Beardsley Bart Says Spring Is Coming

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Feb 022021

Beardsley Bart (Photo by Jack Bradley)

Who needs Punxsutawney Phil when you have ‘Beardsley Bart?’ Beardsley Bart, Connecticut’s own Prognosticating Prairie Dog, dug out from a snowstorm early this morning to share his weather forecast with a small gathering of his friends. This year, he did not see his shadow, revealing that Connecticut will enjoy an early spring.

“Beardsley Bart is a very early riser and when he came out this morning, he confirmed that he did not see his shadow,” explained Zoo Director Gregg Dancho. “But every year, Beardsley Bart says that spring is coming eventually, and he has always been 100 percent correct.”

Dancho invites everyone to visit the Zoo throughout the cold weather, as that’s when many of the animals are most active. A new Mexican gray wolf, North American river otter, and Amur tiger are among the newest animals at the Zoo.


Editor’s Note: Punxsutawney Phil and Connecticut’s official hedgehog, Phoebe, both saw their shadows and predict another six weeks of winter. 

Opinion: Dangerous Conditions, Yet The Roads Are Still Open

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Feb 022015

Punxsutawney-Phil-by-alemaxaleThis was a Groundhog Day to remember, not because Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow – 6 More Weeks Of Winter – but because the weather was forecasted to be snow and ice all day with dangerous travel conditions and … well, all we’ve seen is snow and freezing rain All Day Long.

The Governor, who closed the roads during a lesser storm last week but didn’t do anything today to keep everyone safe. A travel ban would make sense and would have given the plow drivers a clear path on which to clean the roads.

There have been plenty of accidents across Connecticut today: on state highways (the tractor trailer that was hanging off the side of a bridge in West Haven) and local roads (the car that slid on ice into an embankment in Woodbridge trapping its – uninjured – driver inside) and still people are driving out there.

The Boston Post Road is like a ghost town with nearly every business closed for the day since late this afternoon.

It is dangerous for our police, fire and EMS personnel when they have to drive in this mess when they respond to an emergency to help others.

So, Phil, I don’t think anyone, except for skiers and snowboarders really want to see winter last through the middle of March. And Gov. Malloy, well, today your judgement is in question.

RJ Kaoud sent us the photos below:


Feb 022015

snow-groundhog-thumb-400x240At 5:45 am. still a steady snowfall, everything is masked in white, the streets, walkways, trees bushes.

No ice yet, but also no cars out on the roads yet either.

Another important thing is that the UI is reporting NO power outages.

Kids, enjoy your day off from school and catch up on your homework.

I hope everyone was prepared for this one … you had plenty of forewarning.

Stay safe everyone.

Happy Groundhog Day!

At 7 p.m. No Snow Yet, but School’s Canceled!

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Feb 012015

Snow-Day(1)The Amity Region 5 and Orange elementary schools are CLOSED Monday, Feb. 2 (Groundhog Day) due to the impending snow/ice storm. 

If You CAN stay home tonight, please do. The beer will taste just as good at home and you won’t have to drive.

Everyone stay safe and warm during this next blast of winter.

Did Punxsutawney Phil See His Shadow Today?

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Feb 022014

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It’s February 2, Groundhog Day.

So, did America’s most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil see his shadow?

YUP. What does that mean?

Brace yourself, according to Phil, we’re in for another 6 weeks of winter.

Thanks a lot Phil.