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What big things happened Nov. 14?: LaVonne Ackerman

Posted 11/14/18

Hi, folks!

What is so exciting about Nov. 14? This date is rich in history. If you are like me, you might be interested in investigating dates through the years.

Did you know that the power …

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What big things happened Nov. 14?: LaVonne Ackerman

The first airplane flight from the deck of a ship occurred in Norfolk, Virginia, on Nov. 14, 1910.
The first airplane flight from the deck of a ship occurred in Norfolk, Virginia, on Nov. 14, 1910.

Hi, folks!

What is so exciting about Nov. 14? This date is rich in history. If you are like me, you might be interested in investigating dates through the years.

Did you know that the power plant at Niagara Falls began operation on Nov. 14, 1896?

Only 110 years ago, theoretical physicist Albert Einstein presented his quantum theory of light.

The first airplane flight from the deck of a ship occurred in Norfolk, Virginia, on Nov. 14, 1910. This is interesting to me as my dad was a Navy pilot who flew airplanes from aircraft carriers from 1955 to his death in 1963.

Charles H. Kruse Jr., my dad, flew an F4U Corsair onto the deck of carrier USS Lake Champlain (CVA-39) for the first time on June 21, 1955.

This is when he was doing aircraft carrier qualifications. Later on, he joined the VC-4 Nightcappers Squadron out of Atlantic City, New Jersey. Eventually he flew Vigilantes off of the USS Enterprise aircraft carrier. This man loved to fly. It was his passion.

Please have a wonderful week, and don't forget to share your news!


Kyle Brennan of Lower Swatara celebrates his big-deal 21st cake-and-ice cream day on Wednesday, Nov. 14. Wishing you a week of joy and happiness, Kyle. Congrats!

Best wishes to Alyssa Ebersole of Middletown on Wednesday, Nov. 14, as she observes her landmark 21st birthday. Congrats and enjoy your legal-eagle day!

Devin Martin of Royalton marks his last teener 19th birthday on Nov. 14. If you see him out and about on Wednesday, be sure to give him a loud and happy greeting!

Joe Hile of Lower Swatara will celebrate his party day on Thursday, Nov. 15. May your day be full of smiles and sunshine, Joe! Enjoy.

Happy 24th cake day to Alexander Gipe on Nov. 15. Hoping your Thursday is thrilling and you have a beautiful day, Alex!

Happy landmark 21st happy birthday to Kassidy Deibler of Lower Swatara on Thursday, Nov. 15. Wishing you the best birthday yet as you celebrate this very special day, Kassidy!

Morgan Baumbach of Middletown celebrates cake day No. 21 on Nov. 16. Have a fantastic time on Friday. Enjoy your super-duper day all week long, Morgan. Congrats!

Leandra Cruz of Middletown marks her 20th birthday on Friday, Nov. 16. Welcome to the 20s, Leandra! I hope your day is super-fine.

The birthday song will be sung on Friday, Nov. 16 for Cliff Meifert of Lower Swatara. May it be a sweet sound to your ears, Cliff! Have a wonderful weekend with lots of cake, I hope!

Brenda Chesney of Lower Swatara observes another frosty-filled cake day on Saturday, Nov. 17. Wishing you an autumn birthday full of beauty and love!

Carly Zimmerman of Lower Swatara marks her 15th confetti-popping day on Sunday, Nov. 18. Enjoy your day with lots of fun and family and friends!

Happy 15th birthday to Camila Martinez of Lower Swatara. My, haven't the years gone by so quickly? Hoping this Nov. 18, Sunday cake day is the best day, Camila!

Ed Nagy of Lower Swatara celebrates his snappy-happy birthday on Monday, Nov. 19. Many blessings are sent to you during your birthday week, Ed!

Hey, Alex Monroig of Lower Swatara! Happy birthday to you on Monday, Nov. 19, as you turn 15. Make the most of these young years!

Many blessings and lots of love are sent to Harmonei Zerbe of Middletown on Monday, Nov. 19. I hope your 11th birthday is as special and beautiful as you!


A huge happy 26th anniversary greeting is sent out to Ray and Lisa Shaver of Lower Swatara on Wednesday, Nov. 14. Have a wonderful week, kids!

Best wishes for a super-duper wedding anniversary to Gilbert and Stephenie Flowers of Lower Swatara on Friday, Nov. 16. Enjoy candy, flowers and hearts!

John and Lori Abbott of Lower Swatara observe their romantic holiday on Tuesday, Nov. 20. Happy 36th anniversary to you both. Congrats!

Elementary kids

If your child (first through fifth grade) attends Fink, Kunkel or Reid elementary schools, then they are invited to attend Child Evangelism Fellowship Good News Clubs.

All clubs are after school: Kunkel on Mondays; Reid on Wednesdays; and Fink on Thursdays. Students may pick up permission slips in their school office. The students enjoy lessons from the Bible, songs, games, challenges and treats!

Call CEF for more information at 717-652-0372. This group is not sponsored by Middletown Area School District.

Movie time

All are invited to the showing of “It's A Wonderful Life” at Highspire United Methodist Church, 170  2nd St., Highspire, on Saturday, Dec. 1.

The movie starts at 4:30 p.m. Free popcorn and a drink will be provided.

After the movie, the group will proceed to the Highspire tree lighting ceremony at the former bank on the corner. The group will then go on to the firehouse to meet Santa.

Come out and enjoy some Christmas cheer!

Thanksgiving dinner for vets

A free Thanksgiving dinner for veterans and their families and the public will be offered at the American Legion Post 594 from noon to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 22.

The post, 137 E. High St., is playing host to the dinner along with Middletown Moose Lodge 410.

The Legion needs volunteers to help serve the dinner.


From Susan Wagner — thank you!

Crockpot Tomato Basil Chicken with Baby Spinach

Yields: 3 servings per pound of meat

5 oz. bag fresh baby spinach

30 oz. tomato sauce

2 Tbsp. olive oil

2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar

1 packet of McCormick Grill Mates “Tomato, Garlic & Basil” marinade

1-2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Add all ingredients into a crock pot. Cook on low for 4 hours. Serve with spaghetti.

Quote of the Week

“Because God’s promises are unbreakable, our hope is unshakeable!” — Max Lucado, author.

Question of the Week

What is your favorite season, why?

“Summer, it's warm and we get to go on vacation to the beach.” — Annaveh Gordon, 8, Lower Swatara.

“Fall, because of football!” — Tim Wagner, 16, Lower Swatara.

“Summer. We can go swimming. Swimming is one of my favorite things to do.” — Vanessa Adams, 11, Lower Swatara.

“Winter. I like the cold!” — Alex Kelly, 9, Swatara.

“Summer. We get off school and we can play all day!” — Victoria Kelly, Swatara.

“Winter, because of basketball!” — Matt Wagner, 15, Lower Swatara.

Proverb for the Week

A gift given in secret soothes anger, and a bribe concealed in the cloak pacifies great wrath (21:14).

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