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What was your favorite grade in school?: LaVonne Ackerman

Posted 9/12/18

Hello there! Do you remember back in the day when you were in school? Did you have a favorite grade that you liked more than all the others?

I’m not talking about A, B, C, D and F! I mean …

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What was your favorite grade in school?: LaVonne Ackerman


Hello there! Do you remember back in the day when you were in school? Did you have a favorite grade that you liked more than all the others?

I’m not talking about A, B, C, D and F! I mean kindergarten, or first. Or 12th. I wonder if you had a least favorite grade? Check out the answers below to see if you can relate.

Have a wonderful week and don’t forget to share your news with me.


Happy birthday to big-girl Sadie Etter of Elizabethtown as she turns 2 on Wednesday, Sept. 12. I hope you get lots of goodies, Sadie!

Ellis Conrad of Middletown marks his 98th cake-and-ice cream day on Wednesday, Sept. 12. Congrats to you, Ellis!

Best wishes to Dottie Bowman of Lower Swatara on her exciting 75th birthday. Many good wishes for happiness to you, Dottie!

Donald Bowers turns the big 30 on Sept. 12. Have a wonderful Wednesday celebrating, Donald!

Mark Etter of Lower Swatara will hear the birthday song on Wednesday, Sept. 12. Certainly this will be a wonderful me-holiday for you, Mark!

Happy balloon-flying day to Christine Hevel of Lower Swatara on Friday, Sept. 14. Enjoy these last days of summer, Christine!

Joseph Peterson of Lower Swatara marks his cake day No. 9 on Friday, Sept. 14. Celebrate all weekend long, Joseph!

Brian Hutchinson of Middletown marks his landmark 18th cake-and-ice cream day on Saturday, Sept. 15. Congrats and best wishes for a great year, Brian!

Lots of hearts and  birthday confetti are sent to ToniAnn Noss of Lower Swatara on Sept. 15. I hope you have 58 fab things happen to you on Saturday!

Best wishes to Mason Reigle of Lower Swatara on Saturday, Sept. 15. May your 9th birthday be full of surprises and so much fun!

Here’s a happy birthday holler sent to Patrick Metz of Hummelstown on Monday, Sept. 17. May all your favorite people surround you!

Hayli Akakpo-Martin of Lower Swatara celebrates her landmark extra-special 18th cake day on Monday, Sept. 17. Enjoy it all week, Hayli!


Best wishes for a wonderful 31st anniversary to Scott and Kim Thompson of Lower Swatara on Wednesday, Sept. 12. Congrats!

Happy 15th romantic wedding anniversary to Kevin and Jackie Kelly of Swatara. This cute couple celebrates “watches” holiday on Thursday, Sept. 13. Enjoy, and have a wonderful time!

Tim and Becky Carpenter of Lower Swatara observe their 17th lovey-dovey romantic holiday on Saturday, Sept. 15. Have a super heart day together!

Best wishes to Donald and Kara Bowers for a wonderful fifth wedding anniversary on Saturday, Sept. 15. Celebrate with silverware!

Here is a shout-out to great couple Eric and Deb Breon of Lower Swatara on Sept. 17. They celebrate 35 years of wedded bliss on Monday! The gift is jade. Congrats!

City Island walk/run

In case you are thinking about getting out and about in Harrisburg — the Morning Star Pregnancy Services’ “Shooting Star” Walk & 5K Run for Life event will be held at City Island on Saturday, Sept. 22.

Volunteers, walkers, runners and joggers are needed. If you are inclined, go to to learn more about it.

Thank you for supporting this organization that helps to support so many people in our community.

Too much stuff?

Please note the annual Old Reliance Farms two-day yard sale will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, and Saturday, Oct. 6.

Now is the time to clear out your closets and declutter your house!

Your trash is someone else’s treasure!

Pipe organ duo

Everyone is welcome to attend the pipe organ duo Allegro con Fuoco at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, in the sanctuary at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 121 N. Spring St., Middletown.

Jordan Markham and Tyler Canonicot will present this organ duo.

No tickets are required, but folks can give free will donations.

Dinner served at church

A roast turkey dinner, including stuffing, mashed potatoes, peas, cranberry sauce, beverage and dessert, will be served from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17, at Evangelical United Methodist Church, 157 E. Water St., Middletown.

Takeouts are also available. A cost is involved.

For more information, call 944-6181.

The location is handicap accessible, and everyone is invited to attend.

Spaghetti Sauce

From the Wedding Book Collection

2 tbsp. olive oil

2 medium onions, chopped

1 8 oz. tomato paste

1 small can tomato puree

1 tbsp. basil

1 tbsp. parsley flakes

1 lb. hamburg

1 large can Italian pear shaped tomatoes

salt to taste

1 tsp. oregano

Simmer 1/2 to 3/4 hour. Make ahead and chill overnight or freeze to improve flavor.

Add your favorite pasta, prepare according to directions on the box.

Quote of the Week

“In the middle of sin and pride is I.” — Anonymous

Question of the Week

What is your favorite grade so far, why?

“Fifth, because in social studies we did the American Revolutionary War project!” — Hailey Hoerner, 10, Lower Swatara.

“I liked fourth, because of my teacher: Miss D’Amour!” — Riley Nye, 10, Lower Swatara.

“Fifth grade. There are more opportunities.” — Grace Cenko, 11, Lower Swatara.

“Second, because the teacher was very nice: Mrs. D’Amour!” — Steven Mack, 9, Lower Swatara.

“First. We went to Whitaker Center on our field trip and I like math.” — Truman Doyle, 7, Lower Swatara.

“Second. I had Miss D’Amour.” — Connor Chisholm, 8, Lower Swatara.

“Third. It was really fun. We watched a lot of videos and played a lot of games.” — Victoria Kelly, 10, Swatara.

Proverb for the Week

A king’s rage is like the roar of a lion, but his favor is like dew on the grass (19:12).

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