By Sterling McGinn

Many of the resources and helpful community organizations that are available in Luce County were highlighted at the Luce County Resource Fair on Thursday, November 9 in the J. L. DeCook Gymnasium at Tahquamenon Area Schools.

The event was sponsored by LMAS District Health Department, Helen Newberry Joy Hospital, Upper Peninsula Health Plan and Upper Peninsula Health Care Solutions.

According to Communities that Care Coordinator Jamie Rushford, 163 people attended the fair and 21 agencies and programs were set up through the evening.

“Through partnerships, we were able to create a one-stop shop of education, screenings and giveaways for babies through seniors,” Rushford declared. “We look forward to providing this event annually for years to come.”

LMAS District Health Department offered flu and covid-19 shots and Helen Newberry Joy Hospital was on hand to measure attendees blood pressure.

Members of the Newberry Fire Department also gave away smoke detectors to residents and other items.

“This was an awesome event and a great thing for people to see all of the resources available,” said firefighter Bruce Klusmeyer. “We also took names for people needing smoke detectors installed in their homes,” “We are planning on doing that free of charge.

There was no cost to attend the resource fair.