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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

Bronze elephants settle in for a Kent visit

KENT ­— A pair of life-size bronze elephants resides behind the Morrison Gallery. The elephants are the work of Peter Woytuck, the same artist who created the bronze bulls at The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville and whose massive animals also lie in repose around the village.
The elephants arrived in Kent in early July. Moving the 7,000- and 10,000-pound sculptures was a challenge. The elephants were driven across the country from Santa Fe, N.M., on a tractor-trailer truck. Then, on a recent rainy day, the elephants were lifted over the gallery with a crane.

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Bicycle tours another way to see Kent

KENT — Warm weather draws scores of cyclists to the roads of the Northwest Corner and it’s not unusual to see them riding in packs.
On Thursday, July 21, one of those packs consisted of 39 girls from Camp Ramah in the Berkshires in Wingdale, N.Y. The campers came to Kent for a 10-mile bike ride before cooling off with ice cream at Backcountry Outfitters.
Harmonie Rosenberg, one of the girls’ counselors, described the trip as a “special treat.” The campers typically engage in swimming, arts and crafts and outdoor adventure.

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Clarity for town employees

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KENT — Several town personnel matters were clarified at a special meeting of the Board of Selectmen on July 19. First Selectman Bruce Adams said the selectmen had made a mistake by paying all employees as salaried, as opposed to hourly, and that caused personnel and administrative issues.
A motion was approved that the following positions will be salaried: administrative assistant, animal control officer, assessor, first selectman, highway foreman, land use administrator, park and recreation director, social services director, tax collector, town clerk and treasurer.

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Fire department celebrates 100 years with barbecue picnic

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KENT — As part of a year-long celebration of the Kent Volunteer Fire Department’s (KVFD) 100th anniversary, the fire company hosted a community barbecue and picnic at the firehouse on Sunday, July 17.
The lavish afternoon meal featured barbecued chicken and ribs, hot dogs, salads, macaroni casserole, fruit salad, baked beans and cole slaw. Guests were able to make their own ice cream sundaes.
Fire equipment was moved outside for display — and to make the large main firehouse floor available for eating and socializing.

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Free jazz concerts at Kent venues

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KENT — In conjunction with the Litchfield Jazz Festival, from Aug. 5 to 7 at the Kent School, there is the month-long Litchfield Jazz Camp. And as part of the camp, until Aug. 6, student performers and faculty from the camp offer free Kent Has That Jazz concerts in venues around town.
Although admission to the concerts is free, donations are appreciated; they are used exclusively to provide need-based scholarships for students to attend the camp.

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Hot day, cool falls

The Kent Falls State Park draws swimmers looking to take a dip all summer long.

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Mother and son plan 192-mile ride

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KENT — Kent resident Judi Soule, proud to be 63 years of age, and her 36-year-old son Luke will participate in the 192-mile Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) charity bicycle ride in August.
The two-day ride starts in Sturbridge, Mass., on Aug. 6 and ends the following day in Provincetown, Mass., on Cape Cod.
More than 5,000 cyclists are expected to participate in the ride, with a goal of raising $34 million. This is the second year Soule and her son will participate.

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American dream realized at The Villager

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KENT — The Villager restaurant on Main Street has been a popular eatery for decades, under the management of a number of different owners. In November 2008, the restaurant came under the ownership of Antonio “Tony” Hernandez and his wife, G.J. Hernandez.
The Hernandezes are no strangers to Kent. Tony worked at the Fife ’n Drum for 14 years as chef and bar manager. The couple’s eldest son, Alex, recently graduated from Housatonic Valley Regional High School and will attend Wagner College in Staten Island, N.Y., in the fall. Two younger Hernandez children attend Kent Center School.

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Memorial Committee’s work is not done yet

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KENT — Charlotte Lindsey and Andy Ocif attended the July 5 meeting of the Board of Selectmen, representing the Veteran’s Memorial Committee.
The committee was formed, originally, to build the memorial that now stands in the center of town. The committee’s original mission has been completed, and Lindsey and Ocif came to the board seeking permission for the committee to remain active to facilitate creation of new memorials and maintain existing ones. A motion to that effect was made and passed.

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Kene Lecture Series

Colin Powell talks about his past, the world’s future
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KENT — The auditorium at Kent Center School was overflowing with area residents who came to hear Colin Powell speak on July 3.
The former U.S. secretary of state and retired U.S. Army general was the third and final speaker in the Kent Lecture Series, sponsored by the Kent Memorial Library.
The theme of the series was “The New Soldiers: The American Military in the 21st Century.”
Henry Kissinger, another former U.S. secretary of state and a resident of Kent, gave a brief introduction.

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