Public Safety Day, health fair combining into one event


STANDISH — A health fair held annually and a Public Safety Day first rolled out last year will be held in conjunction at Standish-Sterling Middle School Aug. 14.

Arenac County Emergency Management Coordinator Ed Rohn and personnel from the Sterling Area Health Center are organizing their respective events, but holding them at the same time, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and at the same venue.

“The Sterling Area Health Center approached me, and they do a Community Appreciation Day about this time of year also,” Rohn said. “So we’re doing two great events at one location. Each is separate, but we’re combining our efforts to give people some one-stop shopping for enjoyment.”

Returning events from last year’s inaugural Public Safety Day include motor vehicle extrication demonstrations, police K-9 demonstrations, a bicycle safety rodeo and water ball tournament. Rohn said the water ball tournament, in which firefighters face off on separate teams and try to force a can down the line using a fire hose, was a crowd pleaser last year.

“At the chief’s meeting I was told every department has at least one team,” he said. “That was a big hit last year.”

While there will be plenty of fun attractions, including bounce houses and a fire truck slide, there will also be informative attractions, Rohn said.

“We will have a child car seat technician doing inspections on any car seats that people would like,” he said. “I believe that if they have one that is in need of replacement, they will have some there to offer to them for free, I believe.”

Free bike helmets will also be available to children who participate in the bicycle safety rodeo, Rohn said.

Fire departments and law enforcement agencies from the county, region and state are also expected to attend, and Rohn said he has once again scheduled a helicopter fly-in, although that will depend on availability.

“We do schedule it, but they could be on an actual flight and unable to make it,” he said.

Public Safety Day events and attractions will, for the most part, be outside on middle school grounds, while Community Appreciation Day attractions from the health center will be in the school, Rohn said.

According to a press release from the health center, the appreciation day health fair is the finale in the center’s National Health Center Week observance. During the week of Aug. 8-14, the health center is hosting a coloring contest for children ages 4-12, with winners receiving a backpack full of school supplies.

Smaller events will also be held at the Sterling Area Health Center facilities in Hale, West Branch and Prescott, the press release says.


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