I don't know if Woodstock Willie saw his shadow this morning, but I do know that he was able to fulfill his Groundhog Day duties safely behind a face shield thanks to a plastics company.
Woodstock Willie is the mascot for Woodstock, Ill.'s Groundhog Day celebration. (The city was used as the stand-in to Punxsutawney, Pa., during the filming of the Bill Murray film in the 1990s.) Woodstock also is home to thermoformer Dordan Manufacturing.
Dordan has also been producing face shields in response to COVID-19. So it was natural for Willie to turn to Dordan for help to stay safe in 2021.
Obviously a groundhog mascot isn't a standard size, Dordan's Chandler Slavin said, but "after a few hours of arts and crafts, we had something that would fit his comically large head."