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News for 3/17/2021

Mardi Gras!

The Kensington Community Store is holding a Mardi Gras meal for the 1st quarter fundraiser on March 21, from 11:00am to 2:00pm or until the food is gone. Serving Jambalaya, rice, cornbread and a cupcake. This is a drive-thru meal only, please note the store will NOT be open. Meals can be picked up driving through the alley just east of the store. Free will donations are greatly appreciated! Again, that’s THIS Sunday, March 21. Come see us for a Mardi Gras meal to-go!

Reminder of the Kensington CommoditiesCommodities will be distributed in Kensington at the Senior Center from 4-5pm on Monday the 22nd. Any questions please call Mike Isom at 476-5583.


Kensington HOME Foundation Spring grants

The Kensington HOME Foundation is pleased to announce spring grants for 2021. We are pleased to fund grants to the Kensington Housing Authority, Kensington Recreation Commission, 3rd grade nutrition education, and middle school character development education. Thanks to all organizations who applied.

The HOME Foundation was founded in 1997 to support and improve the community of Kensington. Grants are funded by a permanent endowment managed by the Greater Salina Community Foundation. The endowment interest—coupled with the generosity of benefactors—has enabled us to disperse $15,900 in grants since 2015 to local civic organizations. Every grant period leaves several worthy applications unfunded. If you would like to find out how you can help please contact a board member: Michael Isom, Adam Synoground, Tim Bartley,, Amber Hardacre, Patty Kuhlmann, Cindy Rahjes, and Bob Bearley.

KTown Kates Monthly Meeting

KTOWN KATES met on March 8, 2021.

The program for the February 8, 2021 meeting of the Ktown Kates was a tour at the Kensington Locker at 7:00 p.m. given by owner/operators Dylan and Deidra Tweedy. They opened the tour with an overview telling the background of the facility, its expansion, added operations such as private labeling, opportunities that had to be rejected because of limited space and staff, the stress due to the increased demands due to the covid pandemic, education classes for the local schools, daily federal inspections and all that it entails. Dylan and Deidra were very generous in answering the many questions from Ktown Kate’s members. Next they gave a tour of the facility by giving an overview of slaughter day, then pointed out and explained the many pieces of specialized equipment and their operations. It was quite a revelation how much teamwork, hard work, expertise, and huge capital outlay it takes to get a hamburger to our table! We’re fortunate to have such a business in our area. Georgetta won a smoked turkey from their drawing.

The meeting then took place at the Senior Citizens Center in Kensington.

A delicious dessert was served by Loretta and Deb B.

The official meeting opened with roll call answered by 11 members giving their nickname.

The February minutes were read and approved.

A treasure’s report was given. A gift card will be sent to Dylan and Deidra in appreciation of the tour.

Plans and committees were finalized for the Spring Tea to be held at the north Lutheran Church and sponsored by the Ktown Kates on Monday April 12, 2021 at 6:00. The theme will be “Plant Seeds of Kindness”, the Gaines Girls will sing, and Ruby Weihman will present the program. Members are asked to help with the setup on Sunday afternoon, April 11, from 3:00 to 4:00 at the north St John Lutheran Church.

Georgetta reported that 18 family/single units participated in the February food pantry and reported on several donations. There is a balance of $10,587.62.

The additional workers for the March 20th (THIRD SATURDAY of the month) Food pantry will be Loretta and Joyce. Workers for the April 17th Food Pantry will be Doris and Wanda.

The May meeting is usually canceled due to the many activities in May. However there is a once in a lifetime traveling display of the “Crossroads Smithsonian Institute Exhibition” at Norton Kansas. Deb B will coordinate the field trip if anyone is interested in attending.

Members were reminded of long time member Ruth Levin’s 90th birthday on March 14th. Ktown Kates will send her a floral arrangement

The meeting adjourned.


SENIORS: Jacob Barnes, Jadeyn Bice, Madelyn Davis, Caleb Dodds, Jonathan Ferguson, Mark Ferguson, Mya Hoersdig, Raini Hrabe, Brody McManus, Kylie Reimer, Kyler Seemann, Maycee Westbrook.

JUNIORS: Jonathan Burger, Liam Corbett, Mariana Escobar, Paul Ferguson, Owen Hrabe, Saige Kirchhoff, Leland McGuire, Jaden Stauffer, Susana Jovel.

SOPHOMORES: Dalton Bice, Dylan Bice, Alexis Holling, Max Loyd, Jace Randall, Sydni Rust, Toree Slavik, Kaleb Wagenblast.

FRESHMAN: Mason Baker, Samara Bapat, Austin Barnes, Dashawn Eller, Josh Ferguson, Gigi Hoersdig, Kamryn Rietzke, Brooklyn Stauffer.

Perfect Attendance 3rd Quarter: Jacob Barnes, Dylan Bice, TyLynn Blank, Liam Corbett, Jacob Elson, Mya Hoersdig, Raini Hrabe, Brian Shaw.

TRMS Quarter 3 Honor Roll

All A's- 7th Grade: Michael Ferguson, Khloe Reimer, Evan Slavik. 8th Grade: Jenna Barnes, Jennifer Galicia, Allison Rhea, Ruben Steenkamp.

All A's & B's-7th Grade: Jackson Dunlap, Dawson Stephens. 8th Grade: Jimmy Escobar Orellana, Nichalus Hohner, Ezekiel McGuire.

A's, B's, & 1 C- 7th Grade: Shiloh Corbett, Keara Dodds-Reha, Gracie Rice, April Webb. 8th Grade: Jennifer Cochrun

TRMS Calendar of Events


15 – 19: No School – Spring Break

Mon. 22- MS Track Begins

Fri. 26- MS Track pictures 3:15

Tue. 30- K-12 Immunization Clinic


Fri. 2- No School – Good Friday

Mon. 5- No School – Easter Break

Wed. 7- Gifted Students to AmeriTowne in Lenora 9-3:30

Thur. 8- MS Track @ Norton 9:30am, lv @ 8:00

Dr. Seuss Celebration at TRES

The week of March 1-5, TR elementary had tons of fun celebrating Dr. Seuss! Each day was a new theme with dress-up schedule including; Monday- wear Green for the Grinch, Tuesday- Twins day for Thing 1 and Thing 2, Wacky Wednesday- wear your clothes backwards or inside out, Thursday- hats for Cat in the Hat, and Friday- crazy or mismatched socks for Fox in Socks. Staff and students had fun dressing up and being silly. The Cat in the Hat even made a special appearance not once but a few times throughout the day on Tuesday to remind the kids to DEAR (drop everything and read) for Read Across America. On Friday afternoon Mrs. Barnes, school and community librarian, brought a Dr. Seuss video for the kids to watch along with tasty Seuss themed cookies to wrap up the week. Fun Fact: famous children’s author Dr. Seuss would have celebrated his 117th birthday this year.

Breckyn McDowell and Dani Holling twinning.

Things 1,2,and 3! Zoey Hadley, Bryson Krueger, and CJ Hoffman.

The Cat in the Hat surprised the kids on Tuesday, March 2nd for Dr. Seuss’ birthday.

Mrs. Barnes handing out cookies to the K-3rd to enjoy while watching a Dr. Seuss video.

Weekly Inspirations

Everyone is NOT replaceable... watch how you treat good people. - Unknown

As long as you are breathing, everything is possible. Never quit trying. - Unknown

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Erica Barnes Library Director; K-3 & HS Librarian Kensington Community/School Library 785-476-2219 or 8185 (cell)


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