Concord University News
For Immediate Release: 
Jan 16 2006

Reminder: 28th Annual Groundhog Day Celebration at Concord University Set for Thursday, February 2

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

Athens, W.Va. - Will Concord Charlie see his shadow this Groundhog Day to add six more weeks of winter weather to the season? We will find out on Thursday, February 2, 2006, when the special announcement will be made at the 28th Annual Groundhog Day breakfast at Concord University. The 2006 “Grand Groundhog Watcher” will be writer and public broadcasting producer Kate Long.

Long, a Fayette County native, says she will sing and speak her remarks. “That way, I have a better chance of keeping people awake,” she said.

Long is also the writing coach of the Charleston Gazette. The Fayette County native has won national awards for news writing, fiction, songwriting and radio features. She won the 2004 Gerald Loeb Award from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management for her Charleston Gazette series on the high cost of health care and insurance. Her 1977 book on special education won the Delta Kappa Gamma International Award. A Public Radio International piece on Robert Kennedy in West Virginia won the 1999 National Headliner Best of Show Award. Her “Who’ll Watch the Homeplace” became the 1994 International Bluegrass Music Association Song of the Year.

Long has recorded three CDs of her original songs, which she describes as “mostly stories about everyday people dealing with life.”

Former groundhog watchers have included politicians, retired Concord employees, entertainers, military heroes, pastors, writers and others. A. James Manchin (now deceased), former secretary of state and state treasurer of West Virginia was the first Grand Groundhog Watcher.

After Long’s introduction, Concord University President, Dr. Jerry Beasley, will share Concord Charlie’s forecast with the audience and media. (Beasley rises early to meet with the furry prognosticator and gathers weather details and predictions about the University’s future.)

The public is invited to attend the “ham and eggs” breakfast. The cost is $6.50, payable at the door or in advance. The breakfast will be held in the Student Center Ballroom, Thursday, February 2 at 8 a.m.

For more information or to make reservations, call 1-304-384-6056, 1-800-344-6679, extension 6056, or e-mail alumni@concord.edu.

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