• Erica Barnes

Newsfor 12/13/17



Horse team driven by Connie Kahrs in front of the newly painted Post Office. Pic by Annette Riley.

Wagon Rides with Santa

Saturday, December 9th was a beautiful day for a wagon ride with Santa! The Kensington Community Store held an open house to show customer appreciation, inviting everyone for cookies, coffee, hot chocolate and cider. A special treat for the children was an old fashioned wagon ride with Santa and Mrs. Claus. The wagon and horse team are owned and driven by Connie Kahrs of Franklin, Ne. Connie is the daughter of Danny and Sherry Newbrey and her sister, Annette Riley, was helping too. The kids were able to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, put in their special Christmas gift requests, and enjoy the horse-drawn ride around town.

Photos by Erica Barnes.

United Church Christmas Program & Potluck

The Kensington United Church youth will present their annual Christmas program on Sunday, December 17 during regular worship which begins at 10:25 AM. You are invited to come and enjoy the 23 youth as they perform their annual Christmas program.

This year’s program is “The Christmas Dream Team Parade” by Celeste and David Clydesdale. Through the delightful music and creative story, the church youth will tell the story of a “normal” family who is trying to get ready for Christmas when the children start complaining. They carry on so much that finally Mom and Dad send them off to bed threatening to cancel Christmas if their attitudes don’t change.

That night in the children’s dream, they find themselves in a Christmas parade. Brynn, the drum major, introduces the daughters to several quirky characters who all have a lesson to teach them. By the time the daughters wake up, they have all changed forever. You will especially enjoy the fun music in the program.

Everyone is invited to attend this special Christmas program. A potluck lunch will follow the program in the church basement. Visitors are always welcome. Have a blessed CHRISTmas season from the Kensington United Church.


Legion Meeting held Dec. 7th

One new member has joined the Legion family. Each month, the members are asked to contribute one dollar to the pot for a monthly drawing. To win, members must be present at the meeting. The pot is up to $44.50. Wes Topple was drawn but not present so the pot goes to next month's meeting and continues to grow.

Thunder Ridge School News

Important Info to Know:

Monday, Dec. 18: 7:00pm Middle School Christmas Music Program @ Agra

Thursday, Dec. 21: 12:15pm Dismissal for Christmas Vacation

Friday, Dec. 22: NO SCHOOL-1st Day of Christmas Break

Holiday Non-Practice Dates Dec. 23-27

Thursday, Jan. 4: School Resumes

Upcoming Games:

  • TRMS Basketball: Thurs. Dec. 14th vs Lakeside @ 4pm in Agra

  • TRHS Basketball: Friday, Dec. 15th vs Natoma @4pm in Kensington; Tues. Dec. 19th @ Osborne 4pm

TRHS KAYS Held Winter Jam Event

Thunder Ridge High School KAYS hosted a Winter Jam event on the afternoon of Saturday, December 2nd at the Thunder Ridge High School. Thirty boys and girls age preschool through 6th grade attended. The girls were pampered with manicures and had their hair curled and styled. They also made Christmas crafts. The boys played games in the gym including basketball and making paper airplanes. Both groups enjoyed parachute games and other indoor activities. Proceeds from the event will go to supporting for the multitude of KAY service projects. TRHS KAYS would like to thank the community for their wonderful support of this event!


Casandra Gibson and Mariah Stauffer painting little girls’ fingernails while Wysteria Corbett and Brittany Atchison style hair.


Girls making Christmas crafts.

-all KAYS photos provided by Robin Billings

TR HS/GS Menus

Daily choice with meal: breakfast- milk or juice, fresh/canned fruit, cereal; lunch- Salad, fruits & veggie bar, served daily. *Note: Menus are subject to change.

Wed. 13

Breakfast: Breakfast Sliders

Lunch: Cheese Breadsticks w/Marinara Sauce, Seasoned Peas, Mandarin Oranges

Thur. 14

Breakfast: Breakfast Pizza

Lunch: Pulled Pork on Bun, Tater Tots, Baked Beans, Strawberries

Fri. 15

Breakfast: Blueberry Pancakes w/Syrup

Lunch: Rock & Roll Beef Wraps, Pineapple Tidbits, Rice Krispy Treats (9-12)

Mon. 18

Breakfast: Frosted Long John

Lunch: Chicken Tetrazzini, Steamed Carrots, Garlic Bread, Apricot Halves

Tues. 19

Breakfast: Biscuit & Gravy

Lunch: Hamburger on Bun, Potato Triangle, Kiwi, Cherry Crisp (9-12)

Wed. 20

Breakfast: French Toast Sticks w/Syrup

Lunch: Beef & Noodles, Mashed Potatoes, Grapes, Blueberry Muffin (9-12)

Thur. 21

Breakfast: Cheese Quesadilla w/Salsa (opt.)

Lunch: Baked Chicken, Savory Rice, Dinner Roll, Pineapple Tidbits

Fri. 22 -1st Day of Christmas Break

Kensington Library News

For the month of December we have had the opportunity to use a 3D Printer, lent to us by the Central Kansas Library System. Children and adults alike find this machine is so cool and fun to watch. We have printed many little 3D items such as: a Mickey Mouse, a green elephant, a dice, a fidget spinner, and many snowflake ornaments for Christmas. This has been a great experience for the students to see science at work.

Weekly Inspiration

If you allow people to make more withdrawals than deposits in your life, you will be out of balance and in the negative. Know when to close the account.

The most beautiful people wear their hearts on their sleeves and their souls in their Smile.

Be grateful for every second of everyday that you get to spend with the people you love. Life is so very precious.

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