By Times Staff
Published June 20, 2006

Groups for peace to hold weekly candlelight vigil

INVERNESS - Peace Now Citrus County and the Naturecoast Coalition for Peace and Justice will hold their weekly one-hour candlelight vigil at 5 p.m. Thursday in front of the Historic Courthouse, at Main Street and N Apopka Avenue. For information call Beverley Wiskow at 400-4174 or 344-2506, or visit the Web site, peacenowcitrus.tripod.com.

County extension service to host education program

LECANTO - The Citrus County Extension Service will host a two-day program for local licensed building professionals to fulfill board requirements for continuing education hours. The program provides 14 continuing education hours and is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 28-29 at the extension office, 3650 W Sovereign Path. Cost for the two-day program is $225, those requiring fewer hours pay a smaller fee.

For a schedule of program courses or to register, call Katherine Allen at the Citrus County Extension Service at 527-5700.

Possible peace department topic of discussion

LECANTO - Rebecca Pujals-Jones, with the local Peace Alliance, will give a talk on the benefits Citrus County would receive through the creation of a U.S. Department of Peace at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2149 Norvell Bryant Highway. The department would work to research, articulate and facilitate nonviolent solutions to domestic and international conflict.

Members of the local Peace Alliance have begun a campaign to mail national representatives and congressional committee members postcards conveying the link between a father's love for his children and the belief in the proposed Department of Peace. The Peace Department would develop policies addressing child abuse, domestic and gang violence primarily through teaching prevention and mediation to America's children.

For information on how to make the postcards and obtain addresses of local and state representatives, call Pujals-Jones at 341-3397 or visit the Web site www.thepeacealliance.org.

Sheriff's Office conducts online safety seminar

BEVERLY HILLS - The Citrus County Sheriff's Office will conduct a cyber safety and online predator seminar at 6 p.m. June 29 at the Beverly Hills Recreation Association, 77 Civic Circle.

Attendees will learn about dangers children face online when they are targeted by sexual predators and what children, parents, grandparents and temporary guardians can do to help keep kids safe online.

Child identification services will be available. The program is sponsored by the Beverly Hills Civic Association.

Coast Guard auxilliary plans boating safety class

CRYSTAL RIVER - U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 15-01 has scheduled a nine-session Boating Safety and Seamanship program scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays beginning July 6, Crystal River State Buffer Preserve Headquarters, 3266 N Sailboat Ave.

The program covers such topics as which boat to buy, equipment needed, trailering, navigation rules, markers to follow, radio use and more. The session concludes with a final exam on Aug.10.

The program is free except for a nominal fee for textbooks. A certificate of completion is issued to those successfully completing the class and passing the exam. Call Dick Krause at 726-7318, leave your name and telephone number,

New voter information cards in the mail

The Supervisor of Elections Office recently mailed out new voter information cards to all registered voters in Citrus County. If you have not received your voter information card by July 10, call the elections office at 341-6740.

Florida Statue requires the elections office to furnish voters with the information on file for them at the elections office. The voter information card contains important information including the name and location of your polling place, party affiliation and voting districts.

Review your information card for accuracy and notify the elections office with any changes.

When voting at the polls or early voting locations, voters are required to show a photo and signature identification. These are acceptable forms of photo and signature identification:

--Florida driver's license

-- Florida ID

-- U.S. passport

--Employee badge or ID

--Military ID

--Buyer's club ID

--Debit or credit card with photograph

--Retirement center ID

--Neighborhood association ID

--Public assistance ID

New for voters in 2006, voters without a photo and signature ID will be required to vote a provisional ballot.

Contact the elections office at 341-6740 with any questions or concerns.

Run for the Money hosts annual dinner auction

LECANTO -The Jake and Elwood Blues Revue will be the featured stars at Key Training Center's 24th annual Run for the Money Dinner Auction scheduled July 21 at the Chet Cole Life Enrichment Center, 5521 W Buster Whitten Way. The event begins with a social hour and auction at 5:30 p.m., dinner by Outback Steakhouse will be served at 6:30. Tickets are $50, call the Key Center Foundation at 527-8228.

Veterans take stories to classrooms in the fall

The Veterans Appreciation Week Ad Hoc Coordinating Committee will conduct its annual Veterans in the Classroom program Oct. 31 to Nov. 12, as part of its 14th annual Veterans Appreciation Week activities.

Coordinated by the Military Officers Association of America, Citrus County Chapter, the program brings living history to the classrooms of the county's public and private schools, and home-school groups. Veterans share with students their first-hand military experiences and travels while serving our country in uniform during peace and war.

The program's success has generated the need for additional veterans to participate as guest classroom speakers. Men and women who have served in the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan, Iraq, Air Force, National Guard and women veterans are especially needed as participants.

Interested veterans are encouraged to call Mac McLeod, 746-1384, Gary Runyon, 563-5727 or Bob Truax, 860-1630.