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Guardian ad litem program offers training

The Florida Guardian Ad Litem program will conduct training for Citrus County candidates from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 13, 14, 18 and 19 at Wildwood City Hall, 100 N Main St.

More than 350 children in the county are assigned to the Guardian Ad Litem program. They have been removed from their homes as innocent victims of abuse or neglect and are protected by the courts. Because more cases come into the system than can be resolved, there are too many without volunteer guardians. You can help this critical problem by stepping up and volunteering your heart, time and skills to advocate for these children in need.

For information on this or future classes, call the Inverness office, 341-6725.

Sheriff's Office seeking

volunteer service officers

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office is looking for volunteer public service officers, members from the community who assist sworn deputies by conducting well-being checks and handling minor citizen complaints such as vandalisms, bicycle thefts and found property. These PSOs can also assist deputies with traffic control at crashes and special events, road PSOs can receive special training and conduct minor traffic crash investigations.

These are not sworn law enforcement positions and PSOs do not have arrest powers.

Volunteers are always needed to assist in fingerprinting, crime watch and community patrol, radio dispatching of volunteers and staffing for the agency's four community resource offices in Beverly Hills, Hernando, Crystal River and Homosassa Springs.

Applicants must be at least 18-years of age, be willing to complete an application and will be subject to a background check.

Call Cpl. Tony Boline, 726-4488, ext. 326. Applications are available on its Web site, click the job application link and download a volunteer application. Application deadline is Jan. 15.

Take Stock in Children

looking for bike riders

Take Stock in Children, one of Florida's mentoring and scholarship programs is looking for cyclists to participate in its second annual bike ride, Cycling for Success scheduled on March 11-12. Riders begin a 200-mile, two day trip leaving from Ocala and ride through Gainesville to Lake City, returning to Ocala. SAG wagons and on-bike guides will keep cyclists rolling. Lunch and dinner provided for riders each day. Discounted hotel rooms provided at the rider's expense in Ocala and Lake City. Call (888) 322-HOPE (4673), or visit its Web site,