LEOMINSTER, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) – While the groundhog is usually the one who determines the remaining length of winter, there’s another creature who has something to say about spring in one city in central Massachusetts.
Leominster Mayor Dean Mazzarella likes Groundhog Day, but minus the groundhog part. Instead, he prefers Featherstone the plastic pink flamingo, named after the man who invented lawn ornaments in the same city. Much like Punxsutawney Phil, the bird also predicts the weather and according to the mayor, the bird has an impressive track record.
“He’s been right every single time,” Mazzarella explained. “Where the [groundhog], he always sees his shadow.”
The city held their Groundhog Day with Featherstone Wednesday morning, where the bird was right once again and did not see his shadow – predicting an early spring. That news was welcomed by the crowd, especially Mayor Mazzarella who was wearing a top hat and shorts.
Meanwhile Ms. G., the groundhog at the Mass Audubon Drumlin Farm in Lincoln, did not see her shadow and has also predicted an early spring.
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