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Resource Fair provides information to residents

Organizers and vendors expressed concern about the low turnout but reasons for having a resource fair were in full force on Friday.

Nearly 20 providers set up in the Mains Rotunda to offer anything and everything one needs to know about what’s available to them.

“There’s been a steady flow coming through,” Keri Smith, education outreach coordinator for CareSource, said. “This is great for people who just need to know what’s out here for them.”

Site administrator for OUS Early Childhood Development Center Mary Cade said she would have liked to have seen more people show up, but with an hour of the fair remaining she was hopeful.

“It’s going great,” she said. “I’m hoping for more people. If we get as many during the last hour as we had in the first hour we’ll be in good shape.”

Ironton City Health Commissioner Laura Brown was passing out flyers and touted the vaccine-related information available, among other things.

“It’s just a fun thing. I just don’t understand why more people don’t come to these events,” Brown said. “I’ve had people tell me they don’t have a phone. I have vouchers here today for free phones with 250 minutes, but people don’t show up and take advantage of these things. All one would have to do is show up and get the voucher.”

Mike Walker and the Air Evac Lifeteam gave a free tour of the company’s helicopter.

The list of resource providers at the fair along with the Early Childhood Academy included the Ironton Fire Department, United Healthcare, Head Start, Ohio Means Jobs, Ohio WIC, Help Me Grow, Lawrence County Health Department, Ironton Health Department, Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Briggs Lawrence County Public Library, Early Head Start, CareSource, Air Evac Lifeteam, Elite Rehab and Fitness, Patriot Medical Services and Zumba Fitness.

Mike Walker, with Air Evac Lifeteam, speaks with visitors to the Resource Fair Friday at Ohio University Southern.

Mike Walker, with Air Evac Lifeteam, speaks with visitors to the Resource Fair Friday at Ohio University Southern.