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SNIPPETZ PONDERS THE INFLUENCE OF PUNXSUTAWNEY PHIL

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    FUNDER ENLIGHTENING INC. FREE WEEKLY ISSUE 431 FEBRUARY 1, 2010

    Spring is natures way of saying lets party! ~Robin Williams

    By February, winter has worn out its welcome in many parts of the coun-try. Cold weather dwellers are thinking green grass, budding trees, singing birds and owering plants as they anxiously await a calculated (sort of) sign that spring is on its way that sign is none other than Punx-sutawney Phil Americas beloved ground-hog.

    Groundhog Day, strictly akin to North America, is an intriguing tradition of predicting weather through the eyes of a groundhog. Every year on Feb. 2, the seem-ingly calendar-minded groundhog comes out of its winter burrow to look for its shadow. If the groundhog sees its shadow, its a sign that winter will linger for

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    another six weeks. If there is no shadow, the groundhog foretells that spring is around the corner. Based on the groundhogs fi ndings, it either goes back into its burrow to wait out winters last stand or stays above ground to enjoy the induction of spring.

    THE HEDGEHOG HELD THE FIRST CRYSTAL BALL

    The tradition of Groundhog Day was born in the 18th century out of the Catholic holiday of Candlemas, a commemoration of the Virgin Marys purity. Candles used for sacred purposes were blessed on that day, which is Feb. 2, the same day as the groundhog appear-ance. The Europeans believed that sunshine on the day of Candlemas meant that winter would stick around an-other six weeks.

    The Romans brought the idea of the Candlemas weather forecast to the Germans, who introduced the hedgehog. The Germans decided that if the sun appeared on Can-dlemas, the hedgehog would see its shadow another prediction of six more weeks of winter. And so it went.

    German settlers brought the tradition to America and adopted the groundhog as the prognosticator of the weather. Thus, the groundhog got its own day.

    JUST WHAT IS A GROUNDHOG?The groundhog or woodchuck lives in various parts of North America but is more common in the East, from Alabama and Georgia to Quebec and Ontario. In the West, groundhogs can be found in Northwest Territories and northward to Alaska.

    A member of the rodent family, the groundhog is re-lated to squirrels, prairie dogs and chipmunks. Among rodents, the groundhog is a marmot and close cousin of the whistler marmot, which lives in the mountains of western North America.

    The groundhog is a stocky mammal with a fl at head and bushy tail 20 inches long and weighs from 12 to 15 lbs. The color of the fur ranges from a yellow shade to dark reddish brown. Because they burrow, their claws and legs are sturdy. They escape from enemies by div-ing into their burrows.

    GROUNDHOG FACTS Groundhogs have 22 teeth.

    They each have their own burrow for hibernation, and the burrow has two doorways.

    Males emerge before the females each spring.

    Groundhogs lose up to 50 percent of their body weight during hibernation.

    They can swim and climb trees.

    A groundhog can whistle when it is in danger. They also whistle in the spring when they begin courting maybe they think thats dangerous, too.

    Insects dont like groundhogs, and they are resistant to plagues.

    Groundhogs have been known to live 10 years, but the average lifespan is six to eight years.

    The groundhog is mainly vegetarian, with a taste for fresh green vegetation plants, clover, alfalfa and gar-den vegetables.

    PUNXSUTAWNEY, PENN. Punxsutawney, Penn., is home to the largest Groundhog Day celebration in the U.S. Up to 30,000 people have participated in the annual holiday.

    Originally a Native American campsite, Punxsutawney is located in the hills of western Pennsylvania about 90 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. The Native Americans, which included Shawnee, Delaware, Seneca or Iroquois tribes, named the area after an Indian name for its nu-merous sand fl ies. The name town of ponkies transi-

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    tioned over the years to Punxsutawney.

    Almost 7,000 people live in the town it-self, with more than 10,000 in surround-ing townships. Rev. David Barclay, who was among the fi rst white settlers, came to the area in 1816 and is considered the founding father of the town.

    The Germans, who brought the Ground-hog tradition to America, had settled in the area. In the late 1800s, Clymer Freas, a newspaper editor, and W. Smith, a congressman and newspaper publisher, organized and advertised the fi rst festival in Punxsutawney, Penn., to celebrate the groundhog and its penchant for predict-ing weather. The fi rst Groundhog Day took place Feb. 2, 1887, and became an annual event.

    Groundhog Day became nationally known as newspapers around the country picked up information about the tradition and fun-fi lled festival. It didnt take long for the rest of the country to catch on. Groundhog Day advanced commercial ventures such as the movie, Groundhog Day, which put Punxsutawney on the map.

    PUNXSUTAWNEY PHILNamed after King Phillip