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What will you do to enjoy summer?: LaVonne Ackerman

Posted 5/28/19

Hey, everyone! Now that Memorial Day is behind us, we can set our sights on summer!

Who is ready to share some summer dreaming ideas? We all want to have some time away, maybe at a beach or maybe …

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What will you do to enjoy summer?: LaVonne Ackerman


Hey, everyone! Now that Memorial Day is behind us, we can set our sights on summer!

Who is ready to share some summer dreaming ideas? We all want to have some time away, maybe at a beach or maybe some mountain time. Perhaps you have a once-in-a-lifetime trip planned, or maybe this is the summer you will have major work done ... on your house, your car, or your person. Whatever it is, please feel free to share with your neighbors.

Enjoy the final days of May and don’t forget to share your news. Have a marvelous week!


Ny’Zier Arango of Lower Swatara Township celebrates his Sweet 16 beep-beep-honk day on Wednesday, May 29. Have an excellent week. Happy birthday!

Happy landmark 18th cake day to Anthony Paul of Lower Swatara on May 29. I hope your big-deal birthday is the best on Wednesday, Paul!

Welcome to the 20s, Carly Waters of Middletown! She will hear the birthday song on Wednesday, May 29. Enjoy!

Courtney Fisher of Middletown marks her cool-parade big 25th party day on Wednesday, May 29. Wishing you a swell me-holiday, Courtney!

Best wishes for a fantastic May 29 birthday to Joseph Harkins on Wednesday. I hope your 24th is just wonderful, Joe!

Bailee Koncar of Lower Swatara gets to celebrate her super-duper-dazzling 22nd birthday on Wednesday, May 29. You are special, Bailee!

Many good wishes for a great birthday are sent to Craig Mosher of Lower Swatara on Thursday, May 30. Enjoy 60 cool things today, Craig. Congrats, and have fun!

A big, fat happy cake-and-ice cream to Samuel Turns Jr. of Middletown on Saturday, June 1. Happy birthday, happy June!

Happy first day of June to my old and good buddy, Pam Morsberger of East Hanover Township. She is beautiful and so special. Love you, Trix!

Al Tomalis of Lower Swatara will be smiles and grins on Saturday, June 1, as he observes his party day. A very happy birthday to you, Al!

Happy big-deal 30th birthday to Andrea Harvey on Sunday, June 2. I hope your weekend was terrific. Have a super last week of school!

Lamar Ventura of Lower Swatara celebrates his landmark 18th legal-eagle birthday on Monday, June 3. Hoping your day is just spiffy!

Aaron Suknaic celebrates his super-duper 25th birthday on June 3. May your Monday be marvelous!

Happy snappy-happy cake day to Brenda Rineer of Lower Swatara. I hope your Tuesday, June 4, is just beautiful.

Jarrod Rife of Lower Swatara celebrates his 21st on Tuesday, June 4. Congrats and enjoy!


Happy wedding anniversary to David and Eileen Beasom of Lower Swatara Township. They celebrate 16 sweet years together on Friday, May 31.

Best wishes for a super-wonderful fifth wedding anniversary to Nathaniel and Rachel Perry of Middletown. They celebrate their silverware holiday on Saturday, June 1.

Bill and Dawn Mattes of Lower Swatara celebrate their big-deal quarter-of-a-century anniversary Tuesday, June 4. A huge congrats! Gift idea: silver.

Happy 36th anniversary to Dave and Pam Yandrich of Lower Swatara. They were married on June 4, 1983. Have a wonderful Tuesday with chocolate and flowers, of course!

Ladies Brunch Buffet

All women are invited to attend the “Chocolate Lovers” brunch buffet from 9:30 to 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, June 12, at Hershey Italian Lodge, 128 Hillcrest Road in Hershey.

It features “Chocolates by Tina Marie.” Tina Marie Lerch lives in Hershey. The vocalist is Joseyln Terry of Hershey.

The speaker will be Marsha Hassler of Waterbury, New York, who will share “I Didn’t Know, But Now I Do.”

Please call Edna at 717-652-0997 or Mary at 717-533-3497 for reservations by June 7, or email

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

Vacation Bible School

Open Door Bible Church, 200 Nissley Drive in Lower Swatara Township, will play host to a free “The Incredible Race” Vacation Bible School from Monday, June 10, through Friday, June 14.

Hours are from 6:45 to 8:30 p.m. This is for children ages 4 to 12.

Pre-registration is available at

Please call the church office at 717-939-5180 or email

Chicken salsa

4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

4 tsp. taco seasoning mix

1 cup salsa (I like mild!)

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

2 Tbsp sour cream

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place chicken in a lightly greased 9-by-13-inch baking pan. Sprinkle taco seasoning on both sides of chicken, and pour salsa over them. Bake for 25 to 35 minutes, or until tender and juicy. Juices should run clear. Sprinkle cheese over chicken. Continue baking, 3 to 5 minutes, or until cheese is melted. Serve with sour cream on the side.

Quote of the Week

“Heroism doesn’t always happen in a burst of glory. Sometimes small triumphs and large hearts change the course of history.” — Mary Roach, author.

Question of the Week

What do you like best about your school, teacher, or classes?

“I like the type of classes I take. I also like my teachers, because they are nice (most of the time).” — Ean Benner, 16, Royalton.

“My teacher. She is just special.” — Julia Killeen, 4, Camp Hill.

“I like how free the high school is; how we have an hour delay on Mondays.” — Jayden Benner, 15, Royalton.

“At school I really only like music and library.” — Ayla Windows, 8, Susquehanna Township.

“I don’t think I like anything about it, actually.” — Ayden Windows, 5, Susquehanna.

“I like how the day seems to go faster with different teachers instead of staying in the same classroom all day.” — Logan Benner, 12, Royalton.

“Doing STEM activities.” — Anna Benkovic, 10, Lower Paxton.

Proverb for the Week

The LORD is far from the wicked but He hears the prayer of the righteous (15:29).

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