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KENT — The Board of Selectmen passed a motion at their meeting on Tuesday, March 5, to bring bonding of $2.9 million for sidewalk renovations to a town-wide vote.

“In the absence of an appropriation of funds, we cannot move this project forward any further,” explained town Treasurer Barbara Herbst. “There’s nothing more we can do.”

“We need to find out if our tax base is willing to buy into this project by giving them an opportunity to vote yes or no on the funding,” she continued. 

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Kent

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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Kent Falls State Park repairs trails

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KENT — Kent Falls State Park has been a magnet for both local and long-distance visitors for decades. According to the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) website, acquisition of the park land began in 1919 and the current 295 acres were developed in the 1930s. The 70-foot waterfall is one of the main attractions of the park. In addition, there is also a popular hiking trail that leads to the top of the falls.

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Litchfield Jazz Camp’s 15th year begins at Kent School on July 10

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KENT — The first Litchfield Jazz Festival was 16 years ago and included performers such as Ahmad Jamal, Diana Krall, Christian McBride, J.J. Johnson and Larry Goldings.
Bringing first-class jazz to Litchfield County was not enough for Vita West Muir, founder and executive and artistic director of the festival, which is now held in Kent.
“From the beginning I viewed the festival not only as entertainment, but also as education,” Muir said. “That’s when I knew we had to have a camp for aspiring musicians.”
That vision led to the birth of the Litchfield Jazz Camp 15 years ago.

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Essay winners receive prizes

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KENT — In conjunction with the Kent Lecture Series, the Kent Memorial Library sponsored an essay contest open to students at Housatonic Valley Regional High School. Students were asked to submit a 500-word essay reflecting upon the military figure whose service they thought was most inspirational.
There was a $100 prize for the winning essay from a grade nine or 10 student and a $500 prize for the winning essay submitted by a grade 11 or 12 student. The winners were awarded their prizes at Colin Powell’s lecture on July 3 at Kent Center School.

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Figures of state

Two former U.S. secretaries of state, Henry Kissinger, who has a home in Kent, and Colin Powell, greeted each other warmly at the end of Powell’s talk at the Kent Lecture Series Sunday, July 3. Story, more photos, Page A6.

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Hit the books, it’s summer reading

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KENT — When this reporter walked into the Kent Memorial Library for the kickoff event of the youth summer reading program, it was not necessary to ask where it was being held. Once inside the door, a symphony of young laughter, glee and happiness provided a direct audio path to the children’s section at the rear of the library.
Ellen Paul, co-director of the library’s children’s department, said about 60 youngsters are expected to participate in this year’s summer reading program. At the end of the summer each young reader is given a prize from the library.

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30th District GOP hosts candidates at breakfast gathering

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KENT — The 30th District Republicans sponsored a breakfast on June 23 at the Fife ’n Drum restaurant. The purpose of the gathering was to introduce candidates for the Republican nomination for the 5th U.S. Congressional District election in 2012. Hartford attorney Brian Hill, a candidate for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate in 2012, also attended.

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Class of 2011 celebrates promotional ceremony outside

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KENT — For the first time in recent memory, Kent Center School’s eighth-grade class was able to hold its promotional ceremony outside of the school building, in the grassy courtyard.
The weather was exceptional: cool, dry and bug free. It seemed a fitting night for this important rite of passage for what was described again and again throughout the early evening ceremony as a class with 28 exceptional students.

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Dixieland Jazz Gala has the Memorial Library beat

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KENT — The Kent Memorial Library held a Dixieland Jazz Spring Gala on June 18 at Willow Brook Farms in South Kent. Kent resident Bob Lenz and his band provided an evening of Dixieland jazz music. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres were served.
Approximately 275 people attended. In addition to the music, participants helped raise money for the library with a silent auction featuring numerous one-of-a-kind items.

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Stock of affordable housing needs boost, speakers say

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KENT — Affordable housing (and the need for more of it) was the topic of a forum held at Kent Town Hall on June 16.
About 50 people attended from Litchfield County. They came to hear 15 speakers in town government and the real estate business make the case for the need for homes here that working people can afford.

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