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 splashing about in our fabulous, much-awaited state of the art swimming facility. It surely would be the best way to help endure another hot summer.

What we’ve learned so far is that the insurance policy on the pool wouldn’t cover an accident at the pool were a problem to occur based on the added issues of COVID-19, but it has been mentioned that if people will stick to the safety guidelines, it is possible that the insurance would, in fact, cover any accident. At this point, all we can do is hope that the issues are resolved quickly. Till then, get those sprinklers out on the lawn and gear up the kiddie pools. Summer is coming with or without the opening of the pool, so we may have to find creative ways to have fun and cool off.

All across America, and all across the world, people of all ages, backgrounds, and ethnicities have been meeting and gathering to gain awareness and garner hope for change. Here in Marshall, we pride ourselves on practicing diversity, fairness, equality, and above all, civility. We love and honor all of our citizens. This has been a trying year for many of us, but there are still many positive things happening in our community and across the nation. Here are a few positive updates that are happening right here in Marshall, Illinois, this month.

A Peaceful Protest

This past week, many citizens of Marshall turned out for a peaceful protest. The gathering was held downtown on June 7th. It was planned as a community effort to recognize the current global movement of Black Lives Matter. The event, organized by Jenny Farrar, saw 50 people join together to acknowledge the recently heavily publicized acts of police brutality regarding the death of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter movement. The crowd marched around the town square carrying signs and showing their solidarity with the black community regarding this challenging matter.
In an effort to understand and honor the tragic death of George Flynn’s brutal suffocation, the people of Marshall took a knee, and for 8 minutes and 46-seconds, they knelt or stood in silence. The pastor of Marshall Baptist Church, Paul Cooper, attended the protest. He mentioned that it’s important to stand up for others who go unheard. The event was peaceful and filled with goodwill.

Marshall is a strong and positive community, and the display of awareness has landed them much media attention among the other small towns who have chosen to be part of the movement.

Other Positive Marshall Updates:

Food Assistance Available – Register Today!

Many of our families have been hard hit by the closing of businesses and furloughing of jobs. To that end, The Eastern Illinois Food Bank is offering assistance with food distribution. They will be set up at a location on the Clark County Fairgrounds on Saturday, June 13th from 9:30 am – 10:30 am. The food is being gathered from the USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. If you are in need of some help, please go online and register to receive food assistance this Saturday. You can register at www.eifclient.com prior to the distribution.

One More Lion to Add to the Marshall “Pride of Lions.”

On June 9th, the town of Marshall added a new lion to the pride. This one honors learning and education. He is wearing a pair of horn-rimmed glasses and stands proudly atop a stack of books that tout Math, Science, English, and history. He wears his orange coat and, with a serious demeanor, guards the door outside the North School.
The project was sponsored by Mr. Forsythe. Our new lion was painted by the artists from Gaslight Art Colony, and he is sealed for protection by the good folks at Mel’s Body Shop. Our new lion is a welcome addition to our wonderful community.