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Jeff Mousseau and Paul Ricciardi are the co-directors of the Ancram Opera House, and they have brought some inventive theatrical performances to the venue’s intimate stage.

But for their next production, they’ve traded that tiny space for a massive landscape: the Olana State Historic Site in Hudson, N.Y. It was the home and studio of Hudson River School painter Frederic Edwin Church, and he is the subject of “Performing Olana,” an original play written by Darrah Cloud and directed by Mousseau and Ricciardi.

Mousseau and Cloud were tight-lipped about...

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Nelson paintings now safe and dry

Seven Hearths, the pre-Revolutionary War house located in the Flanders Historic District, is home to the Kent Historical Society (KHS) museum. It was lived in most recently by painter George Laurence Nelson, who bequeathed the house to the KHS. He died in 1978, after 59 years living there. 
Nelson left behind a large collection of his original artwork. For years, it was stored on the second floor of the house. But then last summer, during a renovation of the building, evidence was discovered that there had been a fur trading operation there in the Colonial era. 

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Budget for KCS has 1.68% rise so far

The Kent Center School (KCS) budget committee met on Wednesday, Feb. 22, to review preliminary numbers for the 2017-18 budget. The projected total amounts to $7,285,764, a 1.68 percent increase from the current year. Of this total, $4,610,634 is the estimated expenditure for KCS, and $2,675,130 is the estimated portion paid to Region One for pupil services, Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) tuition and administrative services. Enrollment at KCS for next year is anticipated to be  between 236 and 240 students.   

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Budget woes: the good, bad, ugly

The Board of Finance met Tuesday, Feb. 21, to begin discussion of the budget for the upcoming fiscal year of 2017-18, which begins July 1. 
Entitled “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly,” a report on Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s proposed state budget given by First Selectman Bruce Adams was bleak. 

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It’s important to learn how to listen to your body

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The modern world is busy. There are appointments to keep, schedules to manage,  problems to solve. In the hustle and bustle, it’s easy to ignore the subtle ways our bodies communicate with us. 
In a talk on Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Kent Memorial Library, Deborah Bain, registered nurse and founder of Prism Health Advocates, emphasized the importance of paying attention to what your body tells you.

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Budget planning, Carter Road work begin again

The Kent Board of Selectmen had their regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 7. As budget season is nigh, the board set dates for the first three budget workshops: Thursday, Feb. 9, at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 14, at 1 p.m. and Friday, Feb. 24, at 10 a.m. These workshops are open to the public. Check the town calendar at www.townofkentct.org in case the dates change.

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Chocolate, chocolate everywhere (and even a chocolate fountain)

Brownies, chocolate cookies, pink crispy rice treats and tuxedo strawberries galore: All these treats and more overflowed from the tables at the 22nd annual Kent Center School (KCS) Scholarship Fund Chocolate Fest fundraiser on Wednesday, Feb. 8. Founded 56 years ago, the fund awards scholarships for post-secondary education to qualifying KCS alumni. The Chocolate Fest may well be the most delicious way this organization raises money. 

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Looks like a postcard

When it came to the weather last weekend, it was the best of climes and the worst of climes. Conditions on Saturday, Feb. 11, were relatively balmy with blue skies and no precipitation or wind. The following day, Feb. 12, was more or less the opposite, creating problems above all for the ski jumpers competing at Jumpfest on Satre Hill in Salisbury. For photos and results from the annual ski jump festival and accompanying activities, turn to Pages A5, A8 & A9.

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Learning about other worlds and schools at BOE

Sharon Speck, a senior at Housatonic Valley Regional High School, gave the monthly student report to the Board of Education at their meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 1.
She said that, in general, the high school community is close-knit. One drawback that she noted, though, was a lack of diversity. While changing the makeup of the population is not possible, she observed that an initiative to foster awareness and acceptance of diversity would benefit all students.

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Know your geography, sting like a bee

Location! Location! Location! Seventh-grader Michael Chavka proved to have the most formidable student mind on Friday, Feb. 3, as he took home first prize at the Kent Center School Geography Bee. The bee challenges students to identify countries, cities, rivers, geographic regions. 

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Filling, affordable and, yes, delicious

The deliciousness keeps growing at So Delicious Homemade Bakery in Kent, where lunch is once again being offered Thursday through Monday (come early on Monday, when the shop closes at 1 p.m.).
The menu changes, but you can count on finding salads with classic toppings (mushrooms, tomatoes, that kind of thing) and homemade dressing for $3.75.
Quiche flavors change, but there’s usually one with meat and one that’s vegetarian offered each day, at $3.75 for a slice.

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