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Bring color to your January: LaVonne Ackerman

Posted 1/9/18

Hello, people! It is time to think wonderful uplifting thoughts about January.

Have you tried any puzzles lately? I have never done the kind where there are hundreds of colorful marbles or …

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Bring color to your January: LaVonne Ackerman


Hello, people! It is time to think wonderful uplifting thoughts about January.

Have you tried any puzzles lately? I have never done the kind where there are hundreds of colorful marbles or balloons or gumballs. They look a bit intense.

I like the kind with a spring or summery scene or theme. It keeps me warm. Speaking of colors ...

Did you know that the most popular favorite color in the entire world is blue? Red and green come in second, then orange, brown and purple.

Only 5 percent of the people listed yellow as their favorite, making it the least favorite of the main colors. This is sad, I love yellow.

It was found that people of both sexes seemingly grow a dislike for orange as they age. Secret to being youthful: Keep liking orange!

In the United States, the favorite colors in order are blue, green, purple, red, black, pink, yellow, orange, white and brown.

Where does your favorite color rank?

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


Happy balloon-flying day to Dawn Mattes of Lower Swatara. I hope 47 thrilling birthday things happen to you on Thursday, Jan. 11. Enjoy your special day!

Lauren Rain marks her quarter-of-a-century cake-and-ice cream day on Thursday, Jan. 11. Congrats and best wishes to you, Lauren!

Happy last teener birthday to Andrew Yeich of Lower Swatara. He hits No. 19 on Thursday, Jan. 11. Make sure to have a ball, Andrew!

Happy 14th bling-and-sparkles birthday to Marley Fox of Lower Swatara. Make the best of your Friday, Jan. 12 cake day!

Alexandra Fisher of Lower Swatara turns 23 on Friday, Jan. 12. Enjoy your me-holiday especially fun weekend!

Kyle Renn celebrates his 17th just-spiffy birthday on Friday, Jan. 12. Happy cake day, Kyle!

Emily Bortner of Lower Swatara turns 20 on Jan. 12. Wishing you a fantastic Friday fun day, Emily!

Mike Nickel of Lower Swatara will hear the birthday song on Saturday, Jan. 13. May your weekend be full of smiles and surprises, Mike!

A very happy birthday to Tom Shank of Lower Swatara on Saturday, Jan. 13. I hope number 63 is super!

Caden Hunter of Lower Swatara celebrates his golden 14th frosty-filled day on Sunday, Jan. 14. Exciting to be 14 on the 14th! Enjoy!

Happy golden birthday to Dagan Hughes of Lower Swatara, who is 14 on Jan. 14. Hope your Sunday is super-duper special!

Happy brand-new teener to Faith Shonk of Londonderry. She celebrates cake day No. 13 on Tuesday, Jan. 16. I hope it is full of joy and happy faces!

Community dinner

All are invited to come to Evangelical United Methodist Church, 157 E. Water St. in Middletown, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 15 for a yummy ham loaf dinner.

The menu also includes cheesy potatoes, mixed vegetables, applesauce, roll, beverage and dessert.

Please call 717-944-6181 for more information about the dinner.

Takeouts are available.

Recipe for pecan pie

From the Wedding Book Collection

3 eggs, slightly beaten

1 cup dark corn syrup

1 cup sugar

2 Tbsp. butter, melted

1 tsp. vanilla

1 1/2 cups pecans

1 unbaked 9-inch pie shell

In large bowl, combine first 5 ingredients until well blended. Stir in nuts. Pour into pie shell. Bake at 350 degrees, 50-55 minutes. Cool. Serves: 8

Quote of the Week

“Whatever happened over this past year, be thankful for where it brought you: Where you are is where you're meant to be.”— Anonymous

Question of the Week

What is your favorite color?

“I have two — dark pink and teal.” — Victoria Kelly, 10, Swatara.

“Orange!” — Tim Boltz, Lower Swatara.

“Green. It reminds me of freshly cut grass!” — Julie Bechtel, Palmyra.

“Blue. Has been my favorite color since I was a kid.” — Scott Ackerman, Lower Swatara.

“Purple. Most crystals and stones are that color.” — Miranda Burdsal, 8, Lower Paxton.

“Blue, reminds me of the ocean.” — Logan Benner, 11, Middletown.

Proverb for the Week

My son, if sinners entice you, do not give in to them (1:10).

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