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Mac couple advance invention
Congratulations to Greg and Rhonda Winkler for the progress they have made on their Soften-EZ water softener.
The device, which can be placed in a dishwasher to soften the water and reduce residue on dishes, is in its fourth generation.
Greg has started limited home production of his product, and the couple has hopes of taking the product nationwide.
We wish them luck in their future endeavors.

WACCC walk to support cancer sufferers
Women and Children Combating Cancer had its annual Pink Line Walk Thursday night. The event helps bring awareness to the issue of cancer.
WACCC raises funds to help women and children who are fighting cancer. The organization also provides combat bags, which are care packages containing food, books, beauty products and toys, for women and children
Thank you to WACCC for its service in the community and the community members who came out Thursday to support the walk.

Habitat makes progress on home in Galva
The local chapter of Habitat for Humanity is making progress on its 25th home built since the organization was formed in the county in 1993.
The latest home at 112 Empire in Galva will go to Lisa Brewer, children, Nicole and Ashton, and grandbaby, Aaliyah.
On behalf of the Brewer family, we thank all the Habitat volunteers and donors. We also wish congratulations to the Brewers on their new home.

Career fair gives students glimpse into
their futures
About 60 representatives from Kansas colleges, armed forces and vocational schools set up information booths at the Roundhouse Thursday for sophomores, juniors, seniors and their parents. This included local institutions Bethany College, Central Christian College, Hutchinson Community College and McPherson College, each with unique traits to offer students.
Allowing students to explore college and career options as early as possible benefits the students and will help create a better educated and qualified workforce.
Thank you to McPherson High School for hosting this event for students and their parents.

Canton-Galva honored for    improving scores
Canton-Galva Elementary School has been designated a Title 1 Reward School.
Recognition of high academic progress during previous years’ assessment scores is awarded to the top 10 percent of the state’s Title 1 buildings.
The Kansas State Department of Education uses an Assessment Performance Index to identify those schools. API is calculated by assigning more points as students move into higher performance categories.
Student performance in reading and math is used in calculating a school’s API.
Canton-Galva Superintendent Bill Seidl said the recognition is significant because the previous year’s scores are compared to scores from four years ago. Congratulations to the district and its students on this honor.

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Congress needs to pass Farm Bill
The U.S. Congress has yet to pass a reauthorization of the Farm Bill.
Important issues need to be resolved in the bill, including provisions for funding of the food stamp program.
However, by letting the former Farm Bill expire without a new one in place, it has left ag producers in limbo.
These producers cannot make sound decisions on land usage, planting and many other business decisions until they know what regulations will be in place.
We urge both parties in Congress to come to a compromise on the bill and end this uncertainty for farmers.

— Cristina Janney on behalf of The McPherson Sentinel Editorial Board