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By Anne Kirchner

United Way of McPherson County is working to build a stronger community by addressing issues related to health, education and income. We believe conversations and intensive listening are the best ways to understand the real problems and move ...

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United Way of McPherson County is working to build a stronger community by addressing issues related to health, education and income. We believe conversations and intensive listening are the best ways to understand the real problems and move beyond short-term solutions. Community change can be accomplished through broad participation and collaboration. We encourage McPherson County residents to be involved with their community through giving, advocating and volunteering. By working together we can make a larger impact on the issues at hand.

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By Anne Kirchner
July 2, 2013 9:59 p.m.



It's evident the Fourth of July isn't far away as I listen to the neighborhood fireworks outside my window. Each explosion and loud bang reminds me of the celebration three years ago. We were on vacation staying in an apartment in the heart of Barcelona, Spain. It certainly wasn't the traditional way to celebrate the holiday, but it provided opportunity for adventure and celebration.

While staying in Barcelona we participated in the soccer team's advancement to the World Cup. One particular evening we watched one of the games on television and soon heard the cheers and fireworks throughout the city as Barcelona celebrated yet another win. While sitting on our balcony we could hear the word "GOAL!" echo across the city. The festivities went on throughout the night.

Earlier that evening we had indulged in an evening of tapas at the restaurant located below our apartment. There's nothing better than the convenience of quality tapas, cervaza and European soccer all in one location. For me the Fourth of July means tortilla Espanola, skewered shrimp, steamed asparagus and...a few fireworks!

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