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MID-ATLANTIC WEATHER WATCH FOR DECEMBER

Fair and cool (1,2,3) turning windy and colder, lake-effect snow (4,5). Nor’easter, snow heavy in the northern part of the region (6,7,8,9)returning to fair and cold weather with periods of more lake-effect snow (10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17). Fair and cold (18,19) with more snow, some rain in the south (20,21); fair and cold again (22,23,24,25,26) with heavy snow (27,28) ending the month with fair but very cold temperatures 29,30,31). 

GARDENING ACTIVITIES

FOR DECEMBER 



A THOUGHT 
FOR TODAY'S LIVING 

     "The thought that goes into the giving 
       of a gift to a friend or loved one is so 
       much more important than the value 
       of the gift"                      
                        John Gruber (1768--1857)


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NEWS  NEWS  NEWS       

HAGERSTOWN TOWN  AND  COUNTRY ALMANACK 

CONTACT:  Gerald W. Spessard, Business/Sales Manager  TELEPHONE: (301) 491-4002 (Cell)  (717) 294-6086

               "He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree”
 
                                                 Roy L. Smith (1887-1963)

MID-ATLANTIC WEATHER WATCH: Fair and cool (1,2,3) turning windy and colder, lake-effect snow (4,5). Nor’easter, snow heavy in the northern part of the region (6,7,8,9)returning to fair and cold weather with periods of more lake-effect snow (10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17). Fair and cold (18,19) with more snow, some rain in the south (20,21); fair and cold again (22,23,24,25,26) with heavy snow (27,28) ending the month with fair but very cold temperatures 29,30,31). 

TORNADO WATCH: The Hagerstown Town and Country Almanack sees no tornado activity in the Mid-Atlantic Region during the month of December. 

FULL MOON: December’s FULL MOON occurs on Sunday, December 3rd.  For obvious reasons, it has been referred to as COLD MOON and also ICE-FORMING MOON because of the ice forming over many lakes and ponds in the region during the month.  Some Native Americans called it BEAVER MOON because beavers are most active in December, scurrying to finish building their dams and lodges before winter sets in. 
 
SPECIAL NOTES:  Happy Holidays to everyone from The Hagerstown Town and Country Almanack!  Your favorite almanac is looking forward to another year and we pledge to be there to inform, inspire, and entertain you!  And always remember that The Almanack makes a great gift for anyone, friend or family.  It is the gift that keeps on giving throughout the new year. Simply point your browser to www.almanack.com/order and order a holiday copy or two (or three or four!) today to ensure delivery before Christmas.  

HOLIDAYS: In 2017, Hanukkah begins at sunset on Tuesday, December 12th, the Winter Solstice occurs on Thursday, December 21st, and Christmas falls on Monday, December 25th. Have fun with family and friends but also resolve to keep that joyful and giving spirit alive throughout the entire coming year! New Year’s Eve falls on Sunday, December 31st. For a safe and family-oriented evening of fun, food, and entertainment on the very first night of the year, consider attending a First Night Celebration. It your town or municipality doesn’t hold one, go to www.firstnight.com/cities to find a celebration nearest you. 

THE GARDEN: Utilize this time to do any major last-minute cleanup projects around the garden area. Haul away any debris that is to large or woody for the compost, build paths, turn the compost pile to keep it warm, and generally make the garden space tidy before the spring returns. Make sure that your beds (especially ground beds) are properly protected from any erosion with leaves, mulch or other organic materials. Consider a garden shop gift card, garden tools, or offering to clean, refurbish, or sharpen garden equipment for the gardener in your life. Books on their favorite type of plants, or a gift card to a popular gardening catalog are also welcome gifts.

J. GRUBER’S THOUGHT FOR TODAY’S LIVING

"The thought that goes into the giving of a gift to a friend or loved one is so much more important than the value of the gift”