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April 2016

“Here cometh April again,
and as far as I can see,
the world hath more fools in it than ever“
- Charles Lamb (1775–1834)

Mid-Atlantic Weather Watch: Fair, cool (1, 2, 3, 4) with severe storms (5, 6, 7). Fair and cool again (8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15) with showers in the northern part of the region, storms in the southern part (16, 17) turning fair and mild (18, 19, 20). Showers, storms (21, 22) turning fair and warmer (23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30).

Full Moon: April’s Full Moon will occur on April 22nd. Many Native American tribes refer to it as Pink Moon because so many flowers displaying pink hues blossom during the month of April. It is also often called Fish Moon because the fishing begins to improve as the weather in many regions starts to get warmer.

Special Notes: April Fool’s Day falls on Friday, April 1st. Watch out for pranks and practical jokes that may be coming your way! Taxes are due on Friday, April 15th so be sure to get your taxes filed on time to avoid any penalties.

Earth Day is observed on Friday, April 22nd. Call the Earth Day Network at (202) 518-0044 or go to for some interesting, fun, and easy activities that you and your family can do that will help promote a healthier relationship with Mother Earth! Make sure to go outside with your friends and family and help promote a healthier relationship with Mother Earth!

Holidays: The first day of Passover is Saturday, April 23rd and the last day is Saturday, April 30th.

The Garden: Now is the time to do some serious spring “cleaning” in the garden. Trim back dead foliage and gather up winter’s detritus, such as small branches and excess leaves. Trees and shrubs like Azaleas, Rhododendrons, Spiraea and Viburnums planted, if planted now, will provide some beautiful late spring color. Set out annuals and other perennials now. Cool season vegetables, such as spinach, lettuce, peas, broccoli, cauliflower and beets can be planted as soon as the soil can be worked. A good test of “soil readiness” is to take a handful of soil and squeeze it. If it remains in a ball, it’s too moist and should be allowed to dry further. If it crumbles, start planting!

J. Gruber’s Thought For Today’s Living

“A true friend offers a helping hand without expecting thanks in return”

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