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KENT — The Board of Education held its first regular monthly meeting of the 2017-18 school year at Kent Center School (KCS) on Wednesday, Sept. 6.

Several teachers attended the meeting to voice concerns to the board about the implementation of new grading practices at KCS. A major change would be the elimination of percentages as grades, replacing all numbers with the letters A, B, C or NYP (not yet proficient).    

Fourth-grade teacher Michelle Mott explained that, last year, a few classes piloted some of the aspects of the new grading practices with the...

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KCS Class of 2017: Smiles and style abound

KENT — Although the skies were producing occasional sprinkles and the exercises had to be moved indoors, the promotion ceremony for the 26-member Class of 2017 at Kent Center School (KCS) went off without a hitch.  

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Bear numbers — and danger — on the rise

KENT — Bears have generally been a benign presence in the Northwest Corner. But as their numbers increase exponentially, the potential for danger to humans and other animals seems to be increasing as well.
Every few years there seems to be a rumor of a bear ripping a door off a house and coming into the kitchen or attacking a small animal in a backyard or outdoor paddock. Photos sent in for The Lakeville Journal’s Bear Watch column have shown more bears coming right up to back doors and barbecue grills. 

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Tax reductions for nonprofits at Kent BOS

KENT  — The Board of Selectmen met for their regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, June 6. The meeting began with a closed-door executive session to discuss the lawsuit being brought against the town by Templeton Farms Apartments. The claim was that their property was over assessed.
Templeton Farm Apartments had participated in a tax abatement program for 40 years in which the state reimbursed them for their property taxes. That program expired in 2016. 

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KVFD ball, still cooking after 106 years

KENT — The 106th annual Kent Firemen’s Ball was held on Saturday, June 10, at the firehouse. This much anticipated soiree attracted more than 500 guests who came to enjoy an evening of fun, food and dancing.
Dressed in their late-spring finest, attendees mingled, laughed and dined on a roast beef dinner prepared by Bill Tobin and his crew. The band Those Guys provided live music.

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Hidden treasures at nearby Yale

KENT — “I don’t have psychic powers, but I know you’re all wondering why I’m dressed like this,” Mathew Duman said to the audience at the Kent Memorial Library on Saturday, June 10. Duman, a photographer and graphic designer, was wearing a safari helmet and vest that said “Gargoyles Tour Guide” on the back. 

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Bear Watch

KENT — “There are a lot of bears around,” observed Randy O’Rourke. At a recent Kent Lion’s Club meeting, a neighbor told O’Rourke that one of his miniature donkeys had been killed by a bear recently.
Then, on Sunday, May 21, “I saw three bears, a mama and two cubs, crossing Route 7 about two miles south of where I live in Brookwoods, which is across the road from Kent Falls State Park.” 

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No fast foods in the Colonial kitchen

KENT — The simple act of brewing a cup of coffee, something that we take for granted every day, would have been a laborious and time-consuming task for our Colonial forefathers. 
In a Kent Historical Society Sunday Series talk entitled Food of Our Founders held on May 21 at Town Hall, Wilton Historical Society Museum Educator Lola Chen spoke about how the early settlers obtained, prepared and preserved food.

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Excuse me, while I kiss the sky

Not all the events on the weekend of Connecticut Trails Day (Saturday and Sunday, June 3 and 4) involved hiking. In Kent, on the north campus of the South Kent School, MaryAnn Haverson led an early-morning yoga session overlooking farm fields and Hatch Pond. After stretching and assorted asanas, the participants toured the school’s farm, barns and greenhouses. Overall, more than 200 events were held throughout the state, with many of them in Northwest Corner towns.

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Revolutionary (war) bike tours pedaled from Kent

KENT — Sal Lilienthal, owner of the Bicycle Tour Company in Kent, will celebrate the 20th anniversary of his business this year.
Lilienthal has been in the cycling industry for more than 35 years. Before settling in Kent and starting his tour company here, he was employed as a licensed race mechanic at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. 
Lilienthal eventually landed a job with the Motorola American Cycling Team and worked at the Tour de France with Lance Armstrong.

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Work will begin at Morrison

KENT — Morrison Gallery owner Bill Morrison will soon see his dream of art storage space and a new gallery take shape, literally. Building materials have recently arrived on the empty lot across from the Fife ‘n Drum restaurant where the structures will be located. Construction is slated to begin this summer.    
Millerton-based architect John Allee helped Morrison turn his vision into a reality. 

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