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October 2012

"On Hallowe’en the thing you must do
Is pretend that nothing can frighten you
An’ if somethin’ scares you and you want to run
Jus’ let on like it’s Hallowe’en fun"
From an Early Nineteenth Century Halloween Postcard

Mid-Atlantic weather watch: Showers from the west (1) turning fair and cooler (2,3,4,5,6). Windy in the northern part of the region with showers in the south (7,8). Fair and mild (9,10,11,12,13,14) with tropical storm from the Atlantic (15,16,17). Fair and mild (18,19,20,21) with winds in the north and showers in the south (22,23). Fair and cooler (24,25,26,27) turning cloudy and not so cool (28,29,30,31).

Full Moon: The Full Moon in October will occur on October 29h and is the Hunter's Moon for 2012. It has also been known as Yellow Leaf Moon because of all of the leaves turning bright colors at this time of year. The Cree Indian Tribe called it the Moon of the Falling Leaves because so many trees lose the last of their leaves in October.

Holidays: Columbus Day falls on Monday, October 8th and United Nations Day is celebrated on Wednesday, October 24th. The children’s favorite holiday next to Christmas is Halloween which falls on Wednesday, October 31st. Don’t be "tricked" into taking safety for granted so "treat" yourself and the young ones to safe and early-evening activities that will end by dusk. Be sure to have older children carry flashlights and wear reflective clothing (or costumes!) after dark. Be sure to check all treats when the children return.

The Garden: Now is the best time to have your soil tested. Treat the soil according to the results and it will be rejuvenated, revitalized, and ready when the warm weather returns in the Spring. Cut back perennial foliage and shrubs to discourage winter pests. Leave flowers with seeds for the birds. Shredded or mulched leaves, along with lawn clippings and dead plant stalks from the vegetable garden make a fine addition to the compost heap. Remove all dead or dying plants and add those to the compost pile as well. Now is the time to plant those spring bulbs. Remember to add just a pinch of bone meal to the hole.

J. Grubers' Thought for Today's Living:

"Whenever you feel blue or depressed, let a child show you the wonders and the beauty of the world we live in"

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