It was a beautiful day for a picnic, and 125 Berkshire County Triad members came out to enjoy the day.
The annual Triad Safety Fair & Picnic at the Dalton VFW was hosted by the Dalton Triad, and District Attorney David F. Capeless co-sponsored the event on Wednesday, July 13, 2011. Other sponsors included the Dalton Police Department and the Dalton Council on Aging.
Berkshire County Sheriff Thomas Bowler was also a sponsor, and his office provided lunch for the day. Deputy Sheriffs were on hand to do the cooking, and members of the Dalton Explorers helped with setting up and cleaning up the chairs and tables for the day.
Stockbridge Police Officer Heidi Teutsch sang the national anthem to start the morning, with the Dalton Police Color Guard presenting the colors. Acting Dalton Police Chief Jeffrey Coe was the emcee, introducing speakers including retiring Chief John Bartels, District Attorney Capeless, Sheriff Bowler, and . Retiring Council on Aging Director Sue Jacobs was the keynote speaker, engaging the audience with a fill-in-the blanks talk about safety.
Entertainment for the event was a K-9 demonstration provided by the Lanesborough team of Officer James Rathbun and his dog, Reno; Pittsfield Officer Dwane Foisy and Raimo; and Great Barrington Officer Tim Ullrich and Jori.
Safety exhibits for picnic participants included the AARP Safe Driving Program, the Sheriff's Office Senior Safety Net Iris Scan, the District Attorney's Office, Berkshire Health Systems Community Outreach Van and Blood Mobile, free blood pressure checks by the Dalton Ambulance, the Dalton Public Health Nurse and Dalton Fire Department, Elder Services of Berkshire County, Inc., and United Cerebral Palsy Association.
Anyone interested in learning more about Triad can contact Mary Shogry-Hayer at the District Attorney's Office at 413-443-5951.