NA­TION Early spring pre­dicted

Antelope Valley Press - - SECOND FRONT -

PUNX­SUTAWNEY, Pa. — Penn­syl­va­nia’s most fa­mous ground­hog on Sun­day de­clared: “Spring will be early, it’s a cer­tainty.”

At sun­rise on Ground­hog Day, mem­bers of Punx­sutawney Phil’s top hat-wear­ing in­ner cir­cle re­vealed the cud­dly or­a­cle’s pre­dic­tion — his 134th, ac­cord­ing to the Penn­syl­va­nia Tourism Of­fice.

Awo­ken by the crowd’s chants of “Phil!” the ground­hog was hoisted in the air for the assem­bly to hail be­fore mak­ing his de­ci­sion. He then grasped the glove of a han­dler as a mem­ber of his in­ner cir­cle an­nounced that spring would come early this year.

The an­nual event has its ori­gin in a Ger­man leg­end.

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