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KENT — Just before students returned to campus for the 2018 academic year, the Marvelwood School invited community members to come and tour the extensive renovations that were accomplished over the summer. 

A tour was offered on Friday, Sept. 7, of the four dormitories, student commons and the Science Labs that had been refurnished, redesigned and updated.

The revamped student common room next to the dining room is snug but comfortable and inviting. It is dominated by a singularly interesting piece of art: a large depiction of a pterodactyl on one wall....

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Annual budget town meeting is May 20

KENT — The annual budget town meeting will be held at Town Hall on Friday, May 20, at 8 p.m.
Taxpayers will be asked to vote on the proposed municipal and education budgets for fiscal year 2011-12. The total proposed budget is $10,814,650, and includes the $2,734,753 municipal budget, a $553,600 transfer to the capital fund, $593,540 in debt service plus $153,906 in debt service for the new firehouse and $323,000 for the current year’s appropriations in the five-year capital plan.

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Cortese wins three awards at Invention Convention

KENT — After winning the top two prizes at the Kent Center School Inventor’s Fair, second-grader Katherine Cortese and sixth-grader Katherine Starr traveled to the University of Connecticut in Storrs to participate in the Connecticut Invention Convention on Saturday, May 14.
Cortese’s invention was called the “Be Healthy Bracelet,” a bracelet fitted with beads corresponding to the food pyramid. The bracelet helps the wearer keep track of what food groups they are eating each day.

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Despite a downpour, the show still went on

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KENT — Sunday’s drenching rain put a damper on the Kent Horse Trials but didn’t stop the majority of the intrepid competitors. Show secretary Erin Kehan said they went into the weekend with 121 entries, started the day with 98 entries and wrapped up the last phase of cross-country with 79 teams.
At mid-morning the parking area was nearly full with horse trailers. Competitors getting ready to ride were turned out head to toe in rain gear and the requisite Wellies.

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Board to seek grants

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KENT — At their regular meeting May 3, the selectmen discussed applying for state Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP) grants for several projects.
“I think we have a very good chance of getting some funds to take care of that long-standing tennis court issue, and ultimately remove it from the capital plan,” First Selectman Bruce Adams noted.

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Paddlers ‘overwhelmed’ by river’s beauty

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KENT — The Housatonic River Source-to-Sound Paddle Trip explored Kent’s history-filled portion of the river on Monday, May 9, the seventh day of the excursion.
The paddle was led by championship paddlers Nic Osborn of Salisbury, Bill Tingley of Sharon and Schuyler Thomson of Norfolk — who were recreating their paddle down the 149-mile Housatonic River together in 1995.
The paddlers started the Kent leg of their voyage in Cornwall Bridge and continued through the morning until they reached a small beach near the Sloan Stanley Museum in Kent.

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Town meeting vote on 2012 budgets will be on May 20

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Mill rate could go up to 14.27
KENT — About 55 taxpayers turned out for the budget public hearing on Friday, May 6. The total proposed budget for education and municipal spending for 2011-12 fiscal year is $10,678,150.
Municipal budget up 3.37 %
First Selectman Bruce Adams presented the selectmen’s proposed operating budget of $2,734,752, which is a 3.37 percent increase over this year’s budget. The fiscal year begins July 1.

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Arbor Day celebrated at KCS

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KENT — Kent Center School was tree-rific on Friday, April 29, when students at the elementary school celebrated national Arbor Day.
The day was full of tree-centric events, including lessons about Birdsey Northrup, the Kent resident who was responsible for starting Connecticut’s Arbor Day in 1886.
In 1895, Northrup also persuaded Japan to start its own Arbor Day.

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Lots to see, hear at machinery show

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KENT — Steam trains, tractors and engines were out in force at the Connecticut Antique Machinery Association (CAMA) in Kent on Saturday, April 30. It was a sunny spring day, perfect weather for excited families and antique machinery enthusiasts to mingle and share stories, and take rides on some of the working machines.
Saturday was CAMA’s 27th annual Spring Power-up, the first day of the year when association members start their machines after their winter dormancy.

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Budget public hearing May 6

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KENT — At a special meeting on Tuesday, April 26, the Board of Finance finalized the budget draft for the fiscal year 2011-12. The spending plan will be presented to voters at a budget public hearing on Friday, May 6, at 8 p.m. at Town Hall.
The bottom line for the proposed combined municipal and education budgets is $10,677,931.41, a 0.37-percent increase over the present combined budgets. The new fiscal year begins July 1.

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At last, a music scene at South Kent

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KENT — When he was a student at the all-boy South Kent School more than five years ago, Marcus Cooper was disappointed with the music opportunities available. Now a college graduate, Cooper has returned to the school — as an employee.
He started as an intern in September 2010, but will be returning for the next school year as a full-time employee — and his job will be to expand the music programs offered by the school.
Cooper now teaches music appreciation and music theory, as well as lessons for individual students.

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