"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.