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Groundhog Day security increased



Published: Thu, January 3, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. (AP) -- When Phil pops his head out of his hole Feb. 2 to tell people whether or not they'll have to endure six more weeks of winter, the groundhog may see more than his shadow.

Because of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, security will be stepped up at Phil's home, Gobbler's Knob, in Jefferson County.

"They'll be checking people a little more, naturally, the way conditions are," said Barney Stockdale of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club.

People with backpacks or bags will be subject to search when they go to Gobbler's Knob.

"We'll have a good contingency of troopers there this year to ensure everyone's safety," said state police spokesman Jamie LeVeir.

LeVeir said people shouldn't notice the increased security. "We really do feel it will be smooth flow," he said.




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