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January 30th, 2011
Punxsutawney Phil is known as a model of consistency, appearing each Feb. 2 at Gobblerâs 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 â it was then known as Weathers Wags.
Likewise, there is no record of Philâs prediction from 1899, the year the Groundhog Club was founded.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â 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.
WASHINGTON â Talk about a summit in the making.
Friday, the White House announced that President Obama would be visiting âcentral Pennsylvaniaâ next week â specifically, Feb. 2 ... Groundhog Day.
Could it be that the President of the United States and Punxsutawney Phil are getting together for a meeting of the minds during Americaâs Second-Favorite Holiday?
What would they talk about? Health care? The economy? Using some of Punxsy Philâs life-extending elixir for that upcoming 2012 election?
Donât count on it.
GREEN BAY, Wis. â Current Green Bay Packers center Scott Wells wasnât sure what to think of Brookville when he was 10 years old. The adjustment to living the small-town lifestyle was a lot different from what he was accustomed to in his native Texas.
He loved the aggressive, physical nature of the football he played in Texas, but after he moved to Pennsylvania, he couldnât play his style of football anymore. No one in Brookville could, because there wasnât an opportunity to play tackle football at such a young age.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Meet the Prutznal family of Punxsy: Parents Dan and Peggy, sons Shane and twins Landon and Luke, and the youngest, daughter Maggie.
Not a Steelers fan in the bunch.
But if you look closely in the familyâs basement, youâll find plenty of gold, but the color accompanying it is not black; itâs green.
Also in the basement, youâll likely find Dan âThe Packer Man,â working on some hand-crafted Packers swag and decorations in preparation for Green & Goldâs appearance in Super Bowl XLV against the Black & Gold, the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Jim Koch, founder of The Boston Beer Company and brewer of Samuel Adams, said he hasnât received any special advice for his upcoming visit to Punxsutawney for Groundhog Day.
Well, maybe one piece of advice.
ââJust bring some beer,ââ he said Thursday. âThatâs my role. They have their jobs, and I just need to bring the beer.â
Koch, who brewed his first batch of beer in his kitchen in the mid-80s with his great-grandfatherâs recipe for Louis Koch Lager, will be inducted as an honorary member of the Inner Circle, and he will also be the guest speaker at the Groundhog Banquet.
PUNXSUTAWNEY âÂ An important part of the Groundhog Day festivities is the excitement generated by a group known as Philâs Dancers, selected each year at PAHS by math teacher and Inner Circle Stump Warden Ron Ploucha.
This yearâs dancers were selected in November and include Mia Anderson, Melissa Blose, Tawnee Bowers, Danielle Knopick, Megan Muth, Samantha Osikowicz, Allie Shields and Krystin Vanderpool.
PUNXSUTWNEY â Even though the contract doesnât expire until the end of the school year, members of the Punxsutawney Area School Board of Directors and the Punxsutawney Area Education Association (PAEA) have been meeting to begin negotiating a new contract.
The current contract, which was approved in June 2007, and was retroactive to July 1, 2004, and expires June 30.
Board President Gary Conrad said the state must be notified six months in advance when the contract will expire.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â As Rita Clark turned 70 Wednesday, her daughter, Chrissy Clark, wrote a thoughtful message to all who know her in hopes to make the day more than one to be remembered:
âA special time is coming you see, for a woman we all know is turning seventy.
To make her day special and grand, I dream of seeing seventy roses in her hand.
To make this dream complete and true, I will need some help from all of you.â
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Have you ever thought that your life was the âAmerican Dream?â
Via the Punxsutawney Rotary Club and PEACE (ProAmerican Educational And Cultural Exchange) Inc., three foreign exchange students are experiencing America with host families that best matched their personalities.
Daniela Gutierrez, of Ecuador, is staying with the family of Lisa Good, while Eugenio Rojon, of Mexico, is staying with the family of Brian Smith.
Caro Feican, also of Ecuador, is staying with the family of Kevin Hughes.