Windy, cold, lake-effect snow (1,2,3) turning fair but very cold (4,5,6,7,8,9). Light snow, mainly in the northern part of the region (10,11,12) again, turning fair, but very cold (13,14,5,16). Windy, cold, with some lake-effect snow (17,18,19) returning to fair and rather cold temperatures (20,21,22,23,24). Light snow in the north (25,26,27); fair, rather cold (28,29,30,31.




          "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 after serving in that position for 27 years. Fisher represents the direct ancestral link to John Gruber, founder of The Almanack and carries on a family tradition that spans over 220 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 Science degree in Secondary Education / History, he spent 5 years teaching Advanced Senior American History and Social Studies in the Greater Egg Harbor Regional School District, Mays Landing, New Jersey

     In 1980, Fisher joined the IBM Corporation as a Customer 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 and now, along with editing annual editions of  The Almanack and managing its website, he provides operational support for his wife, Judith's personal styling and esthetics business, is restoring a 19th century colonial stone house in New Britain, Pennsylvania,  and plays drums in a local Beatles tribute band. 

     Fisher has 3 sons: Charles III is currently living in Alabama and after a career as Regional Sales Manager with Dixie Homecrafters and Gutter Guardian, Inc., Home Depot Home Services, and Lowes, 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, was a volunteer research assistant at The David Library in Washington's Crossing, Pennsylvania and recently received a Master of Arts degree from The American Military University, Manassas, Virginia;  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 6-month internship at Spain's Cellar Con Roca  (rated #1 restaurant in the world by Michelin), was hired full-time where he worked until 2014. He is currently the head pastry chef at The Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary, North Carolina.