Named Official River Animal
The Lower Naugatuck
Valley now has an official mascot,
thanks to a recent vote organized by
The beaver is the
winner of the Valley-wide “Name the River Animal” vote, Healthy Valley
announced Monday at the Derby Neck Library. Around 600 Valley residents cast
ballots at their local libraries and online at electronicvalley.org in May and
June as part of the vote to name an animal to represent the local area.
“We are really
please with the participation we received from the community,” said Healthy Valley co-chair, Patricia Tarasovic.
This past spring,
fifth graders at Ansonia’s Mead School
had researched and chosen three animals to be voted on through the competition.
Library patrons got to see exhibits the fifth graders designed about the
creatures before voting
for a favorite.
A group committed
to increasing community pride locally, Healthy
Valley held the animal vote to help win
National Heritage recognition for the Lower Naugatuck
should be the Valley's "River Animal"
poll on the City of Derby website also yielded an overwhelming vote in favor of
“This vote shows
residents’ enthusiastic support for a Valley National Heritage Area with the
beaver as its logo,” said Judy Augusta, Healthy Valley
Valley plans now to
promote the newly chosen River Animal locally. Augusta says her group is considering to place
large replica beavers at public places and to feature the animal on signs around
the Valley. Healthy
Valley also may sell small
replica beavers to promote the new Valley mascot.
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