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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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Crossing the border and living the dream

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KENT — Author Sergio Troncoso’s family moved from their native Mexico across the border into Texas in the 1920s and their children in many ways fulfilled all the elements of the American dream. He graduated from Harvard, earned degrees in international relations at Yale and won a Fulbright Scholarship to study in Mexico.
He has been inducted into the Hispanic Scholarship Fund’s Alumni Hall of Fame.
He and his wife, Laura, an international banker specializing in Latin America, and their two sons Aaron, 17, and Isaac, 14, live in New York City and Kent.

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Under new headmaster, Marvelwood reaches out

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KENT — Arthur Goodearl is now more than halfway through his first year as head of school at the Marvelwood School. He replaced outgoing head Scott Pottbecker, moving onto campus and into his new job last July.
Marvelwood is an independent preparatory school for students in grades nine to 12. It is now located at the top of Skiff Mountain, although the school was originally in Cornwall on the former campus of Rumsey Hall. The school was founded in 1956 and moved to Kent in 1995.

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Kent student, faculty achievements

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KENT — Students at Kent Center School (KCS) raised $2,000 for the American Heart Association through their annual Jump Rope for Heart event.
Oganized by Marci Saunders, the event had 100 percent student participation, according to a written report to the Kent Board of Education presented March 1 by Principal Rima McGeehan.

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Students tell BOE their concerns about education in town, region

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KENT — Two students who live in Kent and attend Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) were invited to speak to Board of Education members at their March 1 meeting.
HVRHS seniors Kathy Worthington and Makayla Feuhr talked about how well they feel their education at Kent Center School (KCS)prepared them for high school, and they also shared their assessments of the high school.
Both students felt there are serious issues at both schools which need to be addressed.

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Historical Society moving to new home in old building

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KENT — The Kent Historical Society is moving to a new home, in an appropriately old building.
Executive Director Margaret Smith said the society is in the midst of moving from Swift House, on Route 341 just east of Route 7, to the recently acquired Tallman House property on Studio Hill Road north of the town center.
In 1978 the Historical Society inherited Seven Hearths, which was built in 1751. It took several years for the work to get under way but the society is now restoring the home and converting it to a museum.

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BOE’s first budget draft shows 2.1% increase

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KENT — The Board of Education first draft budget for 2012-13 was presented at a meeting held on March 1.
The budget is made up of two parts: Kent Center School (KCS) projected expenditures and Kent’s contribution to Region One School District expenditures. The regional budget is shared by all six towns in the region and is voted on in a referendum in spring. The draft of that budget can be found online at www.region1schools.org. Each town’s contribution is based on the number of students enrolled at Housatonic Valley Regional High School in the prior October.

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New tax relief program aids disabled, elderly

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KENT — A new program to assist elderly and disabled home­owners with their real estate taxes was approved at a town meeting on March 1. About 24 people, including press, attended the meeting.

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At library, the lives of the 1 percent in literature

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KENT — “Tales of the 1 percent” is the theme for this spring’s book discussions at the Kent Memorial Library, led by Betty Krasne.
All the books to be read and discussed will focus on the lives of those at the top of the economic pyramid.
The group will meet at the library on Thursdays from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
“In previous years, many of the books under discussion have examined the grim underbelly of life, either in the United States or abroad,” Krasne said.

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Save Campbell’s labels for school

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KENT — The Arts Alive program at Kent Center School is coordinating Campbell’s Labels for Education Program to benefit all of the school’s classrooms.
The Labels for Education Program has awarded free art, athletic and academic merchandise to schools for more than 38 years. Campbell’s has provided over $114 million in free merchandise in exchange for proof of purchase labels from the company’s products.

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Kent Hotshots advance to state contest

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KENT — Four Kent youngsters will compete in the state Hotshots Contest in Stratford on March 25. They are the winners of the Kent Hotshots contest held at Kent Center School on Feb. 25.
The annual Hotshots contest is sponsored by the Connecticut Recreation and Parks Association. Locally, it is supervised by Lesly Ferris, director of Kent’s Park and Recreation department.

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