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Malverne Mel Sees Shadow, Predicts More Winter

Residents react with mixed reviews to groundhog Mel's forecast.

Bundled up in heavy coats and sipping hot chocolate, throngs of people gathered in Malverne Saturday morning anxious to know if they'd soon receive a break from the current cold spell. But for the second year in a row, groundhog Malverne Mel predicted a prolonged winter.

Surrounded by Malverne Mayor Patricia Norris McDonald and other local officials, the "pronosticator of prognosticators" saw his shadow and soon retreated back into his hut to brace for six more weeks of winter.

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The many families who braved the frigid weather to witness Mel's forecast had mixed reactions.

"I really wanted winter," 10-year-old Ashley Grech, of Malverne, told Patch. "Me too!" added her younger brother, Thomas.

"They love the snow. They want to make more snowmen," explained their mom Janet Grech, who unlike the rest of her family had been hoping Mel would predict an early spring.

Ashley's and Tom's dad, Tom, said, "I happen to like having a lot of snow and we haven't really had much since the storm [that followed] Hurricane Sandy."

"I'm not happy about the prediction of six more weeks of winter," said Suzanne Kraemer-Parra, president of the Malverne Civic Association, which co-sponsored the 18th annual Groundhog Day festivities with the village.

She explained, "I was really looking forward to an early spring, because Malverne's so beautiful in the spring, just walking around the town. As she started to come to grips with the extended winter forecast Kraemer-Parra added, "As long as the people of Malverne are happy, I'm happy."

This morning's ceremony was only the beginning of the Groundhog Day festivities in Malverne. Later today, there will be a free movie screening, a wood-carving demonstration, scavenger hunt and other events. Click here for the schedule.

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Paul February 02, 2013 at 04:55 PM
Umm, didn't the people already receive a break from the cold spell? I mean, it was in the 50s just a few days ago...
Fran Mahler February 02, 2013 at 07:18 PM
Puxatawny Phil disagrees. They should have consulted with each other before making their predictions! Me thinks there is still plenty of winter left to go.
John Salerno February 03, 2013 at 01:13 AM
They should have put Malverne Mel on a spit and Barbequed him up - Looks like he makes good eating
Melissa Pinto February 03, 2013 at 09:52 PM
Pawty predicts early spring but like I say every year whether they see their Shadow or not, we still get extra winter.The poor groundhogs should just be left sleeping warm and cozy in their holes, until mid April :)

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