By Janice Elizabeth Berte, Contributing Writer
Marlborough – From infants to seniors, there were good times to be had June 2 at the 20th annual Umass-Marlborough Safe Summer Fun Day Fair. Families from Marlborough and nearby communities came in droves to celebrate the activities and giveaways to be had on this perfect Saturday in June.
“This event is for the community and offers a lot of important and educational material, but also gives families a fun time as well,” Ellen Carlucci, vice president of marketing communications, explained.
“The weather is working for us and what a fantastic event for all to enjoy,” Steve Roach, the hospital’s president, added.
Tables were scattered around the front entrance of the hospital showcasing the many educational services that were offered by different departments. Volunteers and some young children explained in a game format the difference between Tick Tacks and Tylenol pills since they both look alike. They also pointed out that parents and children should be aware of the differences between mouth wash and window cleaner which could be confusing to young children.
Kathy Leonard, a volunteer and a mother who has become a passionate advocate for drug awareness after her son passed away from an overdose, passed out educational brochures.
“Certain medicines can hurt people innocently. For example, children could have a sports injury and then are given a 30 day supply of a pain medicine which is too long and could cause addiction if not monitored carefully,” she said. “Even dentists have to be cautious since young people have their wisdom teeth out, and the pain medication administered could lead to a dependency.”
Several staff members from the city’s police, fire and EMT departments were also on site to educate kids and families about what they provide to the community. They also shared information on what you should do in case of an emergency.
Children enjoyed taking rides on the trackless train and slid down inflatable bouncers. They learned from the hospital volunteers about the necessity of using sunscreen, proper hand-washing techniques, and were custom fitted to a specific bike helmet.
(Photos/ Janice Elizabeth Berte)