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KENT — After a public hearing that stretched through three sessions of the Planning and Zoning Commission and then two meetings, over the course of four months, the commission voted on Thursday, Nov. 14, to deny the Roberti family’s application to run a convalescent home on their property on Carter Road. 

Attorney Dolores Schiesel of Kent had represented the members of the Roberti family, including Vin Roberti, who is facilities manager for the High Watch Recovery Center, which is nearby on Carter Road.

She explained at one of the August hearing sessions...

Kent

Holiday shopping season begins with Art from the Heart

KENT — It’s only October but already there are craft fairs and artisan sales offering wares worthy of year-end holiday gifts.  
One such fair was held Saturday, Oct. 12, at the firehouse in Kent to benefit the Kent Volunteer Fire Department. 
Billed as the Art from the Heart craft fair, vendors were there with a variety of small items that would make lovely stocking stuffers, hostess gifts and more.

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A foxy strut

Lans Christensen snapped this photo of what appears to be a gray fox on Cobble Road in Kent on Saturday, Oct. 12. Gray foxes, found in Connecticut, are similar in size to red foxes but lack the white tip on their tails and are typically nocturnal.

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Hazy morning amble

Photographer Lans Christensen spotted this pair of deer on Kent’s Cobble Road in the mist on Saturday morning, Oct. 5. He noted the new antlers on the head of the buck and said that these young males are sometimes called  “pretzel heads,”which is a reference to their “compact new rack.”Deer hunting season in Connecticut began in mid September and continues until the end of December. Hunters are required to wear fluorescent orange garments; hikers are advised to do the same.

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Kent prepares for new Schaghticoke recognition bid

KENT — There are concerns that the Schaghticoke Indians will once again seek federal recognition, which could lead to members demanding the return of tribal lands (primarily properties now owned by the town, the Kent School and Connecticut Light and Power) and to the possibility of a casino being opened in town.
Attorney Jeff Sienkiewicz attended a meeting of Kent’s Board of Selectmen on Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 1, to share some history and give an update on what could happen in the year to come.

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CAMA’s annual Fall Fest goes full steam ahead in Kent

KENT — The Connecticut Antique Machinery Association (CAMA) held its 35th annual Fall Festival in Kent from Friday through Sunday, Sept. 27-29. 
Unanimous reviews were “best ever,” due in no small part to the perfect weekend-long weather. 
Crowds piled into the CAMA grounds just north of the center of town on Route 7. Tractor-drawn shuttles helped get the visitors from the parking fields below back up to the festival. 

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Hearing is closed on convalescent home

KENT — The Kent Planning and Zoning Commission closed the public hearing on the proposed convalescent center on Carter Road at its special hearing on Thursday, Sept. 26. 
This was the third hearing at which the center was discussed. Vincent Roberti and his two sons, Dan and Vin, are proposing converting their large, private home on the road to a recovery center for adult professionals recovering from addiction.  

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How our great-grandparents did it

The 1872 Baldwin corn chopper, operated by members of the Tencza family, gave visitors to the 35th annual Connecticut Antique Machinery Association Fall Festival in Kent last weekend a taste of agricultural equipment and procedures a century and a half ago. Story, another photo, CAMA's annual Fall Fest goes full steam ahead in Kent.

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Awards in multiple media for KAA show

KENT — The Kent Art Association’s Fall Juried Show (KAA) opened on an unseasonably warm and beautiful Saturday, Sept. 21.  
KAA co-presidents Connie Horton and Patsy Stroble presented 12 awards in various media and styles from very modern, contemporary abstract and cubist to more traditional representational art. The work, which is on display at the art association gallery at 21 S. Main St., is by artists from Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York. 

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Kent ‘convalescent home’: More questions

KENT — A second public hearing on a planned “convalescent home” for a rural back road in Kent ended inconclusively. A third session is scheduled at Kent Town Hall for Thursday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m. 

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Humility and grace in Rev. Roger White’s 34 years of ministry at St. Andrew’s Church

KENT  — “Engaged and involved” described the 34 years of the ministry of the Rev. Roger White as rector at St. Andrew’s Church in Kent.  A reception in his honor was held on Sunday, Sept. 22.
The Rev. White’s final Sunday service will be on Sept. 29.
About 100 current and former parishioners and guests assembled at the church for the farewell reception.

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