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Wilton Couple Agrees With Groundhog

Town residents Robert and Therese Kauders were looking on the bright side despite the below-freezing temperatures. They predicted spring is on the way, even though they were bundled up and had to clear snow from their cars before going for a walk through Wilton Center on Monday afternoon.

They said they agree with Punxutawney Phil , the groundhog that did not see his shadow this year and therefore predicted an early spring, according to legend. The Wiltonians took their prediction even further, saying winter would end before March 20, the official first day of spring.

[breakhere] When it was warm last week, Robert Kauders said he thought we were done with the cold. “I thought (winter) was over. That seems to be the line of the day, however,” Kauders said, donning thick gloves and earmuffs for his walk.

Two senses are needed to determine the end of winter: hearing and seeing, they said. First you need to hear the birds singing in the morning, Therese Kauders says. Once the snow melts and you see the crocuses come out, spring is here, she says.

Though the cold weather keeps many people indoors, Robert Kauders normally does not mind it. But after this winter, he says he is ready for the change of season. “I still love the winter, but I think everyone has had enough,” Kauders said.

Temperatures are predicted to remain in the high 30s and low 40s over the next week, says.

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