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KENT — The Gilmore Girls Fan Festival, held in Kent over the weekend of Oct. 20 to 22, was a main topic of discussion at the meeting of the Kent Chamber of Commerce on Monday, Nov. 6.

“Overall, the festival went off well,” said Chamber President Tim Good. “I want to thank everyone for all the work and effort they put in. There was not one business I was not proud to be a part of. We had great weather that weekend, and the town had never looked better.

“However, if the organizers of the event choose to come back to Kent again, there are a few...

Kent

Why, yes, the ice has broken on the Housatonic River

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KENT — With the massive amounts of rainfall and melting that caused the Housatonic River to flood fields and roads, it became obvious last week that the Kent Volunteer Fire Department’s annual Ice Watch contest was over.
Each winter, the fire department sets up a system in which a clock connected to a tripod on the Housatonic River stops when the ice breaks.
People pay $2 to make a guess as to when the ice will break. Whoever guesses the actual date and time wins half of the money that is collected. The other half goes to the fire department.

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Kellams at Kent Memorial Library

A large crowd came out March 12 to Kent Memorial Library to hear Dan Kellams talk about the tough high school coach who had a lasting impact on his life. Kellams is the author of “A Coach’s Life: Les Hipple and the Marion Indians,” a biography of his strict but inspirational high school coach. In addition to reading excerpts from his book, Kellams shared recollections of his experiences with coach Hipple and answered questions from the audience.

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Fire department corrects OSHA violations

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KENT — In a notice to the members of the Kent Volunteer Fire Department that was recently leaked to the press, Chief Eric Epstein informed the personnel that the fire department had been under investigation by the Connecticut Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
In the letter, Epstein outlined some preliminary changes that would be made to bring the department into compliance.

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Girl Scouts gather for international jamboree

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KENT — The area’s Girl Scout troops held their first ever World Thinking Day Jamboree on Saturday, March 12, at the Marvelwood School’s performing arts center.
The jamboree was attended by eight troops from Kent, North Canaan, Sharon and Salisbury. Each troop set up a booth representing a different country. The United Kingdom, Mexico, France, Brazil, Jordan, Italy, Russia and Egypt were represented.

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Residents evacuated as river floods Route 7

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KENT — Route 7 seemed to get the worst of the flooding caused by heavy rains and snowmelt between Sunday, March 6, and Tuesday, March 8. The road itself was immersed in water at points, and large chunks of ice washed up on the roadway, damaging the guardrails as well as some cars that were parked nearby. Even the ice watch tripod disappeared (more on that in next week’s Lakeville Journal).
Several homes had to be evacuated as well. Four people were sent to Town Hall, where they were offered cots to sleep on until they could find other accommodations.

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Fraudulent letter causes a stir in town clerk’s office

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KENT — The Connecticut secretary of the state’s office received a letter in early February accusing the town clerk’s office of not doing its job properly.
The letter was allegedly written and sent in by Assistant Town Clerk Linda Hall — but Hall insists that the letter was sent fraudulently and that she had nothing to do with it.
“There is no way that Linda wrote this letter,” said First Selectman Bruce Adams at the Board of Selectmen’s meeting on March 1.

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Finance board accepts capital plan with minor changes

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KENT — The Board of Finance accepted the Board of Selectmen’s draft of the five-year plan of capital projects at a meeting March 1.
The main topic of debate was the appropriation of a flat $175,000 per year to the Kent Volunteer Fire Department, which would be held in an account. Once enough is saved, the fire department could use the money to purchase equipment or make improvements.

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Recycling made easier in Kent

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KENT — The Kent transfer station has made changes that will make it easier and faster for residents to recycle, as well as encourage more people to recycle.
Instead of sorting recyclables into different bins, transfer station users now only have to divide their recycling into two parts: paper and containers.
The paper bin will accept cardboard, books, newspapers and magazines, and the container bin will accept all plastics numbered one through seven, cans, bottles and cartons.

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Town works to help women remain in their homes

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KENT — Three homes that were to be sold by the town of Kent because of delinquent taxes will not yet go on sale. While the sale was planned to begin soon (Tax Collector Deborah Devaux has not set the exact date), it will now be postponed for at least a 90-day period to give the homeowners a chance to gather the money they need to keep their homes.
Kent Social Services Director Jerrilynn Tiso was present at the Board of Selectmen’s meeting on March 1, where she advocated for two women, Eileen Dotson and Virginia Lewis, whose homes are to be sold.

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Goodearl is new Marvelwood head

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KENT — The Marvelwood School has announced that Arthur F. Goodearl will be its new head of school.
Goodearl replaces current Headmaster Scott E. Pottbecker, who will step down at the close of the 2010-11 school year.
Pottbecker, who has served Marvelwood for six years, announced his departure in September 2010 in a letter to Board of Trustees Chair James R. Samartini, citing changes in his family life as his reason for leaving.

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