Happy Hedgehog (?) Day

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Celebrate the hedgehog!

Long before the first Groundhog Day (February 2, 1887), the ancient Romans observed whether or not a hedgehog emerging from hibernation could see its shadow in the moonlight. If it could, six more weeks of winter were expected. The Germans, Pennsylvania’s earliest settlers, brought the tradition to the United States with them relying instead on groundhogs for the weather forecast. Hopefully Punxsutawney Phil will not see his shadow and we can hope for an early spring.

~Emma

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