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Who needs a shadow-skittish groundhog prognosticator popping up every frigid February when a burning effigy might better hasten the arrival of spring? (It also might not, but at least there’s food, music, masks, and other amenities fickle forecaster Punxsutawney Phil punks out on after peeking from his burrow.)

Toward that end, Fasnacht — “Fasting Night” in German — will be observed next month with public fanfare for the 57th February in and around Helvetia’s town square.

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