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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

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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Templeton Farms, bridge update

KENT — The Board of Finance met for their regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, April 18. In the tax collector’s report, Debbie Devaux informed the board that the town had received that day a legal document stating that the town was being sued by Templeton Farm Apartments. The claim was that their property is over assessed.

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Treatment center possible in what was The Kent

KENT — The Kent specialty care facility might reopen as a high-end, 90-bed drug and alcohol addiction treatment facility, according to Kent First Selectman Bruce Adams.  
Adams told Kent’s Board of Finance at their meeting on Tuesday, April 18, that he has had several conversations with officials from the entity that will operate the facility, asking questions and expressing concerns. 

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Volunteers sought to help monitor beaches

KENT — A public hearing was held on Friday, April 21, for residents to voice ideas and opinions about the installation of lockable gates on River Road and North Kent Road in an effort to prevent large and often messy crowds from gathering on the beach areas along the Housatonic River.
The hearing was held in response to the substantial public attendance at the Board of Selectmen’s meeting on April 7, following an informational email sent to residents by First Selectman Bruce Adams notifying them of the plan to install the gates.

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Princesses for a day

KENT — If they could make a wish, most little girls would probably ask to be a princess from a favorite cartoon film. That wish was granted on Saturday, April 15, at the Marvelwood School on Skiff Mountain in Kent, which hosted its annual Princess Tea Party for the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
About $800 was raised for the foundation and the families it helps out across the country. In the four years the school has hosted the popular event, more than $4,500 has been raised. 

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Bear Watch

SOUTH KENT — John Mauer and his wife, Laura, were visited by a large black bear at their home in South Kent at just around dinnertime on Sunday, April 16. 
“He circled our house trying every door, then went north to the next home. When he got there, he ate the food on a picnic table and headed north again to the next farmhouse.”
In the recent past, most bears have limited themselves to just eating bird seed when they can get at it. This particular bear seemed to be hungrier and more aggressive. 

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