Families serve at community dinner

Every year, hundreds of individuals spend Dec. 25 at the McPherson Community Chistmas Dinner. It gives some a place to go if they would otherwise be lonely or unable to pay for their own meal.

As much as it is a tradition for them, it is the folks behind the scenes that deserve recognition. Many volunteers, including Verla Thomason and her family, have spent countless hours preparing food and coordinating operations out of the kindness of their heart.

The effort they put forth demonstrates the spirit of giving that is the heartbeat of the holiday season.

French named to Shrine Bowl

Congratulations to McPherson High School senior Collin French on his nomination to the Kansas Shrine Bowl’s West team this week.

Not only is this a huge honor for the senior football player, but the Shriners Hospitals for

Children is a cause worthy of your donations, should you choose to do so. The game will be played July 27, 2013, in Topeka.

Nestor given performance award

Tammy Nestor, manager for Creative Dining at McPherson College, was given the 2012 Superior Performance Award, given to only two managers – out of about 130 in the company – each year.

The award is for a manager who champions the corporate philosophy of Creative Dining, demonstrates superior leadership, promotes professional growth in themselves and their staff, and is willing to assist others.

On behalf of the students at the college, Nestor should be commended for her commitment to excellence.

Sawyers honored by KFB

Derek and Katie Sawyer of rural McPherson were recently honored as a Kansas Farm Bureau Farm Family of the Year. The Sawyers represent Farm Bureau's seventh geographic district.

The award recognizes families who have distinguished themselves through participation in Farm Bureau programs and leadership, family activities, community and civic service, as well as displaying good farm operation management, according to the website.

Agriculture is a intricate part of the McPherson County community. The couple demonstrates what it means to not only operate their own farm, but to be actively involved in advocating for the improvement of the industry.

Ladies give to soldiers

Betty Mowbray and the War and Peace Quilters continue to give of their time and resources to support past and present soliders.

This is important not only during Christmastime, but every month of the year. Whether they are currently serving or no longer serve, these troops endure much to ensure our safety and peace of mind.

These McPherson residents are an example to us and inspire us to continue searching for how we can give back in large and small ways.

D.A.R.E. promotes good decisions

Props to the McPherson County D.A.R.E. program for their continued drive to educate children on the damaging consequences of drugs.

The recent bowling party can demonstrate that they do not need harmful substances to enjoy their time together.

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‘Fiscal cliff’ impasse

Washington has not yet been able to come to a compromise to avoid spending cuts and tax increases in 2013.

While members of congress did meet with President Obama Friday night to discuss the pending deadline, no new plan was announced.

Leaders have until Tuesday to prevent an unfair burden being laid on taxpayers’ shoulders.

— The McPherson Sentinel Editorial Board