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MID-ATLANTIC WEATHER WATCH FOR APRIL

Fair, colder  (1,2,3) with light snow in the northern part of the region, rain in the south   (4,5,6).   Fair and cool  (7,8,9) with showers or some snow in the north  (10,11,12).  Fair and cool again  (13,14,15,16,17);   STORMS   (18,19) turning fair and cool (20,21,22,23,24,25,26).  Fair and cool weather  yet again  (27,28) with more scattered STORMS   (27,28); fair, warmer   (29,30). 


MONTHLY GARDEN ACTIVITIES


BEST DAYS FOR FARM ACTIVITIES 

                                                       


THOUGHT FOR TODAY'S 

LIVING  

    

       "Perseverance provides more 
       rewards than that lucky break 
       we all are always hoping for.” 
                                                                                      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 223 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 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.

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     It's 's so easy to become an FOTA. Sign up  at www. almanack.com/friends-of-the-almanack and over the next 12 months, you will receive a hard copy of the current, access to the current AND the following year's online digital versions of your favorite almanac,  The Almanack's monthly newsletter, and so much more! All for only $15! 

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THE ALMANACK THANKS THE HERALD-MAIL!

     Over the years, The Herald-Mail, local Hagerstown newspaper, published by Herald Mail  Media , Inc. (www.heraldmailmedia.com/) has given The Almanack great coverage (see a perfect example of that coverage below!) but it also has given space to our monthly newsletter as well.  Click here to see the nice graphic they put together and publish the first of each month.