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KENT — As with pancakes, sometimes the first one out of the pan is just a test. Such was the case with the first Second Saturday at the Kent Barns shopping complex in the center of town. One might have called it a “dry run” except for the fact that it was damp and chilly on May 12. 

Businesses and galleries had events set up (and samplings of wine) for the few visitors who did venture out on the cool evening.

At Eckert Fine Art visitors had a rare opportunity to get up close with some fine Robert Rauschenberg pieces. Gallery owner Jane Eckert was a...

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Art and artisanal wines at fundraiser for Kent Land Trust

cynthiah@lakevillejournal.com

KENT — The setting and the weather were as delicious as the hundreds of wines offered for sale and for tastes at the Kent Land Trust fundraiser Saturday, April 2.
Seventeen wine vendors from the Tri-state region participated, and offered sips of 93 wines to the approximately 300 people who purchased tickets for the event. Vendors also donated 10 percent of all sales to the Land Trust.
Artisanal cheeses and other regional, hand-crafted foods were provided by J.P. Gifford, the café and food shop on Main Street.

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Brush fire destroys KVFD’s main truck

karaw@lakevillejournal.com

KENT — The Kent Volunteer Fire Department’s main truck, Attack Engine 5-0, was destroyed while fighting a four-alarm brush fire on March 30.
The brush fire began around 2 p.m. on state-owned land off North Kent Road.
Shortly after the fire department volunteers arrived on the scene, attack engine 5-0 suffered a mechanical failure and got caught in the fire.
The firefighters doused the truck with water, but their efforts were in vain — the truck burned and was completely destroyed.

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Town budget is up 3 percent

karaw@lakevillejournal.com

KENT — The Board of Selectmen presented a municipal budget to the Board of Finance on Tuesday, March 29.
Before that meeting, the Board of Selectmen held a special meeting to make a final tweak to the spending plan and to vote on the bottom line before presenting it to the finance board.
A few small changes were made, including the addition of $5,000 to the snow removal line in case any extra workers need to be hired next winter.

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Tech Advisory Committee to help avoid meltdowns

karaw@lakevillejournal.com

KENT — At the request of First Selectman Bruce Adams and with the endorsement of the Board of Selectmen, a Technology Advisory Committee has been formed. The decision to create the new committee was made after the failure of the server that contained the data for every office in Town Hall.
The board is comprised of three people: John Worthington, who is the building inspector in Litchfield, Dan O’Neill, who works in the information technology department at New Milford Hospital, and Charlie Taylor, who is responsible for information technology at Kent Center School.

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‘Spies’ at the library

karaw@lakevillejournal.com

KENT — The Kent Memorial Library was transformed into a training center for spies and secret agents on Saturday evening, March 26, when the junior room hosted “spy training” for middle school students.
Eleven spies-in-training attended the event — but had to decode a clue before they could begin the program. Upon walking in the door, the children found a sheet of paper with a clue written on it in invisible ink.
They eventually figured out that they had to apply heat to the paper in order to read the message.

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Two selectmen will not run for re-election

karaw@lakevillejournal.com

KENT — First Selectman Bruce Adams has announced that he will run for re-election this year, but Selectmen Karren Garrity and George Jacobsen have announced that they will not.
“George said right up from when he started, ‘This will be one term, and then I’ll be done,’ and he’s sticking to that,” Adams said. “Karren Garrity surprised me when she came in a few weeks ago and told me that she wouldn’t be running.”
“It was a difficult decision to make because I really enjoyed being on the board, and we’ve been a really good board and accomplished a lot,” Garrity said of her decision.

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BOS prepares budget for review by Board of Finance

karaw@lakevillejournal.com

KENT — The Kent Board of Selectmen voted to approve their proposed budget of $2,718,940 at a special meeting held prior to a joint meeting with the Board of Finance that was held on Tuesday, March 29 (which was after press time for this newspaper).
The total proposed budget as of Monday, March 28, for both municipal and education spending is $10,897,119, a 2.4 percent increase over the 2010-11 fiscal year. The new fiscal year begins July 1.

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Community House could be ready as early as May

karaw@lakevillejournal.com

KENT — The renovation of the Kent Community House is about halfway completed, and the space is expected to be open for use again by this summer.
The building used to be an all-purpose center that served as a gymnasium until Kent Center School built its own in the 1950s. It was owned by the First Congregational Church of Kent, whose property it still rests on, until the church gave it to the town because it could no longer afford to maintain it.

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Fast and flashy cars at Scouts’ Pinewood Derby

karaw@lakevillejournal.com

KENT — Hopes were high on Saturday, March 19, as Cub Scout Pack 11 held its annual Pinewood Derby in the parish hall of the First Congregational Church. The room was filled with Cub Scouts and their parents and siblings.
Each Scout, with help from his parents or another adult, had constructed and decorated a small wooden car to race during the derby.

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Young artisans build homes for their feathered friends

karaw@lakevillejournal.com

KENT — Six teams of parents and children huddled around workbenches on Saturday, March 12, at the Build a Birdhouse workshop at the First Congregational Church in Kent.
The workshop was part of the Housatonic Youth Service Bureau’s FYI Series, which hosts an intergenerational workshop in a different Region One town every month.
The workshops are often led by Falls Village teacher and craftsman Joe Brien, who also teaches privately through his Lost Art Workshops.
Brien’s focus is on teaching his students how to do things “they way they were done in the old days,” he said.

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