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KENT — It’s only October but already there are craft fairs and artisan sales offering wares worthy of year-end holiday gifts.  

One such fair was held Saturday, Oct. 12, at the firehouse in Kent to benefit the Kent Volunteer Fire Department. 

Billed as the Art from the Heart craft fair, vendors were there with a variety of small items that would make lovely stocking stuffers, hostess gifts and more.

Among the vendors was Molly Silver of Colebrook, who brought a colorful assortment of knit wear for babies, dolls and even Beanie Baby toys....

Kent

South Kent names new head of school

KENT — South Kent School has announced that after serving as interim head of school since autumn of 2018, Lawrence A. Smith has been elected as the ninth head of school. According to a release, Smith accepted the position following a unanimous positive vote by the school’s board of trustees at its recent winter meeting. 

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Public hearing for disputed sidewalk plan

KENT — It was a contentious Board of Selectmen’s meeting in Kent on Tuesday, Feb. 5, with frustrations spilling over into heated dialogue.
 A point of contention was the Streetscape Committee’s proposal to revitalize town sidewalks. 

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Details offer bigger picture of small town life

KENT — The annual town report for Kent is now available. The report highlights notable happenings, accomplishments and figures from fiscal year 2017-18.
First Selectman Bruce Adams mentions several important developments in town. Kent’s Welcome Center, complete with restrooms, an outdoor shower and water-bottle filling station, opened in the summer of 2017. By October of the same year, more than 270 showers had been taken, mostly by thru-hikers on the Appalachian Trail as they passed through town.

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So far so good on Housatonic in Kent

KENT — Route 7 took a beating last week. Flooding caused by heavy rains closed the state highway in several spots, including North Canaan near Geer Nursing and Rehabilitation and, farther south, in Kent.
In Kent, the road was closed at about 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25, and was still not open by Monday, Jan. 28. The state Department of Transportation was expected to open it again on Monday afternoon.

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Stars align for new sidewalks in Kent

KENT — Kent’s Streetscape Committee presented a plan for the revitalization of town sidewalks at a well-attended hearing on Thursday, Jan. 17, immediately following the annual town meeting.
The committee has been working over the last several years to develop a plan to replace and improve the current asphalt sidewalks, which are deteriorating. In many places the sidewalks have inadequate or no curbing, the surface is rough and uneven, and some areas are fairly narrow.  

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Quick work at Kent town meeting

KENT — Kent taxpayers convened for the annual town meeting on Thursday, Jan. 17. A crowd of about 75 people was in attendance; most were there to listen to a presentation by the Streetscape Committee about sidewalks, at a hearing that immediately followed the town meeting.
The town meeting lasted for 15 minutes, with three items on the agenda. 
First, taxpayers voted to accept the annual town report and audited financial statement for the fiscal year ending on June 30, 2018.

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Power in numbers as Kent women hold a protest

KENT — The cold clear morning was warmed by the enthusiasm of more than a hundred marchers in Kent on Saturday, Jan. 19.
 Organizer Jane Zatlin had invited “ Women, men , children, pets, all welcome.” Indeed, all those were represented. 
Promptly at 10 a.m., Zatlin offered words of welcome,saying “I was hoping to feel victorious for having won 40 seats in the House, but since posting this event, so much has happened.” 

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Grant awarded to Kent Library Association

The Kent Library Association is pleased to announce it has received a $10,000 grant from the Khurshed Bhumgara Fund, a fund of the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation, Inc. These funds will support the cost of a consultant to help build its endowment.
The library is located at 32 North Main St. in Kent. Go to www.kentmemoriallibrary.org for more information.

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From KentPresents, $125k for area nonprofits

 
KentPresents, the ideas festival held for the past four years in Kent, is awarding grants totaling $125,000 to 42 nonprofit organizations serving Litchfield County. 
The groups receiving awards provide social and emergency services, housing, educational and economic opportunities, and enhance the cultural and artistic lives of low- and moderate-income individuals and families in Kent and nearby communities. In selecting the recipients, special emphasis is placed on basic needs, emergency services and education programs.

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2018: Ongoing hearings, suits for Birch Hill plan

KENT — Efforts to build a drug and alcohol rehab facility in the former Kent nursing care building on Maple Street were stalled when the state chose not to give Birch Hill the approvals it needs to go ahead with its plans.
After Birch Hill’s application was denied at the end of October, the company filed an appeal. A hearing before the state Department of Public Health was held Dec. 7. A decision has not yet been made based on the hearing. 

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