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News for 11/7/2018

Veterans Day Celebration in Kensington

It is the Soldier, not the minister, who has given us freedom of religion.

It is the Soldier, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press.

It is the Soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech.

It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer, who has given us freedom to protest.

It is the Soldier, not the lawyer, who has given us the right to a fair trial.

It is the Soldier, not the politician, who has given us the right to vote.

It is the Soldier who salutes the flag,who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag,

Who allows the protester to burn the flag.-Charles M. Province

If you love your Freedom, Thank a Veteran.

Join us in Kensington for the annual Veterans Day Celebration this Saturday, November 10th. The theme is “Bells of Peace” as this year marks the 100th anniversary of the WWI armistice, or truce agreement to cease fighting. There will be anniversary pens for sale.

Starting at 9:00am, visit the Pie Stand at the Vo-Ag building hosted by the ladies of the American Legion Auxiliary. The ladies will also have poppies and raffle tickets for sale. Visit the Kensington Library for the Scholastic Book Fair from 9:00am to 2:00pm and get great books for the kids. At 11:00am, this years’ guest speaker Major Jamie Schwandt will address the community, followed by the parade at 11:15am. Bring your own containers/dishes and tableware for the FREE BBQ serving beans and sandwiches at 12:00 noon. Be sure to stay and view the flag retirement ceremony at 1:30pm. Located in the vacant space across the street from the American Legion hall, this is a truly moving sight to see. Guns and prizes to be given away Saturday starting at 9:00pm at the American Legion hall. Raffle tickets are available to purchase from any Legion member or Legion Rider. There is no dance this year, but the bar will be open for fellowship. Stick around and enjoy breakfast Sunday morning at the Lions Club annual Pancake Feed, also held in the legion hall.

Ringing Bells of Peace

“At the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, the Great War ends.” In remembrance, we are asking everyone who has a bell, to ring it 21 times on November 11th at 11:00am. The church bells will be ringing and bells will be ringing across the nation. Please join in ringing and appreciation of peace.

(l-r): Ivy Corbett, Wysteria Corbett, Leah Bienhoff, Jaden Boden, Raegan Boden, Maggie Nech, Elizabeth Hardacre

TRHS attends Regional KAY Conference

Seven members of the Thunder Ridge High School KAY Club attended the Area 4 KAY Regional Conference on Monday, October 29 at Trego Community High School in WaKeeney. The Club received the Gold Award, recognizing their student leadership and service to their school, community, nation and world for the 2017-2018 school year.

The Kansas Association for Youth (KAY) is a character-building, leadership training program directed by the Kansas State High School Activities Association. This nationally acclaimed organization provides students an opportunity to learn to assume their citizenship responsibilities and to enrich their personalities through well organized programs. These programs emphasize four areas of service: school, community, nation and world.

The theme for the 2018 Regional Conference was “Building Dreams!” This conference affords opportunities for student leaders and sponsors from neighboring clubs to share successes and challenges, as well as exchange ideas. Sessions in leadership training and organizational skills are also offered. These conferences inspire delegates to return to their clubs to challenge their local members. TRHS KAY members attending the Regional Conference were: Raegan Boden, Wysteria Corbett, Elizabeth Hardacre, Leah Bienhoff, Jaden Boden, Ivy Corbett and Maggie Nech. Accompanying the group were Kathi Boden and Robin Billings, the club’s sponsors.

Ivy Corbett and Jonathan Ferguson trick-or-treating at Armi McPherson’s home.

Ivy Corbett collecting donations from Kensington resident Karen Pollock.

TRHS KAY Club has been very busy! On Sunday, October 28, they participated in the annual Trick or Treat So Others Can Eat. This is a food pantry drive spanning the communities of Agra, Kensington and Kirwin. In groups of 3 or 4, students travelled throughout the communities from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm collecting items for the food pantry. Students participating were: Raegan Boden, Brittany Atchison, Brennan Kirchhoff, Maggie Nech, Pricilla Villarreal, Brice Hendryx, Jaden Boden, Ivy Corbett, Madelyn Davis, Cameron Hendryx, Katelynn Fowler, Ray VanTassel, TyLynn Blank, Layne Pettijohn, Jeran Hale, Maycee Westbrook, Brandon Grauerholz, Jonathan Ferguson, Jacob Barnes, Joseph Ferguson, Jonny Burger, and Daxton Dunlap. Thank you to everyone who helped and who donated!

Jeran Hale bringing donations to the Food Pantry.

(l-r) Raegan Boden, Jeran Hale and Maycee Westbrook marking donations for the Food Pantry.

TRHS KAY Club also hosted a Volleyball Fun Night on the evening of Monday, October 29, 2018. Admission was an item for the food pantry. The contest started out with the Senior Class playing the Staff Team. The Staff won 25-15. Next, the Juniors and Freshmen played with the Juniors winning with a score of 25-17. The staff then took on the Freshman Class for game 3. The Freshmen won a nail-biter by a score of 25-22. The Juniors played the Seniors in last game where the Seniors won by a score of 25-20.

Participants were: Staff Team, Staci Foreman, Trina Schrag, Alison Cole, Robin Billings, Kathi Boden; Senior Team – Libby Hardacre, Raegan Boden, Mariah Stauffer, Leah Bienhoff, Brandon Grauerholz, Brice Hendryx; Juniors – Maggie Nech, Reece Struckhoff, Colton Davis, Jaden Boden, Joseph Ferguson, Iva Rust, Ivy Corbett, Brennan Kirchhoff, Brittany Atchison, Freshmen: Jaden Stauffer, Abigail Hardacre, JaCea Reece, TyLynn Blank, Mariana Escobar, Jordyn Vales, Susana Jovel, Saige Kirchhoff. Special thanks to Sophomore Maycee Westbrook for running the score clock! TRHS KAY Sponsors are Robin Billings and Kathi Boden. Thank you to all you who donated and participated!

{Articles provided by KAY sponsor Kathi Boden and Photos provided by KAY sponsor Robin Billings.}

NOVEMBER TR Activity/Game Dates

Nov. 5-10th: Fall Buffer Week; The Scholastic Book Fair is here!

Monday November 5th - Saturday 10th, come visit the Book Fair at the Kensington Community/School Library. Open: Daily from 8am-4pm; Open LATE: Wednesday & Thursday until 5:00pm; Special Family Event on Saturday 10th from 9am-2pm during the Veterans Day Celebration.

Thur. 8- HS Math Relays @ FHSU; MS BB @ Osborne 4:00pm; lv @ 2:30

Sat. 10th- Veterans Day Parade in Kensington 11:00am; Scholastic Book Fair at the Kensington Library from 9am-2pm

Thur. 15- MS BB @ Rock Hills (Mankato) 4:00pm; lv @ 2:55

Fri. 16- 4-8th grades Digital Planetarium – World in Motion @ MS

Mon. 19- MS BB home w/Logan 4:00pm

Tue. 20- Pre-K Thanksgiving Feast 10:45-12:15; Dismiss @ 12:15pm for Thanksgiving Break

Wed. 21-Fri. 23: No School – Thanksgiving Break

Mon. 26- Blood Drive @ TRHS

Thurs. 29- MS BB @ St. John’s-Tipton (Beloit) 4:00pm

Fri. 30- HS BB @ Home vs Chase 4:00pm

American Legion Menu

Friday Night Special, November 9, serving from 6:00-8:30pm.

This week at the Kensington American Legion we will be having chicken enchiladas, Mexican rice, and slaw. Our soup special will be taco soup with a grilled cheese sandwich. For dessert pumpkin crunch cake is on the menu. We will have our regular menu as well. Please let us know if we can fix your supper to go (for those still in the fields) or to reserve a table for your group by calling us at 785-476-3204. Please join us for the weekend festivities for Veteran's Day. We'd love to see you!


A news note to the Kensington community who remember the Jim Houtz Family. Their daughter Jo Ann (Houtz) Jones has sad news to tell us. Her husband, Jerry Jones died from cancer on Oct. 31, 2018, very suddenly. She is handling the sad new fairly well, but just wanted to relate all this to the hometown folks. If you would care to send her a card, her address is: Jo Ann Jones ; 387 Helen Drive ; Piedmont, Al 36272.

Kensington Library News

The Scholastic Book Fair is here! We will be open for sales through Saturday 10th.

Open: Daily from 8am-4pm; Open LATE: Wednesday & Thursday until 5:00pm; Special Family Event on Saturday 10th from 9am-2pm during the Veterans Day Celebration. This is a great opportunity to purchase gifts for your children, grandchildren, and teachers for their classrooms.

Benjamin Grauerholz, 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. So please stop by the library anytime through November 10th to see this amazing trench and remember the war that was fought for us.

Weekly Inspiration

Don't let someone change who you are, to become what they need.

Forgiveness is not about forgetting. It is about letting go of your pain. When you forgive someone you release them from judgment. Forgiveness in no way requires that you trust the one you forgive.

Biggest lesson learned this year is probably to not give so much of yourself to people who will not do the same for you.


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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