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Yay! Summer is finally — officially — here: LaVonne Ackerman

Posted 6/20/18

Yay and hooray!

Tomorrow, June 21, is the first day of summer! Bring on the flip-flops, pool parties and hazy, lazy days.

What do you like to do in the summer months? We have so many options. …

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Yay! Summer is finally — officially — here: LaVonne Ackerman


Yay and hooray!

Tomorrow, June 21, is the first day of summer! Bring on the flip-flops, pool parties and hazy, lazy days.

What do you like to do in the summer months? We have so many options. What is your favorite thing? Trips to the beach? Days spent at the pool? Picnics and all kinds of outdoor fun and games?

We recently went to Hersheypark. What fun we had as we closed down the park by riding the bumper cars over and over again. No lines! I think we rode them 11 or 12 times. Shout out to the Zentmeyers, who shared in one of those rounds!

Have a wonderful week. I say, bring on the sun.

Let me know your news to share. Call or email me today.


A big happy birthday to Connor Symonies of Lower Swatara on Wednesday, June 20. This guy blows out four candles atop his birthday cake. Congrats!

Happy 8th birthday to Danielle Shonk of Londonderry. This girl celebrates on June 20. Have a happy Wednesday, Danielle!

Here is a shout-out to Garry Lenton. Have a wonderful Wednesday birthday on June 20! Lots of joy and smiles are sent your way.

Norma Mateer of Lower Swatara will hear the birthday song on Wednesday, June 20. God bless you on your me-holiday, Norma!

Jayden Rodriguez of Royalton marks her 9th balloon-flying day on Thursday, June 21. This is the longest day of the year. I hope the celebration time is a blessed time for you, sweet Jayden!

Steve Boyland of Lower Swatara celebrates his confetti-popping day on Thursday, June 21. Thanks for serving our country, Stevie! Many wonderful wishes for a delightful day to you and your family!

Payton Lescaleet of Royalton will turn 21 on Thursday, June 21. This is her golden birthday! A very special big-deal greeting to you as you are a full-fledged adult. Congrats!

Happy cake-and-ice cream day to Henry Pickel of Lower Swatara. I hope that your Friday, June 22 is fantastic, Henry. Enjoy!

Happy 14th birthday to Austin Burkett of Royalton. He celebrates on Friday, June 22. Hope your weekend is full of fun and adventure, Austin!

Happy 24th cake day to Megin Houser. She observes her frosty-filled birthday on Saturday, June 23. Have a ball, Megin!

Marcus Bolen of Lower Swatara marks his confetti-popping day on Sunday, June 24. Wishing you a day of cool breezes and loads of sunshine, Marcus.

Jess Drebot of Lower Swatara observes her 24th cake-and-ice cream day on Sunday, June 24. Happy golden birthday to you. Make this one extra-special, Jess!

Nathan Coons of Middletown will blow out eight candles atop of his frosty-filled cake on Sunday, June 24. Enjoy all of it, Nathan! Happy birthday.

Happy Sweet 16 beep-honk-honk day to Logan Martin of Lower Swatara. Best wishes for a super Sunday, June 24 birthday! Be safe.

Best wishes for a marvelous birthday week to Shawn Tully of Lower Swatara. He celebrates on Monday, June 25.

Jared Diebler turns a quarter-of-a-century old on Monday, June 25. Congrats and best wishes, Jared. Happy golden birthday, 25 on the 25th!

Colton Stone of Middletown marks his 20th razzle-dazzle birthday on Monday, June 25. Best wishes for the best birthday yet, Colton!

Happy terrific Tuesday birthday to Tucker Davis of Lower Swatara on June 26. Enjoy it all week long, Tucker!

Here is a shout-out to Bob Coble of Lower Swatara on Tuesday, June 26. Hope your day is rootin’ tootin’ and full of fun, Bob!


Happy anniversary to Gus and Amy Burghdorf of Lower Swatara. The gift: platinum. May your Wednesday, June 20, be filled with romance as you celebrate 20 years on the 20th!

Happy 28th anniversary to Herb and Jenn Friedrichs of Elizabethtown. Their special day is Wednesday, June 20. Hoping the skies are full of sunshine for the both of you!

John and Amy Rhodes of Hummelstown celebrate their big-deal 20th anniversary on June 20. Have a wonderful Wednesday celebrating all day long! The gift is platinum!

George and Patty Kuharic of Lower Swatara mark 21 years together in wedded bliss on June 21. There is lots to celebrate on this day as we welcome summer. Enjoy your very special anniversary, 21 years on the 21st!

Here is a shout-out to long time readers, Jim and LuAnn Selcher of Wyoming. They observe their 43rd romantic holiday on Thursday, June 21. Congrats!

Happy 33rd anniversary to my husband, Scott. We celebrate our special day on Friday, June 22. Thanks for sharing in all we have in our marriage, Scott! I appreciate your friendship and am blessed.

Jeff and Lori Shields of Lower Swatara were married on Saturday, June 22, 1985. Happy 33rd anniversary to you two. Sending you much joy and happiness as you celebrate all weekend long!

Happy 18th wedding anniversary to Dave and Donna Sweitzer on Sunday, June 24. Have a fun-filled weekend of joy and love!

Best wishes to John E. Beckey and Leane Thorn-Beckey of Lower Swatara for a super 18th anniversary on Sunday, June 24. Hoping the sun is shining on your romantical holiday!

Jim and Kristy Lawyer mark 18 years together on Sunday, June 24. Congrats and enjoy the weekend!

Happy 36th anniversary to Andy and Vicki Lutzkanin of Lower Swatara on June 25. Have  a super Monday and just celebrate your relationship all week long! Congrats!

Happy big-deal silver anniversary to Paul and Michelle Carnes of Lower Swatara. These two love birds observe their 25th anniversary on Tuesday, June 26. Best wishes to you both for a terrific celebration!

Chicken barbecue

Middletown Church of God is holding a chicken barbecue on Saturday, June 30.

A delicious chicken dinner, including sides, will be available for pickup from 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the kitchen. The church is located at 245 W. High St., and the kitchen is located at the rear of the building.

Tickets are $10. Please order in advance by contacting the office at 717-944- 9608, or via email at A night to skip cooking!

Summer Fruit Cup

From the Wedding Book Collection

1/2 c. strawberries, cut into halves

1/2 c. seedless grapes

2 medium peaches (sliced)

2 small bananas

1 can pineapple chunks (with or without juice)

Mix all ingredients and serve in cups. Top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Enjoy!

Dean’s list

Congratulations to the following students who were named to DeSales University 2018 spring semester dean’s list: Jarod A. Fountain of Elizabethtown, computer science major; Rebekah E. Good of Elizabethtown, medical studies major; and Jennifer L. Abraham of Hummelstown, history major.

Quote of the Week

“Today matters more than yesterday. Who you are becoming matters more than who you were.” — Rachel Macy Stafford, author, blogger.

Question of the Week

What do you like best about summer?

“There is no school! You can go to the pool. The weather is hot and sunny and warm!” — Victoria Kelly, 10, Swatara.

“That it is hot!” — Olivia Rodriguez, 5, Royalton.

“Being able to hang out with all my friends.” — Joe Korsak, 13, Lower Swatara.

“Mostly swimming at Hersheypark and Rainbow Hill.” — Jayden Stillions, 10, Lower Swatara.

“Playing with dolls outside.” — Eliza Artell, 10, Lower Swatara.

“The beach at City Island.” — Dominic Grigor, 6, Lower Swatara.

Proverb for the Week

Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, and blessed is he who trusts in the LORD (16:20).

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