Monday, February 1, 2010

February Birthdays: Part One

February Second—Groundhog’s Day-- Let’s hope that Punxsutawney Phil does whatever he is supposed to do to bring an early spring this year!

While our furry little friend first debuted in 1887 (although who knows when they came up with Phil as the name), Canada also has its Groundhog Day.

In Nova Scotia, they follow Schubenacadie Sam (are they trying to keep up with the length of our groundhog’s name?)--the first in the country to rear his head. Then the tradition marches east to west, moving on to Wiarton Willie and Gary the Groundhog--both in Ontario, then Brandon Bob in Manitoba and Balzac Billy in Alberta.

While we dream of sunny springtime and warmth, we have birthdays to celebrate!

In Aunt Esther’s family, her daugther, Julie Ann Lochner Riber, and her son-- Richard John Lochner, and Ted’s son, Brian Michael Lochner all share this month as Birthday Kids!

Picture One: Julie
Picture Two: Rick and his daughter, Sarah
Picture Three: Brian

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