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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

KVFD ball, still cooking after 106 years

KENT — The 106th annual Kent Firemen’s Ball was held on Saturday, June 10, at the firehouse. This much anticipated soiree attracted more than 500 guests who came to enjoy an evening of fun, food and dancing.
Dressed in their late-spring finest, attendees mingled, laughed and dined on a roast beef dinner prepared by Bill Tobin and his crew. The band Those Guys provided live music.

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Hidden treasures at nearby Yale

KENT — “I don’t have psychic powers, but I know you’re all wondering why I’m dressed like this,” Mathew Duman said to the audience at the Kent Memorial Library on Saturday, June 10. Duman, a photographer and graphic designer, was wearing a safari helmet and vest that said “Gargoyles Tour Guide” on the back. 

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Bear Watch

KENT — “There are a lot of bears around,” observed Randy O’Rourke. At a recent Kent Lion’s Club meeting, a neighbor told O’Rourke that one of his miniature donkeys had been killed by a bear recently.
Then, on Sunday, May 21, “I saw three bears, a mama and two cubs, crossing Route 7 about two miles south of where I live in Brookwoods, which is across the road from Kent Falls State Park.” 

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No fast foods in the Colonial kitchen

KENT — The simple act of brewing a cup of coffee, something that we take for granted every day, would have been a laborious and time-consuming task for our Colonial forefathers. 
In a Kent Historical Society Sunday Series talk entitled Food of Our Founders held on May 21 at Town Hall, Wilton Historical Society Museum Educator Lola Chen spoke about how the early settlers obtained, prepared and preserved food.

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Excuse me, while I kiss the sky

Not all the events on the weekend of Connecticut Trails Day (Saturday and Sunday, June 3 and 4) involved hiking. In Kent, on the north campus of the South Kent School, MaryAnn Haverson led an early-morning yoga session overlooking farm fields and Hatch Pond. After stretching and assorted asanas, the participants toured the school’s farm, barns and greenhouses. Overall, more than 200 events were held throughout the state, with many of them in Northwest Corner towns.

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Revolutionary (war) bike tours pedaled from Kent

KENT — Sal Lilienthal, owner of the Bicycle Tour Company in Kent, will celebrate the 20th anniversary of his business this year.
Lilienthal has been in the cycling industry for more than 35 years. Before settling in Kent and starting his tour company here, he was employed as a licensed race mechanic at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. 
Lilienthal eventually landed a job with the Motorola American Cycling Team and worked at the Tour de France with Lance Armstrong.

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Work will begin at Morrison

KENT — Morrison Gallery owner Bill Morrison will soon see his dream of art storage space and a new gallery take shape, literally. Building materials have recently arrived on the empty lot across from the Fife ‘n Drum restaurant where the structures will be located. Construction is slated to begin this summer.    
Millerton-based architect John Allee helped Morrison turn his vision into a reality. 

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Bird Watch

Alex Kearney tells us that he got some great bird photos on Schaghticoke Road in Kent on Tuesday, May 16. But he only sent us one, plus several more from earlier this spring.
He adds, “If people have not been out seeing the many, many different species of birds passing through this area, they should.”

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Once again, Kent is a top town to visit

KENT — Smithsonian magazine added another award to Kent’s growing list of honors. In an online article published in early May, the magazine included the town in its list of 20 Best Small Towns To Visit in 2017.
The Smithsonian article touts Kent’s award-winning accommodations, fine restaurants and art scene. 
Jacqueline Mansky, assistant to the web editor, explained the process of how Kent was selected for inclusion in this year’s list.

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Heavy mist doesn’t keep Kent vets from marching

KENT — Kent’s military veterans had communicated by email on Sunday night and decided to go ahead with the annual Memorial Day parade through the center of town, which includes stops at three cemeteries, benedictions by clergy, taps and gun salutes and of course the procession through the center of town by military veterans, Scouts and the Kent Center School marching band.

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