• Erica Barnes

News for 4/25/18


City Wide Clean-up is Sat. April 28!

This Saturday, April 28, is the postponed date for City Wide Clean-up. This clean-up is intended for items the trash service cannot pick up on the regular route. Have items to the curb by 7:00am. Collecting appliances, household waste, bulky items, and limited tires. Please be sure to separate metal, batteries, paint, chemicals, and electronics. Reminder this is a Volunteer effort! Volunteers are needed, please meet at the City Office at 9:00am and bring small tools for clean-up and repairs around town. Call the City Office at 476-2668 if you need assistance or have questions.

KHS & TRHS Alumni

The annual Alumni Banquet will be held Saturday, May 26th at the American Legion in Kensington. Please contact Staci Foreman at the High School office 785-476-2217 or email sforeman@usd110.net if your mailing address needs to be updated. You can also follow us on Facebook, search: Kensington Alumni.


Did you know? Mr. Don Wiens began teaching at KHS in 1964. He has witnessed the transition from Kensington High School to Unified 238 West Smith County High (1966-1967), to Unified 110 Thunder Ridge (2008-2009). He is still the Athletics Director, takes care of all the grounds maintenance at the football field and the baseball field. He gets all the equipment and uniforms out at the beginning of each season, puts it all away when the season is over. He is ever faithful to report for snow removal and various other tasks. Recently he's also playing the roll of part-time custodian (because we are currently without one), and continues teaching Computers and SS/KS History at the Middle School. Thank you Mr. Wiens for your numerous years of service and dedication to our schools and youth.

American Legion

Serving the Friday Night Special from 6:00-8:30pm, April 27th:

Beef and noodles over mashed potatoes, green beans, and pie for dessert.

Mark your calendars for our Cinco De Mayo celebration on May 5th from 6 until ??? Enjoy Mexican food and drink specials, plus chances to win prizes!

Highway Cleanup

The Kensington Lions Club, along with the help of Thunder Ridge KAYS and basketball players, cleaned 26 bags of trash off a four mile stretch east and west of Kensington along Hwy 36.

Members shown, back L-R:

Mike and Becky Isom, Don Wiens, Brandon Grauerholz, Joan Nech, Kyler Seemann, Galen Larson, Britt Bauman, Elizabeth Hardacre, Jaden Boden, Greg and Robin Billings, and Bob Bearley

Front L-R: Joseph Ferguson, Reece Struckhoff, Riggs Reneberg, Cameron Grauerholz, Colton Davis, Brennen Kirchhoff, Maggie Nech, and Aries. Photo by coach Jerry Webb, who also helped.

-This is from Robin Billings


Thunder Ridge School News

Saturday morning, April 21, the Thunder Ridge KAYS, along with their sponsors, Kathi Boden and Robin Billings, held their annual Girls Rock and Boys Roll event from 9-12 in the school gym. They were blessed to have 30 children ages pre-school-6th grade for the morning. The kids were broken into age groups and played a variety of games for most of the morning. Younger ones played scooters, old maid, puzzles, Candyland, Simon Says, red light/green light, and many more. The older groups enjoyed some hoops, parachute time, origami, paper airplanes, and other games.

After a snack break, girls and boys were divided up so girls could receive manicures and pedicures, hair curling, and do crafts. Boys then enjoyed some more activities in the gym to end the morning.

It was a great morning, and it allowed our KAYS to raise funds for others as well as apply for the Gold Service Award. Thank you to all the KAYS who helped and to all the parents who continue to support the KAYS as they strive to serve their community!

Pics provided by Robin Billings.


Fun parachute time in the gym.


Seth Brown snagging kids in a fun game of Sharks.


KAYS Seth Brown and Libby Hardacre helping boys with crafts.


KAY Brittany Atchison helping girls with crafts.


KAYS Maggie Nech and Raegan Boden playing board games with the kids.


Playing games after they had their nails done and haired curled l-r: Peyton Chestnut, Lyndzie Kearn, Gracyn Ritter, Jasmine Ferguson.


KAY Maycee Westbrook painting little miss Breckyn McDowell’s nails.


Gracyn Ritter having KAY & cousin Raegan Boden paint her nails

*Important April Dates:

Wed. 25- PTL Music Contest @ Courtland 8:30am

Thur. 26- TRHS Achievement Assembly @ 9:00am (HS gym); Pre-K to visit Kindergarten 1:00pm; MS Track @ Stockton 2:00pm

Fri. 27- 8th Grade to NCK Tech Day @ Hays; HS Track @ Beloit 10:00am; Seniors Last Day!

Tues. May 1- MS Track @ Beloit 9:00am; HS Track @ Logan 3:00pm

Wed. 2- MS Achievement Assembly/Art Open House/5th grade Wax Museum @ 8:30am (Agra gym)

Thur. 3- 4-8 Spring Music Program @7pm (Agra gym); Last day for 8th grade & Pre-K!

Fri. 4- 8th grade trip to Big Apple; HS Track @ Mankato 3:00pm

Sat. 6- HS Graduation Ceremony @3pm (HS gym)

Mon. 7- 8th Grade Promotion @7pm (MS gym)

Tue. 8- PTL Track @ Lincoln 1:00pm; Last Day of School – Dismiss @ 12:15pm

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. 25

Breakfast: Breakfast Sliders

Lunch: Beef & Noodles, whipped potatoes, green beans, grapes, blueberry oat muffin (9-12)

Thur. 26

Breakfast: Breakfast Pizza

Lunch: Baked Chicken, savory rice, whole wheat roll, pineapple tidbits

Fri. 27

Breakfast: Blueberry Pancakes w/syrup

Lunch: Sloppy Joe on Bun, corn chips (9-12), sweet potato bites, baked beans, diced pears

Mon. 30

Breakfast: Long John Donut

Lunch: Beef/bean Burrito, mexicali corn, chips & salsa (9-12), apple slices

Tues. May 1st

Breakfast: Biscuit & Gravy

Lunch: Stromboli squares, summer fruit salad

Wed. 2

Breakfast: French Toast Sticks w/syrup

Lunch: BBQ Beef on bun, oven fries, baked beans, diced peaches

Kensington Library News

There is still time to shop the Buy-One-Get-One FREE Book Fair. We are open for sales from 8:00am to 5:00pm daily through Friday, April 27th. Regular library hours will resume Saturday. Come see the teapot collection currently on display. Karen Pollock has collected numerous, unique and colorful teapots over the years and has brought some (not all) to share with us this month.

Swim Team Meeting

There will be an informational meeting and sign-up for swim team at the Kensington Library on Monday, April 30th at 6:00pm. Call Amy Abbott at 720-384-7776 with any questions. Also, swimming lessons will begin June 11. Contact Amy for more info.

Weekly Inspiration

The most beautiful things in life are not materialistic things. They’re people and places, memories and pictures. They’re feelings and moments, tight hugs, smiles and laughter.

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


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