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The tree on the Kent Green is a relative newcomer to the holiday scene. It’s only been a few years that town residents have been gathering around it to usher in the holiday season. A small crowd met up on the Green on Saturday evening, Dec. 1, to sing songs and see the lights illuminate the evergreen. A Parade of Lights followed, with decorated vehicles taking part including fire trucks from Kent, Sharon, Cornwall and other area towns. — Cynthia Hochswender

Kent

Man sought in theft of credit cards, wallet

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KENT — State Police at the Troop L barracks in Litchfield have released surveillance video photos of a man believed to have stolen a wallet and credit cards from behind a counter at a store in Kent.
The police received the complaint of the stolen items on Oct. 29.
Police responded to the scene, initiated a criminal investigation, and determined that the stolen credit cards were taken from the wallet, which was then discarded.
The credit cards were apparently used at Walmart in New Milford and at numerous gas stations in the New Milford and Brookfield area.

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Kent Coffee and Chocolate: 20 years old and still sweet

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KENT — One of the mainstays of downtown Kent celebrated an important milestone this summer. Kent Coffee and Chocolate, opened by Sandra Champlain when she was 25 years old, turned 20 on July 4.
The idea for the shop came to her on a visit to her mother, Marion, all those years ago. Champlain had graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y., and was working in the hospitality industry, sometimes cooking, sometimes in management. She even worked on the Mississippi Queen river boat. But, she said, she had a dream of opening a restaurant.

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Election Day is Nov. 8

One meeting left for these selectmen
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KENT — Rehabilitation work on the Kent Community House is nearly complete, according to a report presented to the selectmen at their meeting Oct. 4.
Painting and lighting are done. First Selectman Bruce Adams said all that remains to be done is to clean up the building.
The building inspector and fire marshal inspected the Community House and recommended a few small items to be remediated, he said. He hopes the building will be open to the public by the time of the next Board of Selectmen’s meeting,  Nov. 15 at 4:30 p.m.

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Raising money for a new roof for Seven Hearths

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KENT — The Historic District Commission (HDC) approved an application by the Kent Historical Society (KHS), with no dissent, to replace the aging roof on Seven Hearths, the 260-year-old farmhouse owned by the historical society.
Historical Society Executive Director Marge Smith said the cedar shakes that are used for roofing these days don’t look like the shakes used 260 years ago.
Hudson Valley Preservation, which is handling the renovations, found a product it is recommending instead: Enviroshake shingles. They are new but look like the shakes that were used centuries ago.

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Kent is once again New England’s top foliage town

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KENT — The town of Kent was once again named the top foliage town in New England in Yankee Magazine’s online poll, at www.YankeeFoliage.com.
Last year, Kent earned the same top ranking. However, the 2010 award was based on an evaluation by tourism professionals as well as Yankee’s writers and editors.
In a press release, Heather Atwell, Yankee’s communications manager, said, “Based on the enthusiasm for Yankee’s 2010 top foliage town rankings, we decided to put the vote to the people for 2011.”

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200-year-old farm to be part of Center for Innovation

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KENT — “The familiar is crumbling,” announced South Kent Head of School Andrew Vadnais at a talk Sept. 18 sponsored by the Kent Historical Society.
The theme of his talk was not about the advantages and disadvantages of looking to the past (even though his presentation at Town Hall, attended by about 50 people, had been organized by the Historical Society).
Vadnais was there to talk about the future — specifically, the future of the Arno Farm, which now belongs to South Kent School.

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‘A Young Wife’ author at Memorial Library

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KENT — Author Pam Lewis, a former resident of Kent, returned to town Sept. 24 to talk about and read from her new book, “A Young Wife,” at the Kent Memorial Library.
“‘A Young Wife’ is historical fiction, very loosely based on an eventful life, my grandmother’s,” Lewis said in an interview before the talk.
She described her two previous books, “Perfect Family” and “Speak Softly, She Can Hear” as psychological thrillers.

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Connecticut Antique Machinery Fall Festival highlights the past

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KENT — The Connecticut Antique Machinery Association (CAMA) held its 27th annual Fall Festival from Sept. 23 to 25 on the association’s grounds in Kent.
CAMA’s wide variety of antique machinery was operated throughout the weekend.
There were also numerous displays and exhibitions of antique farm equipment, motors and electrical items brought to the festival by antique machinery enthusiasts from all over the Northeast.

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Husband and wife team up on teeth

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KENT — Kent residents — and dentists — George and Jill Hetson are perfect examples of the old adage, “Life takes unexpected turns.”
As a young man, George lived in New Jersey and commuted to work as a paint chemist in a New York City paint factory. His future wife’s father was a chemical salesman who came to the paint factory, and as George says, “sold me ethylene glycol, propylene glycol and his daughter, in that order.”

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New home for Historical Society

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KENT — The Kent Historical Society has found a new home, in an appropriately old house.
Seven Hearths is a Colonial-era home on Route 7 about two miles north of Kent center, built in 1751 by John Beebe Jr.
It was purchased in 1919 by George Laurence Nelson, who lived there until his death in 1978. Nelson bequeathed his beloved home and property (which is on the National Register of Historic Houses) to the Kent Historical Society, which lists the property on its website as its “prized possession.”

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