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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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Exquisite eats at new Frank Food Co.

KENT — Frank Food Company opened on Main Street on May 1 and has already become destination dining for residents and visitors alike. 
“We already have regular customers,” said owner Frank Way.
After a robust career in the corporate world as a creative director and consultant, Way found himself losing interest in those ventures and ready for something new.
The seed for Frank Food Company was planted in Way’s mind by the owner of Heron American Craft Gallery, Ellen Corsell, in October 2018.

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Meat, baked goods and veg at Kent market

KENT — The farm market in the center of town has opened, located this year at 9 South Main St. (Route 7), just south of the traffic light.
Participating vendors this year include Mountain View, an organic farm in Kent, which will have greens, tomatoes, eggs and more this season; Ridgway Farm from Cornwall, which will offer vegetables, meat, plants and maple syrup products; The Village Farm in Gaylordsville, with everything from geraniums to asparagus to rhubarb to greens. 

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Hoping to turn swords into plowshares

KENT — Memorial Day, celebrated this year on Monday, May 27, was blessed in Kent by weather that neared perfection. Blue skies and bright sun shone down on the parade as it formed at Kent Center School. 
The American Legion Honor Guard and veterans in dress uniform led the way, followed by the Kent Center School marching band and the fire department volunteers, also in full dress. 

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Kent budget passes in May 17 vote

KENT — The spending plan for the coming fiscal year was passed at a town meeting in Kent on Friday, May 17, that was attended by about 25 members of the public. 
Unlike other towns in the area, Kent breaks up its budget vote into multiple categories that are approved (or not) in a single vote. 
Other towns either vote on a combined education and municipal budget bottom line; or take separate votes for the education and municipal bottom lines.
In Kent, one agenda item at the town meeting included eight budget totals:

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Quilts as a way to unite a town

KENT — In a fractured world, what could be more symbolic of the coming together of a community than a quilt, put together by a quilting group, for the benefit of a local nonprofit?
The Kent Quilters organized themselves in 2014. They wanted to revive the old tradition of groups of crafters coming together to spend some time, cut some fabric, stitch some squares together and share their thoughts on this, that and the other, and raise some money for a worthy organization.

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Summer music coming to Kent Town Center

KENT — If you were looking for a springtime kick-off, look no further. The business owners of Kent Town Center are hosting Music on Main, a six-month outdoor musical series. 
From now through October, street performers will be at the Kent Town Center on alternate Saturdays. The shows will feature musicians from both the local area and beyond. 

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A chance to fulfill a dream at House of Books

If your dream has always been to purchase a turn-key bookstore in a quintessential New England town, grab your wallet. The House of Books, Kent’s literary landmark, is on the market. As much as owner Robin Dill embraces her surroundings and loves what she does, she is selling the House of Books. “Life has given me new opportunities.”

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Kent mill rate expected to stay steady despite rise in costs

KENT — About 40 Kent residents gathered at Town Hall on Friday, May 3, for the annual budget public hearing.
“The good news is that there is no plan to raise the mill rate this year,” said Board of Finance member Ed Epstein. The town anticipates it will remain at 18.61 despite an increase of 7.6% in the municipal budget.
“The increase is mainly due to staffing changes, utility costs, litigation expenses, equipment maintenance and police protection,” explained First Selectman Bruce Adams.

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Full steam ahead as CAMA season opens

KENT — The Connecticut Antique Machinery Association (CAMA) opened its 2019 season on May 4 and 5, at its large property in Kent. 
The annual spring show is smaller and more relaxed than the September festival and exhibits primarily CAMA’s own permanent collection, with a few members’ exhibits. 

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If it’s CAMA power up, it must be spring

Resembling an outdoor steampunk convention, the Connecticut Antique Machinery Association’s annual opening event drew an appreciative audience to Kent last weekend. Story, more photos, see Full steam ahead as CAMA season opens.

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