And here they are: Jahde and Lee, ready to forecast the weather for the Lehigh Valley and the rest of the northern hemisphere. Additional photos appear on page A2.PRESS PHOTOS BY LOU WHEELAND Copyright - Lou Wheeland Photography
Grundsau Nu. 16 Haaptmann (President) Dave Adam leads the visitors in patriotic and popular songs in both Pennsylvania Dutch and American English. Copyright - Lou Wheeland Photography
“Daddy, I love this weather” is what 11-year-old Alaskan malamute Sasha, must be saying to her human Ron Mohr of New Tripoli. Copyright - Lou Wheeland Photography
Dave Adam and brother. Norman, listen as Lee tells of the trip he and Jahde had crossing the Jordan Creek. Copyright - Lou Wheeland Photography
‘Six more weeks of winter’Showing high spirits and the latest in fashionable groundhog wear are Robert and Rose Melchiorre of Cetronia. Waving the groundhog flag for all to see is Dan D’Imperio of Allentown.PRESS PHOTOS BY LOU WHEELAND Copyright - Lou Wheeland Photography
Moisture from Jordan Creek rises in the near zero degree air as Dave Adam leads the visitors in song. Ruth Wicker, an intrepid organist, plays the organ without gloves at the lower left! Copyright - Lou Wheeland Photography
‘Six more weeks of winter’
Members of the Grundsau Lodsch Nu. 16 Am Jahden (Groundhog Lodge No. 16 on the Jordan) celebrated the annual Pennsylvania German tradition of looking for the groundhog’s shadow.
Jahde and nephew, Lee, traversed the frozen Jordan Creek near Wehr’s Dam at Covered Bridge Park, South Whitehall, Feb. 2 to reveal their prognostication for this year’s Groundhog’s Day celebration.
Though Punxsutawney Phil had predicted an early spring this year, Jahde was adamant there will be an additional six weeks of winter as he saw his shadow during the beautiful sunrise on the Jordan.
Even with temperatures hovering near zero, a friendly crowd showed up to see Jahde’s prediction and to hear Pennsylvania Dutch spoken.
Grundsau Lodsch Nu. 16 Haaptmann (President) Dave Adam of Orefield, led the ceremony.