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PRESS PHOTO BY SUSAN BRYANTJahde and his nephew, Lee, make their way down the Jordan Creek at Wehr’s Dam, South Whitehall, to give their weather forecast Feb. 2 to Grundsau Lodsch Nu. 16 Haaptmann Dave Adam waiting at the bank. PRESS PHOTO BY SUSAN BRYANTJahde and his nephew, Lee, make their way down the Jordan Creek at Wehr’s Dam, South Whitehall, to give their weather forecast Feb. 2 to Grundsau Lodsch Nu. 16 Haaptmann Dave Adam waiting at the bank.
Suzie Sims-Fletcher of New York City, N.Y., holds Garry the Groundhog. They join friend Frances Torcivia of Reading at Wehr’s Dam for Jahde and Lee’s prediction. Suzie Sims-Fletcher of New York City, N.Y., holds Garry the Groundhog. They join friend Frances Torcivia of Reading at Wehr’s Dam for Jahde and Lee’s prediction.
Brenton, Amy, Andrew and Brinley Garger of South Whitehall Township, drink hot beverages while they wait for Jahde and Lee to arrive. Brenton, Amy, Andrew and Brinley Garger of South Whitehall Township, drink hot beverages while they wait for Jahde and Lee to arrive.
Dan Dimperio of Macungie carries his Happy Groundhog Day flag to Wehr’s Dam, South Whitehall. He was celebrating his 88th birthday on Groundhog Day. Dan Dimperio of Macungie carries his Happy Groundhog Day flag to Wehr’s Dam, South Whitehall. He was celebrating his 88th birthday on Groundhog Day.
PRESS PHOTOS BY SUSAN BRYANTRose and Bob Melchiorre of South Whitehall Township, are all smiles as they wear their special groundhog hats. PRESS PHOTOS BY SUSAN BRYANTRose and Bob Melchiorre of South Whitehall Township, are all smiles as they wear their special groundhog hats.
Norm Adam of Kutztown holds Lee as he tells Grundsau Lodsch Nu. 16 Haaptmann Dave Adam his prediction on Feb. 2 at Wehr’s Dam, South Whitehall. Norm Adam of Kutztown holds Lee as he tells Grundsau Lodsch Nu. 16 Haaptmann Dave Adam his prediction on Feb. 2 at Wehr’s Dam, South Whitehall.

Grundsau says six more weeks of winter

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 by Susan Bryant sbryant@tnonline.com in Local News

Mid 30-degree temperatures did not deter the 50-plus groundhog aficionados from gathering 7 a.m. Feb. 2 at Wehr’s Dam, South Whitehall, to watch Jahde and his nephew, Lee, float down the Jordan Creek.

As members and supporters of Grundsau Lodsch Nu. 16 awaited the groundhog’s weather prediction, they were treated to cookies and hot beverages.

Lodsch Haaptmann David Adam of Orefield opened this year’s ceremony by welcoming everyone in Pennsylvania Dutch.

As some of the attendees gathered at the edge of the Jordan Creek to watch Jahde and his nephew make their way down the creek on a raft, others sang “America (My Country, Tis of Thee),” “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” “Nellie” and “She’ll be Coming Round the Mountain” in both Pa. German and English, along with Adam.

According to Adam, when the walking path was installed in 2019, Jahde and Lee were too shy to come out.

Lee told Adam because of the walking path it doesn’t rain in their hole anymore, so they are happy with it now.

Adam said Lee told him when he came out of his hole on Feb. 2 he saw his shadow, so there would be six more weeks of winter.

Tradition has it that Jahde, who only speaks Pa. German, relays his predictions to Lee, who then tells Adam.

Jahde and Lee will be the guests of honor at the annual banquet of Grundsau Lodsch Nu. 16 at 6:30 p.m. March 6 at the Schnecksville Fire Company, Schnecksville.

For more information about the banquet, call Dave Adam at 610-395-4282.