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KENT —In a split vote at their October meeting, Kent’s Planning and Zoning Commission approved an application for Birch Hill, an 85-bed for-profit drug and alcohol detox and residential treatment facility to open in the building that was formerly The Kent at 46 Maple St. 

The approval followed an extended public hearing period that began in July when the application was first put forward.

Birch Hill elicited strong opinions from residents both opposed to and in favor of the facility. There was standing room only at several Planning and Zoning meetings and...

Kent

Laying out Litchfield County

KENT – Litchfield County was created in 1751 by an act of the Connecticut General Assembly. Before it could become official, however, the new county’s boundaries had to be defined. In an era without four-wheel drive vehicles, satellites or GPS, a surveyor’s task was arduous.
In a talk on Sunday, March 19, part of the Kent Historical Society’s Sunday Series, author and historian Michael-John Cavallaro described the journey of intrepid surveyor Edmund Lewis and his team as they mapped the county.

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Kent budget rise is well under 1%

KENT – The Board of Selectmen held a special meeting on Thursday, March 16. 
First on the agenda was  the plan to replace a bridge on Kent Hollow Road. The town received seven bids on the project, with the lowest from Nagy Brothers Construction for $280,000. Anchor Engineering, the company that designed the new bridge, reviewed the bid and recommended that the town accept it. The board voted unanimously in favor.

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Thumbs up for Gilmore Girls

KENT – Gilmore Girls Fan Fest (GGFF) creator and organizer Jennie Whitaker spoke to a packed room at the Kent Chamber of Commerce monthly meeting on Monday, March 6. Business owners gathered to hear details and ask questions about the event, which will be held in Kent the weekend of Oct. 20 to 22.

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The CCC’s continuing legacy in Connecticut

KENT — President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal encompassed a wide range of programs designed to alleviate the effects of the Great Depression. One such program was the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). In operation from 1933 to 1942, the program was created to put unemployed veterans and young men back to work. 

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Walk this way in search of tracks

The Kent Land Trust hosted a Winter Tracking Hike on Monday, Feb. 20, part of the Presidents Day weekend. 
There was still enough snow on the ground that the hikers could find traces of animals that had recently passed through the area.
“We hiked around the lake and into the center of the East Kent Hamlet Nature Preserve, and down through its meadow, which is a ‘superhighway’ for many species,” reported Connie Manes. 

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Spring is here and tax season has already begun

Tax season is once again upon us. Some will procrastinate, scrambling to crunch the numbers in time for the filing deadline of April 18, 2017. Others will leave the tax preparation to a professional. Taxes do not have to be a daunting task with the services of skilled accountant such as J. Robert Hutchings. 
Hutchings, a New Milford resident, has been a certified public accountant (CPA) for more than 25 years. 

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Lions, bears and pickles at Kent Center School read-aloud event

March is national Read Aloud month, which many area schools observe by inviting area adults to read to students in their classrooms. 
Kent Center School hosted its event on Friday, March 3, with 13 community members reading to students in grades preschool to six. 
In recent years, books had been donated by the Northwest Chamber of Commerce and Alcoa Howmet in Winsted. This year, books were provided by the Kent Chamber of Commerce and selected by event organizer Ane Starr and school librarian Betsy Morrow. 

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Pushback in Kent for HVRHS plan

The Kent Center School (KCS) Board of Education held its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, March 1. Ally Winans gave the high school student report. She said KCS prepared her well for high school, especially during seventh and eighth grades. An avid painter, Winans suggested adding more art and music electives at the high school for students to take. 

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Hot Pinewood cars on a cold winter day

A dozen cars hurtled down a vertical track at the Kent Congregational parish house on Sunday, March 5, for the annual Pinewood Derby of Boy Scout and Cub Scout Troop 11 and Pack 11. 
In Pinewood Derby competitions, each Scout begins with a 5-ounce block of pine plus four wheels and two axles. The youngsters (often with the help of an adult) then come up with creations that are either wildly artistic or streamlined and built for speed (and sometimes both). 

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Bear Watch

Sue Vizzari of Kent snapped some photos (from safely inside her house) of this perky young bear exploring her bird feeder, on Sunday, Feb. 26. If it seems like the bear is looking right at her, it’s because she was rapping on the window and trying to encourage it to leave and find lunch elsewhere. The bear looked at her and then continued with its meal.

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