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Triathlon boosts community, fitness

We give a thumbs up to everyone who participated in today’s United Way Triathlon.

This annual event is a fundraiser for United Way of McPherson County, which provides grants to county nonprofit organizations. It also gives people a fitness challenge to beat their best time or just prove they can do a triathlon.

We hope everyone had a good time, and that people remember United Way of McPherson County when it kicks off its annual fundraising campaign later this year.

Minner receives statewide award

Dennis Minner was recently recognized by the Kansas Kiwanis Foundation for his efforts to serve his community, despite being born blind.

Minner fixes appliances for low-income families just by listening to the appliance run. He’s also run the switchboard at Disability Supports for 8 years, as well as the Central Christian College switchboard, and managed the radio broadcast of church services at Free Methodist Church.

We congratulate Minner for this recognition, and hope he continues to help others.

New Beginnings breaks record for troop support

Clients at New Beginnings of McPherson, Inc. will soon be featured in the Guinness Book of World Records for something they do nearly every day: letter writing.

Twelve individuals participated in the Daughters of the American Revolution national campaign to set the record in “most letters written to military personnel in one month.” The DAR recorded 100,904 letters collected in June this year, thanks to New Beginnings of McPherson clients.

These letters let our troops know they are appreciated, and setting a world records is just an added bonus. We hope New Beginnings clients continue to show their love and support to soldiers.

Marilyn Hendrix recognized for Legion work

Marilyn Hendrix was awarded the "Shining Star" leadership award from the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Kansas in May in recognition of her more than 20 years of volunteerism.

Hendrix and her husband, Lew, joined the Marquette post, where Lew became post commander for 20 years. Marilyn recorded the post’s activities through photographs and built up the post’s junior membership.

We thank Marilyn for supporting our veterans organizations, and hope her work inspires others to continue the American Legion tradition.

Circles graduates 11th class

We give a thumbs up to the 20 people who graduated from Circles of McPherson County’s 11th Getting Ahead class.

This class teaches people about the mindset that can make it difficult for people to escape poverty, as well as strategies they can use to overcome those obstacles.

We hope these people will continue to build better lives and achieve their dreams.

Reber named to national board

We give a thumbs up to Brett Reber of McPherson for his appointment to the national Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever board of directors. This will allow him to share his expertise on a national level to promote conservation and responsible hunting.

We wish Reber the best in this new role.

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Biehler retires from fire department

Capt. Chris Biehler of the McPherson Fire Department is retiring after 26 years with the fire department and 31 years of working for the city of McPherson.

He started as a volunteer and worked through the ranks. Biehler has dealt with situations such as drownings, semi wrecks and house fires, as well as giving students tours of the fire station.

We thank Biehler for his service to the community and wish him well in his future endeavors.

— Josh Arnett for the McPherson Sentinel Editorial Board.