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Obviously, Steve Katz is an expressive and lovely singer and an agile and exciting guitar player. He was, after all, a founding member of the seminal band The Blues Project and the famous band Blood, Sweat & Tears. 

So no, he didn’t need to establish his credentials as a rock star and talented musician during his sold-out talk and performance on Saturday, Aug. 11, at the Fife ‘n Drum Restaurant in Kent. 

It’s also pretty obvious that Katz has great stories to tell about the early days of rock-and-roll in New York City’s Greenwich...

Kent

In case you missed it: Welcome Center in Kent is now open

KENT — The long-awaited Welcome Center in Kent is complete, and has been open for public use since Memorial Day of this year. A grand opening ceremony was held on July 6 to celebrate the completion of the facility, which features restrooms, an outdoor shower for thru-hikers and a water-bottle filling station.
The Welcome Center has been in the works for a couple of years, with residents of the town voting in favor of purchasing the parcel of land on which it sits at a town meeting in October 2015.

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Overall, Gilmore Girls Fan Fest a success

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.

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Teaching Kent students about the American flag

KENT — Nine military veterans whose service spanned from World War II through the Gulf War took part in a Veterans Day ceremony at Kent Center School on Thursday, Nov. 9. 
The presentation in the auditorium and visits by some of the vets to individual classrooms were organized by American Legion Post 153 and Post Commandant (and Board of Education member) Martin Lindenmayer.
All grades of the elementary school were assembled in the auditorium as the veterans marched in, preceded by a bagpipe salute. 

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11 degrees at 11 a.m. on 11/11 for Veterans Day

KENT — More than 50 community members braved the morning chill on Saturday, Nov. 11, to pay respect to the town’s veterans at the Kent Veterans Day celebration, held at the newly rebuilt Veterans Memorial next to the Swift House in the town center.
Retired Navy Captain Martin Lindenmayer opened with thanks to Kent residents who attended the service, to  members of American Legion Hall-Jennings Post 153, and to all veterans for their service and sacrifice. 

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What it was like

World War II Navy veteran Bob Bauer spoke to students in their classrooms at Kent Center School as part of a Veterans Day ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 9. More Veterans Day photos and stories appear on Pages A3, A4, A6 and A8.

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KCS board discusses a breakfast program plan

KENT — Kent Center School (KCS) held its Scholar Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 1, to recognize students who achieved academic honors seven out of 10 times during fifth through seventh grades. The awards were presented at the beginning of the monthly meeting of the Kent Board of Education.
“Kent Center School is proud of you,” said Principal Florence Budge to a room packed with the honored students and their families. 

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Changing of the guard in Kent

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Veterans Day to be observed in Kent

KENT — Residents of Kent will honor veterans in several ceremonies, from Nov. 8 to 11.
From Wednesday, Nov. 8, to Tuesday, Nov. 14, members of American Legion Post #153, in cooperation with Davis IGA, will conduct their annual fundraiser outside the IGA to support the American Legion national programs Operation Comfort Warriors and the Temporary Financial Assistance Program. This year, a portion of the funds collected will also be donated to the Kent Veterans Memorial fund.

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Art, pies & more to help make a house a home

KENT — Kent Affordable Housing (KAH) held another successful pie sale on Saturday, Nov. 4. Businesses and individuals donated more than 100 pies, with Kent Coffee & Chocolate donating about 30.
“The dollar amounts are still being tallied, but we have at least matched, if not surpassed, our fundraising numbers from previous events,” said KAH President Virginia Bush-Suttman. 

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Norwalk man wins Porsche from KML

KENT — Lou Benedetto of Norwalk, Conn., was the winner of this year’s car raffle to benefit the Kent Memorial Library. 
Tickets were sold throughout the summer at the library. The drawing was held at the library on Sunday, Oct. 29. About 2,500 tickets were sold at $20 each.
The prize this year was a crimson red and “pristine” 1998 Porsche Boxster convertible.
The car has a five-speed manual transmission and a six-cylinder boxer design engine. It was the beneficiary of several factory upgrades. 

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