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September 2016

"Labor Day is seen as a day of rest for many hardworking Americans"
         James P. Hoffa (1913-?)

Mid-Atlantic Weather Watch: Remnants of tropical storms, severe storms, heavy rain (1, 2, 3, 4) turning fair and cooler (5, 6, 7). storms and warm (8, 9) turning fair and still warm (10, 11, 12, 13, 14) with more storms but cooler (15, 16); fair and milder (17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22) with remnants of tropical storms and heavy rain (23, 24, 25, 26). Showers, cooler (27, 28, 29) turning fair and mild (30).

Tornado Watch: The Hagerstown Town and Country Almanack says watch for some tornado activity from September 1st to the 3rd.

Full Moon: September’s Full Moon is most famously known as the Harvest Moon. It is the Full Moon that falls closest to the Autumnal Equinox. During this time, the moon would rise very soon after the sun would set on several successive days, giving the farmer a few extra hours of ‘light’ and a little more time to finish up their daily chores. This year, the Autumnal Equinox will occur on Thursday, September 22nd and will signal the beginning of autumn. The Full Moon closest to that date will occur on Friday, September 16th and is therefore, the Harvest Moon of 2016.

Holidays: Labor Day falls on the first Monday of the month, September 5th and Citizenship Day is observed on Friday, September 16th. And we must never forget to remember those who lost their lives on September 11th, 2001 and to all of the first-responders who also perished trying to minimize the loss of life. United We Stand!

The Garden: Buy flower bulbs now to get the best selection and price. Plant six to eight weeks before the first frost (which will occur on or about October 5th). Among the more animal-proof varieties include allium, daffodils, glory–of-the-snow, hyacinths, scilla, and snowdrops. As nights get longer, your lawn gets hungry as it prepares for winter. Feed with appropriate fertilizer for your region and water if necessary. Don’t harvest produce when leaves are wet—doing so can spread disease. For the best flavor, pick green beans when they are still thinner than a pencil. Pick lettuce when the outer leaves are four to six inches long. Pick tomatoes 5 to 8 days after color has fully developed. Pick zucchini when it is five to eight inches long.

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."

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