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'Think before you post' is campaign's idea

By TIMES STAFF
Published March 26, 2007


 

COUNTYWIDE

'THINK BEFORE YOU POST' IS CAMPAIGN'S IDEA

The Justice Department, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and the Ad Council on Friday announced a new phase of their Online Sexual Exploitation public service advertising campaign designed to educate teenage girls about the potential dangers of posting personal information on social networking sites such as MySpace, Facebook and Sconex. Such postings make teens more vulnerable to online predators, and girls are particularly at risk: A recent study found that of the approximately one in seven youths who receive a sexual solicitation or approach over the Internet, 70 percent are girls. The public service campaign includes TV, radio, magazine and Web ads encouraging girls to "think before you post" personal information. Check out www.cybertipline.com and www.adcouncil.org.

 

Crisis clients must be penciled in

Beginning April 2, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program will be accepting crisis clients by appointment only. Calls are accepted from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the first workday of every month and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on remaining workdays. For information, call 527-5382 or 527-5377.

 

Hot dogs served at monthly blood drive

LifeSouth Community Blood Centers will host its Hot Dog Wednesday blood drives from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. the last Wednesday monthly at 220 S Pine St., Inverness, and 1241 S Lecanto Highway (County Road 491), Lecanto. Hot dogs and other lunch items will be served to all donors. Donors receive a recognition item and cholesterol screening. Donors must be at least 17, weigh 110 pounds or more and have a valid photo ID. For information on donating, call 527-3061 or visit the Web site www.lifesouth.org.

WEST CITRUS

Manatee rescuer is recovery champ

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has selected wildlife biologist Jim Valade as a 2006 National Recovery Champion. Based in the service's Jacksonville Ecological Services office, Valade has spent much of the past 20 years on manatee recovery efforts, including many projects related to the Crystal River manatee population. His work has included capturing and tagging manatees for research purposes, rescuing injured manatees and providing public outreach and education. Valade serves on numerous committees related to protection of manatees and their habitat. Service director H. Dale Hall stated that the contributions of recipients of the award "extend far beyond individual species, habitats and ecosystems and inspire others to promote species recovery - now and into the future."