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The tree on the Kent Green is a relative newcomer to the holiday scene. It’s only been a few years that town residents have been gathering around it to usher in the holiday season. A small crowd met up on the Green on Saturday evening, Dec. 1, to sing songs and see the lights illuminate the evergreen. A Parade of Lights followed, with decorated vehicles taking part including fire trucks from Kent, Sharon, Cornwall and other area towns. — Cynthia Hochswender

Kent

High Watch plans expansion of offices but not beds

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KENT —A special permit application and a site plan application previously submitted by The Ministry of the High Watch Inc., 62 Carter Road, were approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission on June 2.

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Lasting memory

KENT — Memorial Day started out with a few thunderclaps and lightning bolts, but by 9 a.m. the clouds began to break and the firehouse on Maple Street was bustling with men, women, children and dogs preparing to march through the village center.
The parade took off down Main Street at 9:30 a.m. The American Legion Color Guard took the lead, with veterans in cars and jeeps following.

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Fire volunteers celebrate 100 years with ball June 11

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KENT — Like towns in much of rural America, most Litchfield County towns rely upon and are proud of their volunteer fire departments. Kent is no exception.
On June 11, the Kent Volunteer Fire Department (KVFD) will hold its annual ball. This year’s ball takes on special significance as part of a year-long celebration of the fire department’s 100th anniversary. The festivities begin with appetizers at 6 p.m. followed by dinner and dancing at 7 p.m.

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Tucker’s Restaurant opens at Kent Green

KENT — Several months after the North End restaurant closed, a new eatery has taken its place. Tucker’s Restaurant and Tap Room moved to the Kent Green space and opened for business on Tuesday, April 26.
Owned by David Tucker (who is also the chef) and Jennifer Stahl, the restaurant was previously in Washington, Conn., where it was called J.D. Tucker’s.

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Budget passes, mill rate rises to 14.27

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KENT — On Friday, May 20, a town meeting attended by approximately 40 residents approved the town’s budget for the 2011-12 fiscal year, which begins July 1.
First Selectman Bruce Adams called the meeting to order at 8 p.m. Paul Dooley was elected moderator.

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Kent Veterans Memorial

KENT — The Veterans Memorial, located between routes 7 and 341, has become an important stop on Kent’s Memorial Day parade route.
Dedicated on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2009, the Veterans Memorial lists the names of the men and women who served in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.
The building of the monument was a community project, and important to Kent, which previously had only a wooden sign for World War II veterans, and some of the names on it were in question.

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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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