From Rhonda Machlan, Resource Sharing Specialist at the State Library of Kansas:
Did you know that it had its origins in the Christian holiday
Candlemas? Which in turn was based on a pagan midwinter celebration?
Did you know that Punxsutawney Phil lives in a library when he isn't
Those answers and more at about.com.
Enjoy six more weeks of winter!
--You know, Rhonda, it hasn't felt like winter for a month here - our average temps. were 14 degrees higher than normal for the month of January, placing us in November or March. So yeah, 6 more weeks of this kind of winter would be pretty manageable. Here's hoping.