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News for 3/15/23

Dr. Seuss Month

Read Across America Week is celebrated from March 2 to 6. It begins on the birthday of the beloved author, Dr. Seuss. The entire month of March, in fact, is dedicated to reading. To kick-off Dr. Seuss month, the Kensington Community/School Librarian, Erica Barnes, invited the Thunder Ridge Elementary students for a fun afternoon on Friday, March 3. The kids enjoyed various Dr. Seuss activities throughout the week in their classrooms and had dress-up themes each day. On Friday we celebrated with cupcakes, a video of “Bartholomew and the Oobleck,” voting between “Green Eggs and Ham” or “The Cat in the Hat,” and then made our own Oobleck. Do you know what a non-Newtonian fluid is??? The science behind it is pretty cool!

Librarian Mrs. Barnes demonstrated the process to make Oobleck, which is a non-Newtonian fluid. Each child got to make their own take-home baggie of Oobleck!

2nd graders Emari Johnson, Avery Burris, and Dallton Smith showing their Oobleck mix.

Mack Foreman and Parker Oliver, 2nd grade.

TR Schools Schedule of Events


Mar. 13-17: No School – Spring Break

Mon. 20- MS Track practice begins

Thur. 23- NPL Powerlifting @ Wilson 1:00pm

Fri. 24- School Carnival @ MS in Agra: Walking Tacos start at 5:30, games/booths open at 6:30

Tue. 28- FFA Livestock @ Smith Center 9:00am; MS Track Sports Pictures @ 3:15pm


The K-Town Kates met February 13, 2023 at the Kensington Community Center at 6:00 p.m. for a soup supper. After delicious soups, relishes, bread, and desserts were enjoyed by the members, a short meeting was held followed by Valentine Bingo. Roll call was answered by 15 members relating their favorite memory of Valentines Day either from their childhood or adulthood. The previous minutes and the Treasurer’s report were given and approved. Janet reported that the clock for the Community Center was bought. It was decided to pay the entire amount. Due to scheduling conflicts, the dates for the March and April Food Pantry will be moved to the 4th Saturday of the month instead of the 3rd Saturday. Georgetta will contact the regular patrons. A discussion was held regarding the current practice of scheduling. Georgetta then gave the annual report for 2022. A discussion was held regarding the coupon amounts. The additional workers for the March 25 Food Pantry will be Doris and JoLinn. Loretta reported on the details for the annual Spring Tea/Salad Luncheon. After discussion, the date was set for Monday, April 10, 2023, at the St. John Lutheran Church. Loretta has the table decorations and favors completed. Final details will be decided at the March meeting. Members are encouraged to bring guests. The next meeting will be March 18, 2023. The meeting adjourned; then members played Valentine Bingo.


Sympathies to the family and friends of the following:

Mary (Hicks) Ernst, the twin sister of longtime Eastern Heights Junior-Senior High School teacher/counselor Gary Hicks, passed away at the age of 77 on March 2, 2023 at the Rooks County Health Center, Plainville.

Wesley James Rahjes, passed away Friday, March 3, at the age of 95.

Doris Marie Knight Blanke, of Russell, KS, and former Kensington resident, passed away at the age of 93 on March 4, 2023 at the Russell Regional Hospital.

Legion Friday Night

This week at the Kensington American Legion we will have Million Dollar baked spaghetti served with a salad, garlic bread, and a dessert. We will have our regular menu items as well and our kitchen is open from 6-8pm. You can call 785-476-3204 to have your order ready for pick-up. Hope to see you Friday!

Kensington Library News

What’s Happening at the Library??

• March is National Quilt Month! Local ladies have provided a beautiful quilt display that will be here all month. Stop in and see.

• We have scrapbooks available, compiled by the late Lelia Grauerholz, for the community to look through. Several familiar faces, special memories and events from the 80’s.

• In case you missed it, we now have Puzzles available for checkout! Come see our selection.

News items needed

Reminder: Please send your news to Erica at (put NEWS in the subject line please!) by SUNDAY afternoon. To see the full, in-color edition, visit the Kensington website online at


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