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News for 3/18/20

Lions’ Club March Meeting Lions club had their monthly meeting March 9, and had James Molzahn as the guest speaker. James is the Conservational Supervisory District Manager of this area and spoke to the group about the history of conservation and current practices used. He performed a demonstration comparing different water run off with different types of farming practices, comparing soil that is tilled, no-tilled,  cover cropped, and pastured. He did an excellent job explaining soil conservation.Next, the club held their business meeting. The members turned in their birthday calendar information. They also voted to donate $200 to the lions club relief trailers used when natural disasters occur in the state.Pins were given at January’s meeting for years of membership. JS Wagner received one for 60 years, Don Wiens for 55 years, Bob Bearley for 35 years, and Galen Larson and Bruce Hardacre for 10 years. This was done in January when the district governor attended the monthly meeting.


James Molzahn explains the difference in soil types.

📷Bob Bearley, 35 years

📷Don Wiens, 55 years membership, with district governor, Tom Baumann.

Ktown Kates Met The March 9, 2020 meeting of the Ktown Kates met at the Senior Center, Kensington, Ks. President Donna Westbrook opened the business meeting. Roll call was answered by 9 members. The February minutes and Treasurer’s report were presented. The reports were declared approved. Georgetta Kinyon reported on the food pantry. Five families and 8 singles participated in the food pantry in February. She gave the previous months’ cost of redeeming the coupons and cost of food bought. Eligibility requirements were discussed. Final plans were made for the Spring Tea on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 and 6:30pm to be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church with Home on the Range Club as Ktown Kates’ guests. The theme will be “2020 Super Bowl Champs-KC Chiefs” with Eldean Holthus presenting the program. Details were finalized. Georgetta Kinyon and Loretta Struik served delicious refreshments. Loretta Struik gave a presentation highlighting 26 years in her business of floral arrangements “Creations by Lori”. She had numerous examples of her beautiful work displayed, then gave a demonstration of the artistry of her work be creating an arrangement.The April meeting will be the Spring Tea. All members who can, will meet at St. John Lutheran Church on Monday, April 20 at 2:00pm to set up for the Spring Tea the next day.Janet Hoverson and Wanda Fink will help work the food pantry on April 18. There will be no May meeting. Donna Westbrook and Deb Levin will work the food pantry on May 16.Meeting adjourned.

NPL ART COMPETITION RESULTS 2020 We can be very proud of our Jr. and Sr. art students.  Out of the 31 pieces we took to contest, 8 received awards.  These are as follows: First Place awards Jonathan Ferguson with an Acrylic Painting – “Whispering Aspens”; Third Place awards Maggie Nech with a mosaic trivet – “Black Mirror”, Jonathan Ferguson with a Digital Photograph piece – “”Nature Meets People”, Nolan Hughes with a Pencil Drawing – “Old Truck in the Moonlight”. Honorable Mentions were: Jonathan Ferguson with an Oil Painting – “A Spray of Sunset Color”, Brittany Atchison with an Oil Painting – “Cotton Candy River”, Ivy Corbett with a String Art – “Best Catch Ever”, Ivy Corbett with a Photography – “I stand on Water”. A complete list of TRHS  Art Students 2019-2020 are: Seniors:  Brittany Atchison, Ivy Corbett, Reece Struckhoff, Cameron Grauerholz, Maggie Nech, Pricilla Villarreal, Jaden Boden, Caley Panter, Joseph Ferguson.  Juniors:  Madilyn Davis, Raini Hrabe, Nolan Hughes, Jonathan Ferguson.There were 10 other schools Thunder Ridge competed against in the competition.  All the pieces of art are on display at Osborne Public Library 325 W. Main Osborne, KS till Tuesday, March 24, when I’ll be taking the winners who wish to go, to receive their awards.  This is open to the public if you wish to attend. The ceremony will be at 10:00 am if you wish to look around, allow time before 10:00.We will be having a local art show displaying not only these but much more artworks by all 14 students,  on Thursday April 23rd , along with the Spring music concert in the high school gym.

Thunder Ridge Calendar Events

MARCH KSHSAA- COVID 19 – Updated information for spring activities. Effective Monday, March 16, all spring sports and activities are suspended through Sunday, March 22.  This includes cancellation of all practices and competitions for this week. This prohibition is consistent with KSDE and governmental guidance and may be extended, should conditions warrant.  Please note spring sports team members are prohibited from club or outside team participation and practice during this period. Not only would such outside participation be contrary to handbook rule, it would be contrary to the very reason activities are cancelled during the time we seek to mitigate potential transfer of the contagion.




Senior-Community Center Our KSCC coffee time on Tuesdays and Thursdays is growing. There is an average attendance of 12. We have coffee and rolls and great fellowship. There are also some chair exercises. We will meet for coffee on the 17th and 19th, 24th and 26th, and 31st.We’d also like you to know that there is a pool table, ping-pong table , cards and dominoes available. Other games can be added if requested. Games are played at 1:00pm on these dates: March 17th- Pinochle, 19th- Dominoes, 24th Pinochle, 26th- Cards, 31st- Phase 10. Pitch is played Thursdays at 7:00pm.This month our potluck is on Tuesday the 24th at 6:00pm. You can always call us at 476-2224 to reserve a noon meal. Please join us for coffee, potluck or games.

Kensington Library The library was to provide limited hours during the USD 110 Spring Break, March 16-20. However, following the recommendations of the Central Kansas Library System, and the Kansas State Department of Education for schools to close to limit the spread of COVID-19, the Kensington Library will be closed beginning March 16th. All scheduled programs are canceled. Further updates will be provided on social media.  The health of our patrons and community is our top priority. We appreciate your understanding. Please message or call Erica at 785-476-8185 if needed.Thank you, Erica Barnes -Library Director

Mat Makers Will Meet Mat makers met March 7 and had 12 people come and support the project. Several more mats for the homeless got worked on and will be delivered later this month.They will meet again the last Saturday of the month, March 28, from 9- noon, at St John Lutheran Church. Everyone welcome!

Weekly Inspiration I think it's important to realize you can miss something, but not want it back. - Paulo Coelho

Some people have to pretend you're a bad person so they don't feel guilty about the things they did to you. - Unknown

Learn to sit back and observe. Not everything needs a reaction. - Unknown

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Library Director; K-3 & HS Librarian Kensington Community/School Library Erica Barnes 785-476-2219 or 8185 (cell) Fill your mind with truth; fill your heart with love; and fill your life with service. - Thomas S. Monson


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