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PRESS PHOTOS BY LOU WHEELANDJahde is escorted into the Grundsau Nu. 16 Versammling by Raatsmann Stan DeLong. Copyright - Lou Wheeland PRESS PHOTOS BY LOU WHEELANDJahde is escorted into the Grundsau Nu. 16 Versammling by Raatsmann Stan DeLong. Copyright - Lou Wheeland
Roy Dengler, Grundsau 18, Emerald, joins fellow Grundsau members in the Groundhog Pledge. Copyright - Lou Wheeland Roy Dengler, Grundsau 18, Emerald, joins fellow Grundsau members in the Groundhog Pledge. Copyright - Lou Wheeland
The Rev. Dr. David Smith, Jordan UCC, South Whitehall, gives the invocation. At right is Lodsch 16 Haaptmann Dave Adam. Copyright - Lou Wheeland The Rev. Dr. David Smith, Jordan UCC, South Whitehall, gives the invocation. At right is Lodsch 16 Haaptmann Dave Adam. Copyright - Lou Wheeland
Right: Haaptmann Dave Adam leads members in a quiet moment to remember those on the board who died. The bell was rung for each name. Copyright - Lou Wheeland Right: Haaptmann Dave Adam leads members in a quiet moment to remember those on the board who died. The bell was rung for each name. Copyright - Lou Wheeland
The board of directors includes (front) Karl Haas, Bob Everett, Dave Adam and the Rev. Dave Smith, Karl Haas, Bob Everett, Dave Adam and the Rev. David Smith (back) Dwight Wanamaker, Steve Rosko, Jerry Beidler, Norm Adam, Ted Rothrock, Helmet Wicker and Stan DeLong. Copyright - Lou Wheeland The board of directors includes (front) Karl Haas, Bob Everett, Dave Adam and the Rev. Dave Smith, Karl Haas, Bob Everett, Dave Adam and the Rev. David Smith (back) Dwight Wanamaker, Steve Rosko, Jerry Beidler, Norm Adam, Ted Rothrock, Helmet Wicker and Stan DeLong. Copyright - Lou Wheeland
James Williams, Grundsau 18, Emerald, waits as board members Karl Haas and Stan DeLong hand out groundhog cookies and iced tea for the toast Copyright - Lou Wheeland James Williams, Grundsau 18, Emerald, waits as board members Karl Haas and Stan DeLong hand out groundhog cookies and iced tea for the toast Copyright - Lou Wheeland
5093: Donald Peters, Haaptmann, Grundsau 15, Kutztown was the speaker for the evening. Copyright - Lou Wheeland 5093: Donald Peters, Haaptmann, Grundsau 15, Kutztown was the speaker for the evening. Copyright - Lou Wheeland

Grundsau Lodsch 16 members celebrate the groundhog

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 by LOU WHEELAND Special to The Press in Local News

When Jahde and his nephew Lee traveled via raft down the Jordan Creek on Feb. 2, the senior groundhog predicted six more weeks of winter.

With the 6-8 inches of snow that fell in the Lehigh Valley from the afternoon of March 3 into the next morning, Jahde may just have been right with his prognostication.

Jahde, the Grundsau 16 groundhog mascot, however, did not give away any addition weather secrets at the annual gathering to honor his celebrity.

Just two evenings before the snow fell, members of Grundsau Lodsch Nu. 16 Am Yahden (Groundhog Lodge No. 16 on the Jordan) had their annual Versammling (gathering) at Community Fire Co. No. 1, Schnecksville.

The evening, in honor of Jahde, included a dinner of Pennsylvania Dutch favorites: sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, pork, sausage, hot bacon dressing, horseradish, rolls and dessert.

The celebration opened with an entrance by Jahde, accompanied by Raatsmann (board member) Stan DeLong.

Lodge members then recited the groundhog pledge and sang “My Country ’Tis of Thee.”

Raatsmann Bob Everett introduced the Raat (board of directors) and the Rev. Dr. David Smith of Jordan United Church of Christ, gave the invocation.

Haaptmann (president) Dave Adam was host of the event.

Donald Peters, Haaptman, Grundsau 15, Kutztown, was the Schwertzer (speaker) for this year’s event.

In addition to Jahde, the evening celebrated all things Pennsylvania Dutch, good friendship and hope for a prosperous year.