Thumbs up: Scottish Festival offers another great event

Thumbs up Scottish Festival offers another great event The McPherson Scottish Festival marked another successful event Sept. 22 and 23. This year’s celebration of the Highland athletics resulted in four world records and 28 field records. Congratulations to Bill Leffler and Terri Ventress on their records. Music, dance and other cultural experiences make the festival a highlight of the fall season in McPherson. Taste of Home shows sweet treat We had another great Taste of Home Tuesday night at the McPherson Opera House. About 300 people filled the theater for cooking lessons. Culinary specialist Guy Klinzing led the audience through 10 different recipes ranging from steak and blue cheese bruschetta to an upside-down apple pie. Thank you to all the community members who attended this year’s show. Orchestra making comeback The death of a McPherson resident has sparked what family members hope to be the revival of the McPherson Community Orchestra. In lieu of a memorial service, Lisa H. Snell asked funds be used for a music performance for the community that would provide education for families and foster participation of local musicians. Since her death in May, Snell’s family has been organizing the free event, scheduled for 7 p.m. May 11 in Brown Auditorium at McPherson College. This is a wonderful idea for a memorial and an event in which the whole community can participate. We are also pleased to see the McPherson Community Orchestra is making a come back. Food bank begins expansion The McPherson County Food Bank has begun a campaign to add about 2,000 square feet to its current building. The goal of the two-year campaign is to raise $200,000 by Sept. 30, 2014. We applaud the food bank for taking an initiative to better serve McPherson’s hungry. We urge members of the community to support the expansion project through donations and continue filling the current food bank’s pantry with food. The food bank accepts nonperishable food items, such as canned fruits, vegetables meats and soups, cereals, hamburger helper and macaroni and cheese. Nonfood items, such as toilet tissue, paper towels and diapers, also are accepted. These donations can be dropped of at the food bank during its open hours of 10 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Tuesdays, or 2 to 4:45 p.m. Fridays. Donations are also being accepted at The McPherson Sentinel office at 301 S. Main St. until Oct. 12. Seniors honored by KU Sixty-eight seniors from high schools in Marion, McPherson and Rice counties were recognized for their academic achievements and named Kansas Honor Scholars at a program and reception Wednesday at Holiday Manor Center. During the ceremony, each student received a Webster's New College Dictionary presented by Lynn Loveland, assistant director of Kansas programs, for the KU Alumni Association. Congratulations to all the students who were honored. We would also like to thank Larry Chaney, of McPherson, who was the site coordinator, and Mary Kornhaus, of McPherson, who was the McPherson County coordinator. Anti-Slavery group promotes awareness Human trafficking and modern-day slavery happens all over the world, even in Kansas. Founding members and participants of McPherson’s Set Free branch are working to make people more aware of the issues and let them know how they can prevent it in the future. Every person can help the millions of victims around the globe. —