Pat Shingleton: Heres Phyllis
Punxsutawney is the Native American name for "ponksad-uteney," or "town of sand flies." The Delaware Indians considered groundhogs honorable ancestors. The Pennsylvania Dutch advanced the folklore. You'll hear the results of Phil's experience this morning as he is "extracted" from sleep, held before the crowd and then asked to make a prediction based upon his shadow. In 2006, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals contended that this action traumatizes Phil, believing he should have been replaced with an "animatronics model," similar to the gopher in the movie "Caddy Shack." The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club believe Phil is treated better than the average child. Phil will see Punxsutawney Phyllis and the forecast? Six more groundhogs!