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KENT — Two ongoing projects in Kent are coming to an end, according to reports at the regular meeting of the Board of Selectmen on Tuesday, Dec. 4.

 Sean Gilson owns a home on Kenico Road and he spoke at the meeting of his concerns about how long the roadwork there is taking. Renovation work started in late summer 2017 and includes regrading to correct a dip in the road and a steep incline. 

The project was delayed by several months at one point while the town waited on Eversource to move utility poles.

Gilson said he is also concerned about the...

Kent

Scouts, volunteers clean up Kent

This time, the more trash the better
karaw@lakevillejournal.com

KENT — Kent’s Girl Scouts (and one Boy Scout) aided in the 2011 Kent Town Cleanup with a sweep of the village streets on Monday, April 25.
The volunteers split up into two groups; one picked up trash in the residential areas of Elizabeth Street and Lane Street, and the other group worked on both sides of Main Street.
The Scouts found cigarette butts, bottle caps and various wrappers, all of which were removed from the ground with gloved hands and placed into trash bags.

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Issue over social services director’s hours

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KENT — A joint proposal was made and rejected at the regular meeting of the Board of Selectmen on Tuesday, April 5.
First Selectman Bruce Adams and Social Services Director Jerrilynn Tiso have been trying to find ways to adapt her hours so she can accommodate another job she recently accepted as social services director for the town of Roxbury. She was hired to work one day a week at that job but she wants to increase to two days a week. Her job in Kent is three days a week.

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Kent Singers keeping choral tradition alive

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KENT — In preparation for an upcoming pair of concerts on May 7, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Bridgewater and May 14, at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Kent, the Kent Singers have been hard at work rehearsing their program of classical choral numbers, called “Spring, Love and Laughter.”

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Board of Ed budget accepted

Capital plan modified
karaw@lakevillejournal.com

KENT — At the regular meeting on Tuesday, April 12, the Board of Finance accepted the presentation of the Board of Education’s proposed budget for the 2011-12 fiscal year; and modified the town’s five-year capital plan to accommodate the changing needs of the Kent Volunteer Fire Department, which recently lost its main fire truck to a brush fire.
First Selectman Bruce Adams and Selectman George Jacobsen, called a special meeting so they could participate in budget discussions. Representing the Board of Education was Chairman Tracy Horosky.

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Ed budget up 3.64 percent

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KENT — At its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, April 7, the Kent Board of Education voted unanimously to approve a proposed 2011-12 budget of $3,876,088. The education total is $6,446,941 when Kent’s portion of the Region One budget is added in. The regional education budget includes tuition for Kent students at Housatonic Valley Regional High School, Pupil Services (which includes special education) and the regional administration office.
The total amount is a 3.64 percent increase over this year’s budget. The fiscal year begins July 1.

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Young inventors take fresh look at old problems

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KENT — Ten Kent Center School students in grades one through six put on their thinking caps for this year’s Inventor’s Fair, which was held in the school library on Friday, April 8.
This the 20th year for the fair under the direction of reading intervention teacher Lee Sohl, who started the program when she ran the gifted and talented program at the school.

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Kent has more end-of-fiscal-year money than expected

karaw@lakevillejournal.com

KENT — Town Treasurer Barbara Herbst shared some good news with the selectmen at their regular meeting on Tuesday, April 5.
It turns out that the town is in unexpectedly good financial shape this year. Kent saved a significant amount of money from this fiscal year’s appropriation; and the town took in more revenue than expected.

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Art and artisanal wines at fundraiser for Kent Land Trust

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KENT — The setting and the weather were as delicious as the hundreds of wines offered for sale and for tastes at the Kent Land Trust fundraiser Saturday, April 2.
Seventeen wine vendors from the Tri-state region participated, and offered sips of 93 wines to the approximately 300 people who purchased tickets for the event. Vendors also donated 10 percent of all sales to the Land Trust.
Artisanal cheeses and other regional, hand-crafted foods were provided by J.P. Gifford, the café and food shop on Main Street.

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Brush fire destroys KVFD’s main truck

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KENT — The Kent Volunteer Fire Department’s main truck, Attack Engine 5-0, was destroyed while fighting a four-alarm brush fire on March 30.
The brush fire began around 2 p.m. on state-owned land off North Kent Road.
Shortly after the fire department volunteers arrived on the scene, attack engine 5-0 suffered a mechanical failure and got caught in the fire.
The firefighters doused the truck with water, but their efforts were in vain — the truck burned and was completely destroyed.

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Town budget is up 3 percent

karaw@lakevillejournal.com

KENT — The Board of Selectmen presented a municipal budget to the Board of Finance on Tuesday, March 29.
Before that meeting, the Board of Selectmen held a special meeting to make a final tweak to the spending plan and to vote on the bottom line before presenting it to the finance board.
A few small changes were made, including the addition of $5,000 to the snow removal line in case any extra workers need to be hired next winter.

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