To the Editor:
Some secrets are meant to be kept and some should be heralded from the rooftops. My husband and I have not lived in Marseilles for very long, but we’ve surely found it to be a small town with a big heart. Community needs are a core belief here.
The first Marseilles entity I want to give accolades to is the Marseilles Nursing Service. Their existence began in 1919, after World War I. The service has a notable history in the community and has seen their share of health issues over the years: the flu epidemic in 1919, the dysentery outbreak in 1928, the scarlet fever and pneumonia outbreaks in 1936, plus campaigning to stomp out smallpox and diphtheria in 1937 as well as assisting with the mass polio program. After World War II, these nurses involved themselves in helping the wives and children of servicemen, then became the school nurse for many of your children no doubt — their roles in our lives have been numerous.
Marseilles Nursing Service is a nonprofit organization that depends solely on community donations and fundraisers. As you travel down Main Street, you will see the small white unpretentious, unassuming building on the east side just before the bridge where they are housed in a structure built by the workers of National Biscuit in 1930.
The nurses at MNS are a joy to work with, so give them a call at 815-795-4332 to see how they can help you. Although they provide many nursing services, they also loan out medical equipment, which I have personally had need of on various occasions.
The next praiseworthy service to our community is the Marseilles Fire Department. These angel firefighters recently followed through with a campaign to provide smoke detectors and carbon-monoxide detectors for every resident — our home got five! Their goal was to provide the means to be safe and protected in the event of danger. Thank you for caring hearts!
Every spring we are blessed by a man who comes to the Marseilles Library to do taxes for people — that is a really big deal to us! Now I’m in danger of overlooking others who also give of their time and talents in various ways so I best stop. I just thank the wonderful and generous people who make up this town!
LYNNETTE JOHNSON, of Marseilles