EVERYONE CAN HELP OUT
Program Hopes Tourists Will
HY I FRRY I'OI'K
Tourists may play an important
role m making Brunswick County's
tecycling program succcsslul.
That's why the need to protect
the natural beauty of the county's
beaches should become more visi
ble. saul Rita Hatcher, public health
educator with the Brunswick
County Health Department.
lb achieve thai goal, the environ
mental health stall is busy design
ing an emblem, similar to a road
sign, that will encourage people to
recycle glass, paper, aluminum and
plastic. The signs will be placed in
iugh traffic areas, such as local
restaurants, stores, motels and re
creational spots. said Ms. Hatcher.
The plan was unveiled this week
during VC. Environmental Health
Week. Sept. 15-21, as proclaimed
In Gov. Jim Martin. Health depart -
mens statewide will focus attention
tlii> week on environmental chal
lenges and possible solutions to
"Since we are a tourist mecca."
said Ms. Hatcher, "not only should
the natives he interested in keeping
our natural resources in good condi
tion, but the tourists should, too."
The department hopes the design
will be catchy, to encourage persons
to take pride in Brunswick County's
beaches by picking up litter and
making sure it is disposed of prop
Perhaps the design could be ap
proved by the N.C. Department of
Transportation and placed on high
way signs, she said.
"We'd like to come up with
something that good ? that they'd
want to adopt it statewide." she
In the future, she believes recycl
ing education may be an environ
mental health specialist's most im
portant job. They were previously
called sanitarians until their roles as
"Now. the environment is such a
critical area to be addressed." said
Ms. Hatcher. "These people are be
coming more specialized."
It is their job to inspect restau
rants. motels, septic systems, super
markets and public water supplies.
Specialists also inspect child day
care centers, rest homes and schools
tor proper sanitation practices.
Animal control officers protect the
public from vicious animals who
may be carriers of rabies and pro
Brunswick Community College
will host a video teleconference.
Identifying and Addressing Learn
ing Disabilities in the Classroom,
Thursday. Sept. 19, at 3 p.m. in the
Jane Jerrow, Ph.D., executive
director of the Association of Han
dicapped Student Services Pro
grams in Post-secondary Education,
will present the conference. It is tar
geted at public school teachers and
community college instructors as
they work with students with learn
The program will discuss what a
student w ith learning disabilities ex
periences in the classroom and will
offer some practical guidelines for
teachers and instructors on increas
ing classroom success for these stu
The privrum is tree ol charge and
open to the public. For more infor
mation call BCC's Learning Re
sources Center, 754-6900, 457
6329, or 343-0203.
Sat. & Sun.
|SEPT. 21-9:00 AM-1:00 PM
Open to the public and those n
terestec in the guard. Refreshments
will be served. The men and equip
ment Will be on hand for your inspec
tion and questions
Nat l. Guard Recruiter
Sgt. Kenny Clewis will be here to
Transportation will also
be provided to Whiteville Sunday
Sept. 22 lor
the ASVAB Military entrance Test.
For more information call 754-6821
PLEASE COME, WE
NEED YOUR SUPPORT
vide a place lor ilk* adoption ol
Health specialists also sponsor .1
child safety scat loaiicr program ami
conihu t educational workshops on a
variety ol topics.
"I ivhevc they will bccome as
important as our medical doctors."
said Ms. 1 laic her. "We arc at that
fragile dividing line, where we can
choose to maintain our natural re
sources and make conditions better,
or lose them altogether."
Brunswick County's beaches are
free ol the debris and hazardous
wastes that have frequently washed
ashore in northern suites, but resi
dents will have to work to protect
the local shoreline, she said.
"Once it happens, thai stigma
stays for a long lime," Ms. Hatcher
said. "We don't want to be known
for having a disaster on our beach
es. It would label us from now until
eternity. If we maintain and do what
we're all suppose to be doing, then
we can ensure ourselves against
Recycling stations arc open at
Boiling Spring I akes, Calabash.
Holden Beach, Long Beach,
Shallotte, Southport, Sunset Beach
"We want citizens to make it a
habit to recycic," said Ms. Hatcher.
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