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Blackstone Heritage Corridor Hosts Tick Safety Workshop

Blackstone Heritage Corridor Hosts Tick Safety Workshop

Tick-borne illnesses are on the rise and in an effort to educate area residents who enjoy outdoor recreation about the risks and tips for prevention, Blackstone Heritage Corridor, Inc. (BHC) is hosting a Tick Safety workshop on Wednesday, July 11 at 6:30 p.m. at its office at 670 Linwood Ave., Whitinsville. The workshop is number 13 in its Volunteer Skills Workshop series and the public is also invited to attend.

Through its Bikeway Ambassadors, Trail Ambassadors and Blackstone Valley Paddle Club, BHC has many volunteers leading outdoor programs, not including other

special events like "Birding the Blackstone" where a group of 23 people were recently paddling on the Blackstone River and a program leader later discovered a tick on her.

"It's important that we all become aware of ticks and learn ways to protect ourselves and others attending our programs," explained Suzanne Buchanan, BHC's Volunteer Coordinator. "Learning what

to look for, how to dress, how to properly check for ticks and their proper removal are all key measures to help prevent a tick- borne illness."

BHC has invited Terri Michaelson and Susan Bartlett of New England Tick Safety to give the free workshop. Michaelson

is an Uxbridge resident and attended a couple of BHC's cleanup events in Upton and Uxbridge to provide safety tips and tick checks to the volunteers who were out removing litter from area parks and streets.

"We have found that more than half of Lyme patients never saw a tick on them," Michaelson shared. "That is frightening to me. So, if we can get people to dress property and do tick checks,

perhaps the number of

people seeing ticks on them will make a difference, even if to just save one person from this sneaky illness."

BHC is also hosting a Volunteer

Open House on Tuesday, July 10 at

its Whitinsville office. RSVPs for the Volunteer Open House and the Tick Safety Workshop can be made by contacting Suzanne Buchanan at Volunteer@ BlackstoneHeritageCorridor.org or by calling 508-234-4242.




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