Go Local for Mother’s Day – Honor Mom and Hometown Marshall Vendors Too!

Did you know that Mother’s Day was first celebrated in 1907? It was the brainchild of a woman named Anna Jarvis, a peace activist who cared for wounded soldiers from both the north and the south during the Civil War. She started campaigning to make Mother’s Day a holiday in 1905 when her mother died. Along with famous suffragette Julia Ward Howe, Anna began a push for Mother’s Day to be a day dedicated to peace. Still, it took 40 … Read More

Time for Spring Cleaning in Marshall, Illinois

The Easter bunny has come and gone. The weather is improving. The cold and snow are (hopefully) behind us, and now is the time when young minds turn to thoughts of love and baseball, and Mom’s thoughts turn to… let’s get organized! In fact, April is “Keep America Beautiful” month. Let’s get busy with some spring cleaning in Marshall. American’s, including those in Marshall, have always been fond of “spring cleaning.” Maybe it’s because Spring brings new life. The trees … Read More

Snow, Snow, & More Snow – Winter 2021 Meets Winter 1979 in Marshall, Illinois

The city of Marshall enjoyed a beautiful Valentine’s Day weekend with lots of candy, hearts, flowers, and gifts. Many folks participated in The Great Chocolate Crawl, which encouraged residents and visitors to stop in at local shops and learn more about our wonderful little town and the businesses that sustain us. However, after the pleasant weekend, Mother Nature decided to hand out one extra special surprise to Marshall, Illinois: a massive snowstorm. The storm left behind a fantastic display of … Read More

Exercise Your Body and Mind: Staying Active Safely in Marshall, Illinois

YES! We know our new normal hasn’t been fun. Some of the things we love to do haven’t been possible. Now, winter is upon us, and the cold weather means more indoor and fun activities. However, we still have to do things safely and show concern for ourselves and others. One great thing about the winter months and being stuck in the house more than we have in the past is now is a great time to curl up with … Read More

Staying Safe in Marshall, Illinois as COVID Restrictions Increase and Flu Season Begins

It’s not the news we all hoped for as we go into the holiday and winter flu season. COVID-19 cases are on the rise across the country, hospital beds are filling up, and the health care system is being pushed to the limits, prompting more restrictions. Our Governor, J.B. Pritzker, has had to make the hard call to limit capacity in many businesses, including restaurants, retail shops, casinos, museums, and indoor entertainment facilities. A couple of weeks ago, the Governor … Read More

Support Local Businesses in Marshall, Illinois this Season

2020 has been a tough year for a lot of people. Some folks have struggled to survive and need support, especially local businesses in Marshall. We know it’s convenient to buy things on Amazon or other online services. Wearing a mask when shopping, having to socially distance, and waiting for your turn to get to the register seem like unpleasant chores. Still, some things are worth the effort, and keeping our local stores busy and open is well worth it. … Read More

Honoring Our Veterans in Marshall Illinois for Veterans Day

Every year in America, we honor our Veterans in November on Veterans Day. This year the holiday falls on Wednesday, November 11, and it is considered a state holiday in Illinois. However, please note that our schools are not closed for this. Sorry kids! Unfortunately, many celebrations and parades have been canceled across the state and the country due to the COVID 19 virus, which is once again ramping up. While we are sad about this, it’s important to stay … Read More

Fall Fun Begins in Marshall, Illinois

The summer is over, but that doesn’t mean that the fun is done. Fall is wonderful in Marshall, Illinois, and there are many things to do for the whole family. And while we are sad that our fantastic Marshall Autumn Fest had to be canceled due to COVID-19, there are still many fun fall activities to enjoy. The Autumn Fest committee is already hard at work planning for next year, and 2021 will be the best fest ever. In the … Read More

Returning to School Activities in Marshall, Illinois and Across America

America’s school systems are poised to reopen school activities this August, and Marshall, Illinois, is no exception. Debates on the best way to open safely and whether students should attend school in person or virtually are happening with school administrations and kitchen tables across the country. The state of Illinois has mandated that all students returning to school classrooms this fall must wear facemasks. To that end, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency has said that they will provide K-12 public … Read More

Pool Update, Peaceful Movements, Food Assistance, and a New Addition to Marshall Illinois

All Hope is Not Lost for the Opening of the New Community Pool To the great dismay of much of the town, with recent updates, the Marshall city pool would not be opened for the remainder of 2020 in order to adhere to the state-mandated guidelines due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. But now, some hope exists as the town is desperately looking for a loophole to open the community pool. We would love to see our kids and families outside … Read More