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Punxsutawney Phil predicts early spring
Groundhog doesn’t see his shadow, predicting early spring
PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. (AP) — It may be hard to believe as a large swath of the U.S. thaws out from a bitter polar vortex, but spring is coming early, according to handlers for some of the country's most famous prognosticating groundhogs.
Sheriff’s officer accuses Punxsutawney Phil of deception
STROUDSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Punxsutawney Phil is a wanted ... groundhog.
A Pennsylvania sheriff's officer has put up a wanted poster for Phil.
The handlers of the groundhog last month said the furry rodent called for six more weeks of winter after seeing his shadow. The Monroe County Sheriff's Office says that expired last week, yet a spring storm brought more snow to the Northeast on Wednesday and Thursday.
The first official Groundhog Day celebration took place on February 2, 1887, in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. It was the brainchild of local newspaper editor Clymer Freas, who sold a group of businessmen and groundhog hunters—known collectively as the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club —on the idea.
The men trekked to a site called Gobbler’s Knob, where the inaugural groundhog became the bearer of bad news when he saw his shadow.
Woodchucks: 6 more weeks of winter, suckers
Local legend Woody the Woodchuck agreed Thursday morning with his more famous rodent cousin Punxsutawney Phil: We're in for six more weeks of winter.
Woody, a Livingston County woodchuck (aka groundhog, aka whistlepig) residing at the Howell Nature Center, saw her shadow and predicted more winter Thursday morning at an annual Groundhog Day celebration.
"I think her prediction is going to be pretty accurate," said Dana Debnham, wildlife director of the Howell Nature Center.
Handlers: Punxsutawney Phil sees 6 more weeks of winter
PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's most famous groundhog foresees no early end to winter.
The handlers of Punxsutawney Phil said the furry rodent has called for six more weeks of winter after seeing his shadow at dawn Friday.
Deal with it! Punxsutawney Phil says 6 more weeks of winter on Groundhog Day
It's hard to imagine spring when you wake up to what Western Pennsylvania woke up to today, but we'll see what the rodent says.
Punxsutawney Phil will make his annual prognostication about the future of our winter early this morning.
And if history has any bearing on what he sees today, keep those jackets and snow boots handy.
Punxsutawney Phil Sees Six More Weeks of Winter
Which groundhog’s prediction will you believe today?
Today is Feb. 2 and back in England, it's the anniversary of the battle of Lincoln and the capture of King Stephen, but that was nearly 900 years ago. Much closer in time, New Amsterdam, which became New York City, was incorporated on this day in 1653 and, for sports fans, the National League of Professional Baseball Clubs was formed Feb. 2, 1876.
Phil, Please Don’t See Your Shadow
With the kind of weather we have been having so far this winter, perhaps you are also looking forward to “Groundhog Day,” on Friday, Feb. 2, to learn whether or not spring is on the horizon. At 7:25 a.m., the world famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, will come out of his burrow on Gobbler’s Knob, in front of tens of thousands of followers who travel to Punxsutawney from all over the world, to witness his prediction for the remaining six weeks of winter. According to past legend, if Punxsutawney...
Doctor facing charges following patient’s fatal overdose
PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania doctor stands accused of over-prescribing opioids that authorities say caused two siblings he was treating to overdose, including one who died.
State authorities say Henry Dela Torre is charged with violations of the controlled substances act, Medicaid fraud and related offenses. It wasn't known Sunday if the 68-year-old Du Bois resident has retained an attorney.
Area youngsters learn about groundhogs
Lee Conservation Center assistant naturalist Clay Steele visited the Fort Madison Public Library during Wacky Wednesday hour to share history, stories and activities with children about Groundhog Day.
Steele told about 10 children about groundhogs’ habitat, predators and how they contribute to Groundhog Day. Groundhogs – also known as marmota monax, or woodchucks – are small mammals and they are the largest species in the squirrel family.
Sir Walter Wally didn't see a shadow outside the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences on Thursday afternoon, meaning an early spring for the region, Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane said.
Meanwhile, in Punxsutawney, Pa., the handlers of Pennsylvania's most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, said the furry rodent has "predicted" six more weeks of winter after seeing his shadow at dawn Thursday.
Ohio groundhog Buckeye Chuck predicts more winter
MARION, Ohio (AP) — Pennsylvania has Punxsutawney Phil, Ohio has Buckeye Chuck, and both groundhogs this year predict six more weeks of winter.
Officials in Marion say Buckeye Chuck reportedly saw his shadow Thursday morning in the central Ohio city. Legend holds that winter will last another six weeks if the furry rodent sees his shadow on Feb. 2. If he doesn't see his shadow, then spring will come early.
This is the second consecutive year that the state's official groundhog has seen his shadow.
Pennsylvania groundhog’s handlers: Phil predicts more winter
PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. (AP) — The handlers of Pennsylvania's most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, said the furry rodent has "predicted" six more weeks of winter after seeing his shadow at dawn Thursday.
The top hat-wearing members of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club's Inner Circle reveal Phil's forecast every Feb. 2, based on a German legend surrounding Candlemas. The legend says if a furry rodent casts a shadow that day, winter continues. If not, spring comes early.
Punxsutawney Phil Groundhog Predicts More Winter
Juan Antonio Negroni: Groundhog Day — the untold (until now) story
February 2nd is Groundhog Day. Everyone knows that. But the public doesn’t know that groundhogs across the country are festering this week in their burrows. As they have on the 2nd of every past February since the early sixties. Phil, the Punxsutawney, PA Groundhog, once again is getting top billing. Other hogs, never mentioned in the news, are nobodies.