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May 2015

"137 years later, Memorial Day remains one of America's
most cherished patriotic observances. The spirit of this
day has not changed - it remains a day to honor those who
died defending our freedom and democracy."
             Doc Hastings, Former Democratic U. S. Representative (1941- )

Mid-Atlantic Weather Watch: Fair and warm (1, 2, 3) with storms (4, 5). Fair and mild (6, 7, 8, 9, 10) with more storms in the north and showers in the east (11, 12).Fair and warm again (13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18) with still more storms (19, 20). Fair and warm yet again (21, 22, 23) with more showers and storms (24, 25) turning fair with a warming trend (26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31).

Tornado Watch: The Town and Country Almanack sees tornado activity in the Mid-Atlantic Region from May 24th to May 26th.

Full Moon: May’s Full Moon will make its appearance on May 3rd. Because of the many flowers blooming during the month, its Full Moon has often been called Flower Moon (or as the Huron Indians called it, Budding Moon). Because of the noticeable increase in milk produced by their cows as the weather starts to warm, early American farmers came to refer to it as Milk Moon.

Special Notes: May is ‘Older Americans Month’. In April of 1963, President John F. Kennedy and the National Council of Senior Citizens together designated May as Senior Citizens Month in recognition of the 17 million Americans who had reached the age of 65. In 1980, Senior Citizens Month became Older Americans Month.

Holidays: Mothers are honored on Sunday May 10th. Do something nice for the one who gave you the gift life. Give her a call, send her a sentimental card or nice flower arrangement, or just spend some quality time with her on her special day! Armed Forces Day is Saturday, May 16th, and Memorial Day falls on Monday, May 25th. Start off the 2015 summer season right with a family picnic, barbeque with friends and neighbors, or special outing with the kids. Don’t forget that the day is to also remember those who have served in our military, those who are currently serving, and those who will serve in the future. Remember the sacrifices they make every day on our behalf to protect our precious freedoms and ensure our way of life.

The Garden: It's still not too late to fertilize your trees and shrubs. Use a Rhododendron or Evergreen type of plant food to feed evergreens and other acid loving plants like Azaleas and Rhododendrons, Camellias and Junipers, etc. Use an all-purpose garden fertilizer (10-10-10) to feed roses, deciduous shrubs and trees. Be sure to water the fertilizer in thoroughly after it is applied. Carrots, lettuce, potatoes, corn, beans, peas and most popular vegetables, with the exception of the warmer weather crops, can be seeded or planted into the vegetable garden at any time now. Wait until mid to late May before planting the warmer weather crops like Tomatoes, Squash, cucumber, pumpkins and peppers.

J. Gruber’s Thought For Today’s Living

"If you don’t expect the impossible, you will never be disappointed"

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