That most significant annual tradition – Groundhog Day is almost upon us.   From Wiarton Willie (and Wee Willie his successor) up here in Canada to the famous Punxsutawney Phil all eyes will be upon a wide assortment of  furry creatures who will make their wintery predictions next Tuesday. With all due respect to those furry prognosticators and anyone putting their stock in today’s Groundfrog prediction by Snohomish Slew, my support falls behind Octorara Orphie of Quuarryville, Pennsylvania.  After all any groundhog with its own Lodge and respected lodge members must be credible.

The Slumbering Groundhog Lodge of Quarryville, Pennsylvania was founded on Groundhog Day, February 2, 1908 by George W. Hensel, Jr.   Honorary members of the lodge include Sir Winston Churchill, Harry S. Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and J. Edgar Hoover.  The purpose of the club is for members to throw away worries, cares, and woes and have a good laugh at themselves.

Here’s to less winter and early fishing!