Archive - 2013 - News Article
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The hour was 7:28 a.m., and right on time, Punxsutawney Phil emerged from his humble abode to the thrill of what the members of his Inner Circle predicted to be a record crowd that had been patiently awaiting his prognostication for hours in the single-digit, below-zero-wind-chill temperatures they'd been battling all night.
Live from Gobbler's Knob... Punxsy Phil does not see his shadow and reports an early spring!
PUNXSUTAWNEY â It is one of the greatest honors in the small town of Punxsutawney, and deservedly so, the bequeathing of that honor comes on the eve of the town's biggest day.
It was Groundhog Eve, as many know it, Friday night, and the crowning of the Woman and Man of the Year took center stage as the end of the Groundhog Banquet approached.
Katie Laska, 2011 Woman of the Year, stepped to the microphone and delivered the ceremonial, passing-of-the-torch speech to a woman who she said she knows quite well.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Groundhog Day means a lot of things to the people of Punxsutawney and the surrounding communities, but its reach extends farther even than that â a fact echoed by Danny Rubin, one of the special guests at this year's Groundhog Banquet held the night before the big day.
"Twenty-one years ago, I sat down in a room, and I got an idea, and I wrote a movie," Rubin said. "And you always hope that somebody will see it and that maybe you'll make a difference in the world. Maybe you'll entertain some people.
Little Miss and Mister Groundhog were crowned Friday at the Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center.
Pictured (front, from left) are: Butch Prushnok, Groundhog Club member; Alex Shumaker, Little Mr. Groundhog; Eastyn Kopas, Little Miss Groundhog; Tom Dunkel, Groundhog Club member; (back) John Griffiths, Groundhog Club member and Phil's co-handler; and Punxsutawney Phil.
8 a.m.â6 p.m. - Annual Groundhog Day Art Show, Punxsutawney Art Association, Inc. N. Jefferson St. Social Center All are welcome; cookies & hot cocoa. Local artists show off their talents in many mediums including oils, acrylics, gourd art, groundhogs and much more!
10 a.m. â 6 p.m. - Groundhog Story Walk, Punxsutawney Historical Society, 401 W. Mahoning St. Come enjoy a walk inside while listening to a story and enjoying activities. Free!
It was a momentous occasion at PAHS, as the 2013 Groundhog King and Queen
were crowned Thursday at the school assembly.
Accepting the royal title of Groundhog King was Taylor Phillips (front, left), and accepting the title of Groundhog Queen was Alexah Fedigan (front, right).
Pictured as the presenters are (back, from left) Jason Grusky, Big Chill; John Griffiths, co-handler; Punxsy Phil; and Bill Deeley, president of the Groundhog Club.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â If you're familiar with the way traffic patterns have been set up for Groundhog Day in the past, then you'll be good to go when it comes to Phil's 127th-annual trek to Gobbler's Knob.
"Nothing has changed. Once again this year, parking will be prohibited on Woodland Avenue, with the detour beginning at 3 a.m., and all vehicles that are normally parked in the street by residents will be towed if they haven't been moved by that time," said Tom Fedigan, Punxsutawney Borough Police chief.
One thing that is known to be associated with Groundhog Day is royalty. And the crownings began Wednesday, as The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club Inner Circle crowned Sam Powers (front, left) Groundhog King and Anna Mae Hiles (front, right) the Groundhog Queen for 2013 at Mulberry Square Wednesday, as voted by their fellow residents. Pictured are (front, from left): Powers, Hiles; (back) Samantha Ianaro, of Mulberry Square; Jason Grusky, Big Chill; Ron Ploucha, Stump Warden and Philâs co-handler; Bill Deeley, president of The Groundhog Club; and John Griffiths, co-handler.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center and the local chapter of the Elks would like to invite the residents of Punxsutawney and all visiting for the holiday weekend to come celebrate the countdown to Groundhog Day with the Shadow Summit.
An illuminated plexiglass groundhog cut out will be extended high into the sky to mark the beginning of the celebration of Groundhog Day on Groundhog Eve.
The event will take place between the Weather Discovery Center and the Punxsutawney Elks building.