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KENT — Frank Food Company opened on Main Street on May 1 and has already become destination dining for residents and visitors alike. 

“We already have regular customers,” said owner Frank Way.

After a robust career in the corporate world as a creative director and consultant, Way found himself losing interest in those ventures and ready for something new.

The seed for Frank Food Company was planted in Way’s mind by the owner of Heron American Craft Gallery, Ellen Corsell, in October 2018.

“One day she said to me,...

Kent

If it’s CAMA power up, it must be spring

Resembling an outdoor steampunk convention, the Connecticut Antique Machinery Association’s annual opening event drew an appreciative audience to Kent last weekend. Story, more photos, see Full steam ahead as CAMA season opens.

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It rained on Arbor Day to greet the new Kent Center School tree

KENT — Arbor Day (which was celebrated this year on Friday, April 26) has special significance  in Kent. It was here  in the  town’s historic Flanders district that Dr.  Birdsey Northrup had his home. 
Though the first “modern” Arbor Day was held in Spain in 1805, it was Northrup who is credited with globalizing the holiday in 1883 and campaigning to make it a nationwide celebration. 

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Otto Penzler: The books are gone, the memories live on

KENT — As a young man, fresh out of college and living in New York City, Otto Penzler got the idea that he wanted to read a book called “The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes.”
He went to a bookstore and was told it was out of print.
Penzler didn’t know what that meant. He was directed to a dense concentration of used bookshops on 4th Avenue.
“Twelve blocks, 96 bookshops,” he said recently in the living room of his home in Kent.

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Family of ‘birds’ finds new home, thanks to Eagle Scout

KENT — Rumbling thunder and constant rain, becoming heavy at times, did not deter Eagle Scout Aiden Cherniske from completing his project on Saturday, April 20. 
The installation of his “story walk” along the Claire Murphy River Walk on the Housatonic River went ahead as planned. Both the walk and the farm belong to the Kent Land Trust.
The “story walk” concept was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, Vt. It offers a series of illustrated chapters from books, mounted at intervals along a scenic path. 

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Sticking to their stories in library Peeps contest

KENT — You could argue that there are two kinds of people in the world: Those who like marshmallows and those who do not.
Even non-fans of the sticky delights could wrap their hearts and minds around the Peeps competition held through the month of April at the Kent Memorial Library (and sponsored by The Lakeville Journal, where everyone loves marshmallows).

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Bigger and better 109 Cheese & Wine

109 Cheese & Wine opened at its new location in the Kent Barns area, at 7 Fulling Lane, on Friday morning, April 5. The new shop has about three times as much seating as the shop’s old location on Main Street, with tables and chairs for 20 indoors on the main level and upstairs. In summer, there will be outdoor seating and eating. Until summer, the hours are Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 860-592-0366 or go to www.109cheeseandwine.com.

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Peaceful protest march opposes GOP activist recruiting in Kent

KENT — A protest march in Kent went off peacefully on Saturday, April 6, with about 70 people out in the center of town to protest a gathering of about 70 Republicans at the town-owned Community House on Main Street. 
The protest march was organized late last week by Patricia Oris, chairman of the Kent Democratic Town Committee (DTC). She had been alerted that Scott Presler had been invited to give a “voter registration” training session at town. 

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Kent resident awaits word on deportation

KENT — Immigration has been a topic of much media coverage in our current political climate. There are stories of people in far away states that are crossing borders, held in crowded detention centers, tracked down by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).  
One might not expect that a national issue will hit close to home, but home it has come. 

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New world wines at Land Trust tasting

KENT — This year’s wine tasting for the Kent Land Trust was expanded to a two-day event.
The weekend began on Friday, March 29, with a tasting of mezcals at Diane Meier’s barn. 
The main event was on Saturday with the popular — and extensive — tasting at R.T. Facts Design and Antiques. 

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Dispute over pay increases

KENT — The Kent Board of Finance approved a resolution to authorize the bonding of $2.9 million for the sidewalk renovation project at its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, March 26.
The Board of Selectmen had approved the same resolution in February. 
This resolution will now go to a town meeting on May 3 that will adjourn to referendum on May 31. 

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