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MID-ATLANTIC WEATHER WATCH FOR MAY

Fair, warm trend (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8) with STORMS  (9,10,11); showers, mainly in the northern part of the region (12,13,14) turning fair and warm (15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22). STORMS, mainly in the south (23,24) returning to fair and warm weather (25,26,27,28); showers in the north, STORMS in the south (29,30,31).



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A THOUGHT 
FOR TODAY'S LIVING 

    "While the truth may be painful 
       to hear today, the wise man will 
       benefit from it tomorrow”

               John Gruber (1768--1857)
  

The Hagerstown Town and Country Almanack was established in 1797, making it the second oldest almanac in the United States. It began in a modest print shop on South Potomac Street in Hagerstown, Maryland and was the creation of colonial printer John Gruber and his partner and son-in-law Daniel May. Gruber is considered by many to be one of Hagerstown's "favorite sons" right along with Jonathan Hager, the town's founder and namesake. His almanac has been published continuously for 222 years and is the ONLY almanac that is still published today by direct descendants of its founder.

     The Almanack, as it soon became known, grew in popularity, quickly becoming an integral part of everyday Early American life. For many years hence, it was THE primary source for agricultural, meteorological and astronomical information vital to an agrarian community's survival. The highly accurate weather forecasts (made over 14 months in advance) were first derived using centuries-old methods but over the years, the method has been advanced, incorporating newer, more reliable techniques. And it still contains favorite folk remedies, useful hints and tips for everyday living, and other forms of traditional community wisdoms. Millions of copies have been sold and it has been said that the The Almanack has made Hagerstown widely-known throughout the U.S. and has given Maryland an ‘epicenter’ of farming and agricultural life.

     Throughout its long history, The Almanack has been recognized countless times for its contributions to the steady development and success of colonial agrarian society as well as for making a significant contribution to our national pride.  

     The Hagerstown Town and Country Almanack has been recognized by Wikipedia as the the 39th oldest company in the United States. 


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