While it’s typical for animals to be coming out of hibernation at this time of the year, certain critters may be catching the eyes of passersby in West Milford this week. A wander around the township will reveal eight critters that have been distributed, each with a sign hand-painted on both sides, asking the public to "Stop Litter!" and "Keep West Milford Beautiful," as well as other Earth Day-related slogans aimed to raise awareness of the impact of litter… The eight critters were selected by 4-H Velveteens to represent both local wildlife and local farm animals with which the club members have actually worked. One is a bear that reminds residents: "Your trash attracts me!" The other painted animals include a chicken, a rabbit, a goat, a pig, a fox, a baby goose, and a fawn… 4-H, which is part of the land grant university system, is the youth division of Rutgers University in NJ, Cornell in N.Y., and Penn State in Pa. and exists in every county in America and in many countries around the world. It employs informal educational programs and promotes "learn-by-doing" to enable youth to develop the knowledge, attitudes and skills they need to become competent, caring and contributing citizens of the world.
/ / West Milford 4-H Starts its ‘Critters Against Litter’ Campaign