Open Letter to a Central Ohio Rodent

by Maureen McCabe on February 21, 2007

Dear Buckeye Chuck,

I was elated when you prophesied an early spring this year.  I was getting cynical thinking that groundhogs day was a ruse…  that the calendar says it’s winter until March 21….. and nothing about your crawling out of bed in early February is going to change that… It had been a mild winter really anyway….

There have been times in the past two weeks though where I thought you had let us down… when the temperatures dropped and the snow fell and fell and fell and fell some more… I thought your prediction that we did not have six more weeks of winter was dead wrong…  I doubted you and P. Phil the groundhog in western  PA.

With the 40°+ weather yesterday and what is in store for us this week… you are redeemd. Cancel the groundhog stew*……



Buckeye Chuck’s 2007 Prediction

*Groundhog….It’s what’s for Dinner- North Carolina State University Extension Wildgame Recipes


1. Woodchuck (Groundhog), Raccoon or Opossum Patties
2. Woodchuck (Groundhog) Stew
3. Fried Woodchuck (Groundhog)
4. Woodchuck (Groundhog) Meat Patties with Tomato Sauce
5. Woodchuck (Groundhog) Pie
6. Fricasseed Raccoon or Woodchuck (Groundhog)

First posted on Discover Columbus in 2007.

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