Bell choir to return to courthouse Friday

The annual tradition will continue as the bell choir made up of adults with disabilities returns to the Marshall County Courthouse.

The bell choir will play traditional Christmas songs at 10:30 a.m. Friday in the courthouse rotunda. The performance is free and open to the public.

These adults are part of the program run by REM Iowa and formerly were served as part of the Career Development Center of Iowa Valley.

Zita Cashin, program director for REM Iowa, said the group is looking forward to playing again.

“They’ve been really enjoying practicing and playing the bells again,” Cashin said. “We are happy to be in the community and are excited to perform.”

Each year, the board of supervisors approves the group’s request to reserve space at the courthouse for the show. Supervisor Chair Dave Thompson said it’s usually a moving performance by the group and it is highly anticipated by county staff.

“There shouldn’t be a dry eye in the house,” Thompson said. “It’s a wonderful thing on a annual basis for our Christmas program.”