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Punxsy Phil makes his call: Six more weeks of winter

February 3, 2014

Photo by Alan Freed/The Punxsutawney Spirit – Groundhog Club Inner Circle President Bill Deeley (right) stoops to listen to Punxsutawney Phil's selection of the proper scribe en route to predicting six more weeks of winter, as Phil's co-handler Ron Ploucha (left) and other members of the Inner Circle watch on at Groundhog Day on Sunday in Punxsutawney.

(Editor's Note: The following piece is a first-hand account written by the editor of The Punxsutawney Spirit, Zak Lantz. Zak was born and raised in Punxsutawney, and this account reflects more of a personal attachment to the holiday.)

PUNXSUTAWNEY — This morning, I looked down and noticed something — I was wearing a press pass. Now, I know that it's part of my job to wear one, but it's not all that often — at least not in these parts — that I actually need one. 

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