News for 10/18/17

Kensington Community Store Soup Dinner Fundraiser

This Sunday, October 22, the Kensington Community Store invites everyone for a Soup Dinner Fundraiser to support our local grocery store. Anyone can donate food items or volunteer to help serve the dinner. Please contact Joan Nech to see what is needed or stop by the grocery store to see the sign-up sheets. The meal will be served from 11:00am to 1:00pm at the American Legion Hall on Main Street, accepting free will donations. Please come out and show your support to keep our town grocery store.

Kensington City Wide Clean Up Day

The Thunder Ridge High School Adult Living Class is organizing a City Wide Clean Up Day on Wednesday, October 25. They welcome volunteers on this day to help beautify our community. They will also accept donations of any kind: trash bags, tools, snacks, water, your time or monetary. If you have any suggestions or specific tasks needing done, please email Denise Miller at or call the high school (785) 476-2217 and leave a message with your name, phone number, and a description of your project and the Adult Living Class will get back to you.

An exciting part of this community service day will be the addition of a mural on the north side of Billy Davis’ building on Main Street. Several Art students are going to be painting this mural, so if you have any suggestions of what you would like to see in the mural please email Denise Miller at or Patty Lowe at Please feel free to join the efforts in this City Wide Clean Up Day on Wednesday, October 25.

Kensington mom/teacher Denise Miller Spoke at the State Capital

Thousands of teens die in car crashes every year in the U.S. NHRA drag race legend Doug Herbert knows this all too well. “This statistic became a reality for me in January of 2008 when my two boys, Jon and James, ages 17 and 12, were killed in a car crash,” Herbert said.

A Thunder Ridge High School teacher from Kensington, Denise Miller experienced a similar tragedy when she lost her daughter in 2015. Denise was present with Sandi Reneberg, also of Kensington, who lost her son, Riley, in 2013. They spoke of the 5 traffic student deaths that occurred in a 15-year time frame at Thunder Ridge, and how imperative it is that parents discuss the importance of seatbelts and the dangers of distracted driving with their teens. Together, Denise and Sandi have helped to implement the SAFE (Seatbelts Are For Everyone) Program at Thunder Ridge.

“Nothing prepares you for standing at the edge of a field, held back by rescue workers, as you scream, cry, react,” Miller said. “That realization that comes over you when you comprehend they are doing nothing to free your precious baby from her vehicle. Because there is nothing that can be done. It’s already too late.” Both mothers shared what a hole is left in their families following their losses.

Herbert and Miller were joined by Transportation Secretary Richard Carlson, Kansas Highway Patrol Officer Don Hughes and recent