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Interview With State Groundhog Connecticut Chuckles VIII

The state groundhog makes her first prediction this Saturday. Patch was the only media outlet granted an exclusive interview with the diva rodent (and we mean that in the nicest possible way).

"I am so happy about my new job", says Connecticut Chuckles VIII.  She is the resident groundhog at the Lutz Children's Museum and will be sworn in as the official state groundhog on Saturday. Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman will administer the oath of office and Mayor Leo Diana will provide translation services (the Mayor speaks fluent groundhog). 

"My life was a little rocky at first", said "Chuckles".  "I got pretty sick when I was a baby.  Somehow, I got separated from my mom.  I was alone and scared, but a nice lady found me and took me to a veterinarian.  The doctor took good care of me, but I still have some medical problems.  That is why I can't live outside."

Tell us more about your new job, Chuckles?  

"Well, I only have to work one day out of the year and I get a lot of benefits", says the celebrity groundhog.  "The museum provides me with an apartment, a chef that makes great salads, and a full health plan." 

What is the best part of becoming the official state groundhog, we asked.  She answered simply: "groupies."

"Connecticut Chuckles" invites her fans from across the state to come and witness history in the making.  She will take her oath of office and then predict the coming of spring.  Is it just around the corner or still six weeks away?  Only "Connecticut Chuckles" knows...for now. 

The ceremony is free and open to the public.  The museum will open at 6:00 AM on Saturday February 2.  The program begins at 6:30 AM.  Coffee and refreshments will be served.

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Observor February 01, 2013 at 07:51 PM
For once Nancy Wyman will be standing next to someone other than Dannel Malloy when the cameras are rolling in one of her pathetic bids to generate publicity for herself.
Flowers February 01, 2013 at 09:46 PM
No I think it's a marmoset. Marmots don't cast shadows.
Diane Franklin February 01, 2013 at 10:38 PM
The marmot is a large ground squirrel, with the groundhog being in the subspecies marmota. The groundhog is also known as a woodchuck or whistlepig. Those animals generally referred to as marmots, are found in mountainous areas. The groundhog lives in burrows. Beginning in 2010 Alaska has celebrated February 2 as Marmot Day, as marmots are plentiful there. ( A marmoset is a monkey. )
thomas February 02, 2013 at 03:41 PM
thank you diana are you attached?

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