Mary Rodgers was not being ironic in manning a booth about Union Cemetery during the June 22 Clintonville Area Chamber of Commerce Health, Fitness and Business Fair.

After all, Rodgers said, although a graveyard might seem to be at the opposite end of the spectrum from "health," such places are as much about the living as the dead, providing people with connections to their past.

"It also allows people to have that freer contact with us, rather than driving up to the office and asking about plots," added Rodgers, president of the Clintonville Historical Society.

The Health, Fitness and Business Fair, held once again at the Clintonville Woman's Club, had 34 booths this year, including several chiropractic practices, some home-health businesses and the Franklin County Office on Aging.

"My job is to get out in the community and spread the good word about all our programs," said Janet Caldwell, communications manager of the Franklin County Office of Aging.

"We have drawn our vendors from our chamber members, past participants, and we get a lot of activity for this from our website," chamber President Jenny Smith said.

She said the "big push" this year was to grow attendance, which was an effort undertaken not only by chamber members but also the vendor organizations.

"I think the other benefit to the participants is they get to network with people they can do business with," Smith said.

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