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Kent April 15, 2021

Fostering green thumbs among local children, the Roeliff Jansen Community Library shared “Let it Grow!” kits as soon as spring sprung. Each kit was comprised of a pot, potting soil, sunflower seeds and a little accordion book about the growth cycle of plants. Photo submitted

‘Let it Grow!’ at Roe Jan Library

COPAKE — Now that spring is in the air, the Roeliff Jansen Community Library has been sharing “Make and Take” kits with local children to encourage their growth and curiosity. 

Children are invited to drop by the library during regular hours of operation to pick up the activity kits.


McEnroe Organic Farm had a full supply of potting soil, compost and other gardening supplies on hand at the start of April, but it’s sure to go quickly as spring has officially arrived along with gardening season. Photo by Kaitlin Lyle

COVID-19 will once again have an impact on area garden centers

SHARON, Conn. — There will still be snow again (possibly on Friday, April 16), but spring is officially here and with it has come the opening of area garden centers — many of whom opened for business on the first day of spring, Saturday, March 20.


VFW Post Cmdr.-Elect Maddie Fletcher Photo submitted

Maddie Fletcher is Dover VFW’s first female commander

DOVER PLAINS — For the very first time in its 42-year history, a woman has been elected — with a unanimous vote — to lead the overwhelming male membership of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 5444 in Dover as its next post commander. The official vote was held on Thursday, April 1, at the Post home on Route 22. 

Addressing anti-Asian bias

NEW YORK — Responding to recent reports of attacks targeting Asian Americans, New York State officials have voiced their intent to maintain an open dialogue with their communities and continue combatting incidents of discrimination as they arise.

Locals say no problems, law enforcement prepares


Photo by Cynthia Hochswender

Herb and cheddar tomatoes

Learn about some classic (and unexpected) New England foods in a Zoom talk on Wednesday, April 14, at 7 p.m. with The Lakeville Journal’s Cynthia Hochswender and Meg Muckenhoupt, author of “The Truth About Baked Beans.” This free online event is presented by the House of Books in Kent and the Kent Memorial Library.

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