Dateline: 7:06 EGT (Eastern Groundhog Time) February 2, 2011
Once again, as Spring follows Winter, as day follows night, as...
oh, you get the picture, in the orderly progression of the ages,
one generation to another, father to son, parent to... OKAY,
knock it off already! Just gimme the facts!
Metompkin Max (Jr.), resident of the Amos Stoltzfus farm out on
"The Neck" is happy to announce that he didn't see his shadow and
that Winter is Over! He added, "Are you sure that I have to stay
up now? This weather is terrible!"
With the retirement of Max Sr. last year, Max Jr. takes over the
reins of prognostication (as Max Sr. said as he drove out of sight,
snowbirding his way to points south last fall, "I only hope the boy
can keep the sleigh on the road!).
Max Jr., grandnephew to the grand master of all prognosticators,
Octoraro Orphie of Lancaster County, Pa. makes his prediction yearly,
rain or shine, sun or sleet, snow or... no, wait, that's the postman!
Well, Max Jr.has been pretty punctual too, bringing the Eastern Shore
of Virginia it's Candlemas forecast for 1 groundhog year (okay, it's
not a long track record, but you've got to start somewhere!). Fingers
are crossed for his forecast.
Happy Candlemas Day, y'all!
Updated: 12:30 PM GMT on February 02, 2011
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