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What’s your favorite part of fall festivities?: LaVonne Ackerman

Posted 11/8/17

Hello, people! It seems we are in the thick of things … all things autumn! 

What is your favorite thing about this time of year? Is it the smell of wood burning against a background of …

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What’s your favorite part of fall festivities?: LaVonne Ackerman


Hello, people! It seems we are in the thick of things … all things autumn! 

What is your favorite thing about this time of year? Is it the smell of wood burning against a background of crisp, brisk air? Do you love the colors of the season, bright greens muted into earthy colors of brown and tan, with splashes of bright colors? Do you smile when you see the yellow, red and orange trees dotting the countryside? 

Maybe you are like me, and experience a childlike thrill when the wind stirs the leaves and you find yourself in the middle of a blizzard of colorful wonder surrounding you! 

Get outside and look around at all the beauty of central Pennsylvania! You are blessed to live here. Enjoy! 

Remember, you can email or call me to share your family news, or a recipe. Have a beautiful week.


Anthony Hannan of Lower Swatara turns 15 on his confetti-popping day, Wednesday, Nov. 8. Enjoy and be happy, Anthony!

Brett Relken marks his quarter-of-a-century birthday on Thursday, Nov. 9. Congrats and best wishes in all you do, Brett!

Happy birthday greetings are sent to Judy Hurlock of Lower Swatara on Friday, Nov. 10. Wishing you a day full of sunshine and smiles, Judy!

Gabbie Frost of Royalton marks her 14th cake-and-ice cream day on Saturday, Nov. 11. I hope your birthday weekend is super terrific, Gabbie. God bless!

Happy big 20th balloon-flying day to Angelina Spagnolo of Lower Swatara. No more teen years for you! I hope your Sunday, Nov. 12 is full of fun.

Happy high-five day to Ian Sipe of Royalton on Sunday, Nov. 12. Have an excellent 14th cake day, Ian!

Kyle Brennan of Lower Swatara will hear the birthday song on Monday, Nov. 13. Enjoy it all week long, Kyle!

Wishing Eric Belles of Lower Swatara a totally special Monday as he turns 14 on Nov. 13. I hope your day is just how you like it, Eric!

Many good wishes and happy faces are sent to Edward Flowers of Lower Swatara on Monday, Nov. 13. Hoping your cake day is marvelous, Ed. Enjoy!

Alyssa Ebersole of Middletown marks her razzle-dazzle 20th cake day on Tuesday, Nov. 14. May your day be overflowing with joy and love, happy birthday!

Happy landmark 18th birthday to Devin Martin of Royalton. Congrats to you Devin. Enjoy your Tuesday, Nov. 14 celebration day! 


Happy 32nd wedding anniversary to Charles and Deb Turner of Lower Swatara. Their romantic day is Thursday, Nov. 9. Many good wishes to the both of you for a beautiful day together.

Ray and Lisa Shaver of Lower Swatara were married on Nov. 14, 1992. Happy silver anniversary to you as you celebrate 25 years together! Best wishes to you on Tuesday and all week long!

Community dinner 

St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 121 N. Spring St., Middletown, will play host to a community dinner 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13. The menu is pork and sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, veggie, dessert and drinks.

Everyone is welcome. There is a cost. Please enter through the parking lot doors. 


Here is a simple recipe I received when I married in 1985! It was in a book from co-workers at Discover Preschool, located at the Union Deposit Mall. It is warm and cozy and perfect for autumn:

Cheese Pie

2 cups grated cheddar cheese

2 1/2 cups milk

1 1/2 cups Bisquick

5 eggs

salt and pepper

Bacon pieces, if desired

Spray 9-by-13-inch pan with Pam spray. Sprinkle cheese on bottom of pan. Blend rest of ingredients and pour over cheese. Bake at 375 degrees for 50 to 60 minutes. Enjoy! 

Ladies brunch

All ladies are cordially invited to attend the “Light Up Your Life” brunch buffet at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15 at Hershey Italian Lodge, 128 Hillcrest Road.

Gayle Vallie of Carlisle is the featured guest. She is a wellness practitioner, ionic cleanse specialist and aromatherapist.

Karen Blankenship, from Peculiar, Missouri, will speak about working through scars in your life as she shares, “Scars: Life Hurts, God Heals.” 

Music will be performed by Carly Clark, singer and songwriter from New Cumberland.

For reservations call Edna at 717-652-0997 or Mary at 717-533-3497, or email 

The reservation deadline is Nov. 10. 

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


It is November 8th and it feels like Autumn,

Will it take long for the Winter freeze to come?

Not that I am one to complain about an Indian Summer,

But if the cold comes too quickly it will be a bummer!

I’m not really sure as to the reason,

Most people prefer gradual transitions from season to season.

Nevertheless, during the ensuing months we will see colder weather,

However, we can look forward to spending holidays together! 


Quote of the Week

“Whether it’s a baby step or a giant stride — take that leap of faith!” — Anonymous

Question of the Week

What is your favorite thing to do in the fall?

“Celebrate my birthday!” — Victoria Kelly, 10, Swatara.

“Watch the Eagles play and thank God it is not an election year!” — Scott Ackerman, Pittsburgh.

“We like to take drives to look at the foliage and eat fresh apples.” — Jay Whye, Hershey.

“Jump in the leaves!” — Jon (7) and Anna (8) Benkovic, Lower Paxton.

“Go Trick-Or-Treating.” — Ryan Benkovic, Lower Paxton.

“Roasting hot dogs and marshmallows at the fire pit.” — William Benkovic, 14, Lower Paxton.

Proverb for the Week

A man is known by his actions. An evil man lives an evil life; a good man lives a godly life (21:8).

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