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KENT — There was an abundance of cultural offerings last weei in Kent, with music, art and paintings to appeal to everyone’s tastes. 

The Kent Art Association (KAA) and the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council hosted the KAA’s Presidents Show on Thursday evening, July 11. 

Michael Hunt, director of the KAA, said July’s Presidents Show was the largest of the three held this year, and that the goal was “to create and encourage a collaboration” for a greater and more diverse number of artists. “I don’t like to use the...

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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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It rained on Arbor Day to greet the new Kent Center School tree

KENT — Arbor Day (which was celebrated this year on Friday, April 26) has special significance  in Kent. It was here  in the  town’s historic Flanders district that Dr.  Birdsey Northrup had his home. 
Though the first “modern” Arbor Day was held in Spain in 1805, it was Northrup who is credited with globalizing the holiday in 1883 and campaigning to make it a nationwide celebration. 

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Otto Penzler: The books are gone, the memories live on

KENT — As a young man, fresh out of college and living in New York City, Otto Penzler got the idea that he wanted to read a book called “The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes.”
He went to a bookstore and was told it was out of print.
Penzler didn’t know what that meant. He was directed to a dense concentration of used bookshops on 4th Avenue.
“Twelve blocks, 96 bookshops,” he said recently in the living room of his home in Kent.

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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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