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News for 7/7/2021

It’s Almost Fair Time!

4-H is Outta-this-World! The Smith County Free Fair kicks off with foods judging this Friday, June 9. Best of luck to the Busy Bees 4-H Club members taking food projects: TyLynn, KensLy, and Aadyn Blank, Hannah and Gideon Nelson.

Clothing Construction/Buymanship judging will take place Monday, June 12, with Fashion Revue that evening at 7:00pm at the American Lutheran church in Smith Center. All other events take place starting Thursday, July 15 through Sunday, July 18. The final day for the fair is Monday, July 19 when all armory exhibits and Animals (not in premium sale) are dismissed. Community Supper at 5:30pm with Premium Auction to follow at 7:00pm.

Good luck to all the kids at the fair!


Former Kensington resident Barbara Gibson Ferrer, age 83, passed away June 30 in Corpus Christi, TX. She was a graduate of Kensington High School with the Class of 1956. She was a retired teacher and school counselor.

Cards for the family and memorials may be sent to Barbara's niece, Danna Schiltz Wilmeth, 1908 Dolphin Dr., Portland, TX 78374.


MINUTES May 21, 2021

The Ktown Kates made a day trip to Norton on Friday May 21, 2021. 9 Members met at 10:00 a.m. at the Senior Center in Kensington. After traveling to Norton, they first viewed the “Also Ran Gallery” located at the 1st State Bank - a gallery consisting of portraits and written biographies of unsuccessful contenders for the office of President of the United States. After enjoying lunch at Destination Kitchen and shopping their kitchen supplies and the adjoining Stitch up a Storm quilt store, the Kates walked to the authentically renovated Heaton Building in Norton. There the members toured the building and the traveling Smithsonian’s exhibit “Crossroads: Change in Rural America.” The last stop was the Moffet Drug Store to enjoy sodas at the antique soda fountain counter before heading back to Kensington.

MINUTES June 19, 2021

Ktown Kates met at 9:00 a.m. Saturday, June 19, 2021 at Deb Levin’s house for a very tasty breakfast and conversation.

Meeting was called to order by President Donna Westbrook.

May minutes were not available to read.

Roll Call was answered by 11 members with “how many words you could make from your first name.” Georgetta had the most with 31.

The treasurer’s report was given. Barbara Grauerholz moved that we collect dues. De Levin seconded. Motion passed. Those in attendance paid their dues and names will be reported to Donna Johnson.

Discussions were held concerning what we wanted to do for Old Fashioned Saturday night. A pie stand was discussed but final decision was tabled until the next meeting.

A Fort Bissell Tour is planned for July. Deb Levin moved that we go to Fort Bissell on Friday July 9, and meet at the Senior Center at 9:30 a.m. JoLinn Rogers seconded. Motion passed. We will decide where to eat in Phillipsburg that day.

Georgetta Kinyon gave the Food Pantry Report. The number of family/single units were as follows: January-14, February-16. She then reported on several generous donations made in June. The access to food stamps and commodities resulting in lower numbers coming to the food pantry was discussed. Deb Levin moved that we increase the value of the coupons according to the number of people in the family. Janet Hosmann seconded. Motion passed.

No new business.

Janet Hosmann moved to adjourn. Deb Levin seconded. Motion carried.

JULY 17, 2021 FOOD PANTRY: Additional workers; Barbara Grauerholz, Doris Wiens.

Kensington Library

We are open 2-7pm on Mondays and 9am-2pm Tuesday through Saturday. Also, our Summer Reading Programs have been a blast! This week we had the Amazing Arthur provide a magic show for the kids.

Weekly Inspiration

The harder it gets, the closer you are to where you want to be. -anonymous

The best apology is changed behavior. Read that again…

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