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KENT — This year’s Kent Memorial Library fundraiser, held at  Birch Top Farm, was promoted as a Top of the World party. The location was as close as one can get in South Kent to living up to the name. The property is within a foot or two of the 1,200 foot summit of Geer Mountain. 

There, on Saturday, June 22, Lisa and Bill Hoadley hosted the library party and auction, and what a party it was. A close estimate put the registered guest list at 325, and a steady stream of unregistered, and equally welcome, guests brought the number closer to 350. 

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Kent

Preventing crashes at Town Hall

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KENT — Nearly two months after a hard drive in the Town Hall server crashed, the Board of Selectmen has hired an independent contractor to run an assessment of the town’s computer system to help prevent a similar crash from happening again in the future.
The crash, which occurred on Monday, Dec. 20, was caused by a battery failure in the server room at Town Hall, and resulted in the loss of many electronic copies of town records and programs that had been used by Town Clerk Darlene Brady to keep track of Kent’s vital statistics.

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Jumping for joy — and healthy hearts

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KENT — The gymnasium at Kent Center School was filled with jumping and laughing children on the afternoon of Friday, Feb. 4. Students in grades two through six were there participating in the Jump Rope for Heart program sponsored by the American Heart Association.
The program, which coordinates events at any school that is interested, is aimed at both raising money and spreading awareness about heart disease. The 150 children who participated at the Kent Center School event had the option of raising funds or simply participating for fun.

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Kent will participate in Valentine’s Day event to feed homeless in New York City

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KENT — For the past two years, Backcountry Outfitters has teamed up with Sister Mary Lanning of New York City to bring a “picnic in the street” to the city’s homeless for Valentine’s Day.
Lanning runs an organization called Street Corner Gourmet in Harlem. She plans meals, especially on holidays, and distributes the food to the homeless with the help of volunteers.
As the homeless are often more overlooked on this holiday than on Thanksgiving and Christmas, it can be a lonesome time of year for them.

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Kent private schools offer incentives for day students

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KENT — In order to make their schools more appealing and affordable to local students, both South Kent School and Marvelwood School have scholarship programs that are open only to day students.
South Kent began its Day Student Merit Scholarship Program last year. All day students are automatically considered for these scholarships and do not need to submit additional material. Scholarship recipients are chosen based on extra qualities or talents that they will bring to the South Kent community, not just academic achievement.

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Geo-whiz Rhys Snyder

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KENT — Kent Center School eighth-grader Rhys Snyder won the school’s geography bee on Monday, Jan. 10.
Rhys was the last one standing out of a group of 12 students — the four finalists from classroom competitions in grades six, seven and eight.
The 13-year-old has always had an interest in geography and history.
“I like learning how things work, and how we lived in the past and how things are done now,” he said.
Rhys is a well-rounded student, but his favorite subject is math — though he seems to be doing just fine with his other subjects as well.

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