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News for Sept. 6th

Serving New Orleans Cuisine

Come enjoy some New Orleans Cuisine on Sunday, September 10, at the St. John Lutheran (north) Church. From 11:30am until everyone if full or the food is gone, whichever comes first! Serving Gumbo, bread pudding with lemon sauce, calas, and Doberge cake. The free will donation proceeds will be given to the church’s new mission project supporting Crossroads Rescue Mission of Kearney and Grand Island. Join us at the St. John Lutheran church (north) in Kensington this Sunday, September 10th for some tasty New Orleans Cuisine! We will start serving at 11:30am.

Around Town

Max and Patty Kuhlmann have been enjoying the return of two of their children back to Smith County. Daughter Leah completed a fellowship in July, and is now practicing as a family physician at Smith County Family Practice. Their youngest son Taylor graduated in May with a doctorate in physical therapy degree from WSU, and is a physical therapist at Smith County Memorial Hospital. Both reside in Smith Center.

Thunder Ridge School News

Upcoming Games

  • Correction from last week: TRMS plays Pike Valley at Home IN AGRA on Thursday, Sept. 7. Sorry for the confusion! Next week, the Longhorns will play in Agra again vs Lincoln. MS game times are: 4pm volleyball, 6pm football.

  • On Saturday, Sept. 9, Lady HS Volleyball travels to Miltonvale. Tournament starts at 9am Saturday. The ladies will host a triangular in Kensington on Tuesday the 12th at 4pm versus St. John’s/Tipton and Pike Valley. Come out to support the Ladies Longhorns at home! They play again on Tuesday, September 19, at Rock Hills in Mankato in a Quad versus Rock Hills, St. John’s/Tipton, and Lakeside.

  • Friday, Sept. 8, Longhorn HS Football travels to play Pike Valley in Scandia at 7pm. Next Friday, Sept. 15, the game is at Logan versus Logan/Palco. Monday, Sept. 18, JV Football plays Logan/Palco at Home in Kensington at 6pm.


Thunder Ridge High School students will begin participating in their 3rd year of the SAFE (Seatbelts Are For Everyone) program on September 7. SAFE is a teen run, peer-to-peer program focusing on increasing teen seat belt use through education, positive rewards and enforcement. It’s designed to bring awareness of the importance of wearing a seatbelt so we can reduce the number of motor vehicle-related injuries and fatalities within the community. Focus on the dangers of teen driving, impaired driving, and distracted driving (texting, etc.) has also become an integral part of the program at TRHS.

The TRHS SAFE committee, a part of the National Honor Society, is excited to present the “In One Instant” program at 11:30 am onSeptember 7, in the HS gymnasium. The public is invited to attend this 40-minute presentation designed to impact teens and their decision making in ways that can prevent tragic driving collisions. Parent attendance is encouraged and we hope you continue discussion of this important topic with your teen.

SAFE has been instrumental in increasing the Kansas teen seatbelt rate from 61 percent in 2009 to 86.7% in 2016 (2017 information has not been released yet). At TRHS, seat belt use increased from 74% to 89% in one school year. WAY TO GO STUDENTS!

KDOT, AAA Traffic Safety Fund, State Farm, Kansas Regional Trauma Councils, KDHE, and Kansas Highway Patrol donate money to the state-wide funding of the SAFE Program. However, to sustain and fully implement SAFE, local funding is also necessary, so donor letters will be sent to local businesses. If you would like to learn more about SAFE, or would like to donate to the program, you may access information at, or contact Denise Miller at Thunder Ridge High School. You may also visit with one of the members of the SAFE Committee: Morgan Westbrook, Kennedy Rietzke, Elizabeth Hardacre, and Destiny Shook.

Important Info to Know

Stay updated on special events, school closings, sports and news with the school textcaster alerts. Sign up for Longhorn Alerts on the school website at

TR HS/GS Menus

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

Wed. Sept 6

Breakfast: Egg & Cheese Sliders

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

Thur. 7

Breakfast: Breakfast Pizza

Lunch: Turkey & Cheese Sub, sweet potato bites, watermelon, yogurt (9-12)

Fri. 8

Breakfast: Blueberry Pancakes w/Syrup

Lunch: Salisbury Steak, whipped potatoes & gravy, steamed broccoli, whole wheat roll (9-12), mandarin oranges

Mon. 11

Breakfast: Long John

Lunch: Pig-n-Blanket, ranch cut potatoes, apple wedges, jello w/fruit

Tues. 12

Breakfast: Biscuits & Gravy

Lunch: Chicken Wrap, spanish rice, corn, tropical fruit salad, oatmeal cookie (9-12)

Wed. 13

Breakfast: French Toast

Lunch: Spaghetti & Meat sauce, green beans, garlic bread, grapes

Thur. 14

Breakfast: Breakfast Quesadillas

Lunch: Taco Salad, refried beans, pineapple tidbits, cinnamon puffs

Fri. 15

Breakfast: Breakfast Bar

Lunch: Chicken & Noodles, whipped potatoes & gravy, dinner rolls (9-12), orange smiles

Kensington Library News

We are excited to announce a new program we will be offering the 3rd Monday of the month in September (18) and October (16). Provided by Nora Rhoades of K-State Research and Extension, Brainy Babies is an interactive, learn and play story hour for parents and young children ages birth to 3 years. Through playful learning activities, each child and adult will grow and learn together. This interactive series encourages and stimulates learning while enhancing the relationship between adult and child. Brainy Babies is a FREE program. Please RSVP with Mrs. Barnes at the library by September 14 and October 12, via Facebook or by calling 476-2219, to assist with program planning.

We are open late Monday's from 8:00am to 8:00pm; weekdays 8:00am to 4:00pm when school is in session; Saturday's from 9:00am to 2:00pm. Please remember we follow the USD 110 Thunder Ridge school closings during severe weather. Special hours will be announced in cases of holiday breaks or unusual circumstances. Keep updated with the school textcaster alerts. Sign up on the school website at

Weekly Inspiration

Never forget that walking away from something unhealthy is brave. Even if you stumble a little on your way out the door.

Not everyone have the heart you have. Not everyone will appreciate you and what you do for them. Sometimes... it won't be easy having a kind heart in a cruel world. Be prepared. - Tony Gaskin

The past is just a memory and the future is just a dream, but today is a reality. Don't ruin today worrying about yesterday or tomorrow.

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