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Nominations open for Concord University's "Grand Groundhog Watcher." Nominations open for Concord University's "Grand Groundhog Watcher."
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ATHENS, W.Va. – -

Nominations are being accepted for Concord University's 2014 Grand Groundhog Watcher. The individual selected for this honor will be recognized at and address Concord's 36th Annual Groundhog Day Breakfast scheduled for 8 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 in the Jerry and Jean Beasley Student Center ballroom.

The title "Grand Groundhog Watcher" is bestowed on a person who has positively impacted life and culture in West Virginia.

(Get the nomination form here)

The form can be completed online or mailed to Concord University, Office of Advancement, P.O. Box 1000, Athens, WV  24712. Deadline for nominations is Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013.

The Grand Groundhog Watcher shares the spotlight with Concord Charlie. This famed groundhog weather prophet has a standing appointment with Concord University's President each year to offer his predictions and insights on the duration of winter. The President relays Charlie's forecast to the breakfast guests.

The Concord Charlie tradition was originated in 1978 by the late Professor R.T. "Tom" Hill.  As chairman of both the geography department and the Appalachian Studies program at Concord, he started the Groundhog Day Breakfast as a means to celebrate a bit of Appalachian heritage and highlight the program.

According to Groundhog Day tradition, if Concord Charlie sees his shadow the morning of Feb. 2, six more weeks of winter can be expected. An early spring will be on the way if he doesn't see his shadow.

Wanting to get a head start among groundhog weather prognosticators, Concord Charlie has decided to make his 2014 prediction prior to the official Groundhog Day observance.      

For more information contact the Concord University Office of Advancement at advancement@concord.edu or 304-384-6311.