September 2, 2014

Medina
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Groundhogs give their weather reports

Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow on Sunday in the Pennsylvania town that shares his name and predicted six more weeks of winter.

Buckeye Chuck came up out of his hole in Marion and called for an early spring.

But at the Wolf Creek Environmental Center in Sharon Township, Greg the Groundhog nearly slept through the whole day.

Staff and volunteers with the Medina County Parks District on Sunday presented “Six more weeks of sleeping in” — a puppet show starring Greg the Groundhog and his woodland friends who try very hard to wake him up so he can provide a weather forecast.

Children and their families learned that Greg was sleeping because most groundhogs are in hibernation at this time of year. They also learned about different noises animals make, and in the end, it was the live audience that helped bring Greg out of hibernation.

Unfortunately, Greg sided with Punxsutawney Phil, calling for six more weeks of winter.
Mark Ludwig, a naturalist with the parks district, has been the driving force behind the puppet shows at Wolf Creek, and hopes to host four or five shows each year.

At 2 p.m. March 8, the center will host a large puppet show across two stages titled “The Amphibians are Coming.”

To register for the free show or learn about other Medina County Parks activities, visit www.MedinaCountyParks.com.

Contact reporter Loren Genson at lgenson@medina-gazette.com.