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"Lee" and "Yahdee" give Phil a run for his money

By Amy Unger, Reporter, AUnger@wfmz.com
Published On: Feb 01 2012 06:00:00 PM CST
Updated On: Feb 02 2012 05:02:36 PM CST

Gobbler's Knob always gets a little rowdy this time of year.

SOUTH WHITEHALL TWP., Pa. -

Gobbler's Knob always gets a little rowdy this time of year. After all, it's Punxsutawney Phil's big day to have his say about what kind of weather we're in store for. But only a pair of prognosticators will do for the Lehigh Valley.

"Yahdee" and "Lee" arrived in style this morning, floating down Jordan Creek in South Whitehall Township.

"This year we didn't have ice on the river," said Bob Schantz, of Grundsau Lodge No. 16, the group that started the tradition six years ago. "It's the first time the raft actually floated. Other years they came on a sled."

"We always hear a lot about Punxsutawney Phil," said Schantz. "We thought it would be nice to have something here with our own Pennsylvania German Group."

Most of the ceremony is delivered in Pennsylvania Dutch, which can seem a little perplexing. But really, it's all about the groundhogs, anyway. "Yahdee" is a little "stiff" in front of the camera. He's visited the taxidermist. We'll leave it at that. Lee is a bit more loquacious. Nevermind that he's a puppet.

So what did he have to say, anyway?

"He didn't see his shadow but don't lose hope there probably will be some snow some ice," said Schantz.

That's a prediction that should give skiers and snowboarders something to shout about.