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KENT — Two ongoing projects in Kent are coming to an end, according to reports at the regular meeting of the Board of Selectmen on Tuesday, Dec. 4.

 Sean Gilson owns a home on Kenico Road and he spoke at the meeting of his concerns about how long the roadwork there is taking. Renovation work started in late summer 2017 and includes regrading to correct a dip in the road and a steep incline. 

The project was delayed by several months at one point while the town waited on Eversource to move utility poles.

Gilson said he is also concerned about the...

Kent

Raising money for a new roof for Seven Hearths

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KENT — The Historic District Commission (HDC) approved an application by the Kent Historical Society (KHS), with no dissent, to replace the aging roof on Seven Hearths, the 260-year-old farmhouse owned by the historical society.
Historical Society Executive Director Marge Smith said the cedar shakes that are used for roofing these days don’t look like the shakes used 260 years ago.
Hudson Valley Preservation, which is handling the renovations, found a product it is recommending instead: Enviroshake shingles. They are new but look like the shakes that were used centuries ago.

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Kent is once again New England’s top foliage town

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KENT — The town of Kent was once again named the top foliage town in New England in Yankee Magazine’s online poll, at www.YankeeFoliage.com.
Last year, Kent earned the same top ranking. However, the 2010 award was based on an evaluation by tourism professionals as well as Yankee’s writers and editors.
In a press release, Heather Atwell, Yankee’s communications manager, said, “Based on the enthusiasm for Yankee’s 2010 top foliage town rankings, we decided to put the vote to the people for 2011.”

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200-year-old farm to be part of Center for Innovation

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KENT — “The familiar is crumbling,” announced South Kent Head of School Andrew Vadnais at a talk Sept. 18 sponsored by the Kent Historical Society.
The theme of his talk was not about the advantages and disadvantages of looking to the past (even though his presentation at Town Hall, attended by about 50 people, had been organized by the Historical Society).
Vadnais was there to talk about the future — specifically, the future of the Arno Farm, which now belongs to South Kent School.

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‘A Young Wife’ author at Memorial Library

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KENT — Author Pam Lewis, a former resident of Kent, returned to town Sept. 24 to talk about and read from her new book, “A Young Wife,” at the Kent Memorial Library.
“‘A Young Wife’ is historical fiction, very loosely based on an eventful life, my grandmother’s,” Lewis said in an interview before the talk.
She described her two previous books, “Perfect Family” and “Speak Softly, She Can Hear” as psychological thrillers.

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Connecticut Antique Machinery Fall Festival highlights the past

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KENT — The Connecticut Antique Machinery Association (CAMA) held its 27th annual Fall Festival from Sept. 23 to 25 on the association’s grounds in Kent.
CAMA’s wide variety of antique machinery was operated throughout the weekend.
There were also numerous displays and exhibitions of antique farm equipment, motors and electrical items brought to the festival by antique machinery enthusiasts from all over the Northeast.

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Husband and wife team up on teeth

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KENT — Kent residents — and dentists — George and Jill Hetson are perfect examples of the old adage, “Life takes unexpected turns.”
As a young man, George lived in New Jersey and commuted to work as a paint chemist in a New York City paint factory. His future wife’s father was a chemical salesman who came to the paint factory, and as George says, “sold me ethylene glycol, propylene glycol and his daughter, in that order.”

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New home for Historical Society

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KENT — The Kent Historical Society has found a new home, in an appropriately old house.
Seven Hearths is a Colonial-era home on Route 7 about two miles north of Kent center, built in 1751 by John Beebe Jr.
It was purchased in 1919 by George Laurence Nelson, who lived there until his death in 1978. Nelson bequeathed his beloved home and property (which is on the National Register of Historic Houses) to the Kent Historical Society, which lists the property on its website as its “prized possession.”

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Row, row, row your canoe — to work

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KENT — Kent Center School assistant teacher Pattie Heaton is a determined person and a conscientious educator. So when the roads flooded recently, making it impossible for her to drive to work, she grabbed a paddle and found an alternate route.
She and her husband, Kevin, live on Route 7, south of the traffic light. When the Housatonic River overflows, Heaton said their home feels like it’s submerged in the river.

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Affordable housing for elderly has 35th birthday party

Templeton Farms
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KENT — The Templeton Farms apartment complex celebrated a significant milestone this year as it turned 35.
More than 70 residents, current and former town officials, administrative staff and community members gathered at the Kent Senior Center on Sunday, Sept. 18, to have a party in honor of the complex’s anniversary.
Kent Village Housing for the Elderly (KVHE), the nonprofit owner of Templeton Farms, was formed in 1974. Construction of the 24-unit complex was completed in 1976. The complex offers senior housing for low- to moderate-income residents age 62 and older.

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Kent Kitchen Works offers one-stop shopping for homes

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KENT —After many years in the interior design business working in the hospitality industry and on corporate housing, Jeffrey and Trish Namm opened their own business, Kent Kitchen Works, in October 2008.
This husband-and-wife team has a showroom that offers home owners one-stop shopping for designs and ideas for their kitchens and bathrooms.

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