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KENT — Marie Yovanovitch was known as Masha in Kent, where she grew up and where she had her elementary school education (at Kent Center School) and her high school education (at the independent Kent School, where both her parents were language professors).

Yovanovitch, the fired U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, first came to international attention on Oct. 11 when she testified in a closed hearing as part of the House of Representatives’ impeachment inquiry. 

Bob Ober remembers her parents well, from his days as director of development for Kent School (from...

Kent

Twelve months of momentum

2011 A Year in Review
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KENT — Traffic on Route 7 was not the only thing moving in Kent in 2011. It was a busy year for residents and visitors alike. Arts, culture, shopping and plain old-fashioned fun kept the village streets and sidewalks active.
As part of the Kent Memorial Library’s annual lecture series, Gen. Colin Powell (Ret.) addressed a full house at Kent Center School. The general was introduced by his friend, Kent resident Henry Kissinger.

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Bank robbery after Christmas

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KENT — State police are still searching for the 6-foot male who is believed to have robbed the Bank of America branch on Route 7 in Kent on Dec. 27.
The Troop L police barracks in Litchfield received a report at 9:30 a.m. that day of an armed robbery at the bank.
When troopers arrived to secure the scene, witnesses told them that a man who appeared to be about 6 feet tall and to weigh about 180 pounds entered the bank, showed a handgun and demanded money from a teller. Police have not revealed how much money was taken.
No one was injured.

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A bright welcome to Christmas

KENT — Vehicles ranging in size from powered utility carts  to fire ladder trucks, decorated with lights and other holiday symbols, rolled through town  for the annual Parade of Lights on Saturday evening, Dec. 17.

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Police investigating fraudulent letter in Kent

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KENT — Last February, the town clerk’s office received a letter from the office of the Connecticut secretary of the state concerning a letter it believed it had received from Assistant Town Clerk Linda Hall.
According to the letter, Hall had written to the state officials to say that Town Clerk Darlene Brady was not performing all her official duties. The secretary of the state’s office had responded by saying it has no legal jurisdiction over the town clerk.

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Holiday fire safety tips for homeowners, families

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KENT — Eric Epstein, chief of the Kent Volunteer Fire Department, offered some sensible tips for household safety during the Christmas holiday season.
First of all, he said, “Every homeowner should make sure their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are properly working.”
If they are battery powered, the chief suggested changing the batteries twice a year. “To make it easy to remember, do it every time you set your clocks to or from daylight saving time.”

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Marionette show held Dec. 29

KENT — The Tanglewood Marionettes will present “An Arabian Adventure” at St. Andrew’s Church Parish Hall on Thursday, Dec. 29, at 2 p.m. The event is sponsored by Kent Memorial Library Parents’ Committee.
The program begins with a brief demonstration of the art of puppetry. Featuring more than a dozen hand-crafted marionettes, “An Arabian Adventure” tells the tale of a Persian prince who is thrown into a dungeon because of his love for a beautiful princess. He must battle his way out to save his princess from a tragic fate.

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Parade of lights

A walking, talking and lit up Christmas tree led the decorated New Milford Water Witch No.2 fire truck in the Kent Parade of Lights Dec. 17.
 
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And the glory, the glory of a holiday sing-in

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KENT — More than a hundred voices were raised to the glory of composer G. F. Handel and the holiday season on Friday, Dec. 2, at St. Andrew’s Church. The church hosted a sing-in of Handel’s “Messiah,” traditionally performed at Christmas and Easter.
The “Messiah” is made up of solos and choral numbers. The St. Andrew’s sing-in featured five soloists and a string quartet, oboe and organ, under the direction of Susan Rotholz, co-founder of the Sherman Chamber Ensemble.

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New contract for teachers

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KENT — A new contract has been finalized for teachers at Kent Center School. An announcement was made Nov. 28 that the Kent Board of Education (BOE) and the Kent Center School Faculty Association have reached a new contract agreement that will run from July 2012 through June 2014.
The contract provides a general wage increase of 1 percent for the first contract year with mid-year movement for teachers who are not at the maximum step of the salary schedule. Steps are based on a teacher’s years of experience as well as his or her degrees and certifications.

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Surprises at Lyme Regis

KENT — Lyme Regis first opened at South Street Seaport in New York City in 1983 and then moved to Soho in 1987. Elaine Friedman’s shop stayed in Soho for years, attracting a following of decorators, collectors and fashion editors — until 11 years ago, when Friedman happily decamped and moved to a white-trimmed green cottage on Kent’s Main Street.

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