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Barb Marshall thanked for years of dedication to local kids


School days will look a little different at the corner of McAuley Road and Woodland Drive in Prescott.

At a meeting of the town's committee of the whole last week, Councillor Leanne Burton noted that long-time crossing guard Barb Marshall has decided to retire.

"I do want to take the time to thank Barb for her dedication," said Burton. "She was out there during storms and rain and she gave all the children little books and snacks and treats."

Burton added that Marshall is already missed by both kids and adults alike at the two elementary schools near the corner she used to patrol.

"She knew all the children by name. She was there each morning with a welcoming smile," said Burton earlier this week. "She was dedicated not only to the town but to the safety of the children."

It will be different for Marshall, too, not seeing all the young faces each day.

"It was hard for Barb to give it up," said Councillor Mike Ostrander at last week's meeting. "She just loved the kids."

Taking over Marshall's spot at the intersection will be Nancy Cowan, and council joined Burton in welcoming her to the position.

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