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Bethany College supports Earth Day

Bethany College honored Earth Day on Monday with a event in Lindquist Hall. We applaud the students who created exhibits and demonstrations for the event, as well as those who signed pledges to be more environmentally conscious.

This event was an important example of how Bethany supports sustainability in the community.

McPherson church makes environmental commitment

First Congregational United Church of Christ in McPherson is part of a nationwide effort to offer 1 million hours of caring for the earth, plant more than 100,000 trees and send more than 100,000 advocacy letters on environmental concerns.

The church plans to plant trees write environmental advocacy letters to the government officials.
In addition, congregation members are keeping track of hours they spend recycling and engaging in other environmentally conscious projects.

We applaud the church and its member for making this commitment to our precious environmental resources.

Klenda named to bench

Congratulations to McPherson attorney John Klenda on being named the new the Kansas 9th Judicial District judge.

Klenda is a graduate of the Washburn University School of Law.

Klenda has worked at his law firm, Karstetter and Klenda, L.L.C. since 1988.

Klenda has served as city prosecutor since 1984 and served as McPherson county attorney from 1983 to 1985.

Klenda replaces judge Carl B Anderson Jr. who retired earlier this year and died in February.

Head Start heads to Washington

A local education agency is going to strut its stuff on a national stage next week.

McPherson/Marion County Head Start will be one of several locations representing its innovative early learning program in Washington, D.C.

Rather than separating Head Start, Special Education and At Risk programs like in most school systems, Early Learning Communities integrate them together with neighborhood schools.

We honor this program for its commitment to improving education opportunities for area youth.

Football heroes share stories of faith

Collin Klein and Gary Spani spoke to the Moundridge and Inman communities Sunday about their faith.

Klein is a former Kansas State University quarterback, a Heisman Trophy finalist and is anticipated to be selected in the NFL draft this weekend.

Spani was a 2003 inductee of the College Football Hall of Fame and a former linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs.

We thank these two men for being positive role models for young people in our area and sharing their personal stories of faith.

Martin pursues healing farm

We give a thumbs up this week to Beverly Martin who is pursuing a dream of creating a healing farm.

Martin, a mental health progressional, sees the need for people who are struggling with emotional issue to be able to reconnect with nature and express themselves through art.

Martin is taking a innovative and needed approach to healing. We wish her look and encourage her in her endeavors.

Safe Kids inform kids, parents

Thank you to Safe Kids of McPherson County for sponsoring a family fun night Thursday at Lincoln Elementary School.

Safe Kids is a worldwide organization broken down into smaller jurisdictions and run by a coalition of local agencies. Its aim is to prevent childhood injury.

Police, firefighters and EMS among other groups were on hand to inform children and families about safety hazards and how to prevent injuries. The children were able to meet emergency responders in a positive setting before they might need their services during a crisis.

— Cristina Janney for the McPherson Sentinel Editorial Board