BLOG: Early Spring This Year, Says Punxsutawney Phil!

first_img February 02, 2016 Holidays,  The Blog Pennsylvania’s world-famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, predicted an early spring after emerging from his burrow without seeing his shadow this morning in the Pennsylvania Wilds.Thousands of fans watched as Phil made his highly anticipated weather prognostication, commemorating 130 years of Pennsylvania’s unique Groundhog Day tradition.According to holiday folklore, if the groundhog emerges in the early morning on February 2 and does not see his shadow, there will be an early spring. If he sees his shadow, six more weeks of wintry weather are expected.The annual event that started with a small group of men known as the ‘Inner Circle’ now attracts up to 30,000 visitors to Punxsutawney, Jefferson County — located about 80 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.So with the promise of warmer weather, here is a sampling of what Pennsylvania has in store for travelers this spring:Phipps Conservatory Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show, through February 28, PittsburghThe Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show at the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens will provide breathtaking strolls through gardens of colorful orchids and tropical bonsai. Visitors can also experience the beauty of other unique plants in the glass Victorian greenhouse. Chase away the winter blues through striking displays designed by the talented Phipps staff.Philadelphia Flower Show, March 5-13, PhiladelphiaBoasting the world’s oldest and largest indoor exhibition of its kind, the 2016 Philadelphia Flower Show, “Explore America,” will celebrate 100 years of National Park Service with themed displays, live entertainment, and special events. The annual show is an international favorite and the major fundraiser for the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s City Harvest program, which feeds more than 1,200 families each week during the growing season.Annual Tour de Tanks of the Mason-Dixon Wine Trail, March 5-20, Saturdays and Sundays, YorkEach Saturday and Sunday throughout the month of March, the award-winning wineries and distilleries of the Mason-Dixon Wine Trail offer exclusive tank and barrel tastings to preview the season’s wines before they are bottled. A single ticket is good for all three weekends and offers wine lovers discounts on purchases during the events.Opening Days of Trout and Salmon Fishing Season, April 2 and April 16With more than 86,000 miles of streams and rivers and a large variety of fish, Pennsylvania is every fisherman’s dream. Fishing begins for 18 south central and southeastern counties on April 2 and statewide on April 16. Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: BLOG: Early Spring This Year, Says Punxsutawney Phil!center_img By: Carrie Lepore, Deputy Secretary of Marketing, Tourism, and Film SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Bing says COVID-19 threat not yet over, calls for vigilance

first_imgMayor Evelio Leonardia of Bacolod City. Leonardia also appealed to Bacolodnons not to share wronginformation about the Covid-19. “That is not yet a cause for us to celebrate. There is notime to celebrate yet… Don’t be complacent,” the mayor said in a pressconference. On Thursday morning, the Bacolod City Inter-Agency TaskForce on COVID-19 reported that “all eight PUIs here have already beendischarged with no confirmed cases as of this report”. The mayor commended the task force led by Vice Mayor El CidFamiliaran as chairman, with Dr. Grace Tan of the City Health Office as aspokesperson, for doing an encompassing job to enable the city to prevent andcontrol the Covid-19 outbreak. Last Feb. 7, Leonardia attended the National Disaster RiskReduction and Management (NDRRM) Full Council meeting on the Covid-19 threatheld at the Department of National Defense Social Hall in Camp Aguinaldo inQuezon City. The fast spread of Covid-19 even before vaccines arediscovered should serve as a reminder for the public to be watchful, he said. BACOLOD City – Mayor EvelioLeonardia urged residents here to remain cautious of the coronavirus disease2019 (COVID-2019) threat even as the city no longer has patients underinvestigation (PUIs) as of Saturday. “At this age and time when traveling is so easy and somassive, we cannot let our guards down. It’s not that we can just stop peoplefrom entering our ports. We cannot be an island by ourselves,” he added. “The problem is that we also have “infodemic”. Fake news isso unnecessary, it upsets people. They get traumatized and paranoid. It isenough that we have this problem. I appeal to everyone. Use your conscience.Please stop spreading lies and fake news for the sake of society,” he said. Leonardia, the national president of theLeague of Cities of the Philippines, is a member of the NDRRM Full Council. (With a report from PNA/PN)last_img read more