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News for 8/29/18

Support Our American G.I. Joes Join us for lunch at the St. John Lutheran Church (north) serving Sloppy Joes, salads, chips, beans, and desserts on Sunday, September 9, from 11-1:00. All proceeds will go towards The Veterans Community Project, which builds tiny homes and offers many services free of charge for our American veterans. Sponsored by St. John Sunday School.

Smith Reunion The David Waddy Smith descendents met at the Kensington Legion August 11th for a family get together and a catered meal. Representing the Bertha Smith Bogart family were: Craig Jamison, Arvada, CO; Jeri Moore, Bellevue, NE; Bill and Debra Levin, Lawson MO; Pat Bogart, Colorado Springs, CO. Representing the Mervin Smith family were: Everett & Jerry Smith, Centennial, CO; Holli Clark and family Strasburg, CO. Representing the Howard Smith family were: Kenny & Doris Blanke, Russell, KS; Jerry & Vickie Knight, Erika Poi and girls, Amy Marriner and boys, Loveland, CO; Terry Knight North Platte, NE, Dennis & Glenda Ratliff Smith Center, KS; Chad, Tyler, and Trey Hommertzien, Andale, KS; Cindy Beckmann Gaylord, KS; Todd & Cherish Reeves and family, Scandia, KS; Christina Hickert and family, Brewster, KS. The afternoon was spent visiting, looking at old pictures, and taking pictures. A good time was had by all. Knight & Westerman Reunion The Knight and Westerman clan met at the Kensington swimming pool and park for a family get together Saturday evening, August 11th. After a potluck meal, lots of people took to swimming. Everyone else just enjoyed sitting around and visiting. Those present to enjoy the get together were: Larry & Tonja Westerman, Kensington, KS; Curt & Shana Corman and girls, Colby, KS; Kenny & Doris Blanke, Russell, KS, Jerry & Vickie Knight, Erika Poi and girls, Amy Marriner and boys, Loveland, CO; Marc, Heather and Trenton Reilly, Smith Center, KS; Terry Knight, North Platte, NE; Dennis & Glenda Ratliff, Smith Center, KS; Chad, Tyler and Trey Hommertzien, Andale, KS; Cindy Beckmann, Gaylord KS; Todd & Cherish Reeves and family, Scandia, KS; Christina Hickert and family, Brewster, KS. Guests were Dave Stewart, Smith Center, KS and Lee & Donna Johnson, Kensington, KS. Thunder Ridge School Events Thur. 30- MS VB/FB @ Home (Agra) vs Rock Hills 4:00/6:00pm; HS VB Tri 4:00pm @ Plainville vs Palco and Plainville Fri. 31- HS FB 7:00pm @ Lakeside (Downs) SEPTEMBER Mon. 3- No School – Labor Day Tue. 4- HS VB Tri 4:00pm @ Mankato vs Rock Hills and Osborne Thur. 6- MS VB/FB @ Pike Valley (Scandia) 4:00/6:00pm Fri. 7- HS FB 7:00pm @ Washington Sat. 8- HS VB Tourney 9:00am @ Miltonvale Mon. 10- HS JV FB 6:00pm @ Home vs Osborne Tue. 11- HS VB Tri 4:00pm @ Home (Kensington) vs St. John’s-Tipton and Pike Valley Thur. 13- MS VB/FB @ Lincoln 4:00/6:00pm Fri. 14- HS FB 7:00pm @ Home vs Hill City American Legion Friday Night Special, August 31st, serving from 6:00-8:30pm. This week at the American Legion we will be having a very tasty Taco Salad and it will be served with fruit salsa and homemade cinnamon chips. Our dessert will be Texas chocolate cake and if you like, you can have it with ice cream. Please let us know if you want a table reserved for your family or friends or need us to make your supper to go at 785-476-3204. We hope everyone has a fun and safe Labor Day weekend! Crocheters Needed Become part of the Miracle Mat Makers and help the members of St. John Lutheran Church complete their projects of making plastic mats for the homeless. This summer, the high school Sunday school class has been cutting up plastic shopping bags into strips to be crocheted into mats to be given to homeless shelters. The church learned about this project from Smith Center FCCLA members. After learning that half a million people are homeless, and 1/45 are children averaging 9 years old, we knew we needed to take action. Other crazy facts were that it takes 700-1,000 years for plastic bags to decompose. The church quickly decided that they needed to join the efforts to help the homeless and help preserve our environment. Everyone has tons of plastic bags around, and It takes about 2,000 bags to make one 3'X6' mat so we are needing your help. Crocheters are needed from the whole community and surrounding area. If you would like to join our Miracle Mat Makers team, please contact Robin Billings at 476-2692. If you don't know how to crochet but would like to learn, join the team and do just that. We have people willing to teach you! After we get several volunteers, we will schedule a time to get together and organize our crocheting! Please consider being part of our team and help those in need! Weekly Inspiration The truth doesn't cost anything, but a lie could cost you everything. To protect your energy... It's okay to cancel a commitment. It's okay to not answer a call. It's okay to change your mind. It's okay to want to be alone. It's okay to take a day off. It's okay to do nothing. It's okay to speak. It's okay to let go. ISO NEWS Your news is important to us. Send your stories and information to Erica Barnes at with subject line: NEWS. Or feel free to call 785-476-8185. Thank you, Erica Barnes Sent from my iPhone 

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