April Child Abuse Prevention Month

first_img Lunsford said effective child abuse prevention programs succeed because of partnerships created among social service agencies, schools, faith communities, civic organizations, law enforcement agencies and the business community.“The Pike Regional Child Advocacy Center is the result of such a partnership,” Lunsford said.Mona Watson, Pike Regional CAC director, said, in its five years of operation, the CAC has served 983 alleged victims of child abuse, children who have gone through abusive crisis situations or are at-risk because of problems at home or at school. April has been proclaimed Child Abuse Prevention Month in Pike County.At a ceremony at the Pike Regional Child Advocacy Center in Troy Monday afternoon, Brundidge Mayor Jimmy Ramage, Troy Mayor Jimmy Lunsford and Pike County Commissioner Robin Sullivan presented a proclamation designating April Child Abuse Prevention Month and encouraging the people of Pike County to become involved in supporting families in raising their children in safe, nurturing environments.“Preventing child abuse and neglect is a community problem that depends on involvement among people throughout the community, Lunsford said. “The majority of child abuse cases stem from situations and conditions that are preventable in an engaged and supportive community.” Published 7:27 pm Monday, April 5, 2010 Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Sponsored Content “This year has been a tough one for us because of proration but, with the support of our community and our representatives in the Alabama Legislature, we are making it,” Watson said.A special presentation was planned for Sen. Wendell Mitchell but, due to illness, he was unable to attend the ceremony.“Five years ago when we needed seed money, Sen. Mitchell was instrumental in helping get extra allocations through the Legislature to bring our agency and several others into the funding network,” she said. “Government funding has been a tremendous help to us. Sen. Mitchell and Rep. Alan Boothe have continued to work to help us stay funded and we are so appreciative of them and what they do for children who are crisis situations.”Boothe said there is no greater return on funds than those invested in children.“Children are most important,” he said. “They are so precious that I can’t imagine how anyone could abuse them. But it happens and the people here at the Pike Regional Child Advocacy Center deal with child abuse on a daily basis. If funding were twice as much, the need is there.”Boothe said he can forgive those who abuse children but he cannot forget what they have done.“As long as I’m in Montgomery, I’ll do everything that I can to make sure that the doors of the Pike Regional Child Advocacy Center stay open,” he said.Scherryl Harrison, chair of the CAC board of directors, expressed appreciation to all of the supporters of the CAC on behalf of board members.The Center opened in 2005, but Harrison, who is an assistant district attorney, said the need for such a center was recognized as early as 1987.Although it was evident that children were victims of abuse, the intervention efforts were disjointed.“It has taken a village for us to come together and, to as my mother would say, ‘put our money where our mouth is,” Harrison said. “Now we have it all. We are a ministry. 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Mighty ‘Gnats.’

first_img Photo: USDA-ARS Until the decapitating flies showed up, Buck Aultman had no way to rid his 20-acre pasture of its pox of fire ant mounds. “You can’t afford to spread fire ant bait out here,” he said.But Aultman’s pasture is now home to a swarm of fierce little flies that may be better than a pesticide. The Tift County farmer is taking part in a research study involving the first Georgia release of phorid flies.About the size of gnats, phorid flies are Brazilian parasitic flies. They feed on fire ants in their reproductive cycle, said Sanford Porter, an entomologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service in Gainesville, Fla.The flies have been successfully introduced in Florida and pose no threat to people or anything else in the environment. “The only things they’re attracted to are fire ants,” Porter said. “For that matter, they’re attracted only to imported fire ants.”Off With Their Heads!Each female phorid fly carries about 200 eggs, Porter said. In the blink of an eye, she lays an egg right behind the head of a fire ant, releasing a deadly enzyme in the process.In about two weeks, the egg hatches, and the small larva crawls into the head of the fire ant, which falls off — really. The larva then feeds, grows, pupates and emerges as an adult from the cleaned-out shell of the fire ant’s head. And the deadly cycle starts again.The 7,000 flies released near Tifton could spread as far as five miles within the next year, said Wayne Gardener, an entomologist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. A Boundless BuffetFor phorid flies, Georgia is a boundless buffet of fire ants. Since arriving in the United States from Brazil in the 1930s, fire ants have had no diseases or insects to hamper them. So far, their spread has been limited only by cold weather.But scientists hope phorid flies can change that.”Phorid flies won’t kill out fire ant colonies,” said Beverly Sparks, an UGA Extension Service entomologist. “They will parasitize the ants and reduce the numbers within a colony.”Sparks said the tiny dive bombers harass fire ants endlessly, too, trying to inject their egg time bombs into them. “The result is that the ants spend a lot more time in a defensive posture and less time foraging,” she said. “The colony is thus weakened and hopefully less competitive with native ant species.”A Slow ProcessScientists don’t know how well the flies will survive and how effectively they’ll reduce fire ant numbers. They’ll closely watch the fire ant mounds near the release site. “This is an expensive research project,” Sparks said. “Releases of these flies cost us nearly three dollars per fly.”Since phorid flies spread only a few miles a year, their spread will require a long time unless more funds can be provided to support further releases. “We’d probably have to get local governments involved in the process,” Gardner said. “Maybe even the state government.”That would be fine with Aultman. “Anything to control fire ants,” he said. “I’m all for it.” After eating the contents of the fire ant’s head, a new adult phorid fly emerges to continue a cycle that makes fire ants scurry and humans smile.center_img A dive-bombing phorid fly (center) takes aim to lay an egg behind a fire ant’s head. When the egg hatches, the larva will crawl into the ant’s head, which will fall off and become food for the larva. Photo: Scott Bauer, USDA-ARSlast_img read more