A new glossy children’s book has recently been published just in time for Groundhog Day which falls on Wednesday, Feb. 2 called “A Hole Other Matter” by Milford photographer, Jeffrey R. Sidle and author, Heather Martin, also of Milford.


A new glossy children’s book has recently been published just in time for Groundhog Day which falls on Wednesday, Feb. 2 called “A Hole Other Matter” by Milford photographer, Jeffrey R. Sidle and author, Heather Martin, also of Milford.
 According to Martin, “It is a book for kids of all ages to realize that many critters inhabit lands we sometimes believe to be our very own territory.” ‘I just loved doing it,” she told The News Eagle last week.
To celebrate the book and the holiday, an event called “Track the Groundhog Celebration” has been planned beginning Friday, Jan. 21 and running through Sunday, Jan. 30 in Milford with participating merchants. The idea is to look for the paw prints outside the stores or posted in the storefronts.
Then, go inside and find the groundhog, which is in this case, a stuffed small animal. While you are there, fill out an entry form for a special prize.
Then on Ground Hog Day between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. at the J and J Cafe, there will be cookies and hot chocolate as the grand prize winner is chosen. There will also be a book signing.
Jeffrey R. Sidle owns the Milford Print Shop and is an amateur photographer. When meeting with the News Eagle, he said, “I was going out to photograph eagles and suddenly came upon a ground hog. From there, he became fascinated and started taking more photos.”
He approached his friend Heather Martin who then went ahead and wrote approximately 70 stories in fantasy of what the ground hogs were up to and then giving them whimsical names which also enables children to learn about nature.
Each of the ground hogs snapped by Sidle is given a particular fun personality with names such as “Lillie Edgewater” who is a very snooty little girl. Then there is “Crawford Cautious” who is a school crossing guard. Each member of the clan has personalities that children can relate to in their own world.
It is a glossy, fun book which ends each entry with a question for children to ponder, as well as being educational.
Sidle is very familiar with The News Eagle as his grandfather used owned a predecessor of the present paper, who was J. Vance Hunt in the late 1950s. Laughingly, Sidle remembered that on the mast head of the Pike-Wayne Eagle, they used to publish, “Best paper by a dam site”. His grandfather was both owner and the editor with various stringers in the area contributing stories about their neighbors and happenings.
It was then sold to John C. Dyson Jr. in the 1960s.
Together, Sidle and Martin have established Marmot Productions to publish this new book. It is available locally and inquiries can be made at the Milford Print Shop.