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What is your favorite type of dog?: LaVonne Ackerman

Posted 3/18/20

Hi, folks! Happy spring is zipping around the corner. Yay!

Last month I attended a dog festival in Palm Beach Shores, Florida. It was fun to be out and about with so many enthusiastic dog-lovers …

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What is your favorite type of dog?: LaVonne Ackerman


Hi, folks! Happy spring is zipping around the corner. Yay!

Last month I attended a dog festival in Palm Beach Shores, Florida. It was fun to be out and about with so many enthusiastic dog-lovers on a gorgeous sunny day.

The event, sponsored by the property owners association, had a parade, vendors, face painting for the kids, silent auction, a Palm Beach Sheriff Office K-9 demonstration and a hamburger and hot dog stand.

Of course it was a beautiful warm February day, with lots of photo-ops of adorable big and little dogs.

Have a wonderful week, and don’t forget to share your news!


Happy belated cake-and-ice cream day to Katie Leggore of Lower Swatara Township. This precious lady turned 81 on March 11. Keep enjoying your birthday month, Katie!

Twins Daren and Darias Waters of Lower Swatara mark their 20th birthdays on Wednesday, March 18! Wishing you both the best birthday yet.

Best wishes for a blessed happy  birthday to handsome Angel Herrera Jr. of Middletown on March 18. This bright guy turns 9 on Wednesday. Keep looking up, Angel!

Happy birthday greetings to Karen Landis of Lower Swatara! She celebrates on Thursday, March 19. Have a great one, Karen.

Joni Prisbe of Lower Swatara observes her confetti-popping sprinkles day on March 19. Hope your day is thrilling on Thursday. Happy birthday, Joni!

Happy beep-honk-honk birthday to Kaleb Stein of Lower Swatara on March 19. May your Thursday be sweet. Happy 16th!

Kristin Burkett of Lower Swatara marks her final teener birthday on Friday, March 20. Happy 19th to you as you welcome spring!

Happy legal-eagle birthday to Aalyah Rodriguez of Lower Swatara on Friday, March 20. Best wishes for a wonderful spring weekend!

Happy big deal golden 21st birthday to Dylan Zimmerman of Lower Swatara. He is a full-fledged adult on Saturday, March 21. Enjoy your extra special birthday, Dylan!

Matthew Wincoop Jr. of Lower Swatara celebrates his landmark 18th cake day on March 22. I hope your birthday is extra special on Sunday, Matthew!

Grant Carpenter of Lower Swatara joins the teener club on March 22 when he hits 13. Happy birthday to you. May your Sunday be super special, Grant!

Happy Sweet 16 cake day to Madison Sieber of Middletown on March 22. May your beep-beep-honk Sunday be all that you expected, and more!

Here is a shout-out to Charles Turner of Lower Swatara on Monday, March 23. Have a happy birthday blast all week long!

Happy rootin-tootin’ birthday to Bobby Appleby of Lower Swatara on Monday, March 23. May it be just marvelous!

Wishing Earl Lippert of Lower Swatara 78 wonderful things on March 23. Happy magnificent Monday birthday to you, Earl!

Happy landmark 21st real-deal adult birthday to Caitlyn Gingrich of Royalton. She observes her me-holiday on Monday, March 23. Enjoy!

Happy cake-and-ice cream day to sweet Lisa Shaver of Lower Swatara on Tuesday, March 24. I hope your day is yippee skippee with tons of joy, Lisa!

The beautiful Ariyah Kimble of Middletown celebrates her 12th birthday on March 24. May your Tuesday be terrifically blessed!

Becky Carpenter of Lower Swatara marks her balloon-flying day on Tuesday, March 24. Enjoy a happy birthday full of sweetness and beauty!


Happy wedding anniversary to Mike and Julie Deibler of Lower Swatara Township. They observe 27 years together on Friday, March 20. Congrats!

Munchie Bean Dip

1 (8 oz.) pkg cream cheese

1 (16 oz.) can refried beans

1 can chopped chilies (optional)

8 oz. Colby cheese, shredded

Scallions (optional, snip a few)

Sliced black olives (optional)

In an 8-by-8-inch or round pie pan, layer ingredients in order given. Heat until bubbling in 400 degree oven 15 to 20 minutes. Serve with tortilla chips and sour cream.


Congratulations to Middletown Area High School graduate Kaylee H. Berstler, recently named a Provost Scholar at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Berstler is pursuing a bachelor of science degree in nursing.

Provost Scholar status is achieved when students complete a minimum of 45 semester hours at IUP and have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.5 or higher. Provost Scholar recognition is given only once during a student's time at IUP, in Indiana, Pennsylvania.

Spaghetti dinner canceled

The Lower Swatara Lions Club spaghetti dinner scheduled for Saturday, March 21, has been canceled, and a new date has not been set.

Quote of the Week

“Petting, scratching, and cuddling a dog could be as soothing to the mind and heart as deep meditation and almost as good for the soul as prayer.” — Dean Koontz, author.

Question of the Week

What is your favorite breed of dog?

“I love Labradors and Goldens. Very friendly breeds!” — Barb Keller, Lower Swatara Township.

“Golden Retrievers are my favorite. My husband would say, quiet breeds!” — Sue Lawruk, Lower Swatara.

“Dachshund.” — Louisa Morgan, Londonderry Township.

“Yorkies, of course, because of Barney and Callie.” — Jeff and Kathleen Denis, Palm Beach Shores, Florida.

“Chihuahuas! They are so tiny and cute, and Bean is one!” — Whitney Wood, Singer Island, Florida.

“Lab.” — Ryan Benkovic, 6, Lower Paxton Township.

“Pitbull-lab mix.” — William Benkovic, 17, Lower Paxton.

“King Charles Cavalier.” — Anna Benkovic, 10, Lower Paxton.

“Pitbull.” — Jon Benkovic, 9, Lower Paxton.

“German short hair.” — Bill Seaton, Hummelstown.

Proverb for the Week

Plans are established by counsel; by wise guidance wage war (20:18).

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