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News for 12/5/2018

Christmas Craft Fair 12-8-18

Join us in Kensington for the annual Christmas Craft Fair this Saturday, December 8, 2018. Located in the American Legion Hall, downtown Kensington, the craft fair is open from 9:00am-3:00pm. There will be over 30 holiday crafters and vendors to shop from. This event is sponsored by the Kensington Commercial Club.

KCS Customer Appreciation

While you’re downtown for the Christmas Craft Fair, please stop in for our Customer Appreciation from 9am-4pm this Saturday, December 8th at the Kensington Community Store. Board members will be serving cookies, coffee and punch to say “Thank You” to our loyal customers. Please remember to shop local first. KCS is here to serve you!

Kensington Library News

Kansas Reads to Preschoolers in November is a statewide initiative encouraging early childhood literacy. Each year, one age-appropriate book is selected for storytime in libraries, preschools, childcare centers and homes throughout Kansas. Ten Pigs: An Epic Bath Adventure, by Derek Anderson, was this year’s title.

Mrs. Barnes enjoyed visiting the children at Little Britches Daycare, Kelly’s ‘Luv Ur Kids’ Daycare, and the preschoolers at First St. John’s Preschool all of Kensington. The daycare children had coloring pages after listening to the story while Ms. Stacy’s preschool classes got to go on a fun storywalk. All 45 children who enjoyed Ten Pigs during the month of November, received special piggy cookies made by Becky Lanier.

Topeka — The State Library’s 14th annual one-book/one-state reading initiative, Kansas Reads to Preschoolers, highlights the importance of reading to children with a goal that every Kansas child from birth to age five is read to during the week of November 11-17, although libraries may have events throughout the month. The State Library of Kansas is committed to increasing reading readiness and on-grade reading while promoting reading, literacy and libraries.

TRHS KAYS make Christmas Cards for Veterans

At the last KAY meeting, we made Christmas cards for veterans. What a great group of kids we have here at TR! -Photos by Robin Billings

Layne Pettijohn (senior) and Brennan Kirchhoff (junior) making cards for veterans

Senior Matilyn Riley gives a great smile

Freshman JaCea Reece gluing on ribbons.

TR Activities/Game Dates


Thur. 6- MS BB @ Northern Valley (Almena) 3:30pm lv @ 1:10

Mon. 10- MS BB here w/Stockton 3:00pm

Tue. 11- K-3/9-12 Christmas Concert @ Kensington HS gym 7:00pm; No MS BB practice or TR Academy

Thur. 13- MS BB @ Lakeside (Cawker City) 3:00pm lv @ 1:20

Mon. 17- Pre-K/4-8 Christmas Concert @ Agra MS auditorium 7:00pm; No MS BB practice or TR Academy

Fri. 21- End of 2nd Quarter; 4-6th grade Christmas Parties; Dismiss for Christmas Break @ 12:15pm

Mon. 24th – 31st: No School – Christmas Break

American Legion Menu

No need to cook, join us every Friday night for a great supper. Serving from 6:00-8:30pm, December 7. The Kensington American Legion's Friday night specials this week will be sausage gravy with biscuits, hashbrown, egg,& cheese muffins, and stewed/fried apples. Our featured soup special will be chicken pot pie soup served with a turkey sandwich. For dessert we are making chocolate rum pecan cake. We will have our regular menu items as well. We'll have the legion nice and toasty and would love to serve you. Our kitchen is open from 6-8:30 and you are more than welcome to call on your order at 785-476-3204.

Don't forget to get your gift certificates for those hard to buy for people in your life.

We will be open for New Year's Eve and will be having a potluck night. Come out and have an enjoyable evening with us.

Miracle Mat Makers Will Meet

Due to the winter weather last Saturday, not many were able to join us. So please come if you can this Saturday, December 8th from 9am to noon. We will meet at St. John Lutheran Church, Kensington, to learn how to cut bags, tie strips together, and crochet plarn (plastic yarn) into plastic mats for the homeless.

I look at this simple project to be a catalyst for coming together in our community, in our parishes, and friends in surrounding areas and start a fire of service that can't be extinguished! Making these mats could continue to be done as a group at our church, at other churches, or in your own homes. It's that simple!! If in a few years, only two or three people are still working on this awesome project, my heart will be happy! But I'm hoping for so much more! Homeless and needy people will always exist and so will our ability to help! Please consider joining our efforts. Spread the word to all your friends!

We need bags, people with an ability to cut bags, tie strips together, and to do one, two, or all the above things! Supplies will be purchased with Thrivent dollars so scissors and size Q crocheting needles will be provided and given to volunteers.

If you can join us December 8, from 9-noon, please do! If you can't, we will meet again...or contact me and find out how to join this worthy project!

Looking forward to seeing you,

Robin Billings 785-476-2692

Weekly Inspiration

There is nothing in this world that can trouble you more than YOUR OWN THOUGHTS.

The best apology is changed behavior.

Be strong. You never know who you are inspiring.


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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