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Top 10 Rhode Island Replacements for Punxatawney Phil

Striped Bass

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On Groundhog Day 2022, Punxatawney Phil saw his shadow, signaling six more weeks of winter. There are a few other Groundhog Day prognosticators in the U.S., including Malverne Mel, who has been predicting the spring timeline in the Long Island hamlet of Malverne for decades.

This got me wondering...Why can't Rhode Island have its own sage of spring? Here are my top ten ideas for names to get us started!

10- Weekapaug Willie the Striped Bass

9 - Narragansett Neil the Littleneck

8- Johnston Joe (aka Giaccomo) the Turkey

7- Bristol Bob the Osprey

6- Galilee Gabe The Calamari

5- Jamestown Jed the Harbor Seal

4- Pascoag Pete the Coyote

3- Lincoln Luke the Retired Greyhound

2- Nasonville Ned the Family Style Chicken (shout out to Wright's Farm)

1- Federal Hill Frank the Baccala

Let's get the campaign started!

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