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MID-ATLANTIC WEATHER WATCH FOR NOVEMBER

Fair, colder (1,2,3) with lake-effect snow (4.5); fair and cold (6,7,8,9) with snow in the northern part of the region, rain in the south 10,11,12,13). Fair and  again, rather cold (14,15,16,17,18,19,20) with more snow in the north and rain in the south ( 21,22,23,24,25).  Lake-effect snow (26,27,28,29) with yet more snow (30).     

MONTHLY GARDEN ACTIVITIES


BEST DAYS FOR FARM ACTIVITIES 

                                                       


JOHN GRUBER'S THOUGHT FOR TODAY'S 

LIVING  


"You only reap what you sow, so be sure  to spread more kindness and consideration for your fellow man than envy or ill will” 

                                                                                                  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 224 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 (see Hagerstown Celebrates Star Spangled Banner's 200th Anniversary!

     Gruber's Hagerstown Town and Country Almanack Company has been recognized by Wikipedia as the 47th oldest company in the United  States.  Click on 'List of Oldest Companies in The United States' to see the full list.

THE ALMANACK NEEDS YOUR HELP!

Dear Almanack friends, it is getting more and more difficult to get The Hagerstown Town and Country Almanack on local and regional newsstands these days. While the Internet does offer instant access to digital versions of anything these days (our own Friends of The Almanack Program even offers access to a digital copy of your favorite almanac!), many of our readers still desire the hard copy.  Unfortunately, many distributors of hard copy reading material have gone out of business. If you know of any retailer or business  that would be interested in selling The Almanack, please contact business/sales manager, Jerry Spessard at 301-491-4002 or by email at info@almanack.com.  We really do need for more stores to sell The Hagerstown Town and Country Almanack. Thanks so much for your continued support of our historical treasure!

ALMANACK SEES SNOWY WINTER FOR MID-ATLANTIC, NORTHEAST

Hagerstown Town and Country Almanack Weather Prognosticator, Chad Merrill and Weather Prognosticator Emeritus, Bill O’Toole issued an updated winter outlook for the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast today.  For the full press release, click here.