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Sunday, September 22, 2019
Jahde is escorted into the Grundsau Nu. 16 Versammling by Raatsmann Stan DeLong.PRESS PHOTOS BY LOU WHEELAND Copyright - Lou Wheeland Jahde is escorted into the Grundsau Nu. 16 Versammling by Raatsmann Stan DeLong.PRESS PHOTOS BY LOU WHEELAND 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
PRESS PHOTOS BY LOU WHEELANDThe Rev. Dr. David Smith, Jordan UCC, gives the invocation. Lodsch 16 Haaptman Dave Adam listens at the right. Copyright - Lou Wheeland PRESS PHOTOS BY LOU WHEELANDThe Rev. Dr. David Smith, Jordan UCC, gives the invocation. Lodsch 16 Haaptman Dave Adam listens at the right. Copyright - Lou Wheeland
Haaptmann Dave Adam leads lodge members in a quiet moment to remember those who have died. A bell was rung for each. Copyright - Lou Wheeland Haaptmann Dave Adam leads lodge members in a quiet moment to remember those who have died. A bell was rung for each. Copyright - Lou Wheeland
ABOVE: The board of directors includes (front) 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 ABOVE: The board of directors includes (front) 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 of Grundsau 18, Emerald, waits as board members Karl Haas and Stan DeLong distribute groundhog cookies and iced tea for the toast. Copyright - Lou Wheeland James Williams of Grundsau 18, Emerald, waits as board members Karl Haas and Stan DeLong distribute groundhog cookies and iced tea for the toast. Copyright - Lou Wheeland
Haaptmann Donald Peters of Grundsau 15, Kutztown, was the guest speaker for the Versammling. Copyright - Lou Wheeland Haaptmann Donald Peters of Grundsau 15, Kutztown, was the guest speaker for the Versammling. Copyright - Lou Wheeland

Jahde predicted more winter

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 by LOU WHEELAND Special to The Press in Local News

Grundsau Lodsch 16 members celebrate the groundhog

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 mascot, however, did not give away any additional weather secrets at the annual gathering to honor his celebrity status.

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, South Whitehall, 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 Versammling.

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