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KENT — Olivia LaFontan and Patrick Purdy announced their love in marriage on a beautiful, sunny day on Sept. 15.  The ceremony was held at the First Congregational Church in Kent where Olivia’s parents and Patrick’s grandparents were also married.  Sister of the bride Abigail LaFontan was the maid of honor. The bridesmaids were friends Amy Aisenberg, Gillian O’Callaghan, Madeline Kabasakalian and Taylor Varrato.  Brother of the groom Wayne Purdy was the best man, and groomsmen were also brothers Nathaniel Purdy and John Purdy, and friends Brian...

Kent

Town honors service members in Veterans Day ceremony

From left, retired service members Rick Morely of Danbury, Andy Ocif and Don Hieks, both of Kent, were part of the honor guard at the Veterans Day ceremony in Kent on Friday, Nov. 11. Right, Kent resident Kevin Savia wore his old U.S. Navy uniform for the ceremony.

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Students welcome Korean president at White House

SOUTH KENT — Three Korean students from South Kent School welcomed President Lee Myung-bak of the Republic of Korea to the White House on Oct. 13.
Students Tae Hoon Kim, Yun Suk Park and Jung Hyuk Lee were accompanied by Owen Finberg, the school’s director of athletics, and his wife, Choil “Lena” Chun. They were all part of the official arrival ceremony arranged by President Barack Obama for Myung-bak and his wife, Kim Yoon-ok.

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Topic at meeting: Tough choices of Revolutionary War

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KENT — Brent Colley was the featured speaker at the Kent Historical Society annual meeting at Town Hall on Sunday, Nov. 6.
Colley is a website designer and regularly volunteers with the historical society. His talk Sunday was about the Revolutionary War-era historical novel “My Brother Sam Is Dead.”
The book was written in 1974 by brothers Christopher and James Collier.

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Memorial Library Director Laura McLaughlin to retire

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KENT — Laura McLaughlin, who has been the director of the Kent Memorial Library since 2007, has announced that she plans to retire so she can pursue personal interests.
McLaughlin, who lives in New Milford, has been a librarian her entire career.
“I’m one of the few who knew early on that I wanted to be a librarian,” she said. “Many people decide on this as a second career, but I didn’t.”
She started as a page, a young person who puts books away, while in high school, at the Cheshire Public Library.
“Being in the library made me realize this could be a career for me.

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Kent resident wins Porsche

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KENT — The Kent Memorial Library (KML) had planned to choose the winner of its annual fundraising raffle on Oct. 30. But, like so many other events scheduled for the end of October this year, the drawing had to be postponed because of the snowstorm and power outage.
By Saturday, Nov. 5, things were clearing up a little and the winner could be selected.
Kent resident Rudy Molho was chairperson of this year’s raffle. Kent residents Carter Norland, age 6 and a half, and his sister, Katrina, 5, selected the 2011 raffle winners.

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Bull’s Bridge safety solutions tangled in red tape

KENT — First Selectman Bruce Adams and First Light Power Resources land manager Brian Wood hosted a meeting about parking and road safety at the Bull’s Bridge recreation area on Oct. 24, stating that government red tape is standing in the way of some potential solutions to pedestrian safety concerns.

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Shelter provides residents with food, showers following surprise blizzard

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KENT — “People in town have pulled together to help everyone get through the aftermath of the freak early snowstorm,” reported First Selectman Bruce Adams on Tuesday morning.
The Kent Senior Nutrition Center was open as a shelter for those needing a warm place to sleep due to power outages throughout the area. Adams said between five and 10 residents sought shelter at the center following the Saturday snowstorm.
The center is providing three meals a day to those in attendance. Local businesses donated some of the food and the town purchased some of the items.

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Oktoberfest celebration for seniors

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KENT — The senior lunch on Friday, Oct. 21, had an Oktoberfest theme. The Kent provided a hot lunch for the seniors, put up decorations around the room and dressed volunteer servers in Oktoberfest aprons.
The Oktoberfest menu was hot German potato salad, cabbage with wurst and apple strudel. Alcohol-free beer was also provided.
Meals are available at the Kent Senior Center three days each week. For Monday and Wednesday lunches call 860-927-3403. For the Friday lunches call Joyce Kearns at 860-927-4627.

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P&Z discusses town planning

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KENT — The Planning & Zoning Commission (P&Z) is holding a series of special meetings to review and make final changes to a proposed Town Plan of Conservation and Development.
The state requires all towns to update their town plan every 10 years. It is supposed to reflect the vision of town residents of how they want their town to look in the coming decade, and it forms the basis for the town’s planning and zoning regulations.

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Superintendent Award - Kent

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KENT — Alison Robey is this year’s Superintendent Award winner at Kent Center School (KCS). Described by her teachers as a dedicated student who is consistently on the honor roll, she finds time for numerous school activities in addition to spending ample time on her studies and doing her homework.
Alison is in the senior band, jazz band and choral groups and is on the soccer team. She is also the current Student Leadership Council president.
She has earned high honors in every term since the fifth grade.

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