

Posted 4/19/17

Hello, people! I hope you are enjoying this very mild spring-like weather. Some days are too hot, yet some are still a bit chilly, but it sure beats January temperatures!

What do you like to do …

This item is available in full to subscribers.

Please log in to continue

Log in

Warm weather brings fresh air and flowers: LaVonne Ackerman


Hello, people! I hope you are enjoying this very mild spring-like weather. Some days are too hot, yet some are still a bit chilly, but it sure beats January temperatures!

What do you like to do in April? So many of us can’t wait to get out into the yard to noodle around in the dirt. Sometimes it is nice to sit out on a porch or patio, or even a front stoop to just breathe in the fresh air and lovely aromas.

This spring it seems that the grass is very green. In fact, I don’t think it yellowed or browned out over the winter. I love seeing the daffodils, tulips, crocus, and hyacinths popping up everywhere. They look beautiful against the rich bright green grass. Of course, the flowering trees are also a treat to behold.

People seem to have an extra bounce in their step once warm weather hits.

Everyone is so grateful for the longer days and the mild temps. Kids are riding their bikes, playing outside and enjoying the fresh air. You see neighbors in their yards and out walking around. Yay for spring! I hope you are taking full advantage of it!

Please let me know your news to share and enjoy!


Marley Kinsey of Lower Swatara celebrates her Sweet 16 honk-beep-beep day on Wednesday, April 19. Many wishes of love, peace and joy to you!

Happy 20th cake day to Lindsay Truesdale of Lower Swatara. She celebrates her big day on Wednesday, April 19.

If you see Terry Lupia out and about Lower Swatara on April 19, be sure to give her your jolliest happy birthday greeting! She will have her cake on Wednesday, I hope it is sweet like you, Terry!

Kordre Butts of Middletown hits No. 14 on Wednesday, April 19. Enjoy your birthday week, Kordre!

Justin Musser of Lower Swatara marks his 22nd balloon-flying day on Thursday, April 20. Sending you sunshine and smiles, Justin!

Happy big-deal birthday to Evan Grogan of Lower Swatara. He is 15 on April 21. I hope your Friday is fantastic, Evan!

Best wishes for a fun Friday birthday to Patrick Krepps as he adds another candle on April 21. Happy 26th, Patrick!

Samantha Romberger of Lower Swatara turns 19 on Friday, April 21. Enjoy your last teen year, Sam. Have the best birthday yet!

Aubrey Carberry celebrates her cake and ice cream day on April 21. Hoping your Friday is fantastic and your weekend is perfect!

Happy glitter and twinkles birthday to Julia Hughes of Lower Swatara. She turns 12 on Friday, April 21. Have a super-duper weekend, Julia!

Rochelle Gonzales of Middletown marks her 14th confetti-popping day on Friday, April 21, too. May this be a beautiful celebration day for you, Rochelle!

Jackie Leonard of Lower Swatara will hear the birthday song on Sunday, April 23. I hope it is a beautiful sound to your ears as you celebrate your day!

If you see Pat Lippert out and about on Monday, please give her a friendly happy birthday holler! I hope your April 24 is special like you, Pat!

Allison Lawyer is 22 on Tuesday, April 25. Best wishes to you for a fantastic last week of April birthday, Allison!

Here is a shout-out to Eddie Mecca of Lower Swatara! Best wishes to you as you turn a quarter-of-a-century on your golden birthday, April 25! Hope your Tuesday is terrific, Eddie!

Tokar attains Eagle Scout Rank

Congratulations to Michael Tokar, son of Leonard and Marlene Tokar of Greenwood Hills, Lower Swatara. Michael officially became an Eagle Scout on Oct. 6, 2016.

He celebrated this honor last month with his Troop 594, and his family and friends at his Eagle Court of Honor on March 18. It was held at the American Legion Post 594 in Middletown.

State Rep. Tom Mehaffie was in attendance and presented Michael with a certificate of recognition for the honor of achieving the Eagle Scout rank. Michael shared his appreciation and thanks with two special people: Joseph McGovern and Joseph Tokar (Michael’s older brother, who earned his Eagle Scout rank in 2013.)

Both men are Eagle Scouts who helped and inspired Michael to work towards his Eagle Scout rank. Michael presented them with a special mentor pin.

Congratulations, Michael. You are an asset to our community.


Best wishes for a wonderful 16th anniversary to Tim and Joan Nissley of Lower Swatara. They were married on April 21, 2001. I hope your Friday is fantastic!

Joe and Karen Bendgen of Lower Swatara celebrate 28 years of wedded bliss together on Saturday, April 22. Enjoy your romantic weekend!

Happy 22nd anniversary to CD and Cathy Farr of Lower Swatara as they observe their flower and candy day on Sunday, April 23. Enjoy!

Happy jade anniversary to Mike and Karen McKillip of Lower Swatara on Monday. These kids were married on April 24, 1982. That is 35 years. Congrats!

April Rain

So April has come around again,

Today I sit and watch the rain.

Can’t work outside, it’s much too wet,

Guess we have to settle for what we can get.

Hoping the rain will use its powers,

To nourish the grass and the various flowers.

So up from the ground they will continue to spring,

With such beauty and happiness will bring.


MAHS Class of 1997 event

The Middletown Class of 1997 will celebrate its 20-year class reunion in the fall.

It is holding an event to raise money for a scholarship/gift to the school and to offset the cost of the reunion. The event will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, at the Black Horse Tavern. All tips at the bar will be donated to the fund.

Mike Tretter, from the Class of 1997, will work as a celebrity bartender. Gourmet cupcakes, made by classmate Kathleen O’Donnell Gross, will be on sale. Additionally, for a $5 donation, patrons can receive a $5 coupon good toward a future food purchase at the Black Horse.

Contact information is being gathered on the class Facebook page, MAHS97, or it can be emailed to

Supper time

The Church of God April dinner will be held Monday, April 24. All are invited to come out at 4:30 p.m. to enjoy roast turkey, filling, whipped potatoes, a veggie and desserts. The church is at 245 W. High St., Middletown.

Slippery Rock success

Cameron D. Welsh of Harrisburg, whose grandparents live in Middletown, achieved a 4.0 grade-point average in his first semester at Slippery Rock University, where he majors in electrical engineering.

He is a 2016 graduate of Susquehanna Township High School, and is the son of Tammi Cowan Welsh and Geoffrey Welsh.

He is the grandson of Debbie Cowan and the late David Cowan and Jan and Tim Aichner, all of Middletown, Ruth Ann Hansen of Elizabethtown, and George and Lyndsy Welsh of Virginia.

Life hacks

1. Don’t know what to buy someone for their birthday? Have them make three guesses of what they think you got them. Boom! There’s your shopping list!

2. Febreze kills ants on contact and it leaves your house smelling fresh! (I also tried this on flying insects, too!)

3. Clean your toilet with Kool-Aid. Pour a packet of lemon- or orange-flavored Kool-Aid into your toilet bowl and scrub away stains with a toilet brush. The citric acid and abrasive texture of the powder help break down and dissolve stains. Plus, it smells much better than chemical cleaners.

Yard sale

Check out Old Reliance Farms’ semi-annual two day yard sale at 8 a.m. Friday and Saturday, April 28 and 29.

Quote of the Week

“Forgiveness is a choice, not an emotion.” — Anonymous

Question of the Week

What is your favorite spring activity?

“Being back outside, riding my bike!” — Jenny Hammer, Hershey.

“Getting flower beds and garden ready for planting!” — Louisa Morgan, Middletown.

“Celebrating Easter this year!” — Josh Sutherly, 10, Middletown.

“Walking on new trails in the woods with my husband, and seeing the new green growth and buds on the trees.” — Sue Lawruk, Lower Swatara.

“I’m looking forward to playing some golf.” — Jay Whye, Hershey.

“Waiting for all the trees and flowers to start blooming and working out in my garden.” — Bernie Sobotka, Lower Swatara.

Proverb for the Week

Evil men will bow down in the presence of the good, and the wicked at the gates of the righteous (14:19).

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