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MID-ATLANTIC WEATHER WATCH FOR APRIL

Fair and colder (1,2,3,4,5)with showers (6,7,8). Fair and cool (9,10,11,12,13,14,15) with more showers (16,17); fair and cool again (18,19) with yet more showers (20,21) turning fair and mild ( 22,23,24) with again, more April showers in the southern part of the region (25,26).  The month ends with fair and much cooler weather (27,28,29,30). 

GARDENING ACTIVITIES

FOR APRIL 



A THOUGHT 
FOR TODAY'S LIVING 

    "While the truth may be painful 
     to hear today, the wise man will 
     benefit from it tomorrow”

               John Gruber (1768--1857)
  

Jerry Spessard - The Almanack Business/Sales Manager 

      Jerry Spessard has been the Business Manager of The Hagerstown Town & Country Almanack since 1984 and its Sales Manager since 2002.

      Spessard is a native of Hagerstown, Maryland. Upon graduating from the local schools he attended Virginia Technical Institute, earning a Bachelor's Degree in 1971 and Master's Degree in 1974. In the time between earning his degrees, Spessard enlisted in the U. S. Army Reserves and served his country for 7 years as a reservist.

     After graduating from Virginia Tech, Spessard embarked on a banking career, but after five years, Spessard took the opportunity to purchase ½ of a well-established insurance agency, Keller Stonebraker Insurance, Inc., Hagerstown, Maryland. He is still with Keller Stonebraker. In addition to the insurance and Almanack businesses, Spessard has developed several real estate projects (Smithsburg Plaza, a community branch bank building, and office buildings) in the Hagerstown area.

     Besides his insurance and real estates ventures, Spessard also pursued a life-long desire to improve sports safety. As a youth, he had been injured while playing Little League baseball and out of that experience, wanted to invent a safety product that would prevent the same injuries that he had suffered. After more than 20 years of playing around with the concept, he designed and was finally granted a patent and trademark for his invention, "The GameFace Sports Safety Mask". Today the GameFace product is one of the most purchased pieces of equipment for competitive softball.

     Spessard is married to the former Debbie Bingaman of Hagerstown. They reside on a 33-acre hobby farm in Fulton County, Pennsylvania, where they together raise polled Hereford beef cattle.

     Together, the Spessards have 5 children; Jerry has 3: Julie and her husband Dan Ebersole reside in Boonsboro, Maryland where Julie works in Social Work and her husband is a real estate attorney; Laura lives in New York City and works for Ernst & Young, and Gerry II is a senior at the University of Maryland where he has been a member of the varsity baseball team since his freshman year. Debbie has 2 children living in Hagerstown; Matt is a mechanic at a local car dealership and Emily works at Kohl's Department store.