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KENT — There was an abundance of cultural offerings last weei in Kent, with music, art and paintings to appeal to everyone’s tastes. 

The Kent Art Association (KAA) and the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council hosted the KAA’s Presidents Show on Thursday evening, July 11. 

Michael Hunt, director of the KAA, said July’s Presidents Show was the largest of the three held this year, and that the goal was “to create and encourage a collaboration” for a greater and more diverse number of artists. “I don’t like to use the...

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Fire department celebrates 100 years with barbecue picnic

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KENT — As part of a year-long celebration of the Kent Volunteer Fire Department’s (KVFD) 100th anniversary, the fire company hosted a community barbecue and picnic at the firehouse on Sunday, July 17.
The lavish afternoon meal featured barbecued chicken and ribs, hot dogs, salads, macaroni casserole, fruit salad, baked beans and cole slaw. Guests were able to make their own ice cream sundaes.
Fire equipment was moved outside for display — and to make the large main firehouse floor available for eating and socializing.

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Free jazz concerts at Kent venues

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KENT — In conjunction with the Litchfield Jazz Festival, from Aug. 5 to 7 at the Kent School, there is the month-long Litchfield Jazz Camp. And as part of the camp, until Aug. 6, student performers and faculty from the camp offer free Kent Has That Jazz concerts in venues around town.
Although admission to the concerts is free, donations are appreciated; they are used exclusively to provide need-based scholarships for students to attend the camp.

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Hot day, cool falls

The Kent Falls State Park draws swimmers looking to take a dip all summer long.

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Mother and son plan 192-mile ride

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KENT — Kent resident Judi Soule, proud to be 63 years of age, and her 36-year-old son Luke will participate in the 192-mile Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) charity bicycle ride in August.
The two-day ride starts in Sturbridge, Mass., on Aug. 6 and ends the following day in Provincetown, Mass., on Cape Cod.
More than 5,000 cyclists are expected to participate in the ride, with a goal of raising $34 million. This is the second year Soule and her son will participate.

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American dream realized at The Villager

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KENT — The Villager restaurant on Main Street has been a popular eatery for decades, under the management of a number of different owners. In November 2008, the restaurant came under the ownership of Antonio “Tony” Hernandez and his wife, G.J. Hernandez.
The Hernandezes are no strangers to Kent. Tony worked at the Fife ’n Drum for 14 years as chef and bar manager. The couple’s eldest son, Alex, recently graduated from Housatonic Valley Regional High School and will attend Wagner College in Staten Island, N.Y., in the fall. Two younger Hernandez children attend Kent Center School.

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Memorial Committee’s work is not done yet

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KENT — Charlotte Lindsey and Andy Ocif attended the July 5 meeting of the Board of Selectmen, representing the Veteran’s Memorial Committee.
The committee was formed, originally, to build the memorial that now stands in the center of town. The committee’s original mission has been completed, and Lindsey and Ocif came to the board seeking permission for the committee to remain active to facilitate creation of new memorials and maintain existing ones. A motion to that effect was made and passed.

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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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