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January 2007

"I want to be the white man's brother, not his brother-in-law"
                                 Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968)

Weather Watch: Cloudy and cold (1,2) with heavy Snow and high winds (3,4,5,6). Fair and very cold (7,8,9,10) with more Snow or sleet (11,12,13,14). Showers and cool (15,16,17) returning to fair skies but very cold (18,19,20,21). Again, fair but not so cold (22,23,24). Light snow showers (25,26,27,28) ending the month fair and cold (29,30,31).

Full Moon: the Full Moon for January occurs on the 3rd at 8:57 AM EST. It is often referred to as the Hunger Moon due to the great difficulty finding food in cold and temperate climates during this winter month. It is also called the Wolf Moon because of many wolf packs that would wander close to Native American villages looking for food during this month.

Special Notes: 2007 marks our 211th year of continuous publication! We hope that you will continue to honor us with your patronage and support as we work hard to improve The Almanack and make it more relevant. Change is always difficult but sometimes it is necessary so that traditions can continue.

With both regional and national support, we are sure that our humble publication will be around for another 200+ years! Some winter auto tips: 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 closed garage even if the door is open. Of special note, on January 4th, 1821, the very first native-born America saint, Elizabeth Ann Seton died in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

Holidays: Carry the good will expressed during the recent holidays into the new year and try to keep those New Year's Resolutions. It is very difficult to do but if you set realistic goals, you will succeed! Civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on January 15, 1929. In 2007, the official day set aside for his remembrance (the third Monday of January) just happens to fall on that exact date. Please remember to honor him on his day and reflect on the great social change he brought about in this country.

The Garden: Begin planning your spring gardening activities during the remaining winter nights. Buy an extra calendar when they go on sale. Keep one for garden planning and scheduling of mulching, fertilizing, potting, and plantings. Look ahead and note last projected frost dates and mark down when to plant seedlings indoor. Check out to determine local hardiness. Collect nursery and seed catalogs now and remember to place your orders early. And now is the time to spoil those indoor plants! They not only brighten up the house but they also rid indoor air of nasty pollutants. Take care of them and they will take care of you!

J. Grubers' Thought for Today's Living:

"Resolutions are only as good as the intent to keep them"

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