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What are you most grateful about in your lives?: LaVonne Ackerman

Posted 6/24/20

Hello, folks! As June winds down and the uncertainty of what July holds for us approaches, I wonder, what are you bound and determined to be grateful about?

Hopefully you don’t have to …

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What are you most grateful about in your lives?: LaVonne Ackerman

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Hello, folks! As June winds down and the uncertainty of what July holds for us approaches, I wonder, what are you bound and determined to be grateful about?

Hopefully you don’t have to search too hard to find something!

Have a wonderful last week of June!

Birthdays

Happy 17th cake day to Marcus Bolen of Lower Swatara Township. May your Wednesday, June 24 birthday be your best one yet!

Nathan Coons of Middletown celebrates his double-digit midget birthday June 24. Happy 10th! Enjoy your Wednesday and the rest of the week!

Best wishes to Logan Martin of Lower Swatara on June 24. This guy celebrates his landmark 18th birthday on Wednesday. Congrats, and let the confetti fly!

Thursday, June 25 is the balloon-flying party day for Shawn Tully of Lower Swatara. If you see him, give him your best smile and happiest greeting!

Colton Stone of Middletown marks his special 22nd cake-and-ice cream day on Thursday, June 25. Happy birthday to you, Colton!

Here is a shout-out to Tucker Davis of Middletown on Friday, June 26. Have a fabulous birthday all weekend long!

Bob Coble of Middletown will hear the birthday song on June 26. May it be a beautiful sound to your ears, Bob. I hope your Friday party day is fantastic!

Ryan Popp of Lower Swatara celebrates his 24th cupcake-and-streamers day on Saturday, June 27. Live it up, Ryan!

Happy birthday joy is sent out to MaryLou Risteff. She is 95 years young on Saturday, June 27. Be blessed, MaryLou.

Honk-honk-beep birthday greetings to Emma Fischer of Lower Swatara on June 27. Emma celebrates Sweet 16 on Saturday, I hope it is simply sensational, Emma!

Jeremy Shaver, flyboy in Pensacola, Florida, celebrates his quarter-of-a-century birthday on Sunday, June 28. Congratulations to you and keep living your best life as you glorify God!

Happy frosty-filled cake day to Norma Fisher Albright of Lower Swatara on June 29. Wishing you a marvelous Monday beautiful birthday, Norma!

Zoey Bright of Middletown marks her 20th razzle-dazzle birthday on Tuesday, June 30. Enjoy your birthday and the 20s!

Happy birthday to Donna Sipe of Lower Swatara on June 30. This lovely lady deserves all the glitter and sparkle she can get on Tuesday. Enjoy!

Here’s a happy birthday shout-out to Dan Wagner of Lower Swatara on Tuesday, June 30. Enjoy it with all your favorite peeps, Dan!

Anniversaries

Happy china anniversary to Dave and Donna Sweitzer of Lower Swatara Township on Wednesday, June 24. Enjoy your 20th with platinum gifts and aster flowers. Congrats!

John E. Beckey ll and Leane Thorn-Beckey of Lower Swatara celebrate their 20th anniversary on June 24. Happy china-and-platinum Wednesday to you both! Enjoy.

Happy 20th anniversary to Jim and Kristy Lawyer as they observe their big deal celebration on Wednesday, June 24. Make sure you have plenty of asters and chocolate!

Best wishes to Andy and Vicki Lutzkanin of Lower Swatara on June 25. They celebrate 38 blessed years of marital bliss on Thursday. I hope you have a wonderful week!

Paul and Michelle Carnes of Lower Swatara mark their 27th romantic holiday on Friday, June 26. May it be a sunny pool day with relaxation and fun!

Happy 52nd anniversary to Ron and Sue Maxwell of Lower Swatara on Monday, June 29. Congratulations and best wishes for a beautiful day!

Greg and Claudia Wilson will celebrate their 41st wedding anniversary in Lower Swatara on Tuesday, June 30. I hope you two get to do something fun and amazing! Congrats.

Island Bars

1 lb. box of light brown sugar

2/3 c. vegetable oil

3 eggs

1 tsp. vanilla

1 c. chocolate chips

1/2 c. peanuts (chopped)

1/2 c. craisins

1/2 c. M&Ms

2 3/4 c. flour

2 1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

Place sugar in large mixing bowl and add oil. Mix well. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing thoroughly each time. Add vanilla, chocolate chips, peanuts, craisins, and M&Ms.

Mix well. Stir in flour, baking powder and salt. Mix thoroughly. Bake 35 minutes in 350-degree oven. Do not overbake. Cool and cut into squares.

Off to Albright

Several area high school graduates will attend Albright College in Reading this fall.

Classes begin Aug. 17.

Lillian Carney of Hummelstown is a graduate of Lower Dauphin High School. She plans to study in the master in education program, special education and psychology.

Christopher Joseph of Middletown is a graduate of Middletown Area High School. He plans to study crime and justice and accounting.

Bloomsburg dean’s list

Bloomsburg University recently announced its spring dean’s list.

Lower Dauphin High School graduates Jillian Kolva, Paige Hollinger, Sydney Koons, Maxfield Wootten and Joseph Kilgore and Middletown Area High School graduates Brooke Sides and Zachary Souders earned a place on the list.

Kutztown dean’s list

More than 2,550 students were named to the spring dean’s list at Kutztown University.

Lower Dauphin High School graduates Paige Balshy, Ava D. Bottiglia, Madeline A. Gotshall, Hannah Justina Laychock, Kaylee M. Laychock, Emilie Jordan Laychock, Alexandra Leader, and Anna Grace Nissley and Middletown Area High School graduates Abigail Elizabeth Gipe and Katlyn Miller earned spots on the list.

William & Mary dean’s list

Audrey Domovich, a Lower Dauphin High School graduate, was recently named to the dean’s list at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, for the spring semester.

York College dean’s list

More than 1,700 students were named to the spring dean’s list at York College of Pennsylvania.

They include: Charles Fies of Lower Dauphin High School; Jilian Fischer of Middletown; Arianna Kurtz of Middletown; and Lynnsey Woodley of Middletown.

Central Penn dean’s list

The following students have been named to the Central Penn College dean's list for the winter term.

Katheryn Andrews of Middletown, majoring in business administration; Kayleigh Bangert of Middletown, majoring in information technology; Sarah Bell of Lower Dauphin High School, majoring in criminal justice administration; Joseph Gross of Middletown, majoring in business administration; Michael Miller of Middletown, majoring in business administration; Shelby Miller of Middletown, majoring in criminal justice; Ashley Ebersole of Lower Dauphin High School, majoring in physical therapist assistant.

Central Methodist dean’s list

Mae Elizabeth Mitchell of Middletown was among more than 780 students named to the dean’s list at Central Methodist University in Fayette, Missouri, with a grade-point average of 3.50 or higher for the spring semester.

Lincoln Memorial dean’s list

Luke Hedrick of Hummelstown, a Lower Dauphin graduate, was named to the Lincoln Memorial University dean's list for the spring semester.

Lincoln Memorial is in Harrogate, Tennessee.

Quote of the Week

“We can take heart that God doesn’t give us the kind of peace the world does. His peace is the one that stays with us when the world has turned upside-down. It is accessible and available and offered to us freely through Christ. His peace leaves us with real peace instead of a gaping need for more. It keeps us grounded and steady within the chaos of the storm, and it carries us no matter how long the storm goes. So, let’s take deep breaths and hold onto this promise today: when the world is in chaos, Christ’s peace is with me.” — Anonymous

Question of the Week

Focusing on the beauty of your surroundings, what are you most grateful for today?

“The songs of the birds.” — Liz Macierowski, Sparta.

“The color green!” — Dave Rothrock, Rutherford.

“Summertime! Can’t beat warm and bright. Plus, it is great motorcycle weather!” — Bill Seaton, Hummelstown.

“I am most grateful for the ability to recognize the intelligent design of creation.” — Michelle Kruse, Cleveland, Ohio.

“We had a bird’s nest in our shrub with four eggs. Yesterday a baby bird was sitting in the shrub, just looking at me. It had feathers, but was small.” — Jameson Hoffman, 8, Lower Paxton Township.

“My family, my kids and having work.” — Jorge Vasquez, Riviera Beach, Florida.

Proverb for the Week

A man’s steps are from the LORD, how then can man understand his way? (20:24)

Reach LaVonne Ackerman at 717-649-7366 or by email at LaVonneAck@comcast.net.