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Here’s some advice as we head toward 2018: LaVonne Ackerman

Posted 12/6/17

Here is a big hello to December. We are gearing up for “farewell time” to the year 2017, in about 25 days. Undoubtedly, this month will fly by. That sounds so cliche, doesn’t …

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Here’s some advice as we head toward 2018: LaVonne Ackerman


Here is a big hello to December. We are gearing up for “farewell time” to the year 2017, in about 25 days. Undoubtedly, this month will fly by. That sounds so cliche, doesn’t it?

My advice? Stick to what is important to you and don’t get caught up in anything that weighs you down or makes you feel overwhelmed. Some wisdom to embrace:

Remember to focus on people and relationships. Listen more than you talk. Practice telling others what you are grateful for, making sure you share less and less of your grievances. You should start to notice people want to be around you as you lift them up with encouragement.

May the season of light and joy fill you as you practice these simple rules. Let me know your news to share. Enjoy your week!


Happy 11th cake-and-ice cream day to Devin Ruzansky of Middletown. He celebrates on Wednesday, Dec. 6. Enjoy your week!

Happy birthday greetings are sent to Cathy Zupanovic of Lower Swatara. Her party-day is Friday, Dec. 8. Have a wonderful weekend!

Best wishes to Cynthia Ortez-Sanchez of Lower Swatara. Her very wonderful cake day is Friday, Dec. 8. Happy 14th birthday.

CD Farr marks his birthday on Dec. 8. He will be 90 on Friday! Congrats and enjoy!

Gavin Swarthout of Middletown turns 14 on Saturday, Dec. 9. I hope your cake day is super-duper!

Happy birthday to Aaron Mahalik, who turns the big 25 on Sunday, Dec. 10. Hope your big-deal cake day is super-terrific!

Best wishes for a super Sunday cake day to Michaila Brady, who turns 21 on Dec. 10. Congrats to you, legal eagle!

Happy 23rd birthday to Eric Mosher of Lower Swatara. Hope your Monday, Dec. 11 day is just marvelous!

Erik Tomalis marks his 37th razzle-dazzle birthday on Tuesday, Dec. 12. Have a terrific week, Erik!


Happy anniversary wishes to Darryl and Renie Bower of Lower Swatara. They mark 31 years together on Wednesday, Dec. 6. Congrats!

Gary and Lynne Klock celebrate 29 years together on Sunday, Dec . 10. Very best wishes to you for a wonderful day of chocolate and love!

Clubs at schools

For students at Reid and Kunkel elementary schools, did you know about the Good News Club? This is a Christian after-school club for students in first through fifth grade. It is free and fun.

Children will hear exciting lessons right from the Bible, play games, enjoy music time and learn stories about missionaries. Treats and friendship, too!

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

Recipe for Chicken Casserole

from the Wedding Book Collection

1 pkg. of Stove Top stuffing, prepared as directed, or leftover stuffing

2 cups cooked chicken (roasted or boiled)

1 can cream of mushroom or chicken soup

1/4 cup milk

Prepare the stuffing and spread in casserole dish. Cut chicken into small pieces and place on top of stuffing. Mix soup and milk and spread over the chicken and stuffing. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes. Serve with cranberry sauce.

Quote of the Week

“No matter how hard the world tries to whip me into a frenzy over the next several weeks, God remains the same. He is steady, and he is safe. He is our refuge, and from eternity to eternity (from harvest festivals to New Year’s resolutions), he is God.” — Mary Carver, writer, speaker and blogger.

Question of the Week

What is your favorite Christmas song or carol, movie or TV show?

“I like ‘Jolly Old St. Nicholas.’ It is cheerful and happy. It makes you smile. And it is catchy.” — Victoria Kelly, 10, Swatara.

“‘Jingle Bells,’ with Batman smelling! It is so funny.” — Averie Delefice, 8, Swatara.

“I like ‘All I Want for Christmas,’ by Mariah Carey.” — Alex Pryor, 14, Hershey.

“My favorite is ‘Silent Night’ because of the candlelight service on Christmas Eve. I like ‘A Christmas Story’ movie. I think it is stupid, but funny.” — LeeAnn Hocker, Lower Paxton.

“I like ‘Jingle Bells’ and ‘Home Alone.’” — Jon Benkovic, 7, Lower Paxton.

““Santa's Coming to Town,’ by Michael Buble. I like ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas.’” — William Benkovic, 14, Lower Paxton.

Proverb for the Week

Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it (22:6).

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



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