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Thursday, February 4, 2010

"Concord Abby has never missed a forecast yet"

Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow Tuesday, indicating six more weeks of winter.

Buckeye Chuck, on the other hand, didn't see his. An early spring? We needed a tie-breaker.

Enter Concord Abby, star of the Official Morley Road Groundhog Day Ceremony.

And the result - pretty kitty did not see her shadow, Master of Ceremonies John Niedzialek said.

"Abby has never missed a forecast yet," he said.

Then again Niedzialek, coordinator of the Western Reserve Resource Conservation & Development Council and past visitor of Gobbler's Knob in Pennsylvania, does exaggerate a bit.

"This is our first annual Groundhog's Day official event - hence Abbigale has never missed a forecast," he admits. "As you can see from her face in the picture, she was really excited about her new role as the official Lake County predictor of weather.

"Don’t be fooled by the expression on her face. Her 10 seconds outside on a chilly day accounted for most of her startled look. She went right back in the house and laid on the chair next to the heater getting ready for her next meal."

Well here's hoping Concord Abby's streak continues.

-- Sandra M. Klepach,


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