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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.”

Plans were drawn up in 2013 for sidewalk and lighting...

Kent

Camp John Waters sells out in Kent

KENT — John Waters, film director, screenwriter, actor and comedian, will host a camp for adults at Club Getaway in Kent from Sept. 22 to 24.
The 400 available tickets for this highly anticipated event were sold out almost immediately; fans of this quirky director snatched them up within 24 hours of their going on sale.  

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Detox plan raises concerns in Kent

KENT — There was standing room only at Kent Town Hall on Tuesday, July 13, as people turned out for the public hearing on the proposed drug and alcohol detox and residential treatment facility that could open in the building that was formerly The Kent at 46 Maple St.

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Life in Colonial Kent on display at Historical Society

KENT — The Kent Historical Society (KHS) debuted its 2017 summer exhibition on Saturday, July 8, with a preview for society members at Seven Hearths. 
The exhibit, titled Founders of Kent, chronicles the lives of the intrepid people who settled this “hideous and howling wilderness.”

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Questions about recovery facilities

KENT — Land Use Administrator Donna Hayes informed the Kent selectmen at their meeting on Wednesday, July 5, that there will be a public hearing on a proposed drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility during the next Planning and Zoning Committee meeting on Thursday, July 13, at 7 p.m.

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Public restrooms and Welcome Center open in village

KENT — An opening ceremony was held on Thursday, July 6, to celebrate the completion of the new Welcome Center. Featuring public restrooms, an outdoor shower for thru-hikers and a water bottle-filling station, the Welcome Center is now open and ready for use.
In attendance at the ceremony last week were First Selectman Bruce Adams, state Rep. Brian Ohler (R-64), Chamber of Commerce President Tim Good, architect and Kent resident John Baker, Welcome Center committee members and contractors and tradesmen who helped construct the building.

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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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