Punxsutawney Who?

     It’s almost time once again for that big holiday in February and no, it’s not Valentine’s Day. On Tuesday we celebrate Groundhog’s Day. Celebrated on February 2nd in the United States and Canada every year, if a groundhog emerges from his burrow and sees his shadow then there will be six more weeks of winter. If the groundhog fails to see his shadow, then there will be six weeks until spring. Translated, six weeks until spring means that the rest of the winter will be mild, six more weeks of winter means the rest of the winter could be brutal. The holiday most likely gets its start from ancient Europe where the groundhog was replaced by a badger or sacred bear.
     Everyone has heard of Punxsutawny Phil, especially after the movie “Groundhog Day” in which Bill Murray relives the same day over and over, however, there is another famous groundhog here in Ohio. Buckeye Chuck is a native of Marion, Ohio and began predicting the arrival of spring in the 1970s. Buckeye Chuck hibernates from late September until April with a brief interruption in February to entertain hundreds with his weather prediction.
     The festivities begin at 6:30 in the woods behind the studio of WMRN’s radio station in Marion. Local officials and reporters will be broadcasting the action. Hot drinks and spam burgers are served to observers and best of all, admission is free.


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