As early as 1886, German immigrants observed Groundhog Day and established the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club in 1899. According to folklore, if the hibernating groundhog- known as Punxsutawney Phil leaves its borrow on February 2 and sees its shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter. The legend is based on a European custom predicting the length of winter by weather conditions on Candlemas, an ancient Christian festival.
Audio and stop action photography by Cameron Hart and Antonella Crescimbeni/Penn State University via AP
The Moshannon Valley Vikings took on the State College Flash in their first ever Eastern Football Association semi-pro football game Saturday afternoon, in Osecola, Pa., March 19, 2016. With packed stands Thor Marlow, team owner and head coach and the Vikings lost the season opening game 22-12. Football players range from ages 18 to 40, who played in high school and college. The Vikings have five home games and five away games ending week 10 June 4, 2016. The Keystone Bowl Championship playoffs begin in State College June 25.
Cindy Wolf, 54, is a single mom raising three special needs kids after her husband passed away because of untreated sleep apnea after they had their third child. Tim, 23, has Asperger’s and bipolar disorder along with several learning disabilities. Christopher, 20, and Rachel, 17, both have microcephaly, a condition in which a baby’s head is significantly smaller than expect due to abnormal brain development. Cindy wants her children to be as independent as possible and works with them daily to create a routine and independent habits. Cindy graduated from Penn State with a bachelor’s degree in health administration and a master’s degree in special education. Cindy uses her knowledge of special education and the health administration to help other parents understand different aspects of the special needs community in State College, Pa. Cindy has used her managing and organizational skills in the special needs community to help start a hockey team and a community kitchen and garden in the State College.