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November 2016

"Falling leaves on the grass in the November sun
 bring more happiness than the daffodils"
Cyril Connolly (1903-1973)

Mid-Atlantic Weather Watch: Fair, becoming windy and much colder (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7) with snow in the northern part of the region, rain in the south (8, 9, 10). Fair and cold (11, 12, 13) with more snow in the north and showers in the south; windy and cold (17, 18, 19) with a Noríeaster with heavy snow (20, 21, 22). Fair and cold weather returns (23, 24, 25, 26) with another Noríeaster with heavy snow (27, 28, 29). Fair, windy, and cold (30).

Full Moon: Novemberís Full Moon occurs on Monday, November 14th. With colder days and heavy frosts during the month, killing off most of the grasses and almost all of the leaves have fallen, many Native American tribes have called it both Dying Grass Moon and Falling Leaf Moon. Other tribes have called it Big Wind Moon, because of the high winds that would sweep through many regions this time of year (and The Almanack has forecasted quite a few windy days this month!).

Special Notes: Remember to turn your clocks back at 2AM on Sunday, November 6th as Daylight Savings ends for 2016. Though not officially recognized as a holiday, Thursday, November 10th is Martin Luther Kingís birthday.

Holidays: Elections are traditionally held on the first Tuesday of November and this yearís election will be held on Tuesday, November 8th. This yearís election will decided the president for the next four years making it imperative that as many participate as possible. This yearís presidential campaign has been quite unique and one where everyone must vote to be heard. It will be a vote to determine how our nationís future will unfold. Please make every effort to exercise your right to tell America where you stand and how you want the United States to continue its governing of us here and pursuing its leadership role around the world. Above all, please always remember that Every Vote Counts! All military service branches will be honored on Veteranís Day, which falls on November 11th every year. May we never forget that without the sacrifices of the millions of servicemen and women in the past and their service now and in the future, we would not have the freedoms to create our own destiny, speak our minds, and practice the religion of our choice. Celebrate Thanksgiving this year on Thursday, November 24th with family and friends and must be thankful every day for what we have been blessed with in our lives. Advent Sunday is Sunday, November 27th.

The Garden: Make sure to remove all leaves before hanging up that rake! Even though lawns lay dormant in winter, they still need as much sunlight to make it through the cold months to come. Deal with them appropriately by shredding them and adding them to the compost pile, bag for pick up, or burn them. Some municipalities do allow the controlled burning of leaves but only on optimal days (clear with low or no wind). Check your local rules on this practice and enjoy that great smell of burning leaves we all have from childhood.

John Gruberís Thought For Todayís 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".

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