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Mountain Boomer Day is Feb. 2

Some people look to groundhogs on Feb. 2 to determine how long winter will last. In Brightwood, residents are turning to their own mountain beaver, Barlow Boomer.

Residents are planning the first Mountain Boomer Day Celebration for 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, at Barlow Wayside Park.

After determining if Boomer the mountain beaver sees his shadow, and whether there are six more weeks of winter, participants are invited on a mile-long walk through a section of the park.

'Some think this day is all about another kind of rodent made famous by Bill Murray in the movie 'Groundhog Day,'' said Mitch Williams, a Barlow Wayside Park mover and shaker. 'In fact, Feb. 2 began in England as 'Hedgehog Day.' Here we have Barlow Boomer, and we so look forward to seeing him again.'