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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

Kent

Marshall steps up to head KML

KENT — Sarah Marshall has been named the new director of the Kent Memorial Library, replacing Donna Miller, who will retire this year. 
Marshall will begin in her new position on April 2. She has been a director of Children’s Services for more than 11 years at the library and a resident of Kent for 23 years. She combines her experience in the KML Junior Room with 13 years working as a teacher-administrator in area private schools, according to a press release from the library.

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Finance member opposes ed budget

KENT — Kent’s total education costs will increase by .76 percent in the coming fiscal year, which begins July 1, according to the proposed budget presented to the Board of Finance (BOF) on Tuesday, March 20.
Despite the modest increase, Board of Finance member Ed Epstein said he will vote against it.

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In the market for a spring day

It was an understated Shop Hop weekend in Kent, from March 23 to 25. At least the weather was moderate, perfect for cruising the Main Street in search of gifts and essentials. Twenty-one businesses took part, as did the Easter Bunny.  Customers sampled Beekman Goat products at Kent Pharmacy.

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Salaries will be reviewed

KENT — First Selectman Bruce Adams presented the proposed municipal spending plan for the 2018-19 fiscal year to the Board of Finance at its regular meeting  on Tuesday, March 20.
The total expenditures amount to $12,990,005, an increase of 3.9 percent, or $132,817, over the current budget. 
Health insurance was a main factor in the overall increase, with a 12 percent rise, or $14,169.

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Hippety-hoppy

The Easter Bunny chatted with youngsters at Kent Town Center during Shop Hop weekend, left. An egg hunt, above, was something of a free-for-all.
 

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Downhill racers

KENT — Kent Cub Scout Pack 11 held its annual Pinewood Derby on Sunday afternoon, March 11 (a snow date reschedule; the derby had originally been planned for the week before).
Six Cub Scouts, five Boy Scouts and three parents participated in the derby, held as always at the parish house of the Kent Congregational Church.
The top three finishers in terms of speed were, in first place  Mason Collins, in second place Lincoln Kennedy and in third place Charlie Collins.

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Telling tales of town’s farming heritage

KENT — Farming was not just a way to earn a living, it was a way of life. In a Sunday Series talk presented by the Kent Historical Society (KHS) on Sunday, March 18, town residents shared their memories of farm life in Kent during the mid-20th century.
Diane Camp created a slide show of old photos and anecdotes of her family’s farm on Camps Flat Road. 

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Seeking harmony in town affairs in Kent

KENT — First Selectman Bruce Adams commented on the budget plan for fiscal year 2018-19 at the regular monthly meeting of the Kent Board of Selectmen on Tuesday, March 6. 
“The initial increase in the cost of health care was 19.2 percent, but it is now anticipated to be around 12 percent,” he said. The town currently uses Aetna as its health insurance provider, and is considering switching to a state plan, Connecticut Partnership 2.0, for further cost savings.

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Students show their inventiveness

KENT — As always, the projects dreamed up by students at Kent Center School for the annual Inventors Fair were more than just clever creations. They touched on issues in the news and showed a beautifully mature sensitivity to the problems that affect the daily lives of the children and their loved ones.

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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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