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Happy 92nd birthday to Mr. Dick Van Dyke!: LaVonne Ackerman

Posted 12/13/17

Happy Chanukah! Wednesday, Dec. 13 is the first day of Chanukah.

Dec. 13 is also Ice Cream and Violins Day! Did you know that Dick Van Dyke was born on this day in 1925? This means he is 92. I …

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Happy 92nd birthday to Mr. Dick Van Dyke!: LaVonne Ackerman

Mary Tyler Moore and Dick Van Dyke
Mary Tyler Moore and Dick Van Dyke

Happy Chanukah! Wednesday, Dec. 13 is the first day of Chanukah.

Dec. 13 is also Ice Cream and Violins Day! Did you know that Dick Van Dyke was born on this day in 1925? This means he is 92. I have many fond memories of Mr. Van Dyke and the various entertainment movies, shows and records he has been involved in spanning over 70 years. He is not only an actor and comedian, but a singer, dancer, writer and producer.

He served in the Army Air Force during World War II. Hollywood has recognized him with high honors. Disney calls him a “Disney legend.” He wrote a biography at 85: “My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business: A Memoir.”

Do you remember when he starred as Rob Petrie on “The Dick Van Dyke Show?” He also performed in “Bye Bye Birdie” (1963); and “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” (1968). That was one of my favorite movies growing up. I can still sing the song... “Oh, you, pretty Chitty Bang Bang, pretty Chitty, Bang Bang we love you...” This is just to name a few.

More recent accomplishments are “Night at the Museum” (2006) and “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb” (2014). He had lead roles in “Diagnosis: Murder” and “Murder 101” (spanning years 1993-2006), in which he co-starred with his son Barry.

I mentioned records before because our family had the “Mary Poppins” album (1964). My younger sister, Wendy, and I would listen to the show tunes for hours. In these days of videos, movies, any show available on demand and a large variety of children’s TV programming, it is hard to imagine two little girls dancing and singing to a 33 1/3 vinyl record over and over again. This was before “Sesame Street.” I guess some might laugh at this and say they remember being glued to a radio so they could tune into their weekly show, before TV was invented!

Happy birthday to you, Dick Van Dyke! You brought joy to so many! God bless you.

Let me know your news to share and don't forget to slow down and enjoy this beautiful season of joy! Have a wonderful week.


Happy cake-and-ice cream day to Nikki DeHart of Lower Swatara. She has 29 reasons to celebrate on Wednesday, Dec. 13. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!

Happy landmark birthday to Alex Fach of Lower Swatara on Wednesday, Dec. 13. Congrats and best wishes to you all month long, Alex!

If you see Jennifer Hunter out and about Lower Swatara on Thursday, Dec. 14, be sure to give her your brightest happy birthday greeting. Hope your day is terrific, Jennifer!

Happy confetti-popping day to Mike Pavlishin of Lower Swatara on Thursday, Dec. 14. Hoping your day is cold and sunshiny!

Sarah Gossard of Lower Swatara turns 22 on Dec. 14. Wishing you a thrilling Thursday birthday, Sarah!

Here is a huge shout-out birthday blessing to Jack Etter of Lower Swatara on Friday, Dec. 15. Enjoy your festive birthday with lots of smiles and laughs. God bless you, Jack!

Lisa Miller of Lower Swatara has reason to smile on Saturday, Dec. 16. Wishing you a weekend full of fun and many blessings, Lisa. Keep warm! Stay happy!

Zach Carricato of Lower Swatara will observe his frosty-filled day on Saturday, Dec. 16. May your day be full of lights and love, Zach. Enjoy this festive month!

Happy last teener birthday to Osman Kamara of Lower Swatara. This guy turns 19 on Saturday, Dec. 16. Many good wishes to you as you celebrate your special me-holiday this weekend!

Happy 24th birthday to Quincy Dukes. Many good wishes for a bright and happy birthday to you on Sunday, Dec. 17 and all through the year!

Angela Knaub of Lower Swatara will hear the birthday song Monday, Dec. 18. May it be a beautiful sound to your ears, Angela! Happy birthday to you!

Happy terrific Tuesday big 5-0 birthday to Rob Alcock of Lower Swatara. He will celebrate this beautiful transition on Dec. 19. Make it a great day, Rob! Congrats, and have some major fun.

Township meetings

The following Lower Swatara township meetings will be held in the municipal building on Spring Garden Drive at 7 p.m.:

Board of Commissioners: Wednesday, Dec. 20.

Municipal Authority: Wednesday, Dec. 27.

Planning Commission: Thursday, Dec. 28.

Recipe for Cream of Broccoli Soup

From the Wedding
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1 bunch (1 1/2 lb.) broccoli

1 medium onion

2 Tbsp. butter

1 diced potato (1 cup)

2 cans chicken broth (13 oz. each)

1/2 tsp. salt

dash cayenne pepper

1 cup light cream

Trim outer leaves and tough ends of broccoli. Separate stalks and cut into 2- to 3-inch shorter lengths. Boil stalks for 5 minutes, then add flowerets, cook until tender.

Drain. Sauté onion in butter. Add all ingredients, but the cream. Mix.

Pour mixture in parts in blender and blend until smooth. Return to pot, add cream and boil. If too thick, add more cream. Serve with croutons on top.

Clubs at schools

For students at Reid and Kunkel elementary schools, did you know that Good News clubs are here? These are Christian afterschool clubs for students in first through fifth grade. It is free and fun.

Kunkel: Monday after school with Miss Daniell and Miss Lisa, Reid: Wednesday after school with Miss LaVonne, Miss Rachael, Mr. Scott and Miss Lisa.

Children will hear exciting stories from the Bible, play games, enjoy music time and experience the adventure and suspense of missionary stories. There are lots of treats and friendship, too!

Check us out. Call Child Evangelism Fellowship for more information at 717-652-0372.

Quote of the Week

“The next right thing for you to do isn’t necessarily easy, and the next easy thing to do isn’t necessarily the next right thing.” — Anonymous

Question of the Week

Which Star Wars character do you relate to and why?

“Chewie (Chewbacca). Mostly because I am wild and crazy. Scotty is my Han Solo!” — Steve Boyland, Lower Swatara.

“Han Solo. Steve is my Chewie!” — Scott Ackerman, Scott Ackerman, Pittsburgh.

“Princess Leia. She had long dark hair. Just like I did.” — Donna Hoffman, Lower Paxton.

“Han Solo, I would love to have a buddy named Chewbacca!” — Logan Benner, 10, Royalton.

“My favorite one is Chewie. He is hilarious and he looks out for others.” — Elle Mitchell, 11, Hershey.

“C-3PO. I’m a worrier and no one listens to me!” — Rachel Lawruk Killeen, Camp Hill.

Proverb for the Week

An evil man is trapped by his sinful talk; but a righteous man escapes trouble (12:13).

Reach LaVonne Ackerman at 717-649-7366 or by email at LaVonneAck@comcast.net.