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February 1st, 2012

2011 WOMAN/MAN OF THE YEAR

February 2, 2012

Katie Laska

PUNXSUTAWNEY — When presented with the 2011 Woman of the Year Award, Katie Laska said she felt very undeserving.

But with her long list of contributions to Punxsy, the place she calls her home, the community would be hard-pressed to find anyone more deserving than she.

Wednesday night at the annual Groundhog Banquet, the 2010 Woman of the Year, Charlotte S. Fye, read over Laska’s many accomplishments and the qualities for which she is known.

Corbett: Celebrate your uniqueness

February 2, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Despite being born in the Philadelphia area, Gov. Tom Corbett insists he is a western Pennsylvania man by heart who has observed Groundhog Day since he was a child.

“When I was young, we had only three TV stations, and one of them we couldn’t get — not in North Hills,” said Corbett, the second sitting Pennsylvania governor to attend Groundhog Day. “We always hoped for more winter and snow so we could play outside.”

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 …

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