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KENT — The Kent community honored its veterans in a ceremony on Monday, Nov. 11, at the Kent Veterans Memorial Monument on Maple Street. 

Other towns in the Northwest Corner also honored their veterans, with ceremonies Monday, over the weekend and last Friday (when schools were open).

Although national weather forecasts had warned of unusually cold temperatures on Monday, the temperatures in the Tri-state region were relatively balmy, in the low 40s on average. Most veterans were able to attend Monday’s ceremonies in their uniforms, without the warming...

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Lecture series in 2012 will focus on entertainers

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KENT — Each year, the Kent Memorial Library presents a lecture series based around a theme. The 2012 series is entitled “Great Performances” and will feature opera singer Marilyn Horne in May and actress Meryl Streep in June.
The performers will discuss, in an interview format, the moments that inspired their careers.

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Shanghai orchestra performs for Kent audience

The Nanyang Model School Symphony Orchestra from Shanghai China performed a concert at the South Kent School on Monday, Dec. 12, under the baton of Wang Yon Ji (inset).

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Millstone opens bakery in former Stroble’s space

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KENT — Several years after the closing of the popular Stroble’s Bakery, Kent at last has a new bakery — conveniently located in the same storefront once occupied by Stroble’s.
The Millstone Bakery is next door to the Millstone Cafe, both of which are owned by Carol Hawran of Sharon (who is also the restaurant’s chef) and John Cummins of Kent.
Patricia (“Tish”) Smith of Park City, Utah, has been hired as the executive pastry chef for the new bakery and for the restaurant (which opened last summer).

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Kent offers variety of holiday festivities

KENT — A wide variety of holiday events are planned in Kent.
Gingerbread Walk
Through Dec. 30, visitors can enjoy the Gingerbread Walk up and down Main Street where more than 35 merchants have gingerbread creations in their windows. Residents can vote for their favorite creations at the Gingerbread Station, 1 Kent Green Blvd.
Tea Cup Auction

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Goals set, officers chosen for BOE

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KENT — Patricia Chamberlain, superintendent of the Region One School District, chaired the regular meeting of the Kent Board of Education on Dec. 1, while new officers were elected for the coming year.
Tracy Horosky was elected chairman; Paul Cortese, vice chair; Carol Kallstrom, secretary; CiCi Nielson is the alternate for the Region One board. After the elections, Horosky took over as chair of the meeting.

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Holiday fanfare

A four-piece brass group played carols Saturday evening by the entrance to the Kent town Green on Main Street. Monty Besmer (baritone horn), Tom Bouldin (trombone) and Matthew Austin and Lee Sohl (trumpets) provided the music — and did a good job staying in tune in the cold weather.

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A smattering of holiday gift ideas from Kent merchants

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KENT — It’s the holiday shopping season and anyone who survived the temptations and crowds of Black Friday and Cyber Monday is perhaps thinking that it would be nice to shop close to home, at local merchants.
Kent has one of the most vibrant shopping areas of any Northwest Corner town. The opportunities for holiday buying are plentiful.

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Visions in gingberbread on display, up for auction

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KENT — This is only the second year the Kent Chamber of Commerce has hosted a Gingerbread Festival, but the event is already being considered a holiday tradition.
In the weeks prior to delivery of the tasty and tasteful houses to Gingerbread Station at the Kent Green, there were a number of themed activities.
Gingerbread classes taught by Patsy Stroble (of the former Stroble’s Bakery) were held for both children and adults.
Local shopkeepers and restaurant owners have produced cookie creations of their own, to display in their windows.

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Constable’s portrait of Pakistan, its people, its poverty

KENT — Author and journalist Pamela Constable came to the Kent Memorial Library on Saturday, Nov. 12, to speak and sign copies of her newest book “Playing With Fire: Pakistan at War with Itself.”
Approximately 42 people attended the talk.
Constable’s book provides a tour of contemporary Pakistan, exploring the fears and frustrations, dreams and beliefs that animate the lives of ordinary citizens in this nuclear-armed nation.
According to the author, “The most relevant way to look at Pakistan is not as a failed state, but rather as a fake one.”

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At their final meeting, selectmen wrap things up

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KENT — The current trio of selectmen held their final board meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 15. Selectmen Karen Garrity and George Jacobs are stepping down. Re-elected First Selectman Bruce Adams and newly elected Selectmen Tod Jones and Mary Susi Williams were sworn in on Nov. 22.

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