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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...

Kent

We protest

Protesters of all ages turned out Saturday in Kent, above, Salisbury and other area towns to express their feelings about a variety of issues. Stories, more photos, Women, men and children rose to protest on Saturday and ‘This is what democracy looks like’.

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The drone photos of the river

The photos below and on Page A9were taken by a drone on Saturday, Jan. 13, for the town of Kent by Xiaoye  “Able” Zhou, a student in the class of 2018 at the Marvelwood School in Kent.  
“Able was asked to  pilot his drone to help emergency management and Kent Volunteer Fire Department officials monitor the ice dam situations,” according to Marvelwood teacher Laurie Doss. 

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Water, flowing again, is expected to break ice jam

KENT — Warm air temperatures and flood-stage water levels in the Housatonic River were expected to break up the ice jams that have blocked the river in Kent for the past week. 
As of press time on Tuesday, the surface of the water was still mostly covered with frozen chunks of ice. Despite flood warnings for Litchfield County, the water level of the river in Kent had dropped 50 inches by Monday.

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Flash-thaw jams Housatonic River at Bull’s Bridge

KENT — The Housatonic River flooded its banks on Saturday, Jan. 13, following recent warm temperatures and rain that caused ice on the river to break up and form ice jams. These jams prevented water from flowing, causing the river to swell and spill onto roadways and properties. 
“Water will always find the path of least resistance,” said Rep. Brian Ohler (R-64), who has been in town to help deal with the situation.  

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Flash-thaw jams Housatonic River at Bull’s Bridge

KENT, Conn. — The Housatonic River flooded its banks on Saturday, Jan. 13, following recent warm temperatures and rain that caused ice on the river to break up and form ice jams. These jams prevented water from flowing, causing the river to swell and spill onto roadways and properties. 
“Water will always find the path of least resistance,” said Rep. Brian Ohler (R-64), who has been in town to help deal with the situation.  

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New ventures for children at Kent Center

KENT — The Board of Education met for their regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 10. 
Former board member and chairman Allan Priaulx was in attendance to be recognized for his service during his six-year term from 2011 to 2017. Current Chairman Martin Lindenmayer presented Priaulx with a framed certificate, and the Kent Center School (KCS) staff presented him with a gift basket. Priaulx was credited for creating a board culture where KCS teachers were recognized for and supported in their hard work as educators.  

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State funds in hand, village upgrades can begin

KENT — Mike Everett, chairman of the Streetscape Committee, gave a report at the Jan. 2 meeting of the Kent Board of Selectmen on next steps in making upgrades to the village center.
 “The most critical areas that need to be addressed are the irregular and inconsistent sidewalks and curbs,” he said. “We need to define where the sidewalks end and where the street begins, and we need to make the sidewalks safe for everyone to use, particularly people with mobility issues.”

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Firearms store to open

KENT — First Selectman Bruce Adams reported at the Jan. 2 meeting of the Kent Board of Selectmen that a firearms retail store is planned for a space next to Sacred Heart Catholic Church. 
Adams has received a permit application for the shop. Approval is at the discretion of the first selectman, according to state statute.
“After consulting with the town attorney, there is no logical or legal reason why I should not or could not give this application my signature of approval,” he said. 

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Say it ain’t snow …

Once again, the weather was the big news story. The cold temperatures that came with the new year had created black ice that was perfect for outdoor skating; but with the heavy snow on Thursday, Jan. 4, many of those outdoor rinks disappeared. Snow totals for the area varied. 
The National Weather Service reported 15 inches in Winsted, 7 inches in Falls Village, 11 inches in Norfolk and 10.8 inches at Cornwall Bridge. 
Plow company employees said they saw as much as 12 to 16 inches in some areas.

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In Kent, the sweet smell of gingerbread success

KENT — The votes from December have been tallied and the winning entries in Kent’s annual gingerbread house competition have been selected.
The judges are anonymous; their votes were collected and tallied by the also-anonymous Ginger Judges.

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