Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania

Home of the Groundhog

Phil saw his shadow!
February 2nd, 2006


At 7:23AM on Wednesday February 2nd, 2006, Punxsutawney Phil, King of the Groundhogs. Seers of Seers,
Prognosticators of Prognosticators, Weather Prophet without Peer, Imitated but Never Equaled
gave the following proclamation:

 

It is said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery

Around the country there are many imitators of me

In Harrisburg, there is Gus, who appears on TV

Working for the lottery.

 

Then all around town, cute groundhog statues abound

They all look like me, I found.

 

Today on the Knob, as I am doing my job

I don’t like this likeness of me

It is my shadow I see

Six more weeks of mild winter weather there will be.

 

 

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The sky was mostly cloudy with a few breaks of blue sky in between and the temperature was around 32 degrees. The snow and ice are gone and cloudy day forecast for the area but in the next few days snow and cold is in the forecast. A large crowd for a weekday, around 15,000 people were on hand for the event which included a show and a display of fireworks. There were craft shows, art shows, ice carving, dinners, and parties.

Woman of the year: Jeanne Curtis

Man of the Year: Rick Nesbitt


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What's NEWS in Punxsy:



Groundhog Day 2006:

Groundhog Day fell on Thursday this year, so a smaller crowd than we get on a weekend, but still, there was a large crowd on hand at Gobbler's Knob for the annual trek. People from all over the world attended the morning activities. It was nice to see so many new faces in town.

Punxsutawney 2006

Folks who left Punxsutawney a few years ago and have not been back for 5 years or so, would be impressed by some of the changes that have taken place recently. Some new businesses, like Walmart and Advance Autoparts have moved in and several old historic buildings are gone. The entire character of the downtown section is different than it was just 10 or 20 years ago.  The high school looks different now, as there was remodeling done up there. It is the same building, but it looks different. It seems that for every one new building that is constructed, we lose two old businesses and buildings in the process! The changes in the look of the town are dramatic, but the small town character of Punxsutawney doesn't seem to have changed much. The streets are still safe at night and the people still smile and say "hello" to each other as they pass on the street. The school's enrollment is still in decline and the average age of the population gets older with every young person who grows up and leaves to find a new career. The surrounding area is still full of pleasant rural scenery and quiet woods. Deer, turkey, and bears still live in abundance, and the air is still clean and the water still sparkles.

New Tractor Supply Store:

Tractor Supply Company opened a new store in the Punxsy Plaza in September of 2005. The new store is located in part of the former Ames store. It’s a well supplied and pleasant store, featuring the usual TSC inventory including farm supplies, tools, hardware, pet supplies and clothing.

 

New Eckerd Drug Store:

Eckerd Drug opened a new store January 26, 2005 on the corner of Gilpin and Mahoning Streets, a site once occupied by the long standing Mahoning Hardware Store. The old hardware store building was torn down along with Deeley's Funeral Home, an old automobile dealership and the old Chamber of Commerce building. Then an all new store and large parking lot were constructed. The alley that existed between Deeley's Funeral Home and the Mahoning Hardware store was relocated so that it now intersects Gilpin street straight across from Union Street. The Gilpin and Mahoning intersection now boasts three Pharmacies: Eckerd, the Medicine Shoppe and Stewart's Pharmacy. A new building has been constructed on Mahoning Street on the site of the old Ruth and Harry's building. This fills in a gap on that side of the street. Deeley Funeral Home built a big new building up by the entrance to the hospital.

Lutheran Church

The Lutheran Church on the corner of Gilpin and Pine Streets was destroyed by fire a couple of years ago. A new building has been constructed and is now in use at the same location. The new building was designed to look a lot like the old red brick building. They used the old entrance way and stained glass window from the old building. The there was a home just east of the church on Pine St. (towards Findley St.) that was torn down to make more room for the new building. Also, the old church rectory / office was torn down to make room in that direction also. They have a new pipe organ, and a great new social hall.
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Sheetz

The Sheetz store in Elk Run was rebuilt. They tore down the old store to make way for a new expanded and modernized store. They also tore down a house or two behind the old location in order to expand.

Beanie Baby Groundhogs:

Ty Industries created a Punxsutawney Phil (groundhog) Beanie Baby for the forth year in a row. The first TY Groundhog toy was sold on Wednesday June 8th at the Chamber of Commerce and was sold out in about an hour. The first ones that came out were a special edition for the Inner Circle. Only 5000 were produced. They sold them for $5 each and had a limit of 48 Beanie Babies per person. Later, people sold them on E-bay for $120 to 150 or so! There was a new edition for 2004 and 2005, and now for 2006. Each looks a bit different from the previous. You can still order a Punxsutawney Phil Beanie Baby on the Punxsutawney Chamber of Commerce Web site.




Click here to Visit the Punxsutawney Museum
for the History of Punxsutawney and Groundhog Day

by the Punxsutawney Historical and Genealogical Society

Find out about:





Interesting facts about Punxsutawney

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Interesting Links:

19.                        Check out Small Town Life MagazinePublished in Punsutawney

20.                        The Punxsutawney Schools have a website.

21.                        ThePunxsutawney Airport is online.

22.                        A good Internet resource is Ancestry.com which has some great information available including a Social Security Death Index.

23.                        Check out our latest Family Genealogy listings.

24.                        The Punxsutawney Page is online.

25.                        See the History of Jefferson County and some of the Towns in the area

 

26.                        Look for drawings by artist S. Thomas Curry on various pages in this Web site. For example, The Jenks House

 




To Learn about Groundhog Day 2003 and Punxsutawney Phil go to the Punxsutawney Phil Page

by the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club. This is where you will find the schedule of events for Groundhog Day.


 

See the Punxsutawney Chamber of Commerce Web site.


Other interesting sites about Punxsutawney:

Punxsutawney's Central Fire Department by Josie Kalus

E-mail Directory of present and former Punxsutawney Residents. Compiled by Sam Puleio.


Groundhog Day by Jason Patton
Cool Spring Engine Show: read about this annual event near Punxsutawney.
Old picture of Reynoldsville is at this link. There looks like some good genealogy links from this site also. Try it and see!
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