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KENT — The spending plan for the coming fiscal year was passed at a town meeting in Kent on Friday, May 17, that was attended by about 25 members of the public. 

Unlike other towns in the area, Kent breaks up its budget vote into multiple categories that are approved (or not) in a single vote. 

Other towns either vote on a combined education and municipal budget bottom line; or take separate votes for the education and municipal bottom lines.

In Kent, one agenda item at the town meeting included eight budget totals:

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Kent is Clean Energy Community

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KENT — The town has qualified as a Connecticut Clean Energy Community and is now eligible to receive free solar panels for town-owned buildings.
The announcement was made at an Aug. 2 meeting of the Board of Selectmen.
First Selectman Bruce Adams said the town is in negotiations with DCS Energy regarding installation of solar panels at various town sites.

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Community garden is tucked beside school

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KENT — Tucked beside Kent Center School is a small bit of land that isn’t easy to farm on a large scale. But, as it turns out, it’s a great place for a garden.
The idea for a community garden came out of the Kent Land Trust’s 2009 planning session.
“Over the winter of 2009, we surveyed Kent residents to see what the interest was,” said Connie Manes, Land Trust executive director. “Were we out of our minds? Was anyone going to come garden in a community garden? What we found was that there were lots of different groups in Kent attracted to the idea of a community garden.”

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KVFD fair celebrates 100 years of volunteering

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KENT — The Kent Volunteer Fire Department’s annual Firemen’s Fair will be held from Thursday to Saturday, Aug. 11 to13, at the fairground on Route 7, south of the traffic light.
The fire company volunteers are celebrating 100 years of service to the community. In honor of this notable anniversary, fire department memorabilia is being sold including T-shirts, mugs and sweatshirts.
For the 2011 fair, many of the familiar favorites will be back, with carnival rides, children’s games, a white elephant sale tent, live music and the popular Cake Booth.

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Kent Candidates for 2011 Elections

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Sidewalk Festival brought people outdoors

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KENT — Good weather turned the center of town into an outdoor venue for shopping bargains and fun for area residents and visitors from as far away as Wisconsin during the annual Sidewalk Festival last weekend.
Chamber of Commerce members proudly pointed out that last year Yankee magazine named Kent the number one town in New England for its foliage, culture, shops, food and lodging. The Sidewalk Festival is one of the efforts by the chamber and by Kent businesses to show how well the town lives up to its rating.

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Aspiring jazz students gathered

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KENT — The 2011 Jazz Camp of the Litchfield Jazz Festival featured a faculty of more than 34 professional musicians and music educators plus guest artists such as renowned saxophonist Jimmy Heath (see story Page A1). More than 400 students came to the Kent School campus to take part this year.
Some students come for the entire four-week program, while others come for one, two or three weeks. The program ends Aug. 5, coinciding with the festival, which is Aug. 4 to 7.
This is the 15th year of Jazz Camp.

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Jazz legend Jimmy Heath shares wisdom at music camp

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KENT — James Edward Heath is known in the jazz and music worlds as both Jimmy Heath and Little Bird. He is one of our country’s giant jazz legends. He is a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Jazz Master.
Heath was in Kent on the campus of the Kent School on July 28 as a guest artist at the 16th annual Jazz Camp, sponsored by the Litchfield Jazz Festival (which will be held Aug. 5-7 at the Kent School, see story Page A7). The camp is in session for four weeks prior to the festival.

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Things are ‘Smoking’ in the Kent restaurant scene

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KENT— What do you get when you mix a pastry and dessert chef from Poughkeepsie N.Y., with a Nashville, Tenn.,-born self-described restaurant lifer who loves southern cooking?
You get Smoked, the newest establishment in the active Kent restaurant scene.
Chef Andy Hayes and his wife, Beth Owens, opened Smoked in May of this year and already “have developed a pretty good following,” Hayes said. “We have many regulars, diners who keep coming back.”
Hayes and Owens met four years ago when they were both working at Gramercy Tavern in New York City. They’ve been married for two years.

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Bronze elephants settle in for a Kent visit

KENT ­— A pair of life-size bronze elephants resides behind the Morrison Gallery. The elephants are the work of Peter Woytuck, the same artist who created the bronze bulls at The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville and whose massive animals also lie in repose around the village.
The elephants arrived in Kent in early July. Moving the 7,000- and 10,000-pound sculptures was a challenge. The elephants were driven across the country from Santa Fe, N.M., on a tractor-trailer truck. Then, on a recent rainy day, the elephants were lifted over the gallery with a crane.

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Bicycle tours another way to see Kent

KENT — Warm weather draws scores of cyclists to the roads of the Northwest Corner and it’s not unusual to see them riding in packs.
On Thursday, July 21, one of those packs consisted of 39 girls from Camp Ramah in the Berkshires in Wingdale, N.Y. The campers came to Kent for a 10-mile bike ride before cooling off with ice cream at Backcountry Outfitters.
Harmonie Rosenberg, one of the girls’ counselors, described the trip as a “special treat.” The campers typically engage in swimming, arts and crafts and outdoor adventure.

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