The people in Punxsutawney, PA, waiting to see Phil’s Forecast
Punxsutawney, PA, is the land of my ancestors. Seriously. Both of my parents were born there and lived in the area until I was two. (Then they moved about 15 miles up the road to DuBois, where I grew up.) There is a little section just outside Punxsy (that’s what the natives call Punxsutawney) called Burkett Hollow. Burkett, for those who read this and don’t know, is my maiden name. Burkett, in Punxsy, is as common as Smith is in other places.
So, in honor of my ancestors, I want to wish everyone a happy Ground Hog Day. The little rodent saw his shadow this morning. No matter what Phil does, there’s really always about the same number of weeks of winter, but its a tradition. So we roll with it.
Here’s the “official prognostication:”
Phil Says “Six More Weeks of Winter!”
Phil’s official forecast as read February 2nd, 2009 at sunrise at Gobbler’s Knob:
Hear Ye Hear Ye On Gobbler’s Knob this glorious Groundhog Day, February 2nd, 2009
Punxsutawney Phil, Seer of Seers, Prognosticator of all Prognosticators
Awoke to the call of President Bill Cooper
And greeted his handlers, Ben Hughes and John Griffiths
After casting a joyful eye towards thousands of his faithful followers,
Phil proclaimed that his beloved Pittsburgh Steelers were World Champions one more time
And a bright sky above me
Showed my shadow beside me.
So 6 more weeks of winter it will be.
And, here’s a link to all things Phil.
My 4 kids with a statue of Phil in Punxsutawney about 2 years ago.