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KENT — Every 10 minutes, for 40 hours straight, they feed the fiery beast. 

Once a year, in alternating shifts, experienced potters, apprentices and friends from the Northwest Corner come together to feed wood into the blazing belly of the sprawling brickanagama at Joy Brown’s South Kent pottery studio. The Japanese-style kiln contains about 200 sculptural and figural pieces of all shapes and sizes painstakingly crafted by Brown and other potters who are participating in the annual Clay Way Studio Tour over Columbus Day weekend.

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Girl Scouts gather for international jamboree

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KENT — The area’s Girl Scout troops held their first ever World Thinking Day Jamboree on Saturday, March 12, at the Marvelwood School’s performing arts center.
The jamboree was attended by eight troops from Kent, North Canaan, Sharon and Salisbury. Each troop set up a booth representing a different country. The United Kingdom, Mexico, France, Brazil, Jordan, Italy, Russia and Egypt were represented.

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Residents evacuated as river floods Route 7

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KENT — Route 7 seemed to get the worst of the flooding caused by heavy rains and snowmelt between Sunday, March 6, and Tuesday, March 8. The road itself was immersed in water at points, and large chunks of ice washed up on the roadway, damaging the guardrails as well as some cars that were parked nearby. Even the ice watch tripod disappeared (more on that in next week’s Lakeville Journal).
Several homes had to be evacuated as well. Four people were sent to Town Hall, where they were offered cots to sleep on until they could find other accommodations.

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Fraudulent letter causes a stir in town clerk’s office

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KENT — The Connecticut secretary of the state’s office received a letter in early February accusing the town clerk’s office of not doing its job properly.
The letter was allegedly written and sent in by Assistant Town Clerk Linda Hall — but Hall insists that the letter was sent fraudulently and that she had nothing to do with it.
“There is no way that Linda wrote this letter,” said First Selectman Bruce Adams at the Board of Selectmen’s meeting on March 1.

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Finance board accepts capital plan with minor changes

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KENT — The Board of Finance accepted the Board of Selectmen’s draft of the five-year plan of capital projects at a meeting March 1.
The main topic of debate was the appropriation of a flat $175,000 per year to the Kent Volunteer Fire Department, which would be held in an account. Once enough is saved, the fire department could use the money to purchase equipment or make improvements.

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Recycling made easier in Kent

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KENT — The Kent transfer station has made changes that will make it easier and faster for residents to recycle, as well as encourage more people to recycle.
Instead of sorting recyclables into different bins, transfer station users now only have to divide their recycling into two parts: paper and containers.
The paper bin will accept cardboard, books, newspapers and magazines, and the container bin will accept all plastics numbered one through seven, cans, bottles and cartons.

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Town works to help women remain in their homes

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KENT — Three homes that were to be sold by the town of Kent because of delinquent taxes will not yet go on sale. While the sale was planned to begin soon (Tax Collector Deborah Devaux has not set the exact date), it will now be postponed for at least a 90-day period to give the homeowners a chance to gather the money they need to keep their homes.
Kent Social Services Director Jerrilynn Tiso was present at the Board of Selectmen’s meeting on March 1, where she advocated for two women, Eileen Dotson and Virginia Lewis, whose homes are to be sold.

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Goodearl is new Marvelwood head

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KENT — The Marvelwood School has announced that Arthur F. Goodearl will be its new head of school.
Goodearl replaces current Headmaster Scott E. Pottbecker, who will step down at the close of the 2010-11 school year.
Pottbecker, who has served Marvelwood for six years, announced his departure in September 2010 in a letter to Board of Trustees Chair James R. Samartini, citing changes in his family life as his reason for leaving.

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Dan Kellams: A writer inspired by his high school coach

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KENT — As a teenager attending high school in Marion, Iowa, Dan Kellams had about as much appreciation for his strict coach as any high school boy would — close to none. Years later, Kellams found himself so influenced by his coach that he decided to immortalize him in writing.
“He was, without question, aside from my parents, the dominant authority figure in my life,” Kellams said. “He taught the vital importance of hard work and doing your best at whatever you do.”

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Marvelwood students travel to Panama for community and environmental outreach

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KENT — Each year, a group of students, parents, alumni and teachers from Marvelwood School travel to Panama to conduct scientific research, perform community service and create educational opportunities for students in the rural villages.
This year 13 students, four parents, one alumnus and two faculty members made the trip to eastern Panama from Jan. 29 to Feb. 9.
Through a partnership with Conservation Through Research Education and Action (CREA), the group spent time working at the Cocobolo Nature Reserve in Panama’s Mamoni Valley.

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Environmental summit shares message of conservation

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KENT — The second Kent Environmental Summit, held at Kent Center School on Saturday, Feb. 26, showed attendees tips, tricks and new ideas to save money and make their surroundings more eco-friendly.
“While the turnout was lower than last year, the event was great,” said Karren Garrity, chair of the Kent Energy and Environmental Task Force. She speculated that the lower attendance might be due to people thinking they had already learned what there was to learn. She pointed out that this was not the case.

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