AS A
'FRIEND OF THE ALMANACK'
YOU CAN SAVE $$$!
WHAT
'FRIENDS OF THE ALMANACK'
GET
MID-ATLANTIC WEATHER WATCH FOR JANUARY

Light snow (1,2,3,4); fair and cold (5,6,7,8). Heavy snow (9,10,11,12) turning fair and very cold (13,14,15,). Snow (16,17) returning to fair and very cold temperatures (18,19,20,21).  Snow, heavy in the northern part of the region (22,23,24); fair and cool (25,26,27) with windy, much colder with lake-effect snow (28,29,30,31).        

     

GARDENING ACTIVITIES

FOR  JANUARY 



A THOUGHT 
FOR TODAY'S LIVING 

"The next twelve months offers us a world of promise; it all depends on each one of us and how much we are willing to give of ourselves to help make it a better world."

John Gruber (1768-1857)

Charles W. Fisher, Jr. - The Almanack Editor

     Charles W. Fisher, Jr. (or Chad as he has been known throughout his life) took over the editorship of the Hagerstown Town & Country Almanack in 2001 when his father, Charles W. Fisher retired from that position after 27 years. Fisher represents the direct ancestral link to John Gruber, founder of The Almanack and carries on a family tradition that spans over 200 years and 5 generations.

     Fisher grew up in Bucks County, Pennsylvania where he attended Neshaminy High School. After graduating from The College of New Jersey where he earned a Bachelor of Arts, Secondary Education / History, he spent 4 years teaching Advanced Senior American History and Social Studies in the Greater Egg Harbor Regional School District.

     In 1980, Fisher joined the IBM Corporation as a Systems Engineer and soon advanced to technical computer sales where he worked as a sales executive from 1983 to 2000, marketing information technology systems to major telecommunications and media corporations such as AT&T, Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies, The New York Times, CBS, Inc, Capital Cities/ABC, and NBC. From 2000 to 2005, Fisher developed IBM Small and Medium Business territories in the Philadelphia / Delaware Valley Area, managing both direct-sales accounts and business partners acting on IBM's behalf. In 2006, he led the electronic storage sales effort within the Pharmaceutical Industry supporting Bristol-Myers/Squibb, Merck, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Schering-Plough, Johnson & Johnson, and Novartis.

     In 2007, after 27 years, Fisher retired from IBM. Now, along with editingThe Almanack, he also provides operational, marketing, and website support for his wife, Judith's personal styling and esthetics business in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.

     Fisher has 3 children: Charles III is currently living in Alabama and after a career as Regional Sales Manager for Dixie Homecrafters and Gutter Guardian, Inc and Home Depot Home Services, is now working as an independent certified home and roofing inspector; Geoffrey resides in Bucks County, is a graduate of Temple University's College of Liberal Arts, served as an intern with the State Department in 2012 and is currently enrolled in an on-line masters program studying military history and doing volunteer work as a research assistant at The David Library in Washington's Crossing, Pennsylvania;  Jonathan is a graduate of Johnson & Wales Culinary Arts School, Providence, Rhode Island and has held positions  as executive chef at The Brick Hotel, Newtown, Pennsylvania, pastry sous chef at Le Bec Fin, Philadelphia, and at the French Laundry, in Napa Valley, California.  In 2012, after a successful internship at Spain's Cellar Con Roca (rated #1 restaurant in the world by Michelin) was hired full-time where he worked until 2013. He is now working as head sous-chef  at [ONE] restaurant in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.