When was the first Groundhog Day?

On February 2, 1887, Groundhog Day was celebrated for the first time in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Tradition is, if the groundhog sees his shadow, there’s six more weeks of winter; if not, it means an early spring. But where did the idea of Groundhog Day come from? It came about when …

When was the snowboard invented?

History of the Snowboard In 1939, Vern Wicklund, at the age of 13, fashioned a shred deck in Cloquet, Minnesota. This modified sled was dubbed a “bunker” by Vern and his friends. He, along with relatives Harvey and Gunnar Burgeson, patented the very first snowboard twenty two years later. However, …

This Friday is National Puzzle Day!

NATIONAL PUZZLE DAY Exercise your brain with a puzzle. January 29th is National Puzzle Day. Whether it’s a crossword, jigsaw, word searches, brain teasers or Soduku, puzzles put our brains to work. Studies have found that when we work on a jigsaw puzzle, we use both sides of the brain, and …

Places to go sledding on Long Island

Nassau County Bethpage State Park Bethpage Parkway, Farmingdale 516-249-0701 This hill is located on one of the park’s famously designed golf courses, which was home to a PGA Championship golf tournament. No blow-ups or tubes allowed. Cedar Creek Park Merrick Road, Seaford 516-571-7472 Sledding hills are open in January and …

All about snowflakes and how to preserve them!

FROZEN FACTS Snowflakes form when water vapor freezes around tiny bits of dust in the air. No dust, no snowflakes. Scientists have identified 10 types, including graupel (granular) flakes, as well as sleet and hail. The other seven varieties are the more familiar crystal shapes. No two snowflakes are alike? …