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Malverne Mel predicts an early spring

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The frigid weather didn’t stop residents from filling Crossroads Farm as they were eager to hear Malverne Mel’s annual prognostication for Groundhog Day on Feb. 3.

For the last time, Malverne Mayor Patti Ann McDonald, who will not run for re-election, put her horn up to Malverne Mel to hear his prognostication. When the clock hit 7 a.m., the village’s most celebrated rodent did not see his shadow, which means that spring will be here soon, much to the delight of the crowd.

Hot chocolate and light refreshments was provided by the Malverne Civic Association for residents as they prepped for an early spring. In addition, students were recognized for taking part in the village’s annual Groundhog Day poster contest. After Malverne Mel made his prediction, the Banjo Rascals provided music to close the celebration.

–Nakeem Grant