University News
For Immediate Release: 
Jan 04 2005

27th Annual Groundhog Day Breakfast Scheduled for Wednesday, February 2, at Concord

NOTE TO EDITORS: THE MEDIA IS INVITED TO ATTEND THE BREAKFAST AT NO CHARGE, PLEASE CALL EITHER 1-304-384-5348 / 6056, OR THE COLLEGE’S PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICE, 1-304-384-5211, FOR RESERVATIONS.

Athens, W. Va. – Concord Charlie, the most reliable weather prognosticator in these here parts, will make his annual end-of-winter weather prediction at 8 a.m., Wednesday, February 2, 2005, in the College Center Ballroom at Concord University.

The Groundhog Day breakfast tradition, launched by Professor R.T. Hill in 1978, has provided a forum for Concord University officials to recognize those who have contributed to the history and color of West Virginia by awarding them the honor of “Grand Groundhog Watcher.”

The Grand Groundhog Watcher for 2005 will be Hershel Woodrow “Woody” Williams, recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor. He was born October 2, 1923, in Quiet Dell in Marion County, W.Va. He served in the United States Marines from May 27, 1943, to November 6, 1945, where he saw combat on Guam and Iwo Jima. He received the Purple Heart and was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Harry S. Truman. He belongs to all major veterans groups and holds the position of national chaplain of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society of the United States. He and his wife, Ruby Dale, have two daughters, Travie Jane and Tracle Jean.

What is the Medal of Honor? The Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor in action against an enemy force, which can be bestowed upon an individual serving in the Armed Services of the United States. It is generally presented to its recipient by the President of the United States of America in the name of Congress, and it is often called the Congressional Medal of Honor.

All veterans are encouraged to attend this year’s event.

Previous “Watchers” include: former Secretaries of State, A. James Manchin and Ken Hechler, writers, civic leaders, and other notable and colorful individuals.

Cost for the “ham and eggs” breakfast is $6.50, payable at the door or in advance. For more information or to make reservations, call 1-304-384-6056 or e-mail alumni@concord.edu.

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PHOTO: Hershel Woodrow “Woody” Williams

CHARLIE’S NOTABLES: An old Scottish couplet predicts: If Candlemas Day is bright and clear, there be two winters in the year. February 2 is the ancient date for the Christian celebration of Candlemas. A tradition among European settlers in America developed that if the groundhog sees his shadow on the morning of February 2, he is scared back into his burrow and takes spring with him, producing six more weeks of winter.

CONCORD UNIVERSITY NOTES: Persons with disabilities should contact Nancy Ellison, 1-304-384-6086 or 1-800-344-6679, extension 6086 if special assistance or help is required for access to an event scheduled by the U

PO BOX 1000, VERMILLION ST., ATHENS, WV 24712.