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Which president is your favorite?: LaVonne Ackerman

Posted 2/21/18

Hi, folks! We are celebrating Presidents Day this week as we honor the birthdays for Abraham Lincoln on Feb. 12 and George Washington on the Feb. 22.

I am partial to George as we share the same …

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Which president is your favorite?: LaVonne Ackerman


Hi, folks! We are celebrating Presidents Day this week as we honor the birthdays for Abraham Lincoln on Feb. 12 and George Washington on the Feb. 22.

I am partial to George as we share the same birthday. Of course, it could be argued his actual birthday is Feb. 11, 1731. Our country changed to the Gregorian calendar in 1752. This changed a few things, including adding one year and 11 days to George’s original birthday to get him to the 22nd.

I remember doing a report on him while in the third grade. What do I remember about that report? He had wooden teeth, and now I come to find out that this is just an urban legend! Ugh.

I also believed the story about his dad, the cherry tree and not lying. In fact, I remember for one of my birthdays my mom and sisters decorated a cake for me with a cherry tree as the focal point. Ugh.

Have a super-duper week. Spring is coming! Don’t forget to call or email me your news to share.

Also, I’m looking for people to answer the Question of the Week!

Fun First President Facts

1. George Washington never won a battle as commander in the Virginia militia during the French-Indian War.

2. His third cousin twice removed is Robert E. Lee.

3. He was born in Westmoreland County, Virginia on Feb. 22, 1732.

4. He was a huge man back in the day. George was more than 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighed more than 200 pounds.

5. He disapproved of the Boston Tea Party. He felt it sent the wrong message to King George III.

6. In both of his presidential terms not one elector ever voted against his candidacy.

7. George had one tooth when he was elected president, but he never had false teeth made out of wood. They were made out of lead, ivory, cow’s teeth, and other human teeth. Never wood.

8. That story about chopping down a cherry tree and telling his father, “I cannot tell a lie”? It never happened.

9. He didn’t have a middle name.

10. He wrote between 18,000 and 20,000 letters in his lifetime!


Many good wishes for a wonderful birthday are sent to Claudi Sisti of Lower Swatara on Feb. 21. Have a beautiful day on Wednesday and just celebrate all week!

Don Carson of Lower Swatara will hear the birthday song on Wednesday, Feb. 21. Wishing you a fun birthday, Don!

If you see Joe Sukle around on Wednesday, Feb. 21 be sure to give him your jolliest happy birthday greeting as he has 64 reasons to be glad! Hoping you have a perfect day, Joe!

Best wishes for a fun-filled birthday to Jake Leggore of Lower Swatara on Thursday, Feb. 22. Enjoy your very special day as you observe your golden birthday, 22 on the 22nd!

Sandy Wise-Dunkleberger also celebrates her cake-and-ice cream day on Thursday, Feb. 22. Many good wishes of love and joy to you, Sandy!

Courtney Freeburn of Lower Swatara marks her 24th cake day on Friday, Feb. 23. Best wishes to you for a fantastic cake day weekend!

Happy super-duper-dazzling birthday to Crystal VanValkenburg of Middletown on Feb. 23. Hoping your special day is full of much laughter and fun on Friday. Celebrate!

Nate Handley of Lower Swatara celebrates his 23rd confetti-popping day on Saturday, Feb. 24. Have a super weekend, Nate.

Billy Gomboc of Middletown marks his 17th balloon-flying day on Saturday, Feb. 24. Enjoy all that comes along with celebrating your special day, Billy!

Heavon McGirt of Lower Swatara turns 17 on Feb. 25. Hopefully your day will be warm and full of blessings, Heavon. Have a sweet Sunday birthday!

Happy 24th cake-and-ice cream day to Brendon John Parkhill as he celebrates his birthday on Sunday, Feb. 25. Stay safe and enjoy!

Cameron Joseph Parkhill of Lower Swatara celebrates his 17th birthday on Sunday, too. May your Feb. 25 day be full of high-fives and lots of fun!

Here is a shout-out to Deb Breon of Lower Swatara on Feb. 26. Have the best birthday yet, and don’t just celebrate on Monday. Take the entire week!

Jeff Dukes of Middletown marks his birthday on Monday, Feb. 26. I hope your day is just how you like it. Have a blast!

Best  wishes to Chris Reider of Lower Swatara on Monday, Feb. 26 as he celebrates his snappy-happy me-holiday!

Phyllis Etter of Lower Swatara is growing even more wiser as she observes her sweet birthday on Monday, Feb. 26. Celebrate the rest of the month, Phyllis!

Happy birthday to Ken Esterline on Feb. 27. Hoping your day is over-the-top with all kinds of fun. May Tuesday be full of sunshine and warmer breezes!


Charles and Linda Ferree of Lower Swatara celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary on Monday, Feb. 26. The gift is diamond. Enjoy!

Randy and Janice Breon of Lower Swatara were married on Feb. 27, 1976. Best wishes to you both as you celebrate your 42nd anniversary on Tuesday.

Meat Loaf

Recipe from the Wedding Book Collection

2 lbs. ground beef

1 envelop of Lipton Onion or beef flavor mushroom soup mix

1 1/2 c. soft bread crumbs

2 eggs

3/4 c. water

1/3 c. ketchup

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In large bowl, combine all ingredients. Place mixture into a large shallow pan, shape into a loaf. Bake 1 hour or until done. If desired, garnish with parsley and serve with potatoes and sliced carrots. Makes 6 to 8 servings.

Dean’s list

Congratulations to Dagen Hughes of Lower Swatara on being named to Seton Hall University’s 2017 fall semester dean’s list.

Dagen, in his junior year, is a communications major.

Seton Hall is in South Orange, New Jersey.

Quote of the Week

“My youth held little forecast of a career in biomedical research. I was born on February 22, 1936, in York, Pennsylvania, and spent my childhood in a rural area on the west bank of the Susquehanna River.” — Michael J. Bishop, immunologist and microbiologist. He shared the 1989 Nobel Prize and is a pioneer in the field of cancer research.

Question of the Week

What is your favorite snack food?

“Candy! I sneak it from school and from Nana.” — Victoria Kelly, 10, Swatara.

“Twizzlers!” — Miranda Burdsal, 8, Lower Paxton.

“Hot cocoa.” — Ryan Benkovic, 4, Lower Paxton.

“Fruit Roll-Ups.” — Jon Benkovic, 7, Lower Paxton.

“Root beer float with vanilla ice cream and whipped cream and a cherry on top!” — Anna Benkovic, 8, Lower Paxton.

“Trail mix.” — William Benkovic, 14, Lower Paxton.

Proverb for the Week

Fear the LORD and the king, my son, and do not join with the rebellious (24:21).

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