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Weather likely to be a challenge for Groundhog Day

January 31, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Both the National Weather Service and AccuWeather are prognosticating a very wintry Groundhog Day, just a few days before Punxsutawney Phil makes his own prediction.

Monday, the National Weather Service in Pittsburgh placed Jefferson and 11 other counties in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Maryland under a winter storm warning, which began at 7 p.m. Monday night and runs through 10 a.m. Wednesday — just a few hours after Punxsy Phil should emerge from his stump to make his annual prognostication.

Deeley invites Obama, but Obama postpones PSU trip

January 31, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The invitation was there, but now the trip is postponed.

So much for having President Barack Obama as a guest at Groundhog Day 2011.

After reports last week that Obama would visit Penn State the same day as Groundhog Day, Inner Circle President Bill Deeley said Monday he extended an invitation to the president through U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson’s office.

“I said, ‘Fax, or e-mail or call and invite Barack Obama,’” Deeley said. “He’s going to be in State College, so why not come and do Groundhog Day day with us.”

PAHS to crown Groundhog King, Queen today

January 31, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Last week, PAHS seniors chose four girls and four boys for the 2011 Groundhog’s Day court. The students chosen were Katrina Anderson, Samantha Osikowicz, Lindsey Paulina, Caroline Weaver, Ben Blazavich, Jakob Godo, James Kachmar and Joe Neal.

The king and queen will be crowned during the annual Groundhog Day assembly at PAHS, which is now scheduled for 10 a.m. today.
• Katrina Anderson, daughter of Kim and Tom Anderson of Stump Creek, is enrolled in the academic curriculum and plans to attend Westminster College to major in occupational therapy.

Chucks finish Clearfield with 19-4 fourth

January 31, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsy boys' basketball team found a way to finish Monday night.

Behind a defense that wouldn't quit and an offense that was able to penetrate Clearfield's zone defense late in the game, the Chucks (7-9) won their third-straight contest by beating the Bisons, 49-32.

Two former District IX League foes played as if they were still league rivals, as high intensity play ensued. Clearfield (4-12) may compete against mostly District VI opponents now, but the two squads played with an enthusiasm of a playoff game.

Brookville avenges prior loss during victory

January 31, 2011

BROOKVILLE— Brookville girls' basketball head coach Mark Powell knew how important the Lady Raiders' game was Monday night at home against Keystone.

Brookville had lost its last four games and had its hands full with defending Keystone's preseason All-District IX player Morgan Johnson. Also, Brookville lost to Keystone 45-42 the first time these teams met Dec. 11 in the championship game of the Brookville Tip-off Tournament.

Johnson scored 19, but Brookville (11-5) kept Keystone (12-4) from rebounding well en route to a 59-54 win.

Punxsutawney Phil celebrates 125th birthday

January 31, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY —

Punxsutawney Phil is known as a model of consistency, appearing each Feb. 2 at Gobbler’s Knob and emerging from his burrow.

So it may come as a surprise that there is no record from nine of his first 12 prognostications.

In fact, there is no record from 1886, when Groundhog Day was first recognized in Punxsutawney — it was then known as Weathers Wags.

Likewise, there is no record of Phil’s prediction from 1899, the year the Groundhog Club was founded.

Weather Center upgrade just in time for Feb. 2

January 31, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — As the year is advancing, so are the exhibits at the Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center (PWDC).

Just in time for Groundhog Day, the PWDC is upgrading its already-popular Galileo Ultra Graphix Animator Plus, otherwise known as a green screen.

A green screen, including the essential equipment, allows people of all ages to stand in front of the green screen and perform a weather forecast, just like on TV.

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