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Happiness is not being pained in body or troubled in mind"
 Thomas Jefferson (1743- 1826)

August 2003

For the month of August, TEMPERATURES will be AVERAGE with


WEATHER WATCH: STORMS (1) followed by fair and very warm weather (2,3); Cooler with showers and STORMS (4,5,6). Fair and hot (7,8) with more STORMS (9,10). Again, fair and very warm (11,12,13,14,15) with showers and STORMS returning (16,17,18). Fair and warm weather (19,20,21,22,23) with more humid temperatures and very warm (24,25,26). TROPICAL STORMS (27,28,29) with the month ending with fair and warm weather and humid temperatures (30,31).

TORNADO WATCH: August is a very active month for tornadoes with activity predicted for the 1st, the 9th and 10th, and at the end of the month on the 27th, 28th, and 29th.

FULL MOON: The Full Moon for August has been often referred to as the Full Ripe Moon or Fruit Moon because of the many summer vegetables and fruits that come ripe at this time. It is also known as the Dog Moon for Dog Days, that end on the 11th as well as Sturgeon Moon. August's Full Moon occurs on August 12 at 4:47AM.

SPECIAL NOTES: On August 18, 1587, Virginia Dare became the first child of English parents to be born on American soil on what is now known as Roanoke Island, North Carolina. In 1895, the first professional football game was played in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. Only one player, a quarterback, was actually paid!

HOLIDAYS: Get ready for Labor Day, which is just around the corner. That signals the end of summer and back to school for many. Prepare your young ones by making reading a part of your summer fun. Select appropriate books about summer sports, the beach, gardening, and marine life to get them into the reading habit early. Enjoy the last few weeks of the summer and always include safety, common sense, and a good sunscreen (SPF 15 or higher) in your plans!

THE GARDEN: Stop feeding trees and shrubs after August 15th. That will encourage new growth that will not have time to mature before winter. Think about potting up herbs you plan to move indoors for the winter. Don't move them in just yet but get them use to their containers early. Rosemary, thyme, and tarragon are the best candidates for this.

J. Grubers' thought for today's living: "Common sense is not very common"

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