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KENT — The Kent Board of Selectmen made significant budget reductions at a special meeting on Monday, April 9. 

The Board of Finance had asked the selectmen to cut $50,000 from the municipal budget, and $300,000 from the five-year capital plan (which amounted to $60,000 for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins July 1).

After a brief discussion, the selectmen decided on the following measures to reduce the budget: eliminate $5,000 of the $10,000 allotted for the hiring of a consultant to conduct a review of the equitability of salaries of Town Hall...

Kent

Telling tales of town’s farming heritage

KENT — Farming was not just a way to earn a living, it was a way of life. In a Sunday Series talk presented by the Kent Historical Society (KHS) on Sunday, March 18, town residents shared their memories of farm life in Kent during the mid-20th century.
Diane Camp created a slide show of old photos and anecdotes of her family’s farm on Camps Flat Road. 

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Seeking harmony in town affairs in Kent

KENT — First Selectman Bruce Adams commented on the budget plan for fiscal year 2018-19 at the regular monthly meeting of the Kent Board of Selectmen on Tuesday, March 6. 
“The initial increase in the cost of health care was 19.2 percent, but it is now anticipated to be around 12 percent,” he said. The town currently uses Aetna as its health insurance provider, and is considering switching to a state plan, Connecticut Partnership 2.0, for further cost savings.

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Students show their inventiveness

KENT — As always, the projects dreamed up by students at Kent Center School for the annual Inventors Fair were more than just clever creations. They touched on issues in the news and showed a beautifully mature sensitivity to the problems that affect the daily lives of the children and their loved ones.

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School may cut math aid to keep costs down

KENT — A 3.3 percent increase in education spending for Kent Center School (KCS) in the coming fiscal year was brought down to almost 1 percent  at a budget workshop on Wednesday, Feb. 28.
KCS Principal Florence Budge and Board of Education members Cici Nielsen, Dana Slaughter and Chairman Martin Lindenmayer reviewed a proposed expenditure at the workshop that showed a 3.3 percent increase.
“We’ve got some scary lines in here,” Nielsen said. 

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State drops more costs onto towns

KENT — At the Kent Board of Finance meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 20, Treasurer Barbara Herbst said that the state will no longer fund the tax relief program for eligible elderly taxpayers. 
“The town will need to absorb the approximately $17,000 in property tax relief that this program provides,” Herbst said. “This program is mandated by the state, and the town is required to facilitate it.”
Herbst also said that the state will not fund the second half of the promised Town Aid Road grant. 

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Donna Miller retiring from Kent Library

KENT — Kent Memorial Library (KML) Director Donna Miller will retire on March 29, after almost five years of dedicated service.
Originally from the Farmington Valley, with a Master’s Degree in Library Science from the University of Colorado, Miller has more than 40 years of experience working in public, academic and special libraries. She became the director of the Kent library in June 2013.

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Kent Ice Watch: To be or not to be?

KENT — The annual Ice Watch, a fundraiser for the Kent Volunteer Fire Department (KVFD), is underway. 
This year’s Ice Watch takes on special significance since people have been literally watching the ice more closely than ever before, because of the ice jam that formed on the Housatonic River in mid-January, making state and national headlines. 
At 12 feet thick and two miles long at its peak, the ice jam drew news crews and visitors from across the region.

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Sharing goals among town boards

KENT — At the Kent Board of Selectmen’s meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 6, Selectman Chris Garrity presented goals he thought the board should pursue in 2018. 
One idea he presented was to hold an all board chairs meeting two or three times each year, in which the chairpersons of all town boards, commissions and nonprofit organizations would meet to discuss short- and long-term goals.
“The concept is communication, not for us to tell other boards, commissions or organizations what we think they should do,” Garrity explained.

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Kent considers electing its Region One rep

KENT — At the Kent Board of Selectmen’s regular montly meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 6, a parent requested that Kent change the way it chooses its representative to the Region One Board of Education. 
In recent years, four of the six towns in the Region One School District have changed from an appointed representative to an elected representative. The town of Canaan/Falls Village was the first town to switch from having the members of its local board of education choose the Region One Board member. 

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Chocolate comes in all shapes and colors at school fest

KENT — The age-old question is this: Which comes first, love or romance? In Kent, it’s the love that comes first, at the annual chocolate festival that traditionally precedes Valentine’s Day by a week. 

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