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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)


ALMANACK PRESS RELEASES



Hagerstown Almanack Launches New Website and Membership Program!
Get The Almanack for $2.99 as a ‘Friend of The Almanack’
(Mercersburg, PA. March 12, 2014) – The Gruber Almanack, LLC, publishers of J. Gruber’s Hagerstown Town and Country Almanack, the second oldest almanac in the United States, proudly announces the launch of the almanac’s newly-redesigned website and the announcement of its new membership program that will offer easy and inexpensive ways to get The Almanack and see just why it’s been so endearing to so many for so long.

The new, more visually-appealing site will contain more of the content our readers have come to need and appreciate, is much easier to navigate, and will continue to support both on-line and mail/FAX purchases of current and past hardcopy editions of The Almanack. It will also allow visitors to the site the opportunity to sign up for the Friends of The Almanack (FOTA) Membership Program. For the low 30-day trial membership fee of $2.99, trial members will get immediate on-line access to The Almanack (fully downloadable and printable) at 60% off the mail-order price of $7.49 (cover price of $4.99 plus $2.50 S&H)! And as a continuing FOTA member for only $10/year, members will be then guaranteed access to the NEXT YEAR’s online edition of The Almanack. That’s a total of 2 almanacs with no S&H charges (a $15 value!). With a continuing membership, FOTAs will also get future access to additional department and feature content, past digital editions, and receive The Almanack’s monthly newsletter. And the savings continue. FOTA members will be able to purchase hardcopies of their favorite almanac (perfect for gift-giving) at the low price of $2.50 a copy (plus $2.50 S&H) for a total of only $5.00!

Visit The Almanack’s new website at www.almanack.com and check out the FOTA Program. Sign up for either the 30-day trial or the annual membership now and start to enjoy one the most accurate, informative, and charming almanacs published in the United States today at a very attract price!

Hagerstown Almanack and Sonic Drive-In Announce Woolly Bear Contest Winners!


(Emmie Neumann, Brenda Hollar, Lelyn Kegarise, Amber Kegarise, and their father, Brad Kegarise.)

(Mercersburg, PA. November 16, 2014) – It's official! The Hagerstown Town and Country Almanack and Sonic Drive-In of Hagerstown, Maryland announce the winners of the 2013 Woolly Bear Contest!

Sonic Drive-In of Hagerstown, Maryland and The Gruber Almanack, LLC. partnered in mid-October to carry on the 30-year traditional contests that has delighted thousands throughout the region. During the contest, a total of 274 woolly bears were submitted for judging to "The Woolly Bear Headquarters" at Sonic Drive-In's location on Dual Highway in Hagerstown. It is reported that this number is significantly more than in past years and was a direct result of Sonic's enthusiastic and wide-spread promotion of the contest. Business/Sales Manager and Woolly Bear Judge, Jerry Spessard from The Almanack and Sonic franchise owner, John Louderback, Paul Klotz, and Kayla Blickenstaff, were proud to announce the contest winners at a ceremony held on November 18, 2013 at Sonic Drive-In.

In the first category, Biggest and Woolliest and earning the title of "Hairy Hager" for 2013, the winning entry was submitted by Amber and Lelyn Kegarise from Hagerstown. The 9-year old and her 7-year old sister, both students at Salem Avenue Elementary School will share the $100 cash prize. Runners-up in that category were 8-year old Elise James, from Sharpsburg, Maryland and Benjamin Farmer, 9 years of age from Hagerstown. Each will receive copies of their favorite almanac.

In the second category, the Cutest and Cuddliest and crowned "Alma" for 2013, there was a tie for the coveted title. The entries from both Emmie Neumann, 18, from Smithsburg, Maryland and Brenda Hollar were deemed so "identically cute and cuddly", they were each awarded the $100 cash prize and will share the title.

The original purpose of this annual contest was to gather enough of these furry little critters so that a complete and thorough analyze of their distinct markings could be made. Many considered the woolly bear to be a true weather prognosticator and according to lore, the front band (representing the first half of winter and black in color), if a bit darker and thicker than average, indicates that winter will start off colder and wetter than normal. The middle orange band (representing the middle part of winter), if rather longer than normal, indicates that there may be a mild second half of winter. The last band, black like the first band, if very narrow, indicates that the more severe weather may return for a very brief period. The Almanack notes these characteristics and often compares them with their own predictions for the coming winter.

Hagerstown Almanack and Sonic Drive-In to Continue Woolly Bear Contest!

(Mercersburg, PA. October 10, 2013) – The Gruber Almanack, LLC. has partnered with Sonic Drive-In of Hagerstown, Maryland to continue its famous Woolly Bear Contest in 2013. The contest, a tradition in Hagerstown for over 30 years, will begin immediately and will run until Friday November 15, 2013. Contestants are asked to bring their entries to ‘Woolly Bear Headquarters’ at Sonic Drive-In’s location at 1710 Dual Highway, Hagerstown, Maryland. Their hours of operation are from 6AM to 11PM. All entries will be picked up for judging by Jerry Spessard, Business/Sales Manager of the Hagerstown Town and Country Almanack (and judge of past Woolly Bear Contests) who will make the final decision and announce the winners. As in prior years, the sponsor of the entry that is voted the "cuddliest" caterpillar of all and who will bear the name of"Alma”for the coming year will receive an award of $100 and a gift from Sonic, as will the submitter of the Grand Champion and Biggest Bear who will proudly bear the title of"Hairy Hager".

Many considered the woolly bear to be a true weather prognosticators and the nature of the 3 bands will also be noted during the competition. The front band (representing the first half of winter and black in color), if a bit darker and thicker than average, indicates that winter will start off colder and wetter than normal. The middle orange band (representing the middle part of winter), if rather longer than normal, indicates that there may be a mild second half of winter. The last band, black like the first band, if very narrow, indicates that the more severe weather may return for a very brief period. Many participants of the contest took additional interest in comparing The Almanack’s predictions with the woolly bear’s over the coming winter.

The Almanack wants to assure all of the participants that each and every entry submitted will be treated with the up-most respect and will be well- attended to until the final judging process is completed..…a process that leaves the fuzzy little creatures completely unharmed. All entries are returned to their natural habitat in a nearby farm pasture as quickly as possible as to minimize any trauma or separation anxiety!

John Gruber’s Hagerstown Almanack Company is 39th Oldest Company in U.S!

(Mercersburg, PA. October 1, 2013) – The Gruber Almanack, LLC. (formerly The Gruber Almanack Company) publisher of theHagers-Town Town and Country Almanackis proud to be recognized as the39th oldest company in the United States. This distinction adds to the many achievements of printer John Gruber, one of Hagerstown, Maryland’s ‘favorite sons’, who first published his famous almanac back in 1797 (making it the second oldest almanac in the United States). The Almanack has been published continuously for 218 years and is the ONLY almanac that is still published today by direct descendants of its founder. Along with partner and son-in-law, Daniel May, Gruber was the first to publish The Star-Spangled Banner in song form in his National Songster - 1814, Hagerstown, Maryland.

A celebration commemorating Gruber’s significant cultural and historical achievements is being planned by the City of Hagerstown to be held in late 2014.

J. Gruber's January 2013 Newsletter

(Mercersburg, PA, January 1, 2013) – Whether you live in Jackson, New Jersey or Jackson, Wyoming, J. Gruber’s Garden and Farm Almanac has your regional weather forecasts for January, 2013! For your region’s weather, visit our website at www.almanack.com, click on ‘Almanack News’. Select ‘National Monthly Weather Forecasts’ and reference the U.S. map for your region’s weather for the month.

FULL MOON FOR JANUARY
January’s FULL MOON will occur on the 26th. Originally, Native Americans called it HUNGER MOON because of the scarcity of food everywhere at this time. . It has also been referred to as WOLF MOON because of the increased presence of wolf packs around villages and camps who boldly wandered closer in search of food.

HOLIDAYS IN JANUARY
Carry the good will expressed during the recent holidays into the New Year and try to keep those resolutions. Sometimes it is very difficult to do, but if you frame them reasonably and realistically, you will surely succeed! Remember to honor the great Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, January 21st.

SPECIAL NOTES
For increased winter wellness, equip rooms with humidifiers and clean them regularly according to manufacturer’s recommendations. This will prevent bacterial growth. Remember to get as much sunlight outdoors whenever you can and drink plenty of water. A winter auto safety tip: Always clear snow away from your car’s exhaust pipes before starting. This will prevent dangerous carbon monoxide from seeping back into the car. NEVER warm up a car in an attached or stand-alone garage, even if the door is open!

J. GRUBER’S 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.”

J. Gruber's December 2012 Newsletter

(Mercersburg, PA, December 1, 2012) – Whether you live in Burlington, Vermont or Burlington, Washington, J. Gruber’s Garden and Farm Almanac has your regional weather forecasts for December, 2012! For your region’s weather, visit our website at www.almanack.com, click on ‘Almanack News’. Select ‘National Monthly Weather Forecasts’ and reference the U.S. map for your region’s weather for the month.

FULL MOON FOR DECEMBER
The FULL MOON for December occurs on Saturday, December 10th. Many Native Americans referred to December’s FULL MOON as the COLD MOON (for obvious reasons!). It also has been known as the BEAVER MOON and sometimes ICE-FORMING MOON because beavers are quite busy trying to complete their dams and lodges before winter sets in and because ice starts to appear on lakes and ponds at this time of year.

HOLIDAYS IN DECEMBER
Season’s Greetings from the staff at J. Gruber’s Garden and Farm Almanac! Thanks to everyone who has continued to support us. Celebrate Christmas on Sunday, December 25th. Enjoy family and friends during these festive times and keep that joyful and giving spirit alive throughout the coming year. New Year’s Eve is Saturday, December 31st. Here’s hoping that the New Year brings you and your family good health, full hearts, and renewed hopes.

SPECIAL NOTES
Be sure to send all of your Christmas packages through the mail early this year and also notify recipients when the packages are expected to arrive. Make moderation the watchword for this year’s festivities. Try not to over-indulge in either food or drink and you will be sure to enjoy the holidays so much more (and then you won’t have to include going on a diet as one of your New Year’s Resolutions!).

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 itself”

J. Gruber's November 2012 Newsletter

(Mercersburg, PA, November 1, 2012) – Whether you live in Georgetown, California or Georgetown, Washington, DC, J. Gruber’s Garden and Farm Almanac has your regional weather forecasts for November, 2012! For your region’s weather, visit our website at www.almanack.com, click on ‘Almanack News’. Select ‘National Monthly Weather Forecasts’ and reference the U.S. map for your region’s weather for the month.

FULL MOON FOR NOVEMBER
November’s FULL MOON occurs on the 28h at 9:46AM. It has become known as the DYING GRASS MOON or FALLING LEAF MOON because colder days and killing frost have killed the grass and the last leaves are falling from the trees though some Native Americans called it BIG WIND MOON, because of the high winds this time of year.

HOLIDAYS IN NOVEMBER
Election Day falls on Tuesday, November 6th. This year, we are voting for president but every year, it is most important that we all exercise our right to shape our great nation. Veteran’s Day is celebrated on Sunday, November 11th. We must never forget that it was through their sacrifice and continued commitment that we have the freedom to do what we want to do, say what we want to say, and be who we want to be. Make a pledge to live up to the gift of liberty every day. Celebrate Thanksgiving this year on Thursday, November 22nd. Be sure to spend quality time with loved ones and share in the great bounty that our rich land provides us all.

SPECIAL NOTES
J. Gruber’s Garden and Farm Almanac’s companion publication, The Hagerstown Town and Country Almanack is proud to announce that it has received the 2012 Achievement in Living Traditions Award (ALTA) for tradition from Maryland Traditions, the Folklife Program of The Maryland State Arts Council. The program supports and recognizes people, places, and traditions for their stewardship of living traditions in the State of Maryland. A free award ceremony and concert will be held on December 1, 2012 at the Montgomery College Cultural Center, on the Montgomery College Takoma Park – Silver Spring campus. For more information about The Maryland State Arts Council and the Maryland Traditions Program, go to www.msacorg. Remember to turn your clocks back at 2AM on November 4th as Daylight Savings ends for this year.

J. GRUBER’S THOUGHT FOR TODAY’S LIVING
"Every person has two educations – one which he receives from others and one more important which he gives himself”

ALTA Awards Honor Pillars Of Maryland Heritage

Ceremony and concert link Marylanders to living cultural traditions

DATE—(BALTIMORE)Maryland Traditions, the Folklife Program of theMaryland State Arts Council, today announced the ALTA (Achievement in Living Traditions and Arts) Award recipients for 2012. The awards recognize outstanding stewards of living traditions in the State of Maryland and will be presented to three recipients at a Dec. 1 free awards ceremony and concert at the Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center on the Montgomery College Takoma Park – Silver Spring campus.

ALTA awards are presented annually to an individual or group, a place and a tradition that embody and help to preserve Maryland’s cultural heritage. The 2012 ALTA Award recipients are:The Carroll County Ramblers(People),Sparrows Point Steel Mill and its Communities(Place), andJ. Gruber’s Hagerstown Town and Country Almanack(Tradition).

"In this global age, it is important to connect with the cultures that make Maryland a truly distinct place,” said Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development Secretary Christian Johansson. "The ALTA Awards honor and celebrate the deep roots of our past and the people, places and traditions of today that keep our heritage alive.”

In addition to the ceremony, this year’s ALTA Awards includes a special tribute in honor of Mike Auldridge, a co-founder and former member of the Bethesda-based bluegrass band The Seldom Scene. A lifelong Marylander, Auldridge is known internationally for his distinctive style on the Dobro. He was awarded a 2012 National Heritage Fellowship—the nation’s highest honor for traditional arts—by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for his role in pioneering contemporary bluegrass and country music.

There will also be a musical celebration in honor of the longstanding contributions of Joe Byrne to the traditional Irish music communities of Maryland and beyond. Byrne, the late proprietor of J. Patrick’s Irish Pub in Baltimore, received a 2008 ALTA Award in the category of Place. Traditional Irish musicians from the Baltimore and DC area will come together to celebrate the legacy of J. Patrick’s.

For tickets to the ALTA Awards Ceremony, call the box office at (240) 567-5775. The event is free of charge, but tickets must be reserved.

2012 ALTA AWARD RECIPIENTS

PEOPLE: The Carroll County Ramblersare a bluegrass group based in Taneytown, Maryland (Carroll County). Founded by Dottie and Leroy Eyler in 1961, the group has mentored generations of bluegrass musicians throughout the Maryland/Pennsylvania/Virginia/West Virginia quad-state region. For more than a decade they have been hosts and featured performers of an ongoing music series at the Arcadia Volunteer Fire Company Hall near Westminster. Their style is best described as "traditional bluegrass” and their original songs chronicle local history and the everyday fabric of family life ("Grandma’s Sewing Machine”). When Leroy Eyler passed away in 1995, and Dottie Eyler retired from performing in 2010, leadership of the group passed to daughter Bonny Eyler (bass, vocals) and son Dale Eyler (fiddle, vocals). For 51 years, the Carroll County Ramblers have been staples of bluegrass festivals throughout the mid-Atlantic region.

PLACE: Sparrows Point Steel Mill and its Communitiesare being honored as a vital ‘place’ of enduring importance in the industrial heritage and story of Maryland. For 125 years, tens of thousands of steel workers and associated personnel have known Sparrows Point Steel Mill (Baltimore County) not only as a place of employment, but as the center of community life, with special importance in the company towns of Dundalk and Sparrows Point. Created by the Pennsylvania Steel Company in 1887, and taken over by Bethlehem Steel in 1916, the mill became the world’s largest center for producing steel – evident in the girders of the Golden Gate, George Washington, and Bay Bridges – and for shipbuilding. As a key production site during both World Wars, Sparrows Point peaked during the 1960s and saw a gradual decline in the decades that followed. Though today it faces permanent closure, the mill remains a significant place that grounds a living heritage amongst former workers and community members, as well as a site that is deeply associated with a constellation of collective and personal memories. Accepting the award on behalf of the mill’s community are twoBaltimore Countyoral historians,Louis DiggsandElmer Hall, as well as theDundalk-Patapsco Neck Historical Society. Researching the history of African-Americans in Baltimore County for 17 years, Louis Diggs has also focused on the African-American neighborhood of Turner Station in Dundalk. His book, From the Meadows to the Point, is a compilation of memories and personal photographs of Turner Station residents, many of whom had worked at the mill over the course of the 20th century. Elmer Hall, who grew up in the company town of Sparrows Point, is also instrumental in recording the stories of local residents and steelworking families, as well as establishing a popular Sparrows Point reunion picnic for the past 7 years. As a key community repository, the Dundalk-Patapsco Neck Historical Society, located in the center of Dundalk and run by dedicated volunteers, serves to safeguard the heritage and living memories of the mill and its surrounding areas through its extensive archives and exhibitions on local history, annual train gardens and other public events.

TRADITION:J. Gruber’s Hagerstown Town and Country Almanack, orThe Almanack, is the oldest almanac in the United States that is still produced by heirs of the original founder, John Gruber. Established in Hagerstown (Washington County), it has been providing agricultural, meteorological and astrological information for the Mid-Atlantic region since 1797.The Almanack, which also contains folk remedies, local poetry, and other forms of traditional community wisdom, was printed in German for its first 25 years, reflecting the fact that the language was still heavily used in the region. In 1822, as readership increased, an English language version ofThe Almanackwas printed and the publication of both German and English editions continued for 100 years. It is the English version of the original publication that has continued through to today. Currently edited by the great-great-great-great great grandson of John Gruber, Charles W. Fisher, Jr., millions of copies have been sold and distributed, impacting a significant amount of farming families and agricultural communities. It is said thatThe Almanackhas made Hagerstown widely known throughout the US and has given Maryland an ‘epicenter’ of farming and agricultural life. At its core is the tradition of forecasting next year’s weather, down to the very day, by using centuries-old astrological calculations, a process that is still continued by mathematician, Professor William O’Toole III of Emmitsburg. In recent years, other traditions have developed in association with the almanac, such as the annual Woolly Bear Contest, where caterpillar-like woolly bears are collected in large quantities so that a "complete and thorough analysis of their distinct markings can be made to determine how severe or mild the coming winter will be.”

ABOUT THE ALTA AWARD

The ALTA Award was created in 2007 to honor the work of Dr. Alta Schrock (1911-2001). Dr. Schrock, a native of Garrett County, taught biology at Frostburg State University. She was the force behind The Spruce Forest Artisan Village, Penn Alps, The Journal of the Alleghenies and the Springs Festival, to name a few of her achievements in cultural conservation.

Awards are presented annually to an individual or group, a place and a tradition that embody and help to sustain Maryland’s cultural heritage.Peopleare selected based on their demonstration of the highest standards of excellence in such areas as research, documentation, presentation, entrepreneurship, artistry, stewardship and community impact; thePlaceshonored serve to keep traditions alive and are meaningful gathering places or sites of enduring memories or endangered traditions; and Traditions recognized are those that connect communities to cultural heritage in ways that exemplify the distinctive spirit of Maryland and may include events, occupations, knowledge, cultural scenes, and organizations.

ABOUT THE MARYLAND STATE ARTS COUNCIL

The Maryland State Arts Council, an agency of the Maryland Department of Business & Economic Development, Division of Tourism, Film and the Arts, is dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. The mission of the council is to encourage and invest in the advancement of the arts for the people of Maryland. In Fiscal Year 2010, Maryland State Arts Council grantees’ activities support more than 10,600 jobs and generate $1 billion in local economic activity and $36.5 million in state and local taxes. For more information, visitwww.msac.orgor call (410) 767-6555 or TTY 1-800-735-2258.

Suns Will Revive Woolly Bear Contest

Suns will partner with Hagerstown Almanack to continue contest

Hagerstown, MD – TheHagerstown Sunshave agreed to partner with theHagerstown Town and Country Almanackto keep the Annual Woolly Bear caterpillar contest alive. By doing so, the Suns will now play host to the Woolly Bear Headquarters and the spot for ‘in-person’ judging of the caterpillars.

"When we heard that the contest was going to no longer exist it obviously struck a chord with our entire organization” said Suns General Manager, Bill Farley. Our mascot, Woolie B, is based off of the Woolly Bear caterpillars and we felt it was our duty to see the contest continue.”

The contest will begin immediately and run until Friday November 2. Contestants are asked to bring their entries to the Suns front office located at Municipal Stadium. Jerry Spessard, former judge of the Woolly Bear Contest, has agreed to help the Suns with the judging duties – including deciding which caterpillar is largest and woolliest.

Contest winners will receive $100 from the Almanack and a special gift from the Suns organization.

Suns individual game tickets, season tickets, mini-plans, and group packages are on sale now. For more information and to reserve your seat at Municipal Stadium, call 301-791-6266, orwww.hagerstownsuns.com. The Hagerstown Suns are owned by Hagerstown Baseball, LLC.

J. Gruber's October 2012 Newsletter

REGIONAL WEATHER FORECASTS FOR OCTOBER NOW AVAILABLE!
(Mercersburg, PA, October 1, 2012) – Whether you live in Springfield, Colorado or Springfield, New Jersey, J. Gruber’s Garden and Farm Almanac has your regional weather forecasts for October, 2012! For your region’s weather, visit our website atwww.almanack.com, click on ‘Almanack News’. Select ‘National Monthly Weather Forecasts’ and reference the U.S. map for your region’s weather for the month.

FULL MOON FOR OCTOBER
The FULL MOON in October will occur on October 29h and is the HUNTER’S MOON for 2012. It has also been known as YELLOW LEAF MOON because of all of the leaves turning bright colors at this time of year. The Cree Indian Tribe called it the MOON OF FALLING LEAVES because so many trees lose the last of their leaves in October.

HOLIDAYS IN OCTOBER
Columbus Day falls on Monday, October 8th and United Nations Day is celebrated on Wednesday, October 24th. The children’s favorite holiday next to Christmas is Halloween which falls on Wednesday, October 31st. Don’t be "tricked” into taking safety for granted so "treat” yourself and the young ones to safe and early-evening activities that will end by dusk. Be sure to have older children carry flashlights and wear reflective clothing (or costumes!) after dark. Be sure to check all treats when the children return.

SPECIAL NOTES
Many Fall Festivals are planned throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region. Be sure to check your local newspaper for information about the ones nearest you. Many have contests for the best scarecrow or the scariest pumpkin. This is a great opportunity to spend quality time with your children and help develop their imaginations and express their creativity (and your own, too!). Consult your physician if you suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SDD). Symptoms may include depression, irritability, fatigue or apathy. Getting more sun or using special sunlamps will help as the days get shorter. Remember to get your flu shots early this year!

J. GRUBER’S THOUGHT FOR TODAY’S LIVING
"Whenever you feel blue or depressed, let a child show you the wonders and beauty in the world we live in”

Hagerstown Almanack Ends Woolly Bear Contest

(Mercersburg, PA. September 27, 2012) – The Gruber Almanack, LLC sadly announces that it will no longer be conducting its Annual Woolly Bear Contest, a traditional event held in the Mid-Atlantic Region for 30 years. Each year, The Almanack accepted submissions from around the area competing for the largest and cuddliest awards. It was an event that families and school children looked forward to in the Fall. Over-all decline in participation, no local Woolly Bear Headquarters for ‘in-person’ judging, and few Facebook/email submissions were cited as reasons for the decision.

Many considered the woolly bear to be a true weather prognosticators and the nature of the 3 bands would also be noted during the competition. For example, the front band (representing the first half of winter and black in color) if a bit darker and thicker than average, indicates that winter will start off colder and wetter than normal. The middle orange band (representing the middle part of winter), if rather longer than normal, indicates that there may be a mild second half of winter. The last band, black like the first band, if very narrow, indicates that the more severe weather may return for a very brief period. Many participants of the contest took interest in comparing The Almanack’s predictions with the woolly bear’s over the coming winter.

The Almanack wishes to thank all past winners, participants, and supporters of its Woolly Bear Contest and hopes that the interest in these fuzzy little creatures and their place in American folklore will continue.

J. Gruber’s Hagerstown Town & Country Almanack is an annual publication that has served generations in the Mid-Atlantic Region over its 217 years of continuous publication as a primary source for regional weather predictions, vital astronomical data, farm and gardening tips, contemporary household hints, and its own unique and thoughtful insights on everyday living. It's been called "uniquely Hagerstown" but is well known throughout the world. It is the second oldest almanac in the United States and is THE ONLY almanac still published by heirs of its founder, John Gruber. News organizations such as USA Today, U.S. News and World Report, and NBC-TV have described the Hagerstown Almanack’s forecasts to be more accurate than most other weather almanacs – and at times, even the National Weather Service!

2013 Hagerstown Town & Country Almanack Fall Edition Now on Newsstands!

(Mercersburg, PA. September 4, 2012) – The Gruber Almanack, LLC proudly announces the availability of the Fall Edition of the 2013J. Gruber’s Hagerstown Town and Country Almanack.The Fall Edition can be purchased at grocery, pharmacy, hardware, book and other popular retail stores beginning September 4, 2012. For a complete list of retailers, visit our website (www.almanack.com) and click onWhere to Buy Us. And you can always order a copy on-line!

A total of 16 months of weather forecasts (September, 2012 to December, 2013) are inside as well as important astronomical data, hints and tips for the house, farm and garden, a degree of humor, and thought-provoking quotes and sayings that are sure to inspire! For your added enjoyment, a number of insightful and informative features are included on such topics as the origins of our national anthem, the art of canning and preserving, and our own Catalog Picks for 2013.

J. Gruber’s Hagerstown Town & Country Almanackis an annual publication that has served many generations as the primary source for regional weather predictions, farm and gardening tips, contemporary household hints, and its own unique and thoughtful insights on everyday living in the 21st century. It's been called "uniquely Hagerstown" but is well known throughout the world.

The Almanackhas a long history. It is the second oldest almanac in the United States and is THE OLDEST almanac still published by heirs of its founder, John Gruber. At 217 years old, it's one of the most talked about almanacs around the nation. News organizations such as USA Today, U.S. News and World Report, and NBC-TV have described the Hagerstown Almanack’s forecasts to be more accurate than most other weather almanacs – and even the National Weather Service!

2013 J. Gruber’s Garden and Farm Almanac Fall Edition Now on Newsstands!

(Mercersburg, PA. September 4, 2012) – The Gruber Almanack, LLC proudly announces the availability of the Fall Edition of the 2013J. Gruber's Garden and Farm Almanac, an expanded national/regional version of its historically significantHagerstown Town and Country Almanack.J. Gruber’sFall Edition can be purchased at grocery, pharmacy, hardware, book and other popular retail stores beginning September 4, 2012. For a complete list of retailers, visit our website (www.almanack.com) and click onWhere to Buy Us. And you can always order a copy on-line!

A total of 16 months of weather forecasts (September, 2012 to December, 2013) are inside as well as important astronomical data, hints and tips for the house, farm and garden, a degree of humor, and thought-provoking quotes and sayings that are sure to inspire! For your added enjoyment, a number of insightful and informative features are included on such topics as the origins of our national anthem, the art of canning and preserving, and our own Catalog Picks for 2013.

First published in 2011,J. Gruber’s Almanacis modeled afterThe Hagerstown Town & Country Almanackwhich has served generations as a primary source for regional weather predictions, farm and gardening tips, contemporary household and handyman hints, and its own unique and thoughtful insights on everyday living in the 21st century. It's been called "uniquely Hagerstown" but is well known throughout the world.

TheHagerstown Town and Country Almanackhas a long history. It is the second oldest almanac in the United States and is THE OLDEST almanac still published by heirs of its founder, John Gruber. At 217 years old, it's one of the most talked about almanacs around the nation. News organizations such as USA Today, U.S. News and World Report, and NBC-TV have described the Hagerstown Almanack’s forecasts to be more accurate than most other weather almanacs – and even the National Weather Service!

J. Gruber's September 2012 Newsletter

REGIONAL WEATHER FORECASTS FOR SEPTEMBER NOW AVAILABLE!
(Mercersburg, PA, September 1, 2012) – Whether you live in Ashland, California or Ashland, Pennsylvania,J. Gruber’s Garden and Farm Almanachas your regional weather forecasts for September, 2012! For your region’s weather, visit our website at www.almanack.com, click on ‘Almanack News’. Select ‘National Monthly Weather Forecasts’ and reference the U.S. map for your region’s weather for the month.

FULL MOON FOR SEPTEMBER
September’s Full Moon is most famously known as theHARVEST MOON. It is the Full Moon that falls closest to the Autumnal Equinox at a time when the moon rises soon after sunset on several successive days. According to tradition, the extra light from the moon during that period gave the farmer more time to finish up his chores and bring in the harvest. The AUTUMNAL EQUINOX is on Saturday, September 22nd. The closest Full Moon to that date is on the 29th and is therefore theHARVEST MOONof 2012. It has also been referred to asFULL WORT MOON. The word "wort” originates from the Old English word, wyrt, which refers to plants, particularly herbs. Witches and natural healers would gather herbs at this time of year, stocking up for the Winter months ahead.

HOLIDAYS IN SEPTEMBER
Get ready for a Labor Day cookout on Monday, September 3rd. Refuel the propane and clean up the grill. With all of the ‘grillin’ you did this Summer, it’s sure to need it one more time and you don’t want anything to spoil your holiday weekend. Religious holidays observed this month include the Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashanah) on Sunday, September 16th, and the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) which begins at sunset on September 25th.

SPECIAL NOTES
We will never forget those who tragically lost their lives on September 11, 2001. Be sure to say an extra prayer for the many fallen firefighters, police, and EMT personnel who willingly gave their lives trying to save others. We all owe them and their families a huge debt of gratitude. The 2013 Fall Edition ofJ. Gruber’s Farm and Garden Almanacwill be on newsstands and at popular retailers throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region on September 4, 2012. But why wait? Go towww.almanack.comand order your copy on-line today and you will get it delivered right to your door! And consider taking advantage of our popular 3-year subscription offer that guarantees delivery ofThe Almanackwith no shipping charges for the next 3 years. A great deal for a great almanac! And remember, you can always click on ‘Where To Buy Us’ for a complete listing of retailers where you can find us.

J. GRUBER'S THOUGHT FOR TODAY'S LIVING
"A man who won’t admit he’s been wrong loves himself more then he loves the truth”

J. Gruber's August 2012 Newsletter

REGIONAL WEATHER FORECASTS FOR AUGUST NOW AVAILABLE!
(Mercersburg, PA, August 1, 2012) – Whether you live in Georgetown, Washington, DC or Georgetown, California, J. Gruber’s Garden and Farm Almanac has your regional weather forecasts for August, 2012! For your region’s weather, visit our website at www.almanack.com, click on ‘Almanack News’. Select ‘National Monthly Weather Forecasts’ and reference the U.S. map for your region’s weather for the month.

FULL MOON FOR AUGUST
August’s Full Moon will occur on August 31st. It has been commonly referred to as Dog Moon for ‘The Dog Days of Summer’ which end on Saturday, August 11th. It has also been called Full Ripe Moon or Fruit Moon because of the many summer vegetables and fruits that come ripe at this time and Sturgeon Moon because sturgeon season begins in many parts of the world.

HOLIDAYS IN AUGUST
Where did the Summer go? September (and Labor Day) is right around the corner and that means back to school for many. Make a list of school supplies that will be need in those first days and buy them now. Encourage high school seniors to complete at least one college application before school starts.

SPECIAL NOTES
The 2013 Fall Edition of J. Gruber’s Garden and Farm Almanac will be on newsstands and at many popular retailers throughout the United States very soon but you can order your copy right now! Simply go to www.almanack.com and order your copy on-line and you will get it delivered right to your door. And consider taking advantage of our popular 3-year subscription offer that guarantees delivery of The Almanack with no shipping charges for the next 3 years. A great deal for a great almanac! Remember that you can always click on ‘Where To Buy Us’ for a complete listing of retailers where you can find us.

J. GRUBER'S THOUGHT FOR TODAY'S LIVING
"Congratulating oneself is not the best evidence of success”

J. Gruber's July 2012 Newsletter

REGIONAL WEATHER FORECASTS FOR JULY NOW AVAILABLE!
(Mercersburg, PA, July 1, 2012) – Whether you live in Clinton, New Jersey or Clinton, Washington, J. Gruber’s Garden and Farm Almanac has your regional weather forecasts for July, 2012! For your region’s weather, visit our website at www.almanack.com, click on ‘Almanack News’. Select ‘National Monthly Weather Forecasts’ and reference the U.S. map for your region’s weather for the month.

FULL MOON FOR JULY
There are many names for July’s Full Moon which rises on the 3rd at 1:52PM EST. Many Native Americans referred to it as the THUNDER MOON because of the frequent thunderstorms that were most severe during this time of year. Others called it the HAY MOON since hay tended to ripen at this time. It is also known as the BUCK MOON due to the rapid growth and appearance of antlers on young bucks in July.

HOLIDAYS IN JULY
Celebrate the 4th with safety in mind. Some good advice if you are planning a picnic with the family or friends -- keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold with the proper containers. If boating, don’t mix your fun with alcohol. Poor judgment and "boater’s hypnosis”, which can affect you after long periods exposed to the sun, glare, noise, and vibration can be equally deadly.

SPECIAL NOTES
Those ol’ Dog Days of Summer begin on Monday, July 3rd! Get ready for some hot, hazy, and humid days (and J. Gruber’s is predicting quite a few of them throughout the month!). On July 4th in 1776, the Continental Congress passed a resolution saying, "these United Colonies are, and of right, ought to be, free and independent states”.

J. GRUBER'S THOUGHT FOR TODAY'S LIVING
"It is more important to be politically informed than politically correct”

J. Gruber's June 2012 Newsletter

REGIONAL WEATHER FORECASTS FOR JUNE ARE NOW AVAILABLE!
(Mercersburg, PA, June 1, 2012) - Whether you live in Fairview, Alabama or Fairview, Oregon, J. Gruber's Garden and Farm Almanac has your regional weather forecasts for June, 2012! For your region's weather, visit our website at www.almanack.com, click on 'Almanack News'. Select 'National Monthly Weather Forecasts' and reference the U.S. map for your region's weather for the month.

FULL MOON FOR JUNE
June's FULL MOON will rise Monday, the 4th at 6:12 AM EST. It has been referred to by many Native American Tribes as the FULL ROSE MOON because roses bloom at the beginning of the month. It is also called the STRAWBERRY MOON because the first strawberries of the season become ripe for the picking at this time.

HOLIDAYS IN JUNE
Flag Day is celebrated on Thursday, June 14th so be sure to fly Old Glory with pride! And don't forget to remember your father on his day, Father's Day, which falls on Sunday, June 17th in 2012. Do something really nice for the "old man" like breakfast in bed, an outing to his favorite sporting event, or a special dinner out.

SPECIAL NOTES
Summer officially arrives with the Summer Solstice on Wednesday, June 20th. June is graduation month for many students so be sure to honor your "favorite student" with a special gift or a memorable event. On a historical note, Secretary of War, Edwin M. Stanton signed the special order designating a site in Arlington, Virginia as a military cemetery on June 15, 1864. Also, in June of 1924, the US Congress granted citizenship to all American Indians.

J. GRUBER'S THOUGHT FOR TODAY'S LIVING
"Every person has two educations - one which he receives from others, and one more important which he gives himself"

J. Gruber's May 2012 Newsletter

REGIONAL WEATHER FORECASTS FOR MAY ARE NOW AVAILABLE!
(Mercersburg, PA, May 1, 2012) – Whether you live in Jackson, New Jersey or Jackson, Wyoming, Washington, J. Gruber's Garden and Farm Almanac has your regional weather forecasts for May, 2012! For your region's weather, visit our website at www.almanack.com, click on 'Almanack News'. Select 'National Monthly Weather Forecasts' and reference the U.S. map for your region's weather for the month.

FULL MOON FOR APRIL
The FULL MOON for May will rise on Saturday, May 5th at 10:35PM EST. With so many flowers blooming after those April showers, the FULL MOON of May has naturally become known as the FLOWER MOON. The Huron Indians called it the BUDDING MOON for similar reasons. Farmers called it the MILK MOON because of a noticed increase in milk produced during this month.

HOLIDAYS IN APRIL
Cinco de Mayo is celebrated on Saturday, May 5th. Mothers are honored on Mother's Day which is celebrated on Sunday, May 13th. The smallest gesture of a nice card, bright flowers, or a nice dinner out will tell her just how much she means to you. Memorial Day falls on Monday, May 28th. Celebrate the start of the 2012 summer season but do not forget those who have served and are still serving in our armed forces. We owe them all so much for what they have done in the past and more importantly, what they continue to do today and in the future to protect our way of life.

SPECIAL NOTES
Spring cleaning should be almost done but in case you have yet to complete this yearly task, simply point your favorite web browser to http://www.merrymaids.com/timesav.html for some tips on tough cleaning challenges or try http:/allergies.about.com/cs/springcleaning for some homemade cleaning product recipes.

J. GRUBER'S THOUGHT FOR TODAY'S LIVING
"Send your son into the world with good principles, a good temper, a good business education and habits of industry; then he will work his way"

J. Gruber's April 2012 Newsletter

REGIONAL WEATHER FORECASTS FOR APRIL ARE NOW AVAILABLE!
(Mercersburg, PA, April 1, 2012) - Whether you live in Riverside, New Jersey or Riverside, Washington, J. Gruber's Garden and Farm Almanac has your regional weather forecasts for April, 2012! For your region's weather, visit our website at www.almanack.com, click on 'Almanack News'. Select 'National Monthly Weather Forecasts' and reference the U.S. map for your region's weather for the month.

FULL MOON FOR APRIL
April'sFULL MOONwill rise on April 6th at 2:19 PM EST. Many Native Americans often referred to it asPINK MOONbecause of the many flowers and trees that turn pink and bloom during the month of April. It is also has been known asFISH MOONbecause fishing begins to pick up in most regions where the weather starts to warm.

HOLIDAYS IN APRIL
Celebrate Palm Sunday on April 1st (which also happens to be April Fool's Day), Good Friday on April 6th, and Easter Sunday on April 8th.

SPECIAL NOTES
April 15th is tax day so get your taxes done on time and avoid any penalties due to late filing. If you anticipate not meeting the deadline, request an extension by submitting the form found at www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f4868.pdf. If your taxes are simple and you plan to submit a 1040EZ form, take advantage of the free on-line version of TurboTax. To get started, go to www.turbotax.intuit.com/ and follow the on-screen instructions. . Earth Day is observed on Sunday, April 22nd. Make a special effort to go easy on Mother Earth that day (and throughout the entire year!). To find activities in your area, call the Earth Day Network at (202) 518-0044 or go to www.earthday.net.

J. GRUBER'S THOUGHT FOR TODAY'S LIVING
"A day when nothing is accomplished can never be recaptured and is lost forever"

J. Gruber's March 2012 Newsletter

REGIONAL WEATHER FORECASTS FOR MARCH ARE NOW AVAILABLE!
(Mercersburg, PA, March 1, 2012) – Whether you live in Marion, Massachusetts or Marion, Oregon, J. Gruber's Garden and Farm Almanac has your regional weather forecasts for March 2012! For your region's weather, visit our website at www.almanack.com, click on 'Almanack News'. Select 'National Monthly Weather Forecasts' and reference the U.S. map for your region's weather for the month.

FULL MOON FOR MARCH
March'sFULL MOONwill rise March 8th at 4:39 AM EST. Many Native American Tribes called itWORM MOONbecause March's warmer temperatures often softened the earth just enough to allow earthworms to begin burrowing out of the ground. It also has been known asSAP MOONbecause the sap would start to rise and run at this time throughout the region.

HOLIDAYS IN MARCH
Be sure to wear something green in honor of St. Patrick on Saturday, March 17th!

SPECIAL NOTES
The Vernal Equinox will occur on Tuesday, March 20th and signals the arrival of Spring (finally!). Don't forget to set your clocks one hour ahead when Daylight Savings starts on Sunday, March 11th at 2:00 AM EST. Take advantage of the high winds during March and "go fly a kite" with a child. Nothing is more exhilarating except maybe flying itself!

J. GRUBER'S THOUGHT FOR TODAY'S LIVING
"Gardens are for all ages: the young, for hope of the future, the elderly for fond memories of the past, and for those in between, the rewards of a good life now"

2012 J. Gruber's Garden and Farm Almanac Spring Edition Now on Newsstands!

(Mercersburg, PA. February 6, 2012) –The Gruber Almanack, LLC proudly announces the availability of the Spring Edition of its publication, J. Gruber's Garden and Farm Almanac, an expanded national/regional version of its historically significant Hagerstown Town & Country Almanack. The Spring Edition of the J. Gruber's Garden and Farm Almanac can be purchased at grocery, pharmacy, hardware, book and other popular retail stores beginning February 6, 2012. For a complete list of retailers, visit our website (www.almanack.com) and click on Where to Buy Us.

A regional tradition since 1797, The Hagerstown Almanack is the second oldest almanac in the U.S. and THE OLDEST almanac that is still published by heirs of its founder, John Gruber. Since it first appeared in 2011, J. Gruber's Almanac is quickly becoming the nation's prime source for regional and national weather predictions, farm and gardening tips, contemporary household hints, and unique and thoughtful insights on everyday living in the 21st century. Included in this edition is the 2012 Planting Table.

2012 Hagerstown Town & Country Almanack Spring Edition Now on Newsstands!

(Mercersburg, PA. February 6, 2011) – The Spring Edition of the 2012 Hagerstown Town & Country Almanack will be available at grocery, pharmacy, hardware, book and other popular retail stores beginning February 6, 2012. For a complete list of retailers, visit our website (www.almanack.com) and click on Where to Buy Us. Included in this edition is the 2012 Planting Table that was introduced in 2011.

The Hagerstown Town & Country Almanack is an annual publication that has served generations as a prime source for regional and national weather predictions, farm and gardening tips, contemporary household hints, and its own unique and thoughtful insights on everyday living in the 21st century. It also is the home of the famous annual "Woolly Bear Caterpillar Contest". It's been called "uniquely Hagerstown" but is well known throughout the world.

The Almanack has a long history. It is the second oldest almanac in the United States and is THE OLDEST almanac still published by heirs of its founder, John Gruber. At 216 years old, it's one of the most talked about almanacs around the nation. News organizations such as USA Today, U.S. News and World Report, and NBC-TV have described the Hagerstown Almanack's forecasts to be more accurate than most other weather almanacs – and even the National Weather Service!

J. Gruber's February 2012 Newsletter

REGIONAL WEATHER FORECASTS FOR FEBRUARY ARE NOW AVAILABLE!
(Mercersburg, PA, February 1, 2012) – Whether you live in Fairview, Alabama or Fairview, California, The J. Gruber's Garden and Farm Almanac has your regional weather forecasts for February 2012! For your region's weather, visit our website at www.almanack.com, click on 'Almanack News'. Select 'National Monthly Weather Forecasts' and reference the U.S. map for your region's weather for the month.

FULL MOON FOR FEBRUARY
TheFULL MOONfor February, 2012 will occur on the 7th at 4:54 EST. It was originally namedHUNGER MOONbecause many Native Americans living in cold and temperate climates had great difficulty finding food during this month. It has also been referred to as WOLF MOON because so many wolf packs would boldly wander closer and closer to villages and camps in search of something to eat.

HOLIDAYS IN FEBRUARY
Look for "Punxsutawney Phil" to make his much anticipated prediction on the coming of Spring on Thursday, February 2nd. Do something really spectacular for that special someone this Valentine's Day, Tuesday, February 14th. Be sure to show your love and appreciation to that one individual who completes you. The birthdays of Lincoln (Sunday, February 12th) and Washington (Wednesday, February 22nd) are both remembered on President's Day, Monday, February 20th. Shrove Tuesday falls on February 21st this year and marks the beginning of Mardi Gras and Ash Wednesday is celebrated on Wednesday, February 22nd.

SPECIAL NOTES
The 2012 Hagerstown Spring edition will be available at grocery, pharmacy, hardware, book, and other popular retail stores beginning February 6, 2012. This edition will feature our Spring Planting Table for 2012. For a complete list of retailers, visit our website (www.almanack.com) and click on Where to Buy Us.

J. GRUBER'S THOUGHT FOR TODAY'S LIVING
"There's beauty all around us when there's love at home"

J. Gruber's January 2012 Newsletter

REGIONAL WEATHER FORECASTS FOR JANUARY ARE NOW AVAILABLE!
(Mercersburg, PA, January 1, 2012) – Whether you live in Clinton, New Jersey or Clinton, Washington, The J. Gruber's Garden and Farm Almanac has your regional weather forecasts for January 2012! For your region's weather, visit our website at www.almanack.com, click on 'Almanack News'. Select 'National Monthly Weather Forecasts' and reference the U.S. map for your region's weather for the month.

FULL MOON FOR JANUARY
The first FULL MOON of 2012 will occur on January 9th at 2:30AM. It was originally namedHUNGER MOONbecause many Native Americans living in cold and temperate climates had great difficulty finding food during this month. It also has been referred to asWOLF MOONbecause so many wolf packs boldly wandered closer and closer to villages and camps searching out something to eat.

HOLIDAYS IN JANUARY
Civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on January 15, 1929. The official day set aside for his remembrance (the third Monday of January) falls on Monday, January 16th in 2012. Remember to honor him on this day and reflect on the great movement he began, the results he achieved through non-violence, and how tragically he was taken from us.

SPECIAL NOTES
Yet another year has passed and we here at J. Gruber's Garden and Farm Almanac hope that the holidays were wonderful and that everyone has a happy, safe, and prosperous New Year. Focus on establishing realistic and achievable resolutions for the coming year. If they are reasonable to start with, it will be easier to stick to them throughout the entire year and not just for the first few months! Of special note, on January 4th, 1821, the very first native-born American saint, Elizabeth Ann Seton died in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

J. GRUBER'S THOUGHT FOR TODAY'S LIVING
"Resolutions are only as good as the intent to keep them"

2012 J. Gruber's Garden and Farm Almanac Winter Edition Now on Newsstands!

(Mercersburg, PA. December 1, 2011) –The Gruber Almanack, LLC proudly announces the availability of the Winter Edition of its publication, J. Gruber's Garden and Farm Almanac, an expanded national/regional version of its historically significant Hagerstown Town & Country Almanack. A regional tradition since 1797, The Hagerstown Almanack is the second oldest almanac in the U.S. and THE OLDEST almanac that is still published by heirs of its founder, John Gruber. Since it first appeared in 2011, J. Gruber's Almanac is quickly becoming the nation's prime source for regional and national weather predictions, farm and gardening tips, contemporary household hints, and unique and thoughtful insights on everyday living in the 21st century.

The Winter Edition of the J. Gruber's Garden and Farm Almanac can be purchased at grocery, pharmacy, hardware, book and other popular retail stores beginning December 1, 2011. For a complete list of retailers, visit our website (www.almanack.com) and click on Where to Buy Us. It makes a perfect holiday gift for family and friends!

Outlook for the Winter of 2011-2012 for the Continental United States

The northeastern half of the lower 48 will have generally colder than normal temperatures during the winter of 2011-2012. It will be much colder than normal from the Northern Plains to New England. Above-average temperatures will be found from California to the Southern Plains to Florida. From Southern California to Southern Texas, the temperature will be much above average.

Drier-than-normal conditions are expected along the Southern Pacific Coast to the Central Plains and the Southeast. The Northern Plains and Western Great Lakes will also be drier than normal, but late winter storms will lessen this effect. The Southern Plains will be much drier than normal. Wetter-than-normal areas will include the Rocky Mountain States and the northern East Coast.

2012 Hagerstown Town & Country Almanack Winter Edition Now on Newsstands!

(Mercersburg, PA. December 1, 2011) – The Winter Edition of the 2012 Hagerstown Town & Country Almanack is now available at grocery, pharmacy, hardware, book and other popular retail stores beginning December 1, 2011. For a complete list of retailers, visit our website (www.almanack.com) and click on Where to Buy Us. It makes a perfect holiday gift for family and friends!

The Hagerstown Town & Country Almanack is an annual publication that has served generations as a prime source for regional and national weather predictions, farm and gardening tips, contemporary household hints, and its own unique and thoughtful insights on everyday living in the 21st century. It also is the home of the famous annual "Woolly Bear Caterpillar Contest'. It's been called "uniquely Hagerstown" but is well known throughout the world.

The Almanack has a long history. It is the second oldest almanac in the United States and is THE OLDEST almanac still published by heirs of its founder, John Gruber. At 216 years old, it's one of the most talked about almanacs around the nation. News organizations such as USA Today, U.S. News and World Report, and NBC-TV have described the Hagerstown Almanack's forecasts to be more accurate than most other weather almanacs – and even the National Weather Service!

Outlook for the Winter of 2011-2012 for the Mid-Atlantic Region

Expect the winter to have slightly above average precipitation, although from November to the end of 2011, there will be much more precipitation than normal. The first three months of 2012 will bring less and less moisture as time progresses. The temperature will be slightly colder than normal overall, with below-average readings in December and near-average temperatures for the rest of the period from November through March.

Expect close to average snowfall for the season, with the bulk of it falling in December and January. There is a 50-50 chance that this winter will be very similar to the previous winter in its overall patterns since there are similar odds for a return of La Niña, which was observed in the period from late 2010 to early 2011. If La Niña does not return late this year, there is an increase in the likelihood of a more severe winter, with heavier snow in February than is currently indicated.

J. Gruber's December 2011 Newsletter

REGIONAL WEATHER FORECASTS FOR DECEMBER ARE NOW AVAILABLE!
(Mercersburg, PA, December 1, 2011) – Whether you live in Clayton, New York or Clayton, California, The J. Gruber's Garden and Farm Almanac has your regional weather forecasts for December, 2011! For your region's weather, visit our website at www.almanack.com, click on 'Almanack News'. Select 'National Monthly Weather Forecasts' and reference the U.S. map for your region's weather for the month.

FULL MOON FOR DECEMBER
December's FULL MOON will rise on Saturday, December 10th at 9:36 AM EST and has been best known by Native Americans as COLD MOON (for obvious reasons!). It also has been known as BEAVER MOON because beavers are very active now trying to complete their dams and lodges so that yearlings and kits will have protection during the coming Winter. It has also been called ICE-FORMING MOON, because the dropping temperatures are causing the streams, lakes, and ponds to freeze over.

HOLIDAYS IN DECEMBER
Celebrate Christmas on Sunday, December 25th. Enjoy family and friends during this festive time and try to keep that joyful and giving spirit alive throughout the coming year. Make plans to watch a classic Christmas movie such as Miracle on 34th Street, A Christmas Carol (the 1951 version with Alistair Sim is the best!), White Christmas, or the very funny, The Christmas Story (written by humorist, Jean Shepard). New Year's Eve is Saturday, December 31st. Make plans to attend a First Night Celebration and enjoy family-oriented fun, food, and entertainment on the very first night of the year. To find one nearest you, check out www.firstnight.com/cities. Some have huge fireworks displays planned at midnight that are simply marvelous. You won't be disappointed!

SPECIAL NOTES
This year, consider giving the best gift of all: your time and attention to the many that are less fortunate. Volunteer at a local hospital, nursing home, or community shelter and your will see that the good will you extend to those often forgotten during the holiday season will make them (and you!) truly feel the holiday spirit!

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 then the value of the gift itself"

HAGERSTOWN ALMANACK ANNOUNCES WOOLLY BEAR CONTEST WINNERS!

Hagerstown, MD, November 21, 2011) – It's official! The Twenty-Ninth Annual Woolly Bear Contest ended October 31st, 2011 and the winners have been announced. During the month of October, only a few woolly bears were gathered and submitted to Woolly Bear Headquarters for judging. The purpose of this annual contest is to gather enough of these furry little critters so that a complete and thorough analysis of their distinct markings can be made to determine just how severe or mild the coming winter will be. Leading the judging again this year was Hagerstown Town & Country Almanack's own weather prognosticator extraordinaire, Professor William O'Toole. The Almanack is proud to announce the winners in the following categories:

In the first category, theBiggest and Woolliestearning the title of "Hairy Hager", the winner wasRaven Goganfrom Hagerstown, Maryland. Raven will receive a $100 cash prize.

In the second category, theCutest and Cuddliestand crowned "Alma", the winner wasGarrett Raleywho is also from Hagerstown, Maryland. Garrett will receive a $100 cash prize for his entry.

All contestants will receive a complimentary copy of the 2012 edition of The Hagerstown Town and Country Almanack to share with family and friends in the coming year.

From the very small number of woolly bears submitted, the consensus is that the early part of the 2011-2012 winter will be colder and snowier than normal. The woolly bears predicted this by the three (3) bands on their bodies. The front band (representing the first half of winter and black in color) was a bit darker and thicker than average thus indicating that this winter will start off colder and wetter than normal. The middle orange band (representing the middle part of winter) was rather longer than normal, indicating that there will be an extended January thaw or a mild second half of winter. The last band, black like the first band, was very narrow, thus indicating that the more severe weather will return for a very brief period at the end of winter in 2012, probably in late March.

The Hagerstown Town and Country Almanack would like to congratulate the winners of the 29th Annual Woolly Bear Contest and thanks each and every child (as well as the adults!) who participated and who continue to make this a fun event each and every year!

For more information about The Almanack, or its annual Woolly Bear Contest, go to www.almanack.com, or you can contact the company directly.

29th Annual Woolly Bear Contest Gets Underway October 2011!

(Hagerstown, MD, October 1, 2011) –The Hagerstown Town and Country Almanack announces its 29th Annual Woolly Bear Contest! Entries will be accepted on the first day of competition, Monday, October 3, 2011. Closing day for all entries is set for Monday, October 31, 2011, at 12:00AM Eastern Standard Time.

For many years, these furry creatures have been used to predict the severity of winter to come and will soon make their appearance across the country. Many regions and towns have honored them by designating a Woolly Bear Day, holding Woolly Bear Festivals and contests. Some schools have even developed science projects around these "little weather prognosticators"! The contest, started 29 years ago, has continued to be a much-anticipated Fall event. The Almanack looks forward to judging a bountiful crop of entries this year.

Entering your "find" is easy. Simply take a digital photo of your woolly bear caterpillar (not curled up) next to a ruler or tape measure that clearly reveals the overall dimensions of the caterpillar. If you are a member of Facebook (and we all are!), send a message to "Woolly Bear" and attach your entry photo. Along with the photo, your message must contain your name, mailing address, and telephone number. Note that you need not be a "friend" of Woolly Bear in order to submit your entry, but feel free to friend him if you like! If you are not a member of Facebook, then simply email your photo, along with the same information above, to billotoole@hotmail.com. Anyone who submits an entry is encouraged to be very careful handling them and to quickly return them to their natural habitat as soon as they are measured and photographed to minimize any separation anxiety they may experience!

The Gruber Almanack, LLC will award $100 to the sponsor of the entry that is voted the "cuddliest" caterpillar of all as will the submitter of the Grand Champion - the biggest Woolly Bear of 2011! The runner-up in each category will be given six copies of 2012 Hagerstown Town and Country Almanack to share with family and friends in the coming year. The decisions of the judges are final.

The Gruber Almanack, LLC wishes everyone BEST OF LUCK and GOOD HUNTING!

J. Gruber's November 2011 Newsletter

REGIONAL WEATHER FORECASTS FOR NOVEMBER ARE NOW AVAILABLE!
(Mercersburg, PA, November 1, 2011) – Whether you live in Dayton, New Jersey or Dayton, Washington, The J. Gruber's Garden and Farm Almanac has your regional weather forecasts for November, 2011! For your region's weather, visit our website at www.almanack.com, click on 'Almanack News'. Select 'National Monthly Weather Forecasts' and reference the U.S. map for your region's weather for the month.

FULL MOON FOR NOVEMBER
November's FULL MOON will occur on the 10th. While many Native Americans called it BIG WIND MOON, because of the high winds this time of year, it was also referred to as DYING GRASS MOON and LEAF-FALLING MOON because by now, frost has killed off most of the grasses and the trees have lost most of their leaves.

HOLIDAYS IN NOVEMBER
Veteran's Day is observed this year on Friday, November 11th. Remember all of our brave soldiers who have served and especially those who are serving today and not with their families or loved ones. Celebrate Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 24th with family and friends and take the time to remember all of the things that we should be thankful for in our daily lives. Check out the great holiday recipes atwww.razzledazzlerecipes.com/thanksgivingand also visitwww.norbest.comfor some creative leftover ideas.

SPECIAL NOTES
Daylight Savings ends on Sunday, November 6th at 2AM so remember to 'Fall back' and set your clocks back one hour before going to bed. And please, don't forget to vote locally on November 8th!

J. GRUBER'S THOUGHT FOR TODAY'S LIVING
"Pay heed to what one promises when seeking your vote or friendship; it sometimes bears slight resemblance to what you receive after the goal that was sought has been attained."

J. Gruber's October 2011 Newsletter

REGIONAL WEATHER FORECASTS FOR OCTOBER ARE NOW AVAILABLE!
(Mercersburg, PA, October 1, 2011) – Whether you live in Arlington, Virginia or Arlington, Washington, The J. Gruber's Garden and Farm Almanac has your regional weather forecasts for October, 2011! For your region's weather, visit our website at www.almanack.com, click on 'Almanack News'. Select 'National Monthly Weather Forecasts' and reference the U.S. map for your region's weather for the month.

FULL MOON FOR OCTOBER
The FULL MOON in October will occur on October 11th and is the HUNTER'S MOON for 2011. The Cree Indian Tribe called it MOON OF FALLING LEAVES because so many trees finally lose the last of their leaves in October. Other tribes referred to it as YELLOW LEAF MOON because of bright foliage of the Fall season.

HOLIDAYS IN OCTOBER
Columbus Day falls on Monday, October 10th and United Nations Day is celebrated on Monday, the 24th. Children's favorite holiday (second only to Christmas!) is Halloween, which falls this year on Monday, October 31st. Plan your little one's "T or T" activities early and finish by dusk. Have older children carry flashlights and wear reflective clothing or costumes if they plan to be out after dark. And above all, make sure to check all of their "goodies" when they return home.

SPECIAL NOTES
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. During the month, many local and national organizations conduct benefits and events to help raise money to fund on-going research to find a cure for this terrible disease. Check your local newspapers for events planned in your area and make an effort to participate (and donate!) It is also National Fire Prevention Month. Take the time to check all of your smoke alarms to be sure they are all operating properly and that your family has an effective evacuation plan in the event of a fire in the home.

J. GRUBER'S THOUGHT FOR TODAY'S LIVING
"People who are too quick to criticize are usually the slowest in offering words of praise or paying a compliment."

2011 GRUBER ALMANACS PREDICTED HURRICANE IRENE!

Both The Hagerstown Town and Country Almanack and the nationally-distributed J. Grube's Garden and Farm Almanac had it right in their predictions made over a year ago, of Hurricane Irene that is threatening the East Coast of the United States.Click herefor more....

J. Gruber's September 2011 Newsletter

REGIONAL WEATHER FORECASTS FOR SEPTEMBER ARE NOW AVAILABLE!
(Mercersburg, PA, September 1, 2011) – Whether you live in Portland, Maine or Portland Oregon, The J. Gruber's Garden and Farm Almanac has your regional weather forecasts for September, 2011! For your region's weather, visit our website at www.almanack.com, click on 'Almanack News'. Select 'National Monthly Weather Forecasts' and reference the U.S. map for your region's weather for the month.

FULL MOON FOR SEPTEMBER
September's Full Moon will rise on the Monday, the 12th at 4:27AM EST. It has been most famously known as HARVEST MOON. It is always the full moon that falls closest to the Autumnal Equinox at a time when the moon rises soon after sunset on several successive days. According to tradition, the extra light from the moon during that period gave the farmer more time in which to finish up his chores and bring in the harvest. For this year, the Autumnal Equinox occurs on Friday, September 23rd and signals the beginning of Autumn. The Full Moon closest to that date rises on the 12th of September at 4:27 AM and is the Harvest Moon for 2011.

HOLIDAYS IN SEPTEMBER
Labor Day falls on Monday, September 5th. Enjoy a nice three-day weekend with family and friends, doing the things you all like best. Citizenship Day for 2011 is Friday, September 16th and celebration of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, begins at sunset on Wednesday, September 28th. .

SPECIAL NOTES
The 2012 edition of J. Gruber's Garden and Farm Almanac is now on sale at newsstands and at popular retailers throughout your region. To place an order or for a complete listing of retailers, visit our website at www.almanack.com and click on 'Where To Buy Us'. The 2012 edition has been expanded to include 16 months of weather forecasting for 2011-2012. A real value! And take advantage of our 3-year subscription offer and get The Almanac delivered right to your door, with no charge for shipping for only $20. Another great deal for a great almanac!

J. GRUBER'S THOUGHT FOR TODAY'S LIVING
"The thirst for knowledge can be an acquired taste, but it should be sought early in life to be most beneficial."

2012 Hagerstown Town & Country Almanack Now on Newsstands!

(Mercersburg, PA, September 1, 2011) – The 2012 Hagerstown Town & Country Almanack is now available at grocery, pharmacy, hardware, book and other popular retail stores during the month of September. Visit our website (www.almanack.com) and click on Where to Buy Us. This year, The Almanack includes weather forecasts for September-December, 2011 along with the usual 12 months for the coming year. Just another way The Hagerstown Town and Country Almanack offers you more value!

The Hagerstown Town & Country Almanack is an annual publication that has served generations as a prime source for regional and national weather predictions, farm and gardening tips, contemporary household hints, and its own thoughtful insights on everyday living in the 20th century. It also is the home of the famous annual "Woolly Bear Caterpillar Contest". It's been called "uniquely Hagerstown" but is well known throughout the world.

The Almanack has a long history. It is the second oldest almanac in the United States and THE oldest published family-owned almanac. At 216 years old, it's one of the most talked about almanacs around the nation. News organizations such as USA Today, U.S. News and World Report, and NBC-TV have described the Hagerstown Almanack's forecasts to be more accurate than most other weather almanacs – and even the National Weather Service!

OUTLOOK FOR THE WINTER OF 2011-2012 FOR THE MID-ATLANTIC REGION
Expect the winter to have slightly above average precipitation, although from November to the end of 2011, there will be much more precipitation than normal. The first three months of 2012 will bring less and less moisture as time progresses. The temperature will be slightly colder than normal overall, with below-average readings in December and near-average temperatures for the rest of the period from November through March.

Expect close to average snowfall for the season, with the bulk of it falling in December and January. There is a 50-50 chance that this winter will be very similar to the previous winter in its overall patterns since there are similar odds for a return of La Niña which was observed in the period from late 2010 to early 2011. If La Niña does not return late this year, there is an increase in the likelihood of a more severe winter, with heavier snow in February than is currently indicated.

2012 J. Gruber's Garden and Farm Almanac Now on Newsstands!

(Mercersburg, PA, September 1, 2011) –The Gruber Almanack, LLC, of Mercersburg, Pennsylvania announces the availability of its publication, J. Gruber's Garden and Farm Almanac, an expanded national/regional version of its historically significant J. Gruber's Hagerstown Town & Country Almanack. A regional tradition since 1797, The Hagerstown Almanack is the oldest almanac in the U.S. that is still published by heirs of its founder, John Gruber.

This exciting national/regional almanac now includes monthly weather forecasts for September-December, 2011 along with the usual 12 months for the coming year. That gives you a total of 16 months of weather forecasts for all of the regions of the "Lower Forty-eight'. Just another way J. Gruber's Garden and Farm Almanac offers you more value!

Also provided are the most useful farm and garden tips, contemporary household hints, and unique insights into everyday living. Look for it nation-wide on sale at selected popular retailers such as Walgreen's, Target, Barnes & Noble, Borders, Walden Books, K-Mart, Giant, Food Lion, A&P, Pick N' Save, Ralph's, Kroger's, Farm and Fleet, and Shopko. For a complete list of retailers, visit www.almanack.com and click on Where to Buy Us.

OUTLOOK FOR THE WINTER OF 2011-2012 FOR THE CONTINENTAL UNITED STATES
The northeastern half of the lower 48 will have generally colder than normal temperatures during the winter of 2011-2012. It will be much colder than normal from the Northern Plains to New England. Above-average temperatures will be found from California to the Southern Plains to Florida. From Southern California to Southern Texas, the temperature will be much above average.

Drier-than-normal conditions are expected along the Southern Pacific Coast to the Central Plains and the Southeast. The Northern Plains and Western Great Lakes will also be drier than normal, but late winter storms will lessen this effect. The Southern Plains will be much drier than normal. Wetter-than-normal areas will include the Rocky Mountain States and the northern East Coast.

J. Gruber's August 2011 Newsletter

REGIONAL WEATHER FORECASTS FOR AUGUST ARE NOW AVAILABLE!
(Mercersburg, PA, August 1, 2011) – Whether you live in Arlington, Virginia or Arlington, Oregon, The J. Gruber's Garden and Farm Almanac has your regional weather forecasts for August, 2011! For your region's weather, visit our website at www.almanack.com, click on 'Almanack News'. Select 'National Monthly Weather Forecasts' and reference the U.S. map for your region's weather for the month.

FULL MOON FOR AUGUST
August's Full Moon rises on August 13th at 1:57PM. It has been commonly referred to as Dog Moon for The Dog Days of Summer that end on Thursday, August 11th. It has also been called Full Ripe Moon or Fruit Moon because of the many summer vegetables and fruits that come ripe at this time and Sturgeon Moon because of the ease of catching this large fish throughout the month.

HOLIDAYS IN AUGUST
The Labor Day holiday is right around the corner so get your young students ready for school, which opens soon after. Start by making a list of essentials they will need such as new clothes, school supplies, etc. Now is a good time to schedule physicals and eye examinations, too.

SPECIAL NOTES
The 2012 edition of J. Gruber's Garden and Farm Almanac will soon be on newsstands and at popular retailers throughout your region. For a complete listing of retailers, visit our website at www.alamanck.com and click on 'Where To Buy Us'. Take advantage of our 3-year subscription offer and get The Almanack delivered right to your door, with no charge for shipping. A great deal for a great almanac!

J. GRUBER'S THOUGHT FOR TODAY'S LIVING
"Arise on a rainy day with as much eagerness as on a sunny one"

J. Gruber's July 2011 Newsletter

REGIONAL WEATHER FORECASTS FOR JULY ARE NOW AVAILABLE!
(Mercersburg, PA, July 1, 2011) – Whether you live in Pasadena, Maryland or Pasadena, California, The J. Gruber's Garden and Farm Almanac has your regional weather forecasts for July, 2011! For your region's weather, visit our website at www.almanack.com, click on 'Almanack News'. Select 'National Monthly Weather Forecasts' and reference the U.S. map for your region's weather for the month.

FULL MOON FOR JULY
July's FULL MOON rises on 15th at 1:40AM. It has been often referred to by Native Americans as Thunder Moon because of the many severe thunderstorms that occur during the month. It has also been called Buck Moon because of the rapid growth of antlers in young bucks during this period and Ripe Corn Moon because in July, young corn begins to appear on the stalks.

HOLIDAYS IN JULY
Celebrate our Day of Independence on Monday, July 4th safely. Include SPF 15 or higher sun screen if planning outdoors activities, a day or weekend at the beach, or boating. Apply it frequently, especially if swimming. Plan to take along some insect repellant, too. If planning a cookout, check out the grill thoroughly and every aspect of its operation when you replace the propane tank. Check all hoses, couplings, gauges, and the burner jets for undue wear, malfunction, or clogs. To avoid a fire, be sure the grill surfaces are well scrubbed and clean of any grease.

SPECIAL NOTES
Those ol' Dog Days of Summer begin on Sunday, July 3rd. On a historical note, the Battle of Gettysburg began on July 1,1863 and on July 11, 1804, Vice President Aaron Burr mortally wounded former U.S. Treasury Secretary, Alexander Hamilton in a dual near Weehawken, New Jersey.

J. GRUBER'S THOUGHT FOR TODAY'S LIVING
"Be an important part of the community in which you live by helping to make it a better place each day"