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Week is marked with religious observations: LaVonne Ackerman

Lavonne Ackerman,
Posted 4/12/17

Hi, folks! This week is full of brightly colored eggs, bunnies and cute little chicks. We are celebrating new life as our lawns green up and tender shoots emerge from the thawed-out soil. What else …

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Week is marked with religious observations: LaVonne Ackerman


Hi, folks! This week is full of brightly colored eggs, bunnies and cute little chicks. We are celebrating new life as our lawns green up and tender shoots emerge from the thawed-out soil. What else is going on?

This is Passover week for our Jewish friends and Holy Week for our Christian friends. Passover was April 11.

Christians observe the ending of Lent this week, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. Jesus Christ was crucified on Good Friday. While this appears to be bad, it is good because good won over evil. The big celebration day is Easter Sunday, April 16, when Jesus rose from the dead (Resurrection Day). He conquered sin and death and truly proved to his followers that he is the true Savior.

Middletown students will have time off from school — a half day on Thursday, April 13, and all day Friday, April 14 and Monday, April 17. Lower Dauphin students have off Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and then next Monday.

Enjoy time with your family and friends. Happy Easter!


Happy brand-new-teener birthday to Dakota L. Saunders of Lower Swatara. He joins the 13 club on Wednesday, April 12!

Alexandra Hernandez of Middletown celebrates cake day No. 17 on Friday, April 14. Many good wishes for sunshine and good times to you, Alexandra!

Happy 8th sparkles and glitter birthday to Aayah Mohsini of Lower Swatara on Saturday, April 15. Enjoy your holiday weekend, Aayah!

If you see Dianne Mosher out and about Lower Swatara on Easter Sunday, be sure to give her a double celebratory greeting! She will have cake on April 16 and will enjoy the day surrounded by her men! God bless you, Dianne.

Brady Fox of Lower Swatara hits 17 on Sunday, April 16. I hope this day is extra special for you in all ways, Brady.

Happy 24th birthday to Michael Lewis of Lower Swatara on Easter Sunday, April 16. Enjoy your holiday birthday, Michael!

Happy Monday birthday greetings are sent out to Daniel Reese, who turns 23 on April 17. Have a great week, Daniel!


Best wishes to David and Judy Hurlock of Lower Swatara, who married on April 12, 1986. Happy 31st anniversary to you both on Wednesday!

Sam and Karen Turns of Middletown exchanged vows at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Middletown on April 18, many years ago! Happy anniversary to you on Tuesday!

Happy belated anniversary to Gene and Linda Johnson Tripp. They were married on April 10, 1976. Happy 41st anniversary to you both!

Egg hunt

The Lower Swatara Lions Club will hold its annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 15. Start time is 10 a.m. sharp at the Lions building in Shopes Gardens.

All residents age 12 and younger are to come down and have a great time that morning. Prize eggs will be put out, and everyone will get to see the Easter Bunny and receive a gift. It will be held rain or shine.

Dinner time

Mark Monday, April 17, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., on your calendar for a meal at Evangelical United Methodist Church, 157 E. Water St., Middletown. The menu: roast beef, mashed potatoes, green beans, roll, fruit cup, beverage and dessert.

Takeouts are available. Everyone is invited. Call 717 944-6181 for more information.

Egg hunt and family fun

All are invited to the Susquehanna Valley Evangelical Free Church bounce house, live animals, games, family stations and egg hunt, with 8,000 candy filled eggs, a free event at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 15.

The hunt is for babies up to age 12. The church is located at 6433 Union Deposit Road, Harrisburg. Call 717-545-2188 with questions. Register at

Yard sale

Come out to the semi-annual yard sale at Old Reliance Farms for its two-day sale on Friday, April 28 and Saturday, April 29, beginning at 8 a.m. Remember: One man’s trash is another man’s treasure!

This Week

Three days ago was Palm Sunday,

Maundy Thursday comes in just one day.

Good Friday is just two days away,

From the grave he rose on the third day.

Easter Sunday was when he was raised,

This is why he is so worthy of praise!


Life hacks

It is spring cleaning time, here are some hints of how to get the job done!

1. Mix hydrogen peroxide and Blue Dawn dish soap to remove any carpet stain.

2. Use a few drops of water and cream of tartar on a sponge to get your stainless steel appliances to shine.

3. Snip off a slice of a Magic Eraser and drop it into the toilet for overnight magical results!

Quote of the Week

“I am writing my life story with every single today.” — Anonymous

Question of the Week

What is your favorite color?

“Blue.” — Alexander Kelly, 7, Swatara.

“Dark pink.” — Victoria Kelly, 9, Swatara.

“Red. It is a good color! I used to like pink.” — Arianna Laverty, 9, Middletown.

“Neon green. It reminds me of bright colors.” — Adrianna Santana-Santiago, 9, Middletown.

“I bleed blue and gold!” — Laron Woody, 17, Middletown.

“Green. It is so soothing.” — Joel Warren, Hummelstown.

Proverb for the Week

There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death (14:12).

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