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To get a flu shot or not to get a flu shot?: LaVonne Ackerman

Posted 3/13/19

Hello, everyone! Can you believe that spring gets sprung in only one week? I welcome sunny skies and warmer temps. Let us be done with 20- and 30-degree numbers. And the flu!

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To get a flu shot or not to get a flu shot?: LaVonne Ackerman


Hello, everyone! Can you believe that spring gets sprung in only one week? I welcome sunny skies and warmer temps. Let us be done with 20- and 30-degree numbers. And the flu!

Speaking of the flu ... I have a major shout-out thank you to our good neighbors Sue and Joe Lawruk. This couple dug us out of the March 3 snow storm as we were feeling the aches, pains, headache, fever, coughing, sneezing, runny nose and sadness of the flu.

I think it was the flu. For me, it lasted more than five days. For my husband ... well, he is still suffering. I don’t ever get the flu shot, because I don’t get the flu. Now I need to pause and rethink this. My husband had the shot and still got the flu. Unfortunately, there are reports of a second strain going around. So, expect to hear about it until May!

I'm grateful for Joe and Sue and their snow-removing skills! If you contract the flu in May at least you don't have to worry about having to clear the snow from your driveway.

Have a wonderful, healthy week and let me know your news!


Happy belated birthday to Julie Barnes of Middletown. She celebrated her party day on March 2. I hope your birthday month is going great, Julie!

Kyerah Moore of Lower Swatara Township marks her landmark 18th cake day on Wednesday, March 13. Congrats!

Here’s wishing LuAnn Selcher a beautiful birthday, wherever you spend it, on Wednesday, March 13. I hope it is wonderful, LuAnn!

Here is a shout-out to Sofia Feeney of Londonderry Township! She is Sweet 16 on Thursday, March 14. Happy beep-honk-honk day to you!

Chrissy Springer of Middletown will hear the birthday song on Thursday, March 14. I hope it is a beautiful sound to your ears. Happy birthday!

Happy birthday balloons will be flying for Kris Renn on Friday, March 15. I hope 26 super things happen on your day, Kris!

April Coble of Middletown celebrates her frosty-filled day on March 15. Have a fantastic Friday birthday and enjoy it all weekend long!

Hey, Emerald Gray of Lower Swatara! Happy birthday to this sweet 22-year-old on Friday, March 15. Hang in there, spring is coming!

Congrats and best wishes to Dawn Trocik of Lower Swatara. This lovely lady turns 95 on Friday, March 15. I hope you get to do all your favorite things on your day, Dawn!

Happy super Saturday birthday to Deborah Etter of Lower Swatara on March 16. I hope your family and friends surround you with loads of love this weekend.

Angel Herrera Jr. of Middletown turns 8 on Monday, March 18. Wishing this super guy a wonderful birthday with tons and tons of blueberry gum! God bless you, Angel!

Double birthday wishes are sent to Daren and Darias Waters of Lower Swatara on Monday, March 18. Enjoy turning 19!

Best wishes for a terrific birthday to Karen Landis of Lower Swatara on Tuesday, March 19. I hope the sun is shining for you on this final day of winter!

Joni Prisbe of Lower Swatara celebrates her cake-and-ice cream day on Tuesday, March 19. Say goodbye to winter, Joni!

Happy 15th birthday to Kaleb Stein of Lower Swatara. Kaleb celebrates on Tuesday, March 19. Enjoy your cake day all week!


Happy 34th wedding anniversary to Charles and Renee Larry of Lower Swatara Township on Wednesday, March 13. Keep warm, and congrats to you both!

Best wishes to Samuel and Karen Turns of Middletown on their 71st anniversary on Saturday, March 16. Enjoy your hearts-and-flowers weekend!

Time for supper

All are invited to a delicious baked ham dinner, including cheesy potatoes, carrots, applesauce, a beverage and a dessert, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 18, at Evangelical United Methodist Church, 157 E. Water St., Middletown.

Takeouts are also available. A cost is involved. The church is handicapped accessible. Please call 717-944-6181 for more information. 

Broccoli Cheese Soup

Submitted by Nancy Eakin of Middletown

8 oz. Velveeta cheese

2 cans cream of celery soup

16 oz. half and half

20 oz. package frozen, chopped broccoli

Double this recipe to fill a medium sized crockpot. Mix the above ingredients in crockpot and cook on low for several hours. If not doubling, cook on stove on low.

Bocce league

Needed: regular and substitute bocce ball players!

Men and women are being accepted for Londonderry Township’s Bocce League for 2019 summer. Games are played Monday and Tuesdays at 9 a.m. in May. In June, July and August, the start time is 8 a.m. Tuesday games are at 6 p.m., and games are May 6 through Aug. 20.

A picnic will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27 at the Sunset Park Golf Clubhouse. Interested people can sign up as an individual, as a couple, or as a team (four players). No experience is necessary, as bocce is an easy game to learn. There are no fees.

For more information, call 717-944-6518.

Quote of the Week

“Circumstances we never would have chosen for ourselves may be the very platform God uses to bring the hope and comfort of Jesus to others hurting in our sphere of influence.” — Sarah Walton, author.

Question of the Week

What is your favorite sport?

“Watching college football, playing bocce.” — Louisa Morgan, Londonderry.

“Volleyball.” — Kenadee Hileman, 10, Lower Swatara.

“Basketball!” — Jameson Hoffman, 7, Lower Paxton.

“Volleyball.” — Katelyn Wagner, 10, Lower Swatara.

“Basketball.” — Landon Keyser, 16, Lower Swatara.

“Football.” — Jon Benkovic, 8, Lower Paxton.

Proverb for the Week

He who scorns instruction will pay for it, but he who respects a command is rewarded (13:13).

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