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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

Henna tattoos that wash off (eventually) at KML

KENT — The Kent Memorial Library hosted a henna tattoo event on Friday, May 12. With a Bollywood movie playing in the background and food to snack on from places around the globe where henna is practiced, girls lined up to have henna artist Karen Stevens draw designs on their hands and arms.  
Henna, or mehendi, is an ancient form of non-permanent body art that is commonly used in India, the Middle East and northern Africa. 

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The world, as seen through the eyes of an artist, at KML

KENT — An exhibit called Then and Now and featuring work by South Kent resident Thomas Franken is on display at the Kent Memorial Library until June 30. The exhibit showcases Franken’s artwork, spanning more than 50 years.
“When I was younger, I never realized that art could be a career,” Franken said. 
He worked in the corporate world on and off over the years, but art was always a constant.

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Wildfire closes AT: 200 acres burn on Schaghticoke Mountain

KENT — The smell of smoke hung in the air as a wildfire raged on Schaghticoke Mountain near the reservation on the Appalachian Trail last week. The fire was first reported at around 10:15 a.m. on Wednesday, May 17.
A total of 17 fire departments from Connecticut and New York, including the Kent Volunteer Fire Department (KVFD), responded to the scene.

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Town turns out to help pay for lifesaving device

KENT — The line was out the door for the Kent Volunteer Fire Department (KVFD) spaghetti dinner fundraiser on Friday, May 12, an event co-sponsored by the Kent Republican Town Committee. The menu that had enticed them all out included spaghetti, meatballs in tomato sauce, fresh salad and homemade apple pie à la mode for dessert. In all, 173 people attended. 

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Town turns out to help pay for lifesaving device

KENT — The line was out the door for the Kent Volunteer Fire Department (KVFD) spaghetti dinner fundraiser on Friday, May 12, an event co-sponsored by the Kent Republican Town Committee. The menu that had enticed them all out included spaghetti, meatballs in tomato sauce, fresh salad and homemade apple pie à la mode for dessert. In all, 173 people attended. 

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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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