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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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Family of ‘birds’ finds new home, thanks to Eagle Scout

KENT — Rumbling thunder and constant rain, becoming heavy at times, did not deter Eagle Scout Aiden Cherniske from completing his project on Saturday, April 20. 
The installation of his “story walk” along the Claire Murphy River Walk on the Housatonic River went ahead as planned. Both the walk and the farm belong to the Kent Land Trust.
The “story walk” concept was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, Vt. It offers a series of illustrated chapters from books, mounted at intervals along a scenic path. 

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Sticking to their stories in library Peeps contest

KENT — You could argue that there are two kinds of people in the world: Those who like marshmallows and those who do not.
Even non-fans of the sticky delights could wrap their hearts and minds around the Peeps competition held through the month of April at the Kent Memorial Library (and sponsored by The Lakeville Journal, where everyone loves marshmallows).

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Bigger and better 109 Cheese & Wine

109 Cheese & Wine opened at its new location in the Kent Barns area, at 7 Fulling Lane, on Friday morning, April 5. The new shop has about three times as much seating as the shop’s old location on Main Street, with tables and chairs for 20 indoors on the main level and upstairs. In summer, there will be outdoor seating and eating. Until summer, the hours are Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 860-592-0366 or go to www.109cheeseandwine.com.

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Peaceful protest march opposes GOP activist recruiting in Kent

KENT — A protest march in Kent went off peacefully on Saturday, April 6, with about 70 people out in the center of town to protest a gathering of about 70 Republicans at the town-owned Community House on Main Street. 
The protest march was organized late last week by Patricia Oris, chairman of the Kent Democratic Town Committee (DTC). She had been alerted that Scott Presler had been invited to give a “voter registration” training session at town. 

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Kent resident awaits word on deportation

KENT — Immigration has been a topic of much media coverage in our current political climate. There are stories of people in far away states that are crossing borders, held in crowded detention centers, tracked down by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).  
One might not expect that a national issue will hit close to home, but home it has come. 

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New world wines at Land Trust tasting

KENT — This year’s wine tasting for the Kent Land Trust was expanded to a two-day event.
The weekend began on Friday, March 29, with a tasting of mezcals at Diane Meier’s barn. 
The main event was on Saturday with the popular — and extensive — tasting at R.T. Facts Design and Antiques. 

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Dispute over pay increases

KENT — The Kent Board of Finance approved a resolution to authorize the bonding of $2.9 million for the sidewalk renovation project at its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, March 26.
The Board of Selectmen had approved the same resolution in February. 
This resolution will now go to a town meeting on May 3 that will adjourn to referendum on May 31. 

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State gives OK to new recovery facility in Kent

KENT — An 85-bed recovery and treatment facility proposed for Kent has been approved by the state Office of Health Care Access (OHCA), after initially being denied last November.
Birch Hill Recovery Center is planning an 85-bed inpatient detoxification and intensive treatment facility for men and women ages 18 to 64 who are “substance abusive or dependent,” according to the Certificate of Need that the company (which was created in 2017) filed with OHCA.

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Kent will vote on new sidewalks May 31

KENT — The Board of Selectmen passed a motion at their meeting on Tuesday, March 5, to bring bonding of $2.9 million for sidewalk renovations to a town-wide vote.
“In the absence of an appropriation of funds, we cannot move this project forward any further,” explained town Treasurer Barbara Herbst. “There’s nothing more we can do.”

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Read Aloud Day comes to KCS

KENT — Kent Center School hosted its annual Read Aloud Day on Friday, March 1, as part of Read Across America Week. 
Community members came to individual classrooms, from pre-kindergarten to grade six, and read aloud from books that were selected by the Northwest Chamber of Commerce. The books were then donated to the classrooms. 
The children seemed to really enjoy the experience and interacted with the readers, answering questions, finding characters in the illustrations.

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