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KENT — It’s only October but already there are craft fairs and artisan sales offering wares worthy of year-end holiday gifts.  

One such fair was held Saturday, Oct. 12, at the firehouse in Kent to benefit the Kent Volunteer Fire Department. 

Billed as the Art from the Heart craft fair, vendors were there with a variety of small items that would make lovely stocking stuffers, hostess gifts and more.

Among the vendors was Molly Silver of Colebrook, who brought a colorful assortment of knit wear for babies, dolls and even Beanie Baby toys....

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Heritage Area grant goes to Sloane-Stanley

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KENT — The Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area recently announced the recipients of its annual Heritage Partnership Grant Program. Recipients share $73,000 in grant awards, and include nonprofit organizations in the Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area, a 29-town region of Northwest Litchfield County and Berkshire County.

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You mean we can eat it?

A young patron at the Chocolate Festival at Kent Center School last week was mesmerized by the chocolate fountain.
 
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South Kent building growing on the former Arno Farm

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KENT — The South Kent School is moving ahead quickly with plans for converting the former Arno Farm into an educational complex it will call the Center for Innovation (CFI).

Head of School Andrew Vadnais and Associate Head of School and Director of the CFI Richard Chavka shared an update last week with The Lakeville Journal.

For the boys boarding school, it’s clear that the project is as much about building the foundations of 21st century education as it is about building new facilities.

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KCS students find the Met ‘lavish, extraordinary’

KENT — A group of 19 eighth-grade students from Kent Center School attended a final dress rehearsal of Verdi’s opera “Ernani” at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City on Jan. 30.

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Students jump at chance to skip rope at school

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KENT — It’s called Jump Rope for Heart, but students at Kent Center School who took part in the annual program had a chance to try out a variety of aerobic activities.
The annual program, sponsored by the American Heart Association, was for students in grades two through six and was held at the school on Friday, Feb. 3.
Students visiteded fitness stations set up around the gym. Some of the activities included: individual rope jumping; jumping a long rope spun by two other students; hopscotch; a jumping course; spinning rope jumping; and Hula-Hoops.

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Storyteller Delaney tells of ‘Last Storyteller’ on Feb. 11

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KENT — Irish author and Kent resident Frank Delaney will read from, speak about and sign copies of his new book, “The Last Storyteller,” at the Kent Memorial Library on Saturday, Feb. 11, from 4 to 6 p.m.
“The Last Storyteller,” published last month, is the conclusion of the trilogy that began with “Venetia Kelly’s Traveling” and “The Matchmaker of Kenmare.””

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Legislators say things are looking up

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KENT — Area first selectmen met last week to discuss issues that will arise at this year’s state legislative session that could impact Northwest Corner towns. First Selectman Bruce Adams shared a summary of some topics that could impact Kent.

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Mexican meal a fundraiser for children’s center

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KENT — For most of the meals it serves daily, The Villager restaurant seems to be a classic New England diner/coffee shop, with an extensive menu of breakfast dishes, sandwiches and soups.
But occasionally, owners Tony and G.J. Hernandez offer a special dinner menu of specialties from their native Mexico.
The Villager is generally open for breakfast and lunch only, but between March 1 and Nov. 30 the special dinners are offered every Tuesday night. Information about the monthly Mexican meals is found online at www.villagerkent.com (click on “menus”).

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Meditating

The Connecticut Antique Machinery Association’s antique locomotive No. 4 sat idle the day after a snowfall on Jan. 21, crowned with snow.

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Why a ladder truck? KVFD replaces rumors with facts

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KENT — Matt Starr, the new chief of the Kent Volunteer Fire Department (KVFD), made a presentation at the annual town meeting on Jan. 19 explaining why the company needs a new ladder truck.
First Selectman Bruce Adams introduced Starr by saying, “I have asked Matt and the other KVFD members who are present to set the record straight once and for all on an issue that has been going on in this town for years.

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