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Jan 30, 2018 5:02 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

UPDATE: Quogue Groundhog Predicts An Early Spring

Brian the groundhog predicts and early spring at the Quogue Library on Friday morning. DANA SHAW
Feb 2, 2018 1:58 PM


An early spring is in store for the Village of Quogue.

Much to the delight of at least a dozen community members, Brian, a rehabilitated groundhog from Save the Animals Rescue Foundation in Middle Island, did not see his shadow at the Quogue Public Library's first Groundhog Day celebration on Friday Morning.


Usually it’s up to the professional forecasters to predict the weather, but on Friday—Groundhog Day—that responsibility locally will fall on Brian, a rescued groundhog from Save the Animals Rescue Foundation in Middle Island, who will perform his prognostication at the Quogue Public Library.

If Brian sees his shadow, the tradition goes, there will be six more weeks of winter. But if he doesn’t, there will be an early spring.

“I’m looking forward to the sunshine,” said Selina Pasca, the adult programming coordinator at the library, and the coordinator of the first Groundhog Day event, scheduled for 9:30 a.m. at the library. “Everyone looks forward to finding out about the end of winter.”

That’s not true for Katherine Schelp, an educational volunteer with STAR, who has been treating Brian for an internal parasite since July. “I hope he sees his shadow,” she said on Tuesday. “I like the cold weather.”

Ms. Schelp explained that while the rescue was successful in removing the parasite, Brian suffered brain damage prior to its removal, deeming him unable to be released into the wild.

Quogue’s recently elected fire chief, Chris Osborne, will announce the outcome of the groundhog’s prediction on Friday morning, according to Ms. Pasca.

“I’ve always loved Groundhog Day, “Ms. Pasca said. “It’s a very unique and historical blend of old- fashioned and folklore. I think the Quogue community can respond to that because it’s a unique community of people that love history.”

The event will be live broadcast by 27east.com on its Facebook page, www.facebook.com/27east.

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Quogue Library, a true gem. Can't wait to see the outcome of the groundhog's forecast.
By Infoseeker (279), Hampton Bays on Jan 31, 18 11:18 AM
Fake news! Fake news! Went to www.facebook.com/27east as instructed above and much babbling but no groundhog sighting! Video ends just before "Brian" is introduced.

By Frank Wheeler (1823), Northampton on Feb 2, 18 10:34 AM
Even with the embedded video above, there's no "Brian1'

Did he or didn't he?

By Frank Wheeler (1823), Northampton on Feb 2, 18 10:39 AM
Sorry Frank, we had technical difficulties with the live feed. Apparently cell service is a little spotty there. Brian did not see his shadow, meaning there will be an early spring.
By Bill Sutton, Managing Editor (116), Westhampton Beach on Feb 2, 18 11:06 AM
Anyone know how to cook a groundhog?
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