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KENT — The winners of this year’s Kent Memorial Library car raffle are Jim and Ida Ucci of Mahopac Falls, N.Y. The drawing was held on the afternoon of Sunday, Oct. 28. The prize was a 2003 BMW Z4 Roadster.

“Halloween is our lucky day!” Ida Ucci said when she came to pick up the auto three days after the drawing. 

“We moved into a new house 46 years ago on Halloween and today, Halloween, we are picking up our winning Bimmer!” 

When asked where they purchased the winning ticket, they said they attended the...

Kent

Kindling a love for ceramic arts with Clay Way

KENT — You needn’t be an art aficionado to enjoy the self-guided Clay Way 2018 Studio Tour on Oct. 6, 7 and 8. Organizers say the 14 potters (who will be located at nine different locations in Kent and surrounding towns) are opening their studios to those who want to buy, browse or simply enjoy refreshments and chat with the artists about their clay creations.

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Kent potter’s body of work bridges disciplines, cultures

KENT — Every 10 minutes, for 40 hours straight, they feed the fiery beast. 
Once a year, in alternating shifts, experienced potters, apprentices and friends from the Northwest Corner come together to feed wood into the blazing belly of the sprawling brickanagama at Joy Brown’s South Kent pottery studio. The Japanese-style kiln contains about 200 sculptural and figural pieces of all shapes and sizes painstakingly crafted by Brown and other potters who are participating in the annual Clay Way Studio Tour over Columbus Day weekend.

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Marvelwood has been transformed

KENT — Just before students returned to campus for the 2018 academic year, the Marvelwood School invited community members to come and tour the extensive renovations that were accomplished over the summer. 
A tour was offered on Friday, Sept. 7, of the four dormitories, student commons and the Science Labs that had been refurnished, redesigned and updated.

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Carnival a hit its first time out

KENT — Saturday, Sept. 1, saw the first, of what, it can be hoped, will be  many Kent Carnivals. 
The Kent thermostat was turned down to a very comfortable 75 degrees, and the number of attending families exceeded all expectations. 
Kent Memorial Library Director Sarah Marshall created the event “in the spirit if the old Fireman’s Fair,” which brought townspeople together for fun, food and community. 

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Vadnais will leave South Kent, Smith steps in

KENT — South Kent School announced last week that Head of School Andrew J. Vadnais is leaving after 20 years at the all-male boarding school for grades nine to 12. 
His last day was Aug. 27. A press release from the school said he will take a sabbatical for the 2018-19 academic year. 
Lawrence A. Smith, a faculty child and a graduate in the class of 1973, will serve as interim head of school. 
Smith was a South Kent faculty member from 1978 to 1987, as well as a coach, director of admissions and dean of students. 

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Kent killing ruled as self defense

KENT — The suspect in a December 2017 homicide will not face any charges, according to State’s Attorney David Shepack.
According to various reports, on Dec. 1 Andre Edness, 32, was shot and killed at his home on Kent Cornwall Road in Kent by Hunter Chatfield.
Chatfield admitted that he shot and killed Edness, but said it was done in self defense.
In an interview with The Lakeville Journal, Shepack said that the State Police conducted an investigation and that Chatfield had a “legal and viable defense of self defense.”

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Finding joy in a 2,220 mile walk

KENT — The Appalachian trail, stretching 2,200 miles from Georgia to Maine, is one of the longest and most popular hiking trails in the world. 
Kent, with its outdoor supplies at Annie Bananie’s General Store (which also has a post office), abundant food sources and a public shower, is a popular rest stop for people hiking through the area. 

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‘Feeling the water’ is central to Housatonic dance performance

KENT — Not knowing what to expect from a performance that promised dancers in the Housatonic River, the audience of 45 gathered on Sunday, Aug. 19, open to the possibilities. 
On an overcast day that followed days of substantial rains, the brown-ish river was flowing deep, wide and fast.

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Bringing the world to Kent with Kent Presents

Wynton Marsalis, the internationally acclaimed trumpeter and composer, was the closing speaker (and performer) of the 2018 Kent Presents festival. 
He started the session by thanking his fellow panelists, noting the numerous sessions that he’d personally attended and enjoyed, and the many notes he’d felt compelled to take during his three days at the festival. 

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Tales and tunes from Blood, Sweat & Tears’ Steve Katz

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Obviously, Steve Katz is an expressive and lovely singer and an agile and exciting guitar player. He was, after all, a founding member of the seminal band The Blues Project and the famous band Blood, Sweat & Tears. 
So no, he didn’t need to establish his credentials as a rock star and talented musician during his sold-out talk and performance on Saturday, Aug. 11, at the Fife ‘n Drum Restaurant in Kent. 

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