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Seasons are fleeting, enjoy while you can

At 7:25 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, Groundhog Phil once again failed to see his shadow in the small town of Punxsutawney, Pa.

According to folklore, no shadow for Phil means “there will be an early spring.” Had Phil seen his shadow, it would have meant six more weeks of winter.

Did you know that since the Groundhog’s first prediction in 1887 up through last year, Phil has seen his shadow 100 times and not seen it on just 16 occasions?

No matter what his forecast, winter is definitely on the wane, not from a cold temperature standpoint but from a time standpoint with spring right around the corner on March 20.

In the meantime, there are people who are loving this fluffy white stuff, in particular the snowmobile and ski enthusiasts who for several years in the past have been slighted in their sporting quests.

On that note, for those passionate about snowmobiling who aren’t aware the Rural Cass Snowmobile Club is promoting their annual snowmobile bash, known as SnowJam 2013 later this month with details to be outlined in a future story. The date is Saturday, Feb 23, if anyone would like to be a part of the action that starts and ends at Hagge’s in Mapleton and in between features fun-filled snowmobile trail ride along the freshly groomed trails across Cass County.

Speaking of snow and freshly groomed trails, it appears the youngsters in the community are enjoying the well-maintained sledding hills within the West Fargo parks. The one in Maplewood Park on 17th Avenue East is extremely well used and always so much fun to drive by and see all the bundled up little ones taking their trek down the hill, then making their way back up for a repeat.

All in all, winter is a season everyone can pretty much find enjoyment in if they try and relying on Groundhogs Day Feb. 2 as the benchmark to determine its future run has only turned out to be part of the traditional season fun.