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What is your favorite area restaurant?: LaVonne Ackerman

Posted 1/30/18

So long to you January! Goodbye, and we will see you in 2019!

So, maybe you are tired of being penned up in the house? It is too cold to get the car warmed up to go out to dinner, so you look in …

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What is your favorite area restaurant?: LaVonne Ackerman


So long to you January! Goodbye, and we will see you in 2019!

So, maybe you are tired of being penned up in the house? It is too cold to get the car warmed up to go out to dinner, so you look in the P&J for a don't find the one thing you are hungry for, so what do you do?

This is a good question. Maybe you have to brave the cold and find a good place to go out for a nice dinner. We have plenty of local restaurants — Black Horse Tavern, Brownstone Cafe, Tattered Flag, Alfred’s Victorian, The Hop Yard, J&J Pizza, Blue Room Bar & Grill and Roberto’s, to name a few.

Is your favorite not listed? Please email me and I will share it with your neighbors.

Until then have a fantastic week as we usher in February. Only seven weeks until glorious spring, no matter what that groundhog says on Feb. 2!

Have a great week and stay warm.


Here is a peppy birthday greeting for Kim Thompson of Lower Swatara. Her special day is Wednesday, Jan. 31. Enjoy and stay warm, Kim!

Happy 7th balloon-flying day to Carson Reigle of Middletown on Wednesday, Jan. 31. I hope your day is jammed-packed full of fun and adventure, Carson!

Happy landmark 18th birthday to Ryan Hughes of Lower Swatara. This guy is celebrating this extra special day on Friday, Feb. 2.

Best wishes for a super birthday to Dylan Bower of Lower Swatara on Feb. 3. Dylan hits No. 23 on Saturday. Enjoy!

Happy Sweet 16 honk-beep-beep day to Megan Burghdorf of Lower Swatara on Saturday, Feb. 3. Have the best birthday yet, Megan. Be safe!

Jennifer Hardison of Lower Swatara marks her 20th cake-and-ice cream day on Sunday, Feb. 4. I hope your day is over-the-top great, Jennifer. Enjoy!

Best wishes for a warm and fuzzy birthday to Boots/Bev Hockley of Middletown. Congrats on turning 80 on Monday, Feb. 5. That is fantastic!

Emily Russell of Lower Swatara celebrates her 14th confetti-popping day on Tuesday, Feb. 6. I hope your week is wonderful, Emily!

Adrian Landis of Lower Swatara will celebrate cake day No. 19 on Tuesday, Feb. 6. I hope your day is just spiffy!

Here is a happy birthday greeting to Vicki Hartman of Middletown for Feb. 6. Best wishes for a delightful cupcake-and-streamer day on Tuesday, Vicki!

Valentine brunch buffet

All ladies are invited to join in on this February fun event: a Valentine brunch at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14 at Hershey Italian Lodge, 128 Hillcrest Road, Hershey.

This is presented by Hershey Area Women’s Connection, affiliated with Christian Women’s Clubs of America.

Musicians will be Gerry and the Attricks, from Harrisburg, presenting a mini-concert featuring a cappella 1950s entertainment

The speaker, Suzanne Rowse of Wilmington, Delaware, will discuss “Victory Over Life’s Difficulties” and share how forgiveness can bring joy and victory over the pain of the past.

For reservations, call Edna at 652-0997 or Mary at 533-3497 or email The deadline is Feb. 9.

Seven Seas Casserole

Recipe from the Wedding Book Collection

1 can cream of celery soup

1 1/2 water

1/4 tsp. salt/dash of pepper

1/4 c. chopped onion

1 1/3 c. Minute Rice

1 1/2 c. peas

2 cans tuna

Cheese for topping

Combine the first 4 ingredients. Bring to a boil. Pour half the mixture into a greased casserole dish. Make 3 layers with rice, peas and tuna. Pour the rest of mixture on top, then add cheese.

Bake at 375 F. for 20 minutes. Cut through with a knife, after waiting 10 minutes.

Sweetheart Banquet

Middletown First Church of God, 245 W. High St.,  will hold its annual Sweetheart Banquet at 6 p.m. Feb. 10.

Dinner will include appetizers, salad, New York strip roast, roasted potatoes, a vegetable and dessert. “The Not-So-Newlywed Game” will follow.

Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased by contacting the church office at 717-944-9608 or by email at

Everyone is welcome.

Township meetings

Lower Swatara Township February meetings are held at the municipal building located on Spring Garden Drive at 7 p.m.:

Board of Commissioners: Wednesday, Feb. 7 and 21.

Municipal Authority: Monday, Feb. 26.

Planning Commission: Thursday, Feb. 22.

Zoning Hearing Board: Wednesday, Feb. 28.

Quote of the Week

“February is the border between winter and spring.” — Terri Guillemets, author.

Question of the Week

What is your favorite restaurant?

“Jorge’s and Roberto’s.” — Gyles Adderly, 14, Middletown.

“Sheetz. I like their cheeseburgers, fries and milkshakes. — DJ Butler, 8, Middletown.

“River House Bar and Grill. — Steve Mosher, 18, Lower Swatara.

“I have three: Panera, Red Robin, and Jo-Jo’s Pizza. I like them all the same. — Victoria Kelly, 10, Swatara.

“I like buffets. You get to make your own decisions about what you want to eat! — Miranda Burdsal, 8, Lower Paxton.

“Mikado. They have good shrimp. I like how they cook in front of you. — Jon Benkovic, 7, Lower Paxton.

Proverb for the Week

Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate (31:31).

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