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KENT — Georg Papp of Colchester, Conn., is a historian of an unusual kind. The object of his fascination is the humble outhouse. In a talk called “Ye Old Tyme Outhouse” at the Eric Sloane Museum on Saturday, Aug. 19, at 10 a.m., Papp will discuss the history of this often overlooked structure.

“It all started quite by accident,” Papp explained. “When I retired, I wanted to get involved in woodworking to build fine furniture. Then, my daughter bought an old home in New Hampshire and asked me to build an authentic, working outhouse for the backyard...

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Life in Colonial Kent on display at Historical Society

KENT — The Kent Historical Society (KHS) debuted its 2017 summer exhibition on Saturday, July 8, with a preview for society members at Seven Hearths. 
The exhibit, titled Founders of Kent, chronicles the lives of the intrepid people who settled this “hideous and howling wilderness.”

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Questions about recovery facilities

KENT — Land Use Administrator Donna Hayes informed the Kent selectmen at their meeting on Wednesday, July 5, that there will be a public hearing on a proposed drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility during the next Planning and Zoning Committee meeting on Thursday, July 13, at 7 p.m.

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Public restrooms and Welcome Center open in village

KENT — An opening ceremony was held on Thursday, July 6, to celebrate the completion of the new Welcome Center. Featuring public restrooms, an outdoor shower for thru-hikers and a water bottle-filling station, the Welcome Center is now open and ready for use.
In attendance at the ceremony last week were First Selectman Bruce Adams, state Rep. Brian Ohler (R-64), Chamber of Commerce President Tim Good, architect and Kent resident John Baker, Welcome Center committee members and contractors and tradesmen who helped construct the building.

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All aboard the rosé express!

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Climbing to great heights

KENT — Russell Plumb is afraid of heights. One would never guess this, however, while watching him perched high up in a tree, moving nimbly from limb to limb. 
Russell, an arborist and this year’s winner of the New England Tree Climbing Championship, has been climbing to great heights for the past 22 years.
Originally hailing from the town of Newport Pagnell in Buckinghamshire, England, Russell stumbled into the tree business quite serendipitously.   

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KCS Class of 2017: Smiles and style abound

KENT — Although the skies were producing occasional sprinkles and the exercises had to be moved indoors, the promotion ceremony for the 26-member Class of 2017 at Kent Center School (KCS) went off without a hitch.  

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Bear numbers — and danger — on the rise

KENT — Bears have generally been a benign presence in the Northwest Corner. But as their numbers increase exponentially, the potential for danger to humans and other animals seems to be increasing as well.
Every few years there seems to be a rumor of a bear ripping a door off a house and coming into the kitchen or attacking a small animal in a backyard or outdoor paddock. Photos sent in for The Lakeville Journal’s Bear Watch column have shown more bears coming right up to back doors and barbecue grills. 

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Tax reductions for nonprofits at Kent BOS

KENT  — The Board of Selectmen met for their regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, June 6. The meeting began with a closed-door executive session to discuss the lawsuit being brought against the town by Templeton Farms Apartments. The claim was that their property was over assessed.
Templeton Farm Apartments had participated in a tax abatement program for 40 years in which the state reimbursed them for their property taxes. That program expired in 2016. 

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KVFD ball, still cooking after 106 years

KENT — The 106th annual Kent Firemen’s Ball was held on Saturday, June 10, at the firehouse. This much anticipated soiree attracted more than 500 guests who came to enjoy an evening of fun, food and dancing.
Dressed in their late-spring finest, attendees mingled, laughed and dined on a roast beef dinner prepared by Bill Tobin and his crew. The band Those Guys provided live music.

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Hidden treasures at nearby Yale

KENT — “I don’t have psychic powers, but I know you’re all wondering why I’m dressed like this,” Mathew Duman said to the audience at the Kent Memorial Library on Saturday, June 10. Duman, a photographer and graphic designer, was wearing a safari helmet and vest that said “Gargoyles Tour Guide” on the back. 

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