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May 2011

"Among the changing months, May stands confest
The sweetest, and in fairest colors dressed."
                      James Thomson (1700-1725)

Northeastern Region Weather Watch:  Cloudy skies in the North with showers in the southern part of the region (1,2,3). Fair and cooler (4,5,6,7,8,9) turning cloudy and warm (10,11,12). Rain and stormy (13,14,15,16) with more clouds and warm temperatures (17,18). More showers and storms, some severe (19,20,21,21). Warmer weather follows with severe storms from the South (22,23,24,25). Yet more showers and a bit cooler (26,27) turning warmer with more storms from the South

Full Moon: Mayís full moon in 2011 occurs on the 17th at 6:09am est. Not surprisingly, may was to become known as flower moon because of the multitude of blooms that appear in May (after all of those April showers!) some Native Americans referred to it as milk moon because the production of milk typically increases during the month.

Special Notes: The first observance of Motherís Day was on May 10, 1908 during church services in Grafton, West Virginia and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In May, 1830, the first passenger railroad service in the United States began with service between Baltimore and Elliotís Mill, Maryland.

Holidays: Celebrate Cinco de Mayo on Thursday, May 5th and Motherís Day on Sunday, May 8th. Plans something special for her to show just how much you appreciate her role in making you who you are today. Honor our brave and dedicated soldiers on Armed Forces Day, Thursday, May 20th and Memorial Day, Monday, May 30th. Remember that without their many sacrifices today and in the past, we would surely be living in a much different world.

The Garden: Plant balled and burlapped shrubs any time the ground can be worked. To minimize weed growth and to help retain moisture after watering or rain, apply mulch around the shrub at lease to 2 to 3 inches deep making sure that the mulch stays a few inches away from its base. Fertilize existing, spring-flowering shrubs in late spring after they finish blooming. Prune evergreens when new growth starts to turn a darker shade of green. Start seeds for squash and melons but hold off transplanting them until the end of the month to avoid any infestation of squash bugs and borers.

J. Grubers' Thought for Today's Living:

"Be happy if you can but do not despise those who are otherwise; you know not of their troubles"

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