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Wiziarde to take over as Register of Deeds
Congratulations to Laurie Wiziarde for being named the new Register of Deeds.
Wiziarde will take the place of Linda Paul, who is retiring at the end of the month.
Wiziarde has worked in the deeds office for 14 years and recently won the Republican primary for Register of Deeds. She is unopposed in the general election.
Local artist    explores war and peace
Congratulations to McPherson fiber artist Shin-hee Chin, who had an opening reception for her “War and Peace” exhibit Friday at the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum in Abilene.
Chin explores figures in world conflict and  brings into focus the human price of violence.
It’s definitely worth a short drive to Abilene.
Chin’s exhibit will be available from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. through Jan. 6 as the museum is open.

Local student to travel to Turkey
Shannon (Nakai) Wingert has been honored with a U.S. Fulbright Student Program scholarship.
She will be leaving for Turkey on Sept. 2 to teach English to engineering students in that country.
We wish Wingert and her husband, Andrew, good luck and safe travels during their year abroad.

Anonymous gift to help hospital staff train
An anonymous donor recently donated money for McPherson Hospital to purchase an Infant Venous Access Simulator, which is a life-size infant doll, and a Geriatric IV Training Arm.
This new equipment will allow staff at the hospital to better train to perform a variety of procedures including venipuncture, catheterization, PICC lines and IV placement on the hospital’s most delicate patients.
The community thanks those donors, whoever you are.

McPherson County to offer
reverse 911
The McPherson County 911 Communications Department is now offering a reverse 911 program.
Anyone with a land line who is listed in the white pages will be automatically signed up to receive alerts on severe weather, fires, floods, toxic environmental issues and other emergencies.
Residents also can sign up to receive alerts via cell phones and email.
This is an important addition to the 911 network and can improve safety and potentially save lives during emergency situations.

USD 418 offers more fruits, veggies            for students
We would like to applaud the McPherson school district for offering more fruit and vegetable options as a part of school lunches.
The federal government required students to be offered more nutritious meals under the The Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act.
USD 418 is now offering children in elementary schools food choices from a fruit and vegetable bar. This allows the students to choose which foods they want to eat and has reduced waste.
Thanks USD 418 for watching out for our kids.

— Cristina Janney on behalf of The McPherson Sentinel Editorial Board