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KENT — Every 10 minutes, for 40 hours straight, they feed the fiery beast. 

Once a year, in alternating shifts, experienced potters, apprentices and friends from the Northwest Corner come together to feed wood into the blazing belly of the sprawling brickanagama at Joy Brown’s South Kent pottery studio. The Japanese-style kiln contains about 200 sculptural and figural pieces of all shapes and sizes painstakingly crafted by Brown and other potters who are participating in the annual Clay Way Studio Tour over Columbus Day weekend.

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Town digs in to procure solar arrays

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KENT — At the regular meeting of the Board of Selectmen on Sept. 6, a motion was passed approving four contracts with DCS Energy to provide four solar arrays at no out-of-pocket cost to the town. It is estimated each of the four solar arrays will save the town $200 to $225 per month.
At the end of five years, the town will take ownership of the arrays. They will be installed at the town garage, transfer station, sewer treatment plant and at Town Hall.
The town will be responsible for digging trenches for installation of each array, which will be done by the town crew.

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Kent School revives equine tradition

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KENT — Nearly two decades ago the Grand Prix field at The Kent School was a proving ground for area riders. Over the years it has been supplanted by newer venues to the west and south. Now, this Saturday, Sept. 17, marks the return of a classic show jumping competition here with the Grand Prix field taking center stage.
The Double Clear Jumper Show will be held at the Kent School stables at the top of Skiff Mountain Road in Kent. The school hosts USEA Area 1 horse trials in the spring and fall, but this will be the first time there has been an open horse show in more than 15 years.

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Backcountry going strong after 17 years

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KENT — Since 1994, Backcountry Outfitters has been a presence in Kent in one form or another. Owners Anne McAndrew and David Fairty’s first business in Kent was located on the Green, near the IGA.
In 2001 they moved to the space now occupied by the Morrison Gallery. In 2006, they purchased a former bank building on Bridge Street, where they remain to this day.
Theirs is a story of two businesspeople who understand the need to continually adapt in order to keep pace with changing trends and business conditions.

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Dog days

Leo, a 14-month-old Goldendoodle, relaxed with his owner, Kathleen Lindenmayer of Kent, at a table in front of Kent Coffee and Chocolate Co. on Friday, Aug. 26.

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Kent Apothecary

Service with a smile, and affordable prices
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KENT — Peter D’Aprile is not the average pharmacy owner. He is a registered pharmacist who also earned an MBA. His professional health and business school backgrounds work together to take the Kent pharmacy scene in new directions.

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Wet weekend in Kent but no records set

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KENT — The Housatonic River went well past flood stage over the weekend at Gaylordsville and Bulls Bridge. The National Weather Service defines flood stage at that section of the river as 8 feet; the water reached 14.6 feet between Sunday night, Aug.28, and Monday morning, Aug. 29.
The highest the river has been at Gaylordsville was in August 1955, when it peaked at 18.58 feet. In 1949 and 1938, the river reached 14.85 feet and 14.5 feet respectively.

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Railroad plan for passenger service to New York City promises great rewards

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KENT —The official release of an economic benefits analysis completed for the Housatonic Railroad Company’s Pittsfield-to-New York City passenger service proposal was released Aug. 23 at an informational meeting at Kent Town Hall.
About 10 people attended, a mix of town officials, regional planners, the press and a representative from the office of Congressman Chris Murphy (D-5).
They were able to take a look at the results of the benefits analysis by Stephen Sheppard, director of the Center for Creative Community Development.

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New programs for students, staff

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KENT — It is not unusual for parents and children to think of the first day of school as a return to the familiar. However, returning students to Kent Center School (KCS), along with the welcoming familiarity, will also find new programs and staff.
Kent Center School Principal Rima McGeehan said, “We are excited because we are beginning our new school year with 275 students, including 10 new students (non-kindergarten).”

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Downtown scene

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A ramble through downtown Kent on Friday, Aug. 19, turned up curiosities such as the pedicab, and a family of metal turkeys (for sale) outside Foreign Cargo.

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Morrison Gallery expands offerings

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KENT — The Morrison Gallery is opening both a new show of works by Cleve Gray and a new space called Morrison Editions.
According to gallery owner Billy Morrison, the Gray show will present works from the early 1960s with a few from 1959.
“It is a very important transition series of Cleve’s work from the 1940s and 1950s into the 1960s,” Morrison said. “His work dramatically changed again in the 1970s.
“There will be 15 large-scale paintings, eight smaller works and four aluminum sculptures.”
There will be an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27.

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