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KENT — The Gilmore Girls Fan Festival, held in Kent over the weekend of Oct. 20 to 22, was a main topic of discussion at the meeting of the Kent Chamber of Commerce on Monday, Nov. 6.

“Overall, the festival went off well,” said Chamber President Tim Good. “I want to thank everyone for all the work and effort they put in. There was not one business I was not proud to be a part of. We had great weather that weekend, and the town had never looked better.

“However, if the organizers of the event choose to come back to Kent again, there are a few...

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Inventive media and ideas at KCS show

KENT — The Kent Center School (KCS) annual art show on Thursday, May 11, was a great success. Family members came to view the multitude of student works on display throughout the school. Smiling children proudly showed off their work to parents, grandparents and siblings.
Art teacher Ellen Diker explained that, “Each student had two works of art on display: one two-dimensional piece and one three-dimensional piece. The seventh- and eighth-graders also had a third piece on display, which was created outside of school.”

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Spending up slightly

KENT — The proposed budget for fiscal year 2017-18 showed modest increases at a straightforward budget hearing on Friday, May 5.
The overall budget totals $12,806,467, an increase of $50,809, or 0.4 percent, from this year. 

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Gates will be installed in river areas

KENT —  The proposal to install lockable gates on River Road and North Kent Road was once again a topic of discussion at the Board of Selectmen’s meeting on Thursday, May 4.
Selectman Jeff Parkin was opposed to the gates as a solution to stop large and often messy crowds from gathering along the beach areas of the Housatonic River. These crowds often play loud music and leave behind large amounts of garbage. 

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Carter Road, welcome center almost done

KENT — First Selectman Bruce Adams reported at the meeting of the selectmen on Thursday, May 4, that the long-delayed rebuild of the Carter Road culvert is almost done.
“It actually looks like a road now, and grass seed has been planted on the banks,” he said. “We hope it will  be complete by Memorial Day.” 

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BOE report on KCS and on HVRHS schedule

KENT — The Kent Center School (KCS) Board of Education held its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, May 3.

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Woodpecker Watch

Lakeville Journal reporter Elyse Sadtler and her husband, Daniel Cloutier, were visited by a large pileated woodpecker on Saturday, May 6. The bird was looking for snacks in a stump on their property in the village of Kent.

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Steamed up at two-day spring CAMA show

KENT — The Connecticut Antique Machinery Association on Route 7 in Kent had its first two-day long spring “power up” on May 6 and 7. In the past, the event has lasted a single day. 
Attendance was light, but the change to the format wasn’t fully to blame. The culprit, really, was the gray, damp and chilly weather. 
Fans of old machinery still came out, to sift through boxes of vintage machine parts, ride the historic narrow-gauge trains and watch steam engines large and small huff and puff through their labors. 

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Tension as environmentalists, EPA discuss GE river plans

KENT — Exchanges between organized area environmental groups and governmental agency representatives grew heated at times at a joint meeting April 26 at Kent Town Hall. The purpose was a public update offered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on the progress of the work to clean and restore the Housatonic River. The meeting also touched on plans to create a public boat launch area at The Bend in Cornwall.

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Bobcats rebounding in Northwest Corner

KENT — There used to be a bounty on the hides of bobcats, once considered a threat to agriculture. They are now thriving in Connecticut. In a talk sponsored by the Kent Memorial Library, Master Wildlife Conservationist Paul Colburn spoke about these elusive wildcats on Saturday, April 22, at Town Hall.
Bobcats have done well considering they were aggressively hunted — until they were reclassified as a protected furbearer in 1972. Connecticut placed a bounty on bobcats from 1935 to 1971. Now, hunting and trapping are not allowed.

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A tree grows at Kent Center School

KENT — Kent Center School has expanded its enrollment from young humans to young hardwood trees — well, to one new tree in particular. The fledgling sugar maple planted at the center of the school’s grassy roundabout in honor of the April 28 Arbor Day celebration might be a bit far from the classrooms to become a true tree of knowledge, but in the years that follow it will provide plenty of shade (and perhaps syrup) to Kent Center students. 

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