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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...

Kent

Tasting toured world with wine

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KENT — Northwest Corner oenophiles gathered at the Morrison Gallery in Kent on March 31 to support the Kent Land Trust (KLT) and to take advantage of an opportunity to taste more than 90 wines from the U.S. and around the world.
This was the land trust’s Spring Wine Tasting, an important fundraiser for the organization. Kent Wine & Spirits accepted orders for individual bottles or cases of the various wines that were available for tasting.

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Music was in the air at Kent Center School’s Band Night

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KENT — The Kent Center School Band Night, held March 29, was truly a musical event, thanks to a grant from ArtAlive@KCS that allowed a number of professional musicians to come and lead fourth- through eighth-grade instrumental students in master classes on their individual instruments.

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A question for the author

Kent Center School second-grader Jade Kennedy read a question to visiting children’s book author and Kent resident Judi Barrett, during Barrett’s visit to the school.

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Senior class of painters showed at Art Association

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KENT — Every Thursday morning, year round, about 10 to 12 senior painters gather at the Senior Center for two hours of painting.
The group is officially known as the Monday Morning Art Group. Member E.J. Johnston said even though they moved their weekly painting classes to Thursday mornings, the members decided to keep the original name.
The oldest member of the group is 93-year-old Marie Camp. All are Kent residents.
The art group is about more than just painting. The members also heartily enjoy companionship and many laughs as they concentrate on their work.

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Capital spending shaved by $500,000

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KENT — Budget planning season is underway and so, of course, is budget trimming season.
First Selectman Bruce Adams came before the Board of Finance (BOF) March 20 and presented cuts totaling a half million dollars from the town’s five-year capital plan.
“You asked us to cut $500,000 in anticipated spending in the capital plan for fiscal year 2017,” Adams said. “This was achieved in two ways. First, the Kenico Road maintenance work had been scheduled for $600,000 in that year. We moved $125,000 of that back into fiscal year 2016, and $275,000 forward to fiscal year 2018.

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Flat Stanley makes a point

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KENT — Before making his budget presentation to the Board of Finance (BOF) on March 20, First Selectman Bruce Adams introduced Flat Stanley to all those present.
Flat Stanley was mailed to Adams by Natalie, a student at the South End School in Southington, Conn. Her teacher, Christy Michalak, wrote Adams to explain that her students are studying the state as part of their social studies curriculum. Each student chose a town or city to research.

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Park & Rec programs for all ages are offered this spring

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KENT — Lesly Ferris, director of Kent Park and Recreation (P&R), announced a very busy spring schedule, with activities and lessons for town residents of all ages.
Information and registration forms for all activities can be found online at www.kentctparkandrecreation.com, or call 860-927-1003.
Baseball
Little League Minors baseball for youngsters ages 9 to 12 (as of April 30) includes play against other Little League Minors teams from Region One towns and nearby New York state.

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Walton headliner at show April 4

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KENT —Singer/songwriter (and former Marvelwood School teacher) Tracy Walton will perform April 4 in a fundraiser for Survive the Drive S.A.V.E.S. Teens (Support Automotive Violence-Education Services) national campaign.
The concert will be held at Infinity Music Hall in Norfolk and begins at 7 p.m.
Walton’s debut album, “Brand New Again,” was released in October 2011. To learn more about the acoustically rich, blues-inspired album, go online to www.tracywaltonmusic.com.

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Fast times at the Cub Scout Pack 11 Pinewood Derby

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KENT — With the racetrack at Lime Rock Park not yet open for the season, Kent’s Cub Scout Pack 11 stepped into the breach, offering race fans the annual Pinewood Derby.
The races were held on March 17 at the First Congregational Church and were attended by a crowd of more than 50 people.
For first-grade Tiger Scouts, Aiden Cherniske finished first with an average time of 2.457 seconds. The second-grade Wolves saw Brennan Wilkins finish first at 2.389. Third-grade Bear Cub Scout Coultrip Branson was the leader in his division at 2.573.

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Kent School moves into 21st century

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KENT — Tradition is important at a school that’s been around for more than a century. But so is innovation, and the Rev. Richardson Schell, headmaster of the 106-year-old Kent School, is helping steer the institution forward to meet the challenges and opportunities that the future offers.
Schell came to Kent School as the chaplain in 1980 and was appointed headmaster in 1981.
Digital learning and creating a green campus are among the initiatives the school is working on.

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