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KENT — Region One Middle School and High School Athletic Director Anne MacNeil presented the Middle School Regional Athletics Proposal for the first time on Monday, Oct. 28.

Before the Kent Center School (KCS) Board of Education and 26 citizens who attended, MacNeil’s PowerPoint presentation explained how the plan would affect Kent’s budget; the logistics of bus transportation for Kent student-athletes; and how declining enrollment and participation brought the region to this point. 

“This is liquid, we can figure it out,” said MacNeil as...

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Kent prepares for new Schaghticoke recognition bid

KENT — There are concerns that the Schaghticoke Indians will once again seek federal recognition, which could lead to members demanding the return of tribal lands (primarily properties now owned by the town, the Kent School and Connecticut Light and Power) and to the possibility of a casino being opened in town.
Attorney Jeff Sienkiewicz attended a meeting of Kent’s Board of Selectmen on Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 1, to share some history and give an update on what could happen in the year to come.

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CAMA’s annual Fall Fest goes full steam ahead in Kent

KENT — The Connecticut Antique Machinery Association (CAMA) held its 35th annual Fall Festival in Kent from Friday through Sunday, Sept. 27-29. 
Unanimous reviews were “best ever,” due in no small part to the perfect weekend-long weather. 
Crowds piled into the CAMA grounds just north of the center of town on Route 7. Tractor-drawn shuttles helped get the visitors from the parking fields below back up to the festival. 

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Hearing is closed on convalescent home

KENT — The Kent Planning and Zoning Commission closed the public hearing on the proposed convalescent center on Carter Road at its special hearing on Thursday, Sept. 26. 
This was the third hearing at which the center was discussed. Vincent Roberti and his two sons, Dan and Vin, are proposing converting their large, private home on the road to a recovery center for adult professionals recovering from addiction.  

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How our great-grandparents did it

The 1872 Baldwin corn chopper, operated by members of the Tencza family, gave visitors to the 35th annual Connecticut Antique Machinery Association Fall Festival in Kent last weekend a taste of agricultural equipment and procedures a century and a half ago. Story, another photo, CAMA's annual Fall Fest goes full steam ahead in Kent.

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Awards in multiple media for KAA show

KENT — The Kent Art Association’s Fall Juried Show (KAA) opened on an unseasonably warm and beautiful Saturday, Sept. 21.  
KAA co-presidents Connie Horton and Patsy Stroble presented 12 awards in various media and styles from very modern, contemporary abstract and cubist to more traditional representational art. The work, which is on display at the art association gallery at 21 S. Main St., is by artists from Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York. 

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Kent ‘convalescent home’: More questions

KENT — A second public hearing on a planned “convalescent home” for a rural back road in Kent ended inconclusively. A third session is scheduled at Kent Town Hall for Thursday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m. 

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Humility and grace in Rev. Roger White’s 34 years of ministry at St. Andrew’s Church

KENT  — “Engaged and involved” described the 34 years of the ministry of the Rev. Roger White as rector at St. Andrew’s Church in Kent.  A reception in his honor was held on Sunday, Sept. 22.
The Rev. White’s final Sunday service will be on Sept. 29.
About 100 current and former parishioners and guests assembled at the church for the farewell reception.

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Kent closes down as all test their wits at Quiz Night

KENT — It seemed like the entire population of Kent was at the firehouse on Saturday, Sept. 21, for the Kent Memorial Library’s annual Quiz Night.
The Quiz Night event has become a favorite in town, and the firehouse was packed. 
Friendship, laughter and great spirit were the dominant themes even as teams competed vigorously for top honors. 
Here’s how it works:  Teams of four come up with  imaginative names for their team; pay a $50 entry fee; and bring bottles of wine, which are later raffled. 

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Tough funding choices ahead for KCS

KENT — Kent Center School will get a new bus this year to transport students to off-campus events in the arts, sports and for field trips. 
The bus will cost $58,000, Board of Finance members learned at their meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 17, according to meeting minutes (which can be found online at www.townofkentct.org).

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House of Books in a smaller space

KENT — It’s hard to imagine a more perfect setting for a bookstore than the snug space that is now home to the House of Books.
But the little red cottage on Main Street isn’t the true home of the venerable shop, one of only a handful of bookstores remaining in the Tri-state region.

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