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Are you a breakfast person? What do you eat?: LaVonne Ackerman

Posted 4/25/18

Happy Administrative Professionals Day! My hat is off to you who serve in this capacity. We all need support in life, and those who have been uniquely gifted in this area make all the difference in …

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Are you a breakfast person? What do you eat?: LaVonne Ackerman


Happy Administrative Professionals Day! My hat is off to you who serve in this capacity. We all need support in life, and those who have been uniquely gifted in this area make all the difference in the world,. Have a wonderful day!

What did you have for breakfast today? Is it still considered the most important meal of the day? Experts used to say that people who eat breakfast are less likely to overeat the rest of the day.

Recent studies have found no difference in weight between those who skip their morning meal and those who don’t. It seems it is up to the individual.

Some say that skipping breakfast can cause chronic inflammation due to insulin sensitivity. Some say it is a good way to lose weight, but  if you have to skip a meal for weight-loss, skip dinner! Also, because the metabolism and blood sugar control are better in the morning, it makes sense to eat more food earlier in the day.

I am not hungry in the mornings and often realize it is afternoon and I haven’t eaten anything! Of course, I am sure snacks at night aren’t helping any weight loss, but I just can’t get excited about breakfast. How about you?

Be sure to share your news with your neighbors! Have a wonderful week as we look forward to May!


Happy birthday to Eddie Mecca of Lower Swatara on Wednesday, April 25. May 26 happy things happen to you today!

Happy 23rd birthday to Allison Lawyer of Lower Swatara. Enjoy your special perfect day on Wednesday, April 25.

Rachelle Miller of Highspire marks her 14th cake-and-ice cream day on Thursday, April 26. Hope it is all sunny skies for you!

Here is a shout-out happy confetti-flying day to Amy Rhodes of Hummelstown on Friday, April 27. Many blessings to you, Mrs. Rhodes and enjoy your birthday weekend with streamers and cupcakes!

Happy 22nd birthday to Heather Richards of Middletown on Saturday, April 28. May your day be full of flowers and some fun, Heather!

Sammy Noss of Lower Swatara celebrates her 26th cake day on Saturday, April 28. Hoping your birthday weekend is super with sparkles of sunshine. Enjoy!

Double birthday wishes are sent to twins Jordan and Eddie Arnold of Lower Swatara on Sunday, April 29. Turning 22 is terrific. Have a wonderful week celebrating!

Best wishes for the best birthday ever to Carly Williams of Lower Swatara on Monday, April 30. I hope 23 marvelous things happen to you on your cake day!

Yalyssa Ortiz of Middletown marks her 17th balloon-flying day on Monday, April 30. Have a wonderful week with loads of warm breezes and sunshine!

Wishing Austin Wolf of Lower Swatara a cool-parade kind of day on Monday, April 30, as he observes his 14th birthday!

Welcome May and a very terrific Tuesday birthday to Brandon Miller of Middletown. He celebrates his 17th fun-filled day on May 1!


Happy anniversary to Al and Janel Tomalis of Lower Swatara who were married on April 26, 1980. Congrats on your 38 years together. Wishing you a romantic Thursday!

Coffeehouse event

Don’t forget the PUREhope Coffeehouse to be held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 240 Broad St., Highspire.

It is about providing clean water and fighting against human trafficking, with lots to see and hear. Open your heart up!

For more information, visit or, or email Stephanie Strauss for details at

Basic Granola Recipe

by Susan Wagner of Lower Swatara

Here is a super easy recipe that Susan makes weekly. She likes to eat it for breakfast over yogurt and fruit. It can be changed in a number of ways … use various sweeteners (honey, stevia, brown sugar, etc.), add a variety of nuts, add seeds, use more or less liquid, or bake longer or shorter depending on your desire for chewy or crunchy. Have fun with it!

4 c. rolled oats

2/3 c. coconut oil, melted

1 tsp. vanilla

1/4 to 1/2 c. brown sugar (depending on the sweetness preference)

1/4 c. slivered almonds

1 to 2 tsp. cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Pour onto a baking sheet with sides. Spread and press down. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove and stir. Press down again and bake for 10 more minutes. Remove and stir, again, pressing down and then bake for a final 10 minutes. Let cool in pan. Break apart and store in airtight container. Makes 4 cups.

Women’s Brunch

All ladies are invited to attend the “Once Upon A Time…” brunch buffet at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 9, at the Hershey Italian Lodge, 128 Hillcrest Road, Hershey.

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

Speaker Dee Billing of Hackettstown, New Jersey, will share “A Cinderella Story, Interrupted by Life.” Judith and Richard Hiler from Hummelstown will present a mini-concert of trumpet, vocal and piano selections.

Make reservations by calling Edna at 717-652-0997 or Mary at 717-533-3497 or email  Invite a friend to come and prepare to be blessed!

Family Fun Day

Mark your calendar for Saturday, May 12, because everyone is invited to attend Family Fun Day at Hoffer Park in Middletown from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Choices … matter! Families … matter! You … matter! There will be free food, games and more! The event is sponsored by Dauphin County.

Township meetings

Please note the Lower Swatara Township May meetings, to be held in the municipal building located on Spring Garden Drive, each at 7 p.m. unless listed otherwise.

Recreation Board: Wednesday, May 2, 6 p.m.

Board of Commissioners: Wednesday, May 2 and Wednesday, May 16.

Municipal Authority: Monday, May 21.

Zoning Hearing Board: Wednesday, May 23.

Planning Commission: Thursday, May 24.

Quote of the Week

“What we put into our minds determines what comes out in our words and actions.” — Anonymous

Question of the Week

What do you eat for breakfast?

“I like to vary it a bit: oatmeal with blueberries, egg and toast, yogurt, cereal and fruit.” — Louisa Morgan, Londonderry.

“Eggs and toast.” — Tim Wagner, 15, Lower Swatara.

“French toast. — Max Williams, 10, Lower Swatara.

“Belgian waffles.” — Grey Young, 10, Lower Swatara.

“Egg Burrito.” — Katelyn Wagner, 9, Lower Swatara.

“Cinnamon rolls.” — Taylor Gingrich, 10, Lower Swatara.

“Pancakes or waffles.” — Syncere Matthews, 9, Lower Swatara.

Proverb for the Week

A truthful witness saves lives, but a false witness is deceitful (14:25).

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