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Youngsters invited to join Jr. Groundhog Club

April 11, 2012

Now there's a Jr. Groundhog Club for youngsters such as these kids — (from left) Hailey Smith, age seven; Olivia Smith, four; Ronney Kunselman, three, on the lap of co-handler Ron Ploucha, holding Punxsy Phil; Mary Grusky, five, and Matthew Grusky, six. (File photo by Dan Long)

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Sure, it’s a group of older gentlemen in top hats and tuxedoes who promote and perpetuate Groundhog Day, but Punxsutawney Phil and his prognostications are just as important for youngsters, as well.

That’s the whole idea behind the Jr. Groundhog Club, a new club that has been established for Punxsy Phil’s friends who are 12 and under.

“We had one or two kids that joined the regular club, but basically, the information that’s in the newsletter does not pertain to kids,” said Katie Bullers-Donald, Groundhog Day events coordinator. “They can look at the pictures, but it’s not child-related.”

A Jr. Groundhog Club, she said, could help youngsters perhaps better understand the origins and traditions of Groundhog Day.

As a member of the Punxsutawney Jr. Groundhog Club, a boy or girl will receive an official membership card; an official membership certificate; a copy of Punxsy Phil’s official proclamation from this past Feb. 2; and a monthly copy of the Jr. Groundhog Club Activity Newsletter.

Also, members of the Jr. Groundhog Club will also be given the first opportunity to sign up for events such as Phil’s Holiday Bash.

Prior to the anniversary date of a boy’s or girl’s membership, he or she will receive renewal information, and club updates will be posted at www.groundhog.org.

Membership forms can be picked up at the Punxsutawney Area Chamber of Commerce or online at www.groundhog.org. Punxsutawney Groundhog Club. Forms downloaded from the Web site should then be sent to the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club; 102 West Mahoning St.; Punxsutawney. For more information, call 814-938-7700, ext. 3, or e-mail events@punxsutawney.com.

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