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The upside of rain are the beautiful sunflowers: LaVonne Ackerman

Posted 8/9/17

Howdy, folks! I hope you are enjoying summer and all the great things about it.

The flowers, gardens and lawns still appear lush and beautiful. I know some people are tired of all the mowing to …

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The upside of rain are the beautiful sunflowers: LaVonne Ackerman

Beautiful sunflower plants line Oberlin Road.
Beautiful sunflower plants line Oberlin Road.
Special to the press & journal by lavonne ackerman
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Howdy, folks! I hope you are enjoying summer and all the great things about it.

The flowers, gardens and lawns still appear lush and beautiful. I know some people are tired of all the mowing to keep things looking neat. I remember some summers when we had to let the lawns brown out and go dormant. This does not appear to be the case this year. After all the rain, we could be singing, “Rain, rain, go away!”

I noticed the beautiful sunflower plants along Oberlin Road (aka 441) and I had to stop by and take a picture. They can be found between Swatara Drive and Longview Drive, near the preschool which used to be Kitchen Kastle. The farmer has planted corn for years, but is this the first time for the sunflowers? Just beautiful!

Do you have a story to share, news to tell? Please email me! Have a wonderful week!

Birthdays

Happy to Joseph Witters of Lower Swatara on Wednesday, Aug. 9. Hoping your day is full of sunshine and cool breezes, Joseph.

Alyssa Bekelja of Highspire will enjoy cake day No. 17 on the ninth of August. Enjoy your wonderful Wednesday birthday!

Happy birthday balloons are sent to Mike Miller of Lower Swatara on Aug. 9 as he observes his landmark 21st birthday. Congrats and enjoy, Mike!

Happy beep-honk-beep day to Chris Reed of Middletown, who turns Sweet 16 on Wednesday, Aug. 9. Keep safe!

Happy confetti-popping day to Madison Lewis of Lower Swatara as she celebrates her 20th birthday on Friday, Aug. 11. Hoping your weekend is full of smiley faces, Maddie!

Happy landmark 21st cool-parade birthday to Mistura Olaoye of Lower Swatara. Her special day is Friday, Aug. 11. Enjoy!

Caden Paul of Lower Swatara joins the teener club on Friday, Aug. 11 as he turns 13. Happy birthday to you, Caden!

Best wishes for a wonderful birthday to Noah Zimmerman of Lower Swatara. He celebrates his final teen birthday on Saturday, Aug. 12. Happy 19th, Noah!

Katie Kennedy of Lower Swatara will hear the birthday song on Saturday, Aug. 12 as she turns 19. Have fun, Katie!

Pamela Etter of Elizabethtown marks her big 30th cake day on Sunday, Aug. 13. I hope your day is the best. Happy birthday all week long!

Happy Monday birthday to Maddy Doncevic of Middletown. She is 15 on Aug. 14. Enjoy it all you can, Maddy!

Best wishes to Laron Woody of Middletown as he observes his landmark 18th cake-and-ice cream day on Monday, Aug. 14. I hope your celebration is top-notch, Laron!

Nathaniel Perry of Middletown marks his super-duper cake day on Tuesday, Aug. 15. Hoping your day is full of sunshine. Enjoy!

Best wishes for a wonderful Tuesday birthday to Karen Wise Gelbogis. I hope your Aug. 15 is the best one yet and that all is swell with you in Delaware!

Happy birthday wishes are sent to Kay Houck of Lower Swatara. She celebrates 99 years on this Earth on Tuesday, Aug. 15. Congrats to you, Kay!

Anniversaries

Happy 18th wedding anniversary to Dan and Michelle Wagner of Lower Swatara on Monday, Aug. 14. May your week be filled with hearts and flowers and lots of smiles!

Paul and Norma Wagner of Lower Swatara observe their wedding anniversary on Aug. 15. Best wishes for a super-fine day together on Tuesday. Enjoy!

Helpful tip

I noticed there were a few poison ivy plants on our property this week. I decided to explore a natural way to eradicate them. This is what I found: vinegar (heated), salt, a few drops of dish soap. I took a cup of vinegar and heated it in the microwave for one minute. I added about two tablespoons of salt. Next I added a few drops of dish soap and stirred. Pour this directly over the leaves and stem of your desired poison and watch it (over a few days) dry up and die!

Quote of the Week

“My best decisions have been made in God’s guidance.” — Anonymous.

Question of the Week

What is your favorite summer memory?

“Going to Charleston, South Carolina, and visiting my uncle, who lives on the water, last August.” — Leo Nissley, 11, Lower Swatara.

“Going to Indiana with softball team for national tournament last summer. This summer we are going to Ohio. It is a great time, we all get along.” — Sonia Humes, Lower Swatara.

“Catching sand crabs at Ocean City, Maryland, in 2016.” — Lala Brown, 10, Lower Swatara.

“We went to the beach when I was 7. I met a friend.” — Gabriella Garisto, 11, Lower Swatara.

“We went to Nepal and met lots of people, but I had to say goodbye to them. Was sad when I came home.” — Bipasha Devkota, 11, Lower Swatara.

“When we went to Maine and ate lobster. My brother broke open the head and the guts came out!” — Olivia Yeich, 11, Lower Swatara.

Proverb for the Week

One who is slack in his work is brother to one who destroys (18:9).

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

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