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KENT — The Gilmore Girls Fan Festival, held in Kent over the weekend of Oct. 20 to 22, was a main topic of discussion at the meeting of the Kent Chamber of Commerce on Monday, Nov. 6.

“Overall, the festival went off well,” said Chamber President Tim Good. “I want to thank everyone for all the work and effort they put in. There was not one business I was not proud to be a part of. We had great weather that weekend, and the town had never looked better.

“However, if the organizers of the event choose to come back to Kent again, there are a few...

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All aboard the rosé express!

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Climbing to great heights

KENT — Russell Plumb is afraid of heights. One would never guess this, however, while watching him perched high up in a tree, moving nimbly from limb to limb. 
Russell, an arborist and this year’s winner of the New England Tree Climbing Championship, has been climbing to great heights for the past 22 years.
Originally hailing from the town of Newport Pagnell in Buckinghamshire, England, Russell stumbled into the tree business quite serendipitously.   

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KCS Class of 2017: Smiles and style abound

KENT — Although the skies were producing occasional sprinkles and the exercises had to be moved indoors, the promotion ceremony for the 26-member Class of 2017 at Kent Center School (KCS) went off without a hitch.  

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Bear numbers — and danger — on the rise

KENT — Bears have generally been a benign presence in the Northwest Corner. But as their numbers increase exponentially, the potential for danger to humans and other animals seems to be increasing as well.
Every few years there seems to be a rumor of a bear ripping a door off a house and coming into the kitchen or attacking a small animal in a backyard or outdoor paddock. Photos sent in for The Lakeville Journal’s Bear Watch column have shown more bears coming right up to back doors and barbecue grills. 

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Tax reductions for nonprofits at Kent BOS

KENT  — The Board of Selectmen met for their regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, June 6. The meeting began with a closed-door executive session to discuss the lawsuit being brought against the town by Templeton Farms Apartments. The claim was that their property was over assessed.
Templeton Farm Apartments had participated in a tax abatement program for 40 years in which the state reimbursed them for their property taxes. That program expired in 2016. 

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KVFD ball, still cooking after 106 years

KENT — The 106th annual Kent Firemen’s Ball was held on Saturday, June 10, at the firehouse. This much anticipated soiree attracted more than 500 guests who came to enjoy an evening of fun, food and dancing.
Dressed in their late-spring finest, attendees mingled, laughed and dined on a roast beef dinner prepared by Bill Tobin and his crew. The band Those Guys provided live music.

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Hidden treasures at nearby Yale

KENT — “I don’t have psychic powers, but I know you’re all wondering why I’m dressed like this,” Mathew Duman said to the audience at the Kent Memorial Library on Saturday, June 10. Duman, a photographer and graphic designer, was wearing a safari helmet and vest that said “Gargoyles Tour Guide” on the back. 

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Bear Watch

KENT — “There are a lot of bears around,” observed Randy O’Rourke. At a recent Kent Lion’s Club meeting, a neighbor told O’Rourke that one of his miniature donkeys had been killed by a bear recently.
Then, on Sunday, May 21, “I saw three bears, a mama and two cubs, crossing Route 7 about two miles south of where I live in Brookwoods, which is across the road from Kent Falls State Park.” 

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No fast foods in the Colonial kitchen

KENT — The simple act of brewing a cup of coffee, something that we take for granted every day, would have been a laborious and time-consuming task for our Colonial forefathers. 
In a Kent Historical Society Sunday Series talk entitled Food of Our Founders held on May 21 at Town Hall, Wilton Historical Society Museum Educator Lola Chen spoke about how the early settlers obtained, prepared and preserved food.

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Excuse me, while I kiss the sky

Not all the events on the weekend of Connecticut Trails Day (Saturday and Sunday, June 3 and 4) involved hiking. In Kent, on the north campus of the South Kent School, MaryAnn Haverson led an early-morning yoga session overlooking farm fields and Hatch Pond. After stretching and assorted asanas, the participants toured the school’s farm, barns and greenhouses. Overall, more than 200 events were held throughout the state, with many of them in Northwest Corner towns.

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