October is a great month for so many things, including the start to holiday season and start to a new year.
We at MTB love this time of year. Cooler weather moves into the area in October. Families and friends start planning gatherings this time of year. And, we get busy helping people get their homes ready for the cold weather, that will soon follow. Those are some facts about how we feel about October.
Do you know these interesting facts about the eighth month of the year?
The name October comes from the Latin “octō”, meaning “eight”, because in the Roman calendar October was the eight month of the year. January and February were added to the beginning of the year after the Julian calendar reform.
The Anglo-Saxons used a term for October meaning “fullness of winter,” because it had the first full moon of the winter season.
According to folklore, if the deer have a gray coat in October, you should expect a hard winter.
The holiday of Halloween, celebrated in October, comes from “All Hallows’ Eve” or the night before “All Hallows” day (All Saints Day). In old English, “hallow” means “to sanctify.”
Famous people born in October include Angela Lansbury, Bill Gates, Julia Roberts, Matt Damon, Julie Andrews, Hugh Jackman, Alfred Nobel, Anne Rice, Arthur Miller, Auguste Lumière, Friedrich Nietzsche, Christopher Columbus and John Keets.
The birthstones for October are the tourmaline and the opal. Tourmalines display a wide spectrum of colors, such as yellow, pink, blue, red, green, black or brown. Opals exhibit different colors (green, white, yellow, blue, pink etc.) depending on the conditions under which they were created.
The traditional flower of the month of October is the Calendula, symbolizing comfort, healing, protection and grace.
Special holidays in October include Halloween (October 31), Columbus day (October 14), Yom Kippur (Oct. 8 – 9) and International Peace Day (October 2nd).
Why Contact MTB Windows & More in October?
This is a great time to contact us, because cold weather is on it’s way. Since our home improvement experts specialize in keeping the cold outside, contact us now for a meeting. We’ll be glad to tell you about our replacement windows and replacement exterior doors. We use top-quality Andersen Windows and Therma-Tru entry doors. Not only are products among the best, our installers are trained by the manufacturer to install them correctly, because we want satisfied customers. Satisfaction means a the job done right and low utility bills on the coldest — and hottest — of days.
If you need a new roof, we install GAF Shingle Systems. The system includes a high-quality underlayment for added protection between the wood sheathing and shingles. It also is a 6-nail shingle system. This 6-nail pattern allows MTB and GAF to offer a lifetime warranty to withstand winds of up to 130 miles per hour.
We serve the greater Hagerstown, Washington County and Frederick County area. We also serve customers in nearby Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Virginia.