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Opera House retail shop celebrates 1 year

We give a thumbs up to the McPherson Opera House Company’s Resale and Consignment shop’s one-year anniversary.

The shop raises money to support the opera house and its various events and shows. It also gives people a place to donate or buy used items, which strengthens the community.

We congratulate the store on this milestone and hope to celebrate more with them.

Mail carriers support food bank

We give a thumbs up to the mail carriers, volunteers and residents who are participating in this year’s Stamp Out Hunger food drive.

This event provides food for the McPherson County Food Bank as summer begins. Children who depend on school meals for food don’t have that resource over summer months, so a well-stocked food bank is an important resource. With over 9,000 pounds of food collected last year, there’s sure to be plenty for those in need.

We hope collections go well, and that everyone can be well-fed.

Omega shelter underway

We give a thumbs up to the Omega Project for its upcoming women’s shelter.

The shelter is the first of its kind in McPherson County and will give women and children a temporary place to stay in an emergency. This is especially important for children who attend school and women who have jobs in McPherson County.

We hope this resource will be a boon to all those who need it.

Galva mayor retiring

We give a thumbs up to Galva Mayor Wayne Ford for his 40 years of service.

Ford has also served on the city council. During his tenure, Galva has changed and grown, and Ford continues to work on projects that will benefit the community. He will not be seeking re-election when his term expires.

Though it will be sad to lose his experience, we thank him for his service and wish him good luck.

Canton-Galva sophomore makes pageant cut

We give a thumbs up to Jillian Ross-Mason for becoming a Kansas state finalist in the Junior Teen division of the National American Miss beauty pageant.

To qualify, Ross-Mason went through a nomination and interview process. While technically a beauty pageant, the event has been described as more about building confidence and communication skills. About 60 percent of the scoring is based on communications skills rather than appearance.

We wish Ross-Mason well in this pageant, and know she will represent our county well.

All Schools Day festivities fun for everyone

We give a thumbs up to everyone who helped make All Schools Day this year a success.

The week of activities takes a lot of effort to put together, from May Fete and Madathon to the All Schools Day Parade. This celebration of learning is not only a fun way to end the school year, but also shows our students how much our communities support and value learning.

This includes the McPherson Garden Club’s plant sale, the Good Ol’ Boys BBQ competition, and the Blake Reed Miracle Mile. These events show off some of what makes McPherson County a great place to live.

We hope the tradition continues for years to come.

— Josh Arnett for the McPherson Sentinel Editorial Board.