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Freddie...for spring!

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 5th, 2013

FRENCH CREEK — Spring is right around the corner.

That was the prognostication of West Virginia’s most famous weatherman — frisky little groundhog French Creek Freddie.

Freddie made his prediction Saturday morning as part of the West Virginia Wildlife Center’s annual Groundhog Day celebration.

On a chilly morning with the temperature only reaching the mid-teens, onlookers watched as Freddie emerged from his cage, with some help from handler Gary Hissam, to overcast skies.

As if on cue, the chilly but sunny morning gave way to cloudy skies just minutes before Freddie’s prediction occurred promptly at 10 a.m. With Freddie not seeing his shadow, West Virginia Wildlife Center’s biologist Gene Thorn declared to a cheerful crowd that spring would soon be here on behalf of French Creek Freddie.

For the complete article see the 02-04-2013 issue.

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