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KENT — A steady stream of visitors converged on the Alison Palmer Studio on Saturday, Nov. 16, during the fourth annual Clay Way road tour of private studios in and around Litchfield County and nearby Dutchess County. 

The event has become a fall tradition for pottery aficionados from near and far looking to meet the clay artists and learn about the diverse and creative sculptures, ceramics and pottery for sale.

“I think this is wonderful,” said Jan Napier, who has attended several prior tours, during which she amassed a collection of outdoor vessels...

Kent

Horne talks a tune

Opera great Marilyn Horne was interviewed at a Great Performances talk for the Kent Memorial Library.
 
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Kent Center School has new iPads, keyboards

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KENT — The South Kent School has donated 20 new iPads to Kent Center School (KCS).
The iPads are kept in a mobile cart that is moved from classroom to classroom for use by students. The iPads’ batteries are recharged while stored in the cart.
Unlike laptop computers, iPads do not have traditional computer keyboards with a separate key for each letter/number/symbol. They use a flat onscreen keyboard similar to those on smart phones such as the iPhone.

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Taxpayers to vote on budgets May 18

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KENT — Taxpayers will have a chance to vote on the municipal and education budgets for the coming fiscal year (which begins July 1) at a town meeting at Town Hall on Friday, May 18, at 8 p.m.
The total for the two proposed budgets is $11,098,954, a 2.6 percent increase over the current fiscal year.

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Spring concert at Kent Center School

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KENT — Under the direction of music teacher David Poirier, Kent Center School (KCS) students presented their annual spring concert at two performances on May 3.
The program included the Jazz Band; Senior Strings; third-grade recorders; Beginner Strings; Beginner Band; combined Intermediate and Senior Bands; Intermediate Band and Senior Band.
The program listed 102 students who participated in the concert.

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High notes

Alice Benjamin, a Kent Center School sixth-grade student, played saxophone with the school’s jazz band at the annual spring concert on May 3, under the direction of music teacher David Poirier.
 
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A tree will grow

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KENT — Kent Center School (KCS) held its annual schoolwide Arbor Day celebration on Friday, April 27.
The Arbor Day Foundation has declared the last Friday in April as Arbor Day, and there are celebrations across the country.
Al Coffill, KCS art teacher and chairman of the school’s Arbor Day Committee said, “Kent has a special connection to Arbor Day. Dr. Birdsey Grant Northrop, the person who brought Arbor Day to American schools, was born in Kent.”

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How to protect and conserve land

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KENT — At a public information meeting at Town Hall on Saturday, April 28, First Selectman Bruce Adams vowed that “This Board of Selectmen will do something this year about public land acquisition.”
Adams’ comments were the introduction to a two-hour seminar attended by more than 60 people, mostly Kent residents, concerning public land acquisition.
Adams said the purpose of the meeting was to give Kent residents a chance to learn what other Connecticut towns have done about acquiring land.

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Public hearing on budget will be May 4

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KENT — The Kent Board of Finance (BOF) will hold a public hearing on the proposed 2012-13 fiscal year town budgets on Friday, May 4, at Town Hall at 7 p.m.
The total proposed budget is $11,098,954, a 2.6 percent increase over the current fiscal year, which ends June 30.
The proposed municipal budget is $2,819,171, 3 percent above this year.

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Auction, cocktails and support (lots of it) for literacy group

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KENT — Literacy Volunteers on the Green (LVG) held its fourth annual fundraising gala on Friday, April 27, at the Morrison Gallery. More than 200 people attended the party, which raised approximately $40,000, according to LVG President Arri Sendzimir.
LVG is a nonprofit organization that helps fund English language instruction, basic reading skills and an introduction to American life and culture.
It serves Litchfield and northern Fairfield counties and also provides English as a Second Language classes, a family literacy program and other support initiatives.

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Historic farmhouse will soon be affordable housing

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KENT — Kent Affordable Housing (KAH) held an official “construction kick off” ceremony at the site of the future Stuart Farm Apartments on Maple Street Extension, on Friday, April 20.
More than 30 people attended including representatives from most of the organizations which provided financial and other support to the project.
Work has already begun on the renovation of an antique farmhouse into five affordable one- and two-bedroom rental apartments. The early stages of site improvements and demolition, foundations and framing are underway.

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