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Groundhog Club breaks ground on new Gobbler’s Knob entrance

October 14, 2012

Ground was broken Saturday at Gobbler's Knob in Young Township for a large arch that will be a part of a new entrance to the home of Punxsutawney Phil. Pictured are members of the Groundhog Club Inner Circle (front, from left): Ron Ploucha and John Griffith, co-handlers; and Punxsy Phil; (back): Butch Philliber, Inner Circle member; Keith Shields, secretary/treasurer; Bill Deeley, president; Jeff Lundy, vice president; and Tom Dunkel, new member.

YOUNG TOWNSHIP — The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club Inner Circle broke ground on Saturday for a new entrance to Gobbler's Knob, which will bring even more of a royal feel to the entrance of the home of Punxsutawney Phil.

“The entrance will include a large arch that will proclaim the location to be Gobbler's Knob," said Jeff Lundy, vice president of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club Inner Circle.

Lundy said the entrance began with the development of a master plan for The Knob.

"We applied for a Pa. Wilds grant last year which includes four different phases, with the first one being to improve the front of Phil's home," said Katie Donald, executive director, of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club Inner Circle.

She said the grant was a matching grant in the amount of $4,500 each, for a total of $9,000.

Donald said the Inner Circle is hoping to have the new entrance completed by this coming Groundhog Day.

"With winter weather coming, this is a really big project, and we don't want to rush it," she said. "We want to make sure it is done right."

Lundy said the Groundhog Club wants to thank D.E. Limited for helping with prepping the area, removing the old iron gate and preparing the footers.

Donald said there is going to be a bronze plaque placed at the arch entrance, for which the club (which is a 501c3) will accept donations from the public in order to have one’s name, a memorial or a professional business listed permanently on the plaque.

This is not a fundraiser, Donald said, adding that if anyone is interested, he or she should contact any Inner Circle member or call her office at 938-7700.

Lundy said this is just the first of many projects to come as part of the Inner Circle's master plan to improve Gobbler’s Knob.

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