The traditional Pennsylvania Dutch winter weather forecast returns Wednesday, Feb. 2, to Myerstown Recreation Park at 8 a.m.
Although “Phil” gets most of the attention across the commonwealth and nation—likely in large part due to the classic Bill Murray film, Groundhog Day—the tradition dates back more than century and in fact Lebanon County still has two furry meteorologists at our disposal: Myerstown’s Uni and Mt. Gretna’s Grady, who have held their positions since 1982 and 2018 respectively.
Uni’s appearance is coordinated by the Union Kanaal Grundsau Lodsch #17 of Eastern Lebanon County.
The Eastern Lebanon County chapter of the Groundhog Lodge is one of 17 located in eastern Pennsylvania. Each lodge hosts its own unique event on Groundhog’s Day, but the real purpose of the lodges is to honor and continue the Pennsylvania Dutch heritage.
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