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News for 10/17/2018

October is…

Breast Cancer Awareness Month- Ladies, get your mammograms!

Bullying Prevention Month- Remember, choose Respect and choose KIND.

National Downs Syndrome Month- Celebrate the extra chromosome!

National Spina Bifida Awareness Month-

“I don’t have a dis-ability, I have a different-ability.” Robert M. Hensel

Pastor Appreciation Month

United Church Potluck

October is Pastor Appreciation Month. In recognition, the United Church of Kensington plans to hold a “Pastor Appreciation Potluck” directly following service this Sunday, October 21st. Please bring a side dish and help us to thank our pastor.

American Legion Menu

Friday Night Special, October 19, serving from 6:00-8:30pm.

This week at the American Legion our special will be chicken and noodles over mashed potatoes, green beans, and strawberry fluff salad. Our soup special will be ham and cabbage soup with an egg salad sandwich in a pita bread. (We sold out of this soup last winter--it's a delicious, old German recipe!) For dessert we'll have a brownie sundae. Please let us know if you would like for us to fix your supper to go, or need a table reserved for you and your family /friends by calling 785-476-3204. Don't forget that we have gift certificates available for this upcoming holiday season.

Fairytale Murder Mystery Dinner

The St. John Lutheran Church Missions Committee will be sponsoring a special “Fairytale Murder Mystery Dinner” at the American Legion in Kensington on Sunday, October 28th. Social hour starts at 5:00pm with Murder Mystery Performance at 5:30pm. Please RSVP by October 19th to Liz Hainke 785-638-2834 or Melissa Westbrook 785-476-8166. This event is accepting Free Will offering with all proceeds going to the Veterans Community Project.

Thunder Ridge Parent Nights

Behind every high school athlete are the parents who drive many miles, to sit numerous hours, cheer as loud as they can, wash the stinky laundry, pack lunches, prepare team meals, and most importantly give encouragement win or lose. Last week, Thunder Ridge held the final home games of the season for both volleyball and football. Parents Night was held Tuesday, Oct. 9 during the volleyball Triangular versus St. John’s and Tescott, and Friday, Oct. 12 before the football game versus Wilson. Recognition was given to the terrific parents, and biggest fans, of these young athletes for all their efforts and support throughout the season.

Photos by Charlene Smith

TR OCTOBER Activity/Game Dates

Thur. 18- MS Honors Program in Auditorium @ Agra Middle School 3:15pm

Fri. 19- No School – Teacher In-Service; HS FB 7:00pm @ Osborne

Sat. 20- Sub-State VB

Mon. 22- Parent/Teacher Conferences 4:00-8:30pm; No TR Academy

Tue. 23- Flu Shot Clinic (Flu forms available in all school offices); MS BB practice begins

Wed. 24- Bus Driver Appreciation Day; College Planning Conference 9:15am @ Smith Center

Thur. 25- 7/8th Grade to COPE Course at Hays (All day)

Fri. 26- No School – P/T Exchange Day

Wed. 31- Halloween Parties 2:45pm Middle School, Elementary School 3:00pm

NY/DC Trip in March

There is room for adults on the upcoming New York/ Washington trip in March 2019. If you have questions please contact Annalee Ratliff at 785-476-7020.

Veterans Day Parade

The theme this year will be “Bells of Peace.” We are asking everyone who has a bell, to ring it 21 times on November 11 at 11:00am. The church bells will be ringing and bells will be ringing across the nation.

Kensington Library News

Do you know that Veteran’s Day this year marks the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI? That’s right. On November 11, 1918 an armistice, or truce, was signed to stop fighting. To honor this anniversary, the family of Byron and Leanne Grauerholz of Salina, KS have brought a special item to display at the library. Their son Benjamin, grandson of Darold and Joyce Grauerholz of Kensington, is a history buff who enjoys learning about the different battles and wars fought. Ben has his very own life-like replica of war trenches that he plays with regularly. The Grauerholz family wanted to share this unique trench replica with us for children of the community to play with and enjoy as well.

WWI was known as the “Great War.” Much of the fighting done in WWI was fought in trenches. Trenches were made to protect soldiers from gunfire. The area between the trenches is known as “no man’s land.” So please stop by the library anytime now through November 11th to see this amazing trench and remember the war that was fought for us.

Weekly Inspiration

One kind word can change someone's entire day. Be Human, Be Kind.

Sometimes... you don't realize your own strength until someone tries to take advantage of your weaknesses.

We've all gone through dark times in our lives. Remember TO PICK YOURSELF UP and KEEP MOVING FORWARD.


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.

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