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KENT — It’s hard to imagine a more perfect setting for a bookstore than the snug space that is now home to the House of Books.

But the little red cottage on Main Street isn’t the true home of the venerable shop, one of only a handful of bookstores remaining in the Tri-state region.

House of Books was started in 1976 by Carol and John Hoffman, in a small space on Route 7. It soon outgrew its original setting and the Hoffmans moved it to 10 Main, formerly the town’s post office. The bookstore remained there until this summer, when circumstances...

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Joy and magical feelings for 26 in KCS Class of 2019

KENT — The Class of 2019 at Kent Center School received a timely and generous gift from the weather: Friday, June 14, had been gloomy and marked by threatening clouds, but it all gave way to brilliant sunshine and blue skies for the start of the outdoor promotion ceremony that evening.
Family and friends were seated as the class of 2019 processional began with the familiar Pomp and Circumstance march, followed by the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance and singing of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” 

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Not too hot, not too wet, just right for field day at Center School

KENT — Normally at this time of year it’s hot outside and sunny and children don’t necessarily want to focus all their attention on learning to read, write and do math. 

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Exquisite eats at new Frank Food Co.

KENT — Frank Food Company opened on Main Street on May 1 and has already become destination dining for residents and visitors alike. 
“We already have regular customers,” said owner Frank Way.
After a robust career in the corporate world as a creative director and consultant, Way found himself losing interest in those ventures and ready for something new.
The seed for Frank Food Company was planted in Way’s mind by the owner of Heron American Craft Gallery, Ellen Corsell, in October 2018.

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Meat, baked goods and veg at Kent market

KENT — The farm market in the center of town has opened, located this year at 9 South Main St. (Route 7), just south of the traffic light.
Participating vendors this year include Mountain View, an organic farm in Kent, which will have greens, tomatoes, eggs and more this season; Ridgway Farm from Cornwall, which will offer vegetables, meat, plants and maple syrup products; The Village Farm in Gaylordsville, with everything from geraniums to asparagus to rhubarb to greens. 

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Hoping to turn swords into plowshares

KENT — Memorial Day, celebrated this year on Monday, May 27, was blessed in Kent by weather that neared perfection. Blue skies and bright sun shone down on the parade as it formed at Kent Center School. 
The American Legion Honor Guard and veterans in dress uniform led the way, followed by the Kent Center School marching band and the fire department volunteers, also in full dress. 

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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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