Mayor apologizes to Punxsutawney for mangy comment

Feb. 1, 2011 -- Chambersburg Mayor Pete Lagiovane has apologized - sort of - to Punxsutawney officials for referring to that town's iconic groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, as a "mangy rodent." Mike Johnston, vice president of Punxsutawney's Groundhog Club, said Lagiovane apologized by telephone Tuesday afternoon. Full Story
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catwoman

Shippensburg, PA

#1 Feb 1, 2011
I don't think the mayor needed to apologize. I spend alot of time during the summer killing these stupid creatures who have no apparent value on earth except to provide food for some other creature. Ground Hog day is just stupid. It means nothing and his predicitons are worthless. Keep going with other winter celebrations like the Ice Fest.
why oh why

Shippensburg, PA

#2 Feb 1, 2011
is this really news?
Ohh for the love of

Chambersburg, PA

#3 Feb 1, 2011
"Sort of?" Either he did or he didn't. There's no "sort of" about it. Kind of like no one is sort of pregnant, sort of shot by a gun or sort of dead.
Marianna

Greencastle, PA

#4 Feb 1, 2011
Whoa! You sound like a number one loser! Good thing we don't shot stupid people,otherwise you wouldn't be here penning assine posts.
Marianna

Greencastle, PA

#5 Feb 1, 2011
catwoman wrote:
I don't think the mayor needed to apologize. I spend alot of time during the summer killing these stupid creatures who have no apparent value on earth except to provide food for some other creature. Ground Hog day is just stupid. It means nothing and his predicitons are worthless. Keep going with other winter celebrations like the Ice Fest.
Post #3 is for you.
Moron

Chambersburg, PA

#6 Feb 1, 2011
catwoman wrote:
I don't think the mayor needed to apologize. I spend alot of time during the summer killing these stupid creatures who have no apparent value on earth except to provide food for some other creature. Ground Hog day is just stupid. It means nothing and his predicitons are worthless. Keep going with other winter celebrations like the Ice Fest.
So if someone shots you because they think you are worthless then no one should care....right? That is a tradition in that town and who are you or the moron mayor to think you are better then them?
Bill Dann

Harrisonville, PA

#7 Feb 1, 2011
I am sure it was all in good light hearted fun. Both the comment and the apology. Hey anybody who pulls a ground hog out of a hole and predicts the weather based on his reaction, better be prepared to take a little ribbing. :) I actually love the Ground Hog Day movie and watch it almost every year. I am glad our mayor is not afraid of a little controversy. Oh and speaking of controversy, I agree with Rendell, after canceling everything based on todays weather, we ARE a nation of wussies. :))
Just Curious

Greencastle, PA

#8 Feb 1, 2011
It doesn't really matter what "Phil" says, the calendar says we'll have about 6 more weeks of winter anyway.
HUH

Newville, PA

#9 Feb 1, 2011
About time, dummy.
Leroy

Shippensburg, PA

#10 Feb 1, 2011
Too late mayor. The damage has been done. You have offended groundhog lovers for miles around.Waiting on PETA to weigh in on this. Wait until Leno gets wind of this....Chambersburg...the laughingstock of late night TV.
Laughing Old Man

Greencastle, PA

#12 Feb 1, 2011
Marianna wrote:
Whoa! You sound like a number one loser! Good thing we don't shot stupid people,otherwise you wouldn't be here penning assine posts.
"we don't (shoot) not (shot) stupid people". Ever hear the term "if the shoe fits wear it?"
Powermac

Punxsutawney, PA

#13 Feb 1, 2011
you are just all jealous as you are not Punxsy natives Thats all.

“Snarko ergo sum!”

Since: Jan 10

West of the Moon, PA

#14 Feb 1, 2011
How much crow could our Mayor Pete eat, if our Mayor Pete now eats crow?
diddlesticks

United States

#16 Feb 1, 2011
Ohh for the love of wrote:
"Sort of?" Either he did or he didn't. There's no "sort of" about it. Kind of like no one is sort of pregnant, sort of shot by a gun or sort of dead.
Apparently, you haven't dealt with teenagers.:-)
PinheadCity

Chambersburg, PA

#17 Feb 1, 2011
You are all poor excuses for human beings. I'll take 'The Groundhog' for a Thousand, Alec.

“Snarko ergo sum!”

Since: Jan 10

West of the Moon, PA

#18 Feb 1, 2011
Thank goodness Mayor Lagiovane has apologized for his "mangy rodent" gaff! He can now be removed from the GASP (Groundhogs Against Snarky Politicians) watchlist. Marmots everywhere salute his contrite humility.
tora

Greensboro, NC

#19 Feb 2, 2011
No one has a back bone anymore, we need to be politically correct.
Deercudd

Chambersburg, PA

#20 Feb 2, 2011
Icefest LOL! If nobody showed up for Icefest there wouldn"t be an icefest if nobody showed up for groundhog day the innercircle would still hold the tradition. The mayor needs to apologige pulicly. What is Chambersburg famous for? Maybe they need to burn it again!
Sam

Greencastle, PA

#21 Feb 2, 2011
Posters above do not grasp the unshakable fact that throwing mud at another community's event, belittling their effort, by any Chambersburg official, particularly the mayor, is ill-advised.
Putting down Phil was not necessary. It was stupid and Mayor Pete paid the price for his carelessness.
what

Chambersburg, PA

#22 Feb 2, 2011
as for catwoman's comment, that's pretty sick, you think they are worthless creature? some people think cats and dogs are worthless creatures does that give them the right to shoot them? What an ignorant and uneducated thing to say.

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