Concord Charlie Sees His Shadow
Athens, W.Va. - Concord Charlie’s weather prediction was made Monday, February 3, as 87 guests anxiously listened for an advance weather report. Guests drove from as far as Roanoke, Va., to hear the furry prognosticator’s prediction.
The Groundhog Breakfast was started at Concord College by Professor R.T. Hill to draw attention to the College’s Appalachian Studies Program.
Professor Joe Manzo welcomed the guests, and R.T. Hill provided the invocation.
Concord College President Jerry L. Beasley then announced that Concord Charlie saw his shadow. “Concord Charlie also saw a number of other shadows. The shadow of war, the shadow of a [space] tragedy, and the shadow of rising unemployment across the nation.”
This year, the Grand Groundhog Watcher was Dr. Jay Banks, a retired physician who resides in Union, W.Va., with his wife Martha Ann (Marty).
Banks wrote House Calls in the Hills: Memoirs of a Country Doctor in 1997. The book is available at The Open Book in Lewisburg and Walden Books at Crossroad's Mall in Beckley and Mercer Mall. It is also available at Barnes and Noble, or can be ordered directly from Mountain State Press, University of Charleston, 2300 MacCorkle Ave. SE, Charleston, WV 25305.
Banks impishly, and with a sly twinkle in his eye, stated that he didn’t know that he was going to be the “big wood chuck.” “The groundhog is really as American as apple pie,” stated Banks, “ … long live Concord Charlie!”