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KENT — It’s hard to imagine a more perfect setting for a bookstore than the snug space that is now home to the House of Books.

But the little red cottage on Main Street isn’t the true home of the venerable shop, one of only a handful of bookstores remaining in the Tri-state region.

House of Books was started in 1976 by Carol and John Hoffman, in a small space on Route 7. It soon outgrew its original setting and the Hoffmans moved it to 10 Main, formerly the town’s post office. The bookstore remained there until this summer, when circumstances...

Kent

Stock of affordable housing needs boost, speakers say

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KENT — Affordable housing (and the need for more of it) was the topic of a forum held at Kent Town Hall on June 16.
About 50 people attended from Litchfield County. They came to hear 15 speakers in town government and the real estate business make the case for the need for homes here that working people can afford.

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Firefighters celebrate 100th anniversary at annual ball

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KENT — Approximately 700 people turned out on Saturday evening, June 11, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Kent Volunteer Fire Department (KVFD).
The new 15,000-square-foot firehouse, opened in 2008, was transformed into a festive venue complete with fire-themed decorations. Tables were set in white, red and black. There were plenty of balloons. Colorful bunting hung from the ceiling.
Dawn Molnar, chairwoman of the ball, said, “Last year we had about 600 attendees and this year we expect close to 700 people, depending on the weather.”

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Hikers discover hidden treasures on National Trails Day

KENT — Among the birdsongs, sunlight and greenery of Kent, about 20 hikers celebrated the 19th National Trails Day in Connecticut Saturday, June 4, at the Marvelwood School.
The centerpiece of the day, however, was not hiking, but the wildlife, specifically the birds in the fields behind the school.
Laurie Doss, chair of the science department at Marvelwood, along with one of her students, Joseph Golden, shared their knowledge and love for the nature and birds in the area.

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High Watch plans expansion of offices but not beds

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KENT —A special permit application and a site plan application previously submitted by The Ministry of the High Watch Inc., 62 Carter Road, were approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission on June 2.

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Lasting memory

KENT — Memorial Day started out with a few thunderclaps and lightning bolts, but by 9 a.m. the clouds began to break and the firehouse on Maple Street was bustling with men, women, children and dogs preparing to march through the village center.
The parade took off down Main Street at 9:30 a.m. The American Legion Color Guard took the lead, with veterans in cars and jeeps following.

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Fire volunteers celebrate 100 years with ball June 11

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KENT — Like towns in much of rural America, most Litchfield County towns rely upon and are proud of their volunteer fire departments. Kent is no exception.
On June 11, the Kent Volunteer Fire Department (KVFD) will hold its annual ball. This year’s ball takes on special significance as part of a year-long celebration of the fire department’s 100th anniversary. The festivities begin with appetizers at 6 p.m. followed by dinner and dancing at 7 p.m.

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Tucker’s Restaurant opens at Kent Green

KENT — Several months after the North End restaurant closed, a new eatery has taken its place. Tucker’s Restaurant and Tap Room moved to the Kent Green space and opened for business on Tuesday, April 26.
Owned by David Tucker (who is also the chef) and Jennifer Stahl, the restaurant was previously in Washington, Conn., where it was called J.D. Tucker’s.

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Budget passes, mill rate rises to 14.27

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KENT — On Friday, May 20, a town meeting attended by approximately 40 residents approved the town’s budget for the 2011-12 fiscal year, which begins July 1.
First Selectman Bruce Adams called the meeting to order at 8 p.m. Paul Dooley was elected moderator.

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Kent Veterans Memorial

KENT — The Veterans Memorial, located between routes 7 and 341, has become an important stop on Kent’s Memorial Day parade route.
Dedicated on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2009, the Veterans Memorial lists the names of the men and women who served in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.
The building of the monument was a community project, and important to Kent, which previously had only a wooden sign for World War II veterans, and some of the names on it were in question.

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Annual budget town meeting is May 20

KENT — The annual budget town meeting will be held at Town Hall on Friday, May 20, at 8 p.m.
Taxpayers will be asked to vote on the proposed municipal and education budgets for fiscal year 2011-12. The total proposed budget is $10,814,650, and includes the $2,734,753 municipal budget, a $553,600 transfer to the capital fund, $593,540 in debt service plus $153,906 in debt service for the new firehouse and $323,000 for the current year’s appropriations in the five-year capital plan.

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