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Kretzer medals at state wrestling

Congratulations to McPherson High School’s Kaden Kretzer for taking fourth place in the 120 pound weight division at state wrestling Feb. 23 in Salina.

Kretzer went 4-2 for the tournament.

Nightengale medals at state bowling

Congratulations to McPherson High’s Mayce Nightengale, who finished 17th at the Class 5-1A state tournament Thursday afternoon at Wichita’s Northrock Lanes, the lone medal representative for the Bullpups.

Nightengale bowled a series total of 596, with games of 180, 204 and 212.

Children conduct food drive for Haitian children

Applause go to the Lincoln Elementary School fifth-grade classes for their efforts. The students collected 417 protein food items for the children at the No. 1 Hope Street Orphanage in Gonaives, Haiti. The students efforts also resulted in the donation of five soccer balls and two air pumps.

The children have been learning about Haiti and listened to the director of the orphanage, Jan Thompson, speak Thursday.

Women brave elements to attend Leap show

Some brave souls tromped out in what was left of last week’s snow storm to attend the Leap women’s show Feb. 23.

Thank you to all the vendors, and the McPherson Convention and Visitors Bureau who sponsored the event.

Also thanks go to all the attendees who came out to attend despite the poor weather.

NCRA to conserve aquifer with water project

A thumbs up goes to NCRA this week for a $40.6 million project the refinery is undertaking to  allow the refinery to use treated wastewater from the city of McPherson.

NCRA estimates 1.5 million gallons of water per day will not have to be pumped from the aquifer because of the project.

NCRA could pump water from the aquifer cheaper, but it is taking a environmentally conscious move to conserve the aquifer by undertaking this project.

McPherson resident continues 35 years of blood donations

Keith Janzen has rarely missed an American Red Cross blood drive. In 35 years, he has donated more than 13 gallons of blood. That’s a lot of changed people — as up to three lives could be saved per donation.

Additionally, he has type O-negative blood. This type can be given to people of all blood types.

Red Cross organizers say its regular donors like Janzen that keep blood supplies available for those in need. This is necessary following recent record-low years for donations in the U.S.

Thanks are in order for all who give of their time and blood to help those they may never even meet.

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Washington getting no where fast

The country is tettering over another Washington-concocted fiscal cliff — this time called the sequester.

Billions of across-the-board budget costs are set to go into effect

Congress and the president had yet to make a deal to avoid the cuts as of Friday afternoon.
Washington is playing political chicken with the lives and livlihoods of millions of Americans.
It is time for that to end. All sides need to stop stonewalling and work to come up with a sound financial plan that includes a balanced budget, fair and equal taxes for all Americans and reasonable cuts to federal programs and entitlements.

— Cristina Janney on behalf of The McPherson Sentinel Editorial Board