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February 1st, 2012

GROUNDHOG KING & QUEEN

February 2, 2012

During the annual Groundhog Day assembly at Punxsutawney Area High School Wednesday, Kelsey Young (seated, left) was crowned the Groundhog Queen, and Alex Fedigan was crowned the Groundhog King. Assisting with their coronation were (back) Punxsy Phil and his co-handlers, John Griffiths (left) and Ron Ploucha.

January 31st

Ex-Rusted Root drummer bringing rhythm, fun to Groundhog Day

February 1, 2012

GREENSBURG — Warm clothes and protection against the elements are necessary for attending Groundhog Day, but with former Rusted Root drummer Jim Donovan attending this year, guests may also want to bring a drum.

“We’re going to have a big-good time,” said Donovan, who will appear at Gobbler’s Knob early Thursday morning and with his band, Sun King Warriors, from 9:30 to 10:30 p.m. tonight in the Celebration Tent in Barclay Square. The band’s performance is sponsored by S&T Bank.

Police prepare traffic, security for governor’s visit to Punxsy

February 1, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY —
This year’s observation of Groundhog Day will be marked for several reasons: Gov. Tom Corbett’s visit to the Weather Capital of the World; good weather, which could draw more guests today and tomorrow; and the fact that the annual celebration falls closer to the weekend.

Groundhog Day 2012 Schedule

February 1, 2012

TODAY
• Ongoing events – Worldwide Adventures of Phil, Phind Phil, Cookie Decorating, Phil’s Friends in Barclay Square.

• 9 a.m. to midnight – Punxsutawney Phil’s Souvenir Shop, 102 W. Mahoning St. Everything groundhog and Punxsutawney Phil! Official souvenirs sold here.

• 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. — 2012 Groundhog Day Art Show. Punxsutawney Art Association Inc., 401 W. Mahoning St.; Punxsutawney Historical Society’s Lattimer House.

• 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. – Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center, 201 N. Findley St.

• 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. — Gilson’s Stained Glass & More, 101 W. Mahoning St.

January 30th

Groundhog Royalty at Mulberry Square

January 30, 2012

Mulberry Square announced its 2012 Groundhog King and Queen Tuesday: Macklin Snyder (seated, left) was crowned the king, and Rose Goyette was crowned the queen. They were also heralded by “Phil’s Dancers,” the Inner Circle, and Mulberry administration. They are (back, from left): “Snowburst” Sierra Milton; “Tropical” Tori Martin; “Misty” Marisa Stockdale; “Solar” Samantha Winebark; Ron Ploucha holding Punxsy Phil; Mulberry Administrator Karen Brown; Jason “Big Chill” Grusky; “Katastrophe” Keaton Mohney; “Sunshine” Shaina Reddinger; “Celsius” Calena Spearing; and “Evaporation” Emily Smith.

Groundhog Day 2012 Schedule

January 30, 2012

TODAY
• 3 to 8 p.m. — The 18th Annual Groundhog Day Souvenir Sale. Pantall Hotel, 135 E. Mahoning St. Everything groundhog made by 20 local artists.

WEDNESDAY
• Ongoing events — Worldwide Adventures of Phil, Phind Phil, Cookie Decorating, Phil’s Friends in Barclay Square.

• 9 a.m. to midnight — Punxsutawney Phil’s Souvenir Shop, 102 W. Mahoning St. Everything groundhog and Punxsutawney Phil! Official souvenirs sold here.

• 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. — 2012 Groundhog Day Art Show. Punxsutawney Art Association Inc., 401 W. Mahoning St.; Punxsutawney Historical Society’s Lattimer House.

House Speaker Sam Smith announces re-election bid

January 30, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Monday, State Rep. Sam Smith (R-66) announced he will run for re-election to Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives this year.

“It is a privilege to serve the hardworking men, women and families of the 66th Legislative district in the state legislature,” Smith said.

January 29th

WHERE IN THE WORLD? Punxsy, of course!

January 30, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Where in the world are you today? Why, you're in Punxsutawney, the Weather Capital of the World, the home of Punxsutawney Phil, of course.

Certainly, there are cities and towns all over the world that have unusual highlights and notable residents or natives, but none of those cities and towns have the fame and notoriety possessed by Punxsutawney.
Oh, you don't believe it? Well, consider these “Punxsy-isms,” and ask yourself the following:

WHERE IN THE WORLD …

Jury foreman speaks out about Rebert trial

January 30, 2012

BROOKVILLE — A Punxsutawney man who served as the jury foreman in the Steven Rebert double-homicide trial, which concluded late Friday, said the jury became deadlocked while deliberating whether or not Rebert should be put to death.

Rebert was sentenced to life in prison by Jefferson County President Judge John H. Foradora, after the jury could not come to a consensus as to whether or not he should be put to death in the murders of Wayne and Victoria Shugar, both 61, Brockway, who were found shot to death in their home April 12, 2010.

Punxsy woman savors 99 years of memories

January 30, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — If there was only one word to describe Ella Whitaker, the most appropriate choice would have to be “determined.” From her choice of careers, to her decision to marry, to her travels across the globe, to her ability to deal with major physical problems, the remarkable 99-year-old lady has consistently demonstrated a strong will to deal with life head-on.

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