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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

Tech Advisory Committee to help avoid meltdowns

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KENT — At the request of First Selectman Bruce Adams and with the endorsement of the Board of Selectmen, a Technology Advisory Committee has been formed. The decision to create the new committee was made after the failure of the server that contained the data for every office in Town Hall.
The board is comprised of three people: John Worthington, who is the building inspector in Litchfield, Dan O’Neill, who works in the information technology department at New Milford Hospital, and Charlie Taylor, who is responsible for information technology at Kent Center School.

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‘Spies’ at the library

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KENT — The Kent Memorial Library was transformed into a training center for spies and secret agents on Saturday evening, March 26, when the junior room hosted “spy training” for middle school students.
Eleven spies-in-training attended the event — but had to decode a clue before they could begin the program. Upon walking in the door, the children found a sheet of paper with a clue written on it in invisible ink.
They eventually figured out that they had to apply heat to the paper in order to read the message.

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Two selectmen will not run for re-election

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KENT — First Selectman Bruce Adams has announced that he will run for re-election this year, but Selectmen Karren Garrity and George Jacobsen have announced that they will not.
“George said right up from when he started, ‘This will be one term, and then I’ll be done,’ and he’s sticking to that,” Adams said. “Karren Garrity surprised me when she came in a few weeks ago and told me that she wouldn’t be running.”
“It was a difficult decision to make because I really enjoyed being on the board, and we’ve been a really good board and accomplished a lot,” Garrity said of her decision.

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BOS prepares budget for review by Board of Finance

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KENT — The Kent Board of Selectmen voted to approve their proposed budget of $2,718,940 at a special meeting held prior to a joint meeting with the Board of Finance that was held on Tuesday, March 29 (which was after press time for this newspaper).
The total proposed budget as of Monday, March 28, for both municipal and education spending is $10,897,119, a 2.4 percent increase over the 2010-11 fiscal year. The new fiscal year begins July 1.

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Community House could be ready as early as May

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KENT — The renovation of the Kent Community House is about halfway completed, and the space is expected to be open for use again by this summer.
The building used to be an all-purpose center that served as a gymnasium until Kent Center School built its own in the 1950s. It was owned by the First Congregational Church of Kent, whose property it still rests on, until the church gave it to the town because it could no longer afford to maintain it.

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Fast and flashy cars at Scouts’ Pinewood Derby

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KENT — Hopes were high on Saturday, March 19, as Cub Scout Pack 11 held its annual Pinewood Derby in the parish hall of the First Congregational Church. The room was filled with Cub Scouts and their parents and siblings.
Each Scout, with help from his parents or another adult, had constructed and decorated a small wooden car to race during the derby.

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Young artisans build homes for their feathered friends

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KENT — Six teams of parents and children huddled around workbenches on Saturday, March 12, at the Build a Birdhouse workshop at the First Congregational Church in Kent.
The workshop was part of the Housatonic Youth Service Bureau’s FYI Series, which hosts an intergenerational workshop in a different Region One town every month.
The workshops are often led by Falls Village teacher and craftsman Joe Brien, who also teaches privately through his Lost Art Workshops.
Brien’s focus is on teaching his students how to do things “they way they were done in the old days,” he said.

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Why, yes, the ice has broken on the Housatonic River

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KENT — With the massive amounts of rainfall and melting that caused the Housatonic River to flood fields and roads, it became obvious last week that the Kent Volunteer Fire Department’s annual Ice Watch contest was over.
Each winter, the fire department sets up a system in which a clock connected to a tripod on the Housatonic River stops when the ice breaks.
People pay $2 to make a guess as to when the ice will break. Whoever guesses the actual date and time wins half of the money that is collected. The other half goes to the fire department.

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Kellams at Kent Memorial Library

A large crowd came out March 12 to Kent Memorial Library to hear Dan Kellams talk about the tough high school coach who had a lasting impact on his life. Kellams is the author of “A Coach’s Life: Les Hipple and the Marion Indians,” a biography of his strict but inspirational high school coach. In addition to reading excerpts from his book, Kellams shared recollections of his experiences with coach Hipple and answered questions from the audience.

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Fire department corrects OSHA violations

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KENT — In a notice to the members of the Kent Volunteer Fire Department that was recently leaked to the press, Chief Eric Epstein informed the personnel that the fire department had been under investigation by the Connecticut Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
In the letter, Epstein outlined some preliminary changes that would be made to bring the department into compliance.

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