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KENT — The annual Ice Watch, a fundraiser for the Kent Volunteer Fire Department (KVFD), is underway. 

This year’s Ice Watch takes on special significance since people have been literally watching the ice more closely than ever before, because of the ice jam that formed on the Housatonic River in mid-January, making state and national headlines. 

At 12 feet thick and two miles long at its peak, the ice jam drew news crews and visitors from across the region.

Newscasters could be seen at all hours of the day and night broadcasting ice jam...

Kent

Arbor Day celebrated at KCS

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KENT — Kent Center School was tree-rific on Friday, April 29, when students at the elementary school celebrated national Arbor Day.
The day was full of tree-centric events, including lessons about Birdsey Northrup, the Kent resident who was responsible for starting Connecticut’s Arbor Day in 1886.
In 1895, Northrup also persuaded Japan to start its own Arbor Day.

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Lots to see, hear at machinery show

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KENT — Steam trains, tractors and engines were out in force at the Connecticut Antique Machinery Association (CAMA) in Kent on Saturday, April 30. It was a sunny spring day, perfect weather for excited families and antique machinery enthusiasts to mingle and share stories, and take rides on some of the working machines.
Saturday was CAMA’s 27th annual Spring Power-up, the first day of the year when association members start their machines after their winter dormancy.

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Budget public hearing May 6

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KENT — At a special meeting on Tuesday, April 26, the Board of Finance finalized the budget draft for the fiscal year 2011-12. The spending plan will be presented to voters at a budget public hearing on Friday, May 6, at 8 p.m. at Town Hall.
The bottom line for the proposed combined municipal and education budgets is $10,677,931.41, a 0.37-percent increase over the present combined budgets. The new fiscal year begins July 1.

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At last, a music scene at South Kent

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KENT — When he was a student at the all-boy South Kent School more than five years ago, Marcus Cooper was disappointed with the music opportunities available. Now a college graduate, Cooper has returned to the school — as an employee.
He started as an intern in September 2010, but will be returning for the next school year as a full-time employee — and his job will be to expand the music programs offered by the school.
Cooper now teaches music appreciation and music theory, as well as lessons for individual students.

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Scouts, volunteers clean up Kent

This time, the more trash the better
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KENT — Kent’s Girl Scouts (and one Boy Scout) aided in the 2011 Kent Town Cleanup with a sweep of the village streets on Monday, April 25.
The volunteers split up into two groups; one picked up trash in the residential areas of Elizabeth Street and Lane Street, and the other group worked on both sides of Main Street.
The Scouts found cigarette butts, bottle caps and various wrappers, all of which were removed from the ground with gloved hands and placed into trash bags.

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Issue over social services director’s hours

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KENT — A joint proposal was made and rejected at the regular meeting of the Board of Selectmen on Tuesday, April 5.
First Selectman Bruce Adams and Social Services Director Jerrilynn Tiso have been trying to find ways to adapt her hours so she can accommodate another job she recently accepted as social services director for the town of Roxbury. She was hired to work one day a week at that job but she wants to increase to two days a week. Her job in Kent is three days a week.

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Kent Singers keeping choral tradition alive

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KENT — In preparation for an upcoming pair of concerts on May 7, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Bridgewater and May 14, at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Kent, the Kent Singers have been hard at work rehearsing their program of classical choral numbers, called “Spring, Love and Laughter.”

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Board of Ed budget accepted

Capital plan modified
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KENT — At the regular meeting on Tuesday, April 12, the Board of Finance accepted the presentation of the Board of Education’s proposed budget for the 2011-12 fiscal year; and modified the town’s five-year capital plan to accommodate the changing needs of the Kent Volunteer Fire Department, which recently lost its main fire truck to a brush fire.
First Selectman Bruce Adams and Selectman George Jacobsen, called a special meeting so they could participate in budget discussions. Representing the Board of Education was Chairman Tracy Horosky.

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Ed budget up 3.64 percent

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KENT — At its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, April 7, the Kent Board of Education voted unanimously to approve a proposed 2011-12 budget of $3,876,088. The education total is $6,446,941 when Kent’s portion of the Region One budget is added in. The regional education budget includes tuition for Kent students at Housatonic Valley Regional High School, Pupil Services (which includes special education) and the regional administration office.
The total amount is a 3.64 percent increase over this year’s budget. The fiscal year begins July 1.

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Young inventors take fresh look at old problems

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KENT — Ten Kent Center School students in grades one through six put on their thinking caps for this year’s Inventor’s Fair, which was held in the school library on Friday, April 8.
This the 20th year for the fair under the direction of reading intervention teacher Lee Sohl, who started the program when she ran the gifted and talented program at the school.

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