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KENT — There was an abundance of cultural offerings last weei in Kent, with music, art and paintings to appeal to everyone’s tastes. 

The Kent Art Association (KAA) and the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council hosted the KAA’s Presidents Show on Thursday evening, July 11. 

Michael Hunt, director of the KAA, said July’s Presidents Show was the largest of the three held this year, and that the goal was “to create and encourage a collaboration” for a greater and more diverse number of artists. “I don’t like to use the...

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Grant awarded to Kent Library Association

The Kent Library Association is pleased to announce it has received a $10,000 grant from the Khurshed Bhumgara Fund, a fund of the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation, Inc. These funds will support the cost of a consultant to help build its endowment.
The library is located at 32 North Main St. in Kent. Go to www.kentmemoriallibrary.org for more information.

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From KentPresents, $125k for area nonprofits

 
KentPresents, the ideas festival held for the past four years in Kent, is awarding grants totaling $125,000 to 42 nonprofit organizations serving Litchfield County. 
The groups receiving awards provide social and emergency services, housing, educational and economic opportunities, and enhance the cultural and artistic lives of low- and moderate-income individuals and families in Kent and nearby communities. In selecting the recipients, special emphasis is placed on basic needs, emergency services and education programs.

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2018: Ongoing hearings, suits for Birch Hill plan

KENT — Efforts to build a drug and alcohol rehab facility in the former Kent nursing care building on Maple Street were stalled when the state chose not to give Birch Hill the approvals it needs to go ahead with its plans.
After Birch Hill’s application was denied at the end of October, the company filed an appeal. A hearing before the state Department of Public Health was held Dec. 7. A decision has not yet been made based on the hearing. 

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Kent Center student concert ushers in the holidays

An eagerly awaited holiday tradition: The Kent Center School Winter Concert included performances by the bands and chorus of students in grades five through eight.
There were two concerts on Tuesday, Dec. 11; the first was held during school hours for the enjoyment of younger students; the evening show was for parents and friends.
The Jazz Band, under the direction of David Poirier, led off the concert with a lively version of “Jazzmanian Devil.” The Intermediate Band followed with equally upbeat tunes.

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Are roaming coyotes the new black bears?

KENT — The coyote population is growing in Connecticut, and area residents are going to need to learn to live in peace with them. That was the message in a talk Dec. 1 by Paul Colburn, a wildlife conservationist with the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP).  
In his talk at Kent Town Hall on Eastern Coyotes he spoke of the importance of learning to cohabitate with the animals, so that we protect ourselves and so we can learn to enjoy them safely. 

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Projects ending and starting up in Kent

KENT — Two ongoing projects in Kent are coming to an end, according to reports at the regular meeting of the Board of Selectmen on Tuesday, Dec. 4.
 Sean Gilson owns a home on Kenico Road and he spoke at the meeting of his concerns about how long the roadwork there is taking. Renovation work started in late summer 2017 and includes regrading to correct a dip in the road and a steep incline. 
The project was delayed by several months at one point while the town waited on Eversource to move utility poles.

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No nibbling: Edible artistry in gingerbread event in downtown Kent

KENT — This town is once again Connecticut’s Gingerbread Capital. The sixth annual Gingerbread Festival unites residents, retailers and visitors alike in the happy holiday tradition of finding and admiring the extraordinary gingerbread creations at businesses in the village. 
Seventeen shops are participating this year, each with a different gingerbread creation by a town resident — and each with a clue to help solve the gingerbread riddle. The clues will reveal the location of a special treat. 

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Caution: new stop signs approved for South Kent

KENT — There will soon be two new stop signs on South Kent Road at the intersection with Camps Flat Road and Bull’s Bridge Road.
“There have been a number of accidents at that intersection,” First Selectman Bruce Adams said. “One of the recent accidents was a near fatality involving a truck and a motorcyclist.”
 There are currently two stop signs in place: one on Camps Flat Road and one on Bull’s Bridge Road. Both of these roads are town roads. 

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Candy construction

Kent Center School fourth-graders made this gingerbread house, among creations on display at Kent’s annual Gingerbread Festival. More photos, story, see No nibbling: Edible artistry in gingerbread event in downtown Kent.

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Parade of Lights a moving ceremony

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

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