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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.  

The ice got stuck at two 90-degree bends in the river, causing jams that are about one mile in length. While a core sample has not...

Kent

Hardware returns to Kent with ACE

KENT — The town of Kent will soon get a new hardware store. True Value, which had been the go-to hardware store for residents for more than 20 years, closed in December 2016. Now, in the same building, an ACE will open its doors under owner Chris Wolf.
“I’ve been in the hardware store business since I was 11 years old,” Wolf said. “I bought my first hardware store in 1999.” 
Also the owner of an ACE in Woodbury, Conn., Wolf said he is thrilled to be opening his second store in a new town. 

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Five new homes to help Kent residents

KENT — Kent Affordable Housing (KAH) held a groundbreaking ceremony on Friday, July 14, for a new five-unit complex at the Stuart Farm location.
KAH President Virginia Bush-Suttman spoke before the gathered crowd, which included First Selectman Bruce Adams and state Rep. Brian Ohler (R-64), among others.
“Kent Affordable Housing was founded in 1991,” Bush-Suttman said. 

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Swimming, sports and crafts at summer camp

KENT — Mondays at Club Getaway, tie-dying T-shirts, water balloons, science experiments and themed barbecues are all on the list of this year’s offerings at the Parks and Recreation summer camp at Emery Park in Kent, where youngsters in grades one through eight participate in a range of educational and fun activities.
Each week now through Friday, Aug. 18, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Camp Director Kevin Kalach oversees up to 24 children, the maximum number of children accommodated weekly.

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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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