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News for 2/27/2019

Regional Champs!

The Lady Longhorns will move on to Sub-State play after a decisive 57-23 win over Osborne in the championship game at regionals played in Hill City on Sunday, February 24. The Class 1A Sub-State Tournament will be played at Wakeeney-Trego Community High School. The girls are scheduled to play this Thursday, February 28, versus Otis Bison at 6:00pm. Congrats to the ladies and their coaches on your regional Championship and Good Luck at Sub-State!

Back (l-r): Coach Darren Grauerholz, Iva Rust, Matilyn Riley, Maycee Westbrook, Saige Kirchhoff, Jadeyn Bice, Raini Hrabe, Mariana Escobar, Susana Torres, Jordyn Vales, Asst. Coach Chris Kirchhoff. Front (l-r): Raegan Boden, Madelyn Davis, Brennan Kirchhoff, Layne Pettijohn, Mariah Stauffer, Jaden Boden, Elizabeth Hardacre.


Eighteen members of the Thunder Ridge High School KAY Club recently attended a KAY Unit Conference on Wednesday, February 6 at Norton High School. Accompanying the group were their sponsor, Kathi Boden and Robin Billings.

KAY (Kansas Association for Youth) Unit Conferences bring neighboring KAY clubs together in a non-competitive environment, providing the opportunity to share service projects and program ideas. The theme for the unit conferences is “Building Dreams.” The Unit Conference is designed to focus on club leadership at the local level in addition to developing teamwork as everyone participates in a conference service project. Conference delegates return to their clubs refreshed and focused to end the school year by finishing all planned projects and functions.

The Kansas Association for Youth is a character-building, leadership 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 emphasis four areas of service: school, community, nation and world.

Throughout the 2018-2019 school year, the Thunder Ridge High School KAYS have been actively involved in the following service projects: Trick or Treat So Others Can Eat, Breast Cancer Awareness Night, Block the Doors Food Pantry Drive, made door decorations for the Nursing Home, shown appreciation for staff and bus drivers, and have hosted American Red Cross Blood Drives.

KAY Members who attended Unit Conference are: Kristal Rice, Cameron Hendryx, Ivy Corbett, Mary Jo Shook, Leah Bienhoff, Maggie Nech, Jaden Boden, Raegan Boden, Madelyn Davis, Pricilla Villarreal, Destiny Shook, TyLynn Blank, Layne Pettijohn, Raini Hrabe, Brennan Kirchhoff, Brittany Atchison, Jordyn Vales, and Wysteria Corbett.

Scholastic Book Fair at TRMS

The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to Thunder Ridge Middle School. The theme this year is “DINO-MITE!” The hours include: Monday, March 4 from 8:30a.m. - 4:00 p.m.; Tuesday, March 5 from 8:30a.m. – 6:30 p.m. with Family Night from 4:00-6:30!; Wednesday, March 6 from 8:30a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; Thursday, March 7 from 8:30a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Special events will include: Monday, March 4 “Pastries with Pals” for the pre-school. “GRANDPARENTS” or that “SPECIAL SOMEONE” will be reading to the students and have a special shopping and snack time. Family Night, Tuesday evening March 5, 4:00 – 6:30 p.m. Fun snacks, raffles and shopping for that special book. A special visitor will be there. You won’t

want to miss!

Volunteers are always welcome and needed to make our Book Fair a success, contact the Middle School Library if you would like to volunteer 785-638-2244.

Proceeds of the Book Fair go to purchase new books for our Middle School Library.

TR Activities/Game Dates


Thur. 28-Sat. March 2- Sub-State BB


Fri. 1- End of 3rd 9 weeks; MS AR Party – Ice Skating in Kearney 10:30am-12:30pm

Sat. 2- Sub-State BB

Mon. 4-Thurs. 7- Scholastic Book Fair @ the Middle School in Agra

Tue. 5- NPL Art Show Begins

Wed. 6- MS Honors Program in Auditorium 3:15pm

*State Basketball March 6-9

Thurs. 7- Last day for the Book Fair! @ TRMS

Mar. 11-15: No School – Spring Break

Mon. 18- MS Track practice begins

American Legion Menu

The American Legion Auxiliary will no longer be serving meals on Monday and Wednesday evenings. Maybe when the weather warms up we will resume!

Still serving every Friday night from 6-8:30pm. This week at the American Legion we will be having salmon patties, buttered parsley potatoes, and glazed carrots. Our soup will be Karen’s tomato, and for dessert we're going to have a chocolate truffle. Our regular menu items are available also. We'd love to make your supper to go just call us at 785-476-3204. It's cold outside but we have it warm at the legion for you to join your family and friends for supper.

Movie Night

The United Church of Kensington will be showing the movie “War Room” on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at 5:00pm. The community is welcome and invited to attend.

Mat Makers

March 2, from 9-noon is the next Mat Maker's get together at St. John Lutheran parish hall. Each time we've met, we've had someone new join us. Last month we had 10 people come. Some cut bags, some tied strips together, some crocheted, and some LEARNED to crochet. We had 5 mats delivered to KC the week prior, two more finished mats brought in, and four almost get finished while we were together. We continue to need plastic bags, helping hands, and invite you to join us if you anytime you can. We meet one Saturday a month; the next date is picked while we're together so the Saturday varies.


Sympathy to the family of Elvyn Slavik.

Elvyn John Slavik, 99, of Kensington, passed away Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, in Smith Center. He is survived by his wife Doris, daughter Elaine and her husband Larry Pfeifer of Marysville, and grandchildren Bryan Pfeifer and Alana Fries.

Sympathy to the family of Miss Rosie Spindler.

Rosalie Dianne Spindler, 79, of Kensington, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019. All Faiths Funeral Chapel, Smith Center, is handling arrangements.


Former resident of Kensington, Terry Knight, is proud to announce the accomplishments in earning the following degrees for his daughter, Joni, and son Spencer. Joni Lee Morash received a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from Western Governors University in November 2018. Spencer Glen Knight received a Master of Science in Computer Science Georgia Institute of Technology-Georgia Tech in December 2018.

Lion's Club Met in February

February 4 was the monthly meeting and this was Firefighter/EMT month. Twelve members and 8 guests were present. Jeff Nech informed the club that the firemen had purchased a 2004 International fire truck that will be a huge asset in fighting grass fires. Jamie Herber, from Lincoln Park Home Health, spoke to the club about home health care options. LPH works with Sun Porch. She explained that they focus on quality of care, not being the biggest, but the best at what they do. LPH tries to keep people in their own homes, offering numerous services, including nursing services, grooming services, including teeth and preparing meals, and physical and occupational therapy. They serve a 100 mile radius and are looking into changing their name to more accurately describe the area they serve.

The regular business meeting followed. This is the 100th year of Lion's in Kansas. The District Convention was promoted and will be March 22-23 in Hays. Mike Isom reported that our club had received a grant from the Smith County Foundation for $7,000. Those funds will be used to purchase a second sight screener and computer which will be used only in Smith County schools and child care centers in the county. It will be kept at the Smith Center school. The other screener is housed at the Smith County Health Department and is shared with several counties.

The club voted to donate $100 to the Audio Readers Program through KU. The Kensington Lions also has a Donor Advisory Fund with the Smith County Foundation. Out of that fund, the Lions donate around $1,600 to the Kensington Senior Center each year. With those funds the center did things like spray for pests, purchase a new computer program, bought a new freezer, paid for rent on the water softener, trimmed trees in the front, and did kitchen updates. Giving back to others is what Lion's Club is all about. They meet the first Monday of every month at 7:00, in the Senior Center. Please join them!

Weekly Inspiration

Sometimes miracles are just good people with kind hearts.

Love is just a word until someone comes along and gives it meaning. - Paulo Coelho

Our bodies will grow old, but great memories will keep us young. - Willy Nywening


Your news is important to us. Send your info to Erica Barnes at with subject line: NEWS; or feel free to call 785-476-8185.

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