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Groundhog Day: More Winter or Is Spring Around the Corner?

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Article by Terry Kaufman

Groundhog Day, a popular tradition in Canada and the United States, is celebrated every year on February 2nd. It had its origins in the observance of Candlemas Day, in the early days of Christianity. The clergy would bless candles and make them available to the people, marking a milestone in the winter. The Teutons, or Germans, believing that if the sun came out on Candlemas Day, a hedgehog would come out of hibernation and cast a shadow, thereby predicting six more weeks of winter. The animal would then return to its burrow. If there was no shadow, spring would soon be there and the hedgehog would remain above ground.

Groundhog Day is now celebrated in a lighthearted manner. Many cities and towns across the United States and Canada hold festivities with their own “celebrity” groundhogs., the most well-known of which is Punxsutawney Phil of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.

Punxsutawney celebrated its first Groundhog Day in the 1800s due to the efforts of newspaper editor Clymer H. Freas and American Congressman and newspaper publisher W. Smith; the first official observance at Gobbler’s Knob (part of the town of Punxsutawney) was on February 2, 1887.

Legend has it that Punxsutawney Phil was named after King Phillip; Phil’s original name was Br’er Groundhog.

Groundhog Day is celebrated with a touch of whimsey. It was not until 1966 that the festivities at Gobbler’s Knob were open to the public. Now, in the early 21st century, as many as 30,000 people come to Punxsutawney each year to join in the merriment. Not only have the festivities been made public, but the occasion of Phil emerging from his burrow is broadcast on national television. Punxsutawney Phil has even visited President Ronald Reagan at the White House in 1986. He was a guest on the Today show in 1960 and also on the Oprah Winfrey television show in 1995. Phil was shown live on the JumboTron in New York City’s Time Square in 2001.


Other names for the groundhog are woodchuck, marmot, or whistlepig.

An average groundhog is 20 inches long and weighs anywhere from 4 to 15 pounds.

Groundhogs are herbivores living on greens, fruits, and vegetables. They are not very fond of water but manage to keep hydrated by eating dew-laden leaves. They also enjoy cultivated flowers and the bark and roots of small trees.

When alarmed, groundhogs make a whistling sound. Groundhogs also use the whistle as part of the courting ritual.

Groundhogs are extremely clean and are not bothered by insects or most germs.

To prepare for hibernation, groundhogs lay on a heavy layer of fat in late summer or early fall. By February, they have used up half of their body weight while hibernating.


Balzac Billy (Alberta, Canada)Birmingham Bill (Birmingham, Alabama)Brandon Bob (Manitoba, Canada)Buckeye Chuck (Marion, Ohio)Dunkirk Dave (Western New York)French Creek Freddie (West Virginia State Wildlife Center, Upshur County, W. Virginia)Gary the Groundhog (Kleinburg, Ontario, Canada)General Beauregard Lee (Yellow River Game Ranch, Lilburn, Georgia)Holtsville Hal (Long Island, New York)Jimmy the Groundhog (Sun Prairie, Wisconsin)Malverne Mel and Malverne Melissa (Malverne, New York)Manitoba Merv (Oak Hammock Marsh, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)Octoraro Orphie (Quarryville, Pennsylvania)Pardon Me Pete (Tampa, Florida)Pothole Pete (New York, New York)Punxsutawney Phil (Gobbler’s Knob, Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania)Shubenacadie Sam (Shubenacadie Wildlife Park, Halifax, Canada)Sir Walter Wally (North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh, North Carolina)Smith Lake Jake (Birmingham Zoo, Birmingham, Alabama)Spanish Joe (Spanish, Ontario, Canada)Staten Island Chuck (Staten Island Zoo, Staten Island, New York)Wiarton Willie – an albino groundhog (Wiarton, Ontario, Canada)

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Celebrating Spring Break on the ship a Cruise Ship

Article by The Professor

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Spring Allergies: Bonus Tips for Your Bag of Tricks

Article by Roberta Mittman

Allergies, pardon the expression, are nothing to sneeze at. Countless people suffer symptoms triggered by things as harmless as spring blossoms. All the sniffling, sinus headaches, itchy eyes, and other symptoms of the season can add up to lots of work and leisure time lost. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Once you understand what allergies and have applied the 3Rs mind-body control technique–Recognize, Reframe, Reclaim–to help curb both your exposure and your body’s immune response to irritants, you’ll almost certainly have found some relief. Want more simple solutions to your allergy problems? Here are two additional methods of relief to add to your arsenal. Both are easy and natural, and both are given the stamp of approval by clinical studies and real patients alike.

Diet Dos: You may be familiar with a few allergy season “diet don’ts,” foods to avoid because they can cause your immune system to react even more strongly to allergens. Now here’s the other half of the story: Some foods can have the opposite effect, helping to suppress your body’s negative reaction to harmless substances. Foods rich in antioxidants, including dark-skinned produce like blueberries, green peppers, and red grapes, help control inflammation which in turn leads to relief of sinus pressure. Omega-3 fatty acids have anti-inflammatory effects also, so try adding more cold-water fish, nuts, and flaxseed oil to your menu. And citrus fruits and local honey contain natural antihistamines that may suppress the effects of your body’s overactive immune response.

Acupressure-to-Go: Relieve your sinus discomfort by self-administering some acupressure. With your middle fingers, press on both sides of the face right below the outside edge of the nostrils. Hold for a count of 10. Then press the inside end of the eyebrows closest to the nose. Unlike over-the-counter sinus remedies, you can’t overdose on acupressure. Press against these points as often as you need to during the day.

There are plenty of natural, holistic solutions to the pain and discomfort of spring allergies. Take it upon yourself to learn, try out, and consistently apply them–then take back your joy in the glories of spring!

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Roberta Roberts Mittman, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac., M.S., is a nutritional and lifestyle consultant, holistic mindset mentor, and nationally board-certified acupuncturist. Roberta believes in complete mind-body health and empowering individuals to be their own best healers. Ready to take that step? Call 212-686-0939, or visit online at

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