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KENT — Olivia LaFontan and Patrick Purdy announced their love in marriage on a beautiful, sunny day on Sept. 15.  The ceremony was held at the First Congregational Church in Kent where Olivia’s parents and Patrick’s grandparents were also married.  Sister of the bride Abigail LaFontan was the maid of honor. The bridesmaids were friends Amy Aisenberg, Gillian O’Callaghan, Madeline Kabasakalian and Taylor Varrato.  Brother of the groom Wayne Purdy was the best man, and groomsmen were also brothers Nathaniel Purdy and John Purdy, and friends Brian...

Kent

School may cut math aid to keep costs down

KENT — A 3.3 percent increase in education spending for Kent Center School (KCS) in the coming fiscal year was brought down to almost 1 percent  at a budget workshop on Wednesday, Feb. 28.
KCS Principal Florence Budge and Board of Education members Cici Nielsen, Dana Slaughter and Chairman Martin Lindenmayer reviewed a proposed expenditure at the workshop that showed a 3.3 percent increase.
“We’ve got some scary lines in here,” Nielsen said. 

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State drops more costs onto towns

KENT — At the Kent Board of Finance meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 20, Treasurer Barbara Herbst said that the state will no longer fund the tax relief program for eligible elderly taxpayers. 
“The town will need to absorb the approximately $17,000 in property tax relief that this program provides,” Herbst said. “This program is mandated by the state, and the town is required to facilitate it.”
Herbst also said that the state will not fund the second half of the promised Town Aid Road grant. 

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Donna Miller retiring from Kent Library

KENT — Kent Memorial Library (KML) Director Donna Miller will retire on March 29, after almost five years of dedicated service.
Originally from the Farmington Valley, with a Master’s Degree in Library Science from the University of Colorado, Miller has more than 40 years of experience working in public, academic and special libraries. She became the director of the Kent library in June 2013.

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Kent Ice Watch: To be or not to be?

KENT — The annual Ice Watch, a fundraiser for the Kent Volunteer Fire Department (KVFD), is underway. 
This year’s Ice Watch takes on special significance since people have been literally watching the ice more closely than ever before, because of the ice jam that formed on the Housatonic River in mid-January, making state and national headlines. 
At 12 feet thick and two miles long at its peak, the ice jam drew news crews and visitors from across the region.

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Sharing goals among town boards

KENT — At the Kent Board of Selectmen’s meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 6, Selectman Chris Garrity presented goals he thought the board should pursue in 2018. 
One idea he presented was to hold an all board chairs meeting two or three times each year, in which the chairpersons of all town boards, commissions and nonprofit organizations would meet to discuss short- and long-term goals.
“The concept is communication, not for us to tell other boards, commissions or organizations what we think they should do,” Garrity explained.

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Kent considers electing its Region One rep

KENT — At the Kent Board of Selectmen’s regular montly meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 6, a parent requested that Kent change the way it chooses its representative to the Region One Board of Education. 
In recent years, four of the six towns in the Region One School District have changed from an appointed representative to an elected representative. The town of Canaan/Falls Village was the first town to switch from having the members of its local board of education choose the Region One Board member. 

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Chocolate comes in all shapes and colors at school fest

KENT — The age-old question is this: Which comes first, love or romance? In Kent, it’s the love that comes first, at the annual chocolate festival that traditionally precedes Valentine’s Day by a week. 

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Hats tossed, some stovepipe style, at Lincoln Day dinner

KENT — The political season opened at the Bull’s Bridge Inn in Kent on Sunday evening, Feb. 11, with candidates for statewide offices making appearances at the Kent Republican Town Committee’s annual Lincoln Day dinner.
The candidates for U.S. Senate, governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of the state and treasurer had two minutes to speak — three if they were willing to wear the Lincoln-esque stovepipe hat. The time limit was enforced (with a smile) by moderator Vince LaFontan.

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Lincoln’s Birthday dinner planned for Sunday

KENT — Lincoln’s Birthday will be celebrated at Kent’s Bull’s Bridge Inn on Sunday, Feb. 11, under the auspices of the Kent Republican Town Committee.
The evening will begin at 6:30 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar, followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Choices for the meal are New York strip steak, chicken Marsala or grilled salmon, plus dessert and coffee or tea. The cost is $30 per person or $55 per couple, tax and tip included.

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Walking one step at a time, living life one day at a time

KENT — Located only about a mile from the Appalachian Trail (AT), Kent has long been a favorite stop for
thru-hikers. In 2015 Sam Ducharme was one of those many intrepid adventurers to stop in the town on his journey from Georgia to Maine. 
In a talk sponsored by the Kent Memorial Library on Saturday, Jan. 20, at Town Hall, Ducharme shared his experiences about the six months it took him to hike the 2,200-mile long trail.

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